Full Text Canadian Political Transcripts October 19, 2015: Thomas Mulcair NDP leader’s election night concession speech transcript

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Transcript of Thomas Mulcair the NDP leader’s election night concession speech

Source: macleans.ca, 10-19-15
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks to supporters, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks to supporters, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

A full transcript of NDP leader Tom Mulcair’s election night concession speech to supporters at the Palais des congrès in Montreal, Quebec:

Hon. Thomas Mulcair: Merci. Merci beaucoup. Merci. Merci beaucoup. Mes amis, mes amis, depuis le début, cette élection porte sur le changement, et ce soir, les Canadiens ont tourné la page sur 10 longues années et ils ont rejeté la politique de la peur et de la division.

Et les Canadiens ont demandé au NPD de continuer d’être porteur de l’espoir et de l’optimisme qui caractérise notre parti.

Tonight, my thoughts are with the extraordinary people I’ve met across this country, the people who are counting on us as New Democrats: the First Nations women I met in Saskatoon who knew we could be relied on to call a national inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women and to lead the way to eliminate violence against women; the former auto worker I met in Essex who had lost his good-paying manufacturing job and was worried for the future of his kids; the grandmother I met in a seniors’ home in Brossard who held out so much hope for the next era of Medicare. I want you to know that we will work for you each and every day in this new majority Parliament.

Il est évident qu’il existe des différences majeures entre nos partis respectifs. Au cours des 78 derniers jours, l’accent a été mis sur ces différences pour permettre aux Canadiens de faire un choix, et aujourd’hui, les Canadiens ont fait ce choix et nous l’acceptons en toute humilité.

Moments ago, I spoke with Mr. Trudeau, Mr. Harper, Mr. Duceppe and Ms. May. Despite our many differences on policy and on the way politics should be conducted, I thanked Mr. Harper for his service to our country. I congratulated Mr. Trudeau on his exceptional achievement for both him and his party. In this campaign, Mr. Trudeau made ambitious commitments to Canadians, and Canadians will have high expectations for their next Parliament.

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Les députés néo-démocrates vont se mettre au service des Canadiens en travaillant avec les autres parlementaires pour bâtir l’avenir que nous souhaitons tous pour nos enfants et nos petits-enfants. C’est ce à quoi les gens s’attendent de nous. Nous allons nous tenir debout pour vos communautés. Nous allons nous battre pour vos emplois, pour vos familles. Nous allons lutter pour protéger l’environnement.

We will be unwavering in our pursuit of better health care for Canadians. We will stand strong in our fight against climate change and to protect our land, air and water. And we will be resolute in our efforts to build a true nation-to-nation relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. It’s on these priorities and on many more that New Democrats will make real and lasting progress in this new Parliament. With this election, Canadians have asked us all to work for them. We will not let them down.

Je veux remercier, d’abord, les électeurs d’Outremont d’avoir renouvelé leur confiance en moi aujourd’hui. Et je veux remercier tous les candidats et les candidates qui ont fait campagne avec courage sous la bannière du NPD. Je ne pourrais être plus fier du travail accompli.

I could not be more proud of the diversity and strength of our NDP team, as Rebecca minded us, and that the work you have accomplished to build our party will carry us for years to come.

We ran in this election with the most women and the most indigenous candidates, not just in the history of our party, but in the history of Canada. This is something that makes me immensely proud.

À Catherine, avec qui je partage ma vie depuis plus de 40 ans, un merci infini pour ton amour, ta gentillesse et ton soutien constant. Merci à nos fils, Matt et Greg et leur conjointe Jasmyne et Catherine et à nos petits-enfants Juliette et Raphael. Je ne pourrais jamais vous remercier assez pour votre appui et votre amour.

To New Democrats here tonight and in every community across this country, thank you for your hard work, your dedication to our cause and your steadfast hope and optimism. My friends, New Democrats have historic contributions to build this country, whether it’s Medicare or Old Age Security, and we will continue.

Ce soir, on a démontré qu’au Québec les racines du NPD continuent de se développer, et dorénavant, le NPD sera toujours pour les Québécois un choix réel.

As a party with established roots in all corners of this country and deep roots right here in Quebec, the next chapter begins in our effort to build a better Canada.

Thank you.

Merci. On continue.

