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View Olivia Chow Profile
NDP (ON)
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2014-03-04 10:05 [p.3457]
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-577, An Act respecting VIA Rail Canada and making consequential amendments to another Act.
She said: Mr. Speaker, it is my honour to present the VIA Rail protection bill. The bill presents a vision for the future of VIA Rail. It lays out a clear mandate and government structure. It gives it a larger say in determining its funding needs and frees the railway board from patronage appointments. By strengthening VIA Rail's position vis-à-vis CN and CP, delays for passenger trains would also be reduced.
Currently VIA Rail has no clearly delineated rights, powers, obligations, or mandated targets. Without legislative protection, it has suffered years of neglect and devastating service cuts. It is time to secure VIA Rail's role and responsibility through a federal law.
View Olivia Chow Profile
NDP (ON)
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2014-03-04 12:41 [p.3473]
Mr. Speaker, I have a large number of petitions.
First it is my honour to present petitions from 14,000 petitioners across Canada calling on the Government of Canada to stop being soft on crime against animals. Canada must strengthen the language of animal cruelty law and remove animal cruelty crimes from the property section of the Criminal Code. We must recognize animals as beings that can feel pain. They are not property, and criminals who abuse animals must face conviction and serious penalty. Those who have done serious crime must do serious time. It is time for Canada to act and protect our furry friends.
View Olivia Chow Profile
NDP (ON)
View Olivia Chow Profile
2014-03-04 12:43 [p.3473]
Mr. Speaker, the second petition calls on the Government of Canada to provide seniors with affordable, reliable and fast public transit. The petitioners note that seniors with low incomes are isolated at home because some of them cannot afford bus tickets. Having more seniors on public transit means better health, better air quality, less gridlock, and better neighbourhoods.
View Olivia Chow Profile
NDP (ON)
View Olivia Chow Profile
2014-03-04 12:43 [p.3473]
Mr. Speaker, the third batch of petitions is from my constituents. They ask that the federal government make side guards mandatory on all trucks in order to save pedestrians' and cyclists' lives, and in order to save fuel.
View Olivia Chow Profile
NDP (ON)
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2014-03-04 14:41 [p.3487]
Mr. Speaker, the estimates show how the Conservatives are happy to keep cutting away at rail service until it is gone.
VIA Rail has been operating without a legislative framework since Brian Mulroney's legislation died in the Senate. We have now updated Brian Mulroney's bill for preserving and protecting VIA Rail.
Will the government support my bill that I tabled this morning?
View Olivia Chow Profile
NDP (ON)
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2014-03-03 14:44 [p.3421]
Mr. Speaker, Canada came together as a nation when our railway was completed from coast to coast, but through neglect and millions in budget cuts, the government is stripping VIA Rail of its ability to deliver services to Canadians. People in Gaspé and New Brunswick are losing vital rail services.
How can the government justify tabling estimates with another $4 million cut to VIA Rail?
View Olivia Chow Profile
NDP (ON)
View Olivia Chow Profile
2014-03-03 15:08 [p.3426]
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present petitions from people in Toronto.
The petitioners say that Canadians deserve fast, reliable, and affordable public transit, and that since the 2014 federal budget does not include dedicated transit funding, it is estimated that there is a $32 billion investment gap in transit infrastructure needs across Canada.
The road congestion is costing the GTA economy $6 billion a year in lost productivity. The average daily commute time is over 80 minutes.
The petitioners are calling on the federal government to provide long-term, predictable, and non-partisan funding for public transit now.
View Olivia Chow Profile
NDP (ON)
View Olivia Chow Profile
2014-02-26 14:46 [p.3232]
Mr. Speaker, anyone waiting forever for affordable housing knows that answer is pure nonsense. Infrastructure money is so bogged down in red tape and absurd rules that little money is getting out the door, and there is no dedicated money for public transit either.
Conservatives are silent on renewing housing agreements and are slowly withdrawing funds. When will the minister drop the red tape and allow local governments to start their work?
View Olivia Chow Profile
NDP (ON)
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2014-02-26 15:09 [p.3236]
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-576, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan (retroactive payments).
She said: Mr. Speaker, it is my honour to introduce a survivor pensioners bill. Widowers and widows deserve justice. The existing application deadline for the Canada pension plan is disqualifying survivors from accessing their late spouses' benefits. That is why I am putting forward new legislation to abolish deadlines that restrict survivor claims to only 11 months. This is a matter of fairness.
One of my constituents was denied two years' worth of retroactive payments because she missed a deadline while grieving the loss of her husband to cancer. We owe it to grieving Canadians and their late spouses, who have paid into the fund all of their lives, to make this change now.
View Olivia Chow Profile
NDP (ON)
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2014-02-26 15:25 [p.3239]
Mr. Speaker, my second petition asks the Government of Canada to extend the operating hours of the Rideau Canal and the Trent-Severn Waterway.
View Olivia Chow Profile
NDP (ON)
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2014-02-26 15:25 [p.3239]
Mr. Speaker, the third petition asks the government to maintain and improve postal service to Canadians under the Canada postal service charter.
They note that the reduction of service means the loss of thousands of good jobs and hurts seniors and people with disabilities.
View Olivia Chow Profile
NDP (ON)
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2014-02-26 15:25 [p.3239]
Mr. Speaker, the last petition asks the federal government to lift seniors out of poverty by enhancing the pension system, increasing the guaranteed income supplement, and keeping the eligibility for old age security at 65 years and not 67 years.
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