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April 11th, 2017

STUDENTS WORKING AGAIN IN TIMMINS-JAMES BAY: Local Agencies Benefit From Canada Summer Jobs

Charlie Angus says the riding continues to get record funding from the Canada Summer Jobs Program. Angus says over 170 students are working this summer in this riding thanks to another $600,000 in funding.

April 9th, 2017

Statement on the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

“Today marks the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge, the First World War battle whose outcome helped shape the identity of our nation. Vimy echoes in the collective memory of all Canadians as we reflect today on all those who gave of their lives and livelihood to defend our country.

April 7th, 2017

Statement on U.S. air strikes in Syria

"The chemical weapons attack against civilians this week in Syria was shocking, and is added to a tally of horror that continues to stun the world. Assad must be held accountable for these crimes.

March 29th, 2017

Liberals must end secretive foreign takeovers

After failing to review deals that had national security implications on two separate occasions, the Liberals are now refusing to give details on why they are reversing a Conservative decision that blocked a deal with Chinese company O-Net that could undermine Canadian national security.

March 27th, 2017

NDP statement on legalization of marijuana

"After a year and a half of confusion on the ground we are happy to finally see some movement on this file. However, Canadians are asking what took the Liberals so long and why they claim it will take over a year to pass this legislation. This will be another year of Liberals handing out criminal records for possession to thousands of Canadians.

March 24th, 2017

Who is left behind by budget 2017?

Many Canadians struggling with part-time and precarious employment, rising costs, and record household debt were hoping that this budget would invest in building a fairer economy that lifts everyone up, not just the wealthy and well-connected.

March 23rd, 2017

What they’re saying about Budget 2017

“If you’re an infrastructure bankroller or a billionaire tax dodger, today is a good day. For working Canadians, not so much.” – Mark Hancock, CUPE National President

March 22nd, 2017

Statement following the London attacks

"Canadians are shaken by the news today of the attacks in London. We stand, united with the world, in grieving the loss of life and in condemning these despicable acts of violence.

March 22nd, 2017

Budget 2017 disappoints on building a fair economy

Canadians struggling with precarious employment, rising costs, and record household debt got little in the Liberal budget to make Canada’s economy work for them, while the wealthy and well-connected were rewarded.

March 21st, 2017

Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

“On March 21, 1960, police in South Africa killed 69 people who were peacefully demonstrating against the apartheid “pass laws”.

March 20th, 2017

Statement on International day of la Francophonie

"Today la Francophonie is being celebrated in Canada and all over the world.

International Francophonie Day is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity and cultural richness of the French-speaking community in Quebec, Canada and around the world.

March 8th, 2017

NDP wins vote on tax fairness

New Democrats succeeded at passing a motion to push the government to recoup tens of billions of dollars lost annually to tax loopholes, deductions, and exemptions that mostly benefit the wealthy.

February 27th, 2017

NATIONAL DRUG PLAN WOULD SAVE BILLIONS

In the wake of new research from the Canadian Medical Association Journal on the benefits of universal drug coverage, NDP Health Critic Don Davies is calling on the federal Liberal government to seize this opportunity and take action.

February 23rd, 2017

NDP commemorates 10th anniversary of human rights complaint on First Nations child services

“Ten years ago today, the AFN and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada filed the human rights complaint that ultimately found the federal government racially discriminating against 163 000 First Nations’ children.

February 17th, 2017

Liberals gut genetic discrimination protection

New Democrats are blasting the Liberal government’s move this week to essentially neutralize legislation intended to protect Canadians from being denied benefits by insurance companies or job protection because of genetic conditions discovered through testing.

February 10th, 2017

Trudeau’s alternative facts on democratic reform

When asked yesterday by a concerned Canadian why he was abandoning democratic reform, Justin Trudeau blamed the NDP and tried to scare Canadians instead of taking responsibility for breaking his promise.

February 6th, 2017

SCHUMACHER STANDS UP: Time to Organize and Move Forward

Residents of Schumacher gathered Saturday at the Croatian Hall to discuss the future of the town. The meeting was organized by the Schumacher Arts Culture and Heritage Association.

February 3rd, 2017

NDP statement on the 50th anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women

"50 years ago, the Royal Commission on the Status of Women exposed widespread discrimination against women and set forth a clear plan to promote women’s rights.

February 1st, 2017

New Democrats join Canadians in celebrating Black History Month

“As Black History Month begins, New Democrats join Canadians in celebrating and honouring the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.

February 1st, 2017

NDP wants to ban Liberal cash-for-access fundraisers

New Democrats tabled a bill to ban preferential access to ministers and the prime minister at private fundraising events. The bill would give the ethics commissioner greater authority and latitude to investigate these activities.

January 28th, 2017

NDP Statement on Chinese New Year

“I would like to extend my best wishes to all Chinese Canadians celebrating the Lunar New Year – the longest and most important holiday in the Chinese calendar.

November 25th, 2016

NORTHERN COLLEGE GETS NEW COMPLEX

Charlie Angus is pleased Northern College in South Porcupine is now able to move forward on a new Integrated Emergency Services Complex. Today, the federal and provincial governments presented 11-million dollars towards the project.

November 18th, 2016

ANGUS INTRODUCING BILL TO STRENGTHEN FEDNOR

Charlie Angus will be introducing a bill into the House of Commons to strengthen FedNor as a standalone agency. This move would finally put North Ontario on equal footing with every other economic agency in the country by providing greater independence, transparency, and accountability. In light, of the continued FedNor cuts, the NDP’s FedNor critic Charlie Angus says this is a necessary step to grow Northern Ontario’s economy.

November 11th, 2016

NDP STATEMENT ON REMEMBRANCE DAY

"Today New Democrats join Canadians across the country in taking the time to reflect and remember those who fought; those who were injured, and the many that did not make it home. We remember with sorrow the families who welcomed back shattered souls, shattered bodies, or no one at all.

November 10th, 2016

VETERANS DESERVE BETTER

Charlie Angus is calling on the Liberal government to better recognize and value the contributions of Canada's veterans.

November 3rd, 2016

ANGUS WINS LEADERSHIP AWARD FROM EDUCATORS

Charlie Angus has been awarded the 2016 Leadership Award by the Ontario History and Social Science Teachers Association (OHASSTA). Angus was recognized for his work on education and social change for First Nation students and his award-winning new publication Children of the Broken Treaty (University of Regina Press).

November 3rd, 2016

IT'S TIME TO END VETERAN DISCRIMINATION

Yesterday, NDP Veterans Affairs Critic Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe), along with NDP MP Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni), introduced two bills that will amend discriminatory legislation impacting veterans and their families.

October 26th, 2016

END DISCRIMINATION AGAINST FIRST NATIONS CHILDREN

Today, the NDP announced that it will put the issue of First Nations child welfare to a vote in Parliament as an opposition day motion in the coming days. New Democrats are calling on the government to comply with the historic ruling of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordering the end of discrimination against First Nations children.

October 14th, 2016

CHARLIE ANGUS STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF JIM PRENTICE

I offer my condolences to the family of Jim Prentice who was lost in a plane crash today.

October 12th, 2016

DELETION OF FEDNOR MINISTER A WORRYING SIGN FOR NORTHERN ONTARIO

The Federal Liberals have introduced legislation (Bill C-24) that will eliminate the formal position of Minister of Federal Economic Development in Northern Ontario. This move to mute Northern Ontario voices in Ottawa goes further than even the preceding Conservative government, who at least provided Northern Ontario with a dedicated Minister on the file.

September 15th, 2016

NDP CAUCUS OUTLINE TOP PRIORITIES FOR FALL SESSION

Following their fall strategy meeting, New Democrat MPs laid out their plan to hold the Liberal government to account during the upcoming parliamentary session.

September 5th, 2016

STATEMENT ON LABOUR DAY

"On this Labour Day, New Democrats honour the tremendous accomplishments that hard-working Canadians have achieved. Across Canada, workplaces are safer, more equitable, and provide fair wages because workers have risen in solidarity with their unions time and time again.

July 15th, 2016

Statement on the attack in Nice, France

Last night, while celebrating Bastille Day in Nice and the triumph of liberty over tyranny, French citizens were once again attacked by hatred and terror. New Democrats join with all Canadians in condemning this heinous terrorist attack against innocent people.

July 8th, 2016

NEW LIBERAL BROADBAND PROGRAM TELLS NORTHERNERS CUPBOARD IS BARE

Charlie Angus is calling on the Liberal government to explain why northern broadband projects are being told to apply for funding to a program that isn’t accepting any applications. The government has been touting the Connecting Canadians program after it was revealed that they had turned down all the broadband applications that were being dealt with by Fed Nor. But Angus says the new program is closed for applications for another year.

July 4th, 2016

FEDERAL LIBERALS WALK AWAY ON NORTHERN BROADBAND FUNDING

Charlie Angus has written to the federal government asking them to explain why FEDNOR, the regional northern development agency appears to be denying all applications for broadband investments in Northern Ontario. The decision to walk away on badly-needed broadband projects is putting the regional business plans at further risk because it is jeopardizing the security of the provincial funds, which need to be matched by the federal government.

June 27th, 2016

STUDENTS WORKING IN TIMMINS-JAMES BAY: Local Agencies Benefit From Canada Summer Jobs

Charlie Angus held a news conference this morning with a number of groups touting the benefits of the Canada Summer Jobs Program. Angus was joined by the Alzheimer’s Society, Red Cross, Seizure and Brain Injury Center and the Women’s Shelter. Angus says over 220 students are working this summer in this riding.

June 21st, 2016

STATEMENT ON NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY

Indigenous and Northern Affairs critic Charlie Angus (Timmins –James Bay) made the following statement on National Aboriginal Day:

June 21st, 2016

NEW BUS SCHEDULE GOOD NEWS FOR NORTHERNERS

Charlie Angus is applauding the work of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission in improving bus service along the Highway 11 corridor. Under the proposed changes, travellers on the night bus will have their wait times in North Bay cut to a mere 25 minutes from the present 2.5 hour wait. As well, there will be a semi-express service from Timmins to Toronto connecting through Sudbury. The bus service from North Bay will be connecting to the Ottawa service.

June 20th, 2016

NEW BUS SCHEDULE GOOD NEWS FOR NORTHERNERS

Charlie Angus is applauding the work of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission in improving bus service along the Highway 11 corridor. Under the proposed changes, travellers on the night bus will have their wait times in North Bay cut to a mere 25 minutes from the present 2.5 hour wait. As well, there will be a semi-express service from Timmins to Toronto connecting through Sudbury. The bus service from North Bay will be connecting to the Ottawa service.

June 3rd, 2016

STILL TIME TO HONOUR SMALL BUSINESS PROMISE

Liberal MPs still have time to keep the election promise they made to small businesses owners that would see a break on their taxes. In February 2015, the NDP proposed to reduce small business taxes from 11% to 9%. The Conservative government adopted the proposal in Budget 2015. The Liberal party platform promised to keep these measures in place but the current Budget Implementation Act, Bill C-15, cancels all future reductions.

June 2nd, 2016

NDP WINS LIBERAL SUPPORT ON DEMOCRATIC REFORM

New Democrats have secured a significant victory for Canadians in the process of democratic reform. The Liberal government has announced it will support the NDP's motion that establishes a committee to study future voting systems that represents all parties in Parliament and does not give an advantage to any single party.

June 2nd, 2016

NDP HIGHLIGHTS SUPPLY MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS ON WORLD MILK DAY

NDP Critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food , Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé), made the following statement :

May 31st, 2016

ANGUS IN BUDGET FIGHT TO SUPPORT THE EXPLORATION INDUSTRY

In the face of a downturn in the exploration industry, New Democrats tabled amendments to the budget to provide certainty for the industry. Charlie Angus brought forward an amendment to the finance committee to expand the mineral exploration tax credit from one year to five years. Unfortunately, the Liberal-dominated committee voted down the move.

May 26th, 2016

ANGUS PROMOTING MENTAL HEALTH CONVERSATIONS IN TIMMINS-JAMES BAY

Charlie Angus is taking part in the Paul Hansell Foundation #convoplate mental health campaign by bringing it to Northern Ontario. Charlie received the plate and has passed it onto students at KLDCS in Kirkland Lake to symbolize "keeping the conversation going on mental illness". Charlie passed the plate on Wednesday after the production of Wooly's Umbrella, a play about Aboriginal mental health issues. The students plan on passing the plate to Rick Mercer. #Rick2kldcs.

May 24th, 2016

TIMMINS GROWS AS REGIONAL CENTRE FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT JOBS

Charlie Angus is praising the work of federal civil servants in Timmins who have turned the community into a major processing centre. Angus took a tour of the two Service Canada offices and was impressed at how much the federal presence has grown in Timmins. The Timmins office has become a major processing centre for pension claims, disability issues and income support programs.

May 20th, 2016

ANGUS WILL PASS THE PLATE

Charlie Angus will be joining the conversation by taking part in Wooly’s Umbrella, a play about Aboriginal mental health issues, on Wednesday at KLDCS in Kirkland Lake.

May 20th, 2016

KNIGHTS IN LIGHTS THE BEST IN ONTARIO: O’Gorman Play Wins Drama Festival Award

Charlie Angus is congratulating O’Gorman High School on their recent win at the Sears Drama Festival. The school was the winner of Excellence of Production and Outstanding Achievement Award for Acting for the Ensemble Cast.

May 19th, 2016

TIMMINS-JAMES BAY GETS ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR CANADA SUMMER JOBS

Timmins-James Bay is getting an additional 53-thousand dollars from Service Canada to hire 24 more students. This is on top of the 600-thousand dollars already allocated to help hire summer students this year. MP Charlie Angus says the government had surplus funding left and we were able to secure even more for the region.

May 19th, 2016

ANGUS ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO JOIN “SUPPORT THE FORT” CAMPAIGN

A local committee called “Support the Fort” has formed in Timmins-James Bay to assist the families of Fort McMurray. They have set up local donation boxes from Temagami to Kirkland Lake over to Matachewan that will flow through the Canadian Red Cross. For every donation, the person receives a packet of wildflower seeds to plant.

May 18th, 2016

MULCAIR WELCOMES OFFICIAL APOLOGY ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE KOMAGATA MARU TRAGEDY

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair (Outremont) made the following statement on the anniversary of the Komagata Maru tragedy:

May 17th, 2016

INTERNAL DOCUMENTS SHOW FEDNOR NEEDS OVERHAUL

Charlie Angus is calling on the Liberal government to explain their lack of action on rebuilding FedNor after years of Conservative cuts. Internal documents show that FedNor employees are demoralized and frustrated by a lack of institutional leadership. The results were contained in an internal 2014 Public Service Employee Survey that reveal wide-ranging problems across the department. The results of this internal review are troubling.

May 16th, 2016

NDP SELECTS TIME FRAME FOR LEADERSHIP VOTE

The Federal Council of the New Democratic Party of Canada met in Ottawa today to make key decisions about the process for the NDP to elect its next leader. Council has decided that the next leader will be elected between September 17, 2017 and October 31, 2017.

May 10th, 2016

MCINTYRE POWDER PROJECT IMPORTANT FOR NORTHERN MINERS

Charlie Angus is encouraging former gold and uranium miners who were exposed to aluminum powder to come forward as part of a special clinic. The McIntyre Powder Project is looking to establish potential neurological impacts in miners who were forced to breathe aluminum dust (McIntyre powder) as a condition of employment. Filling the lungs of miners with aluminum dust was a promoted as a pseudo-cure for silicois by the mines between 1943 and 1980.

May 5th, 2016

ANGUS PAYS TRIBUTE TO MIDWIVES

MP Charlie Angus rose in Parliament today (Thurs) on the internationally recognised day for midwives to recognize their hard work. Midwives play an important role in maternal and newborn care in rural, remote and northern communities in Ontario.

May 3rd, 2016

TIMMINS-JAMES BAY CONTINUES TO SCORE BIG ON CANADA SUMMER JOBS

Timmins-James Bay is getting 600-thousand dollars to help hire summer students this year. Charlie Angus says we will be able to create over 200 jobs.

April 29th, 2016

NORTHERN MUNICIPALITIES JOINING ANGUS’ CALL ON COMPETITION BUREAU TO INVESTIGATE GAS PRICES

Northern Municipalities are joining Charlie Angus request for the Competition Bureau to investigate gas prices in Northern Ontario. So far, Temagami, Kapuskasing, Machar, Fauquier-Strickland, Black-River Matheson, Mattice-Val Cote, and North Bay have written to the Competition Bureau. Timmins and Kirkland Lake have also passed a resolution on gasoline to the Provincial government. Angus says he is pleased to have the growing support of municipalities across the North because the retail price of gas affects every family in Northern Ontario.

April 27th, 2016

STATEMENT FROM NORTHERN ONTARIO NEW DEMOCRATS: TWO FEDERAL HEALTH AND SAFETY INSPECTORS IS NOT ENOUGH FOR NORTHERN ONTARIO

Thursday is the National Day of Mourning, a day that as a country we recognize those who are killed or injured in the workplace and the importance of safety in the workplace.

April 25th, 2016

ANGUS PRAISES JUNIOR RANGERS CADET PROGRAMS THAT ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN NORTH

Charlie Angus is congratulating the dedication of the Junior Rangers for the role that they play in Northern communities. At a meeting with Attawapiskat youth last week over the suicide crisis, Angus noted that many of the youth leaders were wearing the distinctive sweatshirt and insignia of the Junior Rangers.

April 12th, 2016

ONR BUS CHANGES A ROAD MAP FOR FAILURE

People trying to take a bus from Toronto to Northern Ontario are finding serious roadblocks being put in their path. Charlie Angus has written to ONTC Chair Corina Moore to share concerns he is hearing from residents that it’s getting increasingly hard to access public transportation in the north.

April 6th, 2016

INFRASTRUCTURE DOLLARS NEED TO TARGET RURAL NORTHERN COMMUNITIES

Much of the attention on the Liberal government's infrastructure money is on what it means for the big cities of Canada. The question is whether or not there is a plan for the north and rural Canada. Charlie Angus says a one-size fits all approach to infrastructure spending doesn't work for many northern communities.

April 1st, 2016

LIBERAL SPIN WON’T GET THE RING OF FIRE OFF THE GROUND

The Liberal government needs to come clean with northerners on whether or not infrastructure money is being set aside to develop the Ring of Fire project. The multi-billion project was overlooked in the Liberal platform and now the recent Liberal budget. Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus says statements by Liberal MPs that the government is doing its part through investments in clean water, education and Indigenous infrastructure just doesn’t cut it.

March 30th, 2016

FEDERAL BUDGET DROPS THE BALL ON PALLIATIVE CARE

With upcoming government legislation on end of life care, New Democrats were surprised to find this year’s federal budget contained zero federal funds earmarked for palliative care. Especially after New Democrats fought to incorporate palliative care into the Liberal majority Joint Committee report on Physician-Assisted Dying, Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus was dismayed to see this budget fail to deliver on these concrete recommendations.

