CAROL HUGHES' COLUMN

Government Needs to Follow Through on Canada Disability Benefit

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Last summer, during the second-last sitting day before the House of Commons adjourned, the Government tabled Bill C-35, which would have established the Canada Disability Benefit. Once the Prime Minister called the Federal election,...

Repeal of Blood Donation Ban Long Overdue

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Last week, Health Canada finally removed barriers that prevented gay and bisexual men, and transgender women from donating blood and plasma through Canada Blood Services. It was a policy that 2SLGBTQI+ advocacy groups, healthcare...

Ukrainians’ Pathway to Canada Needs to be Easier

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It’s been two months since Russia illegally invaded Ukraine. Reports of the horror that is unfolding in many instances are justifiably being called war crimes, such as mass civilian graves found in Bucha, rape,...

Budget Includes NDP Securing Historic Investment in Health Care, Among Other Things

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It is often said that budgets are about choices, and this is most apparent when discussing the recent federal budget. What was made very clear last election was that people wanted to see parliamentarians...

Government’s Emissions Plan Likely to Miss its Target 

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The government recently released its first Emissions Reduction Plan, a requirement under the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, to provide Canadians with clear guidelines as to how it plans to achieve its objective of...

Negotiation for Fighter Jets Leave Many Questions to be Answered

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This week, the Federal government finally announced their plan to replace Canada’s fleet of aging CF-18 jets. It was a necessary and long overdue announcement, as it has been clear for well over a...

Supply and Confidence Agreement Addresses Canadians’ Priorities

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Our parliamentary democracy has a long tradition of parties, often with wildly differing views, working together for the common good. This includes several instances of the NDP working with other parties to push Canada...

Consumer Protection Needed to Fight Sticker Shock at the Pump

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People throughout Canada have seen the price of gas skyrocket over the past month. This has been particularly challenging throughout Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing. Here in the North and in rural areas across the country, individuals generally...

Relief on the Way for Seniors Harmed by GIS Clawback

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The Covid-19 pandemic, coupled with the highest inflation levels we’ve seen since the early 90s, has put a significant strain on people’s finances. The most vulnerable have been deeply affected and among the hardest...

Ukrainians Need Canadian Support

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Last week, the world watched in horror as Russia invaded Ukraine. This week a Take-Note Debate ensued in the House of Commons and all political parties strongly condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin’s flagrant aggression...