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Liberals propose motion to let scientists speak freely

Posted on May 27, 2015 | No Comments

Yesterday in the House of Commons the Liberal Party proposed a Motion to stop the muzzling of scientists by the Harper government.

The Motion recommends:

That the government should immediately rescind all rules and regulations that muzzle government scientists; Consolidate government-funded or created science so that it is easily available to the public at large through a central portal; Create a Chief Science Officer whose mandate would include ensuring that government science is freely available to those who are paying for it, namely, the public; and allow scientists to be able to speak freely on their work with limited and publicly stated exceptions.

The Harper Conservatives voted against it. Mr. Harper’s government has engaged in a systematic and ideological campaign to silence anyone—scientist or otherwise—who takes a position contrary to theirs. The Liberal Party of Canada knows that this is wrong, and commits to changing it.

UBC accounts for one-quarter of all scientific research in BC. The Harper government’s attacks on science are hurting UBC, BC, and Canadian innovation – and our ability to contribute to globally-significant scientific research and development. The government must stop their patently partisan attacks on science, which are making Canada fall behind in the knowledge-based economy.

As a former BC Environment Minister I know how integral scientists are to policy-makers who seek good policy decisions in the public interest. The Liberal Party of Canada believes in the importance and value of evidence-based policy-making and the expertise of our public servants, federal scientists, and researchers.

Without the contributions of Canada’s scientists and researchers, the government is unable to take well-informed policy and program decisions to ensure the safety of Canadians, the protection of the environment, and the growth of our economy.

We must ensure that policy-makers have the right facts so they can best serve Canadians.

Prime Minister Harper’s Conservative government has muzzled scientists by preventing them from speaking freely about their research, but also by cutting funding for scientific research.

I find it shocking than more than 800 scientists from 32 different countries were concerned enough to sign an open letter to the Prime Minister urging Canada to lift restrictions on federal scientists’ ability to publicize their work, noting “burdensome restrictions and barriers to scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists.”

Now it’s time for you to act! A liberal government will restore the freedom of our scientists. If you agree with that position please click here to sign our petition.

Joyce Murray, MP
Vancouver Quadra

Statement on Cache Creek Floods

Posted on May 26, 2015 | No Comments

My thoughts are with the people of Cache Creek recovering from this weekend’s devastating storm, and I am thankful that no one was injured.

The damage caused is a real burden on many families, but I know the community of Cache Creek will pull together and help one another rebuild and recover from this disaster.

I am pleased to learn that through the Emergency Management BC website, anyone impacted by the flooding can apply for up to $300,000 worth of coverage for losses not covered by their insurance.

Best wishes to all,
Joyce Murray

MP Joyce Murray demands action on sexual harassment in the military

Posted on May 26, 2015 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the Deschamps report found that the hostile sexualized climate in the military is so ingrained that the chain of command turns a blind eye.

However, Major General Whitecross who has been deputized to fix the problem admits that there is still little consensus within the ranks as to its seriousness at all.

For example, it took five months for Julie Lalonde to get an apology after being verbally attacked for giving a sexual assault prevention lecture at Royal Military College.

The minister is missing in action on the Deschamps report and refused to attend Monday’s committee meeting at all. Why, and when will he take personal responsibility and finally do something to restore a positive supportive environment for all our men and women in this very important workplace?

Op Ed – The Tory defence record: less than it seems

Posted on May 25, 2015 | No Comments

Canadians are beginning to realize that despite the Prime Minister’s videos and photos taken with troops to signal support for the military, when it comes to […]

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“the real story on doubling TFSA limits”

Posted on May 15, 2015 | No Comments

Goodale – 93 Per Cent of Canadians Get Nothing from Doubling TFSA Limits Ralph Goodale Huffington Post Canada May 15, 2015 At a time when the […]

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May 29th MP Breakfast Connections with guest speaker Margaret Catley-Carlson: “Global water security: does Canada have what it takes to be a leader?”

Posted on May 15, 2015 | No Comments

Please join MP Joyce Murray at her Friday, May 29, 2015 MP Breakfast Connections with special guest Margaret Catley-Carlson, former Chair and current Patron of the […]

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MP Joyce Murray demands that the government accept all recommendations from the Deschamps report

Posted on May 13, 2015 | No Comments

Mr. Speaker, the Deschamps external review into sexual harassment in the Canadian Armed Forces had 10 recommendations to address these serious problems. The government fully accepted […]

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MP Joyce Murray discusses the report on Sgt. Doiron’s death

Posted on May 13, 2015 | No Comments

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Conservatives close another Vancouver Coast Guard Centre

Posted on May 8, 2015 | No Comments

Ottawa – The Conservative government is proceeding with the closure of the Coast Guard’s Marine Communications Centre in Vancouver, said Vancouver Quadra Liberal MP Joyce Murray. […]

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MP Joyce Murray demands accountability from the government for putting troops in danger

Posted on May 7, 2015 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, DND forbid the media from taking pictures of Canadian Forces members in Iraq and Kuwait, saying it would […]

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