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A one time communications advisor and journalist, Alexandre Boulerice was elected the Member of Parliament for Rosemont--La Petite-Patrie in 2011. He blogs in French and English. Find his MP blog at: boulerice.org
Over the last days, the voices of war have taken over in Israel and Palestine. After years of suffering from occupation and blockade, the civilian population of Gaza has to now endure the constant pounding of missiles. Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, over 260 Palestinians (July 18th) have been killed and over 2000 injured (July 18th). The overwhelming majority of the casualties being civilians. Preliminary reports say that a mosque and a hospital were partially destroyed.
Since the end of our exciting leadership race, our new leader, Tom Mulcair, has reshuffled the NDP shadow cabinet. I can’t even describe my team’s enthusiasm when we learned I had been named Labour Critic. As former union advisor for CUPE, it was right up my alley and in line with the interests and priorities of my team members.
Prime Minister Harper announced to his billionaire friends in Davos his intention to make changes to Canada's retirement system. True to form, Stephen Harper circumvented the parliamentary process to make an announcement that would radically transform our social safety net.
Comme vous le savez tous et toutes, le succès inégalé du NPD aux dernières élections ouvre des perspectives inédites pour notre mouvement. La perte subite de notre leader et mentor Jack Layton nous a profondément attristés, mais il ne faut pas, pour autant, perdre de vue notre objectif : remplacer Stephen Harper! Le NPD est maintenant l’opposition officielle et le prochain gouvernement en attente.