April 11th, 2017

Fin in the News: Bill Bans Shark Fin Imports

Jason Unrau, BLACKLOCK’S Reporter

Conservatives and New Democrats are endorsing a bipartisan Senate bill to ban shark fin imports. The Commons came within five votes of passing such a ban in 2013.

April 11th, 2017

Fin in the News: Senator pitches ban on shark fin imports

by: Holly Lake - Ipolitics, Ontario

Sen. Michael MacDonald announced today that he plans to table a bill in the Upper Chamber this week to ban the importation of shark fins into Canada.

March 7th, 2017

Fin in the House: Congratulations 2017 Litter-less Lunch Winners!

Fin Donnelly, (Port Moody-Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, each year during waste reduction week, elementary students in Port Moody-Coquitlam participate in my annual litter-less lunch challenge.

March 6th, 2017

Fin in the House: When will the minister do the right thing and protect west coast wild salmon

Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, we were just shocked to hear the Liberals' response and that they are passing the buck to the provinces on first nations health and the environment. A study funded by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans confirmed a deadly disease has reached B.C. salmon farms. This disease is the third-largest killer of salmon in Norway, and now it is on our coast. If this disease grows, it will not only devastate farm salmon but wild salmon as well. When will the minister do the right thing, strengthen the Fisheries Act, and protect west coast wild salmon? Thousands of jobs are at stake.

March 1st, 2017




New study confirms risks of dangerous disease from salmon farms could affect wild population

February 27th, 2017

Fin in the News: MPs Seek Restoration Of Fish Act, Will Repeal 2012 Change

Blacklock's Reporter

Parliament must repeal Conservative amendments to the Fisheries Act, says the Commons fisheries committee. The panel’s Liberal majority concluded the 2012 changes failed to protect habitat.

January 12th, 2017


OTTAWA – On Thursday, the NDP Critic for Democratic Reform Nathan Cullen invited the new Minister for Democratic Institutions, Karina Gould, to jointly draft the government’s electoral reform legislation with opposition parties.

December 14th, 2016


NDP Foreign Affairs Critic, Hélène Laverdière released the following statement today:

The situation in Aleppo is horrifying. The situation in Syria is devastating. New Democrats call on the government of Canada to increase its diplomatic efforts for a ceasefire and political solution to the crisis. And we must support the investigation and prosecution of war crimes. These atrocities must not go unpunished.

December 7th, 2016


OTTAWA – On Tuesday, Liberals MPs voted down an NDP bill aimed at protecting West Coast wild salmon which are under increasing risk of sea lice and diseases from open net salmon farms.

December 5th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly asks the government to support Bill C-228

Mr. Speaker, the government got a couple of things wrong in its response to my bill, so I am happy to correct the record and give members something to think about before the vote.

December 5th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly calls on government to respond to recent whale deaths

MP Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, last week another whale died after becoming entangled at an open net salmon farm in British Columbia. That is two dead whales in three weeks. The science and the evidence is clear. Open net salmon farms are literal death traps for marine mammals. My bill before Parliament aims to transition harmful open net salmon farms to safe closed containment systems to protect marine mammals and wild salmon.

December 1st, 2016


OTTAWA – The Special Committee on Electoral Reform released its final report Thursday morning, which makes a historic recommendation of a Proportional Representation voting system for Canada.

December 1st, 2016


OTTAWA – Today, New Democrat Members of Parliament sent a clear message that many Canadians stand with Standing Rock, the Native American community fighting to protect their land and their environment against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

November 30th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly Slams Government's Approval of Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion

November 29th, 2016

Reality Check: Liberal doublespeak on Kinder Morgan

Many British Columbians voted for the Liberals with the belief that they would not approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline under Stephen Harper’s broken review process.

November 29th, 2016


OTTAWA – Today, Justin Trudeau betrayed a clear commitment that he made to British Columbians during the campaign that the Kinder Morgan pipeline would not be approved under the Conservative’s broken review process.

November 21st, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly calls on the government to protect marine mammals

Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, a humpback whale was found dead, entangled in an empty net at a salmon farm near Campbell River. This is the second time a whale has been entangled in this fish farm in three months. Last time, a juvenile humpback was trapped and needed to be rescued at this same site.

November 21st, 2016

Dead humpback found entangled in aquaculture lines

A dead humpback whale has been found entangled in empty aquaculture lines near Campbell River - the second time a whale has been trapped at the fish farm since September.

November 14th, 2016

Fin in the News "B.C. MP’s closed-pen salmon farm bill advances in Ottawa"

A bill banning Atlantic salmon in open-net British Columbia fish farms – backed by Star Trek actor William Shatner – has seen its second reading in Ottawa.

November 10th, 2016

Fin in the News "New Fisheries Act Promised"

Cabinet will introduce legislation by July 1, 2017 to restore full environmental protections in the Fisheries Act. Conservative amendments enacted four years ago were “an abuse of process”, said Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc.

November 10th, 2016

Letter to the editor: MP targets ocean-based salmon farms

B.C. MP Fin Donnelly advises that not only are open-net salmon farms harming our wild salmon, but there is an alternative - closed containment salmon farming. No need to reinvent the wheel here. Denmark and Norway are already building closed-containment farms. Could we not expect, for example, that Marine Harvest, the world's biggest Atlantic salmon producer, based in Bergen, Norway, which operates near five towns in B.C., do the same?

November 7th, 2016


COQUITLAM – The NDP Critic for Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard, MP Fin Donnelly (Port Moody – Coquitlam), expressed his support for some of the measures announced today but called for more to be done to protect our coasts.

October 25th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly asks the government to defend our coast from oil spills

Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, it has been 12 days since the Nathan E. Stewart ran aground spilling diesel fuel into the traditional waters of the Heiltsuk first nation. The situation is being described by first nation leaders as an environmental disaster and the government response has been an abject failure. First massive delays then a vessel hired to help with the cleanup began to sink and yesterday oil booms failed because of rough weather.

October 19th, 2016

Fin in the News "Captain Kirk beams in to back wild salmon protection bill"

Fin Donnelly has landed a big fish in his campaign to protect B.C.'s wild salmon.

October 17th, 2016

Fin Asks the Government to Make Good on Their Promise to Implement a Permanent Ban on Crude-Oil Tankers Off B.C.'S North Coast

Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, last Thursday an American tugboat and tanker barge ran aground on B.C.'s north coast. The accident caused 200,000 litres of diesel to spill into a sensitive area. If this had been a fully loaded supertanker, it would have caused massive devastation to our fisheries, first nations communities, and our marine environment.

October 17th, 2016

Fin in the News "MP issues litterless lunch challenge to Tri-City schools"

Port Moody-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly is again using Waste Reduction Week in Canada to reboot his annual litterless lunch challenge.

October 11th, 2016

Fin in the News "Ocean-based salmon farms targeted in B.C. MP's private member's bill"

A B.C. MP's private member's bill would see this province's ocean-based salmon farms move to land-based facilities within five years.

October 11th, 2016



Today, NDP MP Fin Donnelly, Port Moody-Coquitlam (Anmore & Belcarra), announced support for his private Member's Bill C-228‎ to #SaveWildSalmon.

October 6th, 2016

Fin Asks the Government to Restore Lost Fish Habitat Protections

Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, in the last election, the Liberals promised to restore habitat protections to the Fisheries Act gutted by the Conservatives in 20112.

October 5th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly Welcomes Bill C-228 Endorsements

Full Text of Statement:

Mr. Speaker, next week, I will be announcing support for my private member's bill to save wild salmon. The bill protects wild salmon and allows the aquaculture industry to grow by moving harmful open-net salmon pens to safe closed containment.

October 4th, 2016


OTTAWA – Tuesday, NDP MPs Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) and Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie) introduced a bill to establish a National Cycling Strategy in Canada which focuses on cycling friendly infrastructure, safety standards and education.

September 29th, 2016


OTTAWA – The NDP is urging the Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale to end the ministerial directive, which permits the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to use information derived from torture.

September 29th, 2016


Today, the NDP announced that it will put the issue of oversight of Canadian arms exports to a vote in Parliament as an opposition day motion in the coming days.

September 29th, 2016


OTTAWA – New Democrats are disappointed by the government’s decision to vote against anti-scab bill C-234. The Liberal government is refusing to respect the right to free collective bargaining and to modernize the Canadian Labour Code.

September 27th, 2016


OTTAWA- On Tuesday, NDP Critic for Environment and Climate Change, Linda Duncan (Edmonton-Strathcona), tabled a Private Member’s Bill to strengthen the regulation of dangerous goods shipped by rail.

September 27th, 2016


OTTAWA –The NDP is calling on the government to respect the right to free collective bargaining by supporting Bill C-234, the anti-scab legislation. New Democrats believe it’s time to modernize the Canadian Labour Code by banning replacement workers as well as schemes to circumvent the law, such as teleworking.

September 27th, 2016

Fin in the News "Bills for Tri-City MPs moving through House of Commons"

September 26th, 2016



OTTAWA – On Monday, NDP MP Randall Garrison (Esquimalt – Saanich – Sooke), introduced a Private Members Bill to repeal C-51, the dangerous and ineffective legislation rushed through Parliament by the former Conservative government.

September 22nd, 2016


OTTAWA – NDP Health Critic, Don Davies (Vancouver – Kingsway) has secured a key study of the opioid crisis in Canada. Davies won unanimous support from his colleagues when he put forward a motion calling on the Standing Committee on Health to make recommendations for dealing with the growing opioid crisis.

September 1st, 2016

Fin in the News "MP's bill to ban open net-cage fish farms gaining steam"

More than 3,000 names are now on a federal ePetition to back a bill by Port Moody-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly that calls for the protection of west coast wild salmon.

August 23rd, 2016


OTTAWA — The NDP is asking the Liberal government to consider recommendations made by the Canadian Medical Association to include a health care strategy for seniors and funding for such a strategy in the agreement that is currently being negotiated on federal health transfers.

August 17th, 2016


OTTAWA – The NDP Critic for Public Services, MP Erin Weir (Regina – Lewvan), is accusing the Minister of Public Services of not taking responsibility for errors plaguing the government’s new pay system known as Phoenix and failing to offer a timeline for when employees will be paid properly.

August 5th, 2016


OTTAWA — In the wake of a dramatic drop in employment numbers in July, New Democrats are calling on the Liberals to take action to significantly improve access to EI and stimulate job growth.

August 2nd, 2016


OTTAWA – New Democrats are blasting the Liberal government’s decision to issue permits allowing for the construction of the Site C dam despite ongoing legal challenges by two First Nations.

July 25th, 2016


OTTAWA – New Democrats are alarmed at the human rights situation unfolding in Turkey, including Turkey’s President granting his government the ability to bypass parliament and rule by decree; Turkey’s decision to suspend the European Convention on Human Rights; and the possibility that Turkey will re-introduce the death penalty.

July 25th, 2016


“I am calling, along with other members of the opposition, for an emergency meeting of the Government Operations Committee to look into the dysfunctional Phoenix payroll system.

July 20th, 2016


OTTAWA — Today New Democrats criticized the Liberal government for moving ahead with Stephen Harper’s planned cuts to provincial health transfers. Recently, Quebec’s Health Minister sounded the alarm that the Liberals are planning to slash annual health transfer increases by half next year – taking $1.1 billion out of the health care system in the first year alone.

July 19th, 2016

Fin in the News "Bigger northern conservation area planned after Shell relinquishes permits"

Parks Canada says that in the wake of Shell Canada relinquishing all its exploratory permits near Lancaster Sound, off the shores of northern Nunavut, an agreement on a National Marine Conservation Area could be in place by the end of 2017.

July 6th, 2016


New Democrats are calling on Global Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion to respond to serious allegations of government interference in RCMP interaction with Iranian police, following the abduction of the Azer children. It has been 11 months since Alison Azer’s four children were abducted by their father and they have since been taken to Iran.

June 29th, 2016


OTTAWA – NDP Critic for Fisheries and Oceans, Fin Donnelly (Port-Moody, Coquitlam) has given notice of a motion to the Fisheries and Oceans Committee, calling on the government to restore lost protections to the Fisheries Act immediately. The protections were removed through omnibus bills by the previous Conservative government.

June 28th, 2016

Fin in the News "Debate over closing of B.C. salmon cannery goes to federal committee"

The debate over the closing of B.C.'s last salmon-canning operation shifted to Ottawa this month, where a federal committee heard sharply differing opinions on the issue.

June 16th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly Asks the Government to Stop Extending Open Net Fish Farm Licences

Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, the Liberals promised to make evidence-based decisions.

June 15th, 2016

Fin in the News "Ottawa owes veterans no 'duty of care,' federal lawyers argue in case"

The federal Liberal government says it agrees with an argument advanced - and later abandoned - by the former Conservative government that Canada owes no special duty of care to those injured in the line of duty.

June 10th, 2016

Fin in the News "Canada yet to ratify first global treaty to combat illegal fishing"

The first global treaty to combat illegal fishing has become international law, with more than 30 countries and the European Union formally ratifying the agreement - but Canada is not among them.

June 8th, 2016

World Oceans Day 2016

Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I rise to mark World Oceans Day, an international day to celebrate our oceans, encourage conservation, and address challenges, challenges like climate change, pollution, and overfishing.

June 7th, 2016

Fin in the News "East Van residents vow to save 'sacred park' from planned Port of Vancouver expansion"

East Vancouver residents are concerned that the view from their beloved Crab Park - on the edges of the Downtown Eastside - will soon be obscured by a multi-million dollar terminal expansion project.

June 3rd, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly Asks the Government to Restore Coast Guard Cuts

Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, inspections of fishing violations off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador have dropped a whopping 50% in the last five years. We have also learned that the capacity for the Coast Guard to respond to emergencies has been weakened. Our Coast Guard was gutted by the former Conservative government's budget cuts, and its failure to update the Coast Guard's aging fleet only made things worse.

