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April

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    Join me on Sunday, April 27 at the Brilliant Cultural Centre from 1:30 to 4 pm for a Public Forum with Seth Klein, BC Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Seth and local panellists will be speaking on the need for progressive tax options for BC. https://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/bc
    15 hours ago | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    We must not stand for this!
    Apr 15, 2014 2:42 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Congratulations to the Società M.S. Cristoforo Colombo in Trail on its 109th anniversary! Thanks to Presidente Pat Zanier for inviting Ann and I to attend their celebration last Saturday. As always it was a pleasure to be in Trail for this very important event.
    Apr 14, 2014 3:54 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Thanks to Ron Toyota, Mayor of Creston for inviting me to this year's Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments conference. He and his staff are to be congratulated for their suberb effort in putting on this event at the Creston Community Complex. This incredible facility was built thanks to the vision and foresight of people such as Mayor Toyota and John Kettle, Regional District Director for the area. It is really quite something when a community of 5,000 people can have access to an indoor pool facility. Well done Creston! As always, it was a pleasure to see my local government colleagues. In my brief speech, I mentioned how much of an honour and pleasure it has been working with such dedicated public servants - truly a highlight of my career. It was certainly a pleasure to spend some time with Michelle and to meet her colleague Selina. [Photo L-R: Me, my wife Ann, Michelle Mungall MLA, Hillary Elliott Slocan Councillor, Selina Robinson MLA and NDP critic for Municipal Affairs]
    Apr 11, 2014 3:45 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Thanks to Malin Christensson for inviting me to attend the Farm Food Fork event in Nelson this past weekend. The organizers need to be congratulated for drawing more than 450 people to this gathering. It was a pleasure to spend a few hours last Sunday with those involved in promoting our local food movement. Congratulation to Malin and others for making this possible!
    Apr 09, 2014 10:41 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Thought I'd share my column on Rail Safety.
    Apr 08, 2014 1:40 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    I have just posted part of the House of Commons debate on my Bill C-571 on my website at this link. Bill C-571 would prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption, with the exception of those that are raised primarily as a food animal and have a lifetime medical history of all medications ever administered. Horses as a rule are highly medicated animals and should appropriately be considered the industrial by-product of the horse racing and sporting industry where the use of medications not approved for use in food animals is the daily norm.
    Apr 04, 2014 11:10 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    The Pembina Institute will be coming out with a report this month about our government's insistence on subsidizing the fossil fuel industry by $1.3 billion per year. If you think profitable oil and gas companies really don't need our help then I hope you will take the time to sign this petition and share it widely.
    Apr 01, 2014 1:30 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior

March

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    I have just posted my letter to the President Equine Canada regarding my Bill C-571 to restrict horse slaughter on my website.
    Mar 31, 2014 9:09 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Mar 27, 2014 12:40 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    This coming Monday the House of Commons will begin the first of two hours of debate on my bill C-571 to restrict horse slaughter. (Second hour will happen near the end of May followed by a vote) I have compiled a good collection of articles and other information at this link on my website that I hope will put a fire in your belly against the way the industry is currently allowed to operate. I hope you will take the time to inform yourself and then urge your friends and family to write their own MPs from wherever they live in Canada. Thanks for your help to get the word out.
