BC's newest MP heads to Ottawa to Oppose prorogation

Newly elected MP Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam) showed up to work today on Parliament Hill along with his fellow New Democrat colleagues.

“The people of New Westminster, Coquitlam and Port Moody elected me to bring their concerns in Ottawa” said Donnelly. “That’s what I am doing here today. Over the past four weeks I have received hundreds of letters, e-mails and phone calls from constituents who oppose this unilateral shutting down of Parliament”.

All sittings of the House of Commons and its committees have been put on hold during the prorogation. In total 36 pieces of government legislation have been killed, including bills dealing with consumer protection, white collar crimes and digital policy.

New Democrats have committed to put forward legislation when Parliament reconvenes. The new law would require a majority vote in the House of Commons before Parliament can be prorogued.

“Canada is facing a national affordable housing crisis, a pension crisis and has yet to make good on international obligations to reduce carbon emissions” said Donnelly. “All that legislation is now on hold. The public has placed their trust in Parliamentarians to be their voice on these critical issues and the Prime Minister is trying to silence us”.

During today’s caucus meeting on Parliament Hill, New Democrats met with representatives from DFAIT and OXFAM on the situation in Haiti.