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It is interesting to note that 90% of the lakes protected under the reformed NWPA are in ridings represented by Conservative Members of Parliament. As a Quebec MP, I am particularly concerned that only four lakes in Quebec will remain protected with these changes. Canada’s waterways across the country are an integral part of our natural environment and part of our world renowned heritage. Protecting them must not be a partisan exercise. More »
Join MPs John McCallum and Mauril Bélanger online for our latest live interactive Critics Corner webcast to talk about the secrecy surrounding government spending which is at an all-time high right now in Ottawa. More »
OTTAWA– Liberal Leader Bob Rae sent the following letter today to the Commissioner of Canada Elections on Peter Penashue: Commissioner of Canada Elections c/o Elections Canada [...] More »
Our local teams are doing their best and they’re counting on you to be able to do even more. The by-elections are taking place in Durham, Calgary-Centre and Victoria on Monday, November 26, but you have no time to waste. Your liberal colleagues need your help. More »
OTTAWA— Liberal Human Resources and Skills Development and Labour critic Rodger Cuzner made the following statement today on Food Banks Canada’s report, HungerCount 2012: “This report [...] More »
As a result of my case before the Supreme Court of Canada dealing with voting irregularities in Etobicoke Centre, our next federal elections will be run very differently. That means that democracy will prevail. However the spotlight is now on the November 26 by-elections in Durham, Calgary-Centre and Victoria. Grant Humes, Harvey Locke and Paul Summerville are waging an electoral battle against unscrupulous parties. And you can help them. More »
OTTAWA– Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on the swearing-in of General Tom Lawson as Chief of the Defence Staff: “I would like [...] More »
I have spent a couple of days in Fredericton at a conference on the Charlottetown Accord. It was good to see many friends who, like me, haven't had much chance to reflect on where we were then, and where we're going now, as a country. A few key ideas and themes emerged. More »
Today, Monday October 29, from 7pm to 8pm ET, you’re invited to join me and my colleague Mauril Bélanger online for our latest live interactive Critics Corner webcast to talk about the secrecy surrounding government spending which is at an all-time high right now in Ottawa. More »
TORONTO- Liberal Leader Bob Rae sent the following letter today to the Commissioner of Canada Elections on Peter Penashue: Commissioner of Canada Elections c/o Elections Canada [...] More »
We’re getting one challenge after another. The only way to combat all this is to have fully funded by-election campaigns so our candidates Grant Humes, Harvey Locke and Paul Summerville can advocate for true democracy and transparency in Parliament. More »
Borys Wrzesnewskyj takes questions from the media following the Supreme Court of Canada's ruling More »
OTTAWA– Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on Eid al-Adha: “Today Muslims across Canada and around the world will attend morning prayers and [...] More »
The doors to the campaign offices in Victoria, Calgary-Centre and Durham are wide open and activities are now in high gear. That’s because Stephen Harper has finally called by-elections for those three ridings to be held on November 26. That’s why I’m proud to launch the Do It For Democracy Campaign with the goal of raising $150,000 by midnight Tuesday, October 30, to enable our Party to support our three local by-election teams. More »
Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the followings statement today on the Supreme Court’s ruling regarding the 2011 federal election results in Etobicoke Centre: “While we are disappointed in today’s split decision to overturn the Ontario Superior Court ruling, we accept it as the judgement of the majority of the Court. No doubt there will be a need to review both the opinions of the majority and the minority, and assess what further changes are needed to our election laws. More »
OTTAWA— Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the followings statement today on the Supreme Court’s ruling regarding the 2011 federal election results in Etobicoke Centre: “While we [...] More »
Right now in Canada, young people are facing high tuition fees, heavy student debt loads, and the worst youth unemployment in a generation. But young Canadians are developing their skills, speaking out about policies that impact them and working together to make life better for their peers. I’m excited to have the chance to work with them to bring their goals and ideas to the House of Commons. More »
OTTAWA– Liberal Treasury Board critic John McCallum made the following statement regarding his decision to move concurrence in the Standing Committee on Government Operations Report, Strengthening [...] More »
OTTAWA– Malala Yousafzai should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her courageous work in support of women’s rights, said Liberal Leader Bob Rae today. “Malala [...] More »
OTTAWA– Liberal House Leader Marc Garneau made the following statement today on the Conservative government’s omnibus budget bill, C-45: “We are pleased that the Conservatives have [...] More »
OTTAWA– The government is failing to support our veterans and ill or injured Canadian Forces members, said Liberals today. “Once again we see that the Conservatives [...] More »
OTTAWA– Liberal Public Safety critic Francis Scarpaleggia made the following statement today on the Auditor General’s Fall 2012 Report: “The Auditor General’s report has brought to [...] More »
One of the great things about being Canadian is that our nation is home to some of the most beautiful and inspiring natural landscapes in the world. There are therefore few industries more vital to Canada’s long-term economic success than tourism. But despite the good news, Canada’s share of the international tourism market is declining. More »
