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    MP Don Davies ' open house party, what a crowd!
    Dec 18, 2015 9:39 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Friends - please join us at the Community Office Holiday Open House this Friday! Please consider bringing a donation for the Vancouver Food Bank. We look forward to celebrating with you!
    Dec 15, 2015 12:34 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Very happy to have the Create Your Canada contest recognized as a valuable and important way for Parliamentarians to engage youth. Equally as happy that Create Your Canada alumni are getting some well deserved attention for their positive, creative and thoughtful ideas.
    Dec 15, 2015 10:48 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    The NDP once again introduced a bill to give trans Canadians equal rights and protection under the Canada Human Rights Act. This bill passed the House of Commons in both the 40th and 41st Parliaments only to be defeated by the Conservative-dominated - and un-elected - Senate. We hope the Liberal government will work with us to get this ground-breaking and sensible law finally passed.
    Dec 09, 2015 2:38 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    NDP RE-INTRODUCES TRANS RIGHTS BILL OTTAWA — Canada’s new parliament will once again have the opportunity to add gender identity and gender expression to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code. “Transgender and gender variant Canadians deserve the same rights and protections that all other Canadians already enjoy,” said NDP LGBTQ critic, Randall Garrison (Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke). “It has been more than five years since the House of Commons first passed this legislation. Transgender Canadians who continue to be subject to high levels of discrimination and even violence are counting on this Parliament to act now.” Garrison’s bill would amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of gender identity and gender expression. It will also amend the Canadian Criminal Code to include gender identity and gender expression as a recognized group where offences are motivated by bias, prejudice or hate. This is Garrison’s second attempt and the NDP’s third attempt at ensuring the rights and safety of Transgender and gender variant Canadians are enshrined in Canadian law. In the previous parliament Garrison’s bill won the support of the House of Commons only to die in the Senate for a second time. “When I was first elected in 2011 I made the promise that I would do everything I could to ensure this legislation becomes law,” said Garrison. “Today, I reaffirm my commitment to continue this fight for equality and justice in Canada.”
    Dec 09, 2015 1:18 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Yesterday I was made aware of the concerns surrounding the permits for Le Marche St. George. Below please see my letter of support for this beloved community institution. December 8, 2015 City Council City of Vancouver 453 West 12th Avenue Vancouver, BC V5Y 1R3 Dear Mayor Robertson and Councillors: Re: Le Marché St. George As the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Kingsway, I am writing to convey my complete support for Le Marché St. George and to urge you to take whatever steps are necessary to permit this outstanding community resource to continue its operations. As a resident in the area, I am very familiar with Le Marché and have long been a patron of the establishment. Serving as a hybrid store, café and community gathering space for many years, Le Marché has proved itself to be a responsible, necessary and irreplaceable part of our community. The proprietors are community members who care about the neighbourhood, and who take great pride in keeping the area friendly and welcoming to others while respecting their neighbours. Enforcing outdated by-laws that would restrict Le Marche’s seating and ability to serve food would greatly impact the nature of the establishment, and negatively change it from the beloved local neighbourhood hub that it is has been, is and will be. I believe that Le Marché should be afforded the ability to continue not only its retail services but its valued and cherished café services in our community. Indeed, the service it provides to our neighbourhood is exactly the kind of local, community-based and green business that Council has been supporting in word and action. Please do whatever is needed to permit Le Marché St George to continue to serve our neighbourhood and build our community in the manner it has been. If you have any questions or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me. Sincerely, Don Davies Member of Parliament Vancouver Kingsway
    Dec 09, 2015 10:36 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    I am very pleased to see the government begin the process to inquire into the tragedy of the 1200 murdered and missing indigenous women and girls in this country. I welcome the recent announcement and hope that this is the start of a process that brings healing, answers, and closure to the families of victims and their communities. Consultations are important, and the Inquiry's mandate needs to be broad enough to address systemic issues like racism and poverty. I also think it is important to ensure there is support and financial assistance for the families affected to enable them to participate. Finally, the government should commit to implementing the Inquiry's recommendations, so that this doesn’t become yet another instance of words, and no action. These mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, cousins and their families deserve no less.
    Dec 08, 2015 2:43 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    “This year’s theme for World AIDS Day is “getting to zero.” The progressive opposition NDP calls on the government of Canada to commit itself to the eradication of the disease... While it is true that inspiring and encouraging advances have been made in recent years, the tragic fact is that 1.2 million people worldwide died of AIDS in 2013. In Canada, the most recent statistics show that 71,300 are currently living with HIV/AIDS and every three hours someone gets infected with the virus." Justin Trudeau Don Davies
    Dec 02, 2015 5:18 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    NDP STATEMENT ON WORLD AIDS DAY As NDP Health critic, I am pleased to issue the following statement on World Aids Day: “This year’s theme for World AIDS Day is “getting to zero”. The progressive opposition NDP calls on the government of Canada to commit itself to the eradication of this disease. Every person living with HIV/AIDS has the right to timely access to affordable drugs, antiretroviral treatment and the care they need. That is how we will one day eradicate AIDS. While it is true that inspiring and encouraging advances have been made in recent years, the tragic fact is that 1.2 million people worldwide died of AIDS in 2013. In Canada, the most recent statistics show that 71,300 are currently living with HIV/AIDS and every three hours someone gets infected with the virus. This year, at the 8th International Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver, numerous specialists prepared and signed the Vancouver Consensus. In this document, they stated: Science has delivered solutions. The question for the world is: When will we put it into practice? The government must respond to their call and take action now.” The New Democrats will do our part to work together and play a positive role in improving the health of all Canadians.
    Dec 01, 2015 9:35 am | British Columbia, Taschereau