March 23rd, 2016

BUDGET MISSES THE MARK FOR NORTHERN ONTARIO

Canadians had high expectations for the Liberal budget, but what they got yesterday were a few good commitments and many missed opportunities. Despite 30 billion dollars of promises, the government failed to move on FedNor, did not mention the Ring of Fire, and did not specify criteria for infrastructure spending for small or rural regions.

March 23rd, 2016

BUDGET MISSES THE MARK FOR NORTHERN ONTARIO

Canadians had high expectations for the Liberal budget, but what they got yesterday were a few good commitments and many missed opportunities. Despite 30 billion dollars of promises, the government failed to move on FedNor, did not mention the Ring of Fire, and did not specify criteria for infrastructure spending for small or rural regions.

March 17th, 2016

PALLIATIVE CARE MUST BE PART OF END OF LIFE CARE

The previous Parliament supported Timmins-James Bay NDP MP Charlie Angus' motion to establish a pan-Canadian palliative care strategy but the Conservative government failed to act. With upcoming government legislation on end of life care, New Democrats are expanding their push for federal action on palliative care as laid out in their recently-tabled motion M-46*.

March 15th, 2016

STAFF CUTS AT FED NOR SHOW NEED FOR REVITALIZED MANDATE

Over the last six years, Northern Ontario’s economic development agency has had 30% of its staff cut. These huge cuts in staffing are on top of the consistent cuts to program dollars. In 2009, at the height of the worldwide recession, Fed Nor was employing 120 people across the north with a mandate to promote economic development and diversification. Since then, the staffing of the agency has been steadily whittled down to 83 staff.

March 7th, 2016

PDAC IMPORTANT SHOWCASE FOR THE NORTH

Charlie Angus is attending the Prospectors and Developers Convention in Toronto this week. He is meeting industry players and supporting the large team of North Ontario businesses who are drawing the attention of people from all over the world. Partly thanks to the work of FedNor, the Northern Ontario showcase is the single largest business presence at the convention. The showcase features manufacturing, exploration and First Nation opportunities from across the north.

March 2nd, 2016

Angus writes the Natural Resource Minister to commit to the Ring of Fire

With the Liberal government set to announce a huge boost in infrastructure spending, Charlie Angus says it’s time to take action on the Ring of Fire. The massive mining project has been stalled for a decade from a lack of leadership at either the provincial or federal level. While the Liberal Platform did not commit to the Ring of Fire, New Democrats are asking that the government commit to it in the upcoming budget.

February 29th, 2016

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR DISABILITY TAX CREDIT: There is Help

Charlie Angus is reminding residents in Timmins-James Bay that if they need help with getting a disability tax credit, they can simply call his office in Timmins or Kirkland Lake for help. If you qualify, Angus says there is money available that you may not be aware exists.

February 23rd, 2016

GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS CONFIRM FEDNOR CUTS: Liberals need to reverse the cuts in the upcoming budget

Government documents confirm what communities and organizations in Northern Ontario have known all along, FedNor has been receiving cuts over the past several years. In addition to cuts documented elsewhere, the governments’ own documents show that FedNor was cut by 1.2 million dollars in 2012-2013, 2.4 million dollars in 2013-2014, by 5.6 million dollars in 2014-2015, and there are planned reductions of 5.6 million for 2015-2016

February 22nd, 2016

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR CANADA SUMMER JOBS: Angus urges groups to apply

With the Federal Government extending the deadline to apply for Canada Summer Jobs and increasing the funding, Charlie Angus encourages groups and organizations in the region to take advantage. The fund is designed to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. Angus says our region continues to excel at investments in infrastructure, economic development funding and summer job creation.

February 17th, 2016

ANGUS CALLS ON COMPETITION BUREAU TO INVESTIGATE GAS PRICES: Angus asks Northern municipalities to joins his call

Charlie Angus has written to the Competition Bureau asking them to investigate gas prices in Northern Ontario. Angus has written to the Competition Bureau in the past and been frustrated by their unwillingness to look into the question of price gouging in the north. He says that the record low prices of oil necessitates the Competition Bureau playing a more active role in responding to the concerns of northerners.

February 12th, 2016

NDP REALITY CHECK: 100 DAYS OF MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

100 days into a Liberal government and people are still working harder than ever, but can’t get ahead.

February 9th, 2016

ACCESS TO PALLIATIVE CARE SHOULD BE A RIGHT

New Democrats introduced a detailed plan to improve palliative care for Canadians at the final hearing of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying in Ottawa. ‎The plan would make palliative care a right for all Canadians and build on Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus’ work in Parliament passing a pan-Canadian strategy to improve palliative and end of life care.

February 9th, 2016

ACCESS TO PALLIATIVE CARE SHOULD BE A RIGHT

New Democrats introduced a detailed plan to improve palliative care for Canadians at the final hearing of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying in Ottawa. ‎The plan would make palliative care a right for all Canadians and build on Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus’ work in Parliament passing a pan-Canadian strategy to improve palliative and end of life care.

February 5th, 2016

ACCESS TO PALLIATIVE CARE SHOULD BE A RIGHT, SAY NEW DEMOCRATS

New Democrats introduced a detailed plan to improve palliative care for Canadians at the final hearing of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying in Ottawa on Thursday night.

February 4th, 2016

BROADBAND DELAYS IN NORTH SHOW NEED TO FIX FEDNOR: Angus Says New Government Needs to Show Commitment to North

Applications to improve broadband infrastructure in the North have been put on hold by the new Liberal government as the government studies the future of the program. Charlie Angus says this is a worrisome sign as the need for expanding broadband is essential for economic diversification in the north. This is the continuation of a long pattern of cuts and stalled spending. Since 2005-06 FedNor's annual budget has been cut by more than $31 million and on top of these cuts in 2013-2014 alone it failed to spend 8.5 million dollars that had been earmarked for economic projects in the region. Angus has written to new Science and Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains asking for a commitment to restore FedNor’s budget.

February 2nd, 2016

Angus Calls for Gas Fairness in Parliament: Charlie Angus is calling on all Northern Municipalities to join in this fight.

Charlie Angus is calling for Gas Fairness in Parliament today. The City of Timmins has recently taken up the call and Angus invites all Northern municipalities to join in this fight.

February 1st, 2016

ANGUS SAYS CLEAR COMMITMENT TO MINING EXPLORATION NEEDED

As the new Liberal government prepares for its first budget, Charlie Angus says it is vital to recognize the importance of mining to the northern economy. One of the clear ways of doing this is to maintain the mineral exploration tax credit that the Liberals cancelled during their last tenure in power. The credit was reintroduced in the last Parliament by the government of Stephen Harper following pressure from the NDP.

January 21st, 2016

GOUGED AT THE PUMPS -- EVEN BANK OF CANADA AGREES: Federal and Provincial Liberals Energy Policies are choking off Northern Ontario

The latest Bank of Canada report shows the record low price of oil that has rocked Canada’s economy hasn’t been matched by changes to prices at the pumps. High gas prices along with high hydro rates are adding to growing inequality in the north. While hydro remains a mismanaged disaster for the provincial Liberals, Charlie Angus says the federal Liberals need to show some leadership on gas gouging.

January 19th, 2016

CHARLIE ANGUS ELECTED NATIONAL CAUCUS CHAIR

– New Democrat MPs elected Charlie Angus as their National Caucus Chair and Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier—Maskinongé) as Vice-Chair today.

January 11th, 2016

NIPIGON BRIDGE FIASCO SHOULD BE WAKE UP CALL FOR NORTH

As a result of the Nipigon bridge failure, Canadians who want to cross their own country are being forced to detour through the United States. Although efforts are being made to stabilize the situation, Charlie Angus says the bridge failure is a perfect symbol of the growing infrastructure crisis in the north.

January 7th, 2016

10Th ANNIVERSARY OF TERRIBLE KASHECHEWAN FIRE: LESSONS STILL NEED TO BE LEARNED

January 8th will be the ten-year anniversary of the fatal fire at a makeshift police detachment in Kashechewan. Two men, Jamie Goodwin and Ricardo Wesley, burned alive while locked in a jail cell in a building without a sprinkler system, fire extinguisher, or even a smoke alarm.

December 11th, 2015

FEDERAL TRANSPORT MINISTER MUST PROTECT RAIL SAFETY DURING ONR LOCKOUT

-- Concerns have been raised that the Wynne Liberal Government's lockout of the ONR is undermining the certified safety checks of ONTC's rail services, some of which are under federal jurisdiction. Charlie Angus is asking the Federal Transport Minister to protect northern Ontario's rail safety by enforcing compliance and increasing safety checks for all Federal safety procedures, regulations, and certifications during the lockout. In a letter written to Federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau, Angus writes:

December 9th, 2015

DOING THE MATH ON LIBERAL TAX CUTS: GUESS WHO WINS AND WHO FOOTS THE BILL?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to make Canada a fairer place hit its first stumbling block. Under his proposed tax cut plan for the middle class, two thirds of Canadians will be left behind, while those doing very well will benefit. For example, if you make between $90,000 and $200,000 you will get tax relief, but if you are making $40,000 or 50,000 a year you get nothing.

December 8th, 2015

GOVERNMENT TAX CUT MEANS NOTHING TO MOST CANADIANS

Most middle class and working families receive $0 from the Liberal tax policy announced yesterday.

December 8th, 2015

GOVERNMENT TAX CUT MEANS NOTHING TO MOST CANADIANS

Most middle class and working families receive $0 from the Liberal tax policy announced yesterday.

December 7th, 2015

LATEST SCAM HITS TIMMINS: Angus Says Just Hang Up

Charlie Angus is warning residents of the latest phone scam happening in this region. Angus has heard from constituents who say they have been getting phone calls from imposters claiming to be from the Visa fraud center or Bank Fraud Center. These calls ask residents to turn over personal banking information.

December 7th, 2015

LATEST SCAM HITS TIMMINS: Angus Say Just Hang Up

Charlie Angus is warning residents of the latest phone scam happening in this region. Angus has heard from constituents who say they have been getting phone calls from imposters claiming to be from the Visa fraud center or Bank Fraud Center. These calls ask residents to turn over personal banking information.

December 2nd, 2015

APPLICATIONS TO BE ACCEPTED JANUARY 4TH FOR CANADA SUMMER JOBS: Angus urges groups to apply

Groups or organizations in the Timmins-James Bay region are being asked to apply for the federal government's Canada Summer Jobs program. The fund is designed to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. MP Charlie Angus says our region continues to excel at investments in infrastructure, economic development funding and summer job creation.

November 27th, 2015

Wahgoshig First Nation announces unique community partnership investment with Delshen Therapeutics

Wahgoshig First Nation (WFN) and Delshen Therapeutics Corp. (Delshen Therapeutics) today announced that they have signed a first-of-its-kind community benefits agreement that will deliver investment, training and employment benefits to the region.

November 26th, 2015

ELITE COMMANDO UNIT HERO HONOURED IN TIMMINS

Gerard Lafleche of Timmins was honoured today for his valiant service in the feared Black Devils Brigade during World War Two. Lafleche was part of the feared First Special Service Force unit, made up of Canadian and American volunteers. The 96-year old was given a Congressional Gold Medal by the US government.

July 17th, 2015

BE WARY OF SUSPICIOUS TAX CALLS

Charlie Angus is warning residents of the latest phone scam happening in this region. People are coming into Angus’ office saying they are getting phone calls from someone stating that they are being charged with tax fraud and they must call back immediately.

June 19th, 2015

TIMMINS-JAMES BAY SCHOOL WINS NATIONAL MATH AWARD

Grade 4 and 6 students fromMa-tah-ha-maoSchoolin Peawanuck have been awarded First Nations University of Canada’s annual Wiseman Mathematics Competition’s Elder Ken Goodwill Memorial Award for achieving the highest math scores for their respective grades.

June 17th, 2015

ANGUS GETS GOVT COMMITMENT TO NORTH ONTARIO AIR CADET GLIDING PROGRAM

In response to work by Charlie Angus, the Minister of National Defence has stated the government’s willingness to continue to support Northern Ontario’s Cadet Air Gliding Program. Angus was concerned about the recent closure of the glider program in Thunder Bay and potential impacts for the programs in IroquoisFalls and North Bay. The Department has stated their willingness to ensure the ongoing work of the program.

June 15th, 2015

“LA FOIRE GOURMANDE” HIT BY CUTS TO FED NOR: Angus Says Cons Failing North

Charlie Angus is concerned about the FedNor cut to the Foire Gourmande festival promoting Temiscaminge Region’s local agricultural economy. FedNor has been a strong promoter of the program but the decision to pull funding from the festival will impact Northern Ontario producers who participate in the food festival held yearly in Ville Marie.

June 10th, 2015

NEO KIDS PROPOSAL WILL BRING CARE CLOSER TO HOME

Northern New Democrat Members of Provincial and Federal legislatures expressed their support for the expansion of the North Eastern Ontario Health Centre for Kids (NEO Kids). Northern Ontario families are currently travelling long distances for their children’s treatment and NEO Kids would allow their children to be treated closer to home.

June 9th, 2015

CANADIANS ARE SICK OF CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL SENATE CORRUPTION

Canadians are sick of seeing public money wasted on unaccountable Conservative and Liberal Senators, as the Auditor General outlined in his explosive report on Senate misspending released today.

June 8th, 2015

FEDS FAIL RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVORS -- ONTARIO COURT

The Ontario Superior Court has ruled that the Justice Department of Canada has failed to meet its legal obligations in the legal process over abuse and crimes committed against children for a second group of Residential School Survivors in the James Bay Region. The ruling states that the government’s behaviour has led to a “festering sore of suspicion, animosity, distress, and shared resentment.” MP Charlie Angus says the repeated failure of the federal government to live up to its legal obligations undermines the integrity and spirit of the legal process.

June 3rd, 2015

NDP STOPS BANKS FROM GOUGING CANADIANS

New Democrats have scored a victory for Canadians by putting an end to the unfair bank practise of charging customers for basic transactions. Last night, Parliament voted in favour of the NDP’s practical proposal to ban banks operating in Canada from charging consumers an extra fee for basic transactions or to get paper statements in the mail. Charlie Angus says a mandatory financial code of conduct prohibiting pay-to-pay practices by banks operating in Canada, will protect Canadian consumers.

June 2nd, 2015

AFTER CUTTING TIMMINS, CANADA POST NOW ATTACKS HOME DELIVERY IN KIRKLAND LAKE: NDP WILL FIGHT FOR MAIL SERVICE

Despite making a profit of 194-million dollars last year, Canada Post continues its announced cuts this morning (Tues) with the announcement that they will be ending door to door delivery of mail inKirklandLakefor the postal codes P2N. These cuts will be impacting around 3,000 addresses and are scheduled to kick in for 2016.

May 28th, 2015

ANGUS PAYS TRIBUTE TO YOUNG FEMALE MINER KILLED ON JOB

Charlie Angus rose in Parliament today to express the sadness of the region over the recent death of 22-year-old Alexie Dallaire Vincent at the St. Andrews Goldfields Mine. It is believed that her death was a “terrible milestone” marking the first death of a female worker underground inOntario.

May 27th, 2015

CANADA POST ATTACKS HOME DELIVERY IN TIMMINS: NDP WILL FIGHT FOR MAIL SERVICE

Despite making a profit of 194-million dollars last year, Canada Post announced this morning (Wed) that they will be ending door to door delivery of mail in Timmins for the postal codes P4N, P4P, and P4R. These cuts will be impacting around 10,000 addresses and are scheduled to kick in for 2016. However, Charlie Angus says the NDP will protect home delivery if elected this fall.

May 13th, 2015

NDP SECURES A VICTORY FOR VETERANS

The New Democrats have scored a substantial victory for veterans’ rights through a motion in the House of Commons. The Conservative government has been repeatedly fighting veterans in court over pensions and health benefits. The Harper government claims that the government does not owe a moral obligation to returning vets. New Democrats put the issue to Parliament resulting in a resounding declaration that the federal government does indeed have a moral, social, legal and fiduciary obligation to the women and men who courageously serve our country.

May 12th, 2015

ANGUS RISES IN PARLIAMENT TO THANK MINE RESCUE TEAMS

Charlie Angus rose in Parliament today to praise the professionalism of northern mine rescue teams. It’s a tough and dangerous job that doesn’t often get a public thank you. Angus reminded Parliament that the first provincial mine rescue team was established in Timmins following the terrible Hollinger mine fire of 1928.

May 8th, 2015

BE WARY OF SUSPICIOUS TAX CALLS

Charlie Angus is warning residents of a new phone scam happening in this region. People are getting phone calls from someone stating that income tax money is owing and you must pay immediately.

May 7th, 2015

LIBERALS CHOSE FEAR AND CYNICISM OVER CIVIL RIGHTS

Yesterday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau folded, abandoned his party’s stated concerns about the over-reaching Conservative surveillance bill, and joined with Conservatives in voting for C-51.

May 6th, 2015

STUDENTS TO GO TO WORK IN TIMMINS-JAMES BAY THIS SUMMER

Charlie Angus is pleased with the continued investment being made in this riding. Over $300-thousand has been given to Timmins-James Baythis summer to create 130 jobs thru the Canada Summer Jobs program

April 22nd, 2015

RISKY CONSERVATIVE BUDGET SPENDS BILLIONS ON WEALTHIEST FEW

Canadians wanted a budget from Ottawa that is focused on their priorities and the needs of the middle class – not just the wealthiest few. Charlie Angus says, after ten years of deficits and mismanagement, Canada’s middle class families are working harder but falling further behind.

April 21st, 2015

FEDS NEED TO SHOW COMMITMENT TO AIR CADET GLIDING PROGRAM IN NORTH

Charlie Angus is calling on the Department of Defence to work with the air cadet squadrons of the north to ensure that the gliding program is not axed. With the closure of the gliding program in Thunder Bay, there are concerns that the gliding cadet centers in Iroquois Falls and North Bay may receive cuts. This could result in Northern Ontario cadets only having access to the glider program by travelling to Southern Ontario.

April 16th, 2015

BUDGETS SHOULD BE ABOUT JOBS, NOT CONSERVATIVE PUBLICITY STUNTS: CONSERVATIVE MINISTERS SHOULD PAY FOR THEIR ECONOMIC MISMANAGEMENT, CANADIANS ALREADY HAVE

After failing to deliver a budget on time and in the face of growing economic uncertainty, the Conservatives are trying to change the channel with a publicity stunt. Under their so-called "balanced budget" legislation they are claiming that future cabinet ministers will have to pay a fine if budgets aren't balanced. Charlie Angus says this is pretty cheeky coming from a party that ran seven record deficits in a row.

