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April

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    MPndp
    Have you registered for this Saturday's forum yet? If not, please do as seating is limited!
    Apr 25, 2016 12:51 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    It's time to end false majorities. It's time to end parties with 39% of the votes getting 55% of the seats - and 100% of the power. It's time our legislatures reflect the actual votes parties receive. It's time parties learn to collaborate, compromise and work together. It's time to reject cynical, self-interested proposals like ranked ballots. It's time Canada join 95% of the world's democracies. It's time that all votes count. It's time for real electoral reform. It's time for proportional representation. If you agree, make your voice heard.
    Apr 24, 2016 8:37 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Next Saturday (April 30) George Heyman, Melanie Mark, David Eby and I will gather at St Patrick's Parish to speak with Vancouverites about the current housing crisis in our city. We would love to hear from you. Please sign up for this event as seating is limited - the EventBrite Link is in the event information below. I look forward to seeing you there!
    Apr 22, 2016 2:44 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Happy Earth Day! Let's commit to taking real action on climate change, preserving wilderness and habitat, protecting biodiversity and respecting all life forms. We have one planet, and we are all inter-related. Let's start acting like it.
    Apr 22, 2016 12:17 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Our friend & ally Don Davies is hosting a public forum on 30 April to talk about the housing crisis in Vancouver... #Vancouver #Housing #HousingCrisis
    Apr 20, 2016 7:41 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Liberal Senator using his staff to help organize his home renovations and tanning business....with taxpayer dollars. Unacceptable, irresponsible and frankly corrupt.
    Apr 20, 2016 8:12 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    I'm happy to be a co-founder of the Canadian Parliamentary Friends of the United Nations. I believe in building strong international institutions to promote peace, economic and environmental progress, and human rights.
    Apr 20, 2016 8:07 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    April 30: Join us for a Forum on Vancouver's Housing Crisis
    Apr 19, 2016 11:06 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Join George Heyman, Melanie Mark and I for this important forum on April 30. David Eby will also present on the work he has been doing as Official Opposition Spokesperson for Housing. We would love to have your feedback and perspective on the challenges facing renters and homebuyers, and how we can address it at the Provincial and Federal levels of government. I hope to see you there!
    Apr 19, 2016 10:51 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Apr 19, 2016 10:44 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Canadians are currently paying the second highest prices in the world for prescription medications, and seven million Canadians have inadequate or no coverage at all. Today I spoke to the media about the need to begin preparing a national prescription drug plan for all Canadians. I was joined by Dr. Steve Morgan, an international pharmaceutical policy expert, and constituent Julian Gotengco, whose prescription medications cost, on average, $330 a month. In this photo I am holding up an Asthma inhaler, Fluticastone, which costs Canadians $45. In New Zealand, where universal coverage is provided, the cost is only $15. Research shows that universal pharmacare will save us billions while ensuring all Canadians can get the medicine they need. Don't let them tell you it can't be done!
    Apr 15, 2016 12:36 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    It is very disappointing to see Liberal Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion sign export permits this week to allow the sale of Canadian armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia. The Saudi regime is one of the most repressive, mysoginist, violent and intolerant regimes in the world. Dion's excusing of the Saudis' clear record of rights abuses rings hollow, and the Liberals clearly decided to put profits over human rights. I would have expected better than a Liberal government adopting this unacceptable Conservative policy.
    Apr 13, 2016 5:35 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    I am in the House of Commons this evening for the Emergency Debate on the suicide crisis in the Attawapiskat First Nation and the dire situation facing Indigenous communities across Canada. I am here as a father concerned about the children who are feeling so hopeless, as Member of Parliament for Vancouver Kingsway, in my role as the NDP Critic for Health and to stand with my NDP colleagues including Charlie Angus MP /député, MP for Timmins - James Bay, whose riding encompasses the Attawapiskat First Nation. The NDP moved the Motion for this Emergency Debate and we want to see immediate action, including investing the necessary resources to ensure adequate housing, water, nutrition, education, health services and economic development in all First Nations communities in Canada.
    Apr 12, 2016 4:28 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    11 people tried to take their lives on Saturday night, and one thing is crystal clear: there is a crisis on our First Nations reserves. The treatment of our aboriginal people has long been a national disgrace. The Liberal government says it wants a new relationship with First Nations. It can start by immediately investing the necessary resources to ensure adequate housing, water, nutrition, education and economic development in all First Nations communities in Canada.
    Apr 12, 2016 12:37 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Says Vancouver MP Don Davies: "In my view, you know, it's going to be very difficult for Mr. Mulcair to stay on until our next permanent leader is chosen in a year and a half. We invited Tom to make his case as to why he should lead us and he got 48 per cent and, you know, numbers are real."
    Apr 12, 2016 6:43 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Looking forward to seeing you this evening!
