OTTAWA â€“ Today, NDP Finance Critic, Peter Julian, MP (New Westminster-Burnaby) tabled groundbreaking new federal legislation, modelled off of the Canada Health Act, to establish a universal, single-payer, comprehensive and public pharmacare plan that will deliver better healthcare for all Canadians.
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In my riding in New Westminster and Burnaby, we have cities that are desperately looking for infrastructure funding. The deficit on infrastructure funding has increased. It is now well over $170 billion. The concern is, of course, the fact that we need the infrastructure funding and yet there are tens of billions of dollars that have been promoted by the government as part of its budgetary documents but not allocated to those municipalities across the country.
On December 5th, MP Julian re-submitted his Motion in the House of Commons, calling on Parliamentarians to support a Canadian Green New Deal. It remains the first and only legislative initiative before the House of Commons in the 43rd Parliament, advocating for a Green New Deal. The motion is based on different models worldwide including the resolution submitted in the US Congress by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York and Senator Ed Markey from Massachusetts. Law makers in countries around the world are currently looking into introducing similar legislation.
Prior to speaking to the media outside the House of Commons, the two NDP MPs sent the attached letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau.
â€œWith their current plan, about half of all Canadians would get no benefit at all,â€� said Julian. â€œDuring the election, right across this country, we heard from people who are struggling and they told us clearly that they need dental care to be affordable. The government is missing an important opportunity to help millions of Canadians.â€�
The Green New Deal is the call for an ambitious government-led mobilization to make the investments necessary to stop climate change and fight back against massive social and economic inequalities. By making public investments in clean and renewable energy, in housing retrofits, and in electric vehicles, we can drastically reduce our carbon emissions while creating well-paying, unionized jobs. The Green New Deal is about saving our planet, while making sure that all Canadians, including the workers in carbon-heavy twilight industries are provided with good family-sustaining jobs as we transition into a renewable and clean energy economy.
Join your voice with mine and the voices of thousands of Canadians to take a new approach for Canada, to implement a Green New Deal.
OTTAWA â€“ Today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announced the NDP shadow cabinet, highlighting the diversity, energy, and experience of his new caucus members who are ready to deliver for Canadians. Working together, they will keep fighting to protect and create jobs, make life more affordable, and take real and urgent steps fight the climate crisis.
VICTORIA â€“ Today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announced Peter Julian (New Westminster-Burnaby) and Rachel Blaney (North Islandâ€”Powell River) were appointed to the positions of NDP House Leader and Whip respectively.
â€œPeter is among the most experienced and committed caucus members we have, and Rachel has earned the respect of people in and out of our caucus,â€� said Singh. â€œI will be relying on both of them in these important leadership roles as New Democrats work to deliver for Canadians in this minority parliament.â€�
â€˜People are starting to wake up to how badly planned this pipeline is, and I think it will be a major issue during the election campaign,â€™ says B.C. NDP MP Peter Julian.
Pipeline protestors are pictured in Vancouver in 2017. Protests are widely expected to kick off amid the start of construction work at Trans Mountain sites in the Greater Vancouver Area, presenting an electoral risk to Liberals in the region. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
â€œThe government canâ€™t build an internationally-controversial project, and then stick Burnaby with the bill for the costs of policing the protestsâ€�, said Julian. â€œFor a government that has tried to sell an image of itself as a responsible financial steward, the last thing it should be doing is dumping millions of dollars in costs on a municipality.â€�
by Bill Curry, Globe and Mail
The future of the $35-billion Canada Infrastructure Bank will be decided in the October election as both the Conservatives and New Democrats say they would shut down the Crown corporation created by the Trudeau Liberals.
The two-year-old federal entity is now set up in Toronto's financial district with plans to increase to 74 employees and an annual operating budget of around $50million this year.
â€œThe PBO report shows that we have, at bare minimum, $1.6 trillion dollars leaving the country each year, and that we may be losing $40 billion dollars in tax revenue annually,â€� said Dusseault. â€œIn four years, the government has not implemented any meaningful measures to stop this, or even to better understand the flow of money. An NDP government will crack down on the abusive transactions used by the wealthy to hide their money in shell companies overseas.â€�
Published June 20, 2019
Updated June 20, 2019
Canadian companies transferred more than $1.6-trillion in 2018 to low-tax countries known as offshore financial centres and conduits to these nations, according to a new report by the Parliamentary Budget Officer.
The in-depth analysis by Yves Giroux â€“ a former senior official with the Canada Revenue Agency â€“ calculates that if just 10 per cent of that amount was transferred to avoid taxes, that would mean Ottawa lost out on $25-billion in federal revenue. Billions more would have been lost in provincial corporate taxes.