April 8th, 2015

ANGUS SAYS TIMMINS-JAMES BAY DOING WELL WITH INVESTMENTS: Government departments invested at least 150 million in Timmins-James Bay in the last fiscal year

Timmins-James Baycontinues to show strong investments in economic development and infrastructure. Over the past fiscal year of 2013-2014, federal government departments, agencies, and crown corporations have invested at least 150 million dollars in Timmins James Bay.

April 1st, 2015

NDP Reaches out to Chamber on Ring of Fire

Northern Ontario NDP MPs have written to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, expressing their concerns regarding the Conservative government’s lack of leadership on the Ring of Fire project.

March 27th, 2015

AS FLOOD SEASON APPROACHES WARNING BELLS RAISED OVER KASHECHEWAN DIKE WALL

The families of the isolated fly-in community of Kashechewan are living in a level of “intolerable risk” from the deteriorating condition of a dike wall that surrounds their village. This assessment was contained in a new engineering report that shows that residents face real danger as another season of flooding approaches on theJames Baycoast. Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus says the report by engineering firm Hatch confirms what the federal government has known all along: that Kashechewan could face a catastrophe if the waters rise too fast.

March 26th, 2015

ANGUS CALLING FOR GOVERNMENT ACTION ON FENTANYL

Charlie Angus says the federal government needs to take steps to track the movement of fentanyl patches. Illegal trade in this opiod medicine has resulted in many deaths and overdoses. Angus has written to Minister Rona Ambrose asking Health Canada to require a bar code or serial number be put on each individual patch so that their circulation can be tracked.

March 23rd, 2015

APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR DISABILITY FUNDING: Angus Urges Groups to Apply

Groups or organizations in theTimmins-JamesBayregion are being asked to apply for the federal government’s Enabling Accessibility Fund. The fund is designed to help develop projects aimed at improving accessibility for people with disabilities.

March 20th, 2015

OPERATION BACK PACK HELPS SCHOOL KIDS IN KASHECHEWAN

A special shipment of school supplies has arrived in the isolated fly-in reserve of Kashechewan to help students get ahead. Charlie Angus says the idea for getting backpacks full of pens, papers and school supplies came from a note he received from a teacher in the community looking for help for the students in her class.

March 18th, 2015

TORY TAX PLAN -- SQUEEZE MIDDLE CLASS TO HELP THE RICH

The Parliamentary Budget officer has done the math and the results are clear -- the Harper government's income splitting scheme will blow a huge hole in tax revenue only to benefit a few who are already doing very well. New Democrats say Stephen Harper has to get serious about stopping the erosion of the middle class. This means cancelling the Tories wasteful and ineffective income splitting scheme.

March 17th, 2015

TIMMINS TO COMMEMORATE LAST BOMBER CREW

On April 24th the Timmins Museum will host a commemoration of the doomed flight of the last bomber shot down over Europe. A similar ceremony is being held in Austria. On April 25, 1945 a Lancaster bomber from 619 RAF squadron flew into heavy flak over Hitler’s Eagle Lair. The crew were a mix of young British and Canadian men. They were piloted by Timmins flight officer Wilfrid DeMarco. The plane went down in flames over the village killing DeMarco and three others while three members parachuted to safety.

March 11th, 2015

NDP DEMANDS ASSURANCES ON GOGAMA SPILL

While the Minister of Transportation in Ottawa is claiming changes have been made to improve rail safety in Canada, Northern Ontarians are angry that the latest accident has impacted the Mattagami River, a major waterway.

March 6th, 2015

LOOKING FOR SOLUTION ON FENTANYL ABUSE: ANGUS HOSTS WORKING GROUP ON OPIOID PROBLEM

It’s time for a public conversation about the dangers of fentanyl abuse. This was the focus of a working group meeting hosted today by Charlie Angus to find solutions to the dangers posed by the increasing street use of this synthetic opioid. The fentanyl patch is a key pain killer for people suffering from serious illnesses. However, it has being increasingly misused as a recreational drug even though it has caused numerous overdoses and death.

February 24th, 2015

ON THE PASSING OF JOE MAVRINAC – VANTHOF AND ANGUS

ON THE PASSING OF JOE MAVRINAC – VANTHOF AND ANGUS

Timmins- Northern Ontario has lost a legend with the passing of former mayor Joe Mavrinac. For decades he was the face of Kirkland Lake and his life personified the history and development of this gold mining town.

February 9th, 2015

NDP STATEMENT ON EVE ADAMS CROSSING THE FLOOR

NDP Ethics critic, Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay), made the following statement about the decision of Eve Adams to cross the floor of the House of Commons:

February 2nd, 2015

INSTEAD OF FIGHTING VETERANS, FEDS NEED TO START SUPPORTING THEM

The Harper Conservatives spent nearly $700,000 to fight our injured Afghan veterans in court over cuts to their disability payments in the veterans charter. Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus says the Conservatives ought to be ashamed of the way they are treating our veterans.

January 30th, 2015

THE PAYMASTER DISASTER

“Throughout yesterday afternoon when word of the accident spread throughout the district, long lines of cars, bearing relatives streamed to the mine property. Police on duty at the shafthead, kept crowds back while the last victims were brought to surface...(one) relative, a woman, screamed when the body of one of the last men brought to surface was taken from the skip and the canvas covering the body was turned back to permit identification.”

January 29th, 2015

NEW DEMOCRATS END CONSERVATIVES FREE HOCKEY TICKET GIVEAWAYS FOR INSIDERS

New Democrats have forced the Conservative government to end the perks of free sports tickets to pals of Canada Post and Via Rail. After the NDP grilled Transport Minister Lisa Rait in the House of Commons, she was forced to end these free sports ticket giveaways delivered under “business development and promotional activities” programs.

January 28th, 2015

LES INVESTISSEMENTS SONT LÉGION DANS TIMMINS BAIE JAMES : en 2013 2014, Timmins Baie James a reçu au moins 152 millions de dollars

Charlie Angus déclare que les investissements du gouvernement fédéral continuent d’affluer dans la circonscription de Timmins‑Baie James. En 2013‑2014, ils se sont élevés à plus de 152 millions de dollars. Les projets de plus de 100 000 $ ont atteint 20 millions de dollars pour la région de Timmins, 2,3 millions de dollars pour la région de Cochrane et 9,2 millions de dollars pour celle de Kirkland Lake. Et c’est sans compter la foule d’autres petites subventions accordées à divers secteurs de la région.

January 26th, 2015

ANGUS SAYS TIMMINS-JAMES BAY DOING WELL WITH INVESTMENTS: Over the past 2013-2014 fiscal year Timmins-James Bay received at least $152 million dollars

Charlie Angus says Timmins-JamesBay continues to succeed when it comes to federal government investments in the riding. Over the past 2013-2014 fiscal year more than $152-million has come into the riding. Angus says, a snap shot of projects over $100,000 shows that the Timmins region received 20-million dollars, the Cochrane region received 2.3-million dollars, and the KirklandLake region received 9.2-million dollars. In addition there were numerous smaller grants in areas across the region.

January 22nd, 2015

NDP: Onside with small business

This past week I sat down with the Timmins Chamber of Commerce to talk about issues in the north. We may be heavily dependent on the resource sector in the north, but small businesses continue to be the backbone of stability across our region. The key to diversification is ensuring that the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have a climate that encourages them to invest in growth and in hiring new people.

January 21st, 2015

ANGUS SAYS ECONOMY KEY IN SPRING SESSION

Charlie Angus says the economy and accountability will be the key battlegrounds in the spring session of Parliament. The Conservative government’s decision to delay the release of the budget because of dropping oil prices is a sign of clear mismanagement of Canada’s economy. Angus says the Canadian middle class will be looking for a plan that re-establishes confidence in economic growth.

December 22nd, 2014

SUICIDE PREVENTION FORUM: HOLIDAY STRATEGIES NEEDED

This past week, I held a forum on suicide prevention with front line mental health and community development workers in Kirkland Lake. It was part of the Canadian Mental Health Commission’s 308 Conversations campaign on suicide awareness. As we discussed strategies for improving suicide prevention, the participants kept coming back to the importance of reaching out to people at Christmas time. For most people, holidays can be one of the warmest times of the year while we gather with family and community. But for those who are struggling with loneliness, isolation or depression, the holidays can be the most difficult of days.

December 19th, 2014

THE BIG BLUE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

The NDP is denouncing the Conservatives for their use of tax payer money to finance a propaganda machine and mislead Canadians.

December 18th, 2014

Thoughts on Glenn Thibeault Running for Liberals

Like everyone else in the north, I was stunned by Glenn Thibeault's decision to quit the federal New Democrats and join Kathleen Wynne's Liberals.

December 15th, 2014

ANGUS HOSTS SUICIDE PREVENTION FORUM IN TIMISKAMING

Charlie Angus is hosting a meeting on suicide awareness and prevention in the Timiskaming region on Tuesday. The forum is part of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s “308 Conversations” initiative to draw attention to suicide issues in Canada. Angus has invited youth workers, health experts, police and mental health advocates for a two-hour meeting on the issue. He says important lessons can be learned.

December 9th, 2014

CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT SILENT ON SOCIAL CONTRACT WITH VETERANS

Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore) blasted Minister Fantino today for remaining silent on whether the federal government has a social contract or social covenant with veterans and members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

December 5th, 2014

IROQUOIS FALLS PAPER MILL CLOSING DOWN

Timmins - James Bay MPP Gilles Bisson says Liberal policies are partly to blame for the shutdown of the paper mill in IroquoisFalls. Resolute has announced it is shutting down the Paper Mill December 22nd.

December 4th, 2014

NDP NOT BRINGING BACK THE GUN REGISTRY --- PERIOD

The NDP has been clear: we have absolutely no plan to bring back the failed Liberal long gun registry. Full stop.

December 2nd, 2014

ANGUS APPLAUDS MANITOBA’S PALLIATIVE CARE INITIATIVE, TIME FOR FEDS TO ACT

Charlie Angus is pleased to see that the Manitoba NDP Government has announced the creation of the International Centre on Dignity and Palliative Care. Unique in the world, the ICDPC will integrate clinical services, interdisciplinary education, research and communications to lead progress in palliative and end of life care. This is the exact type of leadership that NDP motion 456 called on the federal government to be involved in and spread across the country.

December 1st, 2014

Conservatives ripping off the north with Unspent FedNor Funds : Conservatives under spent Fednor by 11 million after under spending Veterans Affairs by 1.1 billion

Following this Conservative government keeping 1.1 billion in unspent funds from our veterans, Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus blasted the Conservative government for allowing nearly $11 million in economic development money forNorthern Ontario to go unspent over the past four years. This Conservative government is failingNorthern Ontariosays Angus.

November 26th, 2014

DESPITE THE CHEST THUMPING, CONS FAIL VETS : Auditor General Report slams government for failing to provide Veterans proper mental health supports

The Auditor General released a scathing report on the Conservative government’s failure to provide proper mental health supports for our Veterans. Charlie Angus says this report comes on the heels of a report that shows that the department has failed to spend over one billion dollars that was allocated for Veterans. The AG found that Veterans Affairs is not providing the necessary supports within the time that they are needed and required by law.

November 18th, 2014

UPDATE ON HABS GAMES AVAILABILITY: Bell and Eastlink commit to offering Habs games in French in the North

Charlie Angus has been dealing with frustrated hockey fans who have been unable to watch Montreal Canadien games in French since the loss of the service by CBC. But following calls by northern MPs, a solution has been worked out.

November 12th, 2014

SHOCKING TEST RESULTS SHOW CONSERVATIVES ARE FAILING FIRST NATIONS CHILDREN

The NDP is calling on Conservatives to explain the abysmal math and reading scores on standardized tests from on-reserve schools in Ontario.

November 10th, 2014

STATEMENT BY THE NDP ON VETERANS’ WEEK

“Canadians will be taking part in the many activities being organized across the country for Veterans’’ Week.

November 5th, 2014

TIME TO END INACTION ON RING OF FIRE

After years of inaction by the federal and provincial governments, New Democrats are reinforcing their commitment to the Ring of Fire. Charlie Angus says bringing Howard Hampton on board as a Senior Advisor to the Project only reinforces the NDP’s commitment to having Northern Ontario’s voice heard and calling for action on developing the Ring of Fire.

October 23rd, 2014

WE STAND UNITED AND UNDETERRED – ANGUS

Yesterday’s brutal events shocked and saddened all Canadians. The peace of our nation’s capital was shattered by a violent and hateful act. A cowardly act, designed to strike at the very heart of our democracy — at the heart of who we are.

October 22nd, 2014

NDP STATEMENT ON SHOOTING AT PARLIAMENT HILL AND WAR MEMORIAL

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair Principal Secretary, Karl Bélanger, made the following statement:

“This morning’s horrifying attack has shocked all Canadians and shattered the peace of our nation’s capital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the soldier killed and the people who were injured, and we are deeply grateful for the soldiers and law enforcement officials who quickly and courageously protected the public today.

October 21st, 2014

BIRD WATCHERS ARE NOT CRIMINALS, TAX CHEATS ARE

Charlie Angus is concerned that instead of going after tax cheats, the Conservatives are using Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) resources to intimidate law-abiding Canadians. A group of bird watchers from Southern Ontario received a letter from the CRA ordering them to refrain from undertaking partisan activities with the implicit threat that future audits were a possibility.

October 3rd, 2014

ANGUS THANKS NORTHERNERS FOR SOLIDARITY WITH FAMILIES OF MURDERED AND MISSING INDIGENOUS WOMEN

Charlie Angus is thanking the people who will be coming out to area vigils to show their concern over the tragedy of murdered and missing women. On Saturday October 4 vigils will be held in Cochrane and Timmins by area Friendship Centers.

October 1st, 2014

COMPETITION BUREAU MAKE BEST OF BAD DEAL ON ONTERA

Charlie Angus says the Competition Bureau’s review of the Ontario Liberal government’s sale of ONTERA shows just what a bad deal it is for northern Ontario. The Bureau found that the fire sale of ONTERA’s fibre optic and telecommunications network would have had a negative impact on competition in Northern Ontario. However, the Competition Bureau has little ability to block the sale and have opted to have Bell Alliant lease the network to a third party (East Link) to ensure that there is some ability for new players to enter the market.

September 29th, 2014

ANGUS THANKS RETIRING MAYORS FOR THEIR SERVICE

Three veteran municipal politicians are stepping down in the north and Charlie Angus stood in the House today (Mon) to thank them for their service. Timmins Mayor Tom Laughren, Kirkland Lake Mayor Bill Enouy and Iroquois Falls Mayor Gilles Forget have announced that they will not be running again. Angus has worked closely with these leaders and says they were widely respected across the province.

September 16th, 2014

ANGUS SLAMS CONSERVATIVE SELL-OUT ON CHINA TRADE DEAL: Liberals Support Deal That Gives China Control Over Resources

After a two year delay, with the Liberals joining in with their support of the agreement, the Conservatives ratified a controversial Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) with China that will give China’s state-controlled companies the same protection under the law as private Canadian companies.

September 12th, 2014

ANGUS SHARES NORTHERNERS CONCERNS OVER ONTERA SALE

Charlie Angus stands with Northerners and ONTERA workers who rallied in Cochrane today (Friday) against the impacts of the sale of ONTERA to Bell Alliant on Northerners. ONTERA’s telecommunications network was put in place as part of a public commitment to connect parts of Northeastern Ontario that were not being covered by the private carrier. New Democrats share the concern about the impact of the sale on competition and on new players coming into smaller communities in the north.

September 8th, 2014

ANGUS CHALLENGES IAP FOR FAILING JUSTICE FOR ST. ANNE'S SURVIVORS

To read charlie's letter to the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, click attachment

September 5th, 2014

NDP CALLS FOR ACTION ON PENSIONS

Despite widespread calls for action on retirement security, and growing concern amongst Canadians, Conservatives continue to mismanage one of the most pressing economic issues facing Canada and Timmins-JamesBay today, says MP Charlie Angus.

September 3rd, 2014

LETTER TO MINISTER PETER MacKAY on St Anne's

Click on attachment to read letter to Minister Peter MacKay regarding the St Anne's Residential School issue

September 2nd, 2014

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS SHOULD INVESTIGATE PMO STAFF

NDP Ethics critic Charlie Angus has written to the Director of Public Prosecutions to request he review evidence collected by the RCMP, and make a determination as to whether Nigel Wright should be charged under the Parliament of Canada Act.

September 1st, 2014

STATMENT BY THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ON LABOUR DAY

Official Opposition Labour critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie) made the following statement regarding Labour Day:

August 20th, 2014

MULCAIR SPEAKS TO CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

This morning in an historic speech before the Canadian Medical Association, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair promised that a New Democrat government would restore previous levels of healthcarefunding to the provinces and cancel the Conservatives’ $36 billion in cuts.

August 13th, 2014

CANADIANS FIGHT BACK AGAINST CONSERVATIVE TAX SNOOPING LAW: New lawsuit challenges Conservative FATCA Implementation

A Conservative attempt to impose invasive US tax laws on Canadians has hit a snag as a group of citizens have filed a lawsuit in the Federal Court alleging that the legislation is unconstitutional. Charlie Angus says he has heard many concerns from constituents about this invasive law.

August 11th, 2014

ANGUS LAUNCHES NEXT PHASE OF PALLIATIVE CARE STRATEGY CAMPAIGN:With passage of M-456 it is time for implementation

With parliament’s bi-partisan support for the NDP’S call for a Pan-Canadian Strategy for Palliative and End-of-Life Care, Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus says it is time to move to the next phase of his campaign: making this promise a reality.

July 23rd, 2014

CULTURE AND HERITAGE IN TIMMINS-JAMES BAY GETS BOOST: Students Hired in Two Community Museums

More young people are getting employment this summer in the region thanks the Young Canada Works Program (YCW). The Canadian Museum Association has approved two students for the Museum of Northern History in Kirkland Lake and one for the Englehart and Area Historical Museum.

July 17th, 2014

NEW DEMOCRATS WRITE COMPETITION BUREAU OVER ONTERA SALE CONCERNS

NDP MPs Glenn Thibeault (Sudbury) and Charlie Angus have written the commissioner of the Competition Bureau of Canada about the potential impacts on Northerners of the sale of ONTERA to Bell Alliant. ONTERA’s telecommunications network was put in place as part of a public commitment to connect parts of Northeastern Ontario that were not being covered by the private carrier.

July 14th, 2014

STUDENTS WORKING THIS SUMMER IN THE REGION THANKS TO CANADA SUMMER JOBS PROGRAM

Charlie Angus met this morning with some of the students working in the riding thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs Program. The Canada Summer Jobs Program is providing $307-thousand dollars to create 141 jobs for students.

