Author Archives: Carol Hughes

Hughes – Linguistic diversity is strength not an expense line in a budget

This week parliament rose in recognition of the last surviving Mohawk code-talker whose unique language skills helped the allies win World War II.  As the entire chamber celebrated this individual’s remarkable accomplishment, I was struck how our linguistic diversity can be a source of pride that is celebrated in many instances, but can also be a source of contention in ...

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Hughes – Christmas comes early for corporate Canada

Last week’s economic update could have been an opportunity for the government to show it was serious about tackling some persistent issues that can’t seem to gain traction when it comes to federal spending, instead it turned into an early Christmas gift for corporate Canada.  That’s because the government came up with 14.4 billion dollars to write off capital costs.  ...

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Hughes – Hughes recognizes award-wining family doctors

Two award-winning family doctors that practice in Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing were recognized for their achievements in parliament by MP, Carol Hughes. Hughes’ statement noted their accomplishments and also acknowledged the crucial role family doctor’s play in a community’s well-being. “Dr. Lianne Gauvin from Hearst received the Community Teachers of the Year Award from the Ontario College of Family Physicians which recognizes the ...

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Hughes – We can’t abandon safeguards in the justice system

Like so many others, I was deeply saddened to learn the details of Tori Stafford’s tragic demise ten years ago when news coverage of her disappearance, murder, and the subsequent trial of Terri-Lynne McClintic and her accomplice shook Canadians to their foundation.  This autumn, we learned that McClintic had been re-designated as a medium security threat and transferred to a ...

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Despite the promises, veterans still fighting for better service

Recently, I attended a rally on the steps of Parliament organized by veterans suffering from the long-lasting effects of the anti-malarial drug Mefloquinne. It struck me that this is becoming the new normal as veterans are forced to take their struggles with Veterans Affairs to the government themselves. That this problem persists through successive governments shows that, despite many promises ...

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Il est plus facile que jamais d’acheter des produits locaux

Nous avons la chance de vivre dans une région où les aliments locaux sont sains, et rend nos mets si délicieux. La plupart des gens qui en profitent se sentent privilégiés. C’est pourquoi ce printemps, le Parlement a adopté un projet de loi d’initiative parlementaire néodémocrate déclarant le vendredi précédant l’Action de grâces « Journée nationale de l’alimentation locale ». ...

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It’s easier than ever to buy local

We are lucky to live where eating locally means eating well, and including local produce makes our meals as delicious as possible. Most people who take advantage of this option feel fortunate to do so. Which is why this spring, parliament passed an NDP private member’s bill that recognizes the Friday before Thanksgiving every year as “National Local Food Day.” ...

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Child poverty remains a huge problem for Canada

In 1989 parliament unanimously passed a motion calling for the end of child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. That led to the creation of Campaign 2000, a cross-Canada public education movement to build awareness and support for the parliamentary motion and efforts to achieve its goal. One of the main focuses of Campaign 2000’s work is publishing research ...

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Personne ne gagne dans une guerre commerciale

Les tensions entourant le commerce international ont atteint un point critique alors que les États-Unis provoquent des différends dans plusieurs secteurs par leur politique visant à prioriser leurs intérêts. Il n’aura fallu que quelques semaines pour que cette politique ait des effets tout simplement désastreux des deux côtés de la frontière. C’est pourquoi le Comité permanent du commerce international de ...

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Nobody wins a trade war

Trade issues are at a boiling point as the United States instigates disputes across multiple sectors based on the notion of ‘America First’. After just a few weeks, the results have been nothing short of disastrous on both sides of the border.  For that reason, the House of Commons Trade Committee held an emergency meeting in Ottawa after the Commons ...

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Don’t let the Great Lakes become the next Great Garbage Patch

You may have seen in the news recently that a man has set out on a six-month journey to swim across the Pacific Ocean. He will be swimming through what is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area of accumulated waste three times the size of France, to bring attention to the mass amounts of plastic waste polluting ...

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Promise of Electoral Reform Arrives Too Little, Too Late

Recently the government used time allocation to end debate on their Bill C-76, which they are calling the Elections Modernization Act. While the electoral reform debate may seem as if it’s been around forever, this bill has only been debated in the House for less than eleven hours after being tabled at the end of April –  a well-understood deadline ...

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Hughes lauds Dubreuilville ALS activist in parliament

On the cusp of ALS awareness month, Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes paid tribute in the House of Commons to Dubreuilville ALS activist Eddy K. Lefrançois for his determination and advocacy. “Eddy K. Lefrançois is an ALS advocate from Dubreuiliville with a remarkable story to share,” said Hughes. Hughes cited Lefrançois as an example of someone who defied the odds in ...

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Hughes – Taxes shouldn’t be any harder to file

Mar 21, 2018 @ 18:50 Tax season is upon us and for people who aren’t connected to the internet or comfortable using it as a method of filing their forms the process has become increasingly difficult.  Even getting paper forms has become more of a chore.  This year, Revenue Canada only sent a small number of forms to outlets that ...

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