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Canada and Global Warming: A State of Denial

On May 10th, the BC NDP government released The BC Flood and Wildfire Report on the wildfires and floods of 2017. The Report concluded: 

Disasters such as last summer’s wildfires, floods, lightning storms and landslides are “the new normal” consequences of climate change and British Columbia is ill-equipped to protect the public, according to an external review in response to last year’s floods and the wildfires that tore through the province.

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Trudeau calls Quebec byelection in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord for June 18

By: Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press

05/13/2018

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called a byelection for the Quebec riding of Chicoutimi-Le Fjord, only days after pledging $60 million in federal funding for an aluminum-smelting project in the area.

Voters there will head to the polls on June 18 to elect a new member of Parliament, after first-term Liberal MP Denis Lemieux announced his resignation due to family reasons late last year.

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Erin Weir To Represent The CCF Party In HOC

Saskatchewan MP Erin Weir said today that he's switching his official political affiliation to the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation — a party that has been defunct since 1961.

While Weir has said he still wants to rejoin the NDP caucus, he told CBC News that declaring himself a member of the CCF is a way to stay close to his social democratic values.

"Being designated a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation is a way of expressing commitment to social democracy while I remain outside of the NDP caucus," Weir said.

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NDP Slips To 3rd In Quebec As Conservatives Poll 2nd

A new Léger poll, conducted earlier this month, suggests the Liberal Party of Mr. Trudeau remains in the lead in Quebec with the support of 40 per cent of respondents. However, the Conservatives are firmly in second place at 29 per cent in Quebec, up seven points in the province since March and up 12 points since the 2015 general election.

The NDP is at 15 per cent in Quebec, down 10 points since the previous federal election, while the Bloc is at 10 per cent, down nine points.

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Canada's Healthcare System

In another thread, JKR asked for my opinion on systems that are superior to Canada's single payer system under separate provincial authorities. This is a rather large scope project, deserving of its own topic. From a shortage of doctors to a fear of change to a shrinking taxpayer base coupled with an ageing population, how can we improve healthcare delivery.

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Winnable NDP Seat May Open Up For Jagmeet Singh In September

NDP MP Kennedy Stewart seriously considering Vancouver mayoral run

If he were to run in Vancouver’s October election, Stewart said, he would have to file his papers by September and would announce his resignation as an MP before then. “I don’t think I could file to stand as a candidate and still be a member of Parliament,” he said.

Stewart said he’s already spoken with NDP leader Jagmeet Singh about a possible mayoral run, and he has the leader’s support.

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Goodbye, NDP

I have voted NDP for as long as I can remember, both federally and provincially. No more. From here on I will either hope to have an leftist option such as the Communist party, or I will not vote. 

I admit that this decision (which, in that it's only a single vote, won't affect much) was taken after the disgusting treatment of Erin Weir, but that is certainly not the first, nor the worst, thing that prompts my decision.

Here is a list in no particular order:

The decision to remove references to 'socialism' from the party constitution

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NDP motions for action on gas gouging

Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus says ongoing price gouging at the pumps requires action. Angus is supporting two motions from Windsor-West MP Brian Masse to protect consumers at the pumps.

Masse currently has two motions before Parliament that would provide accountability at the pumps for consumers. First, the creation of a Petroleum Monitoring Agency would oversee gas prices across Canada and report directly to Parliament to address questions of potential gouging.

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Conservative MP Gord Brown dies after heart attack in Parliament Hill office

May 02, 2018

Tears and tributes flowed in a solemn House of Commons today as MPs honoured longtime Conservative MP Gord Brown, who died suddenly earlier today after suffering a heart attack in his Parliament Hill office.

The 57-year-old MP, who had represented the eastern Ontario riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes since 2004, was remembered as a tireless advocate, a passionate politician and a devoted family man.

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Rachel Notley Doesn't Agree With David Suzuki Honorary Degree Calling It "Tone Deaf"

Premier Rachel Notley says she does not agree with the University of Alberta’s decision to grant an honorary degree to high-profile oil sands critic David Suzuki.

But she says the university is built on academic freedom and independence, and that must be respected.

“I’m not a big fan of this decision,” Ms. Notley said on Wednesday, adding she attended the university. “If I’d been on the [university] senate, I wouldn’t personally have voted for it.

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Liberal MP Nicola Di Iorio resigns, citing family reasons

Di Iorio expects to leave caucus by this summer

CBC News

Apr 25, 2018

Nicola Di Iorio, Liberal MP for Saint-Léonard—Saint Michel, announced Wednesday he is leaving political life, citing family reasons.

Di Iorio, who has represented the Montreal-area riding since the last federal election in October 2015, informed reporters of his departure following Wednesday's caucus meeting.

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