MPs Return After Month Long Prorogation
October 18th, 2013 - 12:09pm
OTTAWA – After the Prime Minister shut-down Parliament for four weeks, NDP MP Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam & Port Moody) is pleased to be back in Ottawa for the long-awaited start of the Parliamentary session.
“It’s about time Parliament resumed so MPs can roll up our sleeves and do the job of representing our constituents in Ottawa,” said Donnelly, who spent most of the past month meeting with constituents and door-knocking across his riding. “People have been telling me they are unhappy with the scandal-plagued Senate. They also want to see solutions to ongoing problems like inadequate mental health services and the lack of support for seniors.”
While Conservatives are talking about helping consumers, the reality is they are taking no action on credit cards rates, gas prices or protecting airline passengers.
“I’ve met with many small business owners who want to see changes to the current onerous system of credit card processing fees, which leads to higher prices for Canadians and smaller profit margins for small businesses,” added Donnelly. “The NDP has long called for action to better protect consumers and we will continue to hold the government to account on this file.”
This session, Donnelly will resume his role as the Official Opposition’s Deputy Critic for Fisheries and Oceans, where he will renew calls for the government to implement recommendations from last year’s Cohen Commission report.
He will also continue serving as member of the Standing Committee for Fisheries and Oceans, member of the Canada-Korea Interparliamentary Friendship Group, Co-Chair of the All-Party Oceans Caucus, and he will begin a new role this fall as Deputy Critic for Infrastructure.