Democracy was well served in the House of Commons this week when New Democrats secured a significant victory in the process that will establish a parliamentary committee on electoral reform.   You may recall it was not that long ago the government planned to use its advantage in parliament to stack the committee that will recommend how we change our voting system before the next election. 

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This week, the Prime Minister, Members of Parliament and the public gathered on the front lawn of Centre Block to witness an historic event—the raising of the Pride flag on Parliament Hill. Although it was a symbolic measure, the event showcased Canada’s commitment to work towards inclusivity for members of the LGBTQ community. I was proud to be in attendance at the ceremony which received the support of all political parties. 

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During Stephen Harper’s ten year run, the battles between veterans and his government were well documented.   His government wrapped itself in the flag, claimed to support our troops, but also fought veterans in court.  Maybe that’s what garnered more bad press for Harper than his Liberal predecessors, who waged their own penny-pinching battles with veterans.  For whatever reason, it is clear that Canadians side with our veterans and want them to be well cared for.  This is why it is disconcerting to see the new Liberal government pick up where the Conservative’s left off in a court battle that will affect some of our more recent, wounded vets.

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