July 9th, 2014

ANGUS AND BISSON THANK LAUGHREN FOR SERVICE TO CITY

Charlie Angus said he was very surprised to learn that Timmins Mayor Tom Laughren will not be seeking a third term.

June 27th, 2014

ANGUS THANKS TIMMINS-JAMES BAY FOR 10 YEARS OF SUPPORT

June marks the 10th anniversary of Charlie Angus’ election as Member of Parliament for Timmins-JamesBay. In 2004, Angus took over the riding previously held by the retiring Reg Belair.

June 10th, 2014

LOUTTIT’S PASSING A GREAT LOSS FOR ENTIRE REGION OF TIMMINS-JAMES BAY

Charlie Angus and MPP Gilles Bisson are saddened to hear news of the passing of Mushkegowuk Grand Chief Dr. Stan Louttit. Louttit had been battling cancer.

May 28th, 2014

STATEMENT BY CHARLIE ANGUS ON HIS PAN-CANADIAN PALLIATIVE CARE MOTION

MP Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) made the following statement after his motion to establish a pan-Canadian strategy for palliative and end of life care was passed:

May 26th, 2014

NDP CALLS FOR ACTION ON OUT-OF-CONTROL GOVERNMENT SPYING

The NDP is calling on the Conservatives to convene a Blue Ribbon Panel of independent experts to investigate warrantless data collection by the federal government and recommend measures to ensure Canadian’s right to privacy is protected in the digital era.

May 22nd, 2014

TIME FOR PARLIAMENT TO STAND FOR PALLIATIVE CARE:

The vote on Charlie Angus’ NDP Motion to establish a Pan-Canadian Strategy on Palliative and End of Life Care will be next Wednesday, (May 28th.) Angus says, as Canada's population ages and stresses appear in the medical system, a coherent strategy for palliative and end of life care becomes increasingly important across Canada.

May 14th, 2014

FCC AGRISPIRIT FUND: GREAT OPPORTUNTIY FOR NORTHERN FARMERS

Charlie Angus is encouraging northern farmers to learn more about the FCC Agrispirit Fund, which just started to accept applications. Through this initiative, the FCC will give a total of 1-million dollars in funding to rural community groups across Canada for capital projects.

May 13th, 2014

OP-ED: Government Forced to Protect Student Vote

OP-ED: Government Forced to Protect Student Vote

By: Charlie Angus

There are many destructive elements in the Conservative’s (Un)fair Elections Act, but there was one proposed change that just seemed downright bizarre and even petty. Section 18 of the Act proposed to make it illegal for Elections Canada to support school programs that teach kids about democracy like Student Vote. That’s right, illegal.

May 8th, 2014

ANGUS CHAMPIONS MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION OF CANADA 308 CONVERSATIONS PROGRAM:

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) launched #308conversations, a national grassroots suicide prevention campaign that invites each of Canada’s 308 Members of Parliament (MPs) to lead a conversation with their constituents about suicide prevention. Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus is one of their ‘Champion MPs’ who has agreed to partner with the MHC to take a lead role on the campaign.

May 5th, 2014

#308CONVERSATIONS – A NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION INITIATIVE

Today, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) launched #308conversations, a national grassroots suicide prevention campaign that invites each of Canada’s 308 Members of Parliament (MPs) to lead a conversation with their constituents about suicide prevention.

May 1st, 2014

ANGUS REACHES OUT TO RELUCTANT CONSERVATIVES ON PALLIATIVE CARE

In an effort to reach out to some reluctant Conservatives, Charlie Angus is amending the language of Motion-456 on palliative care. Some government MPs have stated their wariness of supporting a pan-Canadian "strategy" on palliative care. Angus has consulted with front line palliative care activists on finding language to win over Conservatives. Thus the Motion will be amended to read "a pan-Canadian strategy and, or framework for palliative care."

April 25th, 2014

VICTORY for the “KEEP DEMOCRACY IN OUR SCHOOLS” campaign.

Today, students and teachers and Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus won a major victory while the Conservative government’s full out onslaught against the democratic education work of Elections Canada has ended in an ignominious defeat.

April 22nd, 2014

ANGUS AND VANTHOF HOLD PASSPORT AND BIRTH CERTIFICATE CLINIC IN KIRKLAND LAKE

Charlie Angus and Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP John Vanthof are holding a passport and birth certificate clinic at the Kirkland Lake Mall this Saturday. The clinic will offer residents the opportunity to have their applications checked and then sent out through Angus and Vanthof’s offices.

April 17th, 2014

Urgent need for proper school in Kashechewan: Angus letter to Minister

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

441-S, Centre Block

April 15th, 2014

STUDENTS GO TO WORK IN TIMMINS-JAMES BAY

Over 140 jobs will be created in Timmins-James Bay this year thanks to Canada Summer Jobs. Charlie Angus says the riding will get $307-thousand this summer to employ students.

April 10th, 2014

ANGUS SADDENED AT THE SUDDEN PASSING OF JIM FLAHERTY

Charlie Angus says shock doesn’t fully describe the feeling he had upon hearing the news of the death of former federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. News of Flaherty’s death hit the House of Commons shortly after Question Period began at 2 this afternoon.

April 10th, 2014

MPs NEEDED TO ENSURE PASSAGE OF PALLIATIVE CARE MOTION

The success of establishing a pan-Canadian palliative care strategy will come down to the willingness of individual MPs to stand up for the issue. The New Democratic Party has thrown its weight behind Motion M-456 but MP Charlie Angus believes that, in order to be successful, the Liberal caucus will need to come on board along with 25 individual Conservative MPs.

April 8th, 2014

ANGUS CALLS ON CANADA POST TO FIX PROCESSING PROBLEMS FOR THE NORTH

Charlie Angus says the recent decision by Canada Post to move regional mail sorting to Toronto is inefficient, costly and will slow down the delivery of mail in the north. Angus supports a recent resolution by the Township of Black River-Matheson that opposes this change. Angus has written to Canada Post asking them to explain why they are sending local mail to Toronto to be sorted and sending the sorted mail back north for delivery.

April 7th, 2014

ANGUS THANKS CAREGIVERS AND HOME SUPPORT

This past weekend was National Care Giver Day and today is World Health Day. Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus stood in the House of Commons today to draw attention to the dedicated work of family members, volunteers and paid support workers in providing care across this country. Angus says, with an aging population, the role of caregivers will become increasingly important.

April 3rd, 2014

ANGUS CALLS ON COMPETITION BUREAU TO SUPPORT TIMMINS INVESTIGATION INTO GAS PRICES

Charlie Angus has written to the Competition Bureau calling them to support the City of Timmins request for an investigation in gas prices in the region. Angus has written to the Competition Bureau in the past and been frustrated by their unwillingness to look into the question of price gouging in the north. He says that the push by the City of Timmins for action necessitates the Competition Bureau playing a more active role in responding to the concerns of northerners.

April 2nd, 2014

ANGUS DISAPPOINTED BY GOVERNMENT’S POSITION ON PALLIATIVE CARE MOTION: Still Hopeful MPs will Support Pan-Canadian Strategy

Parliament began its first round of debate last night (Tues) on the New Democratic Party's motion on a pan-Canadian palliative care strategy. Charlie Angus’ motion (M-456) is widely supported by the medical, spiritual, and NGO communities across Canada. During the debate, the government attempted to amend the motion so as to remove the notion of a national "strategy" thus erasing the obligation of the federal government to work with the Provinces.

April 1st, 2014

DEBATE STARTS ON PALLIATIVE AND END-OF-LIFE CARE

Today, parliamentarians will begin debate on M-456, an NDP motion to establish a pan-Canadian strategy on palliative and end-of-life care. The motion has strong support from medical organizations and NGOs that work with the sick and dying.

April 1st, 2014

NDP CLEARED BY ELECTIONS CANADA

Elections Canada has confirmed that the NDP mailing program prior to the start of by-elections in the constituencies of Provencher, Bourassa and Toronto Centre was in full compliance with the Elections Act.

March 31st, 2014

ANGUS SAYS TIMMINS-JAMES BAY DOING WELL WITH INVESTMENTS: Government departments invested at least 177 million in Timmins-James Bay over the last two years

With CBC reporting that New Democrat ridings receive the lion’s share of funding in the north, Timmins-James Bay continues to show strong investments in economic development and infrastructure. Over the past two years, federal government departments, agencies, and crown corporations have invested at least 177 million dollars in Timmins James Bay.

March 25th, 2014

CANADIANS DESERVE ANSWERS ON FATCA

Charlie Angus has written the Privacy Commissioner about the potential breach of privacy rights of Canadian citizens of American background. Under the American Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), and Intergovernmental Agreement Canadians of American origin are being pressured to turn over all manner of personal financial information for potential taxation.

March 14th, 2014

NDP LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT ELECTIONS CANADA’S YOUTH OUTREACH‎

New Democrats are inviting students and teachers to voice their concerns about the Harper government's move to end programs that encourage young people to vote. The Conservatives’ Unfair Elections Act, C-23, prohibits Elections Canada from supporting youth outreach and education initiatives like Student Vote—a non-partisan school program that encourages young people to participate in the electoral system‎.

March 12th, 2014

PALLIATIVE CARE – THE COMMON SENSE OPTION SUPPORTED BY NDP

The need for a national palliative care strategy is the common sense option staring Canada’s political parties in the face. This is the message the New Democrats are hearing from health, seniors and grassroots organizations working with the issue of end of life care. As support grows for the Parliamentary Motion by Charlie Angus (M 456) on the establishment of a a “pan-Canadian palliative care strategy” it is time for other political parties to make their position on end of life care clear.

March 10th, 2014

TEACHER'S INSTITUTE PROGRAM: GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR NORTHERN EDUCATORS

Charlie Angus is encouraging teachers to learn more about the democratic system in Canada by applying for the next Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy. The 18th annual event will be held November 2nd to 7th in Ottawa.

March 7th, 2014

ANGUS CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT CADET EVENT

Charlie Angus has written to Defense Minister Rob Nicholson asking him to reaffirm the government’s commitment to the National Bi-Athlon program for cadets. This popular initiative is the latest cadet program that may be affected by ongoing cuts to at the Department. The New Democrats have been leading the fight to keep the cadet program strong challenging the government on the decision to cut funding for uniforms and the attempt to end the popular glider program. Angus says rumours about the future of the Bi-Athlon make it necessary to have a clear commitment from the government.

March 5th, 2014

CHARLIE ANGUS WINS BOOK AWARD

Charlie Angus won the Ontario Speakers book Award at Queens Park for the best book on Ontario. The award was for his book Unlikely Radicals; the story of the Adams Mine Dump War. There were 12 finalists and the jury included Lorrie Goldstein of the Sun and Sheila Copps.

February 27th, 2014

TIME FOR OTTAWA TO DEAL WITH PALLIATIVE CARE: ANGUS CALLS ON ALL PARTIES TO SUPPORT NDP MOTION

The New Democratic Party’s push for a national palliative care strategy has been picking up support from individual members of all political parties. Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus has been leading the push for Motion 456 calling for a national palliative care strategy. He says that he appreciates the support of individual members of Parliament for the NDP initiative, but the issue deserves the committed support of the other mainline parties.

February 21st, 2014

ANGUS CELEBRATES CURLING GOLD: Northern Ontario Rink Scores for Canada

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Charlie Angus says Canada's gold medal win in men’s curling has special meaning for Northern Ontario's curling community. The team from Sault Ste Marie beat Great Britain 9-3 in 8 ends this morning for the gold medal.

February 20th, 2014

TIMMINS-JAMES BAY CONTINUES TO SCORE INVESTMENTS

Charlie Angus says Timmins-JamesBay continues to succeed when it comes to federal government investments in the riding. In addition to 214 million in federal grants that came into Timmins-JamesBay over the past two years, FEDNOR has invested an additional 7 million dollars in 2013.

February 12th, 2014

NEW BUDGET A LOST OPPORTUNITY FOR THE NORTH

The Conservative budget was a chance to help kick start a sluggish economy by promoting job creation and job training. Instead, the 2014 budget was more focused on ensuring a padded war chest for Conservative election chances in 2015. Charlie Angus says it is unfortunate that the Conservative government is more interested in their own political future than the financial future of Canadians.

February 5th, 2014

CANADIANS OVERWHELMINGLY ENDORSE PALLIATIVE CARE

Canadians across the country are almost unanimous with 96% of Canadians supporting Palliative Care in a recent Harris/Decima survey. Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus says that now is the time for parliament to follow Canadians as he leads a parliamentary fight for a national strategy on improving access to palliative and hospice care with his parliamentary motion M-456.

February 4th, 2014

NDP BUDGET PROPOSALS TO MAKE LIFE MORE AFFORDABLE

Making life more affordable, creating jobs and honouring veterans top the New Democrats’ list of priorities for next week’s budget. The NDP is also calling on the Conservative government to reinstate the EcoEnergy retrofit program.

February 4th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES VOTE TO KEEP SKY-HIGH ATM FEES

Canadians should not have to pay two or three dollars to withdraw their own money from an ATM especially as it costs banks as little as 36 cents to process the transaction. However instead of addressing these unfair fees, the Conservatives like the Liberals before them keep handing billion-dollar tax cuts to the same banks that charge them.

February 3rd, 2014

ANGUS SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ATM RIP-OFFS

The New Democrats are taking on the Harper government over gouging on ATM fees. Consumers can be gouged upwards of 39% in hidden and added on fees every time they take money out of their ATM.

January 29th, 2014

ANGUS PALLIATIVE CARE MOTION GAINS BIG BACKERS

A number of large national health organizations are now on board with the New Democratic Party’s push for a national palliative care strategy. Charlie Angus is leading a parliamentary fight for a national strategy on improving access to palliative and hospice care with his parliamentary Motion 456.

January 29th, 2014

ANGUS CHEERS ON TEAM MEUNIER TO GO HARD IN MANITOBA

Charlie Angus congratulates the local police curling team for capturing the Northern Ontario Police Curling Championships last week in Mattawa. Team Meunier will now head to Winnipeg in March to represent Northern Ontario at the Canadian Police Championships. The team consists of Steve Meunier of the OPP, Pat Chilton and Anthony Chilton of Timmins Police and Steve Mitchell of the Anishinabek Police Service.

January 23rd, 2014

ANGUS SAYS TIMMINS-JAMES BAY DOING WELL WITH INVESTMENTS: Over the past two fiscal years Timmins-James Bay received at least $214 million dollars

Charlie Angus says Timmins-JamesBay continues to succeed when it comes to federal government investments in the riding. Over the past two years more than $214 million has come into the riding. Angus says that a snap shot of projects over $100,000 shows that Timmins received 25.56-million dollars, Cochrane 5.15-million dollars, and Kirkland Lake 3.99-million dollars. In addition there were numerous smaller grants in areas across the region.

January 20th, 2014

THE LAST BOMBER CREW – TIMMINS CONNECTION FOUND

Thanks to an outpouring of local research, coupled with work by a national newspaper, the family of a lost bomber crew pilot has been located. Last week, Charlie Angus launched a public awareness campaign to confirm the Timmins connection to the last bomber crew shot down over Europe.

January 16th, 2014

CONSERVATIVE ATTACK ON MAIL WILL HURT EVERYONE

The attack on home mail delivery will hurt seniors, communities and the economy. This is the message from Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus who is calling on the Harper government to explain why an institution that has made profit year after year seems so intent on alienating its customers.

January 15th, 2014

CONSERVATIVE MINISTERS OBSTRUCTED JUSTICE FOR ST. ANNE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVORS

The Conservatives must answer for delaying justice for survivors of St. Anne’s Residential school, say New Democrats.

January 14th, 2014

LAST CALL FOR DISABILITY ACCESSIBILITY FUNDING

Charlie Angus is reminding small business owners and not-for-profit groups that the deadline to apply for accessibility funding is Monday, (January 20th). The Enabling Accessibility in the Workplace fund provides funding for projects that improve accessibility in the workplace.

January 13th, 2014

COMMEMORATION FOR LOST BOMBER PILOTS

In April 25, 1945 an RAF Lancaster bomber was shot down over Austria. On board were Canadians Wilfrid DeMarco from Timmins and Sgt. Gordon Victor Walker of King City. Seventy years later a commemoration is being put together for this lost crew and Charlie Angus is working with the RAF squadron researcher to try and locate family members.

January 7th, 2014

ANGUS HOLDS PASSPORT CLINIC IN COCHRANE

Charlie Angus is holding a passport clinic in Cochrane this Friday for residents along the Highway 11 corridor. People wanting to get a passport are encouraged to come to the clinic being held at Angus’ office in the Cochrane Community Development Corporation Building on 3rd avenue.

January 6th, 2014

ANGUS/VANTHOF HOST TEMISKAMING TOWN HALL

Charlie Angus and Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP John Vanthof will be holding a Temiskaming Town Hall meeting this Sunday afternoon at the Kenabeek Hall. It is a chance to update residents on issues in Ottawa and Queens Park. It will also be an opportunity for area residents to get help on issues that may affect them at the federal or provincial level.

January 5th, 2014

ANGUS CHALLENGES HARPER’S ATTACK ON CADETS

The Harper government is slashing support for cadet programs across Canada. The $2 million cut to youth programs means that cadets will no longer have access to uniforms. They will have to pay for uniforms or borrow old ones. Charlie Angus says the Conservatives are sending youth a bad message.

December 12th, 2013

HARPER TRASHES POSTAL SERVICE: Angus Concerned For North

Some Christmas present. That's the response of Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus to the news that Canada Post is ending home mail delivery for Canadians. The announcement was made after Parliament had shut for the winter break sparing Prime Minister Harper questions on how this move will impact the future of mail service in Canada.

December 10th, 2013

NDP PALLIATIVE CARE MOTION BUILDING SUPPORT ACROSS PARTY LINES

The New Democratic Party’s push for a national palliative care strategy is gaining political support from members of all political parties. MP Charlie Angus (Timmins-JamesBay) has led the push for a national strategy on improving access to palliative and hospice care with his parliamentary Motion 456. This past week, the motion was seconded by some MPs from the Conservative and Liberal caucuses.

December 6th, 2013

NDP FIGHTS FOR PENSIONS: Motion Proposes Expanding Benefits

With the Conservatives dragging their feet on pensions, New Democrats have introduced an Opposition Day motion to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) benefits to give middle-class families a fair break.

November 28th, 2013

MPS AND MINISTERS MUST BE ACCOUNTABLE TO CANADIANS

With a Parliamentary Committee reviewing the Conflict of Interest Act, Canadians must keep a close eye on the Conservative government to see whether they will use this opportunity to strengthen the Act, or continue down the path of entitlement, insider access and secrecy.

November 21st, 2013

ANGUS SPEAKS ON PALLIATIVE CARE STRATEGY

Charlie Angus is urging all parliamentarians to work together to establish a national palliative care strategy. Angus spoke in the House today on his Motion 456 that will bring the federal government to the table to work with the provinces, territories and First Nation communities on improving access to quality palliative care.

November 19th, 2013

STRENGTHENING CONFLICT RULES MUST BE TOP PRIORITY

Instead of strengthening ethics standards, the Conservative government undermines accountability and uses loopholes to skirt the rules.

November 19th, 2013

REAL CHAMPIONS – FORT ALBANY GIRLS HEAD TO BASKETBALL FINALS

A young basketball team is making James Bay history. The Fort Albany girls’ senior basketball squad has qualified for the regional provincial basketball finals being held this weekend in Sault Ste. Marie. It is the first time a community from the coast has been able to send one of their teams to the finals.Charlie Angus says, win or lose this weekend, the girls team from Fort Albany have already won big time.

November 18th, 2013

NDP DEFENDS SMALL MUSIC VENUES

An urgent review is needed into the impact of Conservative changes that increased costs for bar and restaurant owners to book foreign singers and artists in Canada’s small music venues.

October 31st, 2013

ANGUS CALLS FOR NATIONAL STRATEGY ON PALLIATIVE AND END OF LIFE CARE

New Democrats will introduce legislation today to improve the quality of continuing care beyond the treatment of hospitals.

October 21st, 2013

DEADLINE CHANGED FOR SUMMER STUDENTS PROGRAM: Applications Available Soon

With the Federal Government moving up the deadline, Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus is encouraging groups and organizations in the riding to start thinking about their requests for summer student job funding. The application process opens on December 2nd and closes January 10th.

September 30th, 2013

ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES REPORT A WIN FOR THE NORTH: NDP SUCCEED IN PROTECTING REPRESENTATION

New Democrats say the final boundary maps for the 2015 federal election is a real victory for northerners. In its final report issued today, the Electoral Boundary Commission has backed off on its plan to radically redraw the electoral boundaries of Northern Ontario. This maintaining of the status quo is in marked contrast to the plan that would have created huge new rural ridings in northeastern Ontario.

September 27th, 2013

STATEMENT FROM NDP ETHICS CRITIC CHARLIE ANGUS

New Democrats welcome the announcement of charges against Dean Del Mastro, Conservative Parliamentary Secretary and Member of Parliament for Peterborough.

September 26th, 2013

SEARCHING FOR TIMMINS HEROES OF SPANISH WAR:

They were the first to stand up to the Nazi war machine and they have all but been forgotten. Nearly 2,000 young Canadians fought to stop the fascist takeover of Spain in the 1930s and many came from the Timmins area. Charlie Angus and the TimminsMuseum are putting out a call for stories, memories and photographs of the extraordinary young men who put their lives on the line during the brutal Spanish Civil War.

September 16th, 2013

SHUT DOWN OF PARLIAMENT A RIP-OFF FOR CANADIANS

Stephen Harper’s decision to prorogue Parliament is another sign of the contempt the Conservatives are showing for accountability. Charlie Angus is in Ottawa for what should have been the opening day of the fall session of Parliament. He says the locked door at the House of Commons speaks volumes.

September 3rd, 2013

ANGUS WORRIED CONSERVATIVE CUTS WILL MEAN LESS SERVICE

Charlie Angus says Canadians are growing even more concerned that Conservative cuts could mean even longer wait times for government services such as EI, CPP and other CRA matters. Official Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair has written to Jean-Denis Fréchette, the new Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO), for an update on his request for information about how planned Conservative budget cuts will affect the services and programs Canadians rely on.

August 21st, 2013

JACK WOULD BE PROUD: ANGUS REFLECTS ON 2ND ANNIVERSARY OF LAYTON’S DEATH

Charlie Angus says he still finds it hard to believe that it has only been two years since the passing of Jack Layton. Since the sudden death of the New Democratic Party leader in 2011, the New Democrat caucus under Tom Mulcair has been fighting non-stop against the Stephen Harper agenda. Angus says there hasn’t been much time to stop and reflect on Layton’s influence and how much Canada lost with his passing.

August 20th, 2013

HARPER SHUTS PARLIAMENT AS SENATE SCANDAL GROWS: CANADIANS DESERVE BETTER

The Prime Minister’s decision to shut down Parliament and the Senate until October shows contempt for Canadians. This is the message from Charlie Angus as Mr. Harper continues to dodge questions about his role in the biggest spending scandal in Senate history. Angus says the decision to prorogue Parliament is yet another attempt to evade accountability over the Duffy, Wallin and Brazeau scandal.

July 22nd, 2013

Letter to Federal Attorney General: St Anne's

The Honourable Peter MacKayMinister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada284 Wellington StreetOttawa, ON K1A 0H8

July 15th, 2013

Anniversary Of Northern last Spike”: The Fight For The Onr Goes On

New Democrats joined workers from the Ontario Northland Railway today to mark a historic date – the driving of the last spike for the ONR. On July 15, 1932, the last spike was driven in the rail bed at Moosonee completing a 30-year project to connect communities from Toronto to James Bay. In celebration of the event, a barbeque and rally was held at the ONR yard in North Bay. Those gathered were determined not just to mark history but to fight for the future.

July 13th, 2013

Lessons Must Be Learned From Rail Tragedy

Charlie Angus says the horror of the last few days is giving way to profound sadness after an oil tanker train exploded in Lac Mégantic on Saturday. At least 20 people have been killed and dozens more are missing. This tragedy is one of the most serious rail catastrophes in the history ofCanada.

July 12th, 2013

Angus Supports Nomination Of Sisters For Bravery Award

Charlie Angus is supporting Denise Didone and Louise Seguin for the Governor General’s Decoration for Bravery. The Timmins born sisters helped save a Cochrane man from a bear attack in May.

July 10th, 2013

More Students Will Work This Summer In The Region Thanks To Canada Summer Jobs Program

Charlie Angus met this morning with some of the students working in the riding thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs Program. The Canada Summer Jobs Program is providing $307-thousand dollars to create 138 jobs for students.

July 8th, 2013

Angus And Bisson Offer Condolences To Quebec Town

Charlie Angus says the horrific train explosion inLac-MéganticQuebechas touched people across the country. Speaking on behalf of the people ofTimmins-JamesBay, Angus expressed his support and sympathy to the families and the first responders.

June 26th, 2013

Hopcraft Honoured For Years Of Service

Nancy Hopcraft finally received her Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal today from Charlie Angus.

Hopcraft was unable to attend the ceremonies in December.

She was honoured for her many years of service including with the Victorian Order Of Nurses, Timmins District Hospital, Canadian Snowbirds Association and Canadian Cancer Society.

June 21st, 2013

End Of Session Parliamentary Wrap Up: NDP The Real Opposition In Ottawa

Charlie Angus says the defining moment of the 2013 session of Parliament was the intense grilling of Prime Minister Stephen Harper by New Democrat leader Thomas Mulcair over secret payouts to senators. Throughout the spring session, New Democrats exposed the corruption of the Harper government and exposed the lack of accountability in the Senate. Angus says the New Democrats have shown Canadians what principled and strong opposition looks like.

June 18th, 2013

ANGUS SAYS INDEPENDENT OVERSIGHT ESSENTIAL FOR ACCOUNTABILITY : New Democrats table motion to increase transparency and replace the BOIE with independent body

NDP Caucus Chair Peter Julian (Burnaby–New Westminster) has tabled a motion to bring full transparency and accountability to the House of Commons.

June 13th, 2013

Timmins Reaches For the Sky

Timmins is now home to the Stratospheric Balloon Base. The ribbon was officially cut at the site at the Vic Power Airport on Thursday.

June 10th, 2013

NDP writes to Elections Commissioner about allegations of secret Conservative fund

Charlie Angus says the NDP has written to Elections Canada asking for an investigation into the serious allegation regarding a partisan fund of the Conservative Party of Canada being controlled out of the Prime Minister`s Office.

June 4th, 2013

Petition on Canadian Privacy Law

Join us in supporting our campaign to bring Canada’s privacy law into the digital age.

Paper petition: attached or http://www.myprivacyonline.ca/assets/Uploads/2013-02-26-C-475-Petition-EN.pdf Online petition: http://myprivacyonline.ca/petition-for-myprivacy

June 3rd, 2013

Angus Statement In The House On Ornge Crash

Mr. Speaker,

I rise today to express the grief, shock and sadness of the people of Northern Ontario over the loss of four men in last Thursday’s medevac crash outside of Moosonee.

June 3rd, 2013

Funding Available For Community-Based Projects For Seniors

Charlie Angus is encouraging seniors groups and organizations to apply for New Horizons for Seniors funding. The program will award grants up to $25,000 to help with programming or projects that aid seniors. Angus says the Fund has helped many groups in the past.

May 31st, 2013

Angus And Bisson Offer Condolences Over Helicopter Crash

Timmins-James Bay MPP Gilles Bisson says he was deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of four ORNGE crew members in a helicopter crash outside Moosonee.

May 16th, 2013

Angus Asks Senate Ethics Commissioner To Investigate Duffy Payout Allegations

NDP Ethics Critic Charlie Angus has written to the Senate Ethics Officer Lyse Ricard asking for an investigation into accusations of a ‘cash-for-repayment’ scheme involving Mike Duffy and the Prime Minister’s Office.

May 15th, 2013

Senate expense scandal spreads to PMO, independent investigation needed

Revelations about an alleged cash-for-repayment scheme developed by Mike Duffy and the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Nigel Wright are proof that an independent investigation is needed into the Senate spending scandal, according to the NDP.

May 14th, 2013

Charlie Angus Asks Senators To Make Legal Opinions Public

Today, NDP Ethics Critic Charlie Angus (Timmins – James Bay) released two letters asking Senators to publicly release legal opinions on the residency requirements for sitting in the Senate.

April 29th, 2013

Angus Speaks Out On Air Cadet Cuts

Charlie Angus is calling on the Conservative government to stop rumoured cuts to the Air Cadet program. Angus says cuts to the Air Cadet Glider program will cut the heart out of the Cadets.

April 25th, 2013

Why Did Conservatives Cover Up Massive Data Breaches? Over A Million Canadians Possibly Affected

Charlie Angus wants the government to come clean about thousands of data breaches where the privacy information of over a million Canadians may have been compromised. Angus uncovered documents that show that various government departments have allowed massive amounts of private information to be lost, stolen or accessed by people without authorization.

April 22nd, 2013

Order Paper Question 1217 - Data breach in Canadian federal institutions

Submitted in the House of Commons on March 6, 2013:Q-1217 - March 6, 2013 - Mr. Angus (Timmins-James Bay) - With respect to data, information or privacy breaches at government departments, institutions and agencies, for each year from 2002 to 2012: (a) how many breaches have occurred in total, broken down by (i) department, institution or agency, (ii) the number of individuals affected by the breach; (b) of those breaches identified in (a), how many have been reported to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, broken down by (i) department, institution or agency, (ii) the number of individuals affected by the breach; and (c) how many breaches are known to have led to criminal activity such as fraud or identity theft, broken down by department, institution or agency? The government responded on April 22, 2013. The complete response can be downloaded at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/140503176/Order-Paper-Question-1217-EN-pdf

April 18th, 2013

Where Is The Accountability In The Senate?

Did he or didn’t he? It’s been nearly 2 months since senator Mike Duffy promised to pay back housing expenses for which he was not entitled. However Duffy refuses to tell the public whether or not he has paid back the money.

April 17th, 2013

Northern Mayors Meet NDP Caucus

Infrastructure, housing and transportation were the key issues raised during a meeting of Northeastern Ontario mayors and the federal New Democrats. Leader Thomas Mulcair also met with the mayors. The delegation, led by Mayor Tom Laughren of Timmins, met with the Ontario Caucus of the federal New Democrats as well as addressing the national caucus. The focus was on the growing infrastructure gap in the north.

April 16th, 2013

Hst Continues To Hit Northerners At Pumps

Charlie Angus has been receiving numerous complaints about high gas prices. He says people in Kirkland Lake area are particularly concerned about the major discrepancies in prices between Kirkland Lake gas stations and prices in neigbouring Quebec communities of Rouyn or Val d’Or. Angus says the HST plays a big role in driving up the price on the Ontario side of the border.

April 10th, 2013

Why Are The Conservatives Abandoning The James Bay Port Authority

New Democrats are wondering why the Conservatives have left out Northern Ontario yet again in the budget, failing to mention anything about the promised James Bay Port Authority and northern rail service.

April 5th, 2013

Conservative Cuts To Fednor Will Slash Jobs

While the Conservatives are quick to issue scathing statements that don’t dispute the inadequate funding to FedNor, New Democrats are calling on them to reverse FedNor funding cuts that will result in 20 job losses at the agency.

April 4th, 2013

Mulcair Gets a Close Look at Cadet Training

CPO2 Phillip Manseau , Coxswain of Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Tiger led the opening ceremony with the traditional raising of the flag, known in the Navy as “Colours.” As the joint band played the national anthem, the Member of Parliament forOutremontcould be heard adding his voice to the song.

April 2nd, 2013

Conservatives Whack Fednor: Big Cuts Coming To Northern Economic Development

The Harper government is slashing economic development investment in Northern Ontario. The latest budget shows that regional development agency FedNor is facing a 22% cut to its services. Charlie Angus says this cut is yet another sign that backbench Conservatives from Northern Ontario are failing to stand up for the region.

March 26th, 2013

Conservatives Must Explain Silence On Northern Ontario In Budget

Northern Ontario municipalities are going to be hard-pressed to find relief for aging infrastructure and a fragile jobs market in the budget, according to Northern Ontario NDP MPs.

March 7th, 2013

Charlie Angus, Andrew Cash And The NDP Pay Tribute To Stompin Tom

Fellow New Democrats joined MP's Charlie Angus and Andrew Cash, along with Kirkland Lake born MP Megan Leslie today outside the House of Commons to pay tribute to the late Stompin Tom Conners.

March 6th, 2013

JACK: CBC to Air the Movie Sunday

Dear Friends,

The inspiring story of Jack Layton is captured in JACK, a brand new movie airing on CBC Television this Sunday night, March 10, at 8 p.m. across the country and 8:30 p.m. on the East Coast.

March 5th, 2013

Feds Need To Show Up For Rural Infrastructure

Charlie Angus says small rural municipalities need their own dedicated funding envelope in order to address the problem of aging infrastructure. He is supporting a New Democratic Party motion to establish a permanent Rural Infrastructure Fund to assist small municipalities across Canada in the development, repair, and upgrading of their core physical infrastructure. The motion (M-433) is being brought forth by Thunder Bay Rainy River MP John Rafferty.

February 26th, 2013

Northern Electoral Boundaries Remain: Angus Thanks Residents For Getting Involved

The Electoral Redistribution Commission has backed off on its plan to vastly expand the riding of Timmins-James Bay. As well, the Commission has recognized the need to maintain 10 ridings for Northern Ontario contrary to suggestions that Northern Ontario lose another riding. Charlie Angus says the Commission heard loud and clear from northern residents that the proposed changes were simply not fair for ensuring proper representation in Parliament.

February 25th, 2013

FEDERAL ELECTORAL BOUNDARY COMMISSION STATEMENT: New Liskeard Public Meeting - October 15, 2012

1. I’d like to welcome the Boundary Commissioners to our region. I make this presentation as the elected representative for Timmins-James Bay but I am also drawing on my experience as a journalist and author of six published books on the history of Northern Ontario. I know very well all the communities being affected. I have been honoured to work with representatives from all regions of the north.

February 25th, 2013

MR FUNDRAISER WILL BE GREATLY MISSED: Angus and Bisson Honour Petroski

Charlie Angus is deeply saddened by the passing of Gerald (Gerry) Petroski. Angus says Petroski was “Mr. Fundraiser”. He worked selflessly with the Knights of Columbus, O’Gorman High School, Timmins District Hospital, Father Les Costello Food Bank, Child and family Services, Timmins Police Board, Crimestoppers, just to mention a few.

February 21st, 2013

Angus And Bisson Urge Protesters To Respect Injunction: Debeers Blockade Reaching A Financial tipping Point”

The federal and Provincial members for Timmins-James Bay are calling for an end to the ongoing blockade at the Victor Mine site outside of Attawapiskat. The continued closure of the road during the short haulage season for supplies has reached the point where it is putting the operation at risk and with it hundreds of jobs for local people.

February 20th, 2013

Suicide In Police Car Raises Alarm Bells

Charlie Angus is raising alarm bells about the third world policing conditions face by northern First Nations after the apparent suicide of a young woman in Kasabonika First Nation who was being held in the back seat of a police car because the local police station had no heat.

February 19th, 2013

GETTING CHARGED MONEY TO PAY YOUR BILL?: New Democrats Oppose "Pay-to-Pay" Rip-off :

Canada’s New Democrats have launched a campaign to eliminate extra charges for receiving a monthly bill in the mail. Over the last year many telephone, internet, TV and other companies have introduced new monthly charges on customers who continue to receive a paper copy of their bill in the mail.

February 15th, 2013

NO NEED FOR PANIC FOR SNOWBIRDS DRIVING TO FLORIDA: But Advisory Issued

The Canadian Automobile Association is advising anyone who travels to Florida to consider an international drivers license. The CAA says the State of Florida enacted new legislation in January to require an IDL.

February 11th, 2013

Timmins-James Bay Scores In Funding

Timmins-James Bay continues to do well in terms of federal investment. In the month of January, several projects received funding through Fednor. Charlie Angus says the 11 projects will help economic development in our region.

February 5th, 2013

Angus Looks To Celebrate Great Teachers

Do you know someone who has given exceptional service to education? Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence and Excellence in Early Childhood Education. Charlie Angus says there are educators across the north who deserve recognition.

January 30th, 2013

Angus Pays Tribute to Diane Marleau

Charlie Angus says he is very saddened to hear of the death of former Sudbury MP Diane Marleau. Angus worked with Marleau on a number of files during their time together in the House of Commons.

January 25th, 2013

Gilda Shea Gets Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal

Today, Charlie presented Gilda Shea of Iroquois Falls a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Shea has spent years working as a volunteer with the Girl Guides, the Church Parish Council, Hospital Auxilliary, Skating Club, Scouts, Air Cadet Squadron, Meals on Wheels, Access Transit and Porquis Agricultural Society.

January 23rd, 2013

CONSERVATIVES LEAVE CANADIANS HOLDING THE BAG AFTER HRSDC SECURITY BREACH: Loss of student loan data could cost Canadians more than $100 million annually

A week after admitting to the loss of the names, social insurance numbers, dates of birth, contact information, and loan balances of 583,000 Canada Student Loan borrowers, the Conservatives still refuse to accept responsibility and to help the victims.

January 23rd, 2013

Jordon Gets Medal

Charlie Angus presented 95-year old Mary Jordon of Timmins with a Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal today for her years of volunteer work.

