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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.

Sincerely,

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 money and streamline the process for those appealing decisions on their Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Employment Insurance claims, is in fact to the detriment of the thousands of taxpayers who have been left waiting for months, and in some cases even years, to have their appeals heard.

“Since forming government, the Conservatives have demonstrated time and time again their callous attitude towards those they were elected to serve,” said Foote. “Thousands of Canadians who turn to social programs such as the Canada Pension Plan, the Employment Insurance Program and Old Age Security when needed, were put on the backburner as the Harper government dragged its heels on its Social Security Tribunal. Equally disturbing is the revelation that, a mere six months before the new tribunal came into effect, the Prime Minister approved a 15-month hiring process to fill the positions on the tribunal. This caused a further backlog of appeals and untold hardship for thousands of vulnerable Canadians. Even with the addition of part-time workers hired to help deal with the backlog, claimants are not guaranteed a speedy hearing.”

“If a person suddenly becomes unemployed, or suffers from a disability that prevents him or her from working, time is of the essence since benefits from the CPP disability or Employment Insurance program are often the only source of income. When benefits are denied, it is important applicants have their appeals heard expeditiously. Given that nearly 70% of appeals are successful, it is clear this process is beneficial to many and should not face unnecessary delays.”

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Judy Foote, M.P.

(709) 832-1383

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 Newfoundland and Labrador by going ahead with an ill-conceived plan to cut management and oversight. “Cuts to harbour authority support personnel and services are putting more pressure on already overburdened volunteers. As a result, hundreds of harbour authorities around the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, including many volunteers in Random-Burin-St. George’s, are now saying they are seriously considering quitting.”

Foote raised this issue months ago, when she voiced her concern about the move by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to reduce the number of management areas for SSCH in Newfoundland and Labrador, from four to two. “The Harper government clearly has no knowledge or understanding of the importance of SCH,” said Foote. “Newfoundland and Labrador has more harbour authorities than all the other Atlantic provinces combined, yet no other province is being faced with the same cuts to its harbour authority support programs.”

According to Foote, “The federal government has a responsibility to provide necessary assistance through SCH to ensure harbour authorities are effective in their volunteer efforts. Without this federal support, volunteers across the province cannot be expected to continue to give countless hours of work to ensure fishers and other users of harbour infrastructure are provided with modern and safe facilities. The Conservatives must reverse these cuts so harbour authorities, including hundreds of volunteers and all those who depend on them, do not become victims to a federal government that does not care about their safety or wellbeing.”

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For more information, please contact:

Judy Foote, M.P.

(709) 832-1383

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 no strategy to strengthen Canada’s economy and invest in job creation. “Liberals have said repeatedly the Conservatives have no plan to shield Canada’s economy in the event of an economic downturn, such as the one our country is facing now as a result of a shortage of well-paying jobs and plummeting oil prices and this latest announcement confirms it,” said Foote.

According to Foote, “The finance minister expects Canadians to have blind faith in the Harper government’s fiscal policies, which have already resulted in the largest deficit in our country’s history. When the Conservatives formed government in 2006, they inherited a $13-billion surplus from the Liberal government. That surplus was squandered, and the Harper government racked up a $26-billion deficit which they have yet to eliminate. The last federal budget was announced February 11, 2014, which means by the time the next budget is announced the Conservatives will have gone 14 months without publicly outlining planned government spending to Canadians and expected government revenue for the upcoming year. Not only is this unacceptable; it proves the Harper government is continuing to ignore the needs and priorities of Canadians.”

“The finance minister has stated repeatedly the Harper government is on track to eliminate the deficit this spring, and yet suddenly he announces the budget will be delayed by at least two months,” said Foote. “Given the Harper government’s longstanding record of poor economic stewardship and inaccurate fiscal projections, this is not surprising unfortunately. Canadians deserve better. Liberals believe the federal government must not only create the right conditions for economic growth, but also ensure that growth is sustainable so struggling Canadians can have hope for a brighter future.”

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For more information, please contact:

Judy Foote, M.P.

(709) 832-1383

LOCATION OF PILOTAGE STATION IN PLACENTIA BAY SHOULD REMAIN

Posted on January 14, 2015

Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, is calling on the Atlantic Pilotage Authority (APA) to abandon any discussions or efforts that could lead to […]

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Reminder to Businesses and Organizations – Canada Summer Jobs Deadline Approaching

Posted on January 8, 2015

The deadline for submission of the Canada Summer Jobs applications is January 30th, 2015. Who can apply? Not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses. To access […]

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HARPER GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO WASTE PUBLIC FUNDS ON PARTISAN ADVERTISING

Posted on January 8, 2015

Judy Foote, Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, says the Conservatives continue to waste taxpayers’ dollars on expensive partisan ad campaigns. “According to figures recently released […]

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HARPER GOVERNMENT MUST HONOUR PROMISE MADE TO NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Posted on January 7, 2015

Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, says the failure of the Harper government to properly address concerns with respect to the fishing industry in […]

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CONSERVATIVE CUTS AND DISRESPECT FOR VETERANS CONTRIBUTE TO MILITARY SHORTFALL

Posted on December 17, 2014

Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, says billions of dollars in defence spending cuts and the mistreatment of Canadian veterans by the Harper government […]

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Reminder to Businesses and Organizations: Deadline Approaching

Posted on December 16, 2014

Celebrate Canada Funding Canadian Heritage provides funding for activities during the Celebrate Canada period – National Aboriginal Day (June 21), Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism […]

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MINISTERIAL STAFF CONTINUES TO BALLOON UNDER HARPER GOVERNMENT

Posted on December 10, 2014

Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, says that while the Harper government has been slashing frontline services and cutting jobs throughout the Public Service, […]

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Email: judy.foote@parl.gc.ca

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PO Box 370
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Phone: (709) 832-1383

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