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Full Text Canadian Political Transcripts October 23, 2014: PM Stephen Harper’s Remarks in the House of Commons addressing the terror attacks in the Nation’s Capital, Parliament Hill — Transcript

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivers remarks in the House of Commons addressing the attacks in the Nation’s Capital

Source: PM.gc.ca, 10-23-14

Ottawa, Ontario
23 October 2014
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today delivered the following remarks in the House of Commons addressing the attacks in the Nation’s Capital:

“Thank you, colleagues.

“Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin today by recognizing and thanking the Leader of the Opposition and the Honourable Member for Papineau for their kind remarks and words of encouragement yesterday evening.

“Mr. Speaker, in our system, in our country, we are opponents but we are never enemies.

“We are Canadians, one and all.

“We may be across the aisle from one another, but when faced with attacks on the country we all love and the things we all stand for, I know we will always stand together.

“Mr. Speaker, today more than ever before, I’m quite pleased to see all of my colleagues from all parties in good health and good form.

“Let me just maybe use that Mr. Speaker, through you, to provide a little bit of advice to my colleagues.

“I think my position and a growing number of grey hairs entitles me to do this once in a while, and that is just to say, we all here are engaged in extremely demanding and stressful jobs.

“But the stress that many of you faced yesterday was really beyond and above anything that any of us are really expecting to face.

“I would just say while we resume our duties, and I’ll talk about that in a moment, I would encourage everybody here to take care of their health.

“Be sure that you find some time to relax in the next little while, and also if any of you – because we are not all in perfect health – if any of you are experiencing any undue physical stress as a result of what occurred yesterday, please take the time to see a physician and get that checked out.

“I also just want to say to Canadians – we heard a lot of feedback from Canadians yesterday.

“We are all used to the feedback we get very regularly from Canadians.

“Much of it in the form of brick bats, and some of it deserved.

“But in this case, Mr. Speaker, I think we all experienced the tremendous outpouring of warmth and affection and good wishes from people across the country and we thank them, all of us here.

“I just also want to convey all the good wishes that I heard personally, not just from Canadians but from our friends outside the country.

“I heard from President Obama, from Prime Minister Abbott, from Prime Minister Netanyahu, through a statement from Prime Minister Cameron.

“We’ve heard these expressions across the world.

“I think we were all, as Canadians, touched by the wonderful gesture shown last night at the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game.

“So thank you to our friends in the United States and around the world.

“Of course, Mr. Speaker, we know all too well this is not a happy day for everybody.

“In particular, a terribly sad day for all of the family, loved ones, friends, colleagues of both Nathan Cirillo and Patrice Vincent.

“We have seen photos of these lovely men.

“We’ve all seen the pictures of these beautiful guys, as Don Cherry would say, and our hearts really are with all of them.

“We are so fortunate to have people like this.

“The past couple of decades has, you know, we see across the world, increasing places where the planet is descending into savagery and there are people who every day of their lives stand on guard for this country and for all of us, and we obviously want to convey our gratitude to these two servicemen and their families, but also to all the people who undertake this extremely dangerous work.

“Mr. Speaker, I spoke of the state of much of the world and I think for all of us who are blessed to live in a country like this, it is hard to appreciate, understand, fathom how we can have people who so despise, are involved in a movement who so want violence, who so despise modernity, who so hate progress, that they can desire to drive out medical workers from their community, harm them, how they can enslave women, torture children.

“How they can kill, want to kill anyone who looks or thinks different than them.

“It is in a sense, Mr. Speaker, beyond our comprehension but it is very real and in this struggle in which we are engaged, in which not only our finest values must be put to work, so must be and will be the highest unity and resolve.

“They are our ultimate and indispensible weapons and that’s what these people will face.

“Mr. Speaker, with regard to the events of yesterday and in recent days, a number of questions remain and will all be answered over the course of the police security investigations.

“But I can tell the House this today: the objective of both of those attacks was to spread fear and panic in our country and to interrupt the business of government.

“Well, Honourable Members, as I said yesterday, Canadians will never be intimidated.

“We will be vigilant but we will not run scared.

“We will be prudent but we will not panic.

“And as for the business of government, well, here we are, in our seats, in our chamber in the very heart of our democracy and our work.

“Mr. Speaker, in all its diversity of peoples and opinions, this House personifies the spirit of Canada.

