KEHRSATZ, Switzerland — Prime Minister Stephen Harper signed a treaty here Friday that he says gives Canada an important new tool to track tax cheats who hide their money in Swiss accounts. But a new “double taxation” treaty Harper signed with Swiss president Doris Leuthard will only affect future taxation years, Canadian officials said, and won’t give Revenue Canada any new ways to track down a reported 1,800 Canadians who are hiding millions from Canada’s taxman... In the House of Commons, though, the NDP said Harper needs to do more to track rich tax cheats. “This government is letting wealthy tax evaders off the hook,” NDP MP Libby Davies told the Commons. “It is bragging about a tax treaty with Switzerland that will do little to recover billions of tax dollars hidden overseas by tax chiefs and corporations. What little information we do have on Canadian tax evaders is the result of the efforts of other countries, France and the United States.”
Ottawa: In an increasing shift away from the raucousness and rowdiness of a typical Question Period in the House of Commons, all parties made a special effort today to eliminate some of the antics common to QP and encouraged Members of Parliaments to be tough, not rough. “Libby Davies, House Leader for the New Democratic Party, took advantage of the day to underscore their efforts to make Parliament work, under often unpredictable and precarious circumstances. “The NDP has always been devoted to making the best use of MPs time and advancing the priorities of Canadians. Being respectful of our colleagues in the House, while continuing to ask the tough questions, is crucial to our success. “
in CBC.ca. Author: Kady O'Malley
Meanwhile, NDP MP Libby Davies will preside over the launch of the Canada Day of Action for a Federal Housing Strategy, which is -- exactly what it sounds like, as far as I can tell. Oh, although it might be fun to see how the Liberal Party reacts to one of the more camera-friendly visuals set to be unveiled: One hundred red tents, which will be opened, amid much symbolic fanfare, just across from Parliament Hill before being marched to the Human Rights Monument on Elgin Street for a second rally.
Affordable housing advocates are setting up red tents in cities across Canada Tuesday to highlight the country’s homelessness crisis and need for a federal housing strategy. The demonstrations come on the eve of final debate in the House of Commons Wednesday on an NDP bill that would commit Ottawa to drafting a plan.
It's 2010 — where are all the out lesbians in federal politics? Currently, there are only two out lesbians in Parliament — NDP MP Libby Davies, and Conservative Senator Nancy Ruth — while there are four out gay MPs, and a number of others for whom their sexuality is an open secret on the Hill. Why so few lesbians?
CANADA needs a plan to deal with a housing shortage that's reached crisis proportions, according to a coalition dedicated to drawing attention to the cause. On Tuesday, at demonstrations in cities across the country, including Winnipeg, housing advocates demanded that federal politicians support a private member's bill (Bill C-304) that would require Ottawa to develop a strategy to deal with the estimated 150,000 to 300,000 homeless people in Canada.
In her ruling today, Justice Susan Himel said Canada's laws regarding prostitution contribute to the danger faced by sex-trade workers and that it's now up to Parliament to "fashion corrective action." Libby Davies, the NDP MP for Vancouver East and long-time advocate for sex workers, says she's eager to get to work.