    Mar 27, 2014 12:40 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    I appreciate the past president of the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce Holly Plante taking the time to meet with me in Osoyoos last Tuesday. Among other things, we discussed the growing support for the National Park as well as the idea of Chambers of Commerce supporting our postal workers in their fight to maintain our effective postal services. I mentioned that one of the best guarantees for the survival of our small businesses are people who make a decent wage. It is imperative that all of us come together to support well paying jobs in both public and private sectors. It was an honour and a pleasure to finally meet RDOS director Tom Siddon, a former Conservative Cabinet minister. We are very fortunate that Tom decided to pursue his political career at the local government level. A big thanks to Flo Winfrey for hosting a ‘kitchen table’ meeting in Olalla. Thanks to those that came out. As always, it was great to touch bases with Mayor Manfred Bauer of Keremeos, as well as RDOS Director Angelique Wood, Councilor Arlene Arlow & Mayor Brian Taylor of Grand Forks. I find it very important and helpful to meet my local government colleagues on a regular basis to discuss issues that concern constituents. Once again it was a pleasure to be in Princeton and have dinner with members and supporters prior to the MP Public Forum. Thanks to all those that turned out to hear what the panel had to say. A special thanks to Mayor Frank Armitage, RDOS director Brad Hope and Ed Staples of the Health Coalition for taking part on the panel. Sorry to see that our MLA Jackie Tegart was not able to be with us. Thanks also to Keith Olsen for moderating the event and for John Alsop for providing information on a very exciting solar energy project. On Thursday I had a chance to spend some time with George Delisle at his wood lot near Rock Creek. As we walked through the forest, George explained the intricacies of sustainable logging. I must say that I learned a great deal about forest management in general from George that day. Thanks to Mayor Randy Kappes of Midway for hosting the MP forum last Thursday. Thanks also to Councilor Collen Lang from Greenwood and Staff Seargeant Jim Harrison for taking the time to sit on the panel. Sorry though that MLA Linda Larsen was not able to make it as initially planned. Thanks to Staff Seargeant Jim Harrison for his comprehensive report. Our Boundary RCMP should be applauded for being instrumental in reducing crime by 48% since 2010. All in all last week was a great swing through the riding prior to returning to Ottawa this week.
    Mar 27, 2014 7:02 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Health care: Now is the time!!!
    Mar 26, 2014 3:21 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Thought I would share my column issued today.
    Mar 26, 2014 2:07 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    March 04 - Had the chance to speak in Ukrainian in the House of Commons about the crisis in Ukraine. Mr. Speaker, we are all united in our desire for peace and stability in Ukraine, and we will stand with all those who reject the use of armed forces to resolve differences. It is wrong to use military means to achieve what you cannot through the ballot box or through non-violent protests. The actions of the government of the Russian Federation are being condemned around the world. [Member spoke in Ukrainian and provided the following translation:] The Russian people are also crying out for peace. We see demonstrations against this action. I call on the Russian people to use their voices to urge their government to change direction and walk towards peace.
    Mar 19, 2014 4:01 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Had a great time at the NDP AGM this Saturday in Osoyoos. Congratulations to Vince Salvo, our new president and all other executives elected to the first NDP riding association for the new riding South Okanagan/West Kootenay (SOWK). Thanks to all who made the trip from the Kootenays to participate. [Photo L-R: Dick Cannings, me, Jack Whittaker, Katrine Conroy MLA, Sue Whittaker, Margaret Maximenko]
    Mar 17, 2014 4:39 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Had a great time at the NDP AGM this Saturday in Osoyoos. Congratulations to Vince Salvo, our new President and all others elected to the executive of the new riding association for South Okanagan/West Kootenay (SOWK). Thanks to all who made the trip from the Kootenays to participate. [Photo L-R] Dick Cannings, me, Jack Whittaker, Katrine Conroy MLA, Sue Whittaker, Margaret Maximenko]
    Mar 17, 2014 4:28 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Thanks to all who organized the public forum and to those who came out to support Canada Post last Thursday. [Photo L-R] Trish Vollweiter, BC Postmasters and Assistants Association; Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff; Me; Tammy Verigin-Burk, Executive Director, Castlegar Chamber of Commerce; Sandi McCreight, Coordinator, Seniors Outreach and Support Program; Cindy McCallum Miller, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Castlegar Local 716
    Mar 17, 2014 2:28 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Thanks to members of Development and Peace - Nelson Catholic Church - for presenting me with petitions asking the government of Canada to create a legislated Ombudsman mechanism for responsible mining. I also appreciated the letters in support of door to door mail delivery. It is always an honour for me to meet with such dedicated volunteers who strive to make the world a better place. [Photo by Brian Dean L-R: Me, Hugh McSheffrey, Barry Nelson, Judy Deon, Bill Fehlkner, Ida Manson, Dr. Marion Muth, Yvonne Tremblay] It is always on honour for me to meet with such dedicated volunteers who strive to make the world a better place.
    Mar 17, 2014 9:32 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Here is my column issued locally today on horse slaughter. Feel free to share this widely.
    Mar 11, 2014 11:33 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    MPndp
    The full segment on tainted horsemeat is now available to view on the Global TV website at link below. Please share widely!
    Mar 10, 2014 2:14 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Mar 06, 2014 11:08 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Here is another great NDP initiative you might think of supporting.
