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October 28th, 2016

Ottawa was ordered to stop discriminating against First Nations children.

The federal government continues to fight Indigenous families seeking equal access to services in court

October 13th, 2016

CANADIANS DEMAND A FAIR AND LOCAL VOTING SYSTEM

OTTAWA – Over 37,000 Canadians contributed to consultations on electoral reform held by NDP MPs over the last four months. A mix of public town hall meetings, online outreach and mailed surveys found that 84% of participants want an electoral system where a party’s seats in the House of Commons is a fair reflection of the share of votes they receive.

October 5th, 2016

NDP TABLES BILL TO REGULATE ADVERTISING TO CHILDREN

OTTAWA – Peter Julian, NDP MP (Burnaby-New Westminster) tabled Bill C- 313, which aims at protecting children from exploitative advertising.

October 5th, 2016

NDP CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO ACT ON NUCLEAR SAFETY

OTTAWA – The NDP is calling on the Liberal government to act on the findings in the Environment Commissioner’s fall report concerning troubling gaps in the inspection of nuclear power plants by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).

October 4th, 2016

NDP INTRODUCES NATIONAL CYCLING STRATEGY

OTTAWA – Tuesday, NDP MPs Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) and Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie) introduced a bill to establish a National Cycling Strategy in Canada which focuses on cycling friendly infrastructure, safety standards and education.

October 3rd, 2016

NDP CALLS ON GOUVERNMENT TO RECOGNIZE THE RIGHT TO HOUSING

OTTAWA – On this World Housing Day, New Democrat Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) is calling on the federal government to recognize the right to housing in Canada and to take concrete measures to remove barriers to the full realization of this right.

October 3rd, 2016

NEW DEMOCRATS ANNOUNCE NATIONAL SENIORS STRATEGY

OTTAWA – Today, Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan—Malahat—Langford) and Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) will acknowledge the invaluable contribution seniors have made and are making to Canadian society by calling on the government to develop a National Seniors Strategy.

September 27th, 2016

NDP DEMANDS GOVERNMENT RESPECT WORKERS’ RIGHTS

OTTAWA –The NDP is calling on the government to respect the right to free collective bargaining by supporting Bill C-234, the anti-scab legislation. New Democrats believe it’s time to modernize the Canadian Labour Code by banning replacement workers as well as schemes to circumvent the law, such as teleworking.

September 13th, 2016

UNDRIP: 9 YEARS AFTER ADOPTION AT UNITED NATIONS, TIME FOR ADOPTION AND IMPLEMENTATION BY CANADA

Ottawa- NDP Intergovernmental Indigenous Affairs critic, Romeo Saganash, marks today’s ninth anniversary of the historic adoption of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the UN General Assembly. This Declaration is the product of almost 25 years of work, when UN member states and Indigenous delegates developed the instrument to attain broad, global support and reaffirm the human rights of Indigenous peoples.

August 23rd, 2016

NDP STATEMENT REGARDING CANADA’S VOTE ON NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT

Hélène Laverdière, NDP Foreign Affairs Critic, and Linda Duncan, Co-Chair of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament-Canada, made the following statement today:

August 17th, 2016

MINISTER SHOULD STOP HIDING BEHIND STAFF ON PHOENIX PAY SYSTEM FAILURES

The NDP Critic for Public Services, MP Erin Weir (Regina – Lewvan), is accusing the Minister of Public Services of not taking responsibility for errors plaguing the government’s new pay system known as Phoenix and failing to offer a timeline for when employees will be paid properly.

August 8th, 2016

SIGNIFICANT JOB LOSSES REQUIRE ACTION TO HELP CANADIAN FAMILIES

In the wake of a dramatic drop in employment numbers in July, New Democrats are calling on the Liberals to take action to significantly improve access to EI and stimulate job growth.

August 5th, 2016

NDP TO INTRODUCE BILL TO STRENGTHEN RAIL SAFETY

NDP Transport Critic Linda Duncan (Edmonton – Strathcona) is calling for improved safety regulations regarding the transport of dangerous cargo. To that end, Duncan has announced her intention to introduce, in September, a bill to require strengthened measures to assess and regulate rail shipping of dangerous cargo.

August 3rd, 2016

INQUIRY INTO MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS MUST BRING TRUE JUSTICE AND CHANGE

After almost a decade of fighting for a federal inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited people, today's announcement marks a critical milestone on the path towards justice, say New Democrats.

April 28th, 2016

DAY OF MOURNING: LIBERALS MUST RESTORE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE UNSAFE WORK

NDP Labour critic Sheri Benson (Saskatoon West) made the following statement on the National Day of Mourning:

April 21st, 2016

SAGANASH TABLES BILL TO ENSURE INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

OTTAWA — Today, the NDP’s critic for Intergovernmental Indigenous Affairs, Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik-Eeyou), tabled legislation to ensure that the laws of Canada respect the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

April 18th, 2016

NDP REALITY CHECK: Flexible Liberal Ethics

When is an ethics code more of a suggestion than a rule?

When you’re the Liberal Minister of Justice, as it turns out.

The rules that the Liberals made banning selling access to Ministers are clear:

March 29th, 2016

NDP REALITY CHECK: LIBERALS FAILING CANADIANS IN NEED OF EