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Joyce Murray, MP


Busting the Conservative Defence Myths

Posted on July 27, 2015 | No Comments

Click here to view the Myth-Busting Powerpoint: Myth-Busting


July 21, 2015
Conservative government fail to deliver on Defence

 “The Conservative government’s myth of support for the military, while in reality failing to deliver is dangerous for Armed Forces personnel and for Canada’s security,” stated Liberal Party of Canada Defence Critic Joyce Murray today.
Ms. Murray addressed the two latest problems at DND.  “The Athabaskan, Canada`s only remaining destroyer, has serious challenges that could compromise the safety of personnel on board.  The Athabaskan will likely need to be retired long before replacements are delivered, making the Royal Canadian Navy even less capable on both coasts.”‎ she noted.
 “Another example is the recent selling of Canada`s TOW2 missile systems to the U.S military. These systems were purchased by Canada in 2009 for $100 million, and sold recently to the U.S. marines for pennies on the dollar. 
These are both examples of further problems created by the Harper government’s mismanagement of procurement and their dramatic defence budget cuts and claw backs.” Murray concluded.
Last month Ms. Murray held a press conference to launch her national defence “myth-busting” campaign. She outlined the gaps between the myths promoted by the government, and the realities – regarding treatment of former and current service men and women, procurement problems plaguing the military, the decline in defence spending since 2010, broken promises on Northern sovereignty, and the reasons Canadians can no longer trust the Harper government on defence. 
This internal Liberal presentation is now being released. 

Wade Davis Endorses Justin Trudeau’s Plan for the Environment

Posted on July 18, 2015 | No Comments

I was pleased to see a number of my ideas and initiatives on environmental protection, a clean energy economy and sustainability included in Real Change the Liberal Plan for the Environment and the Economy. Wade Davis, UBC Professor, anthropologist, author and explorer endorses our plan and says “Justin Trudeau is a visionary who can truly be the  architect of a new tomorrow.” Watch the video here:

Please check out the details of our recent environment platform announcement here: Real Change: A New Plan for Canada’s Environment and Economy




Ralph Goodale’s Report – Welcome to Stephen Harper’s Recession!

Posted on July 16, 2015 | No Comments

A commentary by the Member of Parliament for Wascana

July 16th, 2015


While using careful language, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz yesterday confirmed what most Canadians could already feel in their daily lives. Another recession has hobbled this country and Stephen Harper’s economic “plan” has failed.

The official definition of “recession” is two consecutive calendar quarters when the economy shrinks. Governor Poloz says there was a “contraction” of 0.6% through January, February and March of this year, followed by further shrinkage of 0.5% in April, May and June. The government can no longer deny that hard reality. Significantly, Canada is the only G7 country to be suffering such a relapse.

The Governor is hoping for some recovery over the next six months, but he is slashing his forecast of annual growth for the whole of 2015 from 1.9% down to just 1.1% – cutting it almost in half. He has also trimmed his growth projection for next year, while postponing any expectation of full economic recovery into 2017.

In the short run, using the calculations spelled out in the government’s own 2015 budget, an annual economic growth rate as low as 1.1% surely eliminates any claim that the Harper Conservatives have balanced their books. Their deficit continues, and thus their rationale for big tax breaks for wealthier households has been destroyed.

So in real life, what does all this mean?

For middle class families and all those trying to get to the middle class, a “no growth” economy means sluggish employment, weak and sporadic job creation and poor job quality. It means stagnant incomes, ballooning consumer debts and serious concerns about making ends meet.

A stalled or shrinking economy causes families to worry about the affordability of their housing and the costs of post-secondary education for their kids. It makes it harder to put money aside for retirement. And exacerbates inequality.

Perhaps most troubling, a majority of Canadians now doubt that their children will be able to do as well as they did. Our usual expectation of progress – of almost automatic upward mobility from one generation to the next – has been eroded.

All of this has happened on Stephen Harper’s watch. He always blames the 2008 recession – that ended six years ago – and the Americans, the Chinese or even the Greeks – any scapegoat he can find to hide from his own failure.

But more serious than his denial of all responsibility is Mr. Harper’s claim that Canadians are the helpless victims of circumstances beyond all control, and we just have to grin and bear it. According to him, just hunker down, there is nothing the Government of Canada can or should do. But he’s wrong.

To begin with, Mr. Harper needs to stop contradicting the Bank of Canada. With his interest rate cuts, Governor Poloz is trying to push a pro-growth monetary policy, while the Harper regime since 2010 has been going in the opposite direction of restrictive fiscal policy, reducing overall aggregate demand. This incoherence is untenable.

To help growth, the federal government should consolidate and upgrade existing programs to offset the high costs on raising children. We need a new Canada Child Benefit – one that is focused, linked to income, indexed and non-taxable, to provide more support to nine-out-of-10 families. Not only would it be more generous, boosting spending power, but also more fair, and greater fairness helps to drive growth.

Also helpful would be a tax rate reduction on incomes in the middle class bracket ($45k – $90k).

The federal government should also invest in specific drivers of greater growth – like public and community infrastructure (which the federal Finance Department itself says is the single most cost-effective way to generate immediate growth and jobs), plus better access to post-secondary education, higher learning and advanced skills, and a big leap forward in Canadian science, technology and innovation.

These are just some of the alternatives that would be distinctly better than Mr. Harper’s recession. Canadians don’t need to be as helpless or as vulnerable as Mr. Harper has made us.

Apology for Ad

Posted on July 15, 2015 | No Comments

Today I was made aware of a print advertisement published under my name, which included a completely inappropriate statement about Indigenous Peoples in Canada. I would […]

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Conservative government’s lack of transparency on F-35s continues

Posted on July 3, 2015 | No Comments

Vancouver – “This government’s commitment to purchase 65 F-35 stealth fighter jets has been bungled from the beginning by Prime Minister Harper” said Joyce Murray, Liberal Critic […]

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Democracy in Action: Summer Event Schedule

Posted on June 19, 2015

Come and meet your MP Joyce Murray at a number of different Community Events this summer. If you have an event and you would like to […]

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MP Joyce Murray calls for fair and open government

Posted on June 16, 2015

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, after a decade of secretive and manipulative Conservative government, democracy in Ottawa is broken and Canadians’ faith in […]

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MP Joyce Murray’s statement on the Liberal plan for real change

Posted on June 16, 2015

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): After 10 years of this secretive, manipulative Conservative government, Ottawa is broken and Canadians’ faith in government has never been […]

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MP Joyce Murray’s statement on the dismal Conservative defence record

Posted on June 16, 2015

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the Conservative government has spent almost a decade promoting a false record on national defence while the reality […]

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June 26th Breakfast Connections with guest Jeremy Kinsman: “What’s the future for Canada in North America?”

Posted on June 12, 2015

Please join MP Joyce Murray at her Friday, June 26th, 2015 MP Breakfast Connections with special guest Jeremy Kinsman, former Canadian Ambassador to Russia and the […]

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