LIVE: CPAC at the NDP Policy Convention

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LIVE: CPAC at the NDP Policy Convention

Join the CPAC team from Montreal as federal New Democrats hold their biennial convention in advance of the 2015 election.

  • That's the end of our live online coverage from day two of the NDP Convention. Join us tomorrow morning at approx. 8:30am ET / 5:30am PT for the final day as delegates debate the controversial resolution to change the constitutional preamble. 

    Thanks for watching and participating!
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  • Watch now if you missed yesterday's speech by Thomas Mulcair to #NDP13 - http://bit.ly/ZVS1ra #cdnpoli #mtlqc13
  • Tom, how can you say Liberals have said nothing about daycare? Layton & Harper were responsible for a non-confidence vote which killed the nationalized program Paul Martin government had in works.
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  • Soyez les bienvenu(e)s à la diffusion du troisième et dernier jour du congrès du NPD, à Montréal. Cette couverture de CPAC en direct débutera à compter de 9 h HE / 6 h HP.

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  • Votes are in on Idle No More... WooooHoooooooo!

    Watched cpac on channel 95 last nite, sorry i missed flip cup guys lol Unanimous vote to further discuss bills that greatly affect our land, water,air etc.. Thank you to all who take a stand on matters that matter ;) Thankyou to all those who support the expulsion of these bills ..our children our animals our beautiful Mother Nature deserve what we have all enjoyed at the very least, if not better
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  • Turn on CBC on your TV or watch CPAC online at 11am, activists will be defending socialism at the NDP convention on national TV!
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  • First one in line to speak against the suggested preamble that aims to take NDP to the right. Been here with fellow activists since 6:20 am. Tune into CPAC to watch the exciting debate (around 11:15 am.)

    Shouts out to my sisters and brothers here Farshad Azadian, Atefa Akbary, Wai Kiat Tang, Solomon Muyoboke, Jaybird Cassell, Jahan N., Alex Grant, Camilo C.. Joel Bergman and many more.
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  • Watch Now: Our live coverage from the final day of #NDP13 is underway. http://bit.ly/ZVS1ra #cdnpoli #mtlqc13 #NDP
  • CHANGING THE PREAMBLE?

     The "socialism" debate is expected to again loom large.  

    Here's how the preamble to the NDP Constitution currently reads, with references to economic and social planning, social ownership, and democratic socialism:

    The New Democratic Party believes that the social, economic, and political progress of Canada can be assured only by the application of democratic socialist principles to government and the administration of public affairs.

    The principles of democratic socialism can be briefly defined as:

    That the production and distribution of goods shall be directed to meeting the social and individual needs of people within a sustainable environment and economy and not to the making of profit;

    To modify and control the operations of monopolistic productive and distributive organizations through economic and social planning. Towards these ends and where necessary the extension of the principle of social ownership;

    The New Democratic Party holds firm to the belief that the dignity and freedom of the individual is a basic right that must be maintained and extended; and

    The New Democratic Party is proud to be associated with the democratic socialist parties of the world and to share the struggle for peace, international co-operation and the abolition of poverty.

    A 2011 resolution would have created this new preamble, removing all references to socialism and social ownership:

    The New Democratic Party believes that social justice, equality, and environmental sustainability are vital to achieving a strong, united and prosperous Canada for all.

    To that end, the New Democratic Party is dedicated to the application of social democratic principles to government.

    These principles include an unwavering commitment to economic and social equality, individual freedom and responsibility, and democratic rights of citizens to shape the future of their communities.

    New Democrats hold firm to the belief that individual freedom and dignity are basic rights that find the fullest expression in healthy and prosperous communities, where individuals can realize their full potential and contribute to a stronger Canada.

    Established in partnership with the Labour movement in 1961, the New Democratic Party is the voice of working people in the Parliament of Canada, advocating and implementing laws that advance their collective and individual interests.

    New Democrats are proud to stand in solidarity with its allies around the world working for international peace and justice, ending discrimination and exploitation, eliminating poverty and ensuring that wealth and power are in the hands of the many and not the few.

    Debate over the preamble was referred to a special committee chosen by the party executive. That committee, which includes former leader Alexa McDonough, former MP Bill Blaikie, and former party president Brian Topp, has proposed a new preamble for debate this weekend:

    Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. New Democrats are Canadians who believe we can be a better one – a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity. We can build sustainable prosperity, and a society that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures for our children. We can do our part to save the world’s environment.

