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Bill Longstaff: Why this Dipper is voting Liberal in Calgary Centre

Bill Longstaff: Why this Dipper is voting Liberal in Calgary Centre | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
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"...for this election, I'm doing something I rarely do, voting for the candidate, not the party. The last time I did this federally was vote for Joe Clark over an incumbent Reformer in 2001. This time I'm voting for Kent Hehr. The reason is twofold. First, he has easily the best chance of any of the opposition candidates to defeat the Conservative incumbent. Secondly, he has been my MLA for the past seven years and he's been a damn good one. He deserves to go on to the senior level."

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Need LIB/Green help in #yql to get Cheryl Meheden NDP elected. In #yyc Centre, NDP needs to vote Kent Hehr. #elxn42 http://t.co/CpzMm4AQdY
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After 35 years, federal government takes jobs from developmentally disabled workers

After 35 years, federal government takes jobs from developmentally disabled workers | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
Gladys Whincup is losing the $1.15-an-hour job she’s had for 35 years, and she’s devastated. I loved working there. It was a nice job and we got paid for it. I liked everything about the job. All t...
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Aside from laying off the cheapest labour in government, the cancellation of the program means that the 20 or so federal departments and agencies that used the service will now have to individually fund their own paper disposal.

That will likely be through significantly more expensive contracts with private shredding and disposal companies.


“Ours has been a very cost-effective program for the government,” said OCAPDD program supervisor Jim Rudkoski, “and valuable for our individuals as well.”

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Ex-Harper staffer given $9,200 speechwriting gig | Toronto Star

Ex-Harper staffer given $9,200 speechwriting gig | Toronto Star | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
The prime minister’s former chief of staff was paid $9,200 for a speechwriting contract, despite departmental objections.
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Mercer: Harper Government Makes Vet Prove Legs Haven't Grown Back

Mercer: Harper Government Makes Vet Prove Legs Haven't Grown Back | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
By now it's clear Rick Mercer is deeply concerned about the treatment of Canada's veterans.

The CBC host has addressed the topic many times in the past few years — from the cuts at Veterans Affairs to pension battles to the controversial lum...
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Damage from cancelled census as bad as feared, researchers say

Damage from cancelled census as bad as feared, researchers say | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
A private member’s bill to reinstate the long-form census is shining a spotlight on how municipalities are coping with the data gap
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More broadly, it has “inhibited research into inequality and identifying winners and losers in economic growth, research into understanding the national problems of the have-nots in the economy, and research into how best to provision local government services.”

 

In the private sector, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, whose network represents 200,000 businesses across the country, is publicly calling on the federal government to restore the mandatory long-form census.

 
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Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy

Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
LISPOP seat projection Jan 22/2015: @NDP_HQ slips 2, @BlocQuebecois gains 2 in #Quebec http://t.co/dJhtx8DwX5 #cdnpoli #elxn42
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Why haven’t any Harper-friendly charities been scrutinized: Keenan | Toronto Star

Why haven’t any Harper-friendly charities been scrutinized: Keenan | Toronto Star | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
Curiously, only charities that disagree with federal Conservative policies have been nailed by the taxman.
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John Ivison: $26B shock — Canada's largest ever defence procurement handed off in sole-source contract

John Ivison: $26B shock — Canada's largest ever defence procurement handed off in sole-source contract | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
Accusations the government has non-competitively sole-sourced a contract even larger than the F35 fiasco may be more than just sour grapes
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Liberal Party of Canada statement on Raoul Wallenberg Day:
Liberal Critic for…

Liberal Party of Canada statement on Raoul Wallenberg Day:<br/>Liberal Critic for… | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
Liberal Party of Canada statement on Raoul Wallenberg Day:
Liberal Critic for Rights and Freedoms and International Justice, Irwin Cotler, today issued… - LKM Federal Liberals – Google+
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Elections Canada budgets $1M for aboriginal ID issue in federal vote

Elections Canada budgets $1M for aboriginal ID issue in federal vote | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
Elections Canada wants to warn indigenous people that voter ID rules for the 2015 election have changed significantly, making it harder for many to prove they're entitled to cast a ballot.
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Veterans Affairs alleges some ex-soldiers exaggerating their injuries

Veterans Affairs alleges some ex-soldiers exaggerating their injuries | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
The Veterans Affairs department says some veterans are exaggerating their injuries to continue receiving financial benefits from the government and to avoid joining the work force. The explosive al...
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World's Scientists Call Out Harper

World's Scientists Call Out Harper | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
Hundreds of scientists around the world are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to end "burdensome restrictions on scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists."

