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.
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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.
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Mr. Speaker, the member has made our point for us, and that is that other countries have put in place wealth taxes because they see that massive gulf between the very wealthy in their countries and most of their population.
That is why when we go to other social democratic countries, we see much stronger protections around health care and ensuring that there is a transition to clean energy economy. We see, in other countries, our international allies are far ahead of Canada in terms of making the investments that count, investments in health care, investments in education, ensuring as well that people have a right to housing, and that we transition to the clean energy economy.
Canada could learn a lot from our international partners. My point is very valid, that the Liberal government is refusing the good examples that would make a difference in the quality of life for Canadians
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Mr. Speaker, will the member actually recognize that it is obscene to provide $750 billion of liquidity supports to Canada's big banks, with absolutely no conditions, to allow them to increase service charges, to impose penalties and fees and to do all the damage they have done over the course of this past year by refusing to provide supports to so many small businesses and people who are actually relying on the banks to provide some support during this pandemic? The Liberals do all that, and then say they are going to cut CRB by $200 a week and they are going to cut other supports Canadians rely on.
Will the member acknowledge that is inappropriate, given how much the Liberals have given to the banks and billionaires and how they are cutting back on the needs of people?
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.