    New Democrats work together to these ends for the sake of our fellow citizens and in the interests of all of humanity.

    New Democrats are proud of our political and activist heritage, and our long record of visionary, practical, and successful governments. That heritage and that record have distinguished and inspired our party since the creation of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation in 1933, and the founding of the New Democratic Party in 1961.

    New Democrats seek a future which brings together the best of the insights and objectives of Canadians who, within the social democratic and democratic socialist traditions, have worked through farmer, labour, co-operative, feminist, human rights and environmental movements to build a more just, equal, and sustainable Canada within a global community dedicated to the same goals.

    New Democrats celebrate Canada’s diversity and the deep histories, traditions and aspirations of all of its peoples.

    New Democrats believe in freedom and democracy, and in a positive role for democratically elected and accountable Parliaments, legislatures and the governments responsible to them.

    New Democrats affirm a role for government in helping to create the conditions for sustainable prosperity. We believe in a rules based economy, nationally and globally, in which governments have the power to address the limitations of the market in addressing the common good, by having the power to act in the public interest, for social and economic justice, and for the integrity of the environment.

    New Democrats belong to the family of other progressive democratic political parties that govern successfully in many countries around the world. In co-operation with like minded political parties and governments, New Democrats are committed to working together for peace, international co-operation, and the common good of all – the common good being our fundamental purpose as a movement and as a party.

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  • This morning's first resolution calls on the government to: 
    • sufficiently staff Service Canada programs to reduce waiting times
    • improve the Working While on Claim pilot project
    • reverse recent changes to Employment Insurance
    • reinstate the Extra Five Weeks pilot project
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  • 3-01-13 
    Resolution on Employment Insurance
    Submitted by Gaspésie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Charlesbourg – Haute-Saint-Charles

    WHEREAS seasonal industries are a vibrant and essential part of Canadian identity and economy;

    WHEREAS new categories of EI claimants and related definitions of suitable employment will depress overall wages, harm the economy of both rural and urban Canadian communities;

    BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Conservative government must hire sufficient staff to properly administer Service Canada programs and dramatically reducing wait times;

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the government improve the Working While on Claim pilot project so that it does not create disincentives for EI recipients to work while receiving claims;

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the NDP calls on the government to reverse devastating changes it has made to Employment Insurance which restrict access and benefits, depress wages, push vulnerable Canadians into poverty and download costs to the provinces;

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the NDP calls on the government to reinstate the Extra Five Weeks pilot project to avoid the impending “black hole” of financial insecurity facing workers in seasonal industries and the regional economies they support;

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That the NDP call on the Harper Government to repeal this regulation and restore access to these secondary benefits for all foreign workers;

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That an NDP Government would repeal the residency requirement and allow full universal access to EI benefits to all those who contribute into the system;

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That an NDP government would restore a just and universal EI program that ensures that all those contributing have fair and equal access to all the benefits;

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the government of Canada restore and improve compassionate and parental leave benefits for seasonal and temporary off shore workers; and  

    AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the “Cheap labor” policy of this current government be discontinued with a step to ensure that seasonal and temporary foreign workers receive the same rights benefits and responsibilities as all Canadian workers including and not restricted to a path to citizenship.
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    3-01-13 
    Résolution sur l’assurance-emploi
    Présentée par Gaspésie--Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Charlesbourg--Haute-Saint-Charles

    ATTENDU QUE les industries saisonnières sont un élément dynamique et essentiel de l’identité du Canada et de son économie;

    ATTTENDU QUE les nouvelles catégories de prestataires d’assurance-emploi et les nouvelles définitions de l’emploi convenable entraîneront une baisse de l’ensemble des salaires, qu’elles nuiront à l’économie des communautés rurales et urbaines du Canada;

    IL EST RÉSOLU QUE le gouvernement conservateur doive embaucher suffisamment de personnel pour administrer de manière adéquate les programmes de Service Canada et réduire significativement les délais d’attente;

    IL EST EN OUTRE RÉSOLU QUE le gouvernement apporte des correctifs au projet pilote Travail pendant une période de prestations d’assurance-emploi pour qu’il ne dissuade pas les prestataires d’AE de travailler pendant leur période de prestations;

    IL EST EN OUTRE RÉSOLU QUE le NPD demande au gouvernement d’annuler ses changements dévastateurs au programme d’assurance-emploi qui en restreignent l’accès et qui réduisent les prestations, qui entraînent les salaires à la baisse, poussent les Canadiens les plus vulnérables dans la pauvreté et transfèrent les coûts aux provinces;

    IL EST EN OUTRE RÉSOLU QUE le NPD demande au gouvernement de restaurer le projet pilote des cinq semaines supplémentaires afin d’amenuiser le « trou noir » d’insécurité financière auquel font face les travailleurs saisonniers et les économies régionales qu’ils soutiennent.