“Canada will never yield to terrorism and neither will this House of Commons.

“We carry on.

“We will attend to the country’s affairs and we will be faithful to the trust that people have placed in us.

“Now, Mr. Speaker, as I said earlier and I have been saying for a long time, we live in dangerous world.

“Terrorism has been here with us for a while and dangerously close on a number of occasions.

“I speak for example, I draw our members’ attention back to incidents such as the Toronto 18, the Via Rail conspiracy in 2013, and I could point to a number of others as well as many that most will never know about.

“For that reason and with the belief and security that Canada is the government’s primary responsibility, we have over the years passed such legislation as the Combating Terrorism Act and the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act to better protect Canadians and secure institutions.

“Last week, our Government proposed amendments to the legislation under which the Canadian Security Intelligence Service operates.

“And as you know, Mr. Speaker, in recent weeks I’ve been saying that our laws and police powers need to be strengthened in the area of surveillance, attention and arrest.

“They need to be much strengthened and I assure you, Mr. Speaker, that work which is already underway will be expedited.

“In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, we’re all aware and deeply troubled that both of this week’s terrorist attacks were carried out by Canadian citizens, by young men born and raised in this peaceful country.

“I share this concern, and I have to ask myself what sort of feeble-mindedness could lead a person to reject a nationality that so many people in so many countries would do anything to earn for their children.

“That is a question for another day.

“For now, make no mistake, even as the brave men and women of our Armed Forces are taking this fight to the terrorists on their own territory, we are equally revolved to fight it here.

“We live in dangerous times, yes, but the mission of our country and the work of this Parliament goes on.

“And so does the work throughout this city.

“Let me just say one final word, in recognizing all of the heroics of yesterday.

“First of all, I know so many – I could certainly speak personally to my staff at 24 Sussex – Mr. Roger Charbonneau, the chefs, Tim and Tina, who were up all night.

“But I know people who for all of us across the country and here in Ottawa were working day and night to make things as easy as possible.

“Officials who were busy at work trying to respond to the situation, first responders and citizens who put themselves in harm’s way when this incident began to unfold.

“But obviously, Mr. Speaker, and in conclusion most particularly the men and women of our security services, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian Armed Forces, the City of Ottawa Police and most particularly, of course, Mr. Speaker, I would be very remiss if I did not conclude in acknowledging specifically the work of the security forces here on Parliament and the great work of our Sergeant-at-Arms.”

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Full Text Canadian Political Transcripts October 23, 2014: Ottawa shooting: Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vicker’s statement — Transcript

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Ottawa shooting: Sgt.-at-Arms Kevin Vicker’s statement

Source: CBC News, 10-23-14

“I am very touched by the attention directed at me following yesterday’s events. However, I have the support of a remarkable security team that is committed to ensuring the safety of Members, employees and visitors to the Hill. Yesterday, during extraordinary circumstances, security personnel demonstrated professionalism and courage. I am grateful and proud to be part of this team.

“House of Commons Security Services also maintains a close working relationship with its security partners, including Senate Security, the RCMP and the Ottawa Police. This close collaboration made it possible to pull together and quickly restore order in the Parliamentary Precinct and throughout the downtown core.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Speaker, the Hon. Andrew Scheer, for his leadership and calm demeanour throughout.

“On behalf of all members of the House of Commons Security Services team, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. Our prayers are with you. Our thoughts are also with Constable Samearn Son, who has been with the House of Commons Security Services for 10 years. Constable Son suffered a gun shot wound to the leg. He is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.

“As this is an ongoing investigation, I unfortunately cannot comment any further at this time, nor can any member of my Security Services team.