    Mar 06, 2014 11:07 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    MPndp
    I think it is time for concrete measures to end violence against women.
    Mar 06, 2014 11:06 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    I hope you will sign and share the NDP petition for quality child care.
    Mar 06, 2014 11:05 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    More previews to Saturday's upcomng segment on Global TV 's 16x9 have been added to their website. Please share!
    Mar 05, 2014 2:48 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Mar 05, 2014 12:22 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Statements By Members - Ukraine March 4th, 2014 / 2:10 p.m. NDP - Alex Atamanenko British Columbia Southern Interior, BC Mr. Speaker, we are all united in our desire for peace and stability in Ukraine, and we will stand with all those who reject the use of armed forces to resolve differences. "It is wrong to use military means to achieve what you cannot through the ballot box or through non-violent protests. The actions of the government of the Russian Federation are being condemned around the world. [Member spoke in Ukrainian and provided the following translation:] The Russian people are also crying out for peace. We see demonstrations against this action. I call on the Russian people to use their voices to urge their government to change direction and walk towards peace."
    Mar 05, 2014 10:40 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    MPndp
    Thanks to Humane Society International Canada for launching this action in support of my Bill C-571. Hope it spreads like wildfire across Canada so that MPs will be moved to vote yes when the time comes!
    Mar 05, 2014 10:27 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    I had a chance to attend a session today hosted by MP Joyce Smith dealing with the topic of the Nordic Law and the sex trade. I would like to thank Joy for making this very informative presentation available.
    Mar 05, 2014 9:22 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    It was a pleasure hosting Angus Graham, President of Selkirk College, at the Parliamentary Restaurant in Ottawa
    Mar 05, 2014 9:21 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Mar 05, 2014 9:17 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Here is the information on public forums I am hosting in Princeton and Midway this way. Please share with anyone who might be interested in taking part. Hope to see you there.
    Mar 04, 2014 2:31 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Today's Globe & Mail has an interesting analysis of Putin. According to the article, a pro-western government in Ukraine is as dangerous to a shrunken Russian Empire as a free Hungary or Czechoslovakia was to the Soviet Union. Russia is surrounded by former Soviet Bloc members who are now part of NATO. There is a NATO base in Bulgaria and anti-missile defence bases in Poland and the Czech Republic. Russia does not want Ukraine to join NATO. In my opininon a possible diplomatic solution to the crisis could be a guarantee that Ukraine will remain neutral and not join NATO. This might allow it to have good relations with Europe as well as Russia and allow Putin to save face as pulls his troops out of the Crimea. Canada should be playing a role in direct diplomatic engagement with Russia to bring about a peaceful solutions.
    Mar 04, 2014 11:15 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Here is a link to my recent column on Income Splitting.
    Mar 04, 2014 11:10 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Here is a link to my column on Canada/Honduras trade agreement.
    Mar 04, 2014 10:23 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    This Saturday Global TV show 16x9 is doing an in-depth on horse slaughter that I was interviewed for because ofmy bill C-571 against the industry. C-571 is up for its first hour of debate in the House of Commons at the end of this month with the vote occuring sometime near the end of May/ early June. I will need Canadians to contact their own MPs to urge them to vote yes when the time comes. This despicable industry is a national shame - horsemeat is not safe for human consumption and everyone knows it including our regulators. Please share widely and stay tuned this week to 16x9 website for trailers and previews of the segment that will air this coming Saturday. http://globalnews.ca/video/1185170/preview-tainted-meat
    Mar 04, 2014 7:55 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    As one who has been closely following the events in Ukraine, I am very concerned about the escalation of the conflict. It is important for all sides, especially Russia, to respect international law and Ukraine's territorial sovereignty. It is my firm belief that Canada should be doing all in its power to seek a diplomatic solution to this crisis that will ensure a free and independent Ukraine enjoys respectful relations both with Russia and Europe as well as the rest of the world We cannot allow the situation to deteriorate any further. A peaceful resolution to this conflict has to be the only option. http://alexatamanenko.ndp.ca/ndp-statement-on-the-situation-in-ukraine
    Mar 03, 2014 4:08 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Here is the question I asked in parliament on Friday regarding cuts to Canada Post cuts along with the government's response. Alex Atamanenko British Columbia Southern Interior, BC Mr. Speaker, I am receiving hundreds of letters from citizens concerned about the cuts to our postal service. Municipalities such as Nelson have written the minister urging Canada Post to reconsider its five-point action plan. Ending home delivery will have a huge impact on seniors, small businesses, those with disabilities, as well as many other Canadians. Will the minister order Canada Post to put its proposed changes on hold until after the upcoming government postal review? Would she also ensure that the review process is open to public participation and will consider all innovative suggestions and proposals? Jeff Watson Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport Mr. Speaker, in 2012, Canada Post delivered one billion fewer letters than it did in 2006, but only the NDP thinks, as the member for Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca said, “We definitely do not have a crisis at Canada Post”. It is the only party that believes there is no crisis. Canada Post must balance its finances without being a burden on Canadian taxpayers, and that is exactly what this government expects it to do.
