Charles Menzies, who serves on UBC’s board of governors, proposes that chancellors should be elected through free, fair and open elections. This is what used to happen, until it was replaced with a closed door process in 2008. Rita Wong writes that sheI would welcome such an open process at universities across B.C., including Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she works -- and she would like to see Libby Davies considered for the job.
The Canadian Boat to Gaza campaign hosted its first livestream videocast to mark Nakba Day on May 15, the commemoration of The Catastrophe, as the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine is called in Arabic. The event aired live on May 15, 2018 at 7PM EST. Tune for the discussion with peace activist and retired U.S. Colonel Ann Wright, and by former NDP MP Libby Davies.
Former NDP B.C. MP, Libby Davies, tells Eric Sorensen more can be done on Parliament Hill to address misconduct and harassment allegations.
The former deputy leader of the federal New Democratic Party says Jagmeet Singh has had to choose his words very carefully over the past several weeks as accusations of sexual harassment have swirled around two members of his caucus. “I think it’s a really tough situation for any leader,” said ex-MP Libby Davies, who served in the House of Commons from 1997 to 2015 and also acted as the party’s House leader. “When (accusations of harassment) become public, it’s very public. And suddenly the spotlight is on, and words become very important and how you follow up, what kind of process there is.”
Eminent historians, astronomers, academics, lawyers, artists, social justice advocates, and former politicians and public servants were also invested. Among them Libby Davies, a Vancouver community activist and former city councillor and longtime NDP MP who championed LGBT rights, affordable housing and safe injection sites.
Rankin’s left-wing allies—Libby Davies, Jean Swanson, Fred Wilson, and Smilsky—all offer their views with the hindsight of history, and this is offset by comments from Harcourt, former councillor Darlene Marzari, and Campbell, who won in a landslide. There's a particularly memorable footage of a COPE caucus meeting in Davies' living room with Swanson, Rankin, and councillors Bruce Yorke and Bruce Eriksen. Alfeld described this as the "most picture perfect East Vancouver COPE political moment", revealing everyone participating and contributing as equals. "That scene was so important to me," she said. "While it showed that Harry was a leader within COPE, it wasn't the Harry show."
On Tuesday May 15 at 7 p.m., Libby Davies and Ann Wright discuss the Boat to Gaza movement as 2018 Canadian Boat to Gaza Freedom Flotilla participants are introduced online!
NDP MP Don Davies is ruling out running to become the next mayor of Vancouver, opting to remain on the federal scene instead. His decision comes days after former NDP MP Libby Davies – no relation, except by political stripe – also decided she’s not taking a shot at the job.
A left-wing icon who served on park board, city council, and for 18 years in Parliament, her greatest legacy may have been in convincing the public and other politicians to look upon illicit-drug addiction as a health issue and to take the housing crisis seriously. This set the stage for a legal supervised-injection facility and a host of other measures. Davies also amplified the voices of marginalized people in her riding, be they sex workers, homeless people, or family members of missing and murdered women.
Robinson was the lone publicly gay MP for another six years, until Quebecois Réal Ménard came out in 1994. Then B.C. MP Libby Davies was the first lesbian to come out in 2001.
A resolution has been submitted to the NDP convention to update the NDP's policy on Palestine. It is supported by human rights advocates, veteran NDP activists, including ex-MP Libby Davies, and my organization, Independent Jewish Voices Canada. If adopted, it would significantly shift the discourse in Canada about Palestine. Its ripple effects would reach even more widely. The resolution has three points. It says the NDP will: Call upon Israel to end its occupation and settlement program, lift the Gaza blockade, recognize its Arab-Palestinian citizens' right to full equality, and address refugee claims fairly; Call for banning settlement products from Canadian markets, and using other forms of diplomatic and economic pressure to end the occupation; Oppose Canadian parliamentary efforts to undermine non-violent movements seeking a just resolution; in other words, oppose efforts to criminalize advocating for boycott, divestment and sanctions as Palestinian civil organizations have asked overseas supporters to do.
In the meantime, two orange candidates have stepped forward to say they're mulling the possibility of running for mayor of Vancouver: former NDP MP Libby Davies and NDP MP Don Davies (no relation). My guess is that Don Davies would be less likely than Libby Davies to create problems for the NDP government over income inequality and social issues. In the past, Don Davies has had ties to the Alberta labour movement. He worked for years as a lawyer with the Teamsters, which is part of the B.C. & Yukon Building Trades and Construction Council. Coun. Raymond Louie, a moderate New Democrat, would also be a popular choice inside the premier's office. Libby Davies was once a Downtown Eastside housing activist before venturing into electoral politics.
Libby Davies has publicly said she too is considering a run for the mayor’s seat and with a similar approach to the race in mind.
Two prominent NDP politicians say they are seriously considering a run for mayor of Vancouver in order to unite progressive parties against the centre-right Non-Partisan Association and tackle the city's extraordinary housing crisis. With the announcement last month that Mayor Gregor Robertson will not run again in October after 10 years in power with his Vision Vancouver party, the field has been thrown wide open, with all parties scrambling to devise strategy and field candidates. Over the weekend, former NDP MP Libby Davies and current NDP MP Don Davies – not related – both said they are talking to a wide range of people about how best to unite the centre-left and left-wing vote among Vision Vancouver, the Green Party, the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) and OneCity. Both say they're considering running because Vancouver is in serious trouble, with out-of-control housing costs and a sense that the city is failing residents. "It feels like the city is in shock," said Ms. Davies, who will be 64 at the end of the month. "People are hurting from struggling to live in the city. Whoever runs, there's something big out there, and that person has to connect to people who are feeling lost."
Kerry Jang becomes fifth Vision Vancouver politician to announce he won't seek re-election in 2018 Gregor Robertson won't seek fourth term as mayor of Vancouver NPA issues open call for mayoral candidates in advance of October election Outgoing Vancouver East MP Libby Davies cautions social justice victories cannot be taken for granted NDP leader Jagmeet Singh stops short of support for drug legalization despite more overdose deaths Libby Davies, a former Member of Parliament who represented Vancouver East from 1997 to 2015, and Don Davies (no relation), the current MP for Vancouver Kingsway, both recently told the Globe and Mail’s Frances Bula that a move to civic politics is something they are thinking about. “People are hurting from struggling to live in the city,” Libby told the Globe for an article published yesterday (February 12). “Whoever runs, there's something big out there, and that person has to connect to people who are feeling lost." The civic election is scheduled for October 2018. Libby served as deputy leader of the NDP from 2007 to 2015 and held a seat on Vancouver city council from 1982 to 1993. She’s well respected for her record on issues that affect low-income earners and marginalized groups such as sex workers and people who struggle with addiction issues.
Since Mayor Gregor Robertson announced Jan. 10 that he will not seek a fourth term at city hall, the rumour mill has been operating 24/7 as to who will be Vancouver’s next mayor. A lot of those names being tossed about are women. I’ve come up with four: Tamara Vrooman, Katrina Pacey, Libby Davies and Adriane Carr. So what I’ve done is something revolutionary in these new times for journalism. I reached to my right, picked up a banana-shaped piece of plastic, punched in some numbers on a plastic pad and waited to hear those four women’s voices in my ear.
We also have in this country, I’m not sure whether you’re aware of it, but Libby Davies who was the former deputy leader of the Social Democratic NDP, praised your work in a piece in Rabble.
“I didn’t get to work writing the book until the holiday break of 2016. The ideas were starting to percolate through 2014 when the Portland Hotel Society, the non-profit housing provider in Vancouver, found itself in a bit of a financial scandal and the executive team there was eventually forced to resign. It meant that story was coming to an end. The same year, a notable activist on the Downtown Eastside, Bud Osborn passed away. A few months later, Libby Davies, who represented the Downtown Eastside in Ottawa resigned from politics after 17 years. It all felt like these stories were coming to a natural end and that they needed to be put down somewhere.”
Singh embarked on the tour to help build a profile in suburban ridings around Toronto and Metro Vancouver in particular, but is holding his first event in one of the NDP’s urban strongholds in Vancouver, Kwan’s Vancouver East riding, which was held for 18 years by Libby Davies.
Libby Davies, a former NDP MP and Vancouver councillor, has been doing her best to keep the spirit alive. In 1983, Davies was one of several city councillors who voted to designate Vancouver a nuclear weapon-free zone. The designation was largely symbolic, but culminated in numerous anti-nuke signs posted throughout the city. "City councillors were meant to think about pot holes and zoning," Davies told CBC News. "The idea that we were involving ourselves in a global issue was very controversial."
"I landed with Charlie because, well, he has this common touch, and smile, and fierceness that draws me along the political path ahead of us," former deputy leader Libby Davies said in a statement. "A path where we rebuild, grow, reach, honour our roots, showing what New Democrats are about." Davies, the NDP MP for Vancouver East from 1997 to 2015, opened her statement by mentioning that she has a picture of Angus, the NDP MP for Timmins–James Bay, visiting a small northern community in the bitter cold
In October 1997, Libby Davies had just been elected as the NDP MP to represent Vancouver East, a position she held until 2015. In a telephone interview, she recounts her first meeting at the church. "It’s a long flight of stairs up to that room," she begins. "It was very dark, it was extremely crowded. There were people sitting on the floor. There were flip-chart pages all along the walls, because Ann Livingston always used to write down what people said." Davies was greeted with skepticism. "Oh, a politician," she remembers a member of the audience said as Osborn introduced her. "But I told them that I was there because I was their member of Parliament," Davies continues. "That they were my constituents, and I was hugely concerned about what was going on with the overdoses and the criminalization of users, and that I was there to help them."
Speakers there are scheduled to include Nichola Hall of From Grief to Action, a group that was instrumental in Vancouver’s response to a spike in overdoses the city struggled with in the 1990s. Another is Darwin Fisher, who manages North America’s first sanctioned supervised-injection facility, Insite. A third is Libby Davies, who was an NDP MP representing Vancouver East for 18 years until 2015.
It’s well known that the first openly gay Canadian MP was the NDP’s Svend Robinson. The long-time Burnaby-Douglas parliamentarian was first elected in 1979 and came out in 1988. The first female LGBT MP was the NDP’s Libby Davies, who represented Vancouver East from 1997 to 2015. She came out in 2001 and remains a close friend of Robinson’s.
When the NDP governed in the late 1990s, the party made a big deal of having three ministers of South Asian ancestry: Ujjal Dosanjh, Moe Sihota, and Harry Lali. This was taken as a sign that it embraced diversity. But when it came to the senior ranks of the bureaucracy, it was pretty monochromatic. One senior civil servant in that era, Suresh Kurl, even documented how few people of colour were working for the government. The front of the house looked diverse, but the corridors of government power were still very, very white.
The proposal to introduce a federal racial profiling ban isn't a new one. Former NDP MP Libby Davies tabled a private member's bill in 2004 to introduce the exact same thing. But the bill failed to pick up the support it needed from Paul Martin's Liberal government to become law.
The three-day LGBTQ+ Service Providers Summit aimed to connect the community with some of its most powerful political allies in a series of talks on community issues and supports, successes and the challenges ahead. The event, sponsored and organized by the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, brought frontline service providers and stakeholders together with policy makers from Libby Davies to Premier Kathleen Wynne (who appeared via video link).
This year's High Ground forum included a keynote plenary on the topic "Leadership in Transitioning Times" with Libby Davies (Social activist, former MP and Deputy Leader of the NDP), Josha Macnab (Director, Pembina Institute BC), Craig Suave (City Councillor of Montreal), and Stephanie Smith (President, BCGEU). Description: Environmental and social upheaval, shifting values and economies – amplified by new media and impacted by shrinking mainstream media resources – are changing the leadership landscape. In this Saturday morning plenary, our keynote speakers reflect on our transitioning times and share the opportunities and challenges they see for those who lead. Watch the video of the panel in the link.
While serving drinks at the Patricia Hotel in the early ’70s, she, by chance, met social-justice activists Libby Davies and Bruce Eriksen, which led indirectly to a job at the fledgling DTES residents association. The rest, as they say, is history, although Swanson is always loath to talk about her part. “It can’t be personal, it can’t be about Jean,” she said.
The Downtown Eastside has suffered mightily, losing many of its residents to opioid overdoses. Earlier this month, the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users and former Vancouver East MP Libby Davies called on the BC Coroners Service to release the names of Downtown Eastside community members who have died to begin the process of healing.
Former Vancouver East member of parliament Libby Davies is asking the B.C. Coroners Service and the Vancouver Police Department to see if anything can be done to more swiftly confirm the identities of Downtown Eastside residents killed by drug overdoses. The request comes in the form of a letter addressed to Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe and Chief Constable Adam Palmer. It was written in conjunction with a similar request from the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU).
Two former federal MPs made the list. Michael Ignatieff, one-time leader of the federal Liberal Party, is recognized for his "contributions to the advancement of knowledge as a human-rights scholar and reporter." Libby Davies, former NDP MP for Vancouver East, is honoured for her defence of social justice and "long-standing commitment to helping marginalized people."
Dozens of Canadians representing the arts, sciences, sports, philanthropic and business communities have been named to the Order of Canada. Rideau Hall revealed the list today, ahead of the country's 150th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Order. Established in 1967, it is one of the country's highest civilian honours and recognizes Canadians who have been high achievers in their fields, or have shown dedication or service to their community and country. "Let's be inspired by the examples set by these remarkable Canadians and use this occasion to build a smarter and more caring country," Gov. Gen. David Johnston said in a release.
Libby Davies, a former NDP MP and Vancouver city councillor, described the attacks on Clinton throughout the campaign as appalling and horrifying. "I don't think in my political life I've ever seen such sustained, unrelenting vicious attacks on her as a woman and what that represents," she said. She pointed out it didn't matter what Trump said, people voted for him anyway. "If a woman had done any one of the things he had done, she would have been out," she said. "It would not have been tolerated, yet he seemed to get away with everything and it didn't seem to matter to people — that's what I find really hard to get through my brain."
In May 2013, NDP MP Libby Davies introduced a private member's bill that sought to regulate and limit the amount of sodium manufacturers add to processed and packaged foods. Research has proven that sodium -- which we mostly consume as sodium chloride, or, in other words, salt -- contributes to cardiovascular disease. Most of the sodium we ingest does not come from the salt we choose to sprinkle on our eggs and onions. It comes from prepared foods such as canned soup, crackers, breakfast cereal and processed cheese. In Canada, manufacturers add more salt than they do in most other countries, including the U.S. Davies' bill did not pass. Although her Liberal colleagues supported it, the majority Conservatives voted it down. Conservative MPs argued that the NDPer's regulatory approach was heavy handed and would be costly to consumers. That's why it seemed ironic when, almost a month ago, staunch Harper Conservative and former champion skier, Senator Nancy Greene Raine, introduced a measure that would use the heavy hand of government regulation to protect children from a food industry that seems hell-bent on making them fat and unhealthy.
Libby Davies comes to SFU Woodward’s this Wednesday, Sept 21 for Libby Davies: Reflections of a Life in Politics. The former MP will be in conversation with Am Johal and Jackie wong as they delve into her four decades of experience in politics. An active member in the East Vancouver political scene since she was 19 years old, Davies got her start when she became involved with the Downtown Eastside Residents Association (DERA) in the early ‘70s. Over the span of forty years, Davies has gone from community organizing in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) to six terms in Parliament representing the Vancouver East riding. Davies sat down with SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement to talk about her upcoming event.
Video in support of the women's boat to Gaza.
The first use in the House of Commons of the phrase "missing and murdered" in reference to Aboriginal women was recorded on March 22, 2004, when Libby Davies reported that the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) was launching a new campaign, Sisters in Spirit, to raise awareness about what was believed to be 500 women who had disappeared or died.
Why are both central and provincial/local governments necessary? Libby participated in the Canada instalment, of a five part educational video series, produced by Forum of Federations.
Mauril Belanger's private members' bill proposes to change the second line of the anthem from "True patriot love in all thy sons command" to "True patriot love in all of us command."The lyrics as they are currently written exclude women and are therefore out of date, Belanger said. This is the fifth legislative attempt to change the lyrics since 2002, and the second by Belanger. His previous attempt fell short when his bill was defeated on second reading a year ago. In 2010, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper included a plan to change the lyrics of the national anthem in the Speech from the Throne to make it gender neutral. The plan was met with such a swift backlash Harper's office backed down within two days. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair did not support the idea then, but a year later, NDP deputy leader Libby Davies introduced a private members' bill that would have changed the lyrics.
Now, as Mulcair's leadership is up for debate and the party questions its own identity and direction, key New Democrats are pushing the Leap Manifesto principles into the mix. Former MPs Libby Davies and Craig Scott, as well as the head of the influential Toronto-Danforth riding association and documentary filmmaker Avi Lewis, are circulating a plan to entrench the manifesto's ideas. But they don't foresee a wholesale adoption of the manifesto all at once. Rather, they're proposing a two-step process: first, have New Democrats at this week's convention approve a resolution declaring that the manifesto is "a high-level statement of principles that is in line with the aspirations, history and values of the party." If that passes, they're proposing another resolution calling for meaningful debate of the manifesto by riding associations, leading up to a full, detailed discussion on how to implement it at the next convention in 2018.