Thank you,

Kevin Vickers”

Canadian Political Headlines October 23, 2014: Ottawa shooting: PM Stephen Harper, MPs honour Nathan Cirillo, Kevin Vickers

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Ottawa shooting: Harper, MPs honour Nathan Cirillo, Kevin Vickers

Source: CBC News, 10-23-14

Prime minister meets with cabinet, briefed by national security adviser, RCMP and CSIS heads

Members of Parliament honoured Cpl. Nathan Cirillo with a moment of silence as they tried to get back to a normal routine, a day after the soldier was killed during the Ottawa shooting….READ MORE

Canadian Political Headlines October 23, 2014: MPs head back to work morning after Ottawa shooting

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MPs head back to work morning after Ottawa shooting

Source: The Globe and Mail, 10-22-14

Members of Parliament returned to work Thursday with plans to restore some form of normalcy after a surreal and frightening day in Ottawa. Visitors will not be allowed inside the Parliament Buildings and the War Memorial remained cordoned off with police….READ MORE

Canadian Political Headlines March 4, 2014: PM Stephen Harper, John Baird compare Russia to WW II era Germany

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Stephen Harper, John Baird compare Russia to WW II era Germany

Source: CBC.ca, 3-4-14‎

Prime Minister Stephen Harper echoed the remarks when he said in the House of Commons Tuesday, “What we’ve seen is the decision of a major power to effectively invade and occupy a neighbouring country based on some kind of extra-territorial claim….READ MORE

Full Text Political Transcripts February 11, 2014: Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s 2014 budget speech in the House of Commons ‘The Road to Balance’

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Full text of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s budget speech in the House of Commons

Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty tables the federal budget in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred ChartrandMinister of Finance Jim Flaherty tables the federal budget in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

Federal budget: Full text of ‘The Road to Balance’

OTTAWA — Mr. Speaker, nearly 150 years ago, Canada was founded with fiscal responsibility as its cornerstone. The men and women who carved this great country out of the wilderness simply called it “good government.”

That’s what Minister of Finance John Rose was talking about when he stood before this assembly to deliver Canada’s first budget speech in 1868. He said, “I say that we ought to be most careful in our outlay, and consider well every shilling we expend.”

Now, that’s just old-fashioned English for old-fashioned common sense. And it is that solid, Canadian common sense that has guided our Government through good times and bad.

Mr. Speaker, I am proud to rise today to present Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2014.

This prudent plan builds on our record of strong, sound and consistent fiscal management. It is a low-tax plan to promote jobs and economic growth and support Canadian families. And it is a common sense plan that will see Canada return to a balanced budget in 2015.

Economic Action Plan 2014 sticks to the principles that we adopted when I rose to deliver our Government’s first budget in 2006 during good times. What did our Government do then, when our budget was in surplus and when few could see dark clouds on the horizon?

— We paid down our federal debt.

— We lowered taxes for families and job creators.

— We made sure our fiscal house was in order.

Why did we do this? Because it was the responsible way to a brighter future for Canadians.

Financial prudence now leads to financial prosperity in the future. It leads to opportunity. And so it was that when economic bad times came, our country was better prepared than most.

Since the depths of the recession Canada has led the G-7 in job creation. Coming out of the recession Canada had a triple-A credit rating with a stable outlook—which was and still is virtually unmatched among our peers. We have the best net debt-to-GDP ratio among G-7 nations.

There are many reasons to be optimistic. There are signs of recovery around us. But there are also troubled waters.
The world economy is still fragile—one need look no further than Europe and the emerging economies to see that.

Here at home, household debt is still higher than we’d like to see. And there are still too many Canadians looking for work, and too many employers looking for workers. There is still work to be done.

As my favourite Father of Confederation, Thomas D’Arcy McGee, once said, “We are in the rapids and must go on.” And so, even as the times get better again, we will stay the course that has worked so well.

Mr. Speaker, Sir John A. Macdonald—my other favourite Father of Confederation—could have been talking about our Economic Action Plan when he said, “the Government are merely trustees for the public.” And that is why we are so committed to balancing the budget and returning Canada to a position of fiscal strength.

When governments run prolonged deficits, they are spending money that belongs to future generations. Deficit spending endangers social programs we benefit from and our children will soon depend on.

We also recognize that balanced budgets are important to the long-term prosperity of this country, inspiring confidence in investors and consumers, whose dollars grow the economy and create jobs, and ensuring interest rates stay low.

Canadians have trusted us with the economy and we have delivered. As we have promised, our Government remains committed to balancing the budget in 2015.

But I must be clear: we did not do this on the backs of ordinary Canadians or Canadians in need, or at the expense of our provinces and territories. We did not cut the programs Canadians rely on. We did not cut transfers to our provinces and territories—money they use for things like education and health care.

