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Australia Broadcasting Corp. Parliamentary reporter Latika Bourke put the above on Instagram (taken at Kundalini Hair in Canberra, apparently) and minutes later (on my Instagram feed, anyhow) Gerald Butts, a top advisor to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau put this taken in the foyer of Canada’s House of Commons on Instagram: Continue reading Christmas at either end of the world
Some data and numbers for the federal government’s performance under the Access to Information Act (ATI). This data may have been around for a while but I just stumbled across it today and think a few bits to be worthwhile.
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the following clause be added to Section 4.3 of the policy book:
i. Working with foreign embassies of sending countries to ensure temporary foreign workers coming to Canada are informed of their rights; working with the provinces to institute a licensing system for foreign recruiters (as is done in Manitoba) and a registration system for employers of temporary foreign workers; and providing access to federal hearings for temporary foreign workers who face deportation.
MP Sadia Groguhé spoke to this motion.
One Delegate opposes this motion. Something about “imperialist organizations” like the World Bank and the NDP needing to work for world socialism.
4-03-13 Resolution on Recognizing Jaswant Singh Khalra as a Human Rights Defender
WHEREAS Jaswant Singh Khalra’s investigation of thousands of cases of missing, murdered and disappeared Sikhs in the Punjab earned him recognition from Amnesty International as a defender of human rights;
WHEREAS Jaswant Singh Khalra visited Canada and presented his findings to Canadians and Members of Parliament immediately before his forced disappearance in 1995;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT New Democrats recognize Jaswant Singh Khalra as an important defender of human rights and in his memory, recommit to the pursuit of justice and transparency characterized by our shared values of truth, justice and respect of human rights
Ontario MPP Jagmeet Singh spoke in support of this motion.
The NDP Convention in Montreal considered the following:
6-05-13 Resolution on Northern Food Security
Submitted by the Aboriginal Peoples Commission
WHEREAS northern communities are facing increasingly higher food prices
WHEREAS Canada is the only developed country to have received a visit from the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the New Democratic Party is calling for immediate action to ensure the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur are implemented as quickly as possible, including the adoption of a Canada-wide food strategy
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the New Democratic Party will continue consultations with northern communities to ensure this strategy responds to their specific needs so that northern communities finally have access to quality and nutritious foods at a reasonable price
NDP MP Dennis Bevington (Western Arctic) spoke in favour of this motion.
WHEREAS French and English are Canada’s two official languages;
WHEREAS the Government of Canada is required to foster the progression towards the equal status of French and English in Canada;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the New Democratic Party reaffirms its commitment to: a) protect and promote both official languages and the linguistic rights of Canadians; b) the development and enhancement of official language minority communities;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the New Democratic Party calls on the Harper government to keep open the Quebec Maritime Rescue Centre, the only bilingual centre of its kind in Canada, to ensure the safety of francophones at sea; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the New Democratic Party supports Bill C-208 from the MP for Acadie-Bathurst Yvon Godin and Bill C-419 from the MP for Louis-Saint-Laurent Alexandrine Latendresse regarding language skills for Supreme Court judges and Officers of Parliament, respectively.