    Apr 04, 2016 3:03 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Tomorrow! Stop by the Trout Lake Community Centre at 7 p.m. to join the discussion about what Canada's Health Care System should look like. I look forward to hearing your feedback! https://www.facebook.com/events/462975233900013/
    Apr 03, 2016 5:05 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Sensational premier...
    Apr 03, 2016 4:33 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    I think this is an excellent idea and program and I hope the Canadian corrections system adopts it on a wide scale. We can not only help stray and abused dogs avoid euthanization, but help inmates learn valuable bonding and trust values.
    Apr 03, 2016 4:32 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Reminder! This Monday I am hosting a Health Care Town Hall at Trout Lake Community Centre at 7 p.m. Click the link for details. I look forward to seeing you and hearing your feedback! https://www.facebook.com/events/462975233900013/
    Apr 02, 2016 1:00 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    This Monday! Please join us for a discussion on Canada's Health Care system.
    Apr 01, 2016 10:19 am | British Columbia, Taschereau

March

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    MPndp
    Reminder! Please join us at our Health Care Town Hall this Monday, April 4 at 7pm at the Trout Lake Community Centre! I look forward to hearing from you.
    Mar 31, 2016 4:14 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Please join me at Trout Lake Community Centre on Monday evening for a discussion about what an ideal health care system looks like to you. We will also have a special guest speaker - Dr. Steven Morgan from UBC's School of Population and Public Health, on the need for a national pharmacare strategy. I look forward to an exciting discussion!
    Mar 30, 2016 10:49 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    The BC Health Minister has opened the door to the potential privatization of blood collection in our province. As federal NDP Health Critic, I have repeatedly spoken out against those that seek to profit off of blood donated by Canadians. Blood is a life-saving public resource, and profits should never be permitted to compete with safety in our blood supply. We must learn from the mistakes of the past and prohibit all attempts to undermine our existing publicly-accountable and altruistic blood supply system. Safety first.
    Mar 30, 2016 10:20 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Budget 2016 leaves many holes in needed health care funding. As NDP Health Critic, I will continue to press the Health Minister to keep the Liberal promise on home care and to budget for the coming Health Accord. Canadians also expect meaningful leadership in mental health care and prescription drug coverage - two areas that are also absent from Budget 2016.
    Mar 30, 2016 10:10 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Take a look at coverage by VanCityBuzz.com of my sugar labelling bill, just introduced into the House of Commons. Better labelling means better information for consumers and better health choices.
    Mar 30, 2016 9:57 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Today in Parliament I questioned the Minister of Health on the vanishing the Liberal campaign promise to increase funding for home care by $3 billion. Home care is crucial to reforming our health care system, improving quality of care and saving money. As Canada's population ages, we need federal leadership on home care, not broken promises. Take a look at my exchange with the Minister in Parliament:
    Mar 24, 2016 1:38 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Here is iPolitics' coverage of my question to the Minister today regarding the Liberals' broken promise on home care. While Budget 2016 provides much-needed investments in some areas, it drastically shortchanges Canada's health care system. The Liberals' flagship election promise of $3 billion for homecare is nowhere to be found in this Budget and no fiscal room is left to introduce any new home care funding in the future.
    Mar 24, 2016 1:04 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Today I introduced Bill C-257 - legislation that would require prominent sugar content labelling on the front of all prepackaged food products. Providing better information to consumers is an important first step towards empowering healthy choices and improving the health of Canadians. Take a look:
    Mar 24, 2016 11:46 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Canadians count on the highest food safety standards to keep us healthy and prevent tragedy. Watch my question yesterday to the Health Minister on the importance of reversing the Conservative cuts to food inspections.
    Mar 23, 2016 3:13 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Yesterday, I asked the Minister of Health why she she has decided not to repeal the harmful Harper-era bill C-2. This bill imposes excessive and unreasonable restrictions on the abilities of communities to open life-saving harm reduction facilities, like InSite, in Vancouver. It's time for more evidence-based health care services for Canadians in need, not more barriers. Take a look:
    Mar 22, 2016 7:12 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Happy St Patrick's Day!! It was on St Paddy's 32 years ago that Sheryl and I went on our first date...we've been together ever since. The luck of the Irish touched me then, and ever since! Have a great one, everyone...
    Mar 17, 2016 9:35 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    I just bought my ticket to the fabulous gala for this excellent organization. They help thousands of British Columbians with special needs....now it's our turn to help them! Please buy a ticket now and support this vital group continue its essential work...
    Mar 14, 2016 3:54 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    This is disgusting, dirty politics by the Liberals. Parties that employ such tactics do not deserve to govern. Remember this in the voting booth next May!
    Mar 10, 2016 2:53 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Worth a read. CBC's Medical Sciences correspondent, Kelly Crowe, breaks down the myths and the facts of paid blood plasma. The good news is our efforts to keep profits out of Canada's blood supply have caught the attention of the Minister of Health and major media outlets.
