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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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Responding to Refugee Health Care Cuts

Update: The Federal Court has declared these cuts unconstitutional, saying that they constitute “cruel and unusual” treatment. Christie Blatchford denounced the cuts in the National Post, saying that they represent the “deliberate heartlessness… and… boneheaded ineptness” of the Conservative government. I recently had … Continue reading

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Happy Portugal Day! Feliz Dia de Portugal!

Today I was pleased to rise in the House of Commons to recognize Portugal Day. I’m proud to live in and represent a riding with such a strong and vibrant Portuguese community!   Today is Portugal Day, when Portuguese communities … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Let StatsCan do its job!

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 … Continue reading

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New Brunswick Conservative Government wants return of long-form census

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 … Continue reading

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Internal survey: Canadians want long-form census reinstated

  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 … Continue reading

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Finally some answers on the Prison Farms land

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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