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MP Joyce Murray holds government to account after cargo ship accident

Posted on October 20, 2014 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the Coast Guard took more than 20 hours to reach the Russian cargo ship drifting in heavy seas right off the coast of Haida Gwaii. The Haida chief himself noted it was only luck that prevented a disaster, luck of offshore winds and luck of an American tugboat with the right equipment. However, it was close and the next time it could be an oil tanker.
A year ago a federal panel noted there are major gaps in the government’s oil spill response. The minister’s excuse today was about new Coast Guard ships in the future, but talk is cheap and after nine years not a single piece of steel has been cut. When will the government fill these gaps?

Hon. Gail Shea (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, CPC): Mr. Speaker, in response to the hon. member’s question, this was a private towing vessel that came to tow the vessel that was in trouble. I want to support and salute our men and women in the Canadian Coast Guard and our men and women in the Department of National Defence because they did all the work to keep this vessel safe until some help arrived.
Our government has provided unprecedented support of $6.8 billion to renew the Coast Guard fleet. This investment demonstrates our support for the safety and security of marine industries and for environment.

Oct 31 MP Breakfast with guest speaker Anne Giardini – What will it take to get more women on Boards?

Posted on October 17, 2014 | No Comments

Please join MP Joyce Murray on Friday, October 31 for a Halloween MP Breakfast with special guest Anne Giardini, Chancellor of Simon Fraser University. “What will it take to get more women on Boards?”

Increasing the number of women on boards was a central pillar of Joyce’s 2013 Liberal Leadership Campaign. In Canada, women occupy just 15.9 percent of corporate board seats, and 40 percent of publicly traded companies have no women on their boards, according to Canada’s FP 500 list of public and private companies. Studies consistently reveal that businesses with more women on their boards and in senior management outperform those with fewer women.

Anne Giardini was installed as Chancellor of Simon Fraser University in June. She was President of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited for many years, and serves on several corporate and other boards. She is a business leader, lawyer, community volunteer and author. She received her BA from SFU, LLB from UBC, and LLM from Cambridge University. In 2013-14, she served on the Government of Canada’s Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards.

This Halloween, let’s hear from Anne why we shouldn’t be afraid of what it takes to get more women on Boards!
Details:
Friday October 31, 2014
7:30 am – Registration + Buffet Breakfast
7:50 – 8:45 Speaker + Q and A
Enigma Restaurant – 4397 W. 10th Ave. (Off Trimble) (map)
The cost of the breakfast is $20 / $10 for students.
(Cash only at the door)
Costumes optional!!

Please RSVP to joyce.murray.c1b@parl.gc.ca or by calling 604-664-9220.

Armed Forces weakened by government’s procurement failures

Posted on October 13, 2014 | No Comments

The Hill Times online
by Liberal MP Joyce Murray

It goes without saying that this is a time of great instability in the world.

ISIL’s murderous reign of terror in an already chaotic Middle East is one of many current global crises. From Vladimir Putin’s Russian expansionism to the potential geopolitical implications of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, these are challenging times.

Tumultuous periods such as these are why an essential responsibility of the Canadian government is to ensure this country has the military capacity to defend its borders, as well as respond to major international crises.

This fact was outlined in a 2003 report prepared by the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, which stated that,

“The Canadian Forces are a vital instrument of national defence and sovereignty and a key implement for the achievement of Canadian national goals at home and abroad. A strong and modern military, designed specifically to meet Canada’s security and foreign policy needs, will serve Canada’s pride and Canada’s interests. It is, therefore, incumbent on Canadian governments to ensure that Canada’s military forces are well-funded, equipped to the highest standards, and recruited and trained to fight alongside the best, against the best.”

In the current scope of increasing global instability, the Conservative government has failed in its duty to properly equip Canada’s military to meet national security and foreign policy needs.

The Liberals recently proposed a range of non-combat military and humanitarian contributions Canada could make as a member of the 60-nation Coalition to fight ISIL. We opposed the government’s plan to enter a combat air strike mission in Iraq as the mission and its goals were unclear; the Prime Minister had failed to make the case for taking Canada into war in Iraq.

