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MP Joyce Murray demands faster access to mental health services for veterans

Posted on November 25, 2014 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, veterans seeking service are often in crisis, and yet the average wait time to get service at a mental health clinic, at an OSI clinic, is approximately three months, and at many of the DND centres, it is almost three times the promised wait time.

This is caused by the government’s failure to staff these services properly, and all the while it is clawing back billions of dollars from the Ministries of Defence and Veterans Affairs.

How can our serving men and women actually believe that they are a priority for this government after all of the neglect and the deception?

MP Joyce Murray calls out Conservative government on diverted defence spending

Posted on November 20, 2014 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, Let us talk about a decade of delay and deception by the current government. Since 2006, the Conservatives have spent $750 million on partisan advertizing. Meanwhile, they have cut the defence budget to the point that we hardly even having a functioning navy, as we heard at the defence committee on Tuesday.
The reality is that a total of $14 billion has been either cut or announced and clawed back from defence budgets.
Why do the Conservatives believe that hundreds of millions of dollars in partizan advertizing is more important than providing brave men and women in uniform with the basic equipment that they require?

Conservative government spending hundreds of millions on political advertising while underfunding the Canadian Forces

Posted on November 20, 2014 | No Comments

Joyce Murray
Member of Parliament
Vancouver Quadra

Conservative government spending hundreds of millions on political advertising while underfunding the Canadian Forces

November 20, 2014
For Immediate Release

OTTAWA – “The Conservatives have decided that partisan advertising is a higher priority than properly equipping our troops” said Joyce Murray, MP from Vancouver Quadra and National Defence critic for the Liberal Party of Canada.

“Behind the cloak of fancy photo-ops with artists’ renditions of military equipment, the Conservatives have cut the Defence budget by more than $4.6 billion in just three years.” said MP Murray. “They have also clawed back another $9.4 billion in Defence spending authorized by Parliament, mostly by failing to deliver much-needed equipment that they promised to our troops years ago.”

Department of Defence: Annual spending lapse

millions of Canadian dollars

Year Operations and maintenance Capital expenditure Total
2013/14 $143 $763 $906
2012/13 $1,122 $263 $1,385
2011/12 $378 $1,068 $1,446
2010/11 $930 $1,504 $2,434
2009/10 $412 $765 $1,177
2008/09 $98 $570 $668
2007/08 $422 $764 $1,186
2006/07 $90 $132 $222
Total $3,595 $5,829 $9,424
Source: Public Accounts of Canada, 2006-07 to 2013-14

According to the 2014 Departmental Performance Report, some Canadian military vehicles have become so old that spare parts are no longer manufactured. Canadian Forces personnel been forced to order custom-made parts at a premium, or even ‘cannibalize’ similar vehicles to maintain operational readiness. Modern replacements announced years ago are still nowhere in sight.

Murray also noted that the Defence cuts are particularly frustrating when compared with the government booming advertising budget: $743 million of taxpayers’ money spent on partisan ads since 2006. “The government sees its Defence strategy as nothing more than a strategic communications exercise,” MP Murray added, “Canadians do not want taxes dedicated to keeping them safe to be diverted to a partisan advertising campaign.”
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Joyce Murray
Member of Parliament
Vancouver Quadra

Les Conservateurs dépensent des centaines de millions sur la publicité politique alors qu’ils sous-financent les Forces canadienne

November 20, 2014
For Immediate Release

OTTAWA – « Les conservateurs ont décidé que des annonces publicitaires partisanes constituent une plus grande priorité que d’adéquatement équiper nos militaires », explique Joyce Murray, députée de Vancouver Quadra et porte-parole sur la Défense nationale du Parti libéral du Canada.

« Bien déguisé par des séances de photos avec des vues d’artiste de matériel militaire, le gouvernement conservateur a réduit le budget de la Défense nationale de plus de 4,6 milliards de dollars en trois ans seulement, a dit Mme Murray. On a aussi récupéré un autre 9,4 milliards des dépenses de Défense autorisés par le Parlement, principalement en ne livrant pas les équipements essentiels qu’on nous a promis il y a plusieurs années. »

Ministère de la Défense: dépenses inutilisées par année

millions de $ canadiens

Année Fonctionnement et entretien Dépenses en capital Total
2013/14 143 763 906
2012/13 1 122 263 1 385
2011/12 378 1 068 1 446
2010/11 930 1 504 2 434
2009/10 412 765 1 177
2008/09 98 570 668
2007/08 422 764 1,186
2006/07 90 132 222
Total 3 595 5 829 9 424
Source: Comptes publics du Canada, 2006-07 to 2013-14

Selon le Rapport ministériel sur le rendement de 2014, certains véhicules militaires canadiens sont devenues tellement vieilles que les pièces de rechange ne sont plus fabriquées. Les Forces canadiennes sont obligées de commander les pièces sur mesure à prix fort, ou même « cannibaliser » des véhicules semblables afin de maintenir leur capacité opérationnelle. Des véhicules modernes, annoncées il y a plusieurs années, demeurent toujours loin d’être acquis.

La députée Murray a aussi noté que les compressions des dépenses de la Défense sont particulièrement frustrant par rapport à l’augmentation du budget publicitaire : plus de 743 milliards de $ des contribuables ont été consacrés aux pubs partisanes depuis 2006. « Le gouvernement considère son stratégie de Défense comme activité de communications stratégiques, a-t-elle ajouté. Les canadiens et les canadiennes ne veulent pas que les fonds consacrés à leur sécurité soient détournés à une campagne publicitaire pour le parti de pouvoir. »
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Contact: Ian Perkins, 1-613-992-2430

MP Joyce Murray presents a petition on rail safety in White Rock, BC

Posted on November 19, 2014 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I am presenting a petition which is signed by literally hundreds of residents from White Rock, British Columbia. […]

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MP Joyce Murray demands answers on lack of infrastructure investments

Posted on November 19, 2014 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the western premiers have called on the federal government to be a partner in building the critical infrastructure […]

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Statement by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on Remembrance Day

Posted on November 11, 2014 | No Comments

November 11, 2014 “On Remembrance Day, Canadians come together in solemn recognition of the incredible courage and sacrifices of our country’s men and women in uniform. […]

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Liberal Statement on the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Posted on November 6, 2014 | No Comments

I join other Liberal Members of Parliament in acknowledging this important day for Canada’s Sikh community! Joyce Ms. Kirsty Duncan (Etobicoke North, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I […]

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MP Joyce Murray discusses Canada’s mission against ISIL in National Defence Committee

Posted on November 5, 2014 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): General, are you able to advise us as to the projected budget for this six-month mission? MGen Michael Hood: I’m […]

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John McCallum asks the Prime Minister to formally apologize for the treatment of British subjects of Indian heritage on the Komagata Maru in 1914

Posted on November 4, 2014 | No Comments

Hon. John McCallum (Markham—Unionville, Lib.) : Mr. Speaker, in May, 1914, the Komagata Maru, a former coal ship, anchored outside Vancouver with British subjects of Indian […]

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MP Joyce Murray asks members to support bill C-622

Posted on November 3, 2014 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, over the past year, information leaks revealed that the Communications Security Establishment of Canada spied on innocent Canadian […]

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