The agreement between New Democrats and Liberals to Protect Canada’s economy

Last week, Members of Parliament took their seats in the House of Commons to hear the Minister of Finance present an economic update – an eagerly-anticipated Canadian response to global economic instability. An hour later, opposition MPs, elected by more than 62 per cent of Canadians who cast a ballot on October 14, experienced a Read More

Students: Tips For Making Sure You Can Vote in the October 14 Federal Election

Like all other voters, students must be at least 18 years old on October 14 and be a Canadian citizen to be eligible to vote in the Canadian Federal General Election. As well, under the new rules stemming from the Conservative reforms to the Canada Elections Act, voters must be able to prove their identity and their address. If you do Read More

New Voter Identification Rules Expected to Disenfranchise Many in Victoria and Across Canada

Advocates on watch for voter identification problemsBy Andrew MacLeodThe Tyee The people pushing a court challenge to new voter identification laws will use the October 14 election to gather evidence. “If there’s a silver lining, that’s what it is,” said Jim Quail, a lawyer and executive director of the B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre, adding Read More

TAKE ACTION

Help take action in the house. Below are some of the many things you can do. Voting Voting is a fundamental right and duty of citizenship. You’re entitled to vote if you’re a Canadian citizen and will be over 18 on polling day. Changes to the Canada Elections Act, however, could affect your ability to Read More

New rules for voting in federal elections – make sure you’re eligible!

Are you eligible to vote in the next federal election? If you’ve voted before, you probably assume so, but that might not be the case. The Conservative Government recently made changes to the federal Elections Act that mean it will no longer be good enough to show up at the polling station with your voter Read More

Parliament supports historic NDP child care act

OTTAWA – Following years of false starts, empty promises, and inaction from Liberal and Conservative governments, Parliament took a historic step and voted to support working and middle-class families by moving the NDP’s Early Learning and Child Care Act to third reading. “Today, all opposition parties joined with us to move one step closer to Read More

The NDP and the SPP

Unfortunately, by the time this paper is published, Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper will already be engaged in a new round of secret talks on the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) in Montebello, Quebec with U.S. President George Bush and Mexican president Felipe Calderon. Since this meeting was announced in June, my constituents have been Read More

Sign up for pre-budget consultations in Victoria by July 31st

Victoria gets its say on Budget 2008! Dear Friends, Last year’s federal budget was a deep disappointment – it neglected all of our community’s key priorities. This year we will be heard around the pre-budget table! The federal finance committee will visit Victoria this coming October 4th for its annual pre-budget consultation. Community groups and Read More

Education at an expensive cost Post-secondary students drowning in debt

Georgie Slogar achieved her educational ambitions, but at a cost. Despite graduating from Carleton University in 2004 with a criminology degree, Slogar, 31, owes more than $55,000 in student loans and seriously doubts she will ever fully pay them off. When the Ottawa native and single mom filled out the loan applications, she mistakenly listed Read More

On cuts to childcare in BC

February 6 marks one year since Stephen Harper announced the cancellation of federal-provincial agreements on child care in the name of “choice” for parents. Instead of committing to ongoing funding for a national child care system, Harper created the totally inadequate Universal Child Care Benefit, which gives parents (a taxable) $100 per month per child Read More