I would like to extend my deep appreciation to the security personnel who kept us safe in Centre Block of Parliament today. While they rushed us to safety, they ran headlong toward danger. They displayed the kind of bravery, fearlessness, and professionalism that each and every Canadian can be proud of. While chaos was unfolding outside, we felt secure, and I am grateful.
Thank you to Prime Minister Harper for your address to Canadians tonight. In this, there is no partisanship. In this, we are all together, working to strengthen our security while maintaining our proud democracy. Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada have offered the government our absolute support as we seek to prosecute those responsible for this attack, and prevent events like it from happening in the future. You can watch Mr. Trudeau's address to Canadians here.
My thoughts are with the family of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was killed in this atrocious attack. There will be a book of condolences at my Vancouver office in the
OTTAWA, ON – Like all Canadians, my thoughts are with the family of the Canadian Forces member killed in the horrific shooting at the National War Memorial. Our very democracy was savagely attacked today.
I would like to express my deep gratitude to our security forces for their swift and courageous response, and to Kevin Vickers, Parliament’s Sergeant-at-Arms, for his heroism in Centre Block today while we were under lockdown. On behalf of my constituents in Vancouver Centre, and all Canadians, thank you.
Mr. Trudeau has spoken with the Prime Minister and offered the Liberal Party of Canada’s absolute support as we seek to prosecute those responsible for this attack, and prevent events like it from happening in the future.
On the advice of Parliamentary security officials, my constituency office remains closed until further notice. Updates will be available at HedyFry.com.
The gist of my intervention focused on human rights abuses against women and young girls in Syria. Perhaps the most heinous practice by jihadists and Islamic extremist groups who flourish under the Assad regime is the use of rape as a strategy of terrorism.
There are an alarming number of female headed households in Syria and in refugee camps since the men have either been killed or gone to fight. A woman or girl who is raped becomes triply victimised: by the rape, the shunning, and forced marriage.
Culturally a girl who has been raped dishonour her...
At the 2014 Council of the Federation meeting in Charlottetown, PEI, provincial and territorial premiers, once again called for a National Plan on seniors' health care; nor were they the only ones advocating this. The Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP), the Canadian Health Coalition (CHC), and the Canadian Association of Retired Teachers (CART) have been vocal about the need for a Pan-Canadian, coordinated, comprehensive, long-term strategy to address the needs of Canada's ageing population. The CMA's 2014 national report card focuses on the...
The untimely passing of Jim Deva leaves a large void in Vancouver’s LGBTTQ community. Jim was an activist, but more than that, he was a fighter. He never gave ground on principles concerning equality and social justice.
To say that Jim was the champion of equal rights for his community would only understate Jim's contribution to Canadian society as a whole. He was an instrument of change that impacted everyone across the nation.
I remember when I first met Jim. It was in 1993. I was a rookie politician, running against Kim Campbell in Vancouver Centre on a platform of equality for LGBTTQ Canadians. Everyone said I had to talk to Jim Deva. He educated me about the blatant...