June 2nd, 2016


OTTAWA — New Democrats have secured a significant victory for Canadians in the process of democratic reform. The Liberal government has announced it will support the NDP's motion that establishes a committee to study future voting systems that represents all parties in Parliament and does not give an advantage to any single party.

May 20th, 2016


OTTAWA – New Democrats are alarmed by the Liberal government’s announcement that it has approved genetically modified salmon for sale and consumption in Canada.

May 19th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly Honours Local Community Heroes

Mr. Speaker, I am proud to rise in the House to honour outstanding citizens making a difference in Port Moody, Coquitlam, Anmore, and Belcarra:

May 18th, 2016


OTTAWA – New Democrats are outraged by reports today that veterans are yet again being fought in court by their own government that will deny our heroes their benefits. This comes after the Liberal Party campaigned on bringing back a lifetime pension for veterans.

May 18th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly Asks Government to Restore Fisheries Act Protections

Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, shameful. The Liberals are betraying our country and betraying our veterans.

May 18th, 2016

Fin in the News: "Trudeau accused of breaking promise on West Coast marine safety"

Longtime Quadra Island politician Jim Abram says he heard Justin Trudeau promise one thing before the election and something else after it.

May 18th, 2016

Fin in the News: "Ottawa's legal manoeuvre on veterans benefits called 'a betrayal'"

The federal government is taking veterans back to court to try to block certain benefits for injured and wounded soldiers, despite a Liberal campaign promise to better support them after an era of Conservative cuts.

May 11th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly Asks Government to Drop Their Appeal and Defend BC Wild Salmon

MP Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam): Mr. Speaker, in 2015, the federal court banned fish farms in B.C. from using diseased Atlantic salmon in open net pens. The risks to wild salmon were, and still are, unacceptable.

May 5th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly Asks Minister Tootoo to Enforce the Law and Protect Fish Habitat

May 2nd, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly Questions Minister Tootoo About Kitsilano Coast Guard Station

Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Liberals are clearly choosing to ignore the evidence here. During the campaign, the Prime Minister promised Canadians they would reopen the Kitsilano coast guard station. Once in power, the minister assured Canadians it would be operational 24/7-365. Now it appears that is not the case. The base will only reopen on a part-time basis. Why did the minister mislead Canadians about this commitment?

April 28th, 2016

Fin in the News: "On the eve of coast guard station reopening, many questions remain"

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As we told you a few weeks ago, the Kitsilano Coast Guard station is scheduled to re-open on Sunday.

April 22nd, 2016

Fin in the News: "Kitsilano Coast Guard station reopens May 1, Comox radio station to close May 10"

"MPs from all sides of the House of Commons questioned in interviews on Thursday Tootoo’s apparent unwillingness to consider the parliamentary committee’s recommendation, expected to come before the scheduled May 10 closure of the Comox facility.

April 14th, 2016

Budget 2016 Response

I am honoured to share with the House my riding's concerns and hopes in response to the federal budget. The people of Port Moody, Coquitlam, Anmore, and Belcarra are excited to be free from over a decade of Conservative rule. For too long our country has turned its back on science, seniors, youth, the environment and climate change, and working families.

April 13th, 2016

Fin in the News: "Community calls on federal Liberals to postpone Coast Guard station closing"

B.C. New Democrat Fin Donnelly, who also sits on the committee, welcomed the Liberals’ insistence that they have no preconceptions about whether the station should close, though he said “it is very disturbing” to hear that the plan to close the Comox base is proceeding.

March 23rd, 2016

Fin in the News: "Kits coast guard base to take on new role"

"The devil’s in the details. Or the lack of details.

That’s how New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly — a critic of the previous Conservatives government’s decision to close the Kitsilano Coast Guard station — reacted to the Liberals’ federal budget announcement Tuesday that the reopened rescue station would be expanded to provide an emergency environmental response and to train local groups in emergency response.

February 26th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly Questions Minister Tootoo About Closing MCTS Stations and Marine Safety

Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP):

"Mr. Speaker, does the minister really believe that technology alone can replace these communication centres? It is simply not the case. In fact, over the weekend the Victoria station went down, leaving Georgia Strait, Howe Sound, and Vancouver harbour completely unprotected. This was not the first communication failure either, but still the government seems determined to shut down the Comox station.

February 26th, 2016

Reply to the Speech from the Throne 2016

Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with my colleague from Windsor—Tecumseh.

January 22nd, 2016

NDP Encourages Canadians to Choose Sustainable Seafood Products

NDP Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard Critic, Fin Donnelly (Port Moody–Coquitlam), tabled a motion today, urging the federal government to designate March 18 as National Sustainable Seafood Day.

June 24th, 2015

Conservative Cuts Continue to Threaten Our Coast



VANCOUVER – Yesterday marked the fourth time that the Coast Guard radio system experienced a radio blackout, putting our coasts at risk. This additional breach to marine safety underscores the misguided and reckless approach Conservatives have taken to managing our coasts.

June 16th, 2015

French Government Extends Deadline to Receive Legion of Honour

An important message for those who know a living Canadian Veteran of the Second World War who was in France during the landings in Provence and on D-Day during the Battle of Normandy:

May 28th, 2015


Mr. Speaker, last week, a marine communications blackout in B.C. left ship traffic dangerously adrift. Thankfully, nothing disastrous happened, this time.

May 13th, 2015


New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam) made the following statement on the adoption of the NDP motion to ensure federal covenant with veterans is honoured.

May 12th, 2015


Mr. Speaker, a moral, social, legal and fiduciary covenant exists between Canada and members of the Canadian Armed Forces. This means the government must provide support to those who are injured, disabled or have died as a result of military service, and to their families. I thank the members for supporting our motion. Now will they implement it? Will the Conservatives agree to a stand-alone covenant and immediately end all legal action against Canada's veterans?

May 12th, 2015


OTTAWA – Last week, the Federal court ruled in favour of a lawsuit against the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans’ licensing rules that allow fish farms to transfer diseased fish into open ocean pens.

May 11th, 2015


Mr. Speaker, the Federal Court has ruled that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has not lived up to its responsibility to protect wild salmon. The court found DFO rules failed to prevent diseases from being transferred from fish farms into open ocean, raising the risk of our wild-salmon economy which supports thousands of jobs throughout British Columbia.

May 11th, 2015


Mr. Speaker, every community has heroes meriting recognition for their volunteerism, charitable giving, commitment to help others and build a caring and prosperous Canada. Recognizing these community heroes allows us to publicly thank them for their contributions.

May 11th, 2015


Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the House to address today’s NDP motion calling on the government to formally recognize the existence of a standalone covenant of moral, social, legal, and fiduciary obligation, between the Canadian people and the Government of Canada to provide equitable financial compensation and support services to past and active members of the armed forces who have been injured, disabled or have died as a result of military service, and to their dependents.

May 11th, 2015


OTTAWA – With their latest opposition day motion, the NDP is urging the Conservatives to recognize its obligation to past and present members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

May 8th, 2015


Canadians recognize there is a moral, social, legal and fiduciary obligation to care for the men and women who have bravely served in Canada’s military.

April 28th, 2015


OTTAWA – Despite claims from the Conservative government that Canada’s oil spill response is ‘world class,’ the threat of a major oil spill and lack of preparedness has drawn the attention of American authorities.

April 28th, 2015

Fin and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair Hammer Conservatives on Coast Guard Cuts

Mr. Speaker, a lot of talk, but no action.

April 23rd, 2015


Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the House today to address this Conservative government’s 11th and hopefully final budget.

April 22nd, 2015


OTTAWA – Canadians have been waiting for a budget from Ottawa that is focused on their priorities and the needs of the middle class – not just the wealthiest few. After a decade of deficits and mismanagement, Canada’s middle class families are working harder but falling further behind.

April 21st, 2015


“New Democrats know that the government has a clear obligation to help protect our sensitive BC coast from the threat of oil spills.

April 20th, 2015

Question Period: English Bay Oil Spill Response

The Auditor General has been clear. The government is not prepared to deal with even moderately sized oil spills. But the Conservatives keep cutting the organizations that respond to these emergencies including the Kitsilano Coast Guard station, B.C.'s oil spill environmental response centre and Coast Guard communication centres.

April 20th, 2015

Speech: English Bay Oil Spill Response

Mr. Speaker, the toxic bunker fuel spill which occurred in the Vancouver Harbour on April 8, 2015 provided a vivid and terrible example of why we need immediate action to restore coast guard services in British Columbia. The federal government must reverse Conservative cuts to marine safety, oil spill response, and environmental clean-up capacity in Vancouver and on the West Coast

April 20th, 2015


In the wake of the recent toxic fuel spill off the coast of Vancouver, the NDP is reiterating its call for the Conservatives to immediately reverse reckless cuts made to marine safety and will bring the issue to Parliament for debate in its next opposition day motion.

April 14th, 2015


VANCOUVER – New Democrat MPs and candidates today ramped up their campaign to reverse the Harper government’s reckless cuts to B.C. coast guard services.

April 10th, 2015


OTTAWA – This week’s bunker fuel spill from a vessel off the coast of Vancouver should serve as a wakeup call for Canadians. The Conservative government must do more to improve Canada`s ability to respond to spills in the marine environment.

April 9th, 2015


VANCOUVER – As cleanup of a toxic bunker fuel spill in Vancouver’s English Bay continues, British Columbians have received an unwelcome reminder of the Conservative government's disregard for the protection and management of oil spills along BC's coast.

March 30th, 2015

Speech on Bill C-628: An Act to Defend the Pacific Northwest

Mr. Speaker, 10,000 individuals and organizations, including the provincial government of British Columbia and several first nations, wrote to or appeared before the joint review panel assessing the northern gateway project. Their opposition to the project was nearly unanimous.

March 25th, 2015


OTTAWA – Despite warnings from local First Nations, the United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union and fisheries experts, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) have lifted the ban on herring fisheries near Bella Bella.

March 25th, 2015

Question Period: Herring Fishery on the BC Coast

March 19th, 2015

Canadians Shouldn't Have to Choose Security Over Our Rights and Freedoms

Over the last few months, Canadians have become increasingly concerned with the threat terrorist acts present to their safety. We were shocked by the events of October 22nd in Ottawa, but we also came together across partisan lines and stood united against the threats. We vowed to not let those attacks affect our democratic work, or our democratically afforded rights and freedoms.

March 17th, 2015


OTTAWA – This weekend, before a large crowd gathered in Toronto, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair announced his plan to support Canada’s urban centres.

March 12th, 2015

Question Period: Funding for BC Ferries

March 12th, 2015

Statement on the Conservatives' Neglect for our Coastal Communities

Mr. Speaker,

This Conservative government continues with their neglect of Canada’s coastal communities.

March 3rd, 2015


VANCOUVER – The Conservative government is failing to protect salmon in British Columbia by underfunding the volunteer organizations tasked with habitat restoration.

February 26th, 2015


OTTAWA – The closure of the Coast Guard’s Marine Communications and Traffic Service centres along BC’s coast at a time when marine traffic is steadily increasing poses unnecessary risks to marine and environmental safety.

February 26th, 2015

Speech on Pipeline Liability and Safety (Bill C-46)

February 25th, 2015

Global BC: Closure of MCTS Centres

My interview with Global BC on February 20, 2015 regarding the closure of the Vancouver and Ucluelet Marine Communications and Traffic Service Centres.

February 19th, 2015

Question Period: Closure of three Marine Communication and Traffic Service centres along BC’s coast.

Mr. Speaker, first the Conservatives close the Kitsilano Coast Guard station and now they want to close the Marine Communications and Traffic Services centres in Vancouver, Comox and Ucluelet. Responses to environmental emergencies, oil spills, and accidents for the entire coast of British Columbia are going to be centralized. Just recently, the Ucluelet centre helped with the rescue of four sailors. The centre was listening on local VHF and heard the mayday signal.

February 19th, 2015


OTTAWA – NDP Fisheries and Oceans deputy critic Fin Donnelly (New Westminster – Coquitlam & Port Moody) is calling on the Conservative government to stop the planned closure of three Marine Communication and Traffic Service (MCTS) centres along BC’s coast.

February 5th, 2015

Question Period: Infrastructure, Transit, & Housing

Mr. Speaker, the mayors of Canada's 19 biggest cities have come together today to highlight the need for federal action. Our cities are facing crumbling infrastructure, a growing housing crisis, and inadequate transit funding. Gridlock costs us billions of dollars a year in lost economic activity. The average lower mainland resident spends the equivalent of 35 working days per year just commuting.

February 5th, 2015

Statement on Jobs and the Economy in the Lower Mainland

February 5th, 2015

Statement on Jobs and the Economy in the Lower Mainland

Mr. Speaker, the people of New Westminster—Coquitlam and Port Moody are telling me they want real action to stimulate job creation. Last month we were shocked to learn that Williams Moving & Storage, a family-owned and operated company with its headquarters in my riding, filed for bankruptcy.

January 26th, 2015

Community Calendar Correction

COQUITLAM- Residents of New Westminster – Coquitlam and Port Moody should have received my community calendar in the mail over the past few weeks.

December 10th, 2014

MP Donnelly calls for better veterans care

OTTAWA—Canada’s veterans shouldn’t have to fight the Conservative government in court to secure the pensions and long-term care they deserve, according to NDP MP Fin Donnelly in Question Period today.

December 10th, 2014

MP Donnelly's website recognized as one of the best in Canada

COQUITLAM—MP Fin Donnelly's website was recognized by Samara Canada for being one of the top Parliamentary websites in Canada.

November 6th, 2014

Standing up for our veterans

Dear Fin Donnelly,

I am a constituent of yours in your Coquitlam riding. I am a veteran and a member of the NATO Veterans Organization of Canada.

