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January 12th, 2017

CULLEN ASKS NEW ELECTORAL REFORM MINISTER TO CO-DRAFT BILL

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 STATEMENT ON THE SITUATION IN ALEPPO

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

LIBERALS KILL NDP BILL TO PROTECT WILD SALMON

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 1st, 2016

HISTORIC REPORT LAYS OUT PATH TO A FAIR VOTING SYSTEM

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

NEW DEMOCRATS STAND WITH STANDING ROCK

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 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

TRUDEAU MISLED BC ON KINDER MORGAN

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 7th, 2016

LIBERAL OIL SPILL RESPONSE MEASURES DON’T GO FAR ENOUGH

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 11th, 2016

DONNELLY ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR HIS BILL TO #SAVEWILDSALMON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

September 29th, 2016

NDP CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO REPEAL MINISTERIAL DIRECTIVE ON TORTURE

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

NDP PROPOSES OVERSIGHT ON ARMS SALES

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

LIBERALS ABANDON WORKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

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

NDP TABLES BILL TO STRENGTHEN RAIL SAFETY

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

NDP DEMANDS GOVERNMENT RESPECT WORKERS’ RIGHTS

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 26th, 2016

NDP INTRODUCES REPEAL OF BILL C-51

NDP INTRODUCES REPEAL OF BILL C-51

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

NDP SECURES EMERGENCY STUDY OF OPIOID CRISIS

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.

August 23rd, 2016

LIBERAL GOVERNMENT MUST CONSIDER THE AGING POPULATION IN A NEW HEALTH ACCORD

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

MINISTER SHOULD STOP HIDING BEHIND STAFF ON PHOENIX PAY SYSTEM FAILURES

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

SIGNIFICANT JOB LOSSES REQUIRE ACTION TO HELP CANADIAN FAMILIES

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

LIBERALS BETRAY COMMITMENTS TO FIRST NATIONS ON SITE C

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

NEW DEMOCRATS ALARMED BY CRACKDOWN IN TURKEY

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

EMERGENCY MEETING NEEDED OVER PHOENIX PAY SYSTEM DEBACLE

“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

TRUDEAU MOVING AHEAD WITH HARPER’S MASSIVE HEALTH CARE CUTS

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 6th, 2016

NDP CALLS ON DION TO RESPOND TO SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS INVOLVING THE AZER FAMILY

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

NDP CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE RESTORATION OF HABITAT PROTECTION TO THE FISHERIES ACT

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 2nd, 2016

NDP WINS LIBERAL SUPPORT ON DEMOCRATIC REFORM

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

PRESS RELEASE: NDP ALARMED AS LIBERALS APPROVE GM SALMON

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 18th, 2016

NDP OUTRAGED AS LIBERALS TAKE VETERANS BACK TO COURT

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.

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.

May 12th, 2015

NDP DEMANDS ANSWERS ON WILD SALMON

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

LET’S HONOUR OUR COVENANT WITH VETERANS

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.

April 28th, 2015

THERE’S NOTHING ‘WORLD CLASS’ ABOUT CANADA’S OIL SPILL RESPONSE CAPACITY

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 22nd, 2015

CONSERVATIVE BUDGET STUBBORNLY SPENDS BILLIONS ON WEALTHIEST FEW

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

CONSERVATIVES VOTE AGAINST PROTECTING BC COAST

“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

NDP MOVES TO PROTECT BC COAST FROM OIL SPILLS

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

NEW DEMOCRATS RAMP UP CAMPAIGN TO REVERSE HARPER’S COAST GUARD CUTS

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

CONSERVATIVES’ FAILURE TO PREPARE FOR OIL SPILLS PUTTING CANADA’S COASTS AT RISK

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 SPILL REINFORCES NEED FOR BETTER OIL SPILL PREPAREDNESS

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 25th, 2015

CONSERVATIVE MISMANAGEMENT HURTING BC FISHERIES

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 17th, 2015

TOM MULCAIR PRESENTS HIS PLAN TO SUPPORT CANADIAN CITIES

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

March 3rd, 2015

CONSERVATIVES MUST MAKE PROTECTING SALMON RIVERS A PRIORITY

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

February 26th, 2015

CONSERVATIVE CUTS THREATEN MARINE SAFETY

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 19th, 2015

CONSERVATIVE CUTS TO MARINE COMMUNICATIONS CENTRES PUTS LIVES AT RISK

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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

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.

