Category Archive for "Federal News"

Discuss the 2012 federal budget!

Ted Hsu

Thursday at 4 pm, you can watch along with Members of Parliament as Conservative finance minister Jim Flaherty unveils his 2012 budget.  To watch online, go to cpac.ca I have been working hard to prepare for this budget. Like many…

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Why is this Conservative government against free speech for our tax-supported scientists?

Ted Hsu

First published in Kingston This Week and EMC, March 2012 Finding cures for deadly diseases, understanding weather patterns, protecting our rivers and lakes, slowing the pace of climate change — it all starts with science. Long before I was an…

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The government says it needs to cut services. Does it make sense then to add 30 new MPs?

Ted Hsu

First published in Kingston This Week and EMC, March, 2012 Recently the Conservative government rushed through a bill that will add 30 new MPs to the House of Commons. While claiming this was necessary to maintain the democratic goal of…

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Harper’s government: Skip the debate, close the doors, we’ll tell you what you need to know.

Ted Hsu

Published first in EMC and Kingston This Week, February 2012 Because it’s not practical for 34 million Canadians to talk to the Prime Minister, you elect a member of Parliament to bring your concerns to your government. But when the…

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Do you have a story about robo-calls or voter harassment during the 2011 election?

Ted Hsu

          I invite you to contact the Office of the Commissioner of Canada Elections. As outlined in the Canada Elections Act, complaints pertaining to irregularities, fraud, or corrupt or illegal practices that affected the result of…

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GreenCentre: a home-grown model for unlocking the value of Canadian basic research

Ted Hsu

The following was published in the February 27, 2012 issue of The Hill Times: Canada faces an urgent challenge to increase the productivity of its workforce in the face of demographic shifts, budgetary pressures, and international competition. One weak link is…

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Homeowners, local businesses, environment – all losers under this Conservative government

Ted Hsu

Published first in EMC and Kingston This Week, February 2012 The Conservative government has once again brought the Eco- ENERGY Retrofit program to a sudden halt. This popular program — which offered homeowners grants of up to $5,000 to make…

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Affected by the Conservatives' changes to Old Age Security: Municipal property tax programs for seniors

Ted Hsu

I’m about to pay my City of Kingston 2012 interim property tax bill and noticed three programs to help low income seniors manage their property tax bills — the Seniors Property Tax Grant Program, Tax Deferral Program, and Tax Increase…

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Reform the SR&ED tax credit, don’t narrow eligibility

Ted Hsu

Many innovative, technology-intensive companies have benefited from the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit. These are the types of businesses – often entrepreneurial start-ups – that Canada should be nurturing. They can represent the future promise of our…

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Pensions: some thoughts

Ted Hsu

If you are worried about what Stephen Harper has been saying about changing Old Age Security (OAS) benefits to make OAS more “sustainable”, know that I and my Liberal Party colleagues will do our best to prevent Stephen Harper from…

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