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    Enjoyed a fantastic day at the lake for the 197th Royal St. John's Regatta. Great to see so many people enjoying the summer weather. Congratulations to all the crews and volunteers who worked hard to make it a success!
    Aug 06, 2015 1:32 pm | Newfoundland, St. John's East
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    This afternoon I spoke to NTV's Michael Connors about the federal election. I hope you'll tune in this evening to hear my conversation with Michael about my 5th federal election and the NDP's campaign for change.
    Aug 03, 2015 1:33 pm | Newfoundland, St. John's East

July

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    Yesterday the Defence Ombudsman released his report on the 1974 grenade explosion at a cadet camp in Valcartier, Quebec. A live grenade had made it into a box of dummy ones during a safety demonstration. The blast killed six young cadets – boys aged fourteen and fifteen– and wounded more than 65 others. At the time, the cadets who survived were told by the Department of Defence to keep quiet. They were interviewed individually by a room full of officials, and some were even accused of planting the live grenade. These boys and their families didn’t receive the support they needed. 41 years later, many are still suffering the physical and mental injuries sustained from the blast. For three years, several of my NDP colleagues and I have been working with the survivors group and advocating for justice. We brought the issue to the Defence Ombudsman, urging an investigation and recommendations for redress. Here I am in the photo above with Charles Gutta, one of the leaders who brought the survivors group together. The Ombudsman is now calling on the government to provide immediate medical assessments and compensation for the blast victims and their families. The Valcartier cadets suffered a serious miscarriage of justice. The government must act now to ensure these men receive immediate assessments, speedy access to needed treatment, and full and fair compensation. I recently sat down with the CBC’s Terence McKenna about this tragic story. You can watch his compelling story here: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/TV%20Shows/The%20National/ID/2671768713/
    Jul 29, 2015 1:31 pm | Newfoundland, St. John's East
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    Yesterday I had the privilege of attending Memorial Day commemorations and Canada Day celebrations around my riding. I was also able to stop by Portugal Cove - St. Philip's to see their brand new fire truck.
    Jul 02, 2015 10:03 am | Newfoundland, St. John's East
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    Happy Canada Day from me to you and your family. I hope you consider attending one of the many events and wreath laying ceremonies today. I look forward to seeing you there.
    Jul 01, 2015 1:20 am | Newfoundland, St. John's East

June

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    Had a great visit yesterday with Natasha McDonald, Executive Director of the St. John's Native Friendship Centre.
    Jun 22, 2015 8:40 am | Newfoundland, St. John's East
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    This morning I was able to join many of you at the very special Sunrise Ceremony at the Shanawdithit Memorial at Bannerman Park to mark National Aboriginal Day. I made the following statement in recognition of this important day: "Although celebrated for generations by many aboriginal peoples and communities, June 21st, National Aboriginal Day, has been officially recognized since 1996 as a day to mark and celebrate the unique and valuable contributions of aboriginal people and to recognize the different cultures and heritage as an important and vital component of Canadian society. I want to commend the hard work that the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre has done to put together a day of activities that showcase the traditions, food, art and music and heritage of the indigenous people of our province. Your Centre plays an extremely important role in supporting and representing the interests of First Nations, Inuit and Metis here in St. John’s and I know what a great difference that your work and services have made and continue to make to so many lives. Here in Newfoundland and Labrador our society and governments have been slow to give full recognition to the rights and needs of aboriginal people, and although progress has been made, we have a very long way to go. Many hardships still face our indigenous community here in Newfoundland and Labrador, and in virtually every province and territory across the country. These issues receive much attention in the House of Commons. New Democrat Members of Parliament have been leading the challenge to the government to address the needs for safe drinking water in aboriginal communities, championing the need for equality in financial support for the education of children, and demanding - along with the aboriginal leadership - a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, which has so far been ignored by the government. We also support and call for the adoption of the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as well as a swift resolution to all outstanding lawsuits involving survivors of residential schools, including in Newfoundland and Labrador. It is indeed a shameful chapter in Canada’s history, and while it is impossible to fully compensate for the pain and suffering endured, we wish to move forward and build a nation where all cultures and traditions are valued and honoured. In the words of my NDP colleague, M.P. Romeo Saganash: “The adoption of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report, important though it is, would not in itself change the everyday lives of women, men and children whose experiences it honours and gives witness to. No. For this, we need the political and constitutional commitment of not only the governments but the support and goodwill of the public, of all Canadians, to create and implement substantial and meaningful changes in co-operation, in partnership, with indigenous peoples themselves. We are all in this together.” Today, we join together in celebration of the resilience and strength of Canada’s Indigenous people, and especially here in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Inuit, Innu and Mi’kmaq. May the future be filled with healing, compassion and justice for First Nations, Inuit and Metis people across the country, all of which are part of true reconciliation. I wish you all a wonderful National Aboriginal Day."
    Jun 21, 2015 4:36 pm | Newfoundland, St. John's East
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    On Friday I rose in the House of Commons to mark the 75th anniversary of the deployment of the 57th Newfoundland Heavy Regiment (which later became the 166th Newfoundland Field Regiment) and the 59th Newfoundland Heavy Regiment to the battlefields of World War II. Their incredible valour and skill were recognized and celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic.
    Jun 15, 2015 8:11 am | Newfoundland, St. John's East
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    Today, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair joined Ryan Cleary and me in announcing the NDP plan for improving search and rescue services in Canada. “Newfoundlanders and Labradorians know all too well the dangers that come with working at sea, be it in a fishing boat or on an offshore oil platform,” said Mr. Mulcair. “We need to make sure that help is there when it is required.” The NDP is committed to bringing aeronautical search and rescue response times in line with international standards, re-opening the Maritime Rescue Coordinating Centre in St. John’s, and re-opening the Marine Communication and Traffic Services Centres in St. John’s and St. Anthony “Keeping people safe is the fundamental responsibility of government. All Canadians deserve world-class search and rescue services and an NDP government would begin by reversing these harmful Conservative closures,” added the NDP Leader.
    Jun 04, 2015 12:37 pm | Newfoundland, St. John's East

