In Parliament earlier this week, New Democrat MP for Scarborough-Rouge River Rathika Sitsabaiesan and fellow NDP MPs urged the Harper government to take a principled stance on Sri Lanka. They called on the Conservatives to support international calls for an independent investigation into allegations of war crimes committed at the end of the Sri Lankan civil war.
Before becoming prime minister, Stephen Harper, said: “I will not name appointed people to the Senate.” Since coming to power in 2006, he’s appointed a staggering 58 senators.
The New Democrats today repeated their call for the abolition of Canada’s scandal-ridden “useless, expensive, undemocratic appendage of government”, the Senate. The Official Opposition’s MP for Toronto-Danforth, Craig Scott, issued the following statement earlier today:
In order to address the irresponsible conduct of the unelected Senate, NDP Democratic and Parliamentary Reform Critic Craig Scott has tabled the following Opposition Day Motion which will be debated tomorrow: “That, in the opinion of the House, the government of Canada, in consultation with the provinces and territories, should take immediate steps towards abolishing the unelected and unaccountable Senate of Canada.”
Liberal Opposition Day Motion compels Parliament to investigate missing and murdered Indigenous women
OTTAWA – Liberals will use a rare opportunity in the House of Commons to bring forward a motion calling on the House of Commons to investigate the crucial matter of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada, and propose solutions to address the root causes of this violence.
“The endemic violence against Indigenous women and girls is a human tragedy that affects all Canadians,” said Liberal Leader Bob Rae. “While the Conservatives have long ignored Liberal calls for a full public inquiry into this matter, passing this motion is an important step toward finding answers and preventing the perpetuation of this victimization.”