October 29th, 2014

Riverview Park Elementary Wins MP Fin Donnelly's 5th Annual Litterless Lunch Challenge

A Coquitlam school has come out on top by winning local MP Fin Donnelly’s fifth annual Litterless Lunch Challenge.

October 29th, 2014

Statement on 2014 Litterless Lunch Challenge

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to announce the winner of my fifth annual Litterless Lunch Challenge. The challenge, which I hold each year during Waste Reduction Week, encourages students to pack litter-free lunches.

October 10th, 2014

Question Period: Transit Infrastructure Needed in Lower Mainland

Fin in Question Period (October 10, 2014):

Transit infrastructure is urgently needed in the Lower Mainland to protect and develop the region's economy. TransLink is pushed to its limits and has resorted to telling commuters frustrated with service delays to lower their expectations and simply "go for a coffee".

October 8th, 2014

Statement on "Wait For Me Daddy" Memorial Sculpture

“Wait for me, Daddy.” These famous words of Warren ‘Whitey’ Bernard were immortalized in a sculpture unveiled this past weekend in the royal city of New Westminster.

October 8th, 2014

Statement on Terri Evans of Coquitlam Farmers Market

Mr. Speaker, I would like to acknowledge Terri Evans of the Coquitlam Farmers Market. This weekend we celebrated her eighteen years of service to the society, our community and the local food movement.

September 18th, 2014

Speech on Coastal Fisheries Protection Act (Bill S-3)

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the member for Northwest Territories.

August 20th, 2014

Opinion: We can expect more Mount Polley disasters

By Fin Donnelly, Special to the Vancouver Sun

The Mount Polley mine tailings disaster that released more than 14 million cubic meters of metals-laden fine sand, toxic sludge and water into one of British Columbia’s most productive sockeye producing lakes is certainly one of the worst environmental disasters this province has experienced. While drinking water and fishing bans may have been recently lifted, the impact of this event will be felt by the community and environment for years to come.

June 9th, 2014

How C-24 Misses the Mark // C-24號法案改革不及格

Controversial overhaul of Canadian citizenship laws fails to address backlogs and processing times

This Parliamentary session, the federal Conservative government introduced sweeping changes to immigration (Bill C-24) pledging the first set of comprehensive reforms to Canadian citizenship laws since 1977.

May 27th, 2014

Pushing the Debate on BC Coast Guard Cuts

Adjournment Proceedings

* * *Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, over the past year, I have stood up more than a dozen times in this place and challenged the government to back down from its reckless plan to shut down the Kitsilano Coast Guard station.

May 23rd, 2014

NDP asks that bill on protecting Canadians from online crime be split in two

OTTAWA - The NDP is calling on the Conservative government to split its controversial Bill C-13, which includes useful provisions to combat cyberbullying as well as disturbing threats to privacy.

May 8th, 2014

Speech on Safeguarding Canada's Seas and Skies Act (Bill C-3)

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak to Bill C-3, an act to enact the Aviation Industry Indemnity Act, to amend the Aeronautics Act, the Canada Marine Act, the Marine Liability Act and the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and to make consequential amendments to other acts.

May 8th, 2014

Statement on Health Care

Mr. Speaker, every year I hold extensive consultations across my riding to find out what issues constituents are most concerned about. This year, once again, the top priority identified was health care. I heard many ideas about changes needed to improve health care and ensure better use of public dollars.

April 1st, 2014

Speech on Abuse of Government Aircraft and Misplaced Priorities

Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak in support of the NDP motion before us about the misuse of taxpayers' dollars.

March 31st, 2014

Let’s Strengthen Canadian Democracy // 聯邦政府應鼓勵投票 而非遏制投票

In the last federal election nearly 40 percent of Canadians didn’t cast a ballot. It was one of the lowest turnouts in our country’s history. Many of those who didn’t vote were young Canadians, low-income Canadians, and others who increasingly feel left out of the political process.

February 25th, 2014

Speech on Budget 2014

Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak to budget 2014. The government's budget document was over 400 pages, but I must say that it is very thin on ideas and solutions.

February 21st, 2014

Letter to the Editor - Government must act on Cohen recommendations

Re: Federal government supports B.C. salmon, Letters, Feb. 12

Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea and her Parliamentary Secretary Randy Kamp try to make the case that the Conservative government has acted on Justice Cohen’s recommendations, but the reality is they have failed to properly respond to this $26 million public inquiry.

February 13th, 2014

5th Annual Tri-Cities Champions for Youth Children - Awards of Excellence

Presented by the Tri-Cities ECD Committee

Do you know someone in the Tri‐Cities who has made a difference in improving the lives of children under the age of 6 and their families? Please let us know! Nominate them today!

February 12th, 2014

Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy

The Library of Parliament is currently accepting teacher applications for the 18th annual Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy to be held November 2-7, 2014.

February 11th, 2014

Statement Congratulating Canada's Olympic Team & Coquitlam's Kevin Reynolds

I would like to send my best wishes to all of Canada's athletes competing in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

February 11th, 2014

Statement on Transit Infrastructure

Mr. Speaker, transit is a concern that is frequently raised at my regular town hall meetings.

February 5th, 2014

Conservatives Leave Families Waiting to Reunite

Thousands of Canadians who waited over two years to apply for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents will now have to wait another 11 months to apply.

January 31st, 2014

Canada Post prepares for transition to community mail boxes

By Diane Strandberg, Tri-City News

Canada Post has announced its strategy to switch from home delivery to community mail boxes in response to concerns.

January 28th, 2014

NDP Fighting to Keep Door-to-Door Mail Delivery

In the wake of the Conservatives’ irresponsible decision to end door-to-door mail delivery, the NDP introduced a motion in the House of Commons supporting the maintenance of this valuable service. The motion was debated today and defeated in a vote by a Conservative majority.

January 28th, 2014

Statement on Passing of Tim Jones

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honour the life and legacy of Tim Jones, team leader of North Shore Rescue, who passed away suddenly on January 19th.

December 10th, 2013

Canada Needs a National Plan to Deal with Dementia

Canada is facing a looming crisis in the number of people afflicted with dementia—so New Democrats are calling on the government to develop a pan-Canadian strategy to deal with the disorder.

December 10th, 2013

Speech on First Nations Elections Act (C-9)

Mr. Speaker, Bill C-9, an act respecting the election and term of office of chiefs and councillors of certain first nations and the composition of council of those first nations, also known as the first nations elections act, is what I will be speaking to today.

December 9th, 2013

Proposed New Prosperity Mine

The NDP shares concerns about the pervasive environmental and cultural impact of this proposed mine, which include the grave threat to fish and wildlife, livelihoods, as well as serious challenge First Nation’s inherent spiritual and human rights. While there may be potential economic benefits to this project, it is irresponsible to ignore these impacts.

November 28th, 2013

Speech on Cyberbullying (C-13)

I rise today to speak to Bill C-13, an Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act, the Competition Act and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act. I thank the Minister of Justice for introducing this long-awaited bill, which was tabled just last week.

November 4th, 2013

Statement on Litterless Lunch Challenge Winners

Mr. Speaker, October 21 to 27 marked Waste Reduction Week in Canada, which is when I hosted my fourth annual Litterless Lunch Challenge. Every year, more and more schools across my riding join the challenge to do their part to reduce waste by packing litter-free lunches.

October 30th, 2013

NDP still waiting for government action to save the Pacific wild salmon

Nearly a year after the release of the $26 million Cohen Commission report, the Conservative government has failed to implement its most important recommendations to save the Fraser River Sockeye salmon.

October 21st, 2013

Speech on Marine Safety & Kits Coast Guard (C-3)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to start off my remarks by congratulating the minister on her new post. I should also mention I will be sharing my time with the member for Western Arctic.

October 18th, 2013

MPs Return After Month Long Prorogation

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.

October 15th, 2013

Town Hall Reports

Thank you to all those who attended my town hall meetingsor wrote in with your suggestions.

October 15th, 2013

Fin Donnelly announced today he will seek the nomination in the new ‘Port Moody-Coquitlam’ riding in 2015

COQUITLAM- The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission Report for the Province of British Columbia was released outlining changes to several ridings, including those within the Tri-Cities and villages of Anmore and Belcarra. The changes will come into effect during the 2015 federal election.

September 6th, 2013

Stephen Harper is Running Away from Accountability. Again. // 哈珀又逃避國會問責監督

This August, Prime Minister Stephen Harper asked the Governor General to prorogue parliament. Prorogation is the end of a parliamentary session as oppose to a recess or adjournment. If accepted the House of Commons will not sit again until sometime in October.

June 18th, 2013

NDP proposes independent oversight for MP expenses

Official opposition tables motion to increase transparency and replace the BOIE with independent body

The NDP has tabled a motion to bring full transparency and accountability to the House of Commons.

June 3rd, 2013

Statement on the Senate

Mr. Speaker, British Columbians are fed up with the unelected, unaccountable Senate. This archaic institution costs Canadians over $92 million a year. Appointed senators, especially those who abuse their privileges, do not represent Canadians' interests or values.

June 3rd, 2013

Speech on Korean War Veterans Day Act (S-213)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak in support of Bill S-213, An Act respecting a national day of remembrance to honour Canadian veterans of the Korean War. If this bill passes, July 27 will be designated Korean War veterans day.

May 31st, 2013

It’s Time to Tackle Canada’s Tax Haven Problem // 正視加人海外逃稅問題

Canada is losing billions of dollars each year in uncollected tax revenue due to tax evasion and the use of tax havens.

May 7th, 2013

Hill Times - NDP MP Donnelly Vows to Continue Fight to Ban Shark Fin Imports into Canada

By BEA VONGDOUANGCHANH | Published: Monday, 05/06/2013 12:00 am EDT

Sharks are thought to be 450 million years old, have lived through five mass extinctions, and are vital to our ecosystem, but 100 million of them are slaughtered annually for their fins—often while they are still alive and dropped back in the ocean—for what is an estimated $3-trillion-a-year global business. The House recently defeated a private member’s bill that would have banned the importation of shark fins, and despite a promise, the government still has not taken any action to strengthen such a ban nor has it introduced any new regulations to address the problem.

May 6th, 2013

Speech on Budget 2013

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak to Bill C-60 on the budget implementation act.

April 25th, 2013

Speech on Climate Change

Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Chambly—Borduas, who is a fine member.

April 23rd, 2013

Storybook Relives Fin’s Epic Swim

By Mario Bartel - New Westminster News Leader Published: April 23, 2013 9:00 AM

March 27th, 2013

Canada Must Restrict Shark Fin Imports

OTTAWA – NDP Deputy Critic for Fisheries (West Coast), Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam & Port Moody), is disappointed his private member’s bill to ban the import of shark fins to Canada didn’t pass the second reading vote.

March 27th, 2013

HOLI statement from NDP

On behalf of Canada’s New Democrats I extend my best wishes to all celebrating Holi, the festival of colours.

March 27th, 2013

Canada Must Act to Restrict Shark Fin Imports

OTTAWA – NDP Fisheries and Oceans deputy critic Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam) is optimistic ahead of the second reading vote on his private member’s bill to ban the importation of shark fins to Canada.

March 26th, 2013

New Democrats Speak Out Against Cuts to Fisheries and Oceans

The NDP is raising concern about new cuts to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans budget outlined in the 2013 budget. The $108 million to be slashed is in addition to the deep cuts already announced last year. All told, the department's budget will be cut by $442 million by 2018.

March 25th, 2013

Speech on Shark Fin Import Ban, second hour of debate (C-380)

Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleagues for participating in this second hour of debate on my private member's bill, Bill C-380, which seeks to ban the importation of shark fins to Canada and enshrine in legislation Canada's current prohibition on shark finning.

March 22nd, 2013

Community Seminar - Disability Tax Credit Information Session

In our community, hundreds of people with disabilities are still uncertain about whether they are eligible for important tax credits; tax credits which could result in a significant refund. My office wants to make sure that every eligible resident in our community knows how to access this tax refund. To that end, we are off offerring workshops to assist people in taking advantage of the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). The DTC can be claimed retroactively for up to 10 years.

March 22nd, 2013

Statement on World Water Day

Mr. Speaker, 70% of our planet is covered by water and 70% of the human body is also made up of water.

March 21st, 2013

Budget Doesn't Deliver Results for Lower Mainland

OTTAWA – The Conservative budget doesn’t deliver results for people here in the Lower Mainland, according to local Members of Parliament Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby—Douglas), Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster), and Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam & Port Moody).

March 20th, 2013

Statement from Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair on the occasion of Nowruz

On behalf of Canada’s New Democrats I extend best wishes to everyone celebrating Nowruz, the Persian New Year. Nowruz marks the beginning of spring, a period of rebirth, renewal and optimism.

March 7th, 2013

NDP Calls for Study on Kitsilano Coast Guard Closure

OTTAWA – NDP West Coast Fisheries Critic Fin Donnelly moved a motion today at the Standing Committee on Fisheries & Oceans calling for a study on the impacts of the closure of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station.

February 28th, 2013

Save Our Kitsilano Coast Guard Station // 拯救我們的克茨蘭奴海防站

Until last month, the Kitsilano Coast Guard station was the busiest station in Canada, servicing over 300 distress calls every year.

February 19th, 2013

Closure of Kits Coast Guard Shows Conservatives Out of Touch with BC

VANCOUVER – New Democrats are criticizing today’s sudden closure of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station, one of the busiest stations in Canada, saying that the move puts lives at risk.

February 11th, 2013

Speech on Shark Fin Import Ban, first hour of debate (C-380)

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to begin debate on second reading of Bill C-380, which would amend the Fish Inspection Act by legally banning the importation of shark fins, not attached to the rest of the shark, to Canada. It would also amend the Fisheries Act by enshrining in legislation Canada's current prohibition on shark finning.

February 11th, 2013

Import of Shark Fins Must Stop

OTTAWA – NDP deputy Fisheries and Oceans critic Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody) is pleased to see his bill prohibiting the import of shark fins up for second reading today.