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 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 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

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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 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).

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 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 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

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 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 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 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.”

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

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 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

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.”

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 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.

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.

June 22nd, 2011

DONNELLY CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT CANADA’S OCEANS FROM THREATS

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

DONNELLY RE-INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO TRANSITION WESTCOAST SALMON FARMS TO CLOSED CONTAINMENT

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

DONNELLY RE-INTRODUCES BILL TO BAN TANKER TRAFFIC OFF BC’S NORTH COAST

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

NDP STAND WITH MAJORITY OF BC TO BAN TANKER TRAFFIC OFF NORTH COAST

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.

May 26th, 2011

DONNELLY RE-APPOINTED AS OFFICIAL OPPOSITION FISHERIES AND OCEANS CRITIC

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

DONNELLY TABLES THOUSANDS OF SIGNATURES IN PARLIAMENT URGING GOVERNMENT TO TAKE ACTION ON FISH FARMS

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

TOO MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT GMO SALMON RULES: DONNELLY

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.

February 9th, 2011

DONNELLY CALLS ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT ORCAS

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

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 2nd, 2011

AIDS-DRUGS-FOR-AFRICA BILL SURVIVES FATAL THREAT

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.

January 18th, 2011

DONNELLY APPLAUDS LAUNCH OF COMMERCIAL-SCALE CLOSED CONTAINMENT TANKS IN BC

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 9th, 2010

VICTORY FOR BC: NDP TANKER BAN MOTION PASSES THE HOUSE

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 1st, 2010

NEW DEMOCRATS CALL ON HARPER GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT COAST GUARD

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

November 17th, 2010

FEDERAL FISHERIES COMMITTEE BEGINS WEST COAST FISH FARM TOUR

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

DONNELLY AND SAVOIE CALL ON SENATE TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS IN BC DURING LIGHTHOUSE TOUR

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

LOCAL CAMPAIGN FOR CANADA POST KOREAN WAR COMMEMORATIVE STAMP HEADS TO OTTAWA

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

DONNELLY DEBUTS MONDAY’S ‘MO’ DURING THE SECOND WEEK OF MOVEMBER

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

NEW DEMOCRAT CAMPAIGN TO SAVE BC’S WILD SALMON BREAKS 5,000 SIGNATURES

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

NEW DEMOCRATS CALL ON THE GOVERNMENT TO GET SERIOUS ON PROTECTION OF FISH LAKE

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 21st, 2010

CONSERVATIVE TAX CUTS TO BIG BANKS REACH $1.4 BILLION, WHILE EVERGREEN LINE REMAINS UNDERFUNDED

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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

HARPER CANNOT ALLOW PROSPERITY MINE TO GO AHEAD: NDP

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.

August 5th, 2010

CAMPAIGN TO SAVE WILD SALMON TURNS UP THE HEAT WITH SUPPORT FROM RENOWNED LOCAL CHEF

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

DONNELLY URGES THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT TO REVERSE CHANGES TO CENSUS

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.

May 5th, 2010

NEW DEMOCRATS MOVE TO PROTECT BC’S WILD SALMON

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 4th, 2010

NDP MP DONNELLY DEMANDS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DELIVER ON POLICING COMMITMENT

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.

March 25th, 2010

We need strong measures to protect BC's coast

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

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 4th, 2010

Budget leaves out most pressing issue of our time

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VICTIMS OF RECESSION LOSE OUT, BANKS WIN BIG IN NEW BUDGET

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

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FEDERAL BUDGET LEAVES BC RESIDENTS OUT IN THE COLD

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 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

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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

Climate Change at the Top of Donnelly's Agenda

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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

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.