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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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HARPER GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO TELL COST OF MILITARY MISSION IN IRAQ

Posted on November 27, 2014

Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, says the Harper government’s refusal to disclose how much the Canadian Armed Forces’ six-month mission in Iraq will cost is puzzling to say the least. “While other countries, including the United States and Australia, have made public the estimated costs of their involvement in Iraq, Canada’s Defence Minister has stated that no figures will be disclosed until the mission is over,” said Foote.

Lt.-Gen. Jonathan Vance, the senior officer responsible for managing all Canadian military operations, as well as Gen. Tom Lawson, the Chief of Defence Staff, have both indicated the military has provided cost estimates to the Harper government. “Yet,” said Foote, “the Conservatives refuse to share that information with taxpayers, ignoring the fact it is their money that is being spent, and they have every right to know.”

Foote maintains, “Since day one, the Harper government has not been upfront with Canadians about its actions that now have our country engaged in combat. The Conservatives refuse to clarify Canada’s mission, and by refusing to reveal the estimated costs, they have yet to give Canadians reason to believe Canada’s military involvement in Iraq will be limited to just six months. In contrast, the Liberals are committed to raising the bar on accountability unlike the Harper government which has become synonymous with secrecy and distrust.”

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Judy Foote, M.P.

(709) 832-1383

HARPER GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO FAIL CANADA’S VETERANS

Posted on November 26, 2014

Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, says it is irresponsible that one in five Canadian veterans suffering from a mental illness or injury is not receiving the support they need in a timely manner from the Harper Conservative government. “In his recent report, the Auditor General revealed approximately 20 percent of veterans have to wait more than eight months before the Department of Veterans Affairs provides access to specialized mental health services,” said Foote. “This is a shameful reminder of the Conservatives’ record, confirming that veterans cannot get access to the mental health services they need when they need them.”

According to the Auditor General, about 15,000 veterans and serving military personnel were eligible to receive mental health support from Veterans Affairs through the disability benefits program at the end of last March. The number is expected to increase as more veterans of the Afghanistan campaign leave the military for civilian life in the coming years. Furthermore, of the more than 15,000 veterans who applied for mental health disability benefits between April, 2006, and June, 2014, nearly one quarter were denied benefits. The Auditor General also found that, in instances when applicants have been denied benefits and challenged the decision, the appeal process lasted anywhere from six months to seven years.

“Over the past decade, 160 Canadian Armed Forces members have died by suicide, and many more continue to struggle with mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, that number is equal to the number of soldiers who lost their lives in active service in Afghanistan,” said Foote. “The Auditor General’s report confirms what Liberals have long maintained, which is the Harper government simply isn’t doing enough to help our veterans and their families who have already sacrificed so much for their country.”

During the past year, the Harper government closed nine regional Veterans Affairs offices, cut the department’s budget and laid-off staff. According to Foote, “Current funding for veterans’ mental health is simply insufficient, especially when compared to the $1.13 billion Veterans Affairs has left unspent since the Conservatives came to power, as well as the hundreds of millions the Harper government has wasted on partisan advertising. So while the Conservatives boast about how much they support our soldiers and care about veterans and their families, the facts prove otherwise.”

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Judy Foote, M.P.

(709) 832-1383

ELIMINATING CHILD POVERTY IN CANADA MUST BECOME A NATIONAL PRIORITY

Posted on November 20, 2014

Judy Foote, Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, says the Harper government must do more to help eliminate child poverty in Canada. “On November 24, 1989, members of all parties in the House of Commons passed a resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000,” said Foote. “Sadly, as we approach the 25th anniversary of this landmark motion, child poverty is still a serious issue in our country and must be dealt with, starting with the government renewing its commitment to this important goal.”

Statistics indicate nearly four million Canadians are living in poverty today, including one in seven children, and four in 10 Indigenous children. “This week, a National Student Summit, organized by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, is bringing young people and teachers from throughout the country together in Ottawa to discuss ways of ending child poverty in our country,” said Foote. According to Foote, “The federation said the goal of this summit is to give participants the opportunity to learn from each other, explore and critically evaluate the root causes of this issue, and help make the elimination of child poverty in Canada a national priority once again.”

Foote maintains, “Child poverty is an issue that requires immediate attention, and a solution can only be achieved through a collaborative effort by all levels of government. As far as Canadians are concerned, it is our job to work together, to look out for their interests, and to help build a country where every person has a real and fair chance at success. Liberals believe government can be a leading force for positive change, and eliminating child poverty in Canada is an achievable goal.”

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For more information, please contact:

Judy Foote, M.P.

(709) 832-1383

LATEST CUTS TO SMALL CRAFT HARBOURS WILL HAVE NEGATIVE IMPACT

Posted on November 18, 2014

Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, says the move by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to reduce the number of management areas […]

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CONSERVATIVE BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION BILL IGNORES NEEDS OF CANADIANS

Posted on November 3, 2014

Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, says Bill C-43, the Conservative Budget Implementation Bill, does nothing to address many of the challenges facing Canadians […]

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CONSERVATIVE INCOME SPLITTING PLAN FAVOURS WEALTHY CANADIANS

Posted on October 31, 2014

Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, says the Harper government’s income splitting plan does nothing to encourage economic growth or help the majority of […]

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HARPER GOVERNMENT NOT DOING ENOUGH TO HELP COMBAT EBOLA

Posted on October 29, 2014

Judy Foote, Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, says the Harper government must take every step necessary to protect the public from the spread of dangerous […]

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RESTORING THE FAITH OF CANADIANS IN GOVERNMENT A PRIORITY

Posted on October 16, 2014

Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, says the Liberal plan to grow the economy in Canada, and help create jobs, by investing in infrastructure, […]

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CONSERVATIVE CHANGES TO EI WILL ONLY CREATE 800 JOBS

Posted on October 15, 2014

Judy Foote, Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, says a report on Employment Insurance (EI) in Canada, recently released by the Parliamentary Budget Officer, is unsettling […]

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SERIOUS ISSUE OF MISSING ABORIGINAL WOMEN AND GIRLS MUST BE ADDRESSED

Posted on October 8, 2014

Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, says a national inquiry into the ongoing tragedy of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls is a […]

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Email: judy.foote@parl.gc.ca

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Phone: (709) 832-1383

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