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    Status of the Canadian Artist event tonight at 5pm at 303 East 8th Ave (just behind Mount Pleasant Community Centre). We will be using #realpriorities at the event. Hope to see you there.
    Nov 27, 2013 3:08 pm | British Columbia, Vancouver Kingsway

October

September

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    Are you concencerned about what is going in Quebec? What to hear from a Québécois who has stood up for Canada and is seen by almost everyone in the country as a man of integrity? Come hear Stephan Dion speak about the Quebec Charter of Values at UBC on Friday October 4. Details are below. MP Murray's Town Hall Details: The Quebec 'Charter of Values': what does it mean for Canadians? Guest speaker Hon. Stéphane Dion... When: October 4, 2013 2 - 4 pm Where: Abdul Ladha Student Sciences Centre 2055 East Mall, UBC Map Free
    Sep 26, 2013 11:45 am | British Columbia, Vancouver Kingsway
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    Please join Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party and speak out on the use of a "secular" charter that limits freedom and fans the flames of prejudice.
    Sep 12, 2013 2:18 pm | British Columbia, Vancouver Kingsway

August

July

June

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    Jun 30, 2013 12:54 pm | British Columbia, Vancouver Kingsway
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    Jun 30, 2013 12:46 pm | British Columbia, Vancouver Kingsway
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    Let us never forget that we live in an incredible country with a proud tradition of mulitculturalism. It is a tradition that not that not only celebrates the cultures and languages of so many of us who have come to this land, or whose parents or grandparents came, but it also allows of each of us to be Canadian in our own way and together at the same time. Nationalism, in the wrong context, can take on a divisive and at times dangerous tone, but today let's be proud of Canada as a world leader in forging a nation that carries at its heart a deep rooted respect for all the people, languages, and cultures that have found a home in Canada.
    Jun 27, 2013 10:54 am | British Columbia, Vancouver Kingsway
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    Let's not underestimate the long term impact of youth unemployment and underemployment. Can't run in the race for the 21st century let alone win it if young people are not being trained and getting real life experience.
    Jun 26, 2013 3:07 pm | British Columbia, Vancouver Kingsway
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    Jun 25, 2013 1:30 pm | British Columbia, Vancouver Kingsway
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    Looking forward to spendind some quality time with Liberals from Vancouver-Kingsway tomorrow at our "thanks for voting" celebration. Joyce Murray will be there, and we have a message from our leader, Justin Trudeau. Should be great, rain or shine (although I'd prefer shine....)
    Jun 22, 2013 10:31 am | British Columbia, Vancouver Kingsway
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    JustinTrudeau has formally released a plan to increase accountability in Parliament. This is a great news for those of us that believe Parliment needs to work better. It is a strong first step at reforming the way Parliament does business. Let's hope it receives the support of all parties who should be working together to create the open, transparent, efficent, and functional Parliment that we deserve. Please feel free to pass Trudea's ideas on to other.... For Immediate Release ... June 10, 2013 Liberals Introduce Motions to Improve Accountability, Open Parliament to Canadians Immediately OTTAWA– The Liberal Party will continue to raise the bar on Parliamentary openness and accountability by putting forward opposition motions to immediately deal with Parliament’s transparency issues, said Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau today. “Canadians have indicated that they’re looking for better accountability proposals, so why should Parliament wait to get started?” said Mr. Trudeau. “Last week, the Liberal Party announced our Open Parliament plan, and this week we are calling on the House of Commons to adopt several measures to increase its transparency without delay.” Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has put the following motions on notice: 1) a motion requiring the House of Commons Board of Internal Economy (BOIE) to begin posting Members’ travel and hospitality expenses on the Parliament of Canada website; 2) a motion requiring the BOIE to begin posting individual Members’ Expenditure Reports on the Parliament of Canada website; 3) a motion that the House of Commons call on the Auditor General to carry out performance audits of the House of Commons administration; and 4) a motion that the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs develop public guidelines to ensure proper spending in Parliament. “In the past several weeks, Canadians faith in public office holders has been rocked by the scandals plaguing Stephen Harper and his Conservative government,” said Mr. Trudeau. “Parliament simply cannot afford to wait to implement these vital accountability measures. We hope that all parties will agree to pass them swiftly when they come before the House of Commons tomorrow.”
    Jun 10, 2013 1:06 pm | British Columbia, Vancouver Kingsway
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    Pour diffusion immédiate Le 10 juin 2013 Les libéraux déposent des motions pour améliorer la responsabilité et ouvrir le Parlement aux Canadiens immédiatement OTTAWA– Le chef libéral Justin Trudeau a déclaré aujourd'hui que le Parti libéral continue de travailler en faveur de plus d'ouverture et de transparence au Parlement en déposant des motions de l’opposition demandant que la Chambre règle immédiatement certaines questions touchant la transparence au Parlement. « Les Canadiens ont démontré qu’ils veulent des solutions visant à augmenter la responsabilité des parlementaires, alors, pourquoi attendre pour nous mettre au travail?, a dit M. Trudeau. La semaine dernière, le Parti libéral a rendu public son programme “Parlement ouvert”, et cette semaine, nous demandons à la Chambre des communes d’adopter plusieurs mesures pour améliorer sa transparence, et ce, sans plus tarder. » Le chef libéral Justin Trudeau a donné avis des motion suivantes demandant que : 1) le Bureau de régie interne (BRI) de la Chambre des communes commence à afficher sur le site Web du Parlement du Canada les frais de déplacement et de représentation des députés; 2) le BRI commence à afficher sur le site Web du Parlement du Canada les rapports de dépenses de chaque député; 3) la Chambre des communes demande au vérificateur général d’effectuer des vérification du rendement de l’administration de la Chambre des communes; et 4) le Comité permanent de la procédure et des affaires de la Chambre élabore des lignes directrices afin d’assurer que les dépenses du Parlement sont appropriées. « Au cours des dernières semaines, la confiance des Canadiens à l’égard des titulaires de charges publiques a été sérieusement ébranlée par les scandales qui assaillent Stephen Harper et son gouvernement conservateur, a ajouté M. Trudeau. Le Parlement ne peut tout simplement pas attendre pour mettre en place ces mesures cruciales visant à améliorer la responsabilité au sein du Parlement. Nous espérons que tous les partis accepteront de les adopter sans délai lorsqu’elles seront présentées à la Chambre demain. »
    Jun 10, 2013 1:05 pm | British Columbia, Vancouver Kingsway
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    Federal Liberals Linda Campbell and Shaun Govender taking over Nanaimo
    Jun 08, 2013 1:28 am | British Columbia, Vancouver Kingsway
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    Heading to Nanaimo tomorrow for the BCFLC (federal liberal council) meeting Will be nice to catch up with fellow Federal Liberals from across the Province.
    Jun 06, 2013 3:07 pm | British Columbia, Vancouver Kingsway