One of our responsibilities as Members of Parliament is to represent you and all Canadians in Parliament. Last month over 14,000 Canadians like you expressed their views to our Liberal Caucus when they filled our Caucus Wants To Know survey. Now I am proud to report back to you to show you the impact you’ve had on our work in the House of Commons. Have a look at the video of Bob Rae’s private member’s motion today in the House of Commons. More »
The language used in Parliament can sometimes get pretty obscure. Over the last few weeks, for example, many people have asked: “What is an omnibus bill?” An “omnibus bill” is one that includes several different topics bundled together. Under the Harper regime, the “omnibus” procedure has been pushed to unprecedented extremes, causing massive abuses of power. Conservative omnibus bills since 2006 have averaged well over 300 pages. More »
OTTAWA- Liberal Leader Bob Rae kicked off debate in the House of Commons today on his private member’s motion, M-386, which calls on the federal government [...] More »
Liberalism is alive and well in Kelowna, BC. The UBCO Young Liberals of Canada met with Dr. Bennett to fine-tune original policies to improve engagements and conditions of life for Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Their ideas will be presented at the LPCBC Policy Conference Nov 24-25. Rebuilding one policy at a time - grassroots politics at its finest. More »
OTTAWA– Liberal Finance critic Scott Brison asked the Conservative government the following questions today in Question Period on the navigable water provisions in their omnibus budget [...] More »
OTTAWA– The Lobbying Commissioner must investigate lobbying by former Conservative Candidate and Fisheries Ambassador Loyola Sullivan, including lobbying the federal government on behalf of his brother’s [...] More »
REGINA– Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on the death of the former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Lincoln Alexander: “Ontario and Canada have lost [...] More »
REGINA– Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on the Conservative government’s decision to split the omnibus budget bill: “We are pleased that the [...] More »
OTTAWA– Liberals are ensuring that Canadians’ concerns about the new Canada-China Investment Agreement are heard by the Conservative government, said Liberal International Trade critic Wayne Easter [...] More »
Today is the birthday of Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Canada's fifteenth prime minister. More »
There is an Inuit community in northern Quebec and Labrador, and communities there feel ignored by both provincial and federal governments. More »
OTTAWA– Chair of the Liberal Women’s Caucus, Dr. Carolyn Bennett, made the following statement today on the occasion of Persons Day: “Today we celebrate the accomplishment [...] More »
Bob Rae’s speech to the 2012 Ontario Liberal Party’s Annual General Meeting at the Ottawa Convention Centre More »
OTTAWA- Liberal Human Resources and Skills Development and Labour critic Rodger Cuzner made the following statement today on his motion to call Minister Diane Finley to [...] More »
Canada needs federal leadership on mental health. Bob Rae offers his thoughts and experience with mental health in a speech to the Canadian Association for Suicide [...] More »
OTTAWA– Liberal Citizenship and Immigration critic Kevin Lamoureux made the following statement today on Citizenship Week: “On the third week of October each year, we reflect [...] More »
OTTAWA– Liberals are bringing forward another motion today to study the Conservative government’s reckless decision to shut down Canada’s Experimental Lakes Area (ELA). “Earlier this week, [...] More »
OTTAWA- Liberal Heritage critic Scott Simms made the following statement today on the Conservative government’s decision to change the mandate of the Canadian Museum of Civilization: [...] More »
Across the country as back to school season swung into full gear students were greeted by more than just teachers and homework. Young Liberals were there too. More »
Today is World Food Day, a day devoted to encouraging agricultural food production, sharing technologies with the developing world, and strengthening international resolve in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. These are things that I have tried to do throughout my career, first as a farmer in Cape Breton, and now as a politician. More »
In 1994, Stephen Harper, then a Reform Party MP, attacked the use of omnibus legislation in an intervention in the House of Commons. Mr. Harper was [...] More »
OTTAWA– The Liberal Party used a rare opportunity today to introduce a motion calling on the House of Commons to impose limits on the use of [...] More »
TORONTO– Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on the resignation of Premier of Ontario Dalton McGuinty: “For the last twenty two years, Mr. McGuinty [...] More »
Arlene and I came in late last night to Niagara Falls after visits to Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Kuujjuaq in northern Quebec. I spoke yesterday morning to the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention - and am sharing what I said. More »
Today, October 15, from 8pm to 9pm ET, you’re invited to join me online for our latest live interactive Critics Corner webcast to talk about the role this business model can play in the Canadian economy. As Liberal Advocate for Co-operatives, this is your chance to ask me anything about co-ops and the co-op movement in Canada. More »
NIAGARA FALLS, ON– In the keynote address to the pre-conference of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) today, Liberal Leader Bob Rae called on the [...] More »
PORT AUX BASQUES AND ST. JOHN’S, NL– Liberal Whip and MP for Random–Burin–St. George’s, Judy Foote, made the following statement today on the 70th anniversary of [...] More »
