Libby in the News

Links to news articles written by or about Libby Davies.

  • B.C. NDP cabinet includes bright minds, but there are still political potholes to avoid

    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.

  • Jagmeet Singh Explains How His Federal Racial Profiling Ban Could Actually Work

    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.

  • Q&A: Summit brings LGBTQ political leaders to Ottawa

    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).

  • Leadership in Transitioning Times Panel

    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.

  • Jean Swanson: Homelessness a problem that just keeps growing and growing

    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.

  • An Urgent Call on Overdose Crisis: Prescribe Drugs, End Prohibition

    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.

  • Officials asked to release DTES fatal overdose victims' names

    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).

  • Order of Canada appointees include Paralympian, Supreme Court judge and astrophysicist

    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.

  • Ondaatje, Kaspi, Ignatieff among 100 Order of Canada honorees

    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."

  • 'The ceiling isn't just glass': Women in politics reflect on Hillary's loss

    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."

  • Trudeau government moves to rein in pushers of salt, sugar and fat

    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.

  • How an 'unflinching gaze' on missing and murdered Indigenous women might move Canada forward

    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.

  • MP tries again to make anthem include Canada's daughters

    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.

  • Push For NDP To Embrace Leap Manifesto Intensifies Ahead Of Party's Convention

    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.

  • NDP 'Leap Manifesto' backers intensify push ahead of convention

    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.

  • 2016 NDP Leadership : Mulcair faces tough battle to remain NDP leader

    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.

  • Thalidomide vote proved that Parliament matters

    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?