    Mar 09, 2016 12:53 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    The Liberals' attack on our disabled and special needs citizens is appalling and simply wrong. Make your voice heard and tell them to back down. And please remember this in the voting booth next May!!
    Mar 09, 2016 7:27 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    The NDP has long argued for a crackdown on tax havens and tax evasion. This is a clear example of CRA giving special deals to wealthy tax cheats, and is completely unacceptable. The NDP Is leading the charge in Parliament for a full review of this practice, and an end to sweetheart deals. Tax fairness means everyone must pay their fair share, and be treated equally.
    Mar 09, 2016 7:26 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Happy International Women's Day! It was inspiring to see the federal NDP Caucus focus entirely on women's issues in QP today, and watch all the superb women MPs raise fundamental issues of gender equality. Lets work to make Canada, and the world, a safer, fairer, more equal place for all genders. After all, it's 2016.
    Mar 08, 2016 3:36 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MP Don Davies, Vancouver Kingsway
    Mar 08, 2016 12:39 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Read my article in the Hill Times on the need for national coverage for prescription medications for all Canadians. This proposal has the potential to reduce costs for Canadians, government and businesses, improve health outcomes and increase equitable access to good health for all Canadians. Let's make sure every Canadian has access to the medications they need to get better and stay healthy. Let's support national pharmacare.
    Mar 08, 2016 8:23 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    A growing coalition across Canada of stakeholders and prominent opinion-leaders are calling for a national ban on for-profit blood collection clinics. All agree that profiting off of the blood of Canadians is both unethical and unsafe. Yesterday, in the House of Commons, I quoted another prominent Canadian leader who has echoed our calls for an end to the privatization of blood collection: former Liberal leader, Bob Rae. Take a look:
    Mar 08, 2016 8:08 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Great coverage by CTV on my press conference today outlining how for-profit plasma clinics endanger the safety and sustainability of Canada's life saving blood supply. http://ow.ly/Zbpwh
    Mar 07, 2016 2:00 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    This morning I held a press conference alongside tainted blood survivors calling on Health Minister Jane Philpott and the Liberal goverment to close Canada's first for-profit, paid-donor blood plasma clinic. In the 80s, roughly 30,000 Canadians were infected with Hepatitis and HIV because of the tainted blood scandal. Profits must not compete with safety when it comes to blood.
    Mar 07, 2016 11:01 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    I agree 100%. It is time we brought essential dental care into our universal health care system. Oral health is as important to overall health as any other part, and oral disease can lead to other health problems. If Canada truly is a G7 country, an "energy superpower" and "has never been wealthier" - surely we can make sure that our children and seniors can have their basic dental needs met.
    Mar 06, 2016 3:26 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Petition · Premier Christy Clark: Raise the rates, leave our bus pass alone. As the father of a special needs child, and who knows many of her friends, we know how much folks with special needs depend on access to affordable transportation. Since most can't drive, it is essential for them to be able to participate in our society. It is hard enough for them to try to get by on under $1000 a month - only a heartless government would strip them of their bus passes, too. Change.org
    Mar 04, 2016 7:11 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    iPolitics covered my visits yesterday with NDP MPs Jenny Kwan and Murray Rankin to InSite and the Dr. Peter Centre. Together we witnessed the vital harm reduction services provided by these health care institutions. Take a look:
    Mar 03, 2016 8:10 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    Visited Insite – Supervised Injection Site and Dr. Peter Centre today with NDP justice and health critic Murray Rankin and Don Davies, bringing a message to Ottawa.
    Mar 03, 2016 6:51 am | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Today, I attended the Opening Ceremony of the Taiwanese Pavilion at the Globe 2016 - the largest global commercial innovative expo in North America. It provides the exhibitors an opportunity to showcase the newest technologies and products that will significantly reduce our carbon footprint on a daily basis.
    Mar 02, 2016 3:35 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    As NDP Health Critic, I visited Insite this morning with fellow NDP MPs Murray Rankin (Justice Critic from Victoria) and Jenny Kwan (Vancouver East). We heard from health care providers on the ground about the life-saving services provided by Insite to people with addictions in the Downtown Eastside and beyond. This institution has played a vital role in providing harm reduction services to improve public health outcomes, curb overdoses and offer safe and supportive options for individuals seeking the help they need. I deeply appreciate all of work put in over the years by public health advocates, activists, health professionals and others to build this valuable institution from the ground up. I will continue to call on Ottawa to provide meaningful support for harm reduction health facilities, like Insite, in Vancouver and beyond.
    Mar 02, 2016 2:55 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau
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    MPndp
    Earlier today I was able to attend one of the Community Forums focused on the new St. Paul's hospital and community health put on by Providence Health Care in partnership with the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health. It was great to see so many community members there contributing their ideas and giving feedback on the current proposals. If you 'd like to know more please visit http://www.providencehealthcare.org/about-providence/renewal-projects
    Mar 01, 2016 2:17 pm | British Columbia, Taschereau

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