An Intern’s Reflections on the Power of Community

In December, I had the privilege of ending my internship placement with Libby by visiting her riding, Vancouver East. From delivering doughnuts to Vancouver’s postal workers at 6 a.m. to attending the release of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry report, I accompanied Libby to a number of meetings with diverse communities. [ read more…]

22nd Annual Women’s Memorial March

Dear Friends,

Commitments in Parliament won’t allow me to be with you today at the 22nd Annual Women’s Memorial March. I’ve had the honor of attending many of the Marches over the years and I join you in honoring these women and our community today. [ read more…]

Guest Blog: Dr. Norm Campbell talks about reducing the sodium in our diets

Heart disease and stroke are among the most common causes of death and disability in Canadians.  As a doctor who commonly sees the personal and family despair, disability and death caused by heart disease, kidney disease and stroke, I have always strongly supported programs that prevent these illnesses and especially those that would also reduce health care costs.  [ read more…]

The facts on Bill C-460 and why I hope you’ll support it

Dear Friends,

I’m very excited about Bill C-460, An Act respecting the implementation of the Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada, which is coming up soon for debate in Parliament.

I worked on and selected this Bill to come forward, to ensure the federal government finally takes action on the urgent need for a Sodium Reduction Plan in Canada. [ read more…]

7th Annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil

Today is the 7th annual “Sisters in Spirit” Vigil taking place in Ottawa. This event hosted by the Native Women’s Association of Canada is important for several reasons:

It brings together the families and friends of missing and murdered women to speak out and share their stories, and it focuses attention on the federal government and their lack of action on the tragedy of how so many Aboriginal women have fallen to violence. [ read more…]

Your Support for Women’s Rights

Dear friend,

As you’ve probably heard by now Motion M312 was defeated in Parliament yesterday by a vote of 91 in favour; 203 against. I have to say I was really relieved that it was a sizable majority of MP’s that made it clear that this motion will not be approved.  [ read more…]

Guest Blog: A Reflection on my Internship with Libby

As a graduate student of Carleton University studying in the Master of Political Management program, I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Libby and her staff during the internship component of my graduate degree.  For ten weeks, I was immersed in life on Parliament Hill, joining Libby in her daily duties as a Member of Parliament. [ read more…]

In Memoriam of Jack Layton

Dear friends,

Its hard to believe that a year has gone by since Jack Layton died. His presence is very much with us, both politically, and for many, personally, too. Today, I am in Toronto, where a beautiful monument to Jack, sculpted by Olivia, located in the Necropolis cemetary will be witnessed, and a public gathering tonight at Nathan Phillips Square, at Toronto City Hall will celebrate his life and legacy. [ read more…]

‘Dear Jack’, from Libby

I recently participated in the ‘Dear Jack’ campaign, sending a message to the Jack Layton on the anniversary of his death.  You can check my message below.


To participate in the Dear Jack campaign, go to: [ read more…]

Welcome to my new site!

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my newly redesigned website!  After many months of hard work, I am happy to unveil the new site, and encourage you to check it out.

Keep an eye out for:

Our new design, which makes the site easier to navigate and search – try out our ‘search’ tool and click on any content title to find tables of archived posts. Find links to my Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and Flickr accounts, and follow my Twitter feed and top NDP News on this site.  [ read more…]