November

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    Nov 30, 2015 12:32 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    CONGRATS Edmonton Eskimos on a great Grey Cup win! So glad they won...representing the West, my birthplace and a great NDP city!!
    Nov 29, 2015 6:53 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Positive leadership & positive change from Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.
    Nov 23, 2015 3:30 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Had a great time at our campaign volunteer appreciation celebration Tuesday night. We ran a sensational grassroots campaign built on neighbours talking to neighbours. I'm so privileged to work with such a strong, progressive community in Vancouver Kingsway!
    Nov 19, 2015 4:55 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Some thoughts about Canadian refugee policy: I categorically condemn the appalling terrorist attacks that just occurred in France and Lebanon, as I do all acts of violence against innocent people. My thoughts and prayers go to all those affected by this senseless tragedy. I also believe that we cannot allow this incident to affect our core Canadian values of peace, acceptance and humanitarianism. We must not succomb to racism, Islamophobia or any forms of intolerance, but instead re-double our commitment to acceptance and equality for all. I further believe that we must not allow these events to affect our commitment to help re-settle innocent women, men and child refugees who are in every way victims of violence and deserving of our generosity and assistance. I know that expedited refugee processing can be accomplished with no sacrifice of security screening with proper planning and resources. It has long been my view that no problems are ever fundamentally and effectively resolved by violence. In the end, it is dialogue and cooperation that ultimately must prevail, and I hope that Canada can play a constructive role toward these ends.
    Nov 18, 2015 1:22 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    I'm honoured to be named the new federal NDP Critic for Health, one of the most important portfolios to Canadians. I will work hard to build a better, faster, more comprehensive medical system for Canada. Priorities include negotiating a better federal transfer agreement, creating a universal pharmacare system, more community clinics, more doctors and health professionals, building effective national mental health and suicide prevention strategies and better care for vulnerable Canadians, including youth, seniors, aboriginals and new Canadians. I look forward to working positively with the new Liberal government, holding them accountable and pressing for the high quality, public healthcare New Democrats pioneered, and campaigned for.
    Nov 12, 2015 10:31 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    It's time for broad and meaningful consultations on the TPP. Canadians deserve to know exactly what is in this deal and how it will impact our country, our economy and our society.
    Nov 06, 2015 1:28 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    A thoughtful view of why the Conservatives quite rightly lost government...
    Nov 03, 2015 7:56 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Nov 02, 2015 11:24 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Just remember: a ranked ballot is NOT proportional representation. Ranking your choices on a ballot might ensure an elected candidate is least offensive to the majority of voters in a riding, but will NOT result in a legislative chamber reflecting the parties' percentage of the vote. In fact, it will likely perpetuate the current profound problem with "false majorities". It is time for real electoral reform, where every vote counts: proportional representation. The vast majority of political scientists agree that the best form is a mixed member system, where constituents elect their direct representative and also choose the party they favour. This is an excellent system - used by many countries - that results in parliaments with parties having the seats their votes entitle them to. When combined with a relatively high threshold for electing MPs (say, 5%) in order to qualify for seats, Canada could have truly democratic results with stable government. So, Mr. Trudeau: how about getting started on REAL change, as you promised?
    Nov 02, 2015 8:00 am | British Columbia, Taschereau

