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Statement by the Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on Hanukkah

Posted on December 16, 2014 | No Comments

VANCOUVER – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Hanukkah:

“On Hanukkah, Jewish Canadians gather to light the menorah and celebrate with family and friends.

“During these eight days, loved ones come together to remember the powerful story of a people who persevered in the face of great oppression and adversity.

“The Festival of Lights is a story of hope and triumph, and a time to reflect on the many contributions that the Jewish community has made to enriching Canada’s culture and history.

“On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary caucus, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating a peaceful and happy Hanukkah.

“Chag Hanukkah Sameach!”

 

In the House: December 11

Posted on December 12, 2014 | No Comments

Yesterday I stood in the House to again ask the government to call an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.

The full transcript is below.

Hon. Carolyn Bennett (St. Paul’s, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, duly elected National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Perry Bellegarde, vowed yesterday to keep pushing for a national public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. Earlier this week, Canada witnessed the courage and eloquence of Rinelle Harper as she added her voice to the calls for an inquiry.

Will the Prime Minister get on the right side of history and immediately call a national public inquiry so that we can put an end to this ongoing national tragedy?

Hon. K. Kellie Leitch (Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, CPC): Mr. Speaker, as I have said before, we know that different victims have different views, and we respect the views of all of these victims.

What happened to Rinelle Harper was appalling and a horrific crime. Our thoughts and prayers are with her as well as with her family. Thanks to her family’s brave decision to move forward and work with police, we have apprehended the attackers, which is extremely important.

Our government is very focused in making sure that victims are supported and that those who commit these crimes are apprehended and put behind bars. We have moved forward with the victims bill of rights as well as a number of other initiatives.

This government is focused on doing the right actions, unlike the opposition.

Statement by Liberal Party of Canada Aboriginal Affairs Critic Carolyn Bennett on the election of Perry Bellegarde as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

Posted on December 10, 2014 | No Comments

OTTAWA – Liberal Aboriginal Affairs Critic Carolyn Bennett made the following statement today on the election of Perry Bellegarde as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations:

“On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary Caucus, I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Perry Bellegarde on his election as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. I look forward to continuing to work productively with him in his new role to achieve better outcomes for all First Nations peoples across Canada.

I would also like to congratulate the other candidates on the substantive and collegial nature of their campaigns and look forward to their ongoing contributions as we all work together on critical issues facing First Nations communities.

The Liberal Party of Canada remains committed to creating real and meaningful partnerships with First Nations communities based on inherent and treaty rights.

By working collaboratively with First Nations from coast to coast to coast, together we will build a shared and lasting prosperity, benefitting all Canadians, on a foundation of respect for First Nations’ rights and honouring and implementing treaties.”

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Affichée le 10 septembre 2014

OTTAWA – Carolyn Bennett, porte-parole libérale en matière d’affaires autochtones, a fait la déclaration suivante aujourd’hui à au sujet de l’élection de Perry Bellegarde comme chef national de l’Assemblée des Premières Nations :

« Au nom du Parti libéral du Canada et de notre caucus parlementaire, j’offre mes plus sincères félicitations à Perry Bellegarde à l’occasion de son élection comme chef national de l’Assemblée des Premières Nations. J’ai hâte de continuer à travailler avec lui de manière productive afin d’arriver à de meilleurs résultats pour les Premières Nations à travers le Canada.

Je tiens à féliciter également les autres candidats, qui ont mené des campagnes substantielles et collégiales, et je me réjouis à la perspective de leurs contributions continues dans le cadre de nos efforts conjugués pour aborder les enjeux importants auxquels font face les Premières Nations.

Le Parti libéral du Canada demeure déterminer à créer des partenariats réels avec les Premières Nations fondés sur leurs droits inhérents et sur ceux issus de traités.

En travaillant de concert avec les Pemières Nations d’un bout à l’autre du pays, nous bâtirons ensemble une prospérité commune et durable qui bénéficiera à tous les Canadiens, et qui sera fondé sur le respect des droits des Premières Nations et sur le respect des traités. »

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Posted on December 6, 2014 | No Comments

  On December 6th Canadians across the country remember the 14 young women who were killed at École Polytechnique in 1989. Killed only because they were […]

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In the House: December 2

Posted on December 3, 2014 | No Comments

Yesterday both my colleague Yvonne Jones and I stood in the House to again ask the Minister of the Environment about her failure to help Northerners […]

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In the House: December 1st

Posted on December 2, 2014 | No Comments

Yesterday I rose in the House to ask about the abject failure of the Nutrition North Program. The full transcript is below. You can also see […]

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Auditor General Slams Nutrition North

Posted on November 26, 2014 | No Comments

Nutrition North was supposed to make nutritional food more accessible and affordable to northerners in a way that was transparent.  Yesterday’s scathing Auditor General’s (AG) report […]

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In the House: November 17

Posted on November 18, 2014 | No Comments

Yesterday I rose in the House to ask the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs to explain the shell game that AANDC has been playing with funding for […]

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More smoke and mirrors from the Harper government on chronic underfunding of First Nations’ education

Posted on November 15, 2014 | No Comments

The Harper government’s misleading response to damming new information about a funding shell game at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada is not only desperate, but […]

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Remembrance Day Message

Posted on November 11, 2014 | No Comments

Please take a look at my most recent article in the Town Crier titled Lest we forget – and lest we merely ‘remember’ on November 11. […]

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