Jean Rousseau looks back at the parliamentary session
Security and cuts in budget have kept the MP busy for the last few months
As the parliamentary session in Ottawa comes to an end, New Democrat MP Jean Rousseau (Compton-Stanstead) said he is concerned by the government’s abuses but, despite everything, expressed satisfaction at his work in the House of Commons and in the riding.
“In front of us, we have a tired and old govern-- ment, plagued by scandals and its inability to manage complex files like Nexen and the F-35s,” said Rousseau.
“For instance, they took much too long to admit that there was an organised system to illegally bring people across our borders. After ignoring this reality, the government has recently announced measures that still do not fix the problem.”
Along with his New Democrat colleagues, Jean Rousseau fought against the adoption of a second monster budget bill of more than 400 pages. The bill contained the pure and simple abolition of the Navigable Waters Protection Act’s environmental measures, leaving 99% of the country’s lakes and rivers unprotected. “This is a major environmental setback that we fought against, but the Conservatives went ahead and adopted this aberration,” said Rousseau.
The NDP also formally opposed the Conservatives’ punitive employment insurance reform. According to their plan, some unemployed workers will have to accept any job located up to an hour’s drive from their home at the risk of losing their benefits. This will inevitably lead to an exodus of workers from many regions of the coun- try and unfairly punish seasonal workers.
Finally, Rousseau repeatedly criticized the arrogant attitude of the government, which used closure numerous times to limit debate. “The lack of transparency and refusal to provide necessary information to make informed choices demonstrates the Conservatives’ contempt for Canadians and their democratic institutions.”
“Fortunately, the NDP was able to hold them to account. New Democrats form a team of competent public administrators who listen to Canadians and defend their public interest,” said Rousseau.
The contrast between Stephen Harper’s Canada and New Democrats’ Canada has never been clearer.
Lastweekend, there was not a single arrest for drunk driving on the territory of the (RPM); an impressive statistic especially considering the fact that the holiday season has arrived. Two police roadblocks were set up and more than 400 vehicles were stopped. Of that number, only two drivers had been drinking and they did not surpass the legal limit. Most of the vehicles were being driven either by volunteers from or by designated drivers!
Congratulations to all!