October

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    We must ensure that our legislative bodies reflect the percentages of representatives that electors voted for. It is time to bring in an electoral system that actually reflects voters' wishes. Both the Liberals and NDP agreed to, and campaigned on, this concept. Now let's make it happen.
    Oct 27, 2015 3:31 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Oct 21, 2015 10:58 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    To the people of Vancouver Kingsway: I am incredibly humbled to earn your support once again to serve you in our community, and in Ottawa. I will work every day – with every ounce of energy I have – to warrant the great trust you have once again placed in me. You rejected the politics of fear and division. You voted for a better and more inclusive Canada. And I will work for those values every single day. To those who voted for another candidate – Conservative, Liberal, Green, or other – I honour your choice. And I pledge as your MP, I will always work to represent everyone in our community. I would like to congratulate the other candidates who joined me in this race, and gave their energy and passion to our democracy. We all love our country – and that came through loud and clear in this campaign. To the campaign teams of all parties in Vancouver Kingsway, I congratulate you on your contributions to our community and your dedication to your ideals. We hear all too often that Canadians are disaffected with politics – especially young people. But when I see people coming in off the street – and many youth - to offer a helping hand and go talk to strangers about our vision for a better Canada – how can we not feel inspired? I feel very grateful for your energy and involvement, and I am inspired by your commitment to our larger purpose – to build a better Canada. There are so many people to thank. I must start by expressing my eternal gratitude to our campaign team, led by our Campaign Manager, the incomparable Brynne Bourke. Your energy, optimism, creativity and sacrifice were simply outstanding over an incredibly long haul. I would like to thank our legion of volunteers. You made this great campaign possible. Young and old, experienced campaigners and those who joined for the first time…..night after night knocked on doors in the wind and the rain, staffed the phone bank, put up signs, and then more signs, cooked mountains of food to keep us going, kept our office going day after day. It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. I know that it takes a community to elect a representative. This campaign is truly your campaign. it is our campaign. Finally, I must thank my family. Without your love, your support, your understanding and your sacrifice, I simply would not be here. One thing is certain: our movement is stronger than ever, we are a force in Canadian politics, and we will continue our work to bring real, progressive policies to our nation as we build our momentum to becoming Canada’s first social democrat government. We will continue to work, carried by the profound belief that alone, working individually, we can achieve little – but that together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish. And we will persevere, and we will build the Canada of our dreams.
    Oct 20, 2015 11:11 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    PHOTO GALLERY: Federal Election 42: http://ow.ly/TDuMj Dr. Hedy Fry, Joyce Murray, Harjit Sajjan, and Jody Wilson-Raybould from Liberal Party of Canada | Parti libéral du Canada, along with Jenny Kwan for Vancouver-East and Don Davies of the Canada’s NDP / Le NPD du Canada will represent Vancouver.
    Oct 20, 2015 10:38 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Statement from Mayor Robertson on the 2015 Election "On behalf of the citizens of Vancouver and my colleagues on City Council, I would like to congratulate Dr. Hedy Fry , Joyce Murray , Don Davies Jenny Kwan for Vancouver-East Jody Wilson-Raybould and Harjit Sajjan on their election as Vancouver’s Members of Parliament. I look forward to working closely with them as they strive to ensure our city’s voices and priorities are strongly represented in the next Parliament. I'd also like to thank all of the Vancouver candidates who put their names forward in this election, running spirited campaigns in the name of making our country a better place. "After a long campaign, the people of Vancouver and Canada have spoken - and we can be proud of the strong turnout seen in our city and across the nation. Canadians have voted for change, and Vancouver’s voice will be stronger than ever before in the next Parliament. As Mayor of one of Canada's most diverse cities, it's encouraging to see that Canadians rejected the politics of division and fear that was offered during the later stages of this election campaign. We're stronger as a country when we are united. "I want to congratulate Prime Minister-Designate Justin Trudeau on his victory tonight, after a hard-fought campaign that inspired Canadians with a clear vision for change and a progressive plan to meet our biggest challenges, particularly in cities. "At this pivotal moment in our politics, I look forward to working closely with the new Liberal government on priorities such as building the Broadway Subway, investing in new affordable housing, rising to the urgent challenge of climate change, and supporting Vancouver’s leading-edge economic growth."
    Oct 20, 2015 8:44 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Election Day is here. Find out where you vote for change today: ndp.ca/vote #ImVotingNDP
    Oct 19, 2015 2:44 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    “What is particularly compelling about Tom Mulcair is his integrity and his courage.” —Stephen Lewis
    Oct 18, 2015 9:31 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Over 30 years of political involvement, I have seen few leaders with the courage, principle and strength of Tom Mulcair. I am very, very proud to be part of his team.
    Oct 18, 2015 1:19 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Tom Mulcair is endorsed by Stephen Lewis, who has dedicated his life to social justice, strengthening the UN, helping AIDS victims in the Third World and ending poverty. Stephen Harper is endorsed by Rob Ford, who is a confirmed crack user, liar and misogynist. Justin Trudeau is endorsed by Conrad Black, an extreme right-winger who defrauded his business and served time as a convicted felon. Isn't it time to restore the values of integrity, compassion and respect for others to Ottawa - instead of repeating the pattern of greed, corporate insiders and neglect of the public good? We DO have a choice tomorrow. If millions of ordinary Canadians want real change, we CAN get it. For a change... Vote NDP.
    Oct 18, 2015 9:04 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    5000 + at a rally today in BC with Tom Mulcair. Real change is on the way. Vote NDP on Monday, and let's bring ethical, principled and progressive government to Canada - for a change!
    Oct 17, 2015 9:49 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Family is the most important thing in our lives and I am so lucky to have two wonderful sisters. Thank you Dyan, for your love & support!
    Oct 17, 2015 8:51 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau

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