The call was made in an open letter ...
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Oh. Canada. How far we've fallen.

 

Let's pull ourselves out of this with a new hopeful government.

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Calgary Centre candidates spar over economy, infrastructure at debate - Calgary Herald

Calgary Centre candidates spar over economy, infrastructure at debate - Calgary Herald | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
Opposition candidates in Calgary Centre faced off for the first time with incumbent MP Joan Crockatt on Tuesday evening, as the contenders took aim at each other on issues including economic stability, climate change and infrastructure funding.
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The Gargoyle: The Liberal child-care benefit, as a single algebraic equation

The Gargoyle: The Liberal child-care benefit, as a single algebraic equation | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
The new Liberal child care benefit unveiled by leader Justin Trudeau this week came with the promise of upping the ante on the Universal Child Care Benefit codified in the Conservative government's...
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And here's a handy calculator: 

http://lepinski.net/lib-childcare-calc/

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Income splitting to cost Canada $2.2B and have 'near zero' impact on low-income households, PBO report says

Income splitting to cost Canada $2.2B and have 'near zero' impact on low-income households, PBO report says | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s proposal to introduce so-called income-splitting will cost Canada $2.2 billion in government revenue while having a “near zero” impact on low income households,...
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Canadians worked hard to pull economy out of recession. Now we're going to spend the surplus - before it arrives - on a tax break for the wealthy?

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Federal Liberals hope changing Calgary demographics will break dry spell

Federal Liberals hope changing Calgary demographics will break dry spell | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
Even though the Grits last won a seat in the city in 1968, the party hopes changing demographics will put past struggles to rest
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Trudeau takes aim at Harper's energy promises in Calgary rally

Trudeau takes aim at Harper's energy promises in Calgary rally | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
Justin Trudeau took aim at the Conservative government's environmental policies and energy promises Thursday evening in front of a packed crowd in downtown Calgary. Roughly 500 people filled the Ke...
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“one of the strongest Alberta teams ever,” Trudeau told an enthusiastic audience.

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Canada posts weakest annual job growth since 2009

Canada posts weakest annual job growth since 2009 | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
Revised Statscan figures show higher jobless rate, lower participation rate
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"Job growth in Canada was the slowest since 2009 last year and the labour-force participation rate is lower than originally reported, suggesting there is less steam in the country’s labour market than first thought."


Liberal Party of Canada economic policy: http://bit.ly/1D3jckt


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Canadian Medical Association Journal: Ottawa erases legal basis for refugee care

Canadian Medical Association Journal: Ottawa erases legal basis for refugee care | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
RT @CMAJ_News: Ottawa secretly renews attack on refugee health while issue still before the court: http://t.co/R6PiXaMEyG #cdnpoli #bioethi…
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Audrey Macklin, a University of Toronto specialist in human rights law, agrees with Zambelli and Cleveland that the government's tactics seem aimed at erasing refugee health care as we once knew it, no matter what the courts ultimately decree.

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Canada sinks lower in global job-creation ranking

Canada sinks lower in global job-creation ranking | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
The federal government never tires of boasting that Canada's labour market has performed better than most other countries through the financial crisis and subsequent recession.
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Liberal Party of Canada calls for clemency, condemns draconian sentence imposed on Saudi free speech advocate Raif Badawi

Liberal Party of Canada calls for clemency, condemns draconian sentence imposed on Saudi free speech advocate Raif Badawi | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
The Liberal Party of Canada strongly condemns this inhumane sentence and urges the Saudi Arabian government to reconsider its stance on Mr.
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Latest MP retirements put 2015 open seat count at 25-year high

Latest MP retirements put 2015 open seat count at 25-year high | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
Pundits' Guide to Canadian Elections: A web database of Canadian election results and statistics compiled as a labour of love since 2007 for political junkies and pundits everywhere.
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Elections Canada aims to be on election footing by March 2015

Elections Canada aims to be on election footing by March 2015 | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
By law, Canada's next federal election will take place Oct. 19, 2015. But taking no chances, Elections Canada will be election-ready on March 1. The "readiness date" appeared in an Elections Canada...
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Canadian Forces veterans decry Calgary MP claims that they're content with their treatment by Ottawa

Canadian Forces veterans decry Calgary MP claims that they're content with their treatment by Ottawa | Kent Hehr for Calgary Centre | Scoop.it
While honouring Second World War veterans Monday, a Calgary MP angered other ex-warriors by saying they’re all happy with how they’re being treated by Ottawa.
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