February 4th, 2013

Speech on Rail Freight Service

Mr. Speaker, I rise today not only as the member for New Westminster—Coquitlam and Port Moody but in my capacity as western economic diversification critic for the NDP.

January 31st, 2013

Statement on Respecting West Coast Priorities

Mr.Speaker, the Conservative government has been ignoring priorities of west coast Canadians for too long. It rammed through not one but two massive omnibus budget bills with no consultation and limited debate and study in Parliament.

January 29th, 2013

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.

January 9th, 2013

NDP: Kitsilano Closure Short-Sighted and Reckless

Kitsilano Coast Guard base handles over 350 calls for help yearly

OTTAWA – New Democrats are dismayed at the Conservatives’ refusal to reconsider their irresponsible decision to close one of Canada’s busiest coast guard stations, putting Canadians’ lives at risk.

January 8th, 2013

Maple Ridge Residents Concerned about Gutting of Envrionmental Regulations

MAPLE RIDGE - Last night NDP MP and Deputy West Coast Fisheries critic Fin Donnelly, held a well-attended town hall meeting in Maple Ridge about the Harper Conservatives attack on environmental protection.

November 22nd, 2012

Speech on First Nations Matrimonial Property Rights

Mr. Speaker, I sincerely appreciated the speech from the member for Manicouagan and his direct experience with the first nations' life and living conditions. It adds a lot to this debate.

November 19th, 2012

Speech on Food Safety (S-11)

I rise today to speak to Bill S-11, An Act respecting food commodities, including their inspection, their safety, their labelling and advertising, their import, export and interprovincial trade, the establishment of standards for them, the registration or licensing of persons who perform certain activities related to them, the establishment of standards governing establishments where those activities are performed and the registration of establishments where those activities are performed.

November 1st, 2012

NDP Calls on Government to Act on Cohen Commission Report Recommendations

OTTAWA – Today in Question Period, NDP MP and West Coast Fisheries critic, Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody) asked the Minister to commit to implementing the recommendations to protect wild salmon following the release of the Cohen Commission Report on the Decline of the Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River.

October 31st, 2012

Conservatives Must Act on Cohen Commission Report Recommendations

OTTAWA – Following today’s release of the Cohen Commission report on the decline of the Fraser River sockeye salmon, the NDP is calling on the Conservative government to immediately implement the Commission’s recommendations.

October 23rd, 2012

Riverview Park Elementary Class Wins Local MP's Litterless Lunch Challenge

OTTAWA – A Coquitlam school has come out on top by winning local MP Fin Donnelly’s third annual Litterless Lunch Challenge.

October 23rd, 2012

Statement on Litterless Lunch Challenge Winner

I rise today to announce the winner of my third annual Litterless Lunch Challenge. The challenge, which I hold each year in my riding during Waste Reduction Week, encourages students to pack litter-free lunches. This year, over 50 classes from 10 schools participated, including the entire staff at School District 43.

October 16th, 2012

First All-Party Oceans Caucus Meeting to Take Place Today in Ottawa

OTTAWA - Today, the newly formed All-Party Oceans Caucus will hold its inaugural meeting. The Oceans Caucus will bring together MPs to discuss the full breadth of the ocean’s economic and environmental importance to Canada, according to co-chairs Fin Donnelly, MP (New Westminster-Coquitlam) and Bruce Stanton, MP (Simcoe-North).

September 26th, 2012

UBCM Rejects Conservative Plan to Close Kits Coast Guard Station

Pressure mounting on Conservatives to reverse reckless decision

VANCOUVER – Today, delegates at the Union of BC Municipalities voted overwhelmingly to oppose the Conservative decision to close the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station.

September 25th, 2012

City Councillors Join MP's Call on Federal Government to Adopt Shark Fin Import Ban

VICTORIA - Today, municipal councillors from British Columbia joined MP Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam) in calling on the Conservative government to adopt legislation to prohibit the import of illegally-harvested shark fin to Canada (Bill C-380).

September 14th, 2012

NDP MP Fin Donnelly Congratulates Two BC Cities for Passing Shark Fin Bans

Renews calls for federal government to pass national import ban

COQUITLAM – NDP MP Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam & Port Moody) is congratulating the cities of Maple Ridge and North Vancouver for banning shark fins.

September 7th, 2012

Leaked Report Confirms Fears about Kits Coast Guard Closure

Donnelly calls on Ashfield to reverse proposed closure

VANCOUVER – In light of a report confirming concerns regarding the proposed Kitsilano Coast Guard Station closure, NDP MP Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam) is demanding Minister Ashfield reverse his reckless decision.

July 27th, 2012

Canada Post nixes Korean War stamp

More than 200 letters of support not enough to change postal service's position

Coquitlam Now, 27 July 2012 By Jeremy Deutsch

Guy Black never fought in the Korean War. In fact, the Port Moody resident only last year met a relative for the first time who served in the war.

June 27th, 2012

Call for Volunteers to Assist Kwikwetlem First Nations

During the 2007 Flood Red Alert, the Kwikwetlem First Nations called for the help of their neighbours and you came out in droves.

June 14th, 2012

Donnelly Participates in Round-the-Clock Voting Marathon

Fin Donnelly, Member of Parliament for New Westminster-Coquitlam & Port Moody joined other NDP opposition members in around-the-clock voting to protest the Conservatives’ omnibus “Trojan Horse” budget bill, one of the most undemocratic bills in Canadian history.

June 13th, 2012

Budget becomes battle of wills

Coquitlam Now, 13 June 2012 By Brent Richter

New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly says he and the rest of Parliament's Opposition MPs will be using every means at their disposal to make changes to the Conservatives' proposed budget before it passes.

June 7th, 2012

Open Letter to Minister: Don't Shut Down the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station

June 7, 2012

Hon. Keith Ashfield Minister of Fisheries and Oceans House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

June 6th, 2012

Speech on Coast Guard Search and Rescue Cuts and Closures

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the motion by the hard-working member for St. John's East, and I am happy to second the motion.

June 5th, 2012

Municipalities Refute Ottawa's Claim that They Support Fisheries Change

Edmonton Journal, 5 June 2012 By Peter O'Neil

OTTAWA – Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield was accused Tuesday of misleading the House of Commons and of misrepresenting Canadian cities and towns after he suggested the Federation of Canadian Municipalities still supports controversial and sweeping changes to the Fisheries Act.

May 31st, 2012

Cuts to Coast Guard Station Put British Columbians at Risk

OTTAWA – New Democrat Deputy Fisheries and Oceans Critic, Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody) and National Defence Critic, Jack Harris (St. John’s East) addressed reporters today to discuss the Conservatives’ dangerous cuts to the Kitsilano Coast Guard Rescue Station in Vancouver.

May 29th, 2012

Speech on Easing Restrictions on Interprovincial Import of Wine

Mr. Speaker, I will provide some summary remarks. I support this bill and appreciate the hard work of members in preparing and bringing forward this bill.

May 23rd, 2012

Donnelly Congratulates Port Moody on Shark Fin Ban

OTTAWA - Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody) applauds Port Moody city council for passing a bylaw to prohibit the distribution, sale and trade of shark fin.

May 22nd, 2012

Kitsilano Cut an Unacceptable Risk for BC: Donnelly

VANCOUVER - The Harper government’s short-sighted cuts to Coast Guard stations will put British Columbians at greater risk, according to New Democrat Deputy Critic for Fisheries and Oceans for the West Coast Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam).

May 16th, 2012

Speech on Gutting of Environmental and Fisheries Regulations

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the NDP opposition day motion.

One-third of the budget implementation act is dedicated to gutting environmental laws that protect Canada's fisheries, rivers, oceans and ecosystems. With the stroke of a pen the government would eliminate decades of progress and condemn future generations to deal with its mess. The biggest theme I drew from the budget is the government's focus on mega-industrial projects at the expense of Canada's environment.

May 10th, 2012

Speech on Budget 2012

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak in opposition of Bill C-38. As the Conservatives' first budget as a majority government, the budget implementation act serves as a road map to the government's priority for these four years. Let me say that the future does not look very green.

May 9th, 2012

Statement on Hunger Awareness Week

Mr. Speaker, to mark this year's Hunger Awareness Week, Food Banks Canada has issued a challenge to parliamentarians from all parties to fast for one day so they can experience what it feels like to go hungry.

April 29th, 2012

Gutting of the Fisheries Act Shows Contempt for Coastal Communities

OTTAWA –The Conservative government push for major changes to the Fisheries Act by burying it in its Budget Implementation Act.

April 26th, 2012

Speech on Increasing Age of Eligibility for OAS from 65 to 67

I rise today to support the New Democrat Party opposition day motion sponsored by my colleague for London—Fanshawe. She has put a tremendous amount of work into this issue and I applaud her dedication to Canadians.

April 24th, 2012

Statement on Ending the Long Form Census and Cutting the National Council of Welfare

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to the short-sighted cuts by the Conservative government to public institutions that inform social policy in Canada.

April 24th, 2012

New Democrats Defend Fisheries Habitat Protection

OTTAWA – New Democrats are calling out the Conservative government for proposing changes to the Fisheries Act that could seriously weaken environmental oversights in the context of major development projects, such as those involving oil and gas.

April 17th, 2012

Credit card fees too much: Chamber

The Tri-City News, 17 April 2012

Tri-City businesses joined forces on Monday to discuss the impact high credit-card processing fees are having on their bottom line.

April 14th, 2012

Tri-Cities Chamber, Fin Donnelly fight high credit card fees

The Tri-City News, 14 April 2012 By Staff Writer

Canadian merchants pay some of the highest credit card processing fees in the world. The average rate in Canada exceeds 2%, compared to countries like Australia where the average rate is about 1% and 0.79% in the UK.

April 5th, 2012

New Westminster MP blasts Minister over Katimavik cancellation comments

The Record, 5 April 2012 By Alfie Lau and Jennifer Moreau

New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly is taking exception to comments that Conservative Heritage Minister James Moore made in the House of Commons on Thursday.

April 5th, 2012

Donnelly blasts Heritage Minister for comments after Katimavik program axed

COQUITLAM - Fin Donnelly, MP (New Westminster-Coquitlam & Port Moody) is appalled by Heritage Minister James Moore’s comments in the House of Commons regarding the Conservative government’s move to end funding for the long standing Katimavik program.

March 29th, 2012

Federal Budget Out-of-Step with Lower Mainland Families

Conservatives promised to create jobs but slashes vital services instead

OTTAWA — Today the NDP slammed Harper’s Conservatives for introducing a budget that cuts the vital services that Canadians rely on—such as Old Age Security and health care. Furthermore, there was not a single reference to tackling climate change, despite the budget’s major focus on the “streamlining” of environmental regulation.

March 27th, 2012

Editorial: Economy over environment

Nanaimo News Bulletin, 27 March 2012 Editorial by Black Press

The alarm has been raised that the federal government is about to turn the clock back on fisheries protection by about 35 years.

March 27th, 2012

MP Donnelly Welcomes Election of Thomas Mulcair as Leader of Canada's New Democrats

OTTAWA – This weekend, Thomas Mulcair was elected new leader of the Official Opposition by thousands of New Democrats. Local MP Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam & Port Moody) was one of the first to congratulate Mulcair on his victory. “I am happy to see Tom as our new leader,” said Donnelly. “New Democrats are united behind Tom and excited about his leadership which marks a new chapter in our party’s history”. Mulcair’s election comes just days before the federal budget will be introduced on Thursday. “Tom is ready to take on the issues in the upcoming budget,” said Donnelly. “New Democrats have elected a fighter who will stand up for Canadian families”.

March 27th, 2012

NDP: Conservatives Set to Abandon Traditional Inshore Fishery

OTTAWA - On Monday, Conservatives defeated a New Democrat motion that reaffirms support for the owner-operator and fleet separation policies that are crucial to the survival of the traditional inshore fishery in Atlantic Canada.

March 14th, 2012

NDP introduces motion to save popular home retrofit program

With Conservatives, Canada is falling behind on clean energy investments

OTTAWA – The ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program was so popular with Canadians—reducing heating bills, helping the environment, and creating clean energy jobs—that the NDP wants Parliament to review its cancellation by the Conservative government.

March 14th, 2012

Transcript: Fisheries & Oceans Committee Meeting (14 Mar 2012)

Mr. Fin Donnelly: In your opening remarks you talked about habitat protection. In the questions you also pointed out an example of a jamboree in a field. Isn't it more to the point of looking at pipeline projects and that you've been intensely lobbied by large organizations, with more of a focus on pipelines and oil transportation off the coast, perhaps mining and other major activities? Isn't that more of a concern? Certainly it's come to light.

March 13th, 2012

Harper government to gut laws protecting fish habitat, biologist claims

Vancouver Sun, 13 March 2012 By Peter O'Neil

OTTAWA - The Harper government is planning to gut the powers in federal legislation intended to protect fish habitat, making it easier for projects like Calgary-based Enbridge Inc.'s Northern Gateway pipeline to B.C. to clear federal hurdles, according to a retired fisheries biologist who obtained the information from a government source.

March 13th, 2012

Leaked info alleges Tories removing habitat protection from Fisheries Act

Burnaby Now, 13 March 2012 By Jennifer Moreau

New Westminster MP Fin Donnelly is raising questions in Ottawa about leaked information that alleges the Conservatives are proposing to remove habitat protection measures from the Fisheries Act.