Today, the Prime Minister is attending the Francophonie Summit, which is being hosted by member country Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). More »
** Previously broadcast Oct 10 *** Learn how Liberals have come together to sign up 30,000 Supporters in just five months, and how you can help us continue to reach out. More »
MONTREAL AND EDMONTON ̶ Liberal Francophonie critic Stéphane Dion made the following statement today on the Francophonie Summit underway in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the [...] More »
TORONTO AND MONTRÉAL– Liberal Status of Women critic Judy Sgro made the following statement today on International Day of the Girl: “On the first International Day [...] More »
Tonight at 7:30pm ET, you’re invited to join me online for a special webcast strategy session to talk about how you can help us sign up our next 30,000 Supporters. More »
Next week is Co-op Week in Canada. As the Liberal Advocate for Co-operatives, I have spent the last several months meeting with representatives from different associations, learning about best practices and listening to the concerns of cooperatives across the country. More »
We can no longer afford to wait to help those suffering from this debilitating disease. The federal government must assume a strong leadership role and immediately implement a national strategy on MS. More »
TORONTO– Liberal Multiculturalism critic Jim Karygiannis made the following statement today on the 41st anniversary of Canada’s policy of multiculturalism: “In a speech to the Ukrainian-Canadian [...] More »
TORONTO– Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on Thanksgiving: “Today, we gather with our families and friends to break bread and give thanks [...] More »
Timeline of a Crisis: The conservative government showing how not to handle a crisis. More »
OTTAWA– Liberal Justice and Human Rights critic Prof. Irwin Cotler made the following statement today on the Conservatives’ decision to cancel non-Christian chaplains from the Correctional [...] More »
OTTAWA– Liberal Leader Bob Rae asked the Conservative government the following questions today in Question Period on the E. coli outbreak: “Why did the CFIA wait [...] More »
Speaking on behalf of the 14,443 people who took our Caucus Wants to Know survey, I took my Caucus colleagues through a preliminary look at the opinions you shared with us. More »
OTTAWA– The Conservative government’s decision to download essential fisheries management and conservation tools to Canada’s fishers, including the cost and management of at-sea observers, gear tags/tabs [...] More »
OTTAWA– Liberal Leader Bob Rae sent the following letter to the Auditor General on the ongoing E. coli outbreak: Dear Mr. Ferguson: I am writing to [...] More »
TORONTO— Liberal Aboriginal Affairs critic Dr. Carolyn Bennett made the following statement today on the annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women [...] More »
By focusing on the social determinants of health, such as poverty, housing, security, education, and proper nutrition, the community health care model can intervene early and work to keep people healthy, while at the same time monitoring those that are chronically ill; keeping them from deteriorating and ending up in hospital. More »
OTTAWA – On Thursday, Senator Jane Cordy and Member of Parliament Dr Kirsty Duncan will testify at the Social Affairs, Science and Technology committee which will [...] More »
OTTAWA– Liberal Leader Bob Rae asked the Conservative government the following questions today on the E.coli outbreak in Question Period: “How did the 46 Canadian Food [...] More »
Today, October 3, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm ET, you’re invited to join me online for our latest live interactive Critics Corner webcast. This time our agenda will focus on the divisive nature of Stephen Harper and the Conservative government’s approach to multicultural relations. This is your chance to ask me any question you want in my capacity as Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism. I’ll also be joined by Liberal Party of Canada National Policy Chair Maryanne Kampouris. More »
Our Party just hit an important milestone. Yesterday we signed up our 30,000th Supporter. Simply put, our movement is growing. We’re reaching new communities. We’re bringing young Canadians into politics. We’re generating excitement and hope. And it’s all because of Liberals like you. More »
This isn't an Aboriginal problem, it's a Canadian problem. All Canadians must realize that it is in our interests -- in terms of public safety, human rights, cost and untapped human potential -- to heed the call of this report and take "aggressive action" to deal with this national disgrace. More »
OTTAWA– Liberal Agriculture and Agri-food critic Frank Valeriote made the following statement today on food safety: “This morning, I gave notice of motion to have the [...] More »
OTTAWA– Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on the death of Raylene Rankin: “It is with great sadness that we learn of the [...] More »
This Wednesday the opinions of over 10,200 Canadians who took our Caucus Wants to Know survey will be heard at our Caucus meeting in Centre Block – and today is the last day to add your voice. Click here to take the short survey before we compile the results for Ralph Goodale’s presentation to Caucus this Wednesday. More »
OTTAWA– Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on the death of Barbara Ann Scott: “It is with great sadness that we learn of [...] More »
OTTAWA– Liberal Small Business critic Joyce Murray made the following statement today on the Conservative government’s cuts to services for business: “As Conservative ministers fan out [...] More »
OTTAWA— Liberal Health critic Dr. Hedy Fry made the following statement today on Mental Illness Awareness Week: “With a growing mental health crisis in Canada – [...] More »
OTTAWA— Liberal Pensions and Seniors critic Judy Sgro made the following statement today on National Seniors Day: “Canadians recognize that our country is the result of [...] More »