    IL EST EN OUTRE RÉSOLU QUE le Nouveau Parti démocratique presse le gouvernement Harper d’abroger ce règlement et de restaurer les prestations secondaires pour tous les travailleurs étrangers.

    IL EST EN OUTRE RÉSOLU QUE le Nouveau Parti démocratique, une fois au pouvoir, élimine l’obligation de résidence et accorde l’universalité d’accès aux prestations d’assurance-emploi à tous ceux qui auront contribué au système.

    IL EST EN OUTRE RÉSOLU QUE le Nouveau Parti démocratique, au pouvoir, restaure un programme équitable et universel d’assurance-emploi, conçu pour que tous les cotisants aient également accès à toutes les prestations.

    IL EST EN OUTRE RÉSOLU QUE le gouvernement du Canada rétablisse, voire améliore, les prestations et congés parentaux de commisération à l’intention des travailleurs saisonniers et temporaires de l’étranger; et

    IL EST EN OUTRE RÉSOLU de mettre fin à la politique de main-d’œuvre bon marché pratiquée par le gouvernement actuel et de faire en sorte que les travailleurs saisonniers et temporaires de l’étranger aient les mêmes droits, avantages et responsabilités que tous les Canadiens, dont la possibilité d’accéder à la citoyenneté.

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  • Regardez maintenant : Notre couverture en direct du dernier jour du congrès du #NPD est en cours. #polcan #NPD13
  • The EI resolution passes. Next up: social housing.

    3-61-13 
    Resolution on Social Housing
    Submitted by the Quebec Section

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the following clause be added to section 3.5 of the policy book.
    New Democrats believe in implementing a national strategy to ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians in partnership with provinces, municipalities, Aboriginal communities, non-profit and private sector housing providers and civil society organizations, including those that represent groups in need of adequate housing.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NDP continue to remind Canadians that housing is fundamental right for all, and undertake to protect this right and enshrine it as a justiciable right under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NDP call on the federal government to increase investment in social housing, and additionally to maintain and increase funding for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS).

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a registry of the social housing units available in Canada be created, and a mechanism for controlling transactions on social housing units funded by the CMHC be instituted.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that an NDP government would adopt a law requiring that the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) work in conjunction with other involved stakeholders to develop a national housing strategy.

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    3-61-13 
    Résolution sur le logement social
    Présentée par la Section Québec

    IL EST RÉSOLU QUE l’alinéa suivant soit ajouté au paragraphe 3.5 des Politiques.
    Les néo-démocrates veulent mettre en œuvre une stratégie nationale qui assure à tous les Canadiens un logement sûr, adéquat, accessible et abordable, en partenariat avec les provinces, les municipalités, les communautés autochtones, les OSBL et organismes privés qui fournissent des logements et les organismes de la société civile, y compris ceux qui représentent les groupes en quête de logements adéquats.

    IL EST EN OUTRE RÉSOLU QUE le NPD réitère le droit au logement comme étant fondamental pour tous, et s’engage à le protéger et à le ratifier en l’ajoutant comme droit justiciable dans la Déclaration canadienne des droits et libertés.

    IL EST EN OUTRE RÉSOLU QUE le NPD demande au gouvernement fédéral d'augmenter les investissements actuellement dédiés au logement social, en plus de maintenir et bonifier le programme SPLI destiné à l’itinérance;

    IL EST EN OUTRE RÉSOLU QUE, l’on crée un registre des logements sociaux au Canada et mette en place un mécanisme de contrôle transactionnel de logements sociaux financés par la SCHL; 

    IL EST EN OUTRE RÉSOLU QU’un gouvernement NPD adopte une loi obligeant la Société canadienne d’hypothèque et de logement (SCHL) à travailler en coopération avec tous les intervenants pertinents afin d’établir une stratégie nationale de logement. 
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  • #LPCldr vote count is at 78.6%, according to party (100004/127263). Voting closes at 3pmET. #cdnpoli
  • Once again, here is the full list of resolutions submitted by NDP members before the convention:

    2013 NDP Resolutions

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  • 3-36-13 
    Resolution on the Renewal of the Health Accords for 2014
    Submitted by Saint-Hubert-Saint-Bruno

    WHEREAS the Health Accords aimed at enabling important reforms of the healthcare system included in the Romanow Report that were struck in 2003 and 2004 will end in 2014;

    BE IT RESOLVED THAT the New Democratic Party denounces the Conservative government’s unilateral decision to reduce health transfers to the provinces and territories, increasing their tax burden and stunting opportunities for collaboration and reform of the system;

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the New Democratic Party continue to support a universal, accessible, high quality public healthcare system;

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the New Democrats continue to demand that the federal government enter into talks with the provinces and territories to renew health agreements; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the New Democratic Party demand that the next health accords include important reforms necessary for better access to prescription drugs, home care and long term care, health professionals including family doctors, as well as important measures to help Canadians live healthy lives.

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  • 3-36-13 
    Résolution sur le renouvellement des accords en santé en 2014
    Présentée par Saint-Hubert--Saint-Bruno

    ATTENDU QUE les accords sur la santé conclus en 2003 et en 2004 qui visaient à permettre 
    d’importantes réformes du système de santé contenues dans le rapport Romanow viendront à échéance en 2014;

    IL EST RÉSOLU QUE le Nouveau Parti démocratique dénonce la décision unilatérale de gouvernement conservateur de réduire les transferts en matière de santé aux provinces et territoires, augmentant ainsi leur fardeau fiscal et freinant les possibilités de collaboration et de réforme du système;

    IL EST EN OUTRE RÉSOLU QUE le Nouveau Parti démocratique continue d’appuyer un système de santé universel, accessible et de haute qualité;

    IL EST EN OUTRE RÉSOLU QUE les néo-démocrates continuent de demander que le gouvernement fédéral entame des pourparlers avec les provinces et les territoires afin de renouveler les accords en matière de santé; et

    IL EST EN OUTRE RÉSOLU QUE le Nouveau Parti démocratique réclame que les prochains accords en matières de santé incluent les réformes importantes et nécessaires pour un meilleur accès aux médicaments d’ordonnance, aux soins à domicile et aux soins de longue durée, aux professionnels de la santé, y compris les médecins de famille, ainsi que des mesures pour aider les Canadiennes et les Canadiens à être en meilleure santé.
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  • You can watch #NDP13 live online and read the resolutions being debated here: http://bit.ly/ZVS1ra #cdnpoli
  • "@CPAC_TV: Watch now if you missed speech #NDP13 - http://bit.ly/ZVS1ra #cdnpoli #mtlqc13" watch now if you want to see fillabuster by MPs
  • 3-03-13 
    Resolution on Seniors and Retirees
    Submitted by Winnipeg Centre

    WHEREAS many seniors in Canada continue to live in poverty; and

    WHEREAS every Canadian should have a right to retire in dignity; and

    WHEREAS raising age eligibility limits unfairly penalizes the working poor and disabled:

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Section 3.7.a of the policy book be amended to read:

    a. Maintaining the universality of Old Age Security (OAS) and increasing funding for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) with eligibility set at age 65.

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    3-03-13 
    Résolution sur les personnes âgées et retraitées
    Présentée par Winnipeg-Centre

    ATTENDU QUE nombre de personnes âgées vivent dans la pauvreté au Canada;

    ATTENDU QUE tous les Canadiens ont droit à une retraite dans la dignité;

    ATTENDU QUE l’augmentation de l’âge de l’admissibilité à la retraite pénalise injustement les travailleurs à faible revenu et les handicapés;

    IL EST RÉSOLU QUE de modifier l’alinéa 3.7.a des Politiques de la façon suivante :

    a) Maintenir l’universalité de la Sécurité de la vieillesse (SV) et accroître le financement du Supplément de revenu garanti (SRG) en fixant l’âge de l’admissibilité à 65 ans.

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  • Watching the ndp convention on cpac.
  • Have never attended a political convention, but am enjoying seeing others' passion and commitment to many issues. #cpac #NDP #mtlqc13
  • Here's the current NDP policy book:

    NDP Policy Book

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  • The motion is referred to the NDP's federal council.
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  • 3-04-13 
    Resolution on Ending Sexual Harassment in the RCMP
    Submitted by Alfred-Pellan

    WHEREAS employees and formers employees of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have brought to light serious allegations of sexual harassment within the RCMP;

    WHEREAS the allegations of sexual harassment in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police undermines public confidence in the national police force; and

    BE IT RESOLVED THAT the New Democratic Party of Canada continues to urge the Government of Canada to take a leadership role in ending the culture of sexual harassment in the RCMP by identifying and addressing the underlying systemic causes of gender inequality in the RCMP; andResolutions

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the New Democratic Party of Canada urge the Government of Canada to collect specific data on the occurrences of sexual harassment in federally regulated workplaces and report these findings to Parliament.

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    3-04-13 
    Résolution sur l’élimination du harcèlement sexuel à la GRC
    Présentée par Alfred-Pellan

    ATTENDU QUE de graves allégations de harcèlement sexuel au sein de la Gendarmerie royale du Canada ont été mises au jour par des employés actuels et anciens de la GRC; 

    ATTENDU QUE ces allégations de harcèlement sexuel au sein de la GRC sapent la confiance du public dans la police nationale;

    IL EST RÉSOLU QUE le Nouveau Parti démocratique continue d’exhorter le gouvernement du Canada à jouer un rôle prépondérant dans l’élimination de la culture de harcèlement sexuel à la GRC en identifiant et en s’attaquant aux causes systémiques sous-jacentes de l’inégalité des sexes au sein de la GRC;

    IL EST EN OUTRE RÉSOLU que le Nouveau Parti démocratique exhorte le gouvernement fédéral à recueillir des données précises sur les cas de harcèlement sexuel dans les milieux de travail de compétence fédérale, et à dévoiler les résultats de leurs recherches au Parlement.
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  • 3-05-13 
    Résolution pour le salubrité des aliments
    Présentée par Blackstrap

    ATTENDU QUE la salubrité des aliments suscite de plus en plus d’inquiétude au Canada;

    ATTENDU QUE de nombreux sondages montrent que les Canadiens s’inquiètent de la salubrité des méthodes de transformation des aliments et des aliments mêmes;

    ATTENDU QUE les politiques et les règles en vigueur ne sont pas toujours respectées;

    IL EST RÉSOLU QUE, formant l’Opposition officielle, les néo-démocrates veillent à ce que le 
    gouvernement fédéral conserve aux politiques et aux normes d’inspection alimentaires du Canada tout leur mordant et que les politiques relatives à la salubrité des aliments, à l’inspection et aux ressources financières humaines soient révisées régulièrement.
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  • 3-06-13 
    Resolution on Access to Post-Secondary Education
    Submitted by the Quebec Section

    BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP fully acknowledge Quebec’s exclusive jurisdiction in education, as per the Sherbrooke Declaration.

    BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP reaffirm its commitment to accessible, high-quality post-secondary education.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NDP work in solidarity with all those calling for equitable access to post-secondary education for all Canadians, without overstepping the bounds of federal jurisdiction.

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    3-06-13 
    Résolution sur l’accessibilité à une éducation supérieure
    Présentée par la Section Québec

    IL EST RÉSOLU QUE le NPD reconnaisse pleinement la compétence exclusive du Québec en matière d’éducation dans l’esprit de la déclaration de Sherbrooke.

    IL EST RÉSOLU QUE le NPD réaffirme son engagement envers l'accessibilité à une éducation 
    supérieure de qualité.

    IL EST EN OUTRE RÉSOLU QUE le NPD se solidarise dans les limites des compétences fédérales avec tous ceux et celles qui réclament une accessibilité équitable à l'éducation supérieure de qualité pour tous.
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  • Motion to refer to the resolutions committee and consider free tuition and solidarity with the Quebec student protest movement will go to a counted vote. 
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  • The motion is referred with instructions. 
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  • The next set of policy resolutions are concerned with foreign policy, defence, and Canada's place in the world. 
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  • 4-01-13 
    Omnibus 1 - Veterans
    As Compiled by the Resolutions Committee
    Submitted by Sackville-Eastern Shore, London—Fanshawe, London West

    Part 1 – Veterans’ Care
    BE IT RESOLVED that the following clauses be amended to Section 4.6 of the policy book by adding the following: 

    New Democrats believe in:
    T. Improving, reviewing, and updating the New Veterans Charter including the lump-sum payment for injured veterans. 
    U. Applying the principle of One Veteran, One Standard to all federal government programs and services for veterans. Eliminate the current program approach that unfairly establishes “classes” of veterans and family members and offers benefits based on where or when the veteran served and the type of service. 

    Part 2 – Fairness for CF and RCMP veterans and their families

    BE IT RESOLVED that the following clauses be amended to Section 4.6 of the policy book by adding the following:
    V. Responding to the concerns of veterans exposed to nuclear weapon trials and those who assisted in the Chalk River clean-up, known as Canada’s “Atomic Veterans”. 
    W. Respond to concerns about unequal standards of care for injured reservists.

    Part 3 – Support for CF and RCMP Veterans and their families

    BE IT RESOLVED that the following clauses be amended to Section 4.6 of the policy book by adding the following:
    X. Better support for those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Operational Stress Injuries (OSI) for currently serving CF and RCMP members, veterans, and their families.
    Y. Review outstanding grievances of CF and RCMP veterans who have been exposed to occupational hazards like asbestos, depleted uranium, defoliant spraying, and others, to see where departmental benefits and services can be applied. No veteran should fall through the cracks.
    Z. Support research on unique challenges and health needs of military and RCMP veterans and their families and develop strategies to meet their health needs.

    Part 4 – Replacement of Policy on Economic Security for CF and RCMP Veterans

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Section 4.6 of the policy book be deleted:
    i. Ensuring economic security for Canadian Forces veterans and families, including all spouses, by extending the Veterans Independence Program and enhancing survivors’ pensions.

    and replaced by:

    i. Ensuring economic security for Canadian Forces and RCMP veterans and their families by extending the Veterans Independence Program, enhancing survivors’ pensions, and supporting homeless or at risk veterans. 

    Part 5 – Replacement of Policy on Service Income Security Insurance Plan (SISIP)
    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Section 4.6. in the policy book be deleted: 

    k. Ending the unjust cuts to the Service Income Security Insurance Plan for medically released members of the Canadian Forces and former RCMP members.

    and replaced by:

    k. Ending the unjust offset of Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) disability pensions for medically released members of the RCMP, similar to the end of the unjust offset of Service Income Security Insurance Plan (SISIP) that affected injured Canadian Forces veterans.

    Part 6 – Replacement of Policy on Veterans Transition into Civilian Life

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Section 4.6 of the policy book be deleted:
    l. Supporting initiatives to help veterans transition into the civilian workforce, such as “Helmets-toHardhats” program to help veterans transition to construction and shipbuilding trades.

    and replaced by:

    l. Supporting initiatives to help veterans transition into the civilian workforce including programs that help veterans transition to construction and shipbuilding trades. 

    Part 7 – Replacement of Policy on Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB)

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Section 4.6 of the policy book be deleted
    S. Eliminating the Veterans Review and Appeal Board and/or reforming the Board by appointing its members from the military, RCMP, and medical personnel, in order to ensure that veterans’ appeals are fairly reviewed by their peers

    and replaced by:

    S. Replacing the Veterans Review and Appeal Board with a medical evidence-based peer reviewed process for disability benefit applications in consultation with veterans and veterans’ organizations.

    Part 8 – Recognition of Aboriginal Veterans

    BE IT RESOLVED that the following clauses be amended to Section 6.4 of the policy book by adding the following:
    New Democrats believe in:
    j. Enhance recognition of the contribution of Aboriginal veterans.

    Part 9 – Apology to Gay and Lesbian Veterans

    BE IT RESOLVED that the following clauses be amended to Section 6.2 of the policy book by adding the following:

    New Democrats believe in:
    i) Respond to the concerns of gay and lesbian veterans who were forced out the military with an eye to removing the “dishounourable discharge” from their records.

    Part 10 – Enhancement of Veterans’ Rights

    BE IT RESOLVED that the following clauses be amended to Section 6.5 of the policy book by adding the following:
    New Democrats believe in:
    (d) Enhancement of Veterans rights so that principles of fair treatment will guide legislation, programs, and services that provide on-going support of CF and RCMP veterans and their families
    (e) Ensuring veterans programs and services are kept current, quickly respond to identified gaps in veterans’ care, and continually update programs to ensure needs of veterans and their families are met.
    (f) Expanding the role of Veterans Ombudsman to provide independent analysis and reports to Parliament.
    (g) Adopt an Identity Card for CF and RCMP veterans and their families to better facilitate contact and communication with veterans and create efficiencies in the delivery of programs.

    Part 11 – Greater Recognition of Women Veterans

    BE IT RESOLVED that the following clauses be amended to Section 6.1 of the policy book by adding the 
    following:

    New Democrats believe in:

    k) Greater recognition of the significant contributions of women while serving in Canada’ military or RCMP whether they served during war, here at home, or on peacekeeping missions and that measures are in place to continually safeguard equality of all serving members. 

    Part 12 - Veterans

    BE IT RESOLVED THAT the following clauses be added to Section 4.6 in the policy book, with the first clause replacing clause "s" and all subsequent clauses being alphabetized accordingly.

    New Democrats believe in:
    • Replacing the Veterans Review and Appeal Board with a medical evidence-based peer reviewed process for disability benefit applications in consultation with veterans and veterans’ organizations.
    • Improving, reviewing, and updating the New Veterans Charter including the lump-sum payment for injured veterans. 
    • Applying the principle of One Veteran, One Standard to all federal government programs and services for veterans. Eliminate the current program approach that unfairly establishes “classes” of veterans and family members and offers benefits based on where or when the veteran served and the type of service. 
    • Ending the unjust offset of long-term disability pension benefits for medically released members of the RCMP. (Disability pension payments from Veterans Affairs are offset when members receive long-term disability benefits through the Great West Life Assurance Company Group 
    Policy for disabilities or injuries that occurred while on duty).
    • Better compensation, recognition, and call for public inquiry for veterans exposed to nuclear weapon trails and those who assisted in the Chalk River clean-up, known as Canada’s “Atomic Veterans”. 
    • Better support for those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Operational Stress Injuries (OSI) for currently serving CF and RCMP members and veterans.
    • Expanding the role of Veterans Ombudsman to provide independent analysis and reports to Parliament.
    • Ensuring veterans programs and services are kept current, quickly respond to identified gaps in veterans’ care, and continually update programs to ensure needs of veterans and their families are met.
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  • Resolution is adopted. Next: foreign investment reviews

    4-02-13 
    Resolution on Foreign Investment Review and Target
    Submitted by UFCW Canada, UFCW Canada Local 1518, UFCW Canada Local 1000A

    WHEREAS Target purchased the lease agreement for up to 220 Zellers Stores in Canada; and 

    WHEREAS over 10,000 Zellers employees have been terminated; and

    WHEREAS Target will only offer former Zellers employees an interview with no guarantee of a job or recognition of their years of service; and

    THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED That an NDP government will lower the threshold for a full review under the Investment Canada Act; and

    THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED When determining the ‘net benefit’ test for the sale of a company, that the impact on the employees and their working conditions must be considered.

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    4-02-13 Résolution sur l’examen de l’investissement étranger et Target
    Présentée par les TUAC Canada, Section locale 1518 des TUAC Canada, Section locale 1000A des TUAC Canada

    ATTENDU QUE Target a fait l’acquisition du contrat de location d’au plus 220 magasins Zellers au Canada;
    ATTENDU QUE plus de 10 000 employés de Zellers ont été mis à pied;

    ATTENDU QUE Target n’accordera qu’une entrevue aux anciens employés de Zellers, sans garantie d’embauche ni reconnaissance de leurs années de service;

    PAR CONSÉQUENT, IL EST RÉSOLU QU’un éventuel gouvernement néo-démocrate abaisse le seuil d’admissibilité aux fins d’examen complet en vertu de la Loi sur Investissement Canada;

    IL EST ÉGALEMENT RÉSOLU QUE les répercussions sur les employés et leurs conditions de travail soient prises en considération au moment de déterminer le critère de « l’avantage net » lié à la vente d’une société.
     
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  • The resolution on foreign investment passes. 
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  • 4-03-13 
    Resolution on Recognizing Jaswant Singh Khaira as a Human Rights Defender
    Submitted by Bramalea-Gore Malton

    WHEREAS Jaswant Singh Khalra’s investigation of thousands of cases of missing, murdered and disappeared Sikhs in the Punjab earned him recognition from Amnesty International as a defender of human rights;

    WHEREAS Jaswant Singh Khalra visited Canada and presented his findings to Canadians and Members of Parliament immediately before his forced disappearance in 1995;

    BE IT RESOLVED THAT New Democrats recognize Jaswant Singh Khalra as an important defender of human rights and in his memory, recommit to the pursuit of justice and transparency characterized by our shared values of truth, justice and respect of human rights.

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    4-03-13 
    Résolution sur la reconnaissance de Jaswant Singh Khalra comme défenseur des droits de la personne
    Présentée par Bramalea—Gore—Malton

    ATTENDU QUE les enquêtes de Jaswant Singh Khalra sur des milliers de sikhs disparus ou assassinés dans le Punjab lui ont valu le titre de défenseur des droits de la personne par Amnistie Internationale;

    ATTENDU QUE Jaswant Singh Khalra a visité le Canada et a présenté ses constatations aux Canadiens et députés tout juste avant sa disparition forcée en 1995;

    IL EST RÉSOLU QUE le Nouveau Parti démocrate reconnaisse Jaswant Singh Khalra comme un important défenseur des droits de la personne et renouvelle, pour perpétuer son souvenir, son engagement envers la quête de la justice et de la transparence, comme en témoignent nos valeurs communes que sont la vérité, la justice et le respect des droits de la personne.
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  • 4-05-13 
    Resolution on International Trade
    Submitted by Submitted by: Kitchener Waterloo, Davenport, South Shore-St. Margaret’s, CEP (the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union), New Westminster-Coquitlam 

    WHEREAS the people of Canada's ability to regulate and support local economic development has been undermined numerous times under World Trade Organization tribunals and NAFTA investor-state arbitration regimes

    BE IT RESOLVED that the following clauses be added to Section 4.5 of the policy book:

    “g. preserving the rights of municipal governments and provincial entities such as Hydro Quebec and Manitoba Hydro to include local content and other local economic development requirements as part of their procurement policy

    h. not negotiating investor-state dispute resolutions mechanisms into trade agreements, consistent with the policy of the Labour government and party of Australia.

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    4-05-13 
    Résolution sur le commerce international
    Présentée par Kitchener--Waterloo, Davenport, South Shore--St. Margaret’s, Syndicat canadien des communications, de l'énergie et du papier (SCEP) 

    ATTENDU QUE les tribunaux de l’Organisation mondiale du commerce et les régimes d’arbitrage entre investisseurs et États de l’ALÉNA ont ébranlé à plusieurs reprises la capacité du peuple canadien à réglementer et à soutenir le développement de l’économie locale;

    IL EST RÉSOLU QUE les clauses suivantes soient ajoutées au paragraphe 4.5 des Politiques : 

    g) Préserver le droit des administrations municipales et des entités provinciales, comme Hydro-Québec et Manitoba Hydro, à intégrer du contenu local et autres exigences en matière de développement économique régional à leur politique d'approvisionnement. 

    h) S’opposer à l’intégration de mécanismes de résolution de différends entre investisseurs et États dans les accords commerciaux, conformément à la politique du gouvernement du Parti travailliste australien au pouvoir.
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  • Resolution on trade agreements passes after several minutes of speakers. 
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  • We now move to a resolution on temporary foreign workers, a hot topic in recent headlines given the controversy involving RBC: 

    4-13-13 
    Resolution on Temporary Foreign Workers
    Submitted by Toronto—Danforth

    BE IT RESOLVED THAT the following clause be added to Section 4.3 of the policy book:

    i. Working with foreign embassies of sending countries to ensure temporary foreign workers coming to Canada are informed of their rights; working with the provinces to institute a licensing system for foreign recruiters (as is done in Manitoba) and a registration system for mployers of temporary foreign workers; and providing access to federal hearings for temporary foreign workers who face deportation.

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    4-13-13 
    Résolution sur les travailleurs étrangers temporaires
    Présentée par Toronto--Danforth

    IL EST RÉSOLU QUE la clause suivante soit ajoutée au paragraphe 4.3 des Politiques :

    i) Coopérer avec les ambassades des pays concernés pour veiller à ce que les travailleurs étrangers temporaires qui arrivent au Canada soient informés de leurs droits; collaborer avec les provinces à l’implantation d’un système de délivrance de permis pour les recruteurs étrangers (comme c’est le cas au Manitoba) et d’un système d’inscription des employeurs de main-d’œuvre étrangère temporaire; et favoriser l’accès des travailleurs étrangers temporaires menacés d’expulsion aux audiences fédérales.
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  • That's the end of policy debate for this category of resolutions. 
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  • We've prepared a comprehensive multimedia timeline on the history of the NDP and CCF, including debates over the role of socialism in party policy. We'll show some highlights and videos here as well. 

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    Nous avons préparé un tableau chronologique multimédia exhaustif sur l’historique du NPD et sur le FCC, dont les débats sur le rôle du socialisme dans les politiques du parti. Nous présenterons également certains faits saillants et certaines vidéos. 

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