January 21st, 2013

Changes To Tax Filing Coming: Angus Concerned About Seniors

With the new tax season approaching Charlie Angus is advising constituents that a number of changes are coming to the way Canadians file their taxes. The Conservative government is moving towards "paperless" filing which could mean problems for seniors who have always counted on receiving their paper forms in the mail.

January 20th, 2013

Jean-Claude Carriere Receives Queens Medal

Charlie Angus has given the Diamond Jubilee medal to Jean-Claude Carriere, a longtime leader in the francophone community. Angus presented the medal at the annual Brunch des Organismes Francophone in New Liskeard on Sunday January 20.

January 17th, 2013

TIMMINS-JAMES BAY GETS FUNDING FOR SUMMER STUDENTS: Perfect opportunity for Small Organizations

Charlie Angus is encouraging groups and organizations in the riding to submit their requests for summer student job funding. The application process opens on February 1.Timmins-JamesBay is receiving $277,581 for the hiring of student workers.

January 11th, 2013

Landers Gets Diamond Jubilee Medal

Charlie Angus presented another Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal today to Colleen Landers of Timmins. Landers was unable to attend the awards ceremony in December.

January 8th, 2013

2103 Shows Promise For Region

Charlie Angus says 2013 could be a banner year for Timmins-JamesBay. The economy has been very strong over the last year and shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, numerous new mining operations are coming on stream. There have also been a number of new business ventures getting off the ground. Angus says that this boom is more balanced because it includes an agricultural expansion in the region of Matheson and Val Gagne.

December 11th, 2012

Angus Celebrates Timmins Heroes Of Spanish Civil War

2012 marks the 75th anniversary of the formation of the famous Mackenzie-Papineau Brigade. Charlie Angus says its time to recognize the enormous contribution of northern volunteers. Nearly 2,000 young Canadians went toSpain in 1937 to fight the fascist forces of Franco, Hitler and Mussolini. These young men put their lives on the line to defend the democratically-elected Spanish government from fascist forces.

December 7th, 2012

UNSUNG HEROES GET A HERO'S WELCOME: Diamond Jubilee Medals Given in Timmins

Outstanding volunteers from Timmins-James Bay were honored Friday night in Charlie Angus presented Diamond Jubilee Medals to 16 recipients.

November 27th, 2012

Angus Voted Among The Most Influential In Canada: Maclean’s Declares The People Who really Run The Country”

Charlie Angus was named to the “Power List” of the most 25 influential people in Ottawa by Maclean’s Magazine. The list of the people who "really run this country" includes the Prime Minister, the Bank of Canada Governor and Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair. Angus was named to the list for his relentless pressure on the government for accountability and fairness.

November 15th, 2012

Conservatives Use Omnibus To Attack Lake And River Protection

The Conservative massive omnibus bill is a declaration of war on basic environmental protection for Canadian lakes and rivers. New Democrat MPs are challenging the Harper government to come clean with Canadians about changes to the Navigable Waters Act which will leave 99.7% of the lakes in Canada without environment protection. The other .3% that are being protected are in Conservative ridings.

November 2nd, 2012

NDP CRITIC LAMOTHE IN TIMMINS: Young Quebec MP a Rising Star in Ottawa

One of the Federal New Democrats rising young stars is inTimmins today. Senior’s Critic Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (MP Pierrefonds-Dollard) is speaking to seniors about government changes that will impact their future.

October 30th, 2012

TORY LAKE PROTECTION FAVOURS MILLIONAIRES ON SEA-DOs: Why Special Treatment For Lakes In Tory Ridings?

Charlie Angus wants to know why the Conservative omnibus bill is declaring open season on Canada's lakes and rivers while protecting lakes in Conservative ridings. Of Canada's 30,000 lakes only 97 are being given environmental protection and almost all are in Conservative ridings.

October 25th, 2012

UNDER-FUNDED POLICE FACING CRISIS IN FAR NORTH: Feds Must Work with NAPS on Funding

Charlie Angus says the Federal government is failing the front line officers of NAPS (Nishnawbe Aski Police). NAPs serve the First Nation communities of Nishnawbe Aski Nation inNorthern Ontario. Chronic under-funding and under staffed units are leaving both officers and communities at risk. In a letter to Justice Minister Vic Toews, Angus calls on the Federal government to work with its funding partner (Ontario) in providing adequate support for NAPs.

October 25th, 2012

Letter to Vic Toews

Hon. Vic Toews

Minister of Public Safety

306 Justice Building

Ottawa,ON K1A 0A6

October 23, 2012

Re: Adequate Policing Resources for Nishnawbe Aski Police Service

October 17th, 2012

NDP Introduces Bill To Stop Fraudulent Election Calls

NDP Democratic and Parliamentary Reform critic, Craig Scott, (Toronto-Danforth) introduced a bill in the House of Commons today to prevent fraudulent election voice messages.

October 12th, 2012

PUBLIC INVITED TO MEETING ABOUT BOUNDARY CHANGES: Electoral Changes Could Have Huge Impact

Charlie Angus is inviting people to a public meeting about proposed Electoral Boundary Changes. The meeting, being held in New Liskeard this Monday (Oct 15th), will examine proposed federal boundary changes.

October 11th, 2012

ANGUS RECOGNIZES PUPICH: Angus to Hand out His Medals Soon

Charlie Angus congratulated Ed Pupich of Schumacher today for his receiving a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from Hockey Canada. Pupich was honoured for his decades of work with amateur hockey.

October 7th, 2012

Statement by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair on Thanksgiving

As family members young and old prepare for the journey home this thanksgiving weekend I would like to offer best wishes for a joyous holiday amongst loved ones.

September 27th, 2012

ANGUS HOPS THE TRAIN TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR NORTHLANDER: Pays Tribute to Hard Working ONR Employees

Charlie Angus will ride the northlander train tomorrow (fri) on its last scheduled trip. During Question Period today, Angus paid tribute to the men and women working the Northlander.

September 25th, 2012

Conservatives Turn Ottawa Into black Hole” For Information: right To Know Week” Shows Canada In Free Fall On Access

Access to information is one of the fundamental markers of an accountable government and yet under the Harper Conservatives, Canada has become a “black hole.” As the world marks “Right to Know” week, Canada finds it itself falling from a world leader to a world laggard in ensuring citizens information on the workings of government. According to the Centre for Law and Democracy, Canada has fallen to 51st in the world – behind Angola and Niger on access to information.

September 24th, 2012

OCTOBER 1st DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR RIDING CHANGE COMMENTS: Will Timmins-James Bay Get the Shaft from New Riding Maps?

Residents of Timmins-James Bay are urged to participate in the public hearing on proposed riding boundary changes in the north. The changes could have a huge impact on the region. MP Charlie Angus is encouraging the public to participate in the public hearing scheduled for New Liskeard on October 15.

September 19th, 2012

Angus Named Top Three Influential Canadians

Charlie Angus continues to be recognized for his hard work. Zoomer Magazine has placed Angus 3rd on their top 45 most influential Canadians over the age of 45 list. The magazine ranked the best individuals who have made a difference in the lives of Canadians.

September 18th, 2012

Conservative Inaction And Incompetence Put Canadian Economy In Danger

In a speech to his caucus, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said New Democrats will continue holding the Conservatives to account for their inaction and incompetence when it comes to the economy.

September 13th, 2012

Conservatives cut more services to Canadians

The latest round of Conservative service cuts could have dire consequences for Canadians, New Democrats warned today.

September 13th, 2012

Angus Reacts To Misleading Timmins Daily Press Headline

Dear Editor,

I was somewhat surprised to read a headline in your paper that stated I predict a "fiery clash" over the development of the Ring of Fire. At no time during the interview did I make such an assertion. I expressed the fact there is frustration of both the First Nations and mining representatives about the need to have the federal government playing a positive role in ensuring fair negotiations. In no way should this be extrapolated to suggesting there will be "fiery clashes".

September 12th, 2012

Angus Ready For Fall Session: Says New Democrats Will Hold Conservatives Accountable To Canadians

New Democrats will return to Ottawa on Monday to begin the work of becoming a true government in waiting. Charlie Angus says Canadians are growing increasingly frustrated with the mismanagement and contempt being shown by the Harper government.

September 11th, 2012

NDP calls for increased federal infrastructure funding

Today’s release of the first Canadian Infrastructure Report Card by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) shows that overburdened cities need the federal government to commit to adequate infrastructure funding to tackle deteriorating municipal roads and water systems.

August 22nd, 2012

MONEY NOW AVAILABLE TO IMPROVE ACCESS: Angus Encourages Organizations to Apply

Applications are now being accepted for the Enabling Accessibility Fund. The EAF supports community-based projects across Canada that improve accessibility, remove barriers, and enable Canadians with disabilities to participate in and contribute to their communities.

August 14th, 2012

Community Museums Get Funding For Staffing Help

Students in Timmins-James Bay are getting the chance to work in the heritage sector this year thanks to Young Canada Works. The Museum of Northern History in Kirkland Lake has been approved for 2 positions while the Englehart and Area Historical Museum gets 1.

July 19th, 2012

NDP Challenges Conservatives To Finally Clean Up Patronage

New Democrat Ethics critic Charlie Angus called on the Conservative government to work with the Official Opposition and finally clean up the appointments process once and for all.

July 18th, 2012

Statement On The Re-Election Of The Assembly Of First Nations' National Chief

On behalf of Canada's Official Opposition, I offer my sincere congratulations to Shawn A-in-chut Atleo on his re-election as the head of the Assembly of First Nations. I look forward to continuing to work with National Chief Atleo.

July 16th, 2012

Funding Now Available For Local Recreational And Cultural Facilities

Applications are now being accepted for the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. Charlie Angus says the fund provides money for the repair and improvement of community infrastructure facilities.

July 9th, 2012

Angus To Relaunch cage Call” At Timmins Voices

Charlie Angus will re-release the award-winning photo-documentary “Cage Call” at the Timmins Voices event at Christopher’s Coffee House next Thursday. The book, written with photographer Louie Palu won the prestigious Photolucinda Award for Photojournalism in Seattle, Washington in 2007. The book documents life in hardrock mining communities of the north.

July 3rd, 2012

Fight For Onr Comes To Timmins: NDP To Hold Public Meeting At Centennial Hall

Citizens who are concerned about the future of the ONTC are invited to come to a public meeting on Monday at the Centennial Hall, next to the Mountjoy Arena. The meeting will update residents on the implications of the planned sell-off of the Ontario Northland Railway. As well, there will be information on the campaign to stop the sell-off.

July 3rd, 2012

One Minister’s Resignation Is Too Little, Too Late

Minister Bev Oda has resigned from the Conservative Cabinet after years of ethics scandals and wasteful spending. In response, New Democrats are pointing to the many questions left unanswered and asserting that this does nothing to restore accountability to Stephen Harper’s Cabinet.

June 27th, 2012

Angus And NDP Give Cheese To Lord’s Kitchen

Timmins-James Bay New Democrats made a donation to the Lord’s Kitchen in Timmins Thursday morning. Charlie Angus will be on hand to present the charitable group with 2 cases of Thornloe Cheese plus 2 cases of fine assorted crackers and bottled water.

June 22nd, 2012

CHILDREN OF ATTAWAPISKAT FINALLY SEE THE LIGHT AT END OF THE TUNNEL: Sod Turns on New School Construction

After decades of discussion and lobbying, they will finally turn the sod on a new school in Attawapiskat this afternoon. Charlie Angus says this is a proud and happy day.

June 12th, 2012

Deadline Approaching For Seniors’ Program Funding

Charlie Angus is encouraging seniors groups and organizations to apply for New Horizons for Seniors funding. The program will award grants up to $25,000 to help with programming to aid seniors. Angus says the Fund has helped many groups in the past.

June 11th, 2012

Angus Challenges Government On Northern Food Prices

Today in Question Period, Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus called on the government to resolve the ridiculously high food prices in the far north. Angus says paying 15 dollars for a bag of milk is unacceptable.

June 7th, 2012

Angus And Vanthof Invite Public To Meeting On Onr

Charlie Angus and Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP John Vanthof are inviting residents to come to a meeting on the future of the ONR Sunday in Englehart.

May 31st, 2012

Angus And Bisson Pay Tribute To Northern Fire Crews

This week in the House of Commons, Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus spoke of the tremendous work being done in the riding by all those involved in the massive forest fires. Angus saw the heroism up close.

May 29th, 2012

Forest firefighters

Mr. Speaker, this past week the people of Timmins—James Bay saw heroism up close. Our region was under threat from numerous fires, and we had over 1,500 people evacuated from the various fire zones.

May 28th, 2012

Failed Tory Candidates Hit Gravy Train: Harper Uses Public Money To Pay Back Failed Candidates

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is using public money to support failed Conservative candidates. In the last year, nearly 25% of failed Conservative candidates were given patronage posts. The jobs range from plum postings in the senate to public positions at various government agencies and boards.

May 28th, 2012

Funding Call Now Open For Seniors’ Program

Charlie Angus is encouraging seniors groups and organizations to apply for New Horizons for Seniors funding. The program will award grants up to $25,000 to help with programming to aid seniors. Angus says the Fund has helped many groups in the past.

May 23rd, 2012

Kl Constituency Office Closed In Order To Assist Fire Team

In response to a request from local emergency planning officials, staff from MPCharlie Angus and MPP John Vanthof's Kirkland Lake office will spend theremainder of this week helping with the Town's emergency preparednessplan. A state of emergency has been declared for the Kirkland Lake regiondue to forest fires. Angus and Vanthof have been working closely with townofficials who are dealing with the threat posed by the Kirkland Lake fire.Angus says they decided to close the constituency office so that all resourcescan be put into preparing for possible evacuation if the fire threat worsens.

May 19th, 2012

300 Thousand Dollars Awarded To Put Students To Work

Timmins-JamesBayis getting another 119 jobs thanks to the Canada Student Summer Jobs program. MP Charlie Angus says the riding received over 307-thousand dollars this year to help create summer employment.

May 9th, 2012

Mulcair, Angus Meet Un Over Northern Food Prices

The New Democratic Party has brought the growing food crisis on the James Bay coat to the attention of the United Nations. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Food Charles de Shutter is investigating Canada’s lack of planning for equitable access to food. Charlie Angus, joined a team led by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair to meet with the UN delegation.

May 3rd, 2012

Angus Questions Conservative Limo Bills

CharlieAngus is asking why Conservative cabinet ministers racked up over $600,000 in overtime charges. The news comes as the Harper government is slashing public services and is telling seniors they will have to work longer in order to be eligible for a pension.

May 3rd, 2012

Tribute to Randy Kapashesit

Mr, Speaker,

I rise today to pay tribute to a great leader and a good friend – Randy Kapashesit, Chief of MoCreebec on Moose Factory Island.

April 28th, 2012

Statement on National Day of Mourning

On this National Day of Mourning, New Democrats pay tribute to workers killed orinjured at work.

April 27th, 2012

Raising age of eligibility for OAS will have serious consequences on seniors

A new report by the NDP shows that raising the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement from 65-67 will lead more seniors into poverty.

April 26th, 2012

Aboriginal justice strategy deserves support not silence

New Democrats are calling on the Minister of Justice to commit to funding the Aboriginal Justice Strategy (AJS) to ensure that the vital work they do to combat crime in First Nations communities continues.

April 23rd, 2012

ANGUS DEMANDS ANSWERS ON HIGH-FLYING MINISTER: Oda Demands Upgrade from 5-Star Hotel

Charlie Angus says it appears Bev Oda can`t help herself when it comes to living large off the taxpayer. The Minister of International Development has once againfound herself in hot water over lavish spending while at a convention in Londonabout helping the poor. Angus says the ‘Champagne Minister’ has a history of abusing the taxpayer`s dime.

April 20th, 2012

Angus Gets Vote Of Support From New Leader

Charlie Angus will continue in his role as party critic for Ethics. Leader Tom Mulcair announced his new shadow cabinet yesterday and Angus remains in the high-profile position.

April 18th, 2012

Nomination Period For Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Now Open

Charlie Angus officially made the call for nominations for the Queen`s Diamond Jubilee Medal. The medal will be awarded to people in the riding who have gone above and beyond in their communities. Angus says we are looking for the unsung heroes.

April 13th, 2012

Conservatives Have No Plan For Northern Ontario

New Democrat MPs are accusing the Conservatives of mismanagingNorthern Ontario’s economy. Recent budget cuts, including 5-million to Fed Nor grants and contributions, show that the Harper Government has no plan for growth and development in the north. The arbitrary cuts across the region, including in the Conservative held ridings of North Bayand Sault Ste. Marie will mean significant job losses and reduced services.

April 5th, 2012

NDP Mps Urge Northerners To Speak Up Now On Federal Riding Boundary Changes

With an April 30th deadline looming for citizens’ first submissions, Charlie Angus wants residents, municipalities and organizations to speak up now to defend Northern Ontario’s ten ridings.

April 4th, 2012

Conservatives Blow It With Katimavik Cuts

Charlie Angus says the Conservative government’s attack on the Katimivik program shows how out of touch Stephen Harper is when it comes to the idea of nation building. Katimivik is a program that allows Canadian youth to develop leadership experience in regions acrossCanada. It has been hugely successful in Northern Ontario.

March 30th, 2012

Onr Steps Up To Help Fort Albany

The Ontario Northland Railway is going to help move 10 skids of food supplies to Moosonee as part of the relief effort for Fort Albany. Residents in Fort Albany have been cut off from food supplies for days because of extreme flooding on the Albany River. Charlie Angus and MPP Gilles Bisson have been working with the community to get emergency food and baby supplies into Fort Albany. The major logistical problem has been finding a way to get the food up the coast.

March 24th, 2012

Thomas Mulcair elected next leader of Canada's New Democrats

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Thomas Mulcair was selected new leader of the Official Opposition by thousands of New Democrats gathered in Toronto and tens of thousands more who voted online or in advance.

March 23rd, 2012

Angus Releases Tribute Song To Layton With Kta

As the New Democratic Party prepare to choose Layton's successor at this years NDP Leadership Convention, Sudbury-based band Kill the Autocrat and Timmins-James Bay MP, Charlie Angus have joined forces in a collaboration to commemorate the life and legacy of Layton with the release of KTA's latest single, Longer Than a Lifetime.

March 19th, 2012

Angus To Speak At Town Hall Meeting

Charlie Angus is inviting you to an old fashioned town hall meeting in Timmins tomorrow night (Tues). Angus has been invited by the Mackay Presbyterian Church to update residents on his work in Parliament.

March 16th, 2012

New Democrats Introduce Bill To Protect Seniors

The NDP has tabled a bill that would automatically register all Canadian seniors for the Guaranteed Income Supplement.

March 14th, 2012

NDP Introduces Motion To Save Popular Home Retrofit Program

The ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program was so popular with Canadians – reducing heating bills, helping the environment, and creating clean energy jobs – that the NDP wants Parliament to review its cancellation by the Conservative government.

