General Meeting Recap
- Published on 19 November 2012
- Written by Peterborough NDP
Peterborough New Democrats welcomed Hamilton MPP Monique Taylor at the Lions Centre potluck on Sunday, November 18, before convening for their Annual General Meeting.
Taylor, who holds the critic portfolio for Children and Youth Services, spoke about how disappointed she was about the shutting down of the Queen's Park legislature, which stalled important bills, including her own initiative to allow the Ontario Ombudsman oversight to investigate Children's Aid Societies. She urged everyone to tell our Liberal MPP to get back to work and to pressure his government to return to the legislature.
On a brighter note, Taylor joined Peterborough New Democrats in recognizing new recipients of Ontario NDP Lifetime Memberships. Congratulations to Jim Abel, George and Helen Allen, Charlene Avon, Peter Barron, John Brewin, Karen Hicks, Martin Higgs, Lynn Hopkins, Alan Glen Jackson, Kathryn Langley, Kathleen March, Alan and Linda Slavin and Jacqueline Todd.
AGM business included the adoption of amendments to By-law 2 of the Federal and Provincial Constitutions, and the election of a new Federal and Provincial Riding Executive and Provincial Delegates. Dave Nickle thanked outgoing president Mike Epp for his three years of exemplary leadership. Mike will be replaced by our new president, Autumn Corvus.
MP David Christopherson in Peterborough
- Published on 05 November 2012
- Written by Peterborough NDP
Federal Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition David Christopherson addressed members of the community at the November 2 Labour Appreciation Night.
Christopherson is MP for Hamilton Centre and the former Solicitor General for the Government of Ontario. He spoke about how his work with the CAW led to his first joining the NDP, and he argued that being involved in politics was critical to maintaining and promoting the interests of labour. Videos of the event are available on the Peterborough & District Labour Council's website.
The Peterborough NDP Riding Association is a proud sponsor of this event, which was well attended by local New Democrats.
Thanks for an Inspiring Campaign
- Published on 09 October 2011
- Written by Dave Nickle
I would like to sincerely thank all of our Peterborough NDP members, supporters, and friends.
We had a very active year with both a federal and a provincial election in the space of a few short months. It was very gratifying for us all to see the increased support for our party both locally and across the country and province.
Federally, we are poised to elect our new leader in March and support him or her in their bid to become Prime Minister Of Canada. This will provide a new direction of fairness for all citizens of our country; a fairness that includes a protected and enhanced Public Healthcare system, a proper safety net with real progress on the eradication of poverty in Canada , real progress on protecting our environment, an enhanced CPP for better pensions, and family sustaining jobs for all Canadians.
It was a privilege to represent the citizens of Peterborough as both the Federal and Provincial candidate. It was an honour to work with both Jack and Andrea who impressed everyone with their honesty, integrity and hard work. The NDP and fairness for all have a bright future here in Peterborough, across Ontario and across Canada. Please get involved and make this bright future a reality.
I wish you and your family all the best in 2012.
What is the future of medicare in Canada?
- Published on 26 April 2011
- Written by Kathryn Langley
Megan Leslie, Federal Health Critic for the NDP and MP for Halifax, traveled to Peterborough for the Round Table on Enhancing Healthcare in Canada this past December, sponsored by the Peterborough New Democrats. The session got off to a rousing start with Peterborough's own Raging Grannies.
Leslie, armed with a mandate by Federal NDP leader Jack Layton, explained that health care is under attack by the Harper government as it prepares for the 2014 Federal-Provincial renegotiation of the Canada Health Accord (the Federal medicare-funding deal). Federal transfers are crucial; about 20 cents of every dollar the provinces spend on healthcare comes from Ottawa. The provinces are slated to receive annual increases of 6 per cent until the Canada Health Transfer Program expires in fiscal 2013-14. Megan Leslie has been asked to develop a plan for enhancing health care in Canada by Spring 2011.
As the Round Table on Enhancing Health Care in Canada concluded, it was agreed that because so many Canadians are underemployed or unemployed, in debt, have lost their pension plans, and/or have filed for bankruptcy, Medicare needs to be universal, comprehensive, portable, and expanded to include Home Care, Pharmacare and dental care. Costs shared across the population through fair taxation was proposed as the preferred method of funding these endeavors.
This article originally appeared in the Trent Arthur.