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Summer jobs: an important part of skills and training

It’s often useful to look south of the border for examples to learn from and apply in Canada. A recent article in the on-line journal Five Thirty Eight highlighted how summer jobs have been disappearing in the United States over decades. Research … Continue reading

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We must unmuzzle scientists

I’ve been concerned with the muzzling of scientists since I first became a Member of Parliament. I’ve been pleased to speak at rallies, write opinion pieces and advocate for science and science funding as the Liberal Party’s critic for science … Continue reading

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What’s next in choosing the next MP? A nomination contest!

My announcement last week that I will not seek re-election in 2015 was unanticipated by the community. While the decision was a family one, the short notice for its announcement allows for a level playing field for the people thinking … Continue reading

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I am choosing not to run for re-election in 2015

Since my election in 2011, it has been an honour and a privilege to serve my country and the people of Kingston and the Islands as your Member of Parliament. My original reason for entering political life still guides me: … Continue reading

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As an MP, one of my main responsibilities is holding the government to account. Ministers give instructions to their departments, and public servants follow these instructions. I may criticize Ministers when I have good reason to believe they could be … Continue reading

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Services for Aboriginal Families in Kingston after the Katarokwi Native Friendship Centre Closure

Yesterday (July 29, 2014) I had the opportunity to meet with federal government officials concerning the aftermath of the closure of the Katarokwi Native Friendship Centre. The Centre had been delivering two evidence-based federal programs, the Canadian Pre-natal Nutrition Program (CPNP) … Continue reading

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The leading edge of sociological research and Conservative cuts to research in the Department of Justice

I was flipping through an old issue of the Alumni Weekly from my graduate school when I encountered an article about a sociologist using a recently developed technique called Respondent-Driven Sampling (RDS). You can read about it online but for the … Continue reading

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Why the role of elected MPs is so important

MP Michael Chong, advocate for parliamentary reform, speaking in May 2014: In many democracies, such as the great democracy to the south of us, voters and citizens have three franchises. They have three votes at the national level. They vote … Continue reading

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Can we make better use of the KP site by allowing tourists to visit?

Back in April I wrote Minister Stephen Blaney about the missed opportunity to re-open the Kingston Penitentiary site for tourism. It has been several months without a reply now and I thought we should publicly remind the minister that many … Continue reading

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Veterans Affairs Advertising – where was the sound economic management?

I responded to a letter from Minister of Veterans Affairs, Julian Fantino, to the Kingston Whig-Standard on Saturday, June 12: Here is what I wrote, published on July 15: Indeed, they had a choice, spend more money on advertising or spend … Continue reading

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