March 13th, 2012

DFO Leak Spells Trouble for Fisheries Management

OTTAWA - Today in Question Period, NDP Fisheries and Oceans critic Fin Donnelly questioned the Minister on plans to make sweeping changes to section 35 of the Fisheries Act, essentially stripping habitat protection out of the legislation. According to a leaked document released by a former DFO employee, the Harper government may be planning to dilute the habitat protection provisions of the Fisheries Act. The Conservatives may delete habitat protection from Section 35(1) of the Act. According to the source, they plan to ram this change through using the Budget Omnibus bill. “At a time when the government should strengthen habitat protection, the Conservatives plan to gut one of the strongest environmental laws in the country,” said Donnelly. “These changes will set Canada back decades.“ “The Conservative government is systematically dismantling environmental protection and regulation,” said Donnelly. “By eliminating provisions to protect fish habitat, they can push through their agenda of pipelines, oil super tankers, mega mines and other projects that harm the environment.” “With the stroke of a pen, this government could wipe out decades of progress and condemn future generations to clean up the mess they’re making. It’s reprehensible.”

March 9th, 2012

Speech on Purple Day / Epilepsy Awareness (C-278)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to talk about epilepsy and to speak in support of Bill C-278. I also want to acknowledge the good work of my colleague, the member for Sudbury, in raising awareness about epilepsy.

March 5th, 2012

New Democrats Call on Conservatives to Protect Independent Fishers

OTTAWA - Today, Canada's New Democrats called on the Conservative government to protect east coast fishers, fish processors, and their way of life. Coastal communities depend on the valuable inshore fishery but the federal government seems intent on eliminating the fleet separation and owner/operator policies.

February 16th, 2012

NDP Launches Canadian Tour to Oppose Changes to Old Age Security

Three MPs will travel across country to reach out to Canadian Seniors

OTTAWA – Today New Democrat MPs announced that they will be fanning out across the country to consult Canadians about changes to the Old Age Security (OAS) program planned by the Conservatives. The MPs will promote practical options the NDP has to address the changes that are happening as our population ages while still ensuring retirement security for all Canadians.

February 16th, 2012

Speech on Shannen's Dream - Education for First Nation Children

Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time.

I would like to acknowledge those colleagues who have worked so hard on this issue. We have heard from many of them in the House already.

February 15th, 2012

City's Pier Park Wins National Award

The Record, 15 February 2012 By Theresa McManus

The City of New Westminster has won another national award for its redevelopment of Westminster Pier Park.

February 9th, 2012

Speech on Foreign Takeovers and the Net Benefit to Canada Test

Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Dartmouth—Cole Harbour for his good points. I would also like to thank the member for London—Fanshawe for her tireless work on this issue and for bringing this motion forward today.

February 9th, 2012

NDP: Budget cuts putting fishermen’s lives in danger

The Chronicle Herald, 9 February 2012 By Paul McLeod

The NDP accused the federal government Wednesday of putting fishermen’s lives at risk, foreshadowing what will likely be months of heated debate over upcoming budget cuts.

February 8th, 2012

Coast Guard Cuts Harmful to Canadians

OTTAWA – Today, New Democrats joined with the Canadian Coast Guard’s Marine Communicators Union to slam budget cuts that could jeopardize the lives of fishers and other mariners.

February 2nd, 2012

NDP Calls on Conservative Government to Take Action on Marine Biodiversity

OTTAWA – NDP Fisheries and Oceans critic, Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam) and Deputy critic Phil Toone (Gaspésie—Îles-de-la-Madeleine) are demanding that the government take action after the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel released their report today, “Sustaining Canadian Marine Biodiversity.”

February 2nd, 2012

Statement on Raising Age of Retirement for OAS

Mr. Speaker, the phone has been ringing off the hook in my riding since the Prime Minister announced in Davos that the Canadian retirement system would undergo significant changes.

February 2nd, 2012

Canada's failure to protect marine biodiversity 'disappointing and dismaying,' asserts panel chair

Vancouver Sun, 2 February 2012 By Larry Pynn

Canada is failing miserably at protecting its rich marine biodiversity from the looming threat of climate change, an expert-panel report for the Royal Society of Canada concluded Thursday.

January 25th, 2012

MPs invite Harper to tour Royal Columbian

The Record, 25 January 2012 By Theresa McManus

New Westminster's members of Parliament are inviting Prime Minister Stephen Harper to tour Royal Columbian Hospital.

January 16th, 2012

Local MPs issue challenge to Stephen Harper

New Westminster News Leader, 16 January 2012 By Staff Writer

New Westminster MPs Peter Julian and Fin Donnelly have challenged Prime Minister Stephen Harper and federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq to tour Royal Columbian Hospital before making changes to the transfer of health funds to the provinces.

January 16th, 2012

Local MPs Donnelly & Julian Challenge Harper to Tour Royal Columbian Hopsital Before Cutting Federal Health Transfers

NEW WESTMINSTER – Today, while premiers gathered in Victoria to discuss federal cuts to the health transfer, local New Democrat MPs Fin Donnelly (New Westminster – Coquitlam & Port Moody) and Peter Julian (Burnaby – New Westminster) issued a challenge to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq to tour Royal Columbian Hospital.

January 12th, 2012

Donnelly Heads Back to Ottawa with Mandate to Fight Conservative Service Cuts and Protect Pensions

OTTAWA – After a week of town hall meetings across New Westminster–Coquitlam & Port Moody, New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly is heading back to Parliament with a mandate to fight the Conservative government’s service cuts and protect pensions.

December 12th, 2011

Speech on Human Trafficking (C-310)

Mr. Speaker, I wish to thank the hon. member for Kildonan—St. Paulfor her dedication to this important issue. I am honoured to have the opportunity to speak in support of legislation that would strengthen Canada's ability to prosecute human traffickers.

December 12th, 2011

Cuts to Fisheries Dept Will Hurt Coastal Communities: NDP

MPs Fin Donnelly and Phil Toone are especially concerned for rural communities

OTTAWA – New Democrat Fisheries and Oceans critic, Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam), and Fisheries and Oceans deputy critic Phil Toone (Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine), criticized the Conservatives today over radical new cuts to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

December 9th, 2011

Motion on Gender Violence

M-297 — December 5, 2011 — Mr. Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam)

That, in the opinion of the House, the government should:

(a) launch a campaign that expressly denounces gender violence as unacceptable behavior, and that emphasizes prevention and societal responsibility; (b) seek to combat the underlying socio-economic causes for gender violence, including the active promotion of gender equity for Canadians; (c) reinstate the word "equality" in Status of Women Canada's organizational goals; (d) reinstate funding for Status of Women Canada to 2006 levels, adjusted to the costs of living for 2011, including funds dedicated to the reinstatement of the Court Challenges Program; and (e) encourage federal departments and agencies to provide employees with training in gender sensitivity, gender violence issues, and sexual harassment awareness and prevention.

December 8th, 2011

NDP Bill to Prohibit Import of Shark Fins

OTTAWA – Legislation to prohibit the import of shark fins, often illegally caught using inhumane methods, was introduced today by Official Opposition Fisheries and Oceans Critic Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam).

December 7th, 2011

Statement on Violence Against Women Purple Ribbon Campaign

Mr. Speaker, today I wear a purple ribbon to remember and honour women and children who have lost their lives at the hands of a person they once loved and trusted. The second annual Purple Ribbon Campaign, organized by Tri-City Transitions, is part of the international campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Its theme this year is “Peace Begins at Home”.

December 7th, 2011

NDP MP Donnelly Tables Motion in Support of Local Purple Ribbon Campaign

OTTAWA – Today, NDP MP Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam & Port Moody) tabled a motion in the House of Commons calling on the government to take action on gender violence. Donnelly also made a statement in the House of Commons in support of the Tri-City Transitions’ second annual Purple Ribbon Campaign, which is a part of the international campaign “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.” Donnelly also organized a photo with federal BC NDP Caucus Members of Parliament wearing purple ribbons to demonstrate their support for the campaign. “Half of Canadian women will experience criminal violence by men in their lifetime,” said Donnelly. “I’m proud to work with Tri-City Transitions on this important issue. We all have a responsibility to raise awareness on gender violence.” Although rates of violent crime have been decreasing overall, rape and sexual assault have been on the rise. According to Statistics Canada, in 2004 an estimated 7% of Canadian women were victim to an abusive partner. Of those who have experienced this violence, 23% reported being beaten, choked, or threatened by a gun or knife. Women working in the sex trade are particularly vulnerable to abuse and death resulting from gender-based violence. Young aboriginal women are five times more likely to die from violence than other women in Canada. “Twenty-two years ago, following the massacre of fourteen women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal, my predecessor, Dawn Black introduced a Private Member’s Bill which led to the designation of December 6th as the ‘National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women,’” said Donnelly. “We have come a long way in the past two decades, but there is still much work to be done to increase awareness of gender violence and its root causes, as well as to increase gender equality.”

December 6th, 2011

Imperilled: Shark populations in free fall throughout the world

Rob Williams and his colleagues weren't even looking for sharks

Vancouver Sun, 23 October 2010 By Larry Pynn

The University of B.C. researcher was aboard a 20-metre research sailboat off the B.C. coast for three summers, surveying for marine mammals such as whales, dolphins and porpoises.

November 25th, 2011

New Democrats Launch Petition to Raise Awareness of Plummeting Shark Populations

New Democrat Fisheries and Oceans Critic MP Fin Donnelly was joined today by award-winning director of Sharkwater, Rob Stewart, Shark Truth founder Claudia Li and UBC Marine Biologist, Dr. Harvey-Clark at ‘C’ Restaurant to launch a petition campaign calling on the federal government to ban the import of shark fin to Canada.

November 24th, 2011

Speech on Copyright Modernization Act (C-11)

Madam Speaker, I rise today to speak in opposition to Bill C-11, Copyright Modernization Act. The legislation seeks to bring long overdue changes that would bring Canada in line with advances in technology and current international standards.

November 23rd, 2011

Speech on Bulk Water Exports (C-267)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to Bill C-267, the Canada water preservation act.

November 22nd, 2011

Speech on the Senate (C-7)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to Bill C-7, an act respecting the selection of senators and amending the Constitution Act, 1867 in respect of Senate term limits.

November 18th, 2011

Donnelly tries again with benefits bill

New Westminster News Leader, 18 November 2011 By Staff Writer

New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody NDP MP Fin Donnelly is giving it another shot in his bid to get the federal government to strengthen its medical employment insurance benefits for those suffering from serious illnesses such as cancer.

November 17th, 2011

Baker Drive Elementary School Wins Local MP's Litterless Lunch Challenge

Today in the House of Commons, Fin Donnelly, MP (New Westminster–Coquitlam & Port Moody) announced that Ms. Mackay’s kindergarten/grade one class from Baker Drive Elementary School in Coquitlam won this year’s Litterless Lunch Challenge. They went an astounding 100% litter-free for an entire week.

November 16th, 2011

Statement on Litterless Lunch 2011 Challenge Winners

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to announce the winner of my second annual litterless lunch challenge.

November 15th, 2011

Donnelly Continues the Fight to Strengthen Medical EI

NDP MP Fin Donnelly Reintroduces Private Member’s Bill

New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam & Port Moody) is continuing his fight to strengthen medical Employment Insurance benefits for Canadians suffering from catastrophic illnesses such as cancer. Donnelly re-introduced his Private Member’s Bill in the House of Commons today which would extend medical EI benefits from 15 to 52 weeks.

November 15th, 2011

NDP MP Fin Donnelly seeks to extend EI benefits for seriously ill

Georgia Straight, 15 November 2011 By Stephen Thomson

New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly is renewing his effort to have medical Employment Insurance benefits extended for those suffering from serious illnesses like cancer.

November 9th, 2011

Donnelly Celebrates 2nd Year Anniversary

Two Years in Review

From rookie MP to Canada’s Official Opposition Fisheries and Oceans Critic, local New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam & Port Moody) celebrates his second anniversary today.

November 8th, 2011

Fraser River champion to take petition to Ottawa

Richmond Review, 8 November 2011 By Martin van den Hemel

Fisheries and Oceans critic Fin Donnelly will soon be carrying the sentiments of Richmond residents opposed to plans for a jet fuel pipeline, and delivering them to Ottawa.

November 7th, 2011

New Democrats Oppose Environmental Review Redo for Prosperity Mine

Cabinet should stand by its previous decision on the project

VANCOUVER - New Democrats are disappointed by the decision to grant Taseko a new environmental review for Prosperity Mine, saying that the Government must stand by its previous decision to reject the mine due to severe environmental impacts.

November 3rd, 2011

NDP's BC Caucus Pushes for Government Action on IRS

OTTAWA - Members of the federal NDP B.C. Caucus are calling for stronger action by the federal government to protect Canadian citizens affected by a series of measures undertaken by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

November 3rd, 2011

New Democrats Introduce Bill to Ban Cell Phone Locks

Bill will ban restrictive network locks, boost wireless competition & consumer choice

OTTAWA – Repressive cellular phone network locks need to end in order to give consumers real choice and to encourage competition in Canada’s wireless market, say New Democrats Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay-Superior North) and Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam & Port Moody). The MPs re-introduced the Cell Phone Freedom Act on Thursday to ban “network locks” on new mobile phones sold outside of contract.

November 3rd, 2011

Lethal salmon virus now detected in four species

The Province, 3 November 2011 By Sean Sullivan, Postmedia News

A lethal virus that could pose a new threat to British Columbia's prized Pacific salmon has now been detected in four wild species, prompting fears about its effect on the multi-billion-dollar fishery.

November 2nd, 2011

NDP: Government Must Take Swift Action to Test Salmon for Infectious Salmon Anemia

OTTAWA - The potential threat of an Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA) outbreak in British Columbia requires immediate action from the Conservative government, according to NDP Fisheries and Oceans critic Fin Donnelly.

November 1st, 2011

Conservatives Must Halt Deadly Asbestos Exports

Harper must allow his MPs to do the right thing: Turmel

OTTAWA – New Democrat Leader Nycole Turmel is challenging Stephen Harper on his deadly stance on asbestos. In a motion to be voted on this evening, the Official Opposition is calling out the Conservatives for their dangerous inaction on the cancer-causing material, and demanding the government halt asbestos exports once and for all.

