OTTAWA – Following the announcement that Parliament would reconvene on November 22nd, NDP House Leader, Peter Julian, wrote to Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government urging them to get Members of Parliament back to work earlier to help Canadians struggling in this fourth wave of COVID-19. Instead of urgently calling back Parliament after an election that resulted with virtually the same make up as last one, Justin Trudeau chose to make people and small businesses struggling with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis wait longer for the help they need.
NDP MP Peter Julian made the following statement:
“Since the pandemic began, Canadians have struggled financially while the ultra-rich have been making record profits. The most recently leaked documents, the Pandora Papers, are yet another reminder that ultra-rich Canadians are using tax loopholes to avoid paying their fair share and the government isn’t doing anything about it.
Residents asked to check neighbours, help seniors cope as mercury soars again
by: Kevin Griffin, The Province
The province has moved into "high gear" in anticipation of another heat wave in Metro Vancouver and other areas of southern B.C., Health Minister Adrian Dix said Wednesday, implementing several measures that include covering the cost of staff and water at neighbourhood cooling centres.
Officials are also calling on the public to check in with neighbours, family members and friends who are living alone to make sure they are keeping cool and hydrated.
BURNABY – Today, NDP MP Peter Julian (New Westminster-Burnaby) delivered the first part of the 2021 harvest - 25 pounds of homegrown organic squash and zucchini to The Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby.
43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Here is my letter to the Minister of Finance regarding the Trudeau government’s lack of commitment to restoring the full Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) in their announcement last Friday regarding COVID-19 benefits and business support.
Jagmeet Singh and the NDP Caucus continue to press the Liberal government to immediately restore the CRB level to $2000 and extend the benefits to those in need as long as we are in a pandemic.
by: Jacques Gallant Political Reporter, The Toronto Star
If a federal election is called for the fall, killing the government's conversion therapy bill in the process, one of the big questions will be whether the government did all that it could to get the bill passed.
For some, that also sparks a perhaps more cynical question: Did the government even want the bill passed?
The Liberal government has blamed the Conservatives for frustrating Bill C-6's progress in the House of Commons, where it finally passed in June, and in the Senate, where it passed second reading before the upper chamber rose for the summer.
There's no question that the Conservatives dragged out the proceedings in the House, while the government's representative in the Senate says there's simply no agreement among Senate leadership to deal with the bill this summer should the chamber be recalled.
But that doesn't tell the whole story of the misfortunes of a bill that would provide much-needed protections for LGBTQ Canadians - and which would finally fulfil a major Liberal campaign promise.
So, what happened?
The New Democrats say they offered to help fast-track the bill in the Commons, and repeatedly asked why the bill wasn't being brought for debate sooner.
LOWER MAINLAND – Over the weekend, while millions of Canadians are still without work, the Liberals chose to cut the amount of CRB people receive by $800. The NDP knows that Canadians still need help to make ends meet. That’s why Jenny Kwan, MP for Vancouver East, and Peter Julian, MP for New Westminster-Burnaby, are urging the government to reverse these senseless cuts.
OTTAWA – Yesterday, the finance committee passed an NDP motion which demands that the government begin a public inquiry into the offshore tax schemes that defrauded some Canadians of their retirement savings. For years, people who lost tens of thousands of dollars were told that there was very little the police or government could do to recover their money. New Democrats have been fighting for accountability for these victims and reforms to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
NEW WESTMINSTER – Today, NDP MP Peter Julian (New Westminster - Burnaby) submitted Motion M-94 calling on the Trudeau government to immediately stop the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline project. MP Julian also called on the Parliamentary Budget Officer to conduct an ongoing and thorough review of the financial viability of the pipeline expansion.
NEW WESTMINSTER – Yesterday, NDP MP Peter Julian (New Westminster–Burnaby) tabled Bill C-313, a private member’s bill that would prevent anyone from selling and displaying symbols that promote hatred and violence against identifiable groups. Julian says banning symbols of hatred like swastikas or Klu Klux Klan insignia is important for all Canadians to feel safe.
New Westminster-Burnaby MP Peter Julian is seeking support from cities across Canada for efforts to combat hate.
Julian is writing to municipalities across the country to seek an endorsement of his House of Commons motion related to anti-hate crimes and incidents and his private member's bill on banning symbols of hate.