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APTN political panel – Nation to Nation

Posted on October 31, 2014 | No Comments

Click here to see me debate national security issues with my parliamentary colleagues from the NDP and Conservatives, starting nine minutes and forty seconds into the show.

 

In the House: October 31

Posted on October 31, 2014 | No Comments

I was honoured to stand during Question Period today to ask about the worrying moves the government has made to muzzle the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.

The full transcript is below.

Hon. Carolyn Bennett (St. Paul’s, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, in the wake of SARS, the Naylor report made it clear that Canada needed a public health agency, headed by a chief public health officer who could speak directly to Canadians.

Buried in the latest omnibus bill is the demotion and muzzling of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada. He has been stripped of his abilities to set priorities, determine appropriate resources and speak directly to Canadians without political interference.

Will the government reverse this latest act to muzzle science?

Ms. Eve Adams (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, CPC): Mr. Speaker, quite to the contrary, the role of the Chief Public Health Officer is to engage and communicate with Canadians on matters of public health. This change reflects the unique nature of the position to focus exclusively on medical expertise. The role of administration is to oversee the day-to-day administration.

The Chief Public Health Officer is supportive of this change.

The Budget Implementation Act, which details these changes says that:

Division 20 of Part 4 amends the Public Health Agency of Canada Act to create a new position of President as deputy head of the Public Health Agency of Canada, thereby separating the responsibilities of the Chief Public Health Officer from those of the deputy head of the Agency.

You can also read the 1996 report Learning from SARS – Renewal of Public Health in Canada here which details the roles and responsibilities of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada here.

In the House: October 28

Posted on October 28, 2014 | No Comments

I was pleased to rise in Question Period today to ask how the government will address critical infrastructure needs in Toronto.

The full transcript is below.

Hon. Carolyn Bennett (St. Paul’s, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, Toronto Mayor-elect John Tory is committed to working with all levels of government to invest in the infrastructure on public transit, essential to making our community competitive.

The Ontario finance minister is already committed to working collaboratively with him to make these critical investments.

Will the Minister of Finance stand up for his city and reverse his decision to slash infrastructure spending by almost 90% this year, and increase the funding necessary to improve the quality of life for Torontonians that will create jobs now?

Hon. Denis Lebel (Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, CPC): Mr. Speaker, first I have to congratulate the people who have been elected yesterday in the municipal elections. We are happy to work with them and we will continue to work with them.

We have triple federal infrastructure investments since we took office. For the next ten years, that is $53 billion municipalities can count on.

In respect of jurisdiction, we will not manage everything in Ottawa. We will work with provinces and municipalities.

A Bold Vision – Final Statement – Charlottetown Conference 2014

Posted on October 24, 2014 | No Comments

Last month I was honoured to take part in the A Bold Vision conference in Charlottetown, PEI.  Women leaders from all over the country came together […]

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Remarks by LPC Leader Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons

Posted on October 23, 2014 | No Comments

Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin by thanking the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Official Opposition for their strong and passionate words. Yesterday’s […]

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A therapeutic day …. with solidarity and huge resolve to never abandon Canadian values

Posted on October 23, 2014 | No Comments

    I wasn’t in Ottawa yesterday…. I landed in Toronto from overseas and was instructed to stay there…. last evening like so many Canadians I […]

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Canada Needs To Adopt a ‘Health In All Policies’ Approach

Posted on October 23, 2014 | No Comments

I’m pleased to be referenced in a recent article by Dr. Ryan Meili and and Dr. Danyaal Raza about health policy in Canada: “While the delivery […]

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A truly terrible day for Canada…..

Posted on October 22, 2014 | No Comments

From the events at the War Memorial and the Hall of Honour….. all Canadians have been injured today ….. and inspired by the bravery of those […]

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Fall Neighbourhood Checkup Round Up

Posted on October 20, 2014 | No Comments

This weekend, my staff and I had a wonderful time listening to our constituents at six neighbourhood checkups across the riding.   We enjoyed a number of […]

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Ebola documents

Posted on October 20, 2014 | No Comments

Please find below links to a number of documents, which I was pleased to receive regarding Ebola preparedness. It is clear that there were indeed lessons learned […]

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