Passenger rail in Canada has been in dire straits for many years now. Beginning with devastating cutbacks in the 1981 and 1989 federal budgets, our system has been in a state of mismanaged decline that has accelerated with each subsequent government.
We in Thunder Bay-Superior North have been... Read More
On May 2, 2012, I was the first MP to propose in Parliament an all-Canada pipeline from western to eastern Canada instead of increased exports to Red China or USA.
All three main parties scoffed. Now, those three parties support the idea, but I have some serious concerns about the Energy... Read More
Canadians should get concerned about our democracy ... and fast!
After stalling for many months, the Conservatives introduced their so-called Fair Elections Act, Bill C-23, in early February. Ironically, they then shutdown debate in Parliament and rammed this anti-democratic bill through... Read More
The Conservatives released budget 2014 to great fanfare last week, but it didn’t live up to the hype.
Budget 2014 looked more like an Economic Inaction Plan than anything else and it won’t grow the economy the way Canadians are looking for. There were just six pages of actual... Read More
Conservatives always claim that they know how to manage the economy.
But the facts don’t bear out the claims.
For example, Brian Mulroney racked up the greatest debt and deficit in Canadian history until now. When Canadian voters finally figured that out, his party was set back... Read More
My so-called holiday this year was a productive and enlightening one, which brought me across Canada and around the world with my family and on parliamentary business.
On Dec. 23, I boarded a VIA train with my wife Margaret to Vancouver, after a combination of very cold weather and getting... Read More
Since my election as Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North in 2008, my political career has been defined by the values of independence and cooperation.
The interests of all of my constituents have always been my top priority. At the same time, I’ve sought to transcend the... Read More
The Harper Government’s latest update to its Economic Action Plan – the one you are paying so much to advertise for them – in its 2013 Budget introduced less than a week ago.
Unfortunately, it is a plan that does little to help Northwestern Ontario or our residents.
It’s... Read More
Selling China the rope
The $15 billion takeover of Nexen Inc., one of Canada’s largest oil and gas companies involved in the oil sands, by Chinese state-owned China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) has been in the news a lot lately.
Many in Canada’s corporate sector... Read More
Before this year’s omnibus budget was passed, Conservative Member of Parliament David Wilks discussed it with his constituents.
They were upset with many of the clauses, and Wilks explained that, even though he agreed with many of their concerns, it was impossible for him to vote against... Read More