While I have every confidence that our competent and experienced Canadian Armed Forces members will ensure the safety and effectiveness of the equipment used in this mission, the reality is that Canada’s CF-18s are coming to the end of their life expectancy.

Canada currently has 77 operational CF-18s, some of which date from 1984, and there have been two rounds of upgrade programs between 2001 and 2010, which led to the installation of new avionics and other equipment. Yet another extension is now being planned as the government has neglected to find a replacement satisfying Canada’s specific requirements.

But the urgent need to replace Canada’s elderly fleet of CF-18s was signalled even before Canada’s military operation in Libya. In 2008, Major Ed Roberds published an article in the Canadian Military Journal titled, “Stretching the Thin Blue Line: Over-Tasking the CF-18 Hornet.”

In the article Major Roberds noted, “The upgrading of our CF-18s will allow them to operate with other air forces in joint operations. Unfortunately, this upgrade does not fully address the airframe fatigue that is occurring on an aircraft initially intended for retirement in 2002 … As the airframe gets older, more repairs are required, and our operational tempo requires a substantial increase in spare parts that must be transported to theatre when the aircraft are deployed. While we are spending a lot of money on a single layer of air defence, we may not have enough fighter resources to achieve the overall defence objectives that the current policy papers have established.”

Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s 2012 report exposed the Prime Minister for having hidden the real cost estimates for 65 F-35 fighter jets to replace the CF-18s, a purchase he announced in 2010. The government now refuses to say when it will announce a decision to either order the F-35s, or, as we Liberals have demanded, hold an open competition. These continuing delays are creating great uncertainty for Canada’s aerospace industry, and blocking the flow of guaranteed regional industrial benefits that would result from a competitive process.

In the last federal budget, the Harper government cut another $3.1 billion from military procurement – funds that were intended for new military equipment, including new ships, helicopters, armoured vehicles and fighter jets. Moreover, the Conservative budget cuts have resulted in a 20 per-cent reduction in funds available for spare parts and the maintenance of Canadian Forces equipment.

In documents obtained by the Ottawa Citizen, Canada’s Air Force, Army and Navy commanders have been quietly warning that certain military spending cuts and reductions are now having deep and long-terms impacts, including vehicle fleets being parked, shortages of spare parts and an overall decline in the military’s ability to respond quickly to the governments’ demands effectively.

The fact is that Canada’s military capacity is more vulnerable than ever due to the Conservative government’s mismanagement of military investment and procurement.

MP Joyce Murray wants the facts on National Defence

Posted on October 9, 2014 | No Comments

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MP Joyce Murray speaking on the need to replace Canada’s CF-18s

Posted on October 8, 2014 | No Comments

Mr. Speaker, it goes without saying that this a time of great instability in the world. ISIL’s murderous reign of terror in an already chaotic Middle […]

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MP Joyce Murray demands better access to health services for Canadian troops

Posted on October 7, 2014 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, two years ago, the Canadian Forces Ombudsman reported that: …[a] chronic personnel deficit has strained the mental health […]

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Think your cell phone conversations are private? Think again: MP

Posted on October 6, 2014 | No Comments

Peterborough This WeekPETERBOROUGH – Joyce Murray, MP for Vancouver Quadra and Liberal National Defense Critic, announced her Private Member`s Bill that will bring Canada’s signals agency—the […]

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MP Joyce Murray calls the government to account on its handling of Iraq

Posted on October 6, 2014 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the government said it would assess the results of the original non-combat mission in Iraq after 30 days. […]

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MP Joyce Murray debates Canada’s proper role in Iraq

Posted on October 6, 2014 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I rise to join the debate on the government’s decision to take Canada into war in Iraq and […]

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Liberal Party of Canada cannot and will not support Prime Minister’s motion to go to war in Iraq

Posted on October 3, 2014 | No Comments

Remarks by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau With this motion, the Prime Minister has finally said in Canada what he said in New York […]

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