March 7th, 2012

VOTING SCANDAL WIDENS: Angus calls on Conservatives to Come Clean

Charlie Angus continues to call on the Conservative government to take voter suppression allegations seriously. Elections Canadais investigating over 31,000 calls about possible voter irregularities. Angus says the Conservatives are dismissing the charges and trying to deflect blame.

March 2nd, 2012

Statement by New Democrat Leader Nycole Turmel on the investigation by Elections Canada

New Democrats welcome the investigation by Elections Canada into the tens of thousands of complaints they received about election suppression activities during the last federal election.

February 28th, 2012

Timmins-James Bay Lead Way To Historic Vote On shannen’s Dream”:

After years of hard work, a New Democrat motion calling for the end of funding discrimination against First Nation schools passed Monday night with unanimous consent. The motion, based on the principles of the Shannen’s Dream campaign, moves Canada one step closer to ending inequality for First Nations’ education.

February 27th, 2012

NDP and TIMMINS-JAMES BAY LEAD WAY TO HISTORIC VOTE ON “SHANNEN’S DREAM”

After years of hard work, a New Democrat motion calling for the end of funding discrimination against First Nation schools is set to pass Monday night with unanimous consent.

February 23rd, 2012

Conservatives Playing Games With Seniors Pensions

Charlie Angus says the Conservative party’s attack on Old Age Security (OAS) is irresponsible and has no grounding in reality.

February 17th, 2012

Angus Part Of Government Delegation To Rome

Charlie Angus will be heading to Rome as part of the official government delegation for the investiture ofToronto’s new cardinal Tom Collins. Angus and fellow New Democrat Andrew Cash (Davenport) will be part of the parliamentary delegation to theVatican. In 2005, Angus represented the Canadian government at the investiture of Pope Benedict XVI.

February 16th, 2012

SHANNEN’S DREAM FIGHT COMES TO PARLIAMENT: First Nations schools receive less than provincial systems; NDP motion calls for Equal Funding

Shannen Koostachin told the government she would never give up in her fight for equal school rights for First Nation children. Now, nearly 2 years after her tragic death, the New Democrats are following through on Shannen’s Dream of equal education. Today in the House of Commons, they will debate the “Shannen’s Dream” motion calling on the government to close the funding gap between what First Nation schools receive and what provincial school systems receive.

February 15th, 2012

HARPER MUST MAKE SHANNEN’S DREAM A REALITY: First Nations schools receive less than provincial systems; NDP motion calls for equal funding

New Democrats today tackled the inequality the plagues First Nations education by introducing a motion calling on the government to close the funding gap between what First Nation schools receive from and what provincial school systems receive.

February 13th, 2012

HARPER MUST PROTECT NORTHERN ONTARIO’S VOICE: NDP MPs launch tour to preserve Northern Ontario’s share of federal electoral ridings

New Democrat MPs from Northern Ontario are launching a three-stop tour to pressure Stephen Harper to preserve fair representation for Northern Ontario families by protecting the regions 10 seats in the House of Commons.

February 10th, 2012

ANGUS TO STRIKE DIAMOND JUBILEE COMMITTEE: Celebrating Our Real Heroes

Do you want to nominate someone for the Diamond Jubilee Medal?If so, Charlie Angus is setting up regional committees to select citizens for this historic honour. Angus says 30 recipients will be chosen from across the region of Timmins-James Bay. He says the focus will be on those unsung heroes, young and older, who are working to improve the lives of people in the region.

February 7th, 2012

First Nation Infrastructure Needs Must Be Addressed

Today New Democrats are calling on the Aboriginal Affairs Committee to travel to first nations’ communities along the James Bay coast. For years basic infrastructure and amenities enjoyed by other Canadian communities has been denied to these communities by the government.

February 2nd, 2012

Conservatives Shut Down Debate On Pension Reform

Charlie Angus says it is unacceptable that the Conservative government shut down debate on plans to reform the Canada's public pension plan. Angus says the government's pooled pension proposal is really just another form of RRSP’S and will be insufficient for addressing the real needs of Canadians.

January 30th, 2012

ANGUS CHALLENGE TO CLEMENT: Time to Come Clean with Canadians

On the first day of the new session of Parliament, Charlie Angus continued to hammer away at Treasury Board President Tony Clement over the glaring inconsistencies in his explanation over how he spent the $50 million border infrastructure funding in Muskoka. Earlier this month, Angus revealed internal documents that completely contradicted testimony Clement had given at a Parliamentary committee hearing. The documents established that Clement had overseen the paperwork for 242 potential projects under the G8 Legacy Fund. As well, Clement had given instructions for letters of rejection to be sent out to the unsuccessful applicants.

January 24th, 2012

Harper Must Treat First Nations With Respect To Regain Trust

As First Nations leaders gather in Ottawa for meetings with the federal government, New Democrat Leader Nycole Turmel urged the Prime Minister to work with First Nations, as full and equal partners moving forward.

January 19th, 2012

REGIONAL GAS GOUGING CONTINUES: HST Takes Huge Bite in Gas Prices

Families are taking a major hit from high gas prices inNorthern Ontario says Charlie Angus. He says he often hears complaints from constituents about the striking disparities in pricing between various parts of the country. In response to constituents who wanted to know why northern Quebec cities of Rouyn and Val d’Or had consistently lower prices than Timmins and Kirkland Lake, Angus has undertaken some research. One of the big factors in the unfair price difference, he says is the HST.

January 18th, 2012

PUT PENSIONERS FIRST WHEN BUSINESSES GO BANKRUPT : NDP bill would make workers the priority when a business goes bankrupt

As a faltering economy puts Canadian families on edge, New Democrats are urging the government to stand up for retirees and adopt the NDP bill to put pensioners at the front of the line when a business goes bankruptcy.

January 17th, 2012

Canada Student Summer Job Program Ready To Roll For 2012

Timmins-JamesBayis getting another 277-thousand dollars for student summer jobs this year. In 2011, almost 100 jobs were created in the riding.

January 11th, 2012

Fundraising Drive For Attawapiskat Furniture

Efforts are underway to ensure that the tent families ofAttawapiskatare given a new start in life. A fundraising drive is taking place to buy furniture for each of the 22 new modular homes being delivered to the community. The effort is being coordinated by the EHL Homes (the builders of the modular homes), True North Aid and the office of Charlie Angus.

January 9th, 2012

Angus Encourages Youth To Get Involved In Parliament Hill Program

The Forum for Young Canadians is taking place in Ottawa and Charlie Angus is encouraging students, aged 15 to 19 to get involved.

January 5th, 2012

GOVERNMENT AD SPENDING THROUGH THE ROOF: Harper using Tax Dollars as War Chest

The Conservative government has been sitting on a report that shows that federal advertising spending has gone through the roof. In 2009-10, advertising spending skyrocketed to $136 million, nearly $100 million more than when the Conservatives took power in 2005-06. Targeted spending on key “ethnic” media publications in suburban ridings also saw a dramatic increase.

December 22nd, 2011

HARPER PUTS CONSERVATIVE INSIDERS AT THE FRONT OF THE LINE, AGAIN: Christmas comes early for defeated cabinet ministers and well-connected Conservatives

In the week before Christmas, Conservatives have been quietly ushering in more than 125 patronage appointments to various Federal positions.

December 21st, 2011

JACK WOULD BE PROUD: Angus says New Democrats Carried His Vision Forward in 2011

Charlie Angus says he is proud of the performance of the New Democratic Party caucus during the last session of Parliament. At a year end news conference, Angus said, despite of the tragic death of leader Jack Layton, a very large and relatively inexperienced caucus came together quickly and formed into a formidable opposition to the Harper government.

December 20th, 2011

Open Letter to James Anaya

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December 15th, 2011

Angus, Harper, Layton - Top Mps Of The Year

Charlie Angus has been named one of the top three MPs inCanada. Yesterday, CTV National News Power Play host Don Martin named Angus the best parliamentarian behind Stephen Harper and the late Jack Layton.

December 14th, 2011

Attawapiskat Response Shows Canadians Care: Angus Thanks Red Cross For Help

Charlie Angus stood in the House of Commons to thank the Red Cross for their extraordinary response to help the beleaguered community ofAttawapiskat. Emergency teams from the Red Cross have been in the community for weeks bringing in badly needed supplies. Angus says the Red Cross relief has been possible thanks to the incredible outpouring of support from Canadians across the country.

December 13th, 2011

Angus Challenges Tories To Clean Up Lobbying

It’s time the Conservative government shut down the loopholes in the lobbying act. This is the message from New Democratic Ethics Critic Charlie Angus in the wake of a damning report by the lobbying commissioner on the Rahim Jaffer scandal. Although Commissioner Karen Shepherd found numerous breaches of the lobbying act, she has no power to take action.

December 7th, 2011

NDP Calls On Pm To Provide Support To Attawapiskat

New Democrat Leader Nycole Turmel wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper today, asking his government to provide immediate help to the community in Attawapiskat.

November 30th, 2011

WHERE IS THE PRIME MINISTER? Angus and Turmel call on Stephen Harper to go to Attawapiskat

Today in Question Period, New Democrats called on the Prime Minister to visitAttawapiskatand see the deplorable conditions for himself. Leader Nycole Turmel went to Attawapiskat yesterday along with Charlie Angus.

November 29th, 2011

Attawapiskat: NDP Slams Conservative Inaction In The Face Of Suffering Families

Official Opposition Leader Nycole Turmel visited the community of Attawapiskat today, where there is a serious housing crisis. She slammed the inaction of the Harper government, which has been slow to intervene and help families living in intolerable conditions.

November 28th, 2011

TURMEL HEADS TO ATTAWAPISKAT: Leader to Tour Crisis

Federal New Democratic Party Leader Nycole Turmel will be flying to Attawapiskat Tuesday to meet with residents and First Nations leaders. Turmel's visit comes as the Red Cross moves into the community to begin coordinating relief efforts.

November 21st, 2011

WHERE IS THE ACTION PLAN? Angus says Ottawa and Queen’s Park Missing in Action in Attawapiskat

Today in Question Period, Charlie Angus called on both levels of government to help the residents of Attawapiskat. Angus says it’s been 3 weeks since a state of emergency was declared due to poor and lack of housing. “Not a single official of the federal or provincial government has bothered to visit the community to see first-hand the deplorable conditions. Not even one aid agency has stepped forward.” Angus says conditions are deteriorating every day. “Temperatures have dropped 20 degrees and are likely to drop even more very soon. Families in makeshift tents and un-insulated sheds with no hydro or water are facing immediate risk.” Immediate risk is the language that is being used by medical officials in the area. Residents are at risk of infection, disease and fire. Angus says children are using a bucket as a toilet. “This is unacceptable in a rich country like Canada. This is the same community that houses one of the richest diamond mines in the western world.” Angus is calling on both levels of government, as well as national aid agencies, to work with Attawapiskat to respond to the crisis.

November 17th, 2011

TIME FOR OTTAWA TO SUPPORT PALLIATIVE CARE: New Report Lays Groundwork for National Strategy

Charlie Angus is saluting the work of the non-partisan parliamentary committee on Palliative Care issues. Their new report “Not to be Forgotten: Care of Vulnerable Canadians” lays out a framework for helping families deal with end of life issues.

November 14th, 2011

Conservative Demand For Cbc Docs unlawful”

In a stunning letter to New Democrat Ethics Critic Charlie Angus, the Parliamentary Law Clerk calls Conservative Dean Del Maestro’s use of the Ethics Committee to demand unredacted documents from the CBC “unlawful” and possibly “interference” in the independence of Canadian courts.

November 10th, 2011

Looking After Veterans: Federal Government Must Do Much Better

In the days leading up to Remembrance Day, our nations’ thoughts will turn to the contributions of the men and women who served our country and gave their lives in times of war, armed conflicts, and peace. Millions of Canadians will gather at cenotaphs, community centres, Legion and Army, Navy and Air force Veterans halls to honour the living, remember the fallen and thank currently serving Canadian Forces (CF) and RCMP personnel.

November 9th, 2011

Attawapiskat Housing Crisis A Horror Story

Children living in un-insulated tents; families relying on buckets for toilets; elders living in sheds --these are some of the conditions witnessed by Charlie Angus and MPP Gilles Bisson on a tour throughAttawapiskatthis week.

November 9th, 2011

Dewer First Leadership Hopeful To Visit Riding

Federal NDP Leadership candidate Paul Dewer will be in Timmins and Iroquois Falls this weekend. The 48-year old Ottawa-Centre MP will take part in Remembrance Day ceremonies, and also meet with residents.

November 2nd, 2011

Angus Brings Housing Crisis To Parliament

A state of emergency has been declared in Attawapiskat, Kashechewan and Fort Albany due to a lack of housing. Today in Question Period, Charlie Angus called on the Conservatives to work with the communities and Mushkegowuk Tribal Council to end the horrible conditions.

October 31st, 2011

CHILDREN LIVING IN TENTS ON JAMES BAY COAST: Action Needed on State of Emergency

A state of emergency has been declared by communities facing a desperate housing crisis on the isolatedJames Bay coast. With a hard winter approaching there are many families living in tents and wooden sheds. The New Democratic Party says the federal and provincial government must respond to the housing crisis in Attawapiskat, Kashechewan andFortAlbany.

October 18th, 2011

NDP Tables Act To Protect Pensions

New Democrat Pension Critic Wayne Marston (Hamilton East-Stoney Creek) reintroduced legislation today to put pensioners first when their former employers go bankrupt.

October 13th, 2011

Conservatives Must Come Clean On Internet Snooping Bill

How far are the Conservative government planning on going with its “Lawful Access” online snooping bill? This is the question NDP Privacy Critic Charlie Angus and MP Charmaine Borg say must be answered by the Conservatives. The New Democrats are particularly concerned about plans for allowing police warrantless access to customer data on internet and cell phone use.

September 26th, 2011

Clement Agreed To Interfere With G8 Spending Review: Emails

New Democrat Ethics critic Charlie Angus and Treasury Board critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite Patrie) released new evidence today showing Tony Clement’s inappropriate involvement in preparations for the G8 Summit.

September 22nd, 2011

Clement To Friend: Would You Like A Job In Huntsville?

Today NDP Ethics Critic Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay) is releasing emails between Tony Clement, the Mayor ofHuntsvilleand Vern Freedlander a freelance communications consultant.

September 19th, 2011

Angus Issues Challenge To Clement:

The fall Parliamentary session has begun with serious questions being raised about whether or not Tony Clement played a role in keeping the Auditor General in the dark about key G8 spending in Muskoka. Earlier this summer, New Democrats released documents that revealed an elaborate process for funneling money into Clement’s riding under the pretext of supporting G8 infrastructure funding. The documents clearly contradict information that had been provided to the Auditor General.

September 10th, 2011

Charlie Angus Statement on the NDP Leadership Race

It has only been a few short weeks since the tragic death of Jack Layton. Jack wasn’t just the leader of our party he was like a member of our family. And as we grieve, we find ourselves thrust into the media glare of a leadership race. It is a race that will have profound consequences forCanada’s political landscape. The next leader will need the vision and political “chops” to carry out Jack’s mission to form a social democratic government in the next election.

September 6th, 2011

Did Conservatives Sell Out Canada To U.s. Copyright Interests?

Documents released through Wiki Leaks are painting an alarming picture of Conservative collusion with U.S interests to force throughU.S.style copyright legislation.

August 26th, 2011

Book Of Condolence Remains In Riding Another Week

Due to the tremendous outpouring of sympathy following the death of Federal NDP Leader Jack Layton, MP Charlie Angus will be keeping a book of condolences in the riding a bit longer. Angus says it has been heartwarming.

August 22nd, 2011

Charlie Angus Statement On Jack Layton

Charlie Angus would like to thank the people of Timmins-JamesBay for the incredible outpouring of emotion following the death of New Democrat Leader Jack Layton. Angus and staff will have a book of condolences for people in the region to sign. Area residents can come by either the Timmins or Kirkland Lake constituency office to sign the book.

August 19th, 2011

Turmel Makes Timmins First Stop

Federal Interim NDP Leader Nycole Turmel made a stop in Timmins today.

The Interim Leader wanted to come to Timmins as part of her cross Canada fact finding mission.

August 18th, 2011

Turmel In Timmins

Interim Leader Nycole Turmel will be in Timmins on Friday. Turmel will be meeting with francophones at College Boreal before heading off to a meeting with Mayor Tom Laughren. In the afternoon, she takes a tour of Lakeshore Gold's Bell Creek Mine.

August 15th, 2011

NEW EVIDENCE OF CONSERVATIVE’S SLUSH FUND POLITICS: Clement funnelled work through constituency office to avoid oversight

New documents reveal that Tony Clement used the G8 Legacy money as a $50 million personal slush fund and devised a system that would skirt transparency and accountability. This evidence obtained by New Democrats through municipalities in Muskoka contradicts the story given to the Auditor General by government officials.

August 10th, 2011

Angus Busking For Accessible Transit

Charlie Angus is taking his guitar to the streets ofIroquoisFallsto help raise money for the Access Transit bus service. Angus is participating in the annual Busker's Festival, which raises money for a fully-equipped special needs bus. Angus has been a regular participant in the event for the past 7 years.

July 13th, 2011

NDP Warns Against Conservatives’ Snooping Law

If the Conservatives get their way, police will be soon be able to track every e-mail sent, every website visited and every comment left on Facebook - all without warrants or judicial review.

July 5th, 2011

Senate Must Clean Up Its Unethical Act

With yet another senator under investigation by police, New Democrat Ethics Critic Charlie Angus has written to the Senate Ethics Officer Jean Fournier explaining how Canadians are fed up with the antics of the unelected and unaccountable Senate. Angus called on Senators to finally tighten up their ethics rules and close the many loopholes.

June 22nd, 2011

G-8 BOONDOGGLE: Where Were the Checks and Balances?

NDP Ethics and Accountability Critic Charlie Angus wants to know why Minister Tony Clement was promoted to Treasury Board after spending $50-million dollars without any documentation or oversight. During today’s Question Period, the MP for Timmins-James Bay continued to push the former Industry Minister to stand up in the House and tell Canadians why he used funds intended for border infrastructure on pork barrel projects in his riding.

June 21st, 2011

Time For Missing Member From Muskoka To Come Clean

With press reports of a police investigation into the G 8 spending spree in Muskoka, Charlie Angus again called on Tony Clement to come clean with Parliament. For the last two weeks, the Treasury Board Minister has been ducking questions on his role in the $50-million spending spree.

June 20th, 2011

ANGUS CONTINUES CALL FOR ACCOUNTABILITY: How did the Member from Muskoka Get Away With It?

