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We need a multi-decade, sustained effort to move country in right direction

Politicians rarely think on those time scales, too often developing four-year policies that align with election dates. To survive changes in the government of the day, a comprehensive industrial strategy needs broad support across party lines and regional divides. This … Continue reading

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Our tourism economy depends on efficient border control policies

On November 19, 2013, I asked the following question at the House of Commons Finance Committee: “U.S. tourists are very important for my riding of Kingston and the Islands… I have heard from one person who had a DUI conviction … Continue reading

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Working with experts to make my private member’s bill even stronger

On Private Member’s Bills: A Minister can introduce legislation whenever he or she chooses. As an MP , I have only one chance between general elections to put forward a bill. At the beginning of each parliament, there is a lottery, and each MP (except … Continue reading

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MP Ted Hsu tables amendments to his bill to protect Statistics Canada

Bill C-626 shields Statistics Canada from political interference and protects the quality of national data September 23, 2014 OTTAWA – After feedback from a wide range of experts and stakeholders, Liberal MP Ted Hsu yesterday tabled amendments to his private … Continue reading

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Checking if there are enough staff helping soldiers with mental health injuries

When a Canadian Forces member suffers serious illness or injuries, they are posted to a unit called the Joint Personnel Support Unit and assigned to be at an Integrated Personnel Support Centre (IPSC) in order to be treated, receive support, … Continue reading

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How does the Hamilton CCC half-way house closure affect Kingston?

Late last spring, an individual, who wishes to remain anonymous, first brought the closure of the Hamilton Community Correctional Centre to my attention. Specifically, good corrections practices recommends that offenders at the half-way house stage be near their communities of origin so … Continue reading

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How I will vote on the Reform Act, 2014 and why

MP Michael Chong’s revised “Reform Act, 2014”, Bill C-586, seeks to reduce the power of political party leaders, and loosen the leader’s control over the party’s MPs. I agree with this in principle. One good thing this bill does is … Continue reading

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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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