Archive for May, 2014

Let MPs elect Committee Chairs: a step toward democratic reform!

Ted Hsu

I was pleased to be the first MP to co-sponsor my colleague MP Brad Trost’s private member’s motion (M-431), which called on the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs to review the way that committee chairs are elected. On paper, committees…

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Let StatsCan do its job!

Ted Hsu

It’s becoming increasingly clear that the Conservative government’s decision to do away with the long-form census is significantly affecting our ability to get the data we need. This data helps us intelligently plan our city strategies, our education strategies, our…

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New Brunswick Conservative Government wants return of long-form census

Ted Hsu

Lately I’ve been hearing lots of responses to the termination of the long-form census. Even though the decision to eliminate the mandatory long-form census took place in 2011, stories have been coming out fairly regularly. This makes sense: it takes…

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Internal survey: Canadians want long-form census reinstated

Ted Hsu

  When the Conservative government put an end to the long-form census in 2011, the decision was widely criticized. Canadians understood that there would be serious consequences for significantly reducing data collection, and now we are starting to see the…

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Finally some answers on the Prison Farms land

Ted Hsu

I asked the government about Correctional Services of Canada’s sale of a parcel of land from the former Prison Farm. After some time I received the answer below.  I thought my constituents might be interested in the response:  

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Auditor General: StatsCan can't get the data we need

Ted Hsu

When the Conservative government cut the long-form census in 2011, we knew that there would be lots of consequences. We use the data collected in lots of ways: the data shapes city planning, school board decisions, public transit lines, and…

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An evening with your MP: Talking with Kingston's West End

Ted Hsu

Do you have concerns or ideas on federal issues like pensions, youth employment – whatever is on your mind? I invite you to join me on Thursday, May 15, 7:00 PM, at Frontenac Secondary School for an open discussion in…

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International Education Strategy leaves a lot to be desired

Ted Hsu

We don’t need repackaged targets; we need big ideas. Like many in the education sector, I was pleased when the government announced it would release its International Education Strategy. However, those of us looking forward to a comprehensive, innovative strategy…

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Explaining why university research matters

Ted Hsu

This past Wednesday I was happy to be the Liberal co-sponsor of an event by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU): the Pop-up Research Park on Parliament Hill. As part of COU’s “Research Matters” campaign, this nonpartisan event gave Members…

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