May

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    Today is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. I made this statement to honour the men and women who have served in nearly 50 UN peacekeeping operations around the world: the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers: http://www.ndp.ca/news/statement-ndp-international-day-united-nations-peacekeepers
    May 29, 2015 2:01 pm | Newfoundland, St. John's East
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    May 25, 2015 6:42 am | Newfoundland, St. John's East
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    This week I asked the Minister of National Defense about the status of our troops in Iraq. I also asked about sexual assault in the military and you might be surprised by the Minister's response. https://youtu.be/jpwIt-akgSM
    May 15, 2015 9:00 am | Newfoundland, St. John's East
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    LIBERAL MPs CHOSE FEAR AND CYNICISM OVER CIVIL RIGHTS New Democrats are highly disappointed at the Liberal MPs from Newfoundland and Labrador for joining with the Conservatives to pass the over-reaching surveillance bill, C-51. “It is shameful to see these MPs voting for such a flawed piece of legislation,” said NDP MP Ryan Cleary (St. John’s South—Mount Pearl). “They will have to explain to their constituents why they decided to vote with Stephen Harper for a bill that attacks our civil rights.” Liberal MPs Judy Foote, Yvonne Jones and Scott Sims voted for C-51, despite wide-spread concern over the implications of the bill. “We’ve heard overwhelming opposition to C-51 from constituents and experts alike. The NDP stood with them, and our own convictions, and voted against C-51,” said NDP MP Jack Harris (St. John’s East).
    May 07, 2015 12:25 pm | Newfoundland, St. John's East

April

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    Tonight, Members of Parliament will be voting on the 2015 federal budget tabled by the Conservative government, a budget that spends billions in handouts to the wealthiest, instead of investing in accessible childcare, affordable housing, and supporting seniors who are struggling to get by. Here are some of my thoughts on the budget, as I recently presented them in the House of Commons. #ndp #budget2015
    Apr 29, 2015 12:00 pm | Newfoundland, St. John's East
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    Tonight my colleague Niki Ashton, M.P. for Churchill, is presenting motion #M444, the NDP's National Action Plan to Address Violence against Women, in the House of Commons. Last fall, Niki visited St. John's to speak at the Nancy Riche Front Door Forum. I hope you'll join me in supporting Niki and #M444.
    Apr 28, 2015 3:41 pm | Newfoundland, St. John's East
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    STATEMENT ON THE NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING: Today we observe the National Day of Mourning across Canada – a day to commemorate those who have been killed or injured on the job, and to stand beside loved ones affected by these tragedies. New Democrats in Newfoundland and Labrador, along with colleagues in Ottawa, were instrumental in ensuring the formal recognition of April 28 as the National Day of Mourning for these workers. This day is now observed in about 100 countries around the world. April 28 is also a day to increase awareness of the need for workplace safety and to assure all workers, especially young people newly entering the workforce that they have the right to refuse unsafe work, to demand safer workplaces, and to fight for compensation for injuries. Sadly, approximately three people die every day in Canada due to work-related illness or injury. This is an ongoing issue. More must be done to take action against industrial disease, and to improve working conditions to make them safer. Rest assured that New Democrats will continue fighting to ensure every workplace is safe. --- Photo of Jack and Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff at today's National Day of Mourning Ceremony in Ottawa.
    Apr 28, 2015 12:07 pm | Newfoundland, St. John's East
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 22, 2015 CONSERVATIVE BUDGET STUBBORNLY SPENDS BILLIONS ON WEALTHIEST FEW OTTAWA – Harper’s Conservatives have tabled a budget that benefits the wealthiest Canadians, while failing everyone else – including those in Newfoundland and Labrador. “The Conservatives have spent billions in handouts on the wealthiest few at a time when the government should be investing in accessible childcare, affordable housing and supporting seniors who are struggling to get by,” said NDP MP Jack Harris (St. John’s East). “This budget also ignores the needs of Newfoundland and Labrador, with critical issues like regional economic development and Marine Atlantic completely absent.” “If this budget represents Conservative Party priorities, it’s clear Newfoundland and Labrador is not one of them,” said NDP MP Ryan Cleary (St. John’s South—Mount Pearl). “This budget also does nothing to improve Atlantic oil spill response, which is sorely inadequate, and it completely ignores the fishery.” Ironically, the only new ideas to create jobs in this budget came from NDP recommendations, such as reducing taxes for small businesses and lowering the minimum monthly withdrawal for Registered Retirement Investment Funds. But while the RRIF changes may help seniors who have lots saved for retirement, it won’t be much help for an aging population in Newfoundland and Labrador that is struggling to save, and to those who the Conservatives want to wait until age 67 to get access to pensions. New Democrats strongly oppose the unfair income-splitting scheme and the doubling of TFSA limits, measures that do nothing for the vast majority of Canadian families. Tom Mulcair and the NDP are fighting to grow the economy while protecting our environment. New Democrats will stand up for Canadian families because Canada’s economy isn’t strong without a strong and growing middle class. -30-
    Apr 22, 2015 2:17 pm | Newfoundland, St. John's East

