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Judy Foote, MP

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It is a privilege to serve as Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s. Throughout this website, you will find information on the work I have been doing since being elected as the federal representive for the people of Random-Burin-St. George’s.  If there’s an issue or project that you want to bring to my attention, please contact my office or via email to judy.foote@parl.gc.ca.

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LIBERALS COMMIT TO REPEALING CONSERVATIVE CHANGES TO ELECTIONS ACT

Posted on April 9, 2014

Judy Foote, Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, continues to oppose the Harper government’s proposed overhaul of Canada’s election laws. “Not only is the Conservatives’ so-called Fair Elections Act (Bill C-23) a threat to Canadian democracy, it is also an attack on those whose responsibility it is to ensure elections in our country are fair and independent,” said Foote.

Since Bill C-23 was introduced by the Harper government, a growing number of experts in the election process have publicly expressed objections to the proposed legislation. “The Minister of State for Democratic Reform has completely dismissed the mounting criticism that he and the Conservative government are facing, and rejected any recommendations on how Bill C-23 could be improved,” said Foote. “Not only has the Harper government shown contempt for anyone who has shown through fact-based evidence flaws in the proposed legislation, now the Conservatives are attacking anyone who dares to speak out against Bill C-23.”

Among those being targeted by the Conservatives is former Auditor General Sheila Fraser, who has said the changes the Conservatives are proposing in Bill C-23 will make Elections Canada less independent, and also make it harder than ever for Canadians to vote. “Ms. Fraser, who is well-respected for her no-nonsense approach and commitment to democracy in Canada, went so far as to say if the bill is passed without amendments, it could put the 2015 elections results at risk,” said Foote. “Hearing that their entire electoral system is being put at risk by Bill C-23 has Canadians speaking out and making their concerns known to the Harper government. Unfortunately, those concerns are falling on deaf ears.”

Pierre Lortie, who previously headed a royal commission into electoral reform in Canada, has publicly stated that, in its current form, Bill C-23 contravenes the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. According to Foote, “Bill C-23 seems designed by the Conservatives to target the most vulnerable people in Canadian society. Aboriginal Canadians, students, seniors, and people with certain physical disabilities will find it increasingly difficult to vote if Bill C-23 is allowed to become law. Just the elimination of vouching for people without government-issued photo ID and proof of address could make it impossible for as many as half a million people to vote.”

According to Foote, “The Harper government is attempting to rewrite the fundamental laws of Canada’s democratic system, against the will of experts and contrary to all evidence proving Bill C-23 is flawed. Canadians are rightfully concerned about this abuse of power, and what this could mean for the future of democracy in Canada. If the Conservative legislation is passed, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has committed to repealing Bill C-23 when he becomes prime minister. In the meantime, I will continue to oppose this bill, and I encourage Canadians throughout Random-Burin-St. George’s and across Canada to do the same.”

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Judy Foote, M.P.
(709) 832-1383

CONSERVATIVE OMNIBUS BUDGET BILL FAILS THE PEOPLE OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Posted on April 9, 2014

Judy Foote, Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, said the Harper government has introduced yet another omnibus budget implementation bill to avoid proper debate and close examination of legislation they are proposing that is not in the best interests of Canadians. “Bill C-31 is comprised of 359 pages, with almost 500 separate clauses amending more than 40 different pieces of legislation that have nothing to do with Budget 2014,” said Foote.

According to Foote, “The new finance minister had an opportunity to be more democratic than his predecessor. Instead, he has followed in the footsteps of the finance minister he replaced and introduced yet another omnibus budget bill. C-31 is the latest in a long list of Conservative omnibus bills that I cannot support, since it all but ignores the people of Newfoundland and Labrador at a time when many are struggling to make ends meet.”

Foote cites the inaccessibility of the Search and Rescue (SAR) Volunteers Tax Credit as an example of how Bill C-31 hurts one group of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in particular. “A SAR volunteer with no children and a dependant would have to earn more than $23,013 to start benefiting from the SAR Volunteers tax credit, and would have to earn $26,013 to get the full benefit of the proposed credit. Furthermore, SAR volunteers who also qualify for the Volunteer Firefighters Tax Credit must choose between the two tax credits; they cannot benefit from both even though some voluntarily put their lives at risk with both organizations to ensure others are safe,” said Foote.

“The Conservatives’ decision to dissolve the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Board also targets the people of Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Foote. “Bill C-31 seeks to centralize control over regional development in Atlantic Canada by taking away the authority of regional boards in favour of moving the decision-making process to Ottawa,” said Foote. “This is yet another insult to Atlantic Canadians, who should have local experts familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of the region deciding on regional development projects for the area, not bureaucrats in Ottawa who may have good intentions, but not the knowledge to make decisions that will be in the best interests of Atlantic Canada.”

“Bill C-31 shows yet again how the Harper government simply refuses to consult with Canadians on issues of importance to them,” said Foote. “Dividing Bill C-31 into several components would allow members of parliament to represent the views of their constituents on each of the different components in the bill. However, the Conservatives continue to restrict debate and avoid scrutiny by lumping together dozens of legislative changes that will impact Canadians from coast to coast to coast.”

Foote maintains, “While omnibus bills present an easy opportunity for governments to introduce legislation that addresses many issues, it certainly isn’t the most democratic approach. Canadians deserve a government that respects democracy and provides members of parliament with sufficient time to put forward the views of their constituents and how they will be impacted by various pieces of legislation in the hope that the government will take their concerns into account instead of rushing legislation through the House of Commons. Unfortunately, the Conservatives continue to show they cannot be counted on to provide this kind of leadership and Canadians suffer as a consequence.”

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For more information, please contact:

Judy Foote, M.P.
(709) 832-1383

HARPER GOVERNMENT SLASHES HEALTH CARE FUNDING

Posted on April 3, 2014

Judy Foote, Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, is criticizing the Harper government for slashing federal health care funding by an estimated $36 billion over the next ten years, including a cut of $491 million in health care contributions to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. “The prime minister has failed to broker a new Health Accord with Canada’s provincial and territorial leaders,” said Foote. “Instead, the Conservatives seem determined to dismantle public health care by drastically cutting federal transfers to the provinces and territories.”

According to Foote, “The 2004 Health Accord was designed to include stable funding and guarantee national health care standards over ten years. Now that the Accord has expired, provinces are expected to provide suitable health care services without having the necessary financial resources to carry out that responsibility. In addition to jeopardizing Canada’s public health care system, the Conservative cuts can also put Canadian lives at risk.”

While the Harper government refuses to spend money ensuring quality health care in our country, it has spent more than $500 million on outside legal assistance since coming to power in 2006. “The Conservatives have spent more than half a billion taxpayer dollars on legal fees, including $750,462 fighting our veterans over the clawback of military pensions,” said Foote. “That money could have been much better spent on providing improved health care services from coast to coast to coast. Instead, the Harper government continues to show just how out of touch it is with the priorities of Canadians.”

Foote maintains the Canadian health care system is in urgent need of improvement, and points to the waiting lists for some surgeries as an example of where money can be spent to improve the system. “Correspondence from constituents throughout Random-Burin-St. George’s who are concerned about the future of public health care points to the urgency they feel about the need for the prime minister to meet with the provincial and territorial leaders and negotiate a new Health Accord in order to prevent further cuts, and ensure access to quality health care throughout the country including rural and remote areas,” said Foote.

According to Foote, “The Harper government is spending recklessly on legal fees, partisan advertising, and other wasteful programs, while at the same time, making cuts to health care, infrastructure, transportation safety, and other essential services. Canadians expect and deserve better from their government.”

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For more information, please contact:

Judy Foote, M.P.
(709) 832-1383

FOOTE OPPOSES HARPER GOVERNMENT’S CONTINUED CUTS TO RURAL POSTAL SERVICE

Posted on April 1, 2014

Judy Foote, Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, continues to oppose the Harper Government’s cuts to postal services, particularly those in rural communities where alternative services […]

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FOOTE COMMEMORATES 100th ANNIVERSARY OF SEALING DISASTERS

Posted on March 31, 2014

Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, is reflecting on the terrible tragedy 100 years ago today that saw the loss of 254 Newfoundland and […]

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NEW FINANCE MINISTER CALLED ON TO REVERSE HARMFUL INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING CUTS

Posted on March 26, 2014

Judy Foote, Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, is calling on the new minister of finance to reverse an earlier decision by the Harper government to […]

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FOOTE SAID CANADIAN TROOPS RETURNING FROM AFGHANISTAN WILL NEED SUPPORT

Posted on March 18, 2014

Judy Foote, Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, said the return home of the last 84 Canadian Armed Forces personnel from the 12 year Canadian mission […]

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FOOTE SAYS STRANDED VESSEL COULD POSE HARM TO FISHERY

Posted on March 18, 2014

Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, is concerned the potentially disastrous situation involving the Panamanian-registered bulk carrier John 1 off the southwest coast of […]

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FOOTE REMEMBERS COUGAR FLIGHT 491 TRAGEDY

Posted on March 12, 2014

Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, joins fellow Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in remembering the tragic crash of Cougar Flight 491 five years ago today. […]

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HARPER GOVERNMENT’S ASSISTANCE TO VETERANS MEANINGLESS IN LIGHT OF CUTBACKS

Posted on March 5, 2014

Judy Foote, Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, said a recent announcement by the Harper government that priority access to employment opportunities in the federal public […]

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