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Straight Talk about the Canadian Economy

Posted on January 28, 2015

Jan28-2015Mr. Speaker, I listened closely to the member’s remarks that whipping up rhetoric when an election is close is not the way to manage the economy. If we hear any rhetoric, we heard it in that speech and we hear it from the Minister of Finance daily. We hear it from the Prime Minister, because he and Conservatives are always talking about balancing the books.

Is it not true that the Prime Minister has never had a surplus on his own, other than the one transferred to him by the previous Liberal government? We could call the Prime Minister “deficit king”. Is it not true that under the Prime Minister’s watch in the last eight years the debt load of the country has increased at minimum by $133 billion and at maximum by $160 billion? He has added that to the debt of Canadians. Is that not true?

Now Conservatives are saying that they will balance the books. What will the Prime Minister andMinister of Finance cut in terms of value from taxes from Canadians in order to do that? They have cut EI and pretty nearly every service known to mankind in this country during their watch. Canadians are getting less value for their taxes, and that is not rhetoric; those are the facts.

#‎BellLetsTalk

Posted on January 28, 2015

Let’s help end the stigma around mental illness. Never underestimate the power of talking.

Language Matters

Letter to the Editor – National leadership from PM, premiers needed to go forward

Posted on January 6, 2015

The passing of one year into the next is a good time to reflect on the past and look to the future. We are, without doubt, fortunate to live in this great country. But with this privilege comes a responsibility to seize opportunities to provide a better future for all, both at home and abroad.

In reflecting on the political year just passed, and on the years since 2006, I won’t dwell on the Harper government’s actions. Those years are in the past, and the damage done by Harper’s form of governance are obvious: fewer services for Canadians, less value for taxpayer dollars, a divisive and dysfunctional Parliament, unrelenting attacks on charities and other organizations holding views that differ from those of Harper, a complete loss of a national vision, and the list goes on.

I would prefer to focus on the future, and share my vision for what the country needs. I would envision a Parliament where open and vigorous debate is welcomed, parliamentary committees are allowed to function as they should, all Parliamentarians – government and opposition alike – are not fearful of questioning government policy, and witnesses with a wide variety of opinions are heard and have their testimony reflected in committee reports that propose recommendations for the benefit of all people and not merely the governing party’s voting base.

This Parliament would see dissent as an integral and needed part of a healthy institution that both initiates policy ideas and legislative proposals, and holds government accountable for Cabinet decisions.

I would welcome government bills that are narrowly focused and permit the parliamentary scrutiny that Canadians deserve, rather than omnibus bills that frustrate such scrutiny.

Bills would be debated with a focus on their benefits, costs and consequences, and this examination occurs much more easily when a particular bill addresses only one policy area. As well, witnesses representing the full range of perspectives would be invited during parliamentary committee study of bills.

And I would see a Parliament that’s willing to address the significant issues of our time.

One such issue is the need for a national energy strategy that incorporates environmental protection, so that Canada is a leader in responsible development of all energy sources: fossil fuels, hydroelectricity, wind energy, and others. That strategy would address safe and reliable movement of energy within Canada and abroad, and would recognize energy’s importance to the industrial development needed for Canada’s growth and prosperity.

In the interest of all Canadians, another major issue — trade — would be addressed by Parliament in a way that goes beyond a narrow focus of just signing trade and investment agreements with other countries. For these agreements to benefit the nation, a national strategy to take advantage of new agreements is needed. It would focus on strengthening our manufacturing and primary industries, developing technology, ensuring adequate infrastructure, and more.

Of course, a future Parliament focused on key issues would tackle the negative effects of recent changes to Canada’s Employment Insurance program. Recognizing that all regions and all workers contribute to Canada’s prosperity, the program would be redesigned with consideration given to the challenges of seasonal industries and workers.

I would see a future in which Premiers and the Prime Minister have ongoing meetings and co-operatively develop policies for a nation that is stronger than the sum of the strengths of each province. Certainly, there are many past examples of such meetings and co-operation for the benefit of the nation. Examples springing to my mind include the equalization program, the health and social transfers, and Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

I vividly remember some such meetings, with Pierre Elliott Trudeau, our own Alex Campbell, Peter Lougheed, Bill Davis, Rene Levesque and others working together co-operatively and building on each other’s strengths. Similar national leadership is needed going forward, and I would see a new Prime Minister working with Canada’s Premiers to build a national vision that benefits all Canadians and — importantly — re-establishes our place in the world.

As we enter 2015, and both reflect on the past and focus on our individual and collective futures, I’m hopeful we’ll start to see the future I’ve outlined above. Happy New Year.

Canadian Nurses Association 2014 Hill Day

Posted on December 18, 2014

Got a great picture with Nancy MacFadyen, President, Association of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island from their 2014 Hill Day!

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PEI MPs call for Fantino’s Resignation

Posted on December 12, 2014

(Click picture for video) Today in the House, Sean Casey and I continued the call for the resignation of Minister of Veterans Affairs, Julian Fantino. M. Sean […]

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Release: Easter Reiterates Concerns of Problematic Management of Employment Insurance Claims

Posted on December 10, 2014

OTTAWA – Wayne Easter, MP for Malpeque, is raising concerns about Minister Kenney’s negligent management of Employment and Social Development Canada as it concerns employment insurance […]

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My Question to the Minister of Public Safety on the Recent Release of ISIS Video Directed at Canadians

Posted on December 10, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014 I rose in the House to ask the Minister of Public Safety, Steven Blaney about the recent release of ISIS videos directed […]

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Rising in the House to Remember Sen. Archibald Johnstone

Posted on December 3, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize the passing of Senator Archibald Johnstone recently. Summoned to the Senate in 1998, Archie was most proud of his work […]

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The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA)

Posted on November 27, 2014

It was great to meet with Art Hindle, Salvatore Antonio, and Jamie Spilchuk with the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA). Great conversation about […]

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The Attack of Liberal candidate for Banff-Airdrie, Marlo Raynolds

Posted on November 26, 2014

Mr. Speaker, as MPs, privilege protects what we say here. It is critical that we all use that significant power responsibly and are careful not to […]

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