Now, as Mulcair's leadership is up for debate and the party questions its own identity and direction, key New Democrats are pushing the Leap Manifesto principles into the mix. Former MPs Libby Davies and Craig Scott, as well as the head of the influential Toronto-Danforth riding association and documentary filmmaker Avi Lewis, are circulating a plan to entrench the manifesto's ideas. But they don't foresee a wholesale adoption of the manifesto all at once. Rather, they ask that the federal NDP embrace values contained in the manifesto, but at the same time launch an internal process that will allow a thorough debate by its members.
The Leap Manifesto The Leap Manifesto is a document asserting support for indigenous rights, environmental protection and economic reform. First conceived in spring 2015 after Toronto meetings among many like-minded activists and advocates, it’s been signed by famous Canadians, like David Suzuki, Judy Rebick and Naomi Klein, and endorsed by organizations including Black Lives Matter Toronto and CUPE Ontario. What complicates matters for Mulcair is that it has also been embraced by more than a dozen NDP riding associations. The party will consider hundreds of resolutions submitted by riding associations and commission across the country, and that will include the Leap Manifesto itself, which has nearly 35,000 signatories so far. The Vancouver East NDP riding association, along with former MP Libby Davies, has proposed a resolution similar to the manifesto. Former MP Craig Scott told The Canadian Press late last month he plans to promote a resolution adopted by his Toronto-Danforth riding association that uses the Leap Manifesto as a starting point for policy discussion. Though he welcomed the input of new ideas, Mulcair himself didn’t officially endorse the manifesto when it was released in September. But given the support the Leaf Manifesto has within his party, along with the push by some in the NDP to orient the party more solidly to the left, he will likely have to address it.
Tuesday marks the first anniversary of something unique in Ottawa. On Dec. 1, 2014, the House of Commons voted 256 to 0 to offer full support to Canada's victims of thalidomide. On the anniversary of the historic vote, and with a new Parliament about to convene later this week, we can now share a bit more of the behind-the-scenes effort. There are lessons for parliamentarians, the most important being that the campaign's success would not have occurred without the support and hard work of regular MPs. For many, the campaign to support Canada's thalidomide survivors must have seemed easy. The vote itself – rare and historic in many respects – came within one week of the public campaign being launched. Within 100 days, there was a second major success when the government announced immediate funding to address the urgent needs of survivors. And within six months, the entire funding support package of at least $180-million was created. How did this happen so quickly?
On the first day of the new Parliament in 1997, Libby Davies found herself walking to the Senate to hear the Speech from the Throne, a tradition she was not entirely familiar with, and in the immediate vicinity of Allan Rock, the newly appointed minister of health. Davies—a former city councillor in Vancouver, co-founder of the Downtown Eastside Resident Association and a long-time activist in Canada’s most infamous neighbourhood—wanted then to talk to Rock about what havoc heroin was wrecking in her riding. “I introduced myself and I said, ‘Can I come and meet you? This is a life-and-death issue; people are dying of drug overdoses; we’ve got to stop criminalizing them; we need help,’ ” Davies recalls. Rock, she says, said he was delighted to meet her and that she could come and see him any time. “So I thought, ‘Well, this is amazing,’ ” Davies says. “I got back to my office and we wrote an email. We wrote a letter; we started phoning. Of course, they totally ignored us,” she continues. “After about a month or so, I thought, ‘Well, what would I do in my neighbourhood? How would I handle this?’ And I thought, ‘Okay, I know what I would do.’ So I went to his office and I walked in and I sat down and I said, ‘I’ve been trying to get an appointment for over a month. You haven’t replied, so I just want to let you know I’m not leaving until I get an appointment.’ ” She smiled, then took a seat.
In March, Canada's Supreme Court ruled unanimously that all Canadians have a constitutional right to have doctors help them die. Special correspondent John Larson reports from British Columbia on how doctors, patients and politicians are grappling with how to set rules and eligibility in the next year JOHN LARSON: A member of parliament, Libby Davies, has supported right-to-die issues. She says, despite the court’s ruling, the current government may delay any new law until after the national elections next October. Click to listen or read the full interview.