February

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    As a potential leadership candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada I travelled across Canada, from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland. To everyone I met along the road, thank-you for your kindness, your openness and the welcome you provided to me and my team. Most importantly, thank you for sharing your ideas on how to build both our nation and our Party. It was an honour to join the process and the experience was both humbling and exhilarating. Thank you. As I crossed the country I found that while many people were engaged and informed, many others were cynical, many simply believing that it makes no difference who is elected to any particular office because all politicians are the same. I am supporting Justin Trudeau to be our next Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. I believe he will make a difference. Let me explain. If we want the Federal Liberal Party to be a force in Canadian politics, to contribute to the national discussion and provide leadership on significant policy decisions we must convince Canadians that democracy does matter, that whom we elect as our Leader is important, and that federal politics need not be politics as usual. We face some serious challenges in our nation’s immediate and long-term future. We have decisions to make about the nature of our neighbourhoods and our communities. We need answers to the questions: what kind of country do we want to live in; what should it look like; and what set of beliefs will guide it forward. We have to address the incredible changes that are taking place in our economy, in our environment, in technology, in education, and in our social fabric. As a Western Canadian, who believes that the Liberal Party must rebuild itself from the Pacific through the Prairies; as a father who wants to see a bright and prosperous future for my children, and as someone who recognises the real and growing divide between urban and rural communities, I am seeking a Leader who can reach out to Canadians and convince them that together we can build a country that does more than try to avoid what we fear to be and instead strives to be an example of what we can be. With the right leadership we can build a just and secure society. We can be a country where protecting the environment and economic development are seen as compatible goals. We can build a nation where equal opportunity for every Canadian, including Aboriginal Canadians, is limited only by our imagination. We can create a society were fear of job loss, of homelessness, of violence, and of taking risks is replaced by the pursuit of our dreams, both personal and collective. Having met all of the qualified men and women in the race to be Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, I can say with confidence that there is one among them whom I believe can fulfill this vision. There is one candidate who has the potential to build a new relationship with Canadians, who can reach out to the approximately 40 percent of Canadians who chose not to participate in our federal political process. Justice Trudeau represents a new generation of leadership, for the Liberal Party and for Canada. Although his name carries echoes of the past, his ideas, his vision and his heart are set on building a Canada for the future. Justin understands that for the Liberal Party of Canada to be relevant in 2015 it must be more than a Party seeking power, it must be a Party with a vision, a Party that works to inspire rather than divide, and a Party that embraces a new way of doing politics. For these reasons, I am endorsing Justin Trudeau and giving him my full support in his pursuit to be the next Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. I urge you to consider supporting Justin as our new Leader. Please go to Justin.ca and sign up as a supporter or member so that you have a right to cast your vote for Justin. Alex Burton President, Vancouver-Kingsway Federal Liberal Riding Association and former leadership candidate.
    Feb 07, 2013 1:32 pm | British Columbia, Vancouver Kingsway

