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Children can’t wait another 25 years for action

By NDP Murray Rankin      

The Conservative government’s rhetoric on supporting children in their early years is not being matched by policies that are proven to do that. A comprehensive policy framework is needed at the federal level to ensure a strong and stable start in life for all children, one that deals with family income security, childhood development and other social determinants of health such as housing.

UNICEF’s Report Card 12, Children of the Recession, is a timely and powerful reminder of how social and economic inequities shape the health and well-being of our citizens. Their latest report card on child well-being explores how Canadian children fared during the recent economic recession. This comes at a time when Parliament has recommitted itself to eradicating child poverty in Canada. The first pledge was made in 1989 when Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution presented by NDP leader Ed Broadbent to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. Tragically, in the year 2015, with the repeated failure to take meaningful action by subsequent federal governments, the problem has not gotten better. Nearly one in five Canadian children now live in poverty. Canadian families are still coping with the effects of the economic recession.

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From representing a town of 5,000 to a riding the size of Poland: NDP MP Bachrach settles into job

News|By Beatrice Paez
Much of Taylor Bachrach's career has been steeped in politics, but he hasn’t always been a card-carrying NDP member.

Parties agree to NDP’s push for representation on steering committees

News|By Palak Mangat
Chief Government Whip Mark Holland says the party was hoping to strike the Procedure and House Affairs Committee last week, but opposition had not reached a consensus.

Stand by me: a number of chiefs of staff stick with ministers

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Jason Easton is staying on as chief of staff to now-International Trade and Small Business Minister Mary Ng, plus Lesley Sherban will be her director of operations.

Feds risk coveting support of autocratic nations in UN Security Council bid, says Conservative MP

News|By Neil Moss
Peter Kent says Canada's campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council is a 'possible, even, likely motivation' for a vote supporting a pro-Palestine, anti-Israel resolution last month in the UN General Assembly.

Should he stay or should he go? Defeated Tory candidates divided on Scheer’s future

‘He made too many mistakes, too often and if he can’t win in Quebec, he will never be prime minister. It’s that simple,’ says a defeated Quebec candidate.

Veterans’ benefits lead in supplementary spending ask of nearly $5-billion

The estimates include $44-million for Phoenix damages, $131.9-million towards reconciliation on Indigenous rights and fisheries issues, and $9.9-million for the Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization.

Feds’ silence on funding, transition plan for child welfare law causing ‘intense nervousness and frustration’

Bill C-92 takes effect Jan. 1, bringing in new, stricter, and culturally sensitive standards to Indigenous child welfare decisions. 

‘The tail doesn’t wag the dog’: PSAC wants a deal of its own amid ongoing negotiations

News|By Mike Lapointe
The government is ‘disappointed’ PSAC rejected an offer in line with recent agreements signed by 34 other bargaining units, according to a Treasury Board spokesperson.

Premiers’ nuclear announcement a potential boon, but issues remain: experts

Energy experts say SMRs could be an environmentally friendly baseload option compared to intermittent sources like wind and solar.
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