Chanel Klein talks to retiring MP Libby Davies about her hopes, history and recommendations during this incredibly contentious 2015 election. Davies gave the 2015 GRACE MACINNIS VISITING SCHOLAR LECTURE: "GRASSROOTS POLITICS IN PARLIAMENT" on Sept 14, 2015 aired on Community Forum OCt 1, 2015 music: "Power in the Blood" @buffy-sainte-marie-1
Libby Davies, the NDP MP for Vancouver East for since 1997, won’t be running for the party in the 2015 federal election. Currently the party’s deputy leader and health critic, Davies made the announcement from her constituency office in Vancouver, saying that after 18 years as the riding’s MP it was simply time to call it a day. “It has been the most extraordinary experience to represent the people of Vancouver East. I have loved my work both in the community and in Ottawa and I thank the good folks of East Vancouver who elected me six times as their representative,” she said in her official statement. “Over the years, I have taken on tough issues like the need for drug policy reform and I remember being told, ‘You’ll never get re-elected if you take on issues like this.’ But the people of East Vancouver have stood by me. I deeply appreciate how they have placed their support and confidence in me throughout my many years in office.” Davies concluded her statement by calling Thomas Muclair a “a strong and committed leader” and adding that she was confident he would help the party form the country’s first social democratic government.
NDP deputy leader Libby Davies says that after 40 years of public service, including 18 years as a member of Parliament for Vancouver East, it's time for her to move on. "I know it's time for me to pass the torch. I will not be seeking re-election in the next federal election," Davies said in a written statement Friday. The long-time NDP MP thanked her constituents for electing her even as she took on difficult policy issues over the years. "I have taken on tough issues, like the need for drug policy reform and I remember being told, 'You'll never get re-elected if you take on issues like this.' "But the people of East Vancouver have stood by me," she said. Davies, who is also the party's health critic, was recently credited for pushing forward with an NDP Opposition motion to help thalidomide survivors, which received unanimous support in the House of Commons earlier this month.
VANCOUVER- NDP stalwart Libby Davies announced Friday she will not seek re-election next year. After 40 years in public life, both as an MP and city councillor, the veteran Vancouver MP said: "It just felt like it's time to call it a day.'' The 61-year-old has represented the riding of Vancouver East since 1997, winning six consecutive federal elections. Her decision is a blow for New Democrats.
Veteran Member of Parliament and deputy leader of the NDP, Libby Davies, will not be running for re-election. Ms. Davies, 61, was first elected as the MP for Vancouver East in 1997 and was re-elected five times. She made the announcement Friday at her constituency office. "I'm a bit tired," Ms. Davies said during a news conference in her constituency office, when asked why she was retiring from federal politics. Adding in stints in municipal politics, Ms. Davies noted she has been in public life for almost 40 years. She ran twice for Vancouver city council in the 1970s and was elected to parks board in 1980 and elected to city council in 1980. "I really feel it's time to call it a day. It's really a personal decision just about timing and contemplating if I want to go in another election and realizing once we have the election and, hopefully if I had been re-elected, it would be possibly another four years." The former Vancouver city councillor is known as a strong voice for the left wing of the NDP. In addition to serving as one of three deputy leaders to party leader Thomas Mulcair, Ms. Davies is also the party's health critic.
Libby Davies, the Downtown Eastside activist who found herself catapulted into Ottawa as a federal Member of Parliament, is calling it quits after 40 years of public service The outspoken MP announced today at her campaign office that she will not seek re-election in the upcoming federal election, saying she doesn't have the energy to run again and "it's time to pass the torch." "I just feel like it's time to call it a day," she said. "There can be a new voice for East Vancouver." The decision is bittersweet for Davies, 61, who said she loves her job and is grateful to the people in her riding of Vancouver East for helping her tackle tough issues in the Downtown Eastside such as housing, safe injection sites and the plight of missing women, despite being told she wouldn't get re-elected if she took on those issues.
Police shouted. Glass shattered. Doors were barricaded as hundreds of people hid in their offices on Parliament Hill two months ago. A picture of the chaotic scene has been revealed by NDP Vancouver-East MP Libby Davies after a masked gunman stormed the Centre Block building in Ottawa on Oct. 22. “SWAT teams made a hell of a commotion. Police came to office doors. If nobody answered, they banged the door down. Staffers were lying on the floor with guns pointed at their heads,” she said. Davies says authorities spent 12 hours securing the area, checking every nook and cranny in the six-storey, Gothic-style edifice. She says the authorities had no time for niceties as they went about their grim business.