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Dairy Farmers of Canada on the Hill

Posted on February 25, 2015

Was great meeting with the Dairy Farmers of Canada here in Ottawa. Liz Maynard joins us in this picture after a very informative discussion. Liz Maynard - Dariy Farmers of Canada

Letter to the Editor: Building Better Anti-Terrorism Laws

Posted on February 25, 2015

Dear editor,

In the wake of the deadly attacks on military officers in Quebec and on Parliament Hill last October, we must consider how to best protect Canadians from modern terrorist threats while safeguarding our values. Although the government’s new anti-terrorism legislation, Bill C-51, takes some proper steps in that direction, it will need fixing.

Having been the government during 9/11 and other terrorist events, the Liberal Party is well aware of the tough issues and sensitivities involved. We will support C-51 because of measures that will help keep Canadians safe: making better use of no-fly lists, building on the powers of preventative arrest, and allowing for more coordinated information sharing within government.

However, there are also concerns and we hear them, and will offer non-partisan amendments to address the gaps. We hope the government will be constructive and work with us to make a better law; if not, we will present our amendments to Canadians in this year’s election.

First and foremost, when a government asks its citizens to give up even a small portion of their liberty, it is that government’s highest responsibility to guarantee that its new powers will not be abused. Every single one of our allies (the U.S., the U.K., New Zealand, and Australia) with whom we share intelligence has a parliamentary or congressional oversight mechanism for their national security agencies, yet Canada does not. If we are going to give our security agencies new powers, they must be subject to much stricter supervision and review.

Liberals will also work to narrow and clarify the overly broad scope of new powers that have been proposed, and put a time limit on how long the provisions last before they must be reviewed—as has been the case with past Canadian anti-terrorist legislation.

Beyond laws, there are real worries that this government is not providing enough resources to the task. Our existing review body for the Canadian spy agency, CSIS, has raised doubts about its own capacity after the government left vacancies on its board open for years. We must also ensure that our security services have what they need to do their jobs, without depriving them of resources in other areas—especially in light of recent budget cuts.

It is not enough for government to simply say “trust us”. That trust must be earned, it must be checked and it must be renewed.

Yours sincerely,

Wayne Easter, MP
Liberal Party of Canada Public Safety Critic

Letter to the Editor: Snow removal work crews deserve thanks

Posted on February 21, 2015

This letter was published in the PEI Guardian February 21, 2015.

Editor: I am writing to commend the various public and private snow removal crews who have been working around the clock cleaning up from the 86.6-centimetre storm this past week.

It is important to recognize the numerous individuals working in frigid temperatures to restore our power and clear our streets. Let us not forget the staff at hospitals and manners who worked tirelessly giving the best care possible, some putting in 36+ hour shifts and those first responders, working long shifts to ensure emergencies were seen to.

Island residents have seen a very white two weeks with more winter ahead of us. As we all dig ourselves out, relocate our cars and get back to our routines, we must remember all those who have been working tirelessly to keep us warm, assist and care for those of us needing assistance, and get us back on the roads safely.

It is in times like these where we remember the strength and importance of community. Let us be proud of our Island warmth and generosity as we remain aware of the needs of those around us.

Wayne Easter,

MP for Malpeque

Question in the House on Min. MacKay’s Judicial Appointments

Posted on February 17, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015, I rose in the House to ask the Minister of Justice, Peter Mackay, to explain his record of questionable appointments: Mr. Speaker, […]

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RELEASE: Encouraged by Mandatory Drug Shortage Reporting Announcement

Posted on February 12, 2015

Member of Parliament for Malpeque, Wayne Easter, is pleased to hear drug shortage reporting will now be more aggressive, allowing for notice of medication shortages to […]

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Statement in the House – Remembering Don Harron

Posted on January 29, 2015

  Mr. Speaker, today I pay tribute to the late Don Harron, an unforgettable Canadian actor, comedian, cartoonist and writer. He entertained generations of Canadians with […]

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Straight Talk about the Canadian Economy

Posted on January 28, 2015

Mr. 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. […]

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#‎BellLetsTalk

Posted on January 28, 2015

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

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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, […]

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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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