When a problem comes along, must you whip it? Four outspoken Canadian politicians are questioning parliamentary party discipline at Memorial next week.
A recent panel on Newfoundland nationalism at MUN reveals the stale nature of the debate.
“Our best hope for a better deal is to argue, in the court of Canadian public opinion if not in the court of law, that the contract is undemocratic.”
Ryan Cleary’s problem isn’t that he has no political principles. It’s that he’s principled to the point of pathology.
Amid urgent calls for new mental health facilities and implementation of the ‘recovery model’ of mental healthcare in N.L., people and groups continue to explain the problems and solutions to policy-makers, who have been saying for decades the hospital is coming “soon”.
As mediation talks continue in a class action lawsuit against the Government of Canada for its failure to recognize and take responsibility for N.L. residential school survivors, observers say the recently released Truth and Reconciliation report offers people in this province and across Canada an opportunity to pursue a meaningful course of action to repair the relationship between settlers and Indigenous Peoples.
Against nationwide opposition, the Conservative Government’s impending “anti-terror” legislation passed its third reading in Parliament last week with the support of most Newfoundland and Labrador MPs.
What happens at the Duke stays at the Duke… until now
“As long as one Newfoundlander wants to harvest one seal, to make a flipper pie, or to use the pelt to make one of those splendid sealskin hats – on with the Hunt! Doing otherwise would be a surrender of our character as Newfoundlanders, and an apology for the rigorous and demanding way of life we have known, and which has earned us tenure here for half a millennium.” Read Rex Murphy’s full article in the National Post via the link below. Source: National Post
Many would rather forget about the fishery. The responsible among us know we dare not.
On Friday the House of Commons in Ottawa debated a bill put forward by Newfoundland and Labrador NDP MP Ryan Cleary – a bill that would launch an inquiry into why cod stocks collapsed off Newfoundland and Labrador two decades ago, and how to go about rebuilding the industry. The idea of a fisheries inquiry is an idea that Cleary campaigned on during the 2011 federal election. Unfortunately, the Conservative government had already categorically dismissed the idea of an inquiry, and a debate in the Conservative-powered House of Commons didn’t change things. “While some may prefer to live in the past, our government has no intention of conducting a formal review into the collapse of the cod fishery,” said Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield. Source: CBC
New Democrat MP Ryan Cleary has continued his call for an inquiry into the province’s fishery, and has committed to using his available private member’s bill this Fall to ask the House of Commons to grant him one. “Our future is threatened,” Cleary told reporters. “It is threatened by a lack of vision. It is threatened by the absence of a rebuilding plan. It is threatened by apathy in all quarters.” Cleary says that the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ past mismanagement of the fishery leads him to believe that it cannot be trusted to properly manage it in the future under the status quo. He says the commission would investigate the effectiveness of the current management system and the state of fisheries science. It would also investigate fisheries enforcement and quotas. Meanwhile, Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield said in a statement Monday there will be no inquiry into the…
NDP Member of Parliament Ryan Cleary says that the Federal Minister for the Environment, Peter Kent, is playing Russian roulette. Cleary is calling on Minister Peter Kent to reconsider his rejection of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board’s request for a full environmental assessment before proceeding with drilling at the Old Harry site. Citing the fact that the area borders five provinces, encompasses 400 coastal communities, and is home to 114 conservation and protected areas, Cleary says the most basic of environmental assessments, a screening, is simply not good enough. Source: VOCM
“There’s give and take, there’s compromise, but I’ll only compromise so far. There are some things that I pointed out during the election I don’t think [can] be compromised on,” says Ryan Cleary, rookie Newfoundland MP for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl. Cleary will soon learn that compromise or not, he is on the wrong side of a majority government facing a party that has shown no willingness to play ball with the opposition. To his credit, Cleary did manage to get a step closer to one of his goals — a formal inquiry into the collapse of the cod fishery off Newfoundland — as that policy has been built into the NDP platform. Now all he has to do is convince the government to investigate its own ministry.
‘It’s a rare thing for me to believe a politician is actually on a mission, other than to feather his own nest’
It was my experience that most Members of Parliament are working extremely hard – but the disconnect between what the voter expects from their MP and what that MP is actually required to do when in office is so great that there is no wonder there is perpetual disappointment.
Election candidates brave enough to face the crowd and talk solutions for the fishery