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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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‘The vast majority of the TFWs would rather come here and get their PR’: some MPs signal support for extending permanent residency to Canada’s migrant farm labourers

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‘Beirut is bleeding’: Lebanese-Canadian MPs express horror, disbelief in wake of massive explosion

News|By Mike Lapointe
'I’m sure with the will of the Lebanese and their friends from all over the world, Beirut will shine again,' says Liberal MP Fayçal El-Khoury.

‘I await your response’: inside N.S. Liberal MPs’ push for a public inquiry

News|By Neil Moss
'If the 10 MPs are articulating the position for Nova Scotia, I would like to think the government would consider that as a strong indicator of what's happening on the ground,' says Liberal MP Darrell Samson says.

Introduction of remote voting in the House could come without unanimous support

House leaders continue to hold talks over the summer, but whether an agreement can be struck to get Conservatives on side with a recent call to allow remote voting in ‘exceptional circumstances’ remains to be seen.

‘No gotcha moments’: Trudeau’s gambit reflects lessons learned from past ethical entanglements

News|By Beatrice Paez
Though late and largely unconvincing, the PM's testimony helps ensure the government’s points, rather than mere speculation, are litigated in the public square instead, says Garry Keller of StrategyCorp.

Deepening COVID-19 impact raises the stakes for Canada’s future choices

Opinion|By Les Whittington
As the epidemic reshapes everything, it’s time for the country to put aside traditional convictions and economic frameworks and try to pull together to build a future better suited to a changing, endangered world.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s new premier is one to watch

Opinion|By Tim Powers
Furey’s greatest challenge will not be enthusiasm or passion, but rather the provincial political system that has rarely rewarded disruption and provides benefits for ward keepers who do not shake things up.

Lewis courts dairy farmers, Sloan attacks WHO as Conservative leadership underdogs burn through cash in late advertising push

Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan spent roughly $20,000 in a week on a last-minute bid to shore up support, while Erin O'Toole's campaign slowed its online ad spending to a trickle.

‘There has never been anything like this before’: experts split on GG’s fate as PCO launches Rideau Hall workplace probe over harassment, bullying claims

‘It’s got to the point, I think, with this particular story, that the governor general should resign,’ says Emmett Macfarlane, professor of constitutional law at the University of Waterloo.
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