Today in Question Period, Charlie Angus continued questioning the Conservatives over the misuse of government funds under the guise of the G20 and G8 summits. Angus says Canadians deserve to know how $50-million dollars was spent on projects that had nothing to do with the summits.

June 13th, 2011

ANGUS CALLS OUT CLEMENT: Must Explain Muskoka Boondoggle

Canadians deserve to know how $50 million in border infrastructure funding was funneled off to pay for pork barrel projects in the riding of Treasury Board President Tony Clement. Clement has refused to answer questions in the House.

June 9th, 2011

Angus Challenges Tories On G20 Spending

Charlie Angus says the Auditor general’s report is a damning indictment of how the Conservatives funneled $47-million into a slush fund for the former Minister of Industry.

June 8th, 2011

Angus Named Ontario Caucus Chair

Charlie Angus has been chosen as the new Ontario caucus chair in Jack Layton’s shadow cabinet. Angus was voted chair at a meeting of Ontario MPs. The role of the chair will be to co-ordinate issues in the Ontario region and engage in regular meetings with the party leader on ensuring that the voice of Ontario’s regions continues to be heard in the riding.

June 6th, 2011

BUDGET OUT-OF-STEP WITH CANADIAN FAMILIES: Budget fails to provide leadership on job creation, health care or pensions

New Democrat Leader Jack Layton says the government’s budget is still out-of-step with Canadian families. “This continued emphasis on tax giveaways to the most profitable corporations over targeted job creation is not what Canadian families need right now.” Charlie Angus says the Conservatives have failed to present a plan for fixing frontline health care, lifting seniors out of poverty, strengthening public pensions or rewarding businesses that create jobs. The government also released yet another set of figures for deficit reduction today, and how much they are planning to cut, but still fail to provide any detail about which services or programs they are planning to cut. “Draining the treasury by billions of dollars every year helping out profitable oil companies and banks won’t guarantee a single new job is created. It does guarantee money will be drained away from the things Canadians count on every day, like health care and infrastructure.” Though disappointed with the budget’s lack of help for families, Layton did welcome the decision to finally compensate Quebec for implementing the Harmonized Sales Tax and for reinstating the EcoEnergy Home Retrofit Program – measures that New Democrats had asked for in previous budget discussions.

May 31st, 2011

Conservatives Missing In Action On Digital Action Plan

New Democrats are calling on the Conservative government to finally get serious about the need for a long-term digital plan for Canada.

May 30th, 2011

TIMMINS-JAMES BAY DOES WELL WITH STUDENT JOBS: MP Angus Announces 98 New Jobs

Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program, students across the vast riding of Timmins-James Bay will get the chance to gain some valuable work experience. Charlie Angus has finalized the plans for 98 new positions to aid community organizations across the region. The $277,000 investment in the region will provide a wide array of work experience including tourism, environmental projects, cultural programs and children's programming.

May 26th, 2011

ANGUS TAKES ON ACCOUNTABILITY FOR SHADOW CABINET: "Ottawa is Broken -- It's time We Fixed it"

Charlie Angus has been appointed the Ethics and Accountability spokesman for the NDP’S shadow cabinet. Angus says he's proud to take on the new responsibility.

May 23rd, 2011

Attawapiskat School A Victory For Northern Kids

New Democrats are welcoming the federal government’s new commitment to build a grade school for the isolated Attawapiskat First Nation by 2013.

May 4th, 2011

Thank You For Your Continued Support

I want to thank the people of Timmins-James Bay for re-electing me to the House of Commons as your Member of Parliament.

April 27th, 2011

Layton reaches out to parents, children: New Child Benefit to provide additional support of up to $700 per child over next four years

New Democrat Leader Jack Layton today announced support to help parents cope with rising costs with a new Child Benefit that will provide parents additional support of up to $700 per child over the next four years.

April 26th, 2011

National Day Of Action For Shannen’s Dream: Angus Says Youth Response Is Amazing

Students across Canada are participating in a national day of action to make “Shannen’s Dream” a reality. On Wednesday April 27, school and community groups in various parts of the country will take part in local actions to promote awareness of the need for equality in education for First Nation children. The highlight of the day will be a march of students from various schools on Parliament Hill.

April 25th, 2011

Broadband Strategy Key For North: NDP Pushes National Rural Broadband

Charlie Angus says Canada needs to get serious about setting targets for increasing broadband accessibility and speed in the north. The New Democratic candidate for Timmins-James Bay says broadband is a key component for building a northern economy.

April 25th, 2011

New Democrats outline plan to advance women’s equality: We will reverse women’s rights setbacks imposed by Stephen Harper

Joined by women candidates, NDP Leader Jack Layton today laid out his plan to advance equality for Canadian women.

April 24th, 2011

It’s time to fix health care – in Northern Ontario and across Canada

New Democrat Leader Jack Layton says Canadians can trust him to fix health care, and as Prime Minister, he will deliver results within the first 100 days.

April 22nd, 2011

Stephen Harper making things up again

Over the course of this campaign Stephen Harper has made things up. He’s repeated this made-up stuff so often people don’t even bother pointing it out.

April 21st, 2011

Layton to crack down on absent MPs: Plan will dock pay of MPs who miss over half the votes

MPs who go AWOL should pay a fine to Canadian taxpayers, New Democrat Leader Jack Layton said today.

April 17th, 2011

Getting Hosed At The Pumps?:angus Puts Gas Prices On Election Agenda

Charlie Angus says the outrageous price of gas is making life increasingly difficult for northerners. This is why the New Democrats are calling for a Gas Ombudsman to investigate gas prices. Angus has consistently called for action from the Conservative government on gas prices. He points out that the single largest jump in the price of gas in the last two years came from the imposition of the HST.

April 16th, 2011

NDP pledges action to fight elder abuse: New Democrats to ensure seniors are given the respect they deserve

NDP Leader Jack Layton today pledged to change the Criminal Code to ensure stiffer penalties for those who prey on Canada’s seniors. Layton’s pledge is in addition to a commitment to invest in a National Elder Abuse Strategy and specialized services to help seniors and families dealing with situations of elder abuse.

April 14th, 2011

Time To Close The Funding Gap For First Nation Schools: New Democrats Vow To Implement shannen’s Dream”

The New Democratic Party has put the issue of chronic under-funding of First Nation schools on the political agenda. The New Democrats are the only party to commit to implementing “Shannen’s Dream” which would give First Nation students the same access to quality education as students in the provincial system. Shannen’s Dream is a campaign to close the funding gap for First Nation students. It’s named in honour of the late Shannen Koostachin, a youth who brought national attention to the deplorable education conditions in her isolated reserve of Attawapiskat.

April 13th, 2011

Layton makes biggest strides in english debate: poll

Jack Layton is going into tonight’s French language debate riding a wave of momentum, thanks to his strong performance in last night’s English leader’s debate and ongoing strong polling numbers in Quebec.

April 12th, 2011

Jack Layton shows real Canadian leadership in English language debate

Jack Layton dominated the English Language debate tonight, clearly articulating the concerns of Canadian families and proving he’s the only Leader who can take on Stephen Harper.

April 10th, 2011

NDP releases platform to give families a break

New Democrat leader Jack Layton released his party’s platform today – a practical, affordable plan to give families a break.

April 7th, 2011

Only New Democrats Will Fight For Northern Communities

The strong Northern Ontario New Democrat team today slammed the Harper Conservatives for putting Ottawa insiders ahead of local families and delivered the message that only New Democrats will fight for the unique challenges that Northerners face.

April 6th, 2011

Layton proposes new help for senior health care

NDP leader Jack Layton announced new measures today to address challenges faced by Canada’s aging population and help prepare frontline health care for the next generation.

April 5th, 2011

NDP announces plan to help ‘sandwich generation’

New Democrat leader Jack Layton unveiled more practical steps to help take the strain off the family budget. Layton is proposing new measures to provide support for families caring for aging parents, while at the same time building a future for their kids.

April 4th, 2011

New Democrats announce plan to strengthen pensions, retirement security

After years of Liberal and Conservative inaction on pensions, New Democrat Leader Jack Layton says it’s time to improve retirement security for Canadians once and for all, and New Democrats have the plan to do it.

April 1st, 2011

Campaign Offices Officially Open

Charlie Angus will officially open his Kirkland Lake Campaign Office Monday at 7pm. The office is located in the Encore Club at 30 Second Street.

March 30th, 2011

Seniors / Pensions Top Priority For New Democrats, Angus

Charlie Angus met with senior citizens at the Le Mirage today to discuss the New Democratic Party’s commitment to senior citizens. He pointed out that action to help seniors was a key demand in the NDP’s recent negotiations with the Harper government.

March 25th, 2011

CONTEMPT OF PARLIAMENT SINKS HARPER GOVERNMENT: Angus says Ruling Serious Judgment of Tories

Stephen Harper’s contempt for Parliament has set the stage for the 2011 election. Charlie Angus says, when Harper was found in contempt of Parliament, it became virtually impossible for other parties to continue working with him.

March 22nd, 2011

Budget Fails To Help Provide Relief

Charlie Angus says the federal budget released today, fails northerners. Angus says the budget does not address the needs of average Canadians.

March 16th, 2011

HARPER’S CHOICE, PENSIONS OR PRISONS: NDP says Budget Show Down Looming

Charlie Angus says Stephen Harper has a choice to make…either the Conservative government will work with the NDP on pension reform and seniors, or whether they will waste billions on new prisons. Angus says if the Conservatives choose the latter, it is because they’d rather fight an election.

March 4th, 2011

Prisons Or Seniors - Angus Challenges Conservatives On Long Term Care

Today in Question Period, Charlie Angus challenged the Conservative government over their lack of commitment to long-term care needs for seniors. Angus asked a straight up question about the crisis in long-term care but the Conservative government refused to answer and responded with a glib and partisan cheap shot. Angus says the Conservative attitude is typical of a much deeper disconnect with average Canadians.

March 3rd, 2011

Angus Speaks Out On Ring Of Fire

The Ring of Fire deposit in Northern Ontario may be one of the richest ore deposits found in memory, but Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus says both the federal and provincial governments must work together to ensure that the north is able to fully benefit from the deposit.

February 28th, 2011

Angus Challenges Abitibi On Dam Sale

Charlie Angus has written to Richard Garneau, CEO of Abitibi Bowater calling on Abitibi to meet with the community of Iroquois Falls prior to any attempt to sell the dams on the Abitibi River. In the letter, Angus reminds Mr. Garneau that the working families of the Iroquois Falls region have done more than their fair share to keep Abitibi afloat and it is incumbent upon the company to be up front about their plans for the dams. In the letter Angus writes: “The workers of this mill have helped your company survive the roughest downturn in the history of Canada’s paper-making industry. As the sale of the dams could have major impact on the bottom-line sustainability of the Iroquois Falls operation, it is only fair that you engage with these stakeholders on the implications of the dam sale.” Angus reminds Garneau that Abitibi’s short-term need for cash could have long-term negative consequences for the region if the dams are simply sold off. “This deal is not in the interests of the people of our region. Before any further steps are taken, it is incumbent upon your corporation to engage in consultations with the workers and community of the Iroquois Falls region.” Angus says there has been a great deal of uncertainty since Abitibi began looking to sell the dams. Angus has asked Garneau to state what commitments the company is willing to make to the community. “What power-pricing agreements will remain in place? Will this proposed sale have any effect on the production capacity at the mill? What kind of commitments will Abitibi make to ensure this mill remains a competitive low cost producer?” Angus says he is looking forward to hearing from Mr. Garneau on the issue.

February 15th, 2011

Layton Challenges Xstrata: Company Making Profits While Avoiding Taxes

NDP Leader Jack Layton says Xstrata is using taxation loopholes to report losses on paper when, in fact, they are making record profits. Layton challenged the Conservative government to show how Canadians have benefitted from Xstrata's corporate behaviour.

February 1st, 2011

Angus To Conservatives: No Half Measures On Internet Caps

In the House of Commons today, New Democrat Digital Issues Critic Charlie Angus once again called on the Conservative government to better protect Canadian internet consumers. Angus welcomed the Industry Minister’s sudden change of heart on usage-based internet billing, but pointed out that the Conservatives poor record on internet consumer issues makes him question whether their new position is sincere. “Canada used to be a world leader in terms of internet access and speed,” said the Timmins-James Bay MP. “Under the Conservatives, we’ve fallen behind. If the CRTC’s decision on usage-based billing is not overturned, Canada is in danger of becoming a digital backwater.” While the Minister of Industry has said he will review the usage-based billing decision, more action is needed to protect consumers who are already being hit with capped internet service. The large internet service providers and broadcast entities restrict competition by limiting access to their networks - not only to internet users but to their competitors as well. “If the media giants are still allowed to throttle their networks then they can snuff out competition and jack up their rates,” said Angus. “The question for the government is clear: Will they stand on the side of Canadian internet users, of innovation and competition or just sit back and let the media oligarchy keep squeezing Canadians?”

January 14th, 2011

New Democrats Raise Concerns About Abitibi Dam Sale

New Democrat MPP Gilles Bisson and MP Charlie Angus say the Provincial Liberal government must put the interests of Iroquois Falls at the front before allowing any sale of the Abitibi dams. Cash-strapped Abitibi has been looking to finalize a sale of the dams on the Abitibi River. These dams provide low-cost power to the Iroquois Falls paper mill.

January 13th, 2011

The Fight To Protect Pensions Arrives In Iroquois Falls

Charlie Angus and fellow New Democrat John Rafferty (MP Thunder Bay-Rainy River) will hold a public forum on pension protection Sunday in Iroquois Falls. They will also hold a disability tax credit workshop.

January 10th, 2011

Angus Brings Affordability Fight To Englehart

Charlie Angus will be in Englehart Tuesday to meet residents and talk about his campaign to get the HST off home heating fuels. Angus will be at the Post Office in the morning to greet residents. He says he has received many letters and calls from people in the Englehart area about the impacts of the HST on daily life. “Northerners are feeling the effects of the HST on their pocketbooks. The colder weather is here and we are paying more for home heating. People in Temiskaming are frustrated by this government's indifference to the pressures on families and seniors. Angus says he will continue to push the issues of the growing affordability gap. He will be in Cochrane later this week delivering the same message. “It's time Stephen Harper gave average Canadians a break. The big banks are doing great under Harper. CEO bonuses are blossoming under Harper. How about a break on the high cost of heating and gas for northerners?” Angus will also speak to students at Englehart High school on Tuesday afternoon about the role of an MP in the House of Commons.

January 6th, 2011

New Year Message For Harper: How About Giving Northerners A Break?

2011 has just begun and the media are already talking about sky-rocketing bonuses for CEOs while average Canadians are under increasing economic strain. Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus says its time Stephen Harper started focusing on the needs of average Canadians rather than just making life easier for large corporate interests.

December 14th, 2010

NORTHERNERS RIPPED OFF AT THE PUMP: HST on Gas Adds to Growing Affordability Gap

Charlie Angus says northerners are continuing to be gouged by the Conservative government’s decision to impose the HST. Nowhere is this more noticeable than in the 8% that has been added to the price of gas. Speaking in the House, Angus says the HST has compounded what is an already unfair system for pricing.

December 9th, 2010

Banks Win—seniors Lose Under Tory Plan

Instead of handing out another $840 million in tax giveaways to Canada’s most profitable banks, New Democrats called on the Prime Minister to remember seniors living in poverty and immediately raise the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

December 7th, 2010

THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE – INCOME GAP GROWING: Angus Challenges Tories on Abandoning Seniors

Economic analysis is showing that seniors and people and fixed income continue to fall behind while Canada’s richest continue to make advances. Thanks to Conservative tax breaks, Canada’s biggest banks pulled nearly $5 billion in profit in the third quarter of 2010. Meanwhile the number of Canadians living pay cheque to pay cheque has grown to 59%. Charlie Angus says the growing affordability gap can be directly traced to the Conservative government’s skewed priorities. “In my region, more and more seniors are falling through the cracks. Right across the region, people are unable to heat their houses because of the taxes the government is imposing on home heating fuel.” Angus says he is dealing with more and more seniors who can no longer afford to maintain their homes because of the growing affordability gap. “The government will bend over backward to give the big oil companies and the big banks any kind of break they ask for, while seniors are going to food banks and losing their homes and Canadians are living with a larger affordability gap in our country.” Canadian families now face the highest debt to finances ratio of any country in the OECD. Meanwhile, the Conservative government is set to give another $6.3 billion in corporate tax giveaways to large corporations – in addition to the $60 billion in corporate tax giveaways they have already spent.

November 17th, 2010

New Democrats Launch "Shannen’s Dream” Campaign

Shannen Koostachin had a dream – that all First Nation children should be able to get an education in clean, “comfy” schools just as non-Native children. Sadly the 15-year-old Cree youth died this past May in a car accident before seeing her dream become a reality. Despite her loss, Shannen’s Dream is inspiring others to carry on the fight.

October 28th, 2010

NDP SCORES WIN FOR POPPIES OVER HST: Home Heating is Next Target

Thanks to pressure from the Royal Canadian Legion and Canada’s New Democrats, the Conservatives have agreed to remove the sales tax from the purchase of poppies and wreaths for the Legion’s annual poppy campaign. Under the HST agreement between the Ontario and Canadian governments, poppies and wreaths were subject to the full 13 per cent tax.

October 7th, 2010

TORIES CHOSE PRISON SPENDING OVER SENIOR’s NEEDS

Charlie Angus says the Conservative government is choosing to spend billions on prisons while seniors across northern Canada are falling through the cracks. This morning in the House, Angus challenged Ted Menzies, Parliamentary Secretary to explain why the government has announced a program that will invest up to $10-billion in prisons while more and more seniors are falling into poverty. “This government attempts to portray themselves as prudent at a time when they are blowing $17 billion on stealth fighters and $1 billion-plus mostly on pork barrel projects in the industry minister's riding. They are now choosing to build prisons when I have seniors in Englehart, Matachewan and Kirkland Lake who cannot afford to heat their homes.” Angus challenged Menzies on the wasteful spending on prisons at a time when crime rates are falling. “The government has a plan to spend up to $10 billion on prisons. It has just announced it will spend $155-million to build 576 cells. That is $270,000 per prison cell, not counting what it is going to spend on prison guards and housing them. It is $270,000 on prison cells when senior citizens in my riding have no place to go.” Angus says the government’s priorities are all wrong. “There is no senior’s housing plan. No help for people to heat their homes. The increase in the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) won’t buy you a double double at Tim Hortons. Why is the government supporting the politics of fear and wasteful spending over working to help alleviate the situation for senior citizens in northern Canada?” The New Democrats are pushing for a comprehensive national plan to ensure seniors don’t end up in poverty.

October 4th, 2010

Drop Taxes On Home Heating Before Snow Falls

New Democrats are calling on Stephen Harper to give hardworking families a break and immediately remove the five percent HST/GST from home heating before the snow falls.