Standing Up for North Island

Claire’s letter to Minister Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development

The Honourable Stephanie Cadieux Minister of Children and Family Development Room 236 Parliament Buildings Victoria, BC, V8V 1X4 Dear Minister Cadieux, I wish to congratulate you on your appointment as the new minister for Children and Family Development. I look forward to working wit
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MLA Report 16th July, 2012

Summer is here at last and hopefully that’s good news for our busy tourism sector in the North Island. I know that the ridiculously high ferry fares have had an impact on some businesses. The season is short and there is a great deal of economic and emotional investment on both the bu
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MLA Report 1st June, 2012

Once again the legislative session concluded with closure: another appalling mockery of the democratic process. Instead of allowing for reasoned debate, scrutiny and public input of bills, the government pushed through 17 pieces of legislation in just hours – from approval for t
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MLA Report 18th May, 2012

Sadly, once again the government has circumvented the democratic process in its effort to force through a significant amount of legislation with little scrutiny. We have four days remaining in this legislative session and still 20 bills to be analysed and debated. We in the Official O
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MLA Report 11th May, 2012

Once again we are heading towards the close of the Legislative session with the prospect of substantial amounts of legislation neither fully debated nor properly scrutinized. The very reason we have a Legislature with duly elected members is so that government proposals – the la
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MLA Report 4th May, 2012

Much of the focus for the Official Opposition in the Legislature this week was trying to get the government to take a position on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project. I, along with all my colleagues, signed a letter to the National Energy Board stating our opposition to the pipeline
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MLA Report 27th April, 2012

There was good news for Campbell River and the North Island this week, with the announcement that the new hospital will be built. The Premier came to the city to announce the long awaited news, on a day the Legislature was sitting – but as the MLA for the region I was happy to m
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MLA Report 9th March 2012

The week in the Legislature has been dominated by debate on Bill 22, the inappropriately named Education Improvement Act. In very simple terms, it attacks the right to free collective bargaining for teachers and, in its prescription on the size and composition of classes, it seriously
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MLA Report 2nd March, 2012

The focus for much of the week in Victoria was the teachers’ dispute, although the government didn’t start to debate the bill which would end the dispute until Thursday afternoon. Bill 22, or the Education Improvement Act, is a heavy handed piece of legislation. It will result in incr
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