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Remarks by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on the shootings in Ottawa

Posted on October 23, 2014 | No Comments

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My fellow Canadians: I’m speaking to you from Parliament Hill just coming out of the lock down. I am deeply saddened by today’s horrific events here in Ottawa and unreservedly condemn these brutal and heartless acts of violence.

This attack is unforgivable. Should any other perpetrators or co-conspirators exist, they must be caught and be punished to the full force of our laws. I’ve extended an offer of full support to the government along with any assistance members of our Party can provide at this time.

My thoughts and prayers, along with those of my colleagues, go out to the family and friends of the victims of today’s horrific shooting, including Cpl. Nathan Frank Cirillo, who was standing dutifully, guarding one of our nation’s most sacred monuments.

It was a cowardly act — an unarmed man was murdered in cold blood at close range. Words cannot express this deep sadness we feel over his loss. To the brave women and men who rushed to the scene to confront the shooter and help keep us safe, I say only thank you. Thank you for your selfless courage and your professionalism in this time of crisis.

In the days that follow there will be questions, anger, and perhaps confusion. This is natural, but we cannot let this get the better of us. Losing ourselves to fear and speculation is the intention of those who commit these heinous acts.

They mean to shake us. We will remain resolved.

They want us to forget ourselves. Instead, we will remember. We will remember who we are. We are a proud democracy, a welcoming and peaceful nation, and a country of open arms and open hearts. We are a nation of fairness, of justice, and of the rule of law.

We will not be intimidated into changing that.

If anything, these are the values and principles to which we must hold on even tighter. Our dedication to democracy and to the institutions we have built is the foundation of our society, and a continued belief in both will guide us correctly into the future. Staying true to our values in a time of crisis will make us an example to the world.

Criminals cannot and will not dictate to us how we act as a nation, how we govern ourselves, or how we treat each other. They cannot and will not dictate our values, and they do not get to decide how we use our shared public spaces.

Today, some speak of the loss of innocence in Canada. This is inaccurate. Canada is not and has never been innocent to the threats we face. And we know, as we have always known, that we are not immune. What is true is that we have never let those threats shape us, and we have never bowed to those who mean to undermine our values and our way of life.

We have remained Canadians and this is how we will carry on.

We will get answers to how and why this happened. They will be vital in preventing any future attack.

And to our friends and fellow citizens in the Muslim community, Canadians know acts such as these, committed in the name of Islam, are an aberration of your faith. Continued, mutual cooperation and respect will help prevent the influence of distorted ideological propaganda posing as religion. We will walk forward together, not apart.

In the coming days, we will be inundated with pictures and videos showing what happened today. But there is one in particular we should all remember: the picture in our minds we have of Canadians helping and protecting Canadians. That is who we truly are, and it is who we shall continue to be.

Good night.

Team Trudeau on the Issues: Resource Development

Posted on October 21, 2014 | No Comments

Governments grant permits, but communities grant permission. We need to keep that in mind as we sustainably market Canada’s natural resources. Listen to Justin Trudeau and MP Chrystia Freeland discuss responsible resource development here:

Why we’re voting for the cyber-bullying bill

Posted on October 20, 2014

In December of 2013, the Harper government introduced Bill C-13, legislation that, we were told, was meant to tackle the scourge of cyber-bullying.

The legislation creates a specific new offence for the act of posting an “intimate image” without the consent of the person captured by that image. In our increasingly online world, this new offence is unquestionably required, which is why we are supportive of this element of the bill – and it is why my Liberal colleague, Dr. Hedy Fry, introduced her own legislation to deal with the same subject in 2011.

The legislation was triggered as a result of several high-profile – and heart-breaking – incidents across Canada where young people, unable to cope with bullying, took their own lives.

Incapable of playing it straight however, the Conservatives bundled these important changes to the Criminal Code that would protect young people with measures that have nothing to do with cyber-bullying. In fact, of the 60 clauses within Bill C-13, only seven actually relate to cyber-bullying.

The other 53 deal with many separate issues – some of them highly objectionable – which should be debated and voted upon separately.

While there are many reasons we are concerned about Bill C-13, let me provide one example: The Conservatives are about to give civil and criminal immunity to the telecoms, which will allow them to disclose your personal subscriber data without warrant. This is despite a Supreme Court ruling in Spencer – handed down during the legislative process – which rejected the very warrantless access being proposed in Bill C-13.

Time and again, the Liberal Party asked the Conservative government to split Bill C-13. We proposed keeping those measures that actually tackle cyber-bullying, all 7 of them, as a standalone bill, while leaving the other 53 clauses to be dealt with separately.

Canada’s Privacy Commissioner agreed. He implored the government to split these sections from the legislation so their implications could be more thoroughly scrutinized and reviewed. Even victims’ families, and many in the legal community, called for the bill to be split.

The Conservatives refused, repeatedly, this reasonable request.

It is my belief that the Mr. Harper and his government are using the victims of cyber-bullying as cover to bring in measures that troublingly give the Conservatives more access to your private lives, while loosening judicial oversight.

Today, the final vote on this Bill will take place in the House of Commons. We have carefully reflected on what we feel is truly in the best interests of Canadians and our communities. We will support this bill so that those measures that actually protect young people from cyber-bullying can be enacted.

Last June at the parliamentary committee conducting hearings on Bill C-13, I proposed an amendment that would require a statutory review of the Bill after 3 years. The government reluctantly agreed with one minor change. Instead of 3 years, they agreed to a review after 7 years.

A Liberal government will reopen this legislation before the statutory deadline. We will safeguard the measures related to cyber-bullying. We will secure the privacy of Canadians and ensure proper oversight. We will respect the Charter and we will not use victims of any crime to score political points.

Sean Casey, M.P.
Liberal Justice Critic

Team Trudeau on the Issues: Temporary Foreign Workers

Posted on October 17, 2014 | No Comments

The government’s mismanagement of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program has been hurting our middle class. It’s time for serious reform. Bill Morneau and Justin Trudeau talk solutions:

Team Trudeau on the Issues: Marijuana

Posted on October 16, 2014 | No Comments

Our commitment: It’s time for evidence-based decision making on marijuana. Here’s MP Adam Vaughan on why prohibition has failed: