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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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CUTS TO MARINE ATLANTIC CAUSE FOR CONCERN

Posted on February 26, 2015

Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, is questioning the Conservative government on its recent estimates tabled in the House of Commons that show a drastic reduction in funding to Marine Atlantic. The figures indicate a funding cut of $108.1 million, comprised of a cut of $97 million to its operating budget and $11.1 million in capital funding for the coming fiscal year.

“When I questioned the Minister of Transport about the 85% cut to funding for Marine Atlantic, her response was that the funding for the crown corporation was returning to its base level, the level that existed before Marine Atlantic was given additional funding for revitalization purposes, citing as an example new facilities that were built. According to the minister, Marine Atlantic is comfortable going forward with the amounts that are in the main estimates and said they do not reflect the total budget that will be allocated to the crown corporation. However, when I asked the minister if she could guarantee that this cut will not result in fare increases and/or cuts to services, as we have seen in the past, that guarantee was not forthcoming,” said Foote.

“I reminded the minister that when the Conservative government hit Marine Atlantic with a cut of $16.3 million to its budget, fares increased in 2012, 2013 and 2014. I believe it was the fare increases that led to less use of the ferry service which according to Marine Atlantic was the reason for the elimination of two ferry crossings last May from North Sydney to Port aux Basques.”

“Neither the minister’s answer, nor her assurances that Marine Atlantic is comfortable with the reduction in funding shown in the main estimates, gives me any comfort that the forthcoming budget for Maine Atlantic won’t contain further cuts as the Conservative government is determined to create a surplus by cutting services on which Canadians depend. I am concerned that less money for operating Marine Atlantic will indeed result in the crown corporation raising fares again,” said Foote. “Everyone on the island portion of the province is impacted by fare increases at Marine Atlantic. For those producing goods for sale on the mainland, higher shipping costs make their goods less competitive; for those shipping products to the island the high cost is added to the cost of the product and absorbed by the consumer; for those in the tourism industry, high fares are a deterrent to visitors.”

“With the Conservative government fixated on cutting expenditures at all costs and demanding what I think is an unreasonable percentage of cost recovery from Marine Atlantic, the crown corporation found it necessary to increase its fares by a total of 11 percent the past three years,” said Foote. “When traffic decreases after a fare increase, the reason should be clear. Unfortunately, those responsible for providing the service equate less use with less need for the service.”

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Judy Foote, M.P.

(709) 832-1383

HARPER GOVERNMENT CUTS FUNDING FOR IMMUNIZATION EDUCATION

Posted on February 19, 2015

Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, says it is irresponsible for the Harper government to cut funding to a federal immunization program at a time when many communities throughout North America, including in Canada, are trying to deal with a measles outbreak. “Since 2006, the Conservatives have cut funding to a program that educates Canadians about the importance of immunization by 23 percent.”

According to a 2006 report on the Public Health Agency of Canada, the federal government committed $10 million to the federal immunization program that year. By 2014, that number was cut to $7.6 million. “The Public Health Agency of Canada is expected to provide Canadians with credible, science-based advice about vaccines,” said Foote. “Cuts to the agency’s budget make it very difficult to fulfill this mandate and dangerous for Canadians who don’t have access to the information.”

“The Conservatives continue to use taxpayers’ dollars to pay for self-promoting, partisan ads, when the government should instead be investing in educating Canadians about the importance of immunization, and encouraging parents to vaccinate their children,” said Foote. “There are Canadians who are skeptical about vaccinations, making it is so important to educate the public on the importance of immunization in order to prevent the spread of diseases like measles.”

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For more information, please contact:

Judy Foote, M.P.

(709) 832-1383

CONSERVATIVE CUTS HURTING VETERANS

Posted on February 17, 2015

Judy Foote, Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, says it is unacceptable former part-time soldiers in the Canadian Armed Forces are having to wait up to two years to receive their severance pay. “According to figures recently released by the Department of National Defence, there is a backlog of more than 2,750 severance payment cases that still need to be processed. This is no way for the government to treat our veterans, especially since many former reservists require this money to help support their families,” said Foote.

According to Foote, “The processing backlog can be directly attributed to harmful cuts made by the Harper government through their Deficit Reduction Action Plan. As a result, reservists are now being forced to wait up to 21 months to receive their severance claims, which is much longer than the 18 weeks it takes to process severance payments for regular force members. The Royal Canadian Legion has made it clear this gap between how regular and reserve members of the Canadian Forces are being treated has been growing, and it is an issue the Harper government has failed to address.”

“It is shameful that some veterans are being forced by the Harper government to rely on the generosity of others to help them make ends meet, while they wait for their severance payments to be processed,” said Foote. “This is yet another example of how active and retired Canadian military personnel and their families simply cannot count on the Conservatives for the support they need and the respect they deserve. The Harper government would rather spend hundreds of millions of dollars on partisan advertising than provide front-line services to assist the brave men and women who have already sacrificed so much serving our country.”

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For more information, please contact:

Judy Foote, M.P.

(709) 832-1383

CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL FLAG OF CANADA

Posted on February 11, 2015

Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, says the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Flag is a historic occasion worthy of celebration. “The National Flag […]

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ONE CUT TOO MANY SAYS FOOTE

Posted on February 10, 2015

Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, says the Conservative government’s decision to reverse its decision on the number of cuts being made to the […]

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HARPER GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO DEMONSTRATE CONTEMPT TOWARDS VETERANS

Posted on February 5, 2015

Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, says the Harper government is continuing to ignore veterans, despite having recently appointed a new minister of Veterans […]

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PRIME MINISTER REFUSES TO WORK IN COLLABORATION WITH PREMIERS

Posted on February 3, 2015

Judy Foote, Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, says Stephen Harper should live up to his responsibility as prime minister to meet with provincial and territorial […]

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HARPER GOVERNMENT AGAIN SHOWS INDIFFERENCE TO VULNERABLE CANADIANS

Posted on January 21, 2015

Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, says the Conservative government’s ill-conceived establishment of a new Social Security Tribunal (SST), claiming it will save taxpayers […]

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HARPER GOVERNMENT MUST REVERSE CUTS TO SMALL CRAFT HARBOURS

Posted on January 21, 2015

Judy Foote, Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, says the Harper government is compromising the safety of those who rely on Small Craft Harbours (SCH) throughout […]

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HARPER GOVERNMENT HAS NO PLAN TO STRENGTHEN CANADA’S ECONOMY

Posted on January 15, 2015

Judy Foote, Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, says the Harper government’s decision to delay the federal budget until at least April shows they still have […]

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