November 1st, 2011

Movember gets personal for MP Fin Donnelly

New Westminster NewsLeader, 1 November 2011

New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly is joining the Movember movement to grow a moustache in honour of deceased NDP federal leader Jack Layton. Participants in the Movember campaign spend the month without shaving their moustache to bring awareness to prostate cancer—a disease that claimed Layton’s life earlier this year—and raise funds to fight the disease. “This campaign is very personal to me,” said Donnelly. “It is a fitting tribute to Jack. He was so positive throughout his illness; he would want us to continue to fight this disease and to do so with style and grace.”

October 26th, 2011

New Stats Show Shocking Delays at Service Canada

NDP will fight out-of-touch Conservative cuts to services families rely on

OTTAWA — NDP Human Resources Critic Jean Crowder and Employment Insurance Critic Claude Patry released new information today, obtained exclusively by the NDP, showing shocking delays at Service Canada call centres.

October 26th, 2011

Speech on National Transit Strategy (C-305)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak in support of Bill C-305, An Act to establish a National Public Transit Strategy.

October 24th, 2011

Feds must take threat [of ISA] seriously

The Daily News, 24 October 2011 By Walter Cordery

It wasn't until Alaskan and Washington state politicians raised the alarm about a potentially devastating salmon virus that has been detected in wild West Coast salmon stocks that Ottawa started to investigate the findings of a study by Simon Fraser University fisheries statistician Rick Routledge.

October 24th, 2011

Poll Finds Overwhelming Support for Ban on Shark Fins Imports

OTTAWA – A new poll released today by the NDP Fisheries and Oceans critic, Fin Donnelly, shows an overwhelming majority of British Columbians support an import ban on shark fins into Canada.

October 21st, 2011

U.S. senators raise alarm over salmon virus

Postmedia News, 21 October 2011 By Peter O'Neil

The Harper government, which described as "inconclusive" tests showing British Columbia wild sockeye salmon have been infected with a potentially devastating virus, isn't taking the matter as seriously as top politicians in the U.S., the House of Commons was told Thursday.

October 19th, 2011

Mining Company's Second Attempt Puts Fish Lake at Risk Again

OTTAWA – Today New Democrat Fisheries Critic Fin Donnelly called on the federal government to put the brakes on Taseko Mines' second open pit mine proposal.

October 17th, 2011

NDP: Threat of Disease in BC Wild Salmon Requires Immediate Action from Federal Government

OTTAWA – Reports today that Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISAV) has been found in the Pacific ocean has set off alarm bells and the federal government must deal with this potentially deadly disease, said NDP Fisheries and Oceans critic Fin Donnelly.

October 17th, 2011

NDP Slams Conservatives Over Cuts to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans

OTTAWA – Today, Fin Donnelly, NDP Fisheries and Oceans critic, and NDP MP Ryan Cleary, St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, demanded that the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans come clean on Conservative cuts of $56.8 million to the department. Last week the Department of Fisheries and Oceans sent a confidential memo to staff outlining details about their plans to gut the budget.

October 13th, 2011

Establishment of Southern Strait of Georgia Conservation Area Positive Step

Government must move more quickly to protect marine ecosystems

The announcement of the federal government to establish a national marine conservation area in the southern Strait of Georgia is a positive step, but further action must be taken to protect Canada’s marine ecosystems, according to NDP Fisheries and Oceans critic Fin Donnelly.

October 4th, 2011

Statement on Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mr. Speaker, I stand today to recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week.

October 1st, 2011

VIDEO: Inside a shark slaughterhouse in China

Toronto Star, 1 October 2011 By Bill Schiller, Asia Bureau

PUQI, CHINA—They have roamed the seas for millions of years, survived the rise and fall of the dinosaurs.

September 29th, 2011

Speech on the Economy

Madam Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the hon. member for Nanaimo—Cowichan.

I rise today to speak in favour of our party's opposition day motion which calls on the government to take swift action with regard to the economy. First, I would like to commend the member for Parkdale—High Park for all her hard work on this important issue.

September 28th, 2011

NDP MP Fin Donnelly seeks Canada-wide ban on shark fins

Georgia Straight, 28 September 2011 By Matthew Burrows

The man who swam the Fraser River twice to raise awareness about our river systems admits he has the right name for his latest campaign.

September 28th, 2011

MP wants ban on shark finning

Royal City Record, 28 September 2011 By Theresa McManus

New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly is taking aim at the "brutal" practice of shark finning.

September 27th, 2011

Speech on Omnibus Crime Bill (C-10)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to the omnibus crime bill, Bill C-10, Safe Streets and Communities Act. I support the sections of the bill that aim to protect children from dangerous sexual predators.

September 23rd, 2011

Cleanup a success

Coquitlam Now, 23 September 2011 By Ksenija Mircic (Letter to the Editor)

This is my second time attending the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. I look forward to this event every year.

September 21st, 2011

MP pushes to ban import of shark fins

Coquitlam Now, 21 September 2011 By Eva Cohen

Up to 75 million sharks are killed each year, with the majority used toward the shark fin trade, according to Wild Aid Canada.

September 18th, 2011

MP wants shark fin ban

The Province, 18 September 2011 By Cassidy Olivier

NDP Oceans and Fisheries critic Fin Donnelly plans to introduce a private member's bill during the fall sitting of the legislature seeking a ban on the importation of shark fins into Canada.

September 17th, 2011

B.C. MP diving in to ban shark fin imports

The Province, 17 September 2011 By Staff Reporter

NDP Fisheries and Oceans critic Fin Donnelly intends to introduce federal legislation this fall to ban the import of shark fin into Canada.

September 16th, 2011

NDP Fisheries Critic wants to keep illegal shark fins out of Canada

New Westminster News Leader, 16 September 2011 By Helen Polychronakos

Illegal shark fin imports to Canada should be banned, says New Westminster MP Fin Donnelly, who is also the NDP’s critic for Fisheries and Oceans in Ottawa.

September 16th, 2011

Illegal Shark Finning Puts Oceans at Risk: NDP

As global shark populations plummet, New Democrat Fisheries and Oceans critic Fin Donnelly is launching consultations with stakeholders to develop legislation to stop the importation of these illegal shark fins into Canada.

September 9th, 2011

NDP: Don't Sell Out Ocean Management to Oil Interests

SMITHERS/VANCOUVER – Official Opposition New Democrats today accused the Conservative government of sabotaging a comprehensive ocean management plan to protect the environment and economic needs of the Pacific North Coast. The political decision, based on pressure from large oil and gas corporations, will put the marine planning process – and the Pacific coast – at risk.

September 7th, 2011

Cuts hurt university students

Coquitlam Now, 7 September 2011 By Fin Donnelly

This week, students are heading back to school at a cost.

After 25 years of federal cuts to education, the share of university operating budgets funded by tuition fees has more than doubled, leaving the average B.C. university graduate with a debt of $27,000.

August 26th, 2011

HST: How the Tri-Cities voted

The Tri-City News, 26 August 2011 By Todd Coyne

The results are in and Tri-City residents voted 'Yes' to scrapping the harmonized sales tax (HST), with the biggest support for axing the tax coming from Coquitlam-Burke Mountain.

August 26th, 2011

New Westminster responds to plan to scrap the HST

Postmedia News, 26 August 2011 By Theresa McManus

The HST has indeed proven to be the Hated Sales Tax among a majority of British Columbians.

August 22nd, 2011

Statement from Fin Donnelly on death of Jack Layton

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of The Honourable Jack Layton, Leader of the New Democratic Party. My thoughts are with Jack's wife Olivia, his children Mike and Sarah and the rest of Jack's family. Today Canada has lost a great political leader. It was Jack's leadership and boundless energy that encouraged me to run as Member of Parliament. He inspired all of us to fight for our beliefs with courage, determination and optimism. His legacy will carry on through all who strive to make Canada a better place.

August 22nd, 2011

MP Fin Donnelly calls Jack Layton’s death "a big loss for Canada"

Georgia Straight, 22 August 2011 By Stephen Thomson

NDP Leader Jack Layton’s death is a significant loss for Canada, says B.C. member of Parliament Fin Donnelly.

August 16th, 2011

New Westminster Pride event balloons in size

Royal City Record, 16 August 2011 By Brent Richter

Organizers of New Westminster's 2011 Pride Week events were hoping to get a better turnout in the celebration's second year and, brother, they got it.

July 13th, 2011

New Westminster mail delivery slow without overtime

Royal City Record, 12 July 2011 By Brent Richter

Two weeks after the end of the strike and lockout of Canada Post workers, mail is getting out but only at a trickle, postal workers say.

June 23rd, 2011

Speech on Bill C-6 - Canada Post Lock-out [1]

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in solidarity with the thousands of postals workers who have been locked out by Canada Post. There are three postal depots in my riding, one in New Westminster, one in Coquitlam and another in Port Moody. I would like to thank all of the workers in those depots. I have talked to many of them and know their good work. I know how hard they have been working and how much this affects them and what it means to them.

June 23rd, 2011

Speech on Bill C-6 - Canada Post lock-out [2]

Madam Speaker, I rise today to talk about the lockout of workers by Canada Post and the back to work legislation the government is proposing.

June 22nd, 2011


Today, Fin Donnelly, New Democrat Fisheries and Oceans critic and Member of Parliament for New Westminster–Coquitlam & Port Moody, questioned the federal government on their inaction to protect Canada’s oceans.

June 15th, 2011

Speech on Budget 2011

Mr. Speaker, last week, the government released the 2011-12 budget and, once again, it falls short for Canadians. The government continues to give away billions of dollars to the most profitable corporations while moving ahead with $11 billion worth of cuts from programs and services that Canadians rely on.

June 15th, 2011


Today, Fin Donnelly, NDP Fisheries and Oceans critic and Member of Parliament for New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody, re-introduced his Wild Salmon Protection Act.

June 14th, 2011


Today, Fin Donnelly, Member of Parliament for New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody and NDP Fisheries and Oceans critic re-introduced his bill, seconded by Nathan Cullen, MP Skeena-Bulkley Valley, to permanently ban oil supertanker traffic off BC’s north coast.

June 8th, 2011

Statement on World Oceans Day

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to mark World Oceans Day, an international day to observe the challenges facing our oceans, and to celebrate and encourage conservation. This year's theme is “Youth: The Next Wave for Change”.

June 8th, 2011


New Democrat legislation would protect ecosystem and economies of coastal communities

Today, on World Oceans Day, Canada’s New Democrats call on the federal government to respect the majority wishes of British Columbians by immediately legislating an oil tanker ban off BC’s north coast.

June 6th, 2011

Op-ed in Hill Times: Canada should ban oil supertankers... off north coast of British Columbia

May 26th, 2011


Today, Jack Layton, Leader of the Official Opposition, appointed the new NDP shadow cabinet, naming New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody Member of Parliament, Fin Donnelly, as Fisheries and Oceans critic.

March 21st, 2011


OTTAWA- Today, New Democrat Fisheries and Oceans critic, Fin Donnelly, presented over 9000 signatures in the House of Commons requesting the federal government take action against open-net fish farms in British Columbia.

March 3rd, 2011


Ottawa - New Democrat Fisheries and Oceans critic Fin Donnelly tabled a motion in the House of Commons that would require the government to provide greater clarity on the risks of genetically modified salmon.

March 3rd, 2011

Speech on the Senate and Need for Proportional Representation

I stand to speak today in favour of the New Democrat motion calling for a referendum to abolish the Senate and for proportional representation.

March 2nd, 2011

Tim Hortons triage: B.C. patients treated in coffee shop

An unexpected influx of patients to a B.C. hospital forced administrators to open a temporary emergency ward at an on-site Tim Hortons coffee shop earlier this week.

March 1st, 2011

Motion on Genetically Modified Salmon

M-648 — March 1, 2011 — Mr. Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should immediately: (a) provide greater regulatory clarity by identifying which government departments are responsible for the regulation of genetically modified salmon and other transgenic aquatic organisms; (b) prevent the introduction into the Canadian food system of genetically modified salmon destined for human consumption until further scientific studies are concluded by the relevant departments to determine the impact of genetically modified salmon on human health and on the health of marine species, ecosystems and habitats; and (c) direct the departments responsible for the regulation of genetically modified salmon to establish a practice of notifying the Canadian public of all requests and approvals and of any information and findings regarding genetically modified salmon and salmon eggs.

March 1st, 2011

Tim Hortons doubles as an ER

With an overflowing emergency room and surrounding hallways, staff at Royal Columbian Hospital turned to the adjacent Tim Hortons cafeteria as a space to treat patients Monday night.

February 16th, 2011

Olympic glow still shines

The Olympics are never far from the hearts and minds of Mayor Wayne Wright and Dr. Bob McCormack.

February 15th, 2011

Oil companies defend using coast guard ship

Oil industry money covers 1/3 of budget for Arctic research consortium

BP and Imperial Oil executives appeared before a parliamentary committee Tuesday to defend the companies' use of a coast guard ship for research that could help them drill in the Arctic.

February 15th, 2011

MP says appeal cash would be better spent helping the whales

Fin Donnelly, MP for New Westminster-Coquitlam-Port Moody and the NDP fisheries and oceans critic, said Fisheries Minister Gail Shea is wasting taxpayers’ money appealing a court ruling instead of protecting B.C.’s endangered Orca whales.

February 14th, 2011

Statement on Eco-Energy Retrofit Program

Madam Speaker, during the town hall meetings I recently held in my riding, many constituents called for the reinstatement of the eco-energy retrofit program that the government suddenly cancelled in March 2010.

February 9th, 2011


New Democrat Fisheries and Oceans critic Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam-Port Moody) today blasted Fisheries Minister Gail Shea for trying to back out of her legal duty to protect British Columbia’s endangered Orca whales.

February 9th, 2011

Canada needs national transit plan, says MP

Canada is overdue for a national public transit strategy, says New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly.

