FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 28, 2017
LIBERALS MUST PROTECT BC WILD SALMON
New study confirms risks of dangerous disease from salmon farms could affect wild population
January 12th, 2017
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.
November 7th, 2016
September 29th, 2016
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 26th, 2016
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.
August 23rd, 2016
August 17th, 2016
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 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 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 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 18th, 2016
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January 28th, 2014
October 15th, 2013
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November 1st, 2012
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
October 16th, 2012
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
September 25th, 2012
September 14th, 2012
September 7th, 2012
June 14th, 2012
May 31st, 2012
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 22nd, 2012
April 24th, 2012
April 5th, 2012
March 29th, 2012
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
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
March 14th, 2012
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
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
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
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 2nd, 2012
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
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
December 12th, 2011
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 7th, 2011
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 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
November 15th, 2011
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 7th, 2011
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
November 3rd, 2011
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
November 1st, 2011
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
October 17th, 2011
October 17th, 2011
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
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 9th, 2011
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 14th, 2011
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March 21st, 2011
February 9th, 2011
February 9th, 2011
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.
January 18th, 2011
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
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
September 21st, 2010
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.
August 5th, 2010
July 22nd, 2010
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 4th, 2010
March 11th, 2010
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
March 4th, 2010
December 10th, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 10, 2009
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 8, 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
October 23rd, 2009