I have risen twice in Question Period in the last two weeks to demand answers regarding the newest failure of the Liberal government on the Parents/Grandparents Sponsorship program, on behalf of constituents and in my capacity as Critic.
On January 28, 2019 I had the privilege of being the 1st NDP MP to debate in the new interim House of Commons in West Block while Centre Block undergoes extensive renovations.
The debate was on Motion M-207: Dutch Heritage Day:Read more
On January 31, 2019, I rose to speak to an Opposition Motion, moved by NDP MP Sheri Benson (Saskatoon West), calling on the government to create 500,000 units of quality, affordable housing within ten years, and to commit in Budget 2019 to completing 250,000 of those units within five years:Read more
On December 11, 2018, I rose in the House to speak about the need for a national child care program for all:Read more
On December 12, 2018, I rose to speak about the work of departing MP Sheila Malcolmson:Read more
On December 10, 2018, the House held what is called a "take-note" debate on the topic of the opioid crisis in Canada. I rose several times throughout the night, to say the following:Read more
I asked the following in Question Period on November 08, 2018:
"Mr. Speaker, for the first time in decades, life expectancy in Canada could decrease because of the ongoing opioid crisis. Canada is the second-largest user of opioids behind the U.S. Purdue Pharma was found guilty of misleading the public and downplaying the risk of addiction, and was forced to pay $830 million.
On November 7, 2018, I asked the following during Question Period:
"Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Public Services keeps saying fixing the Phoenix fiasco is her number one priority. My constituent went on maternity leave and thanks to Phoenix, her T-4 slip says she was paid four times more than what she actually received. Canada Revenue Agency will not put a hold on her file and as a result, she received a $14,000 tax bill and was forced to pay taxes on income that she never earned. She filed a complaint more than seven months ago and was told no action has been taken.