December

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    After considerable consultation with my campaign team, my supporters, and my family, I have decided to withdraw from the race for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. When I made the decision to seek the leadership I did so with a number of commitments in mind and a desire to achieve certain goals. I entered the race in part because I believed that we, as Liberals, needed real choice in this leadership contest. I also wanted to make sure that building the party, particularly in Western Canada, would be front and centre as a focus of the leadership race. I also committed to running a campaign in the same way I would seek to lead the country, in a careful and considered manner in which fiscal responsibility would be paramount. At a more personal level, my desire to pursue and put into action the values with which I was raised – the duty I believe we have to make our corner of the world a better place – motivated me to seek a leadership role in the Party. I have been blessed in life, been given great opportunity, and have been successful in my profession. Those blessings, opportunities, and successes are something that must be understood in the context of the lives of all Canadians. With the benefits I have enjoyed comes responsibility, a duty to act in pursuit of a greater good. My decision to run for leader of the Liberal party was motivated by a desire to make sure everyone has the opportunity to share in our country’s prosperity. In pursuit of the leadership I was given another great opportunity, to travel across the country to speak with and listen to Canadians from all walks of life. The trip across Canada can only be described as a great privilege and an incredible honour. To be able to meet with folks and talk with them about the concerns of their daily lives, about their hopes and dreams, and their aspirations for their country is something that will continue to have an impact on me as I continue to work to make Canada the place I believe it can and should be. To all the people I met across the country I want to say thank you. Your interest in our communities, the places where we work, the neighbourhoods we live in, and your deep desire to help build a better country was simply inspiring. I will continue to work to build the Liberal Party and will do so, in part, because I believe we must continually strive to build a just and secure society. This goal is not something that is achieved in one leadership race, or one election. It is a commitment that all those who serve the public must continually pursue and it is a goal we must constantly revisit. A just and secure society must not only include an embracing, inclusive, and tolerant Canada, but it must be a society where everyone has the opportunity to participate in our prosperity. We must build a Canada where we make a real commitment to ending child poverty, by integrating policies on prenatal care, early childhood learning, affordable housing, education, and health services. A just and secure society must work with and listen to First Nations. First Nations must be treated as partners and the relationship with the federal government must transition to a positive, constructive one where real solutions to the challenges faced by members of First Nations communities across Canada are sought and implemented together. I will also continue to work on the issue of justice reform. It is not enough to be tough on crime, we must be smart on crime. Our justice system must be more efficient, more effective, and be given the tools it needs to do the work asked of it. We need more predictable outcomes where the principles of denunciation and deterrence are real disincentives to those who would consider criminal pursuits a reasonable choice. We must do more to prevent crime before it occurs, and ensure that the criminal justice system does not become a permanent stand in for a real mental health strategy. The decision to enter the race for leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada was a difficult one. There were considerations for my family, my career, and of course an understanding that significant financial contribution would be required. I cannot thank my family, my friends, my campaign team, and my supporters enough. Words cannot describe the debt I owe to all of you. We often hear words of thanks and appreciation from politicians’ lips, but I now know that such words have more weight, more meaning, and more gratitude than I could imagine. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all who made my participation in this race possible. As hard as it was to make the decision to enter the race, the decision to withdraw was even harder. All the same considerations were present, but there was also an opportunity to put into action my beliefs, my principles and my values. There was an opportunity to speak about real ideas and the need to do politics differently. Unfortunately, my desire to speak out and my belief that we must take real action will have to be pursued in a different forum; but it will be pursued. I intend to run for office as a Member of Parliament in 2015, and will continue to advocate for the things I believe in and work to make my corner of the world a better place. Thank you again to all of you who supported the campaign in big and small ways. I look forward to personally meeting with, talking to as many of you as possible in the days ahead and look forward to 2015 and making sure we are building the Canada of possibility and the Canada of our dreams that we so desire.
    Dec 13, 2012 3:58 pm | British Columbia, Vancouver Kingsway
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    Headed to the Vancouver-Kingsway Liberal Riding Association's "Kingsway Conversation" tonight on justice issues. The event is at Slikity Jim's (Main St. and 18th Ave) at 7:00 pm. Should be interesting.
    Dec 05, 2012 5:03 pm | British Columbia, Vancouver Kingsway
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    Great to be in Cambridge Ontario tonight to talk and listen to federal Liberals from across the province. Tomorrow is the leadership town hall and we get a few minutes to present ourselves to the crowd; but I am looking forward to the Q & A session - you learn so much about what is important to people by listening to the questions they ask.
    Dec 01, 2012 8:09 pm | British Columbia, Vancouver Kingsway
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    Dec 01, 2012 9:53 am | British Columbia, Vancouver Kingsway

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