OTTAWA — The Harper government has lost two key rulings by the Speaker revolving around whether it has breached the privileges of MPs, and the political setback is bound to heighten partisan tension and increase speculation about a spring election...NDP House leader Libby Davies said Wednesday that there are a lot of rumours and speculation about what could happen in the coming days. “For us, the NDP, we’re acting in a very responsible way. We’re going to look at the budget when it comes forward.” “I mean, if there are confidence motions that come forward we’ll obviously discuss that very seriously in our caucus and make a decision on what we’ll do but we’re not into the speculation game.”
OTTAWA - The Harper government has lost two key rulings by the Speaker, who ruled it has breached the privileges of MPs. The political setback delivered by Speaker Peter Milliken stood in the House Wednesday afternoon is bound to heighten partisan tension and increase speculation about a spring election..."We're going to look at the budget when it comes forward," said NDP House leader Libby Davies on Wednesday. "If there are confidence motions that come forward we'll obviously discuss that very seriously in our caucus."
OTTAWA - With an election call possibly just weeks away, the Conservative government has suddenly found itself on its heels after devastating rulings from the Speaker that found the Tories have breached the privileges of MPs...NDP House leader Libby Davies said her party welcomed the rulings, noting the finding on costs is particularly important. "I think we have seen a government that has behaved in a very arrogant way on so many occasions, that they are withholding basic information that members of Parliament were elected to deal with. The ruling upholds that basic premise that in order for us to do our job, to represent the public interest, we need to have full information."
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper leads an anti-democratic government that cannot be trusted, his political opponents charged in the wake of a pair of key rulings Wednesday that could precipitate a general election that could be called as early as March 23...NDP deputy leader Libby Davies said her party will also attack the Conservatives for abusing the democratic process in a spring election."Whenever the election is, (this) really strikes at the heart of the credibility of this government and whether or not you can trust Stephen Harper," Davies said.
OTTAWA - K’naan, the Juno Award-winning musician whose song Wavin’ Flag was Coca Cola’s anthem for the 2010 World Cup, will be on Parliament Hill on Wednesday to urge MPs to pass Bill C-393. He will be joined by Stephen Lewis, the former United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, and James Orbinski, the founder of Dignitas International, a medical humanitarian organization...Bill C-393 was introduced by now-retired MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis but was essentially orphaned when she left federal politics to take a run at the Winnipeg mayor’s job. All bills need sponsors as they move through the various stages of debate and, if the Conservatives – who oppose the legislation – had refused to let it change hands, it eventually would have died. NDP House Leader Libby Davies persuaded the other parties earlier this year to allow her NDP colleague Paul Dewar to be recognized as the bill’s new sponsor, a move that kept it alive.
OTTAWA - Which federal political party speaks up most for Canadian women? The NDP will make its case this afternoon, when women MPs will ask all the party's questions in the House of Commons. NDP Leader Jack Layton usually asks his party's first question of the government in Question Period. With Layton on the shelf after hip surgery, deputy leader Thomas Mulcair has been doing the honours. But on Tuesday, Libby Davies will lead off the party's questions, followed by Carol Hughes, Irene Mathyssen, Linda Duncan, Niki Ashton, Jean Crowder, Chris Charlton and Megan Leslie.
OTTAWA - NDP MP Libby Davies’ housing bill, Bill C-304, has just had another bit of good news from committee today. I caught up with Davies after QP.
NANAIMO, BC - Residents along Hammond Bay are lobbying city council members to create new regulations to restrict cellular phone towers from being erected within 500 metres of any schools...Several parents vowed to pull their students from the school if the RDN reached an agreement with Telus because of their fear of the possible negative effects of long-term exposure to high-frequency radiation waves. Studies have shown health implications for long-term close-range exposure, but a large part of the scientific community disagrees with the research. Council questioned its ability to regulate where towers can be erected, considering the federal government's jurisdiction over this issue. Vancouver East MP Libby Davies has a private members bill that urges Ottawa to take more of an active role in determining where the towers are installed. She also calls for more consultation with municipal governments.