    Mar 03, 2014 6:35 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior

February

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    MPndp
    It was a pleasure hosting Patricia Dehnel of Nelson along with her parents, John and Evelyn Ross of Ottawa for lunch at our Parliamentary Restaurant. I would like to thank Patricia for her hard work in promoting the French language and culture in our area as the President of Canadian Parents for French. Bravo, Patricia! My colleague Pierre-Luc Dusseault joined us for the photo.
    Feb 27, 2014 3:35 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Thanks to Patricia Dehnel and the Canadian Parents for French for orgaiizing "Carnaval" at Trafalgar Middle School in Nelson. Thanks also to Mr. Brian de Montigny's LVR Leadership 12 class for their help in organizing this fun-filled evening of song and festivities. Félicitations à tous et à toutes!"[Photo L to R:Patricia, myself and Brian]
    Feb 26, 2014 4:22 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Please share widely!
    Feb 26, 2014 3:58 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Hope to see you there!
    Feb 21, 2014 3:46 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Feb 21, 2014 12:49 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    I just spent a few hours a the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital and wouldlike to thank the staff for their professionalism and dedication. The system works. We need to preserve and strengthen our health care system. A major step in this direction is the renewal of the Canada Health Accord between the provinces and federal government. Canadians need to demand that the Conservative government do this as soon as possible.
    Feb 20, 2014 1:44 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Thank you to members of the BC Retired Teachers Association for meeting with me last Monday in Grand Forks. they are very concerned about the Canada Health Accord and are calling upon the Federal government to negotiate with the provinces to ensure that every Canadian has access to quality health care services as needed, regardless of ability to pay or region of residency. It is crucial that all Canadians let the government know that the Health Accord must be negotiated and that our universal health care system should be preserved and strengthened. This must be an election issue in 2015. Thanks to Stefan Cieslik and Don Caskey for arranging our meeting.
    Feb 20, 2014 10:39 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Tom Mulcair, takes time to visit long-time NDP member Gwen McKinnon in Penticton Hospice. [Photo L-R Gwen McKinnon, Tom Mulcair]
    Feb 20, 2014 10:30 am | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Violence against the Ukrainian people is escalating in Kyiv. the count today is 18 dead and hundreds injured with no access to medical care. The Russian Solidarity Committee based in Moscow has called upon the international community to do all in its power to stop the bloodshed in Kyiv and to bring the Yanukovich regime to justice. They are also calling on an International Tribunal to investigate the crimes of the Yanukovich regime. Our governemnt must become more actively involved - the Ukrainian people need our support more than ever. The violence must stop and Yanukovich brought to justice.
    Feb 19, 2014 5:09 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    Thanks also to Bob Stubbs and Earl Hamilton for providng some entertainment (and for asking me to sing along with them), at the Canada Post event in Nelson.
    Feb 19, 2014 4:51 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior
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    I had the pleasure of attending an information session on Canada Post organized by Local 790 of CUPW last night in Nelson. The consensus of the meeting was that the proposed Canada Post changes are not necessary and will bring hardships to those living in our small rural communities. Canada is the only G7 country to get rid of home mail delivery. This is unacceptable. A big thanks to Brenda Muscoby-Yanke, local 790 President, for putting on this important meeting. Thanks also to Trish Vollweiter from the Crescent Valley Post Office, Robin Cherbo, Nelson City Councillor and Cindy Lee of CUPW provincial office for contributing to the discussion.
    Feb 19, 2014 12:09 pm | British Columbia, British Columbia Southern Interior

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