March

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    Today I gave a speech in the House of Commons on Canada's Military Contribution Against ISIL. #nlpoli #cdnpoli #ndp
    Mar 26, 2015 1:45 pm | Newfoundland, St. John's East
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    NDP WELCOMES IMPROVED SEARCH AND RESCUE SERVICES OTTAWA – Yesterday, under NDP questioning at the National Defence Committee, Canadian Armed Forces officials revealed that Canada is making progress in recognizing the importance of shorter search and rescue response times. “The Commander of Canadian Forces Base Trenton confirmed some progress is being made in response times – although very slowly – after years of advocacy on this issue,” said National Defence critic Jack Harris (St. John’s East). “This is encouraging news, but now the Harper government needs to commit the sorely needed funding and personnel to make further improvements.” Col. David Lowthian confirmed that the military will now meet the standard of a 30 minute response time across Canada, Thursdays through Mondays during the summer months, from noon into the evenings. Col. Lowthian said this is now a permanent change after a two-year trial. However, the two-hour response standard will still apply the rest of the time. In 2012, the Harper government defeated a motion from Harris that called on Canada to adopt the international standard of a 30 minute, 24/7 response time for search and rescue services. “Robust search and rescue services are vital to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, and to Canadians across the country,” said Harris. “It’s time for Stephen Harper to finally step up and make search and rescue response times a priority.” -30-
    Mar 24, 2015 3:45 pm | Newfoundland, St. John's East
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    Yesterday I made this statement in the House of Commons on the state of #childcare in St. John`s East and across Newfoundland and Labrador. #nlpoli #cdnpoli
    Mar 24, 2015 11:54 am | Newfoundland, St. John's East
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 16, 2015 TOM MULCAIR PRESENTS HIS PLAN TO SUPPORT CANADIAN CITIES NDP Leader to appoint a Minister of Urban Affairs OTTAWA – This weekend, before a large crowd gathered in Toronto, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair announced his plan to support Canada’s urban centres. "Our cities need a real partner in Ottawa to help maintain their infrastructure and create quality, middle-class jobs,” said Mulcair. “The NDP understands these needs and has committed to appointing a Minister of Urban Affairs to complete this new partnership with provinces and territories.” The NDP has a five-pronged plan to help our urban centres: • Reducing transit times through stable, predictable funding for transportation • Creating a million new $15/day childcare spaces Canada wide • Making affordable housing a priority by appointing a Minister of Urban Affairs • Improving the process for recognizing the qualifications of new residents • Helping small businesses by lowering the tax rate from 11 to 9% “Like other Canadian cities, St. John’s has been facing crumbling infrastructure and an affordable housing crisis. It’s time for a federal government that’s prepared to take concrete action by partnering with cities, and supporting small businesses – which are key to a healthy economy here in St. John’s,” said NDP MP Jack Harris (St. John’s East). “Under the leadership of Tom Mulcair, the NDP is ready to get the job done.” – 30 –
    Mar 16, 2015 11:56 am | Newfoundland, St. John's East

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