MP Fin Donnelly Returns to Ottawa for New Session of Parliament

OTTAWA – After a busy month in the riding, which included presenting 30 Diamond Jubilee medals to outstanding local recipients, Fin Donnelly, MP (New Westminster-Coquitlam & Port Moody) returned to Ottawa to begin a new session of Parliament.

“This Conservative government has been ignoring the priorities of Canadians for too long,” said Donnelly. “New Democrats are listening and are committed to building a fairer, greener, more prosperous country.”

This session, Donnelly will take on a new role as Chair of the New Democrats’ BC Caucus, in addition to serving as the Official Opposition’s Critic for Western Economic Diversification, Deputy Critic for Fisheries and Oceans (West Coast), and Co-Chair of the All-Party Oceans Caucus.

Donnelly will continue to call on the government to reverse their controversial cuts to Coast Guard services in BC, including their decision to shut-down the Kitsilano Coast Guard station. He will also call on the government to implement recommendations from the Cohen Commission.

Donnelly is looking forward to debate on his private member’s bill which calls for an import ban on shark fins to Canada and a legislated ban on shark finning (Bill C-380). This is the first time Donnelly will have an opportunity to bring forward a bill for second reading. The bill will be voted on later in March.

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