Rather, we did this by getting our own fiscal house in order. And, Mr. Speaker, that is exactly how our Government will continue. Our Government has reduced direct program spending for the third year in a row in 2012—13. That is something no other government has done in decades.

Our Government continues to eliminate waste that will cut the cost of government without cutting programs Canadians
depend on.

Going forward:

— The Government will freeze the operating expenses of departments.

— We will continue to divest government assets when in the best interest of Canadians to do so.

By doing these things, we will not only balance the budget in 2015, we will achieve a surplus. But let me be clear: a return to surplus is not a licence to spend recklessly. What we will do—what we have always done—is stay the course.

We will make sure Canada’s fiscal position remains strong, strong enough to weather any future global economic storms. That starts with paying down the debt. And keeping taxes low.

Even in the toughest economic times, our Government has worked hard to reduce the tax burden for Canadian families and Canadian businesses. In fact, the federal tax burden is the lowest it has been in 50 years.

Since taking office we:

— Delivered more than 160 tax relief measures.

— Lowered the GST to 5 per cent from 7 per cent.

— Introduced pension income splitting for seniors.

— Created the Working Income Tax Benefit—WITB—to help ensure that low-income workers are better off by taking a job.

Now, an average family of four pays $3,400 less in tax in a year. But we also know that taxes help fund programs and services Canadians rely on. And we will keep closing tax loopholes so every Canadian pays their fair share.

Mr. Speaker, by keeping taxes low we have created the best environment for business investment in the G-7. And those businesses create jobs for Canadians. Creating jobs and opportunities remains our Government’s top priority.

We already have the best record for job creation among G-7 nations. Since the depths of the economic recession, employment has increased by more than 1 million. These jobs are overwhelmingly full-time and in the private sector.
And we’re making sure that opportunities are there for everyone.

We have invested in apprenticeship programs and measures to increase the numbers of people with disabilities, young people and Aboriginal Canadians in the workforce by helping them find the job training they need. But there is more we can and will do:

— That’s why today I am pleased to announce the Canada Apprentice Loan, which will give apprentices registered in Red Seal trades access to interest-free student loans millions of other Canadians have benefited from previously.

— And that is why the Prime Minister announced more than $1.9 billion in new funding to implement the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act.

Canada has one of the best-educated workforces in the world. In fact, the number of Canadians under 25 with university degrees has gone up by more than 50 per cent since 2002.

Still, getting that first job after finishing college or university can be challenging. To help young people get the first, critical work experience they need, our Government will focus investment to support internships in high-demand fields and in small and medium-sized businesses.

As well, we will support two programs that will help people with disabilities find jobs and stay employed.

— Ready, Willing & Able is an initiative to help Canadians with intellectual disabilities become part of the workforce.

— We will also invest in a program to help young people with autism find rewarding jobs.

We will also implement an enhanced Job Matching Service to help unemployed Canadians get back to work by connecting them with employers looking to hire individuals with their skill set.

We will also introduce a new Expression of Interest system to ensure Canada has an efficient, flexible immigration system that matches the needs of employers.

Mr. Speaker, Canada leads the G-7 when it comes to investing in post-secondary research. And we know that investments in science and technology help Canadian business remain competitive while creating high-paying jobs.

That’s why we have invested more than $11 billion in new resources since 2006 to support science, technology and innovative companies that are opening new frontiers for Canada. And that’s why I am very pleased today to announce our Government’s investment in the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.

This fund will support the strategic research priorities of Canada’s post-secondary institutions and help them excel globally in research areas that create long-term economic advantages for Canada.

In addition, Mr. Speaker, Budget 2014 will result in the largest annual increase in funding for research through the granting councils in over a decade.

In Canada’s very first budget speech Finance Minister John Rose said, “What this country wants is care and judgement in the development of its resources.” Those words still ring true today. That’s why our Government is promoting safe, responsible resource development that is not bogged down by unnecessary red tape.

Minister Rose also said, “We must not neglect the means necessary to bring our products of all kinds to a profitable market.”

That is also true today, especially when it comes to energy. Making sure that Canadian energy remains available to markets around the world is a priority for this Government.

That’s why I am happy to announce today that Economic Action Plan 2014 sets aside funds for review of projects like the Energy East Pipeline proposal.

In addition, Canada has always been an exporting nation. Our investment in the new Windsor-Detroit crossing means Canadian goods will get to market faster, allowing businesses to grow, expand trade and help to secure a prosperous future.

