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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.

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 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.

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.

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.

May 8th, 2015

OP-ED: HONOUR OUR COVENANT WITH VETERANS

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.

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.

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.

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.

October 15th, 2013

Town Hall Reports

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

June 6th, 2011

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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

By BOB MACKIN, 24 HOURS

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

KYLE FARQUHARSON METRO VANCOUVER June 29, 2010 5:23 a.m.

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

CELEBRITY from the GLobe and Mail GLORIA GALLOWAY

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

BRYN WEESE PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU

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

SUNNY DHILLON, THE CANADIAN PRESS\

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

CANADA IN BRIEF

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.

May 22nd, 2010

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

By Theresa Mcmanus, The Record May

FISHING FOR CHANGE

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 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

dcreid@catchsalmonbc.com 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

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

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”.

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

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 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 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 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.