Category Archive for "Federal News"

Parliamentary procedure serving Canadians: Liberal-Green cooperation in the House

Ted Hsu

Why is the Liberal Party working with the Green Party on amendments to delay by a few hours the copyright bill C-11 and the refugee and immigration bill C-31? On Tuesday night in the House of Commons we voted on…

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An unexpected difference in voting between the NDP and Liberals: re-naming a national park

Ted Hsu

Private Member’s Bill C-370 proposes to rename St. Lawrence Islands National Park to Thousand Islands National Park. The rationale for this is that Thousand Islands is a much more recognized international brand which would attract more tourism business to the…

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Dear Mr. Harper, Please support my Bill C-562.

Ted Hsu

Dear Mr. Harper, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure,” You said those words, and I could not agree more. In May 2014, you committed Canada to spend $3.5 billion over five years, starting in 2015, to improve the health of…

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Conservatives closed the prison farms, got it all wrong about the skills deficit in the economy

Ted Hsu

When the Prison Farms were closed in 2010, the Conservative government’s rationale was written down in a letter from Public Safety Minister, Vic Toews, to the House of Commons committee on Public Safety and National Security CSC has been gradually phasing…

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Long-form census and healthy cities

Ted Hsu

I recently reached out to the City Manager’s Office at the City of Toronto to try to get a better understanding of how they use census data. Toronto is the most populous city in the country, and my hope was…

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Daycares need good data

Ted Hsu

I recently reached out to the City Manager’s Office at the City of Toronto to try to get a better understanding of how they use census data. Toronto is the most populous city in the country, and my hope was…

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Lifelong pension option for injured veterans instead of lump sum payments: reduces risk

Ted Hsu

Throughout the last Parliament, my Liberal Party colleagues and I have been advocating for the proper treatment of veterans, who have put themselves in harm’s way in the service of Canada. This is now continued with the Liberal Party’s promises…

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Conservatives Decrease Funding for Pesticide Regulation and Safety

Ted Hsu

The issue of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been shown to adversely affect bees and other pollinators essential to agriculture and the ecosystem, has been in the forefront in recent years. It is an economic issue and an environmental issue. Many…

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Energy Retrofits: Instead of the Conservative plan to renovate million dollar homes, we could make old homes more affordable

Ted Hsu

Prime Minister Harper recently made an election promise to establish a home renovation tax credit. It has been rightly criticized for spending lots of money on people who are already well housed without government help. People who own million dollar…

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Why did Stephen Harper choose to keep the jail term for not filling out the census?

Ted Hsu

  Contrary to their election promise in 2011, Stephen Harper’s government chose to keep the threat of jail time for not filling out the census. “Our government committed to removing the jail-time penalties for Canadians who refused to participate in…

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