Our Government is committed to protecting Canada’s environment. And that commitment is evident in our ongoing investment in National Parks. In fact, since coming to office we have added more than 160,000 square kilometres to our National Parks and marine conservation system.

These priceless natural and historical places are a spectacular legacy for our children and we must ensure they remain pristine. I am pleased to announce that our Government is investing to maintain these national treasures for the next generation to enjoy.

We will make substantial investments through Parks Canada to improve the highways, bridges and dams located in our National Parks and along our historic canals.

We know partnering with committed citizen groups can make conservation dollars stretch farther. That’s why we introduced the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, which doubled the impact of every dollar invested in its first year.

Today we are increasing our commitment to protect even more sensitive fish habitat in the future.
Canada is blessed with a network of recreational trails that allow Canadians to connect with nature all year round.

It pleases me to announce that our Government will partner with the National Trails Coalition to make this recreational experience even better, fulfilling another of our 2011 platform commitments.

Families are the lifeblood of every community. Our Government is working hard to ensure that Canadian families are protected in their communities. As part of these efforts, we will create a DNA-based Missing Persons Index to help bring some peace to the families of missing persons. For that, I want to thank Judy Peterson.

Mr. Speaker, we are also standing up for hard-working families trying to make ends meet. Our Consumers First agenda will help ensure Canadians are also protected in the marketplace. When Canadian families spend their hard-earned money, they should be confident that they are being treated fairly in a competitive marketplace. That’s why we took steps to increase competition in the wireless sector, which has reduced wireless rates by 20 per cent.

That’s why we are:

— Taking steps to lower wholesale roaming rates within Canada; and

— Giving the CRTC the power to impose financial penalties on companies that do not comply with the rules.
We will also:

— Introduce legislation to address the price gap between identical goods sold in Canada and the United States.

— Continue our investments in Canada’s food safety system by hiring more inspectors to ensure the food destined for
Canadian dinner tables is safe.

— Prohibit the pay-to-pay practice that charges consumers for paper bills— including printed credit card statements.

— Reduce red tape for charities by enabling them to apply for registration and file their annual returns electronically.

— Make major investments to improve broadband coverage in rural and northern communities.

Mr. Speaker, I am proud of our Government’s record of fiscal restraint and good management. This record has been the envy of the world. I believe we have been, as Sir John A. wanted us to be, “trustees for the public.”

And I know that I speak on behalf of all my colleagues when I say that we are truly grateful to all Canadians for putting their trust in us.

We have worked hard. And we will continue to work hard to, as Thomas D’Arcy McGee said, “strengthen the faith of our people in their own future, the faith of every Canadian in Canada.”

Mr. Speaker, the plan unveiled today is another prudent step toward that brighter future.

Thank you.

Political Musings August 27, 2013: NDP leader Thomas Mulcair launches Senate abolishment tour in Nova Scotia

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NDP leader Thomas Mulcair launches Senate abolishment tour in Nova Scotia

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Canadian New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Thomas Mulcair, who is also the official opposition leader in the House of Commons launched on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, his anti-Senate campaign “Roll Up the Red Carpet” tour. Mulcair began….READ MORE

Political Musings August 21, 2013: PM Stephen Harper will prorogue Parliament, start new session with throne speech

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Harper will prorogue Parliament, start new session with throne speech

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Aug. 19, 2013, while in the midst of an annual week-long summer tour of Canada’s Northern territories and areas that he will request from Governor General David Johnson to prorogue….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 16, 2013: Justin Trudeau offers to repay $20000 speaking fee

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Justin Trudeau offers to repay $20000 speaking fee

Source: Toronto Star, 6-16-13

Last week Susan Buck, a board member of the Grace Foundation in New Brunswick, complained publicly that the organization had lost $21,000 at an event last June for which Trudeau was paid $20,000 to appear at….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 14, 2013: Conservatives accuse Justin Trudeau of profiting from not-for-profits

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Conservatives accuse Justin Trudeau of profiting from not-for-profits

Source: CBC.ca, 6-14-13

The Conservatives have accused Justin Trudeau of “lacking any decency,” saying he refused to reimburse a charity that lost money after it paid him to speak at a fundraising event….READ MORE