February 9th, 2011

Conservatives and Liberals defeat New Democrat GMO bill

Bill C-474 is defeated by 178 to 98

New Democrat Agriculture Critic, Alex Atamanenko MP (BC Southern Interior) chastised the Harper Conservatives and their Liberal counterparts for defeating his GMO bill in the House of Commons tonight.

February 8th, 2011

Speech on Genetically Engineered Seeds (C-474)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of Bill C-474, An Act respecting the Seeds Regulations (analysis of potential harm). I would like to commend my colleague, the member for British Columbia Southern Interior, for bringing this legislation forward.

February 2nd, 2011


New Democrats broker deal to keep landmark bill alive

Canadians looking for results out of Ottawa have something to celebrate today: a new lease on life for landmark legislation to get cheap medicines into the world’s poorest countries. The seemingly-doomed New Democrat bill was saved today after some assertive outreach across party lines from Industry Critic Brian Masse and Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar.

February 1st, 2011

Speech on National Philanthropy Day Act (S-203)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the National Philanthropy Day act. My riding of New Westminster—Coquitlam and Port Moody had benefited greatly from all forms of philanthropy. Lester M. Salaman, a leading author and professor on civil society says philanthropy is “the private giving of time or valuables…for public purposes”.

January 18th, 2011


OTTAWA – AgriMarine, an innovative West Coast company specializing in sustainable aquaculture, announced yesterday that they have installed the first of four floating, commercial-scale closed containment salmon farming tanks.

December 15th, 2010

Statement on Making Life More Affordable

Mr. Speaker, as a new member of Parliament, I introduced bills to protect Pacific wild salmon, ban dangerous oil tanker traffic off B.C.'s north coast, improve child safety by strengthening the Criminal Code and help workers who suffer from cancer by increasing medical EI. I brought national attention to the funding gap that continues to plague the long-delayed Evergreen Line.

December 9th, 2010


OTTAWA- British Columbia is one step closer to having a full legislative ban on supertankers operating off the northern coast after an NDP call for government action passed the House of Commons 143 to 138.

December 2nd, 2010

Speech on West Coast Oil Supertanker Ban

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak in support of the motion to ban the transportation of oil by supertankers off British Columbia's north coast. We must take action now to protect British Columbia's magnificent coastline and coastal waters, its diversity of fish species, abundance of mammals and the coastal communities that depend on a healthy fishing industry and profitable ecotourism sector. On March 26 of this year, I introduced Bill C-502, a private member's bill that would amend the Canada Shipping Act to prohibit the transportation of oil in supertankers in the Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound.


December 1st, 2010


Internal Audit Reveals The Coast Guard Is Unprepared To Clean Up or Contain Oil Spills

November 23rd, 2010

Statement on Litterless Lunch Challenge 2010 Winners

Mr. Speaker, did you know that a school-aged child generates approximately 67 pounds of lunch waste every year? That is almost 20,000 pounds of waste for just one elementary school.

November 17th, 2010

Fin to Fin with B.C. Salmon: MP Who swam Fraser River twice proposes bill C-518

He has swam with the salmon down the Fraser River twice. Now federal MP Fin Donnelly has drafted a bill to move B.C.’s salmon farming industry towards a closed containment system.

November 17th, 2010


MP Donnelly calls for strengthening the fisheries act by moving to closed containment

COQUITLAM – Today the federal Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans began their week-long tour of both open net and closed containment aquaculture systems in British Columbia and Washington State to see first-hand the implications of open net salmon farms on wild BC salmon.

November 17th, 2010


Coquitlam – NDP Fisheries and Oceans critic, Fin Donnelly and Denise Savoie, MP Victoria, sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, asking that they allow accessible, public meetings during their lighthouse tour in British Columbia.

November 8th, 2010


COQUITLAM –Tri-City resident Guy Black has been lobbying for a Canada Post Korean War commemorative stamp for nearly ten years. As the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War approaches, Black is determined to see Canadian involvement in the conflict recognized and has recruited local parliamentarians Senator Yonah Martin and Member of Parliament Fin Donnelly to carry his message to Ottawa.

November 8th, 2010


This year over 4,400 men will die of prostate cancer in Canada and one in six will be diagnosed during his lifetime. During November, thousands of men from across the globe will participate in the Movember campaign and grow mustaches to raise awareness and funds to fight this disease.

October 21st, 2010


Coquitlam – In two months, New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly’s postcard campaign to save BC’s wild salmon has jumped from 1,000 to 5,000 signatures.

September 28th, 2010


OTTAWA – New Democrats today called on the Government to commit to the protection of British Columbia’s environment by blocking a proposed mining development in the province’s interior.

September 27th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Cautious cause for celebration on the Fraser

John Bermingham, The Province

There was real cause for celebration Sunday, B.C. Rivers Day, with 34 million sockeye salmon returning to the Fraser -- the biggest numbers since 1913.

September 24th, 2010

Senior governments should fund Evergreen gap

By Fin Donnelly, Coquitlam NOW September 24, 2010

Have you noticed the amount of road construction in our area lately? It seems you can't go anywhere without running into some kind of road construction project. That's your tax dollars at work, much of it from the so-called "stimulus" funding.

September 24th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Parkland students' green campaign goes to Ottawa

By Jennifer McFee, Coquitlam NOW September 24, 2010 7:03 AM

A group of Parkland Elementary students spoke out against pesticide pollution last spring, and their environmental call is still reverberating in the Canada's Parliament.

September 22nd, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Top cops want long-gun registry retained

Political foes back off as police and supporters press their arguments

By Alfie Lau, The Record; with files from Postmedia Network Inc. September 21, 2010

September 22nd, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Donnelly to push evergreen line

From New Westminster News Leader

Published: September 21, 2010 9:00 AM Updated: September 21, 2010 9:15 AM

Local MP Fin Donnelly is back in Ottawa this week with the Evergreen transit line at the top of his wish list. The New Westminster-Coquitlam-Port Moody MP says he will be calling on the federal government to help fund the Evergreen line during the fall session of Parliament, which started last week. The proposed transit line through Port Moody and Coquitlam, which will connect to the existing Millennium SkyTrain line and build stations in Port Moody, needs an additional $574 million from the provincial and federal governments to be built, said the NDP MP. “The Evergreen line is the most pressing transportation infrastructure project in the Lower Mainland,” he said. The project is expected to cost $1.4 billion. TransLink and the federal and provincial governments originally agreed to pay for it with shares of approximately $400 million. But since the original agreement, the budget has risen and TransLink has plead poverty, saying it has no revenue source for its share. Donnelly wants the senior governments to pay TransLink’s portion as well as their own. The remaining budget could come from a private public partnership. Donnelly recently launched a petition in his riding to get senior levels of government to fund the gap.

September 21st, 2010



Coquitlam - Total corporate tax cuts to the six big banks (BNS, RBC, BMO, CIBC, TD and National Bank) reached $1.4 billion earlier this fall; which happens to be the total cost of the Evergreen Line project.

September 13th, 2010


REGINA –New Democrat MPs from British Columbia are calling on Stephen Harper to stand down and accept an environmental assessment panel’s ruling against a reckless mining proposal. The New Democrats say the so-called Prosperity Mine is a grave threat to fish and wildlife, livelihoods and First Nations’ inherent rights.

September 3rd, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Donnelly completes 25-day Fraser River rafting trip

By Alfie Lau, The Record September 2, 2010

New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly had heard that this year's sockeye salmon run would be great, but even he was surprised to see how the Fraser River was teeming with salmon.

August 31st, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Cyclists support salmon

By Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer Published: August 24, 2010 6:00 PM

Wild salmon have found a voice on wheels.

Michelle Nickerson and Daniel van der Kroon are cycling throughout B.C., accompanied by driver Kris Szabo, to try to protect and raise awareness of wild salmon.

August 5th, 2010


Executive Chef Robert Clark signs onto campaign

VANCOUVER – As New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly’s postcard campaign to save BC’s wild salmon crosses the 1,000 signature mark, Chef Robert Clark is dishing up his support.

July 22nd, 2010


Coquitlam – Local New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly and Coquitlam City Councillor Selina Robinson are sounding the alarm over the Conservative government’s proposed changes to the mandatory long form census in the wake of Statistics Canada’s Chief Statistician Munir Sheikh’s resignation.

July 6th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Shatner's presence helps B.C.'s salmon to live long and prosper

Boldly going where science fails to dazzle

The Record June 30, 2010

Biologists, environmentalists and politicos of various stripes have been saying for years that open-net fish farming is causing problems on B.C.'s coast - and they can produce the science to back up their concerns.

June 29th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: William Shatner launches wild salmon post card campaign

Captain Kirk joins NDP MDP's wild salmon fight


William Shatner has added his face and voice to a campaign against the “cling-ons” that are killing wild salmon.

June 29th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Campaing to save the salmon

NDP says bill could save B.C. salmon stocks


New fish-farming legislation could save B.C.’s wild salmon stocks without devastating the province’s aquaculture industry, New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly said yesterday.

June 14th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Shatner supports fish bill

Actor helps city MP fight to have fish farms moved onto land

By John Kurucz, special to The Record June 12, 2010

Hollywood Bill, meet federal bill.

Legendary Canadian actor William Shatner lent his support Thursday to a private member's bill put forth by New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly, one that would force all fish farm operators off the B.C. coast to move to closed containment within five years.

June 11th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Shatner beams in to salmon debate


As Captain Kirk, he often lectured his crew to respect life and not to take things for granted. So it seemed appropriate, if a tad surreal, to hear William Shatner lecture reporters on the importance of salmon to British Columbia's ecosystem. "Salmon feed and nurture not only the animals that are on the land but the sea as well, and the plants and trees and shrubbery," the 79-year-old actor's disembodied voice told a news conference Thursday that had been organized by the New Democrats.

June 11th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Shatner makes plea for B.C.'s wild salmon population

Actor calls on Canadians to back new regulations on fish farms to prevent pathogen spread Amy Minsky, Canwest News Service

June 11th, 2010

William Shatner goes to bat for wild salmon


If -- or when -- William Shatner becomes Canada's next governor general, it's safe to say he'll put his vice-regal resources towards saving B.C.'s wild salmon.

June 11th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Shatner weighs in on fishy issue


William Shatner wants British Columbia's wild salmon to live long and prosper.

The Canadian icon, made famous for his work as Capt. James T. Kirk in the "Star Trek" series, has waded into efforts to protect wild fish from sea lice.

June 11th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: William Shatner takes on sea lice


VANCOUVER (CP) - William Shatner is hoping B.C.'s wild salmon live long and prosper.

June 11th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Shatner beams in to help save B.C. salmon

Canwest News Services

For the man who can seduce blond aliens at will and fend off hordes of angry Klingons, saving British Columbia's wild salmon should be no problem at all.

June 11th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: William Shatner is hoping B.C.'s wild salmon live long and prosper

Celebrity Briefs Compiled Paul O'Brien From Hamilton Spectator news services

... William Shatner is hoping B.C.'s wild salmon live long and prosper. The Canadian actor made famous for his work as Captain Kirk in the Star Trek series has joined efforts to protect the West Coast's wild salmon from potential sea lice. Shatner beamed his way into a conference call with NDP Fisheries and Oceans critic Fin Donnelly and says it's a duty for Canadians to keep resources from being destroyed ...

June 10th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Capt. Kirk to save BC salmon

By Monte Paulsen, Tyee June 10, 2010 12:05 pm

Having spent much of the week fending off rumours of a merger with the Klingons, the New Democratic Party announced on Thursday that William Shatner will help save British Columbia's wild salmon.

June 9th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Wild Salmon come to Ottawa

NDP nets William Shatner in bid to save wild salmon

Gloria Galloway

You knew he cared about the Klingons – though perhaps not in a positive way. But fish?

June 8th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: EI must protect people

NPD urges extended sick benefits PETER ZIMONJIC, PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU\

The federal NDP wants the Conservative government to extend employment insurance benefits to people suffering from chronic or long-term illnesses such as cancer.

June 8th, 2010

Statement on World Oceans Day

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, Canada has the longest coastline on Earth and I rise today to draw attention to World Oceans Day.

May 31st, 2010

Speech on Budget 2010 Implementation Act

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to voice my disappointment with the Budget implementation act.

May 22nd, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Let's protect our wild salmon

By Theresa Mcmanus, The Record May


New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly is proposing legislation that was suggested by a high school student in Victoria.

May 15th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Child luring must be stopped

MP takes aim at legal loopholes

By Theresa McManus, The Record May 14, 2010

New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly is hopeful the federal government will support legislation that will close loopholes in the Criminal Code regarding children's safety.

May 13th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: British Columbians concerned about salmon

Get Out Migration shows people care about saving wild salmon By Celia Brauer

A crowd of up to 7,000 people gathered on the lawn of the B.C. legislature on May 8. They did not come to hear a rock band, run for the cure, shout out for social justice, or cheer the Olympic flame. Instead, they brought a unique message: they would stand up for wild salmon and show their support for the Get Out Migration—an event created by a group of activists and embraced by thousands from all over Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, and beyond, over a period of 17 days.

May 13th, 2010

Introduction of Private Member's Bills: The government must move to protect children

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr Speaker;

I rise in the house today to introduce two bills that aim to protect our youth in a way that this government has yet to address.

May 12th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Bring change to the fish farming industry

It's about time we all stood up and demanded changes to fish farming D.C. Reid, Times Colonist

A month ago, I sent a note to Premier Gordon Campbell and Gail Shea (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) suggesting they might want to show up on the weekend at the legislative buildings to announce they had had a change of heart and were moving fish farms to closed containers on land. Well, I did not see them on the weekend, but I would say more than 3,000 people did come to protest the damage they have allowed to our wild salmon by the fish-farm lice blooms on fry migration routes.

May 6th, 2010

Question Period: Closed containment possible alternative according to report

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, in a report released today, Dr. Andrew Wright states that land-based, closed containment salmon farming is economically and technically feasible and is less environmentally damaging than current open-net farming.

May 6th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Environmental protection can coexist with economic prosperity

Farmed-salmon fight reaches Ottawa

Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist CAPITAL & VAN. ISL., Page: A6

The mantra of the anti-salmon-farm movement was chalked on the steps of Parliament Hill yesterday by a Grade 10 student from Glenlyon Norfolk School.

May 5th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Transition to closed containment must be undertaken together

NDP tables fish farm bill By Colleen Kimmett May 5, 2010 02:58 pm From The Tyee

May 5th, 2010


Idea for bill came from Victoria student

OTTAWA – Today, New Democrat Fisheries and Oceans Critic Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam) moved to protect British Columbia’s wild salmon by strengthening the Fisheries Act to require fish farms operating on BC's coast to make the transition to closed containment systems.

May 5th, 2010

Introduction of Private Member's Bill: We must move to protect BC's wild salmon now

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in the House to introduce a Bill that aims to strengthen the Fisheries Act by requiring fish farm operations on BC's West Coast to move to closed containment.

May 4th, 2010

Statement: Keeping community policing promises is important

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

In 2006, the Conservative government promised funding for 2,500 new police officers.

Municipalities like New Westminster, Coquitlam and Port Moody were counting on this money for their police forces.

May 4th, 2010


MAY 4, 2010

OTTAWA - Today in the House of Commons, NDP MP Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam) called on the government to deliver the 2,500 additional police officers promised by the Conservative government over four years ago.

April 26th, 2010

HST - Respect the will of British Columbians

Vancouver, BC — The Canadian Press Published on Thursday, Apr. 22, 2010 3:27PM EDT Last updated on Thursday, Apr. 22, 2010 3:30PM EDT Federal NDP Leader Jack Layton has sent a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, urging him to suspend implementation of the harmonized sales tax until a proposed B.C. referendum is held. Opponents of the blended federal and provincial sales tax have until early July to get enough names on a petition to force a referendum on the tax that is due to take effect July 1. Mr. Layton's letter tells Mr. Harper that British Columbians are overwhelmingly opposed to the tax, which will cover things not previously subject to provincial sales tax. The B.C. Liberals announced the tax last year after promising in the election that they wouldn't impose it. Mr. Layton says Ontarians, who also face the HST on July 1, haven't been as vocal but he expects that province's government to pay at the polls once the tax hits voters' wallets.

April 16th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Have your say on the HST

Add your voice to petition

from The Royal City Record

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Dear Editor:

Something is happening in British Columbia this week. People from all over the province are lining up to sign the initiative petition against the harmonized sales tax (HST) set to be implemented on July 1 by the federal Conservatives and the B.C. Liberals. I will be standing with them.

April 14th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Shutting Down Parliament Is Anti-Democratic

From the World Journal; translated from the Mandarin

Calligrapher Wang Xizhi once said “you should examine yourself daily. If you find faults, you should correct them. When you find none, you should try even harder”.

April 13th, 2010

Question Period: Government must take action on wild salmon now

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, last year Fraser River sockeye, which passed through a gauntlet of salmon farms in Georgia Strait, suffered a massive loss. However, that same year the Harrison salmon run, which did not pass by those fish farms, reported good returns. Coincidence? Possibly.

April 1st, 2010

Question Period: Government must protect BC's wild salmon

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, sea lice is a serious problem for west coast salmon. Around the world, fish farms have been identified as a major source of sea lice infestations.

March 31st, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: It is time for a renewable energy solution

Northwest MPs give Enbridge a firm ‘NO’

The cross-province pipeline is too environmentally damaging, MP Nathan Cullen and Fin Donnelly said. Instead, greener alternatives should be sought.

March 26th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: No tankers on BC's north coast

Lawsuit in pipeline, Enbridge foes say Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist

Massive opposition by First Nations to Enbridge's proposed pipeline from Alberta to Kitimat means a lawsuit is likely if the project proceeds, lawyers from West Coast Environmental Law warned yesterday.

March 26th, 2010

Introduction of Private Member's Bills: Tankers pose too great a risk

Canada Shipping Act

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-502, An Act to amend the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (prohibition against oil tankers in Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound).

March 26th, 2010

Question Period: Tankers are a threat to BC's coast

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, for almost 40 years the B.C. coast has been oil tanker free. However, that is now threatened by the Enbridge pipeline proposal that promises to bring tar sand crude from Alberta to B.C.'s coast for export. All it would take is one accident to inflict serious damage on the coastal ecosystem and the economy. The risk is not worth it.

March 26th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: No promise is worth the risk

Canadian bill would ban tankers from key British Columbia waterways

Houston (Platts)--26Mar2010/1239 pm EDT/1639 GMT

Legislation to be introduced Friday into the Canadian Parliament would ban oil tankers in three British Columbia waterways upon which Enbridge is dependent for moving crude from Alberta's oil sands region to Asia and the USWest Coast.

March 25th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: I feel it is my job to hold the government accountable

New Westminster News Leader

Marathon swims of Fraser River led to The Ripple Effect

Fin Donnelly has swum from the Fraser River to the House of Commons in Ottawa as the new NDP Member of Parliament for New Westminster-Coquitlam.

March 25th, 2010

We need strong measures to protect BC's coast


OTTAWA MUST ACT NOW TO STOP ANOTHER VALDEZ 21 years since Valdez spill Harper is moving to have Tankers off BC

March 24th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Protect the tanker moritorium

Published | Publié: 2010-03-26 PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN (FINAL) NEWS, Page: 1 / FRONT

No coastal tankers Donnelly

Gordon Hoekstra, The Citizen

B.C. NDP MP Finn Donnelly, who twice swam the entire length Fraser River to raise awareness of the threats to the watershed, plans to table a private members' bill this week calling for a moratorium on oil tanker traffic in the inland waters off of B.C.'s northwest coast.

March 15th, 2010

Statement on Pension Security

Mr. Speaker, Canadians are worried about their pensions. With more than a quarter million seniors living in poverty and countless workplace pensions failing, people want action now.

March 12th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: What's in a name? A lot!

MP pitches name change to his riding

New Westminster News Leader By Andrew Fleming - New Westminster News Leader Published: March 11, 2010 1:00 PM Updated: March 11, 2010 1:31 PM

March 12th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Working to represent everyone

MP wants Port Moody in name

from THE TRI-CITY NEWS Published: March 11, 2010 6:00 PM By Gary McKenna and Andrew Fleming

March 11th, 2010

Standing up for all of our community

MARCH 11, 2010

WHAT’S IN A NAME For New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly - A lot

OTTAWA – New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly thinks his riding name could sound sweeter.

“Port Moody’s name has not been included in this riding’s name since it’s creation in 2006” said Donnelly, “as a distinct and important part of the riding, I’m hoping to correct that”.

March 11th, 2010

HST will kill not create jobs

Campbell's HST Illusion The U of Calgary paper supposed to support the tax is full of holes and wishful thinking. By: By David Schreck, 10 March 2010,

March 11th, 2010

Salmon an economic problem too

Forecast not looking good for B.C.'s salmon stocks this year

Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun

Another disastrous season for B.C.'s iconic wild salmon appears to be unfolding even as yet another inquiry gets underway, this time into the collapse of last year's Fraser River sockeye runs.

March 8th, 2010

Speech on Budget 2010

As we know, today is International Women's Day, so I thought I would take a moment to tell the House about some of the incredible women in my riding. I am proud to say in New Westminster, Coquitlam and Port Moody there are many women making significant contributions to our communities in the areas of education, health care, local businesses and social and community services.

March 6th, 2010

FIN IN THE NEWS: Conservative budget is a massive let down

NDP MPs voice concerns about new Tory budget

Published: March 05, 2010 1:00 PM Updated: March 05, 2010 1:47 PM

Members of Parliament for two local ridings are none too impressed with Stephen Harper’s plans to tackle the massive deficit.

March 5th, 2010

Budget fails to make life more affordable for the people in New Westminster, Coquitlam and Port Moody

Feds to rein in spending

From the Tri-City News

By Sarah Payne - The Tri-City News Published: March 04, 2010 4:00 PM Updated: March 04, 2010 4:06 PM

March 4th, 2010

Budget leaves out most pressing issue of our time



OTTAWA – People who lost their jobs and other victims of this recession are the losers in this budget while banks whose profits just doubled hit the jackpot, said New Democrat Leader Jack Layton.

March 4th, 2010

Housing sorely missing from Budget agenda



OTTAWA – “Today’s Conservative government budget announcement leaves everyone from the homeless to home owners out in the cold”, said New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam & Port Moody).

February 23rd, 2010

In the News: Reasons to care about Parliament

Matthew Furlong The Telegram January 14, 2010

Canadians are having two main problems with Stephen Harper’s second prorogation of Parliament.

The first is with members of Parliament wasting government money by not doing the work expected of them. The second is with Harper’s contempt for the parliamentary hurdles necessarily faced by a minority government, and his abnormal use of a normally uncontroversial procedure.

February 18th, 2010

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.

December 10th, 2009

NDP to Continue Fight on HST


NDP TO CONTINUE FIGHT ON HST OTTAWA – Local Members of Parliament Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby-New Westminster), Bill Siksay (Burnaby Douglas), Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam-Port Moody) and their NDP colleagues are pledging to continue the fight on the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) after the Conservative/Liberal closure motion shut down debate on the HST Bill going through Parliament. “The Conservatives introduced a closure motion in an effort to stop the burgeoning grassroots revolt in BC against this unjust tax shift. It won’t work”, said Peter Julian, “Their goal is to circumvent a public process. The public in British Columbia is reacting strongly.” “Parliament should have been conducting public hearings to provide meaningful democratic input. Instead of listening to the 82% of British Colombians who oppose this tax grab, the Liberals have shamefully decided to join the Conservatives to bring closure to the debate”, said Bill Siksay. “Constituents in New Westminster, Coquitlam and Port Moody overwhelmingly rejected the HST”, said Fin Donnelly. Donnelly’s first question in the House of Commons was on the negative impact the tax would have on students, seniors, working people and small businesses in his community. The HST, spearheaded by the Conservative government, will take a minimum of $500 a year out of the pockets of every British Columbian, about $2000 for the average family of four. The harmonization of the GST and the PST removes a whole variety of current tax exemptions on family essentials such as haircuts, basic groceries, prescription drugs, vitamins, funerals, mortgage interest costs, and restaurant meals. BC premier Gordon Campbell promised in the last election that he was not going to bring in the HST in the provincial election held earlier this year and then he introduced the new tax a few weeks later. A wide variety of organizations oppose the HST, including the BC section of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, Canadian Mortgage Brokers and the BC Federation of Labour and the Union of BC Municipalities. - 30 - For more information, please contact: Office of Peter Julian: (604) 315.3115 Office of Bill Siksay: (604) 291.8863 To arrange an interview with Fin Donnelly, contact Jesse Brady in Caucus Communications: 613-720-6400

December 8th, 2009

Statement on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Mr. Speaker, this is a historic week in world history. Leaders from across the globe are converging on Copenhagen to discuss the state of our climate.

December 8th, 2009

Speech on the Harmonized Sales Tax

I rise today to speak against the HST. However, before I do, let me take a moment to say it is an honour for me to stand in the House of Commons, representing the communities of New Westminster, Coquitlam and Port Moody. I am humbled by the trust and faith that voters have recently placed in me. I am committed to building a sustainable community that is socially just, inclusive and economically vibrant. This is why I am so strongly opposed to the harmonized sales tax.

December 8th, 2009

Climate Change at the Top of Donnelly's Agenda



OTTAWA– Today in the House of Commons, newly elected New Democrat Member of Parliament Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam) used his first statement to address the climate change crisis. "This is a historic week in world history. Leaders from across the globe are converging on Copenhagen to discuss the state of our climate`, said Donnelly. "The decisions we make today will be remembered. The impacts felt by generations to come". Today is day two of the Copenhagen Climate Conference, where world leaders are meeting to establish a new climate protocol to succeed Kyoto – which expires in 2012. "This government must step up and commit to reduce green house gas emissions to 25% below 1990 levels in the next decade and 80% by 2050", said Donnelly. The New Democrat Climate Change Accountability Act (C-311), passed through the House Environment Committee today. The Bill commits Canada to the above targets. Donnelly is calling on the government to implement a plan that includes tough legislative measures to meet these targets. "The future of our planet depends on it". - 30 - For more information, please contact: Brynn Bourke, Fin Donnelly`s Office – 613-851-4699

December 4th, 2009

Fin presents petition for inquiry into the salmon crisis

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

Madam Speaker, I rise today to present a petition that calls for an independent judicial inquiry into the salmon crisis. Nine million salmon disappeared this summer in the Fraser River. It is the lowest return in 50 years.

December 2nd, 2009

Fin questions Government on lack of HST debate

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, why is the Conservative government trying to shut down debate on the HST?

November 25th, 2009

Fin questions the Government on salmon fishery

Salmon Fishery

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, let us hope the government's promises on west coast salmon do not ring as hollow.

November 25th, 2009

Fin questions the Government on HST

Tax Harmonization (HST)

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, I just spent several months talking to seniors, students, families and small businesses. Their message was clear: tell the Conservative government that we do not want its HST. British Columbians, like all Canadians, are still trying to make their way through these tough economic times, but this unfair tax shift will make life more expensive for them.

November 17th, 2009

Thank you message from Fin Donnelly

Dear friends,

Thank you for putting your trust in me to represent our community in the House of Commons. I promise you that I’m going to honour that trust by putting our community first and by being the strong voice this community deserves.

October 23rd, 2009

New Democrats call for judicial inquiry on salmon crisis

VANCOUVER - Federal New Democrats are calling for an immediate independent judicial inquiry into the catastrophic collapse of the Fraser River sockeye salmon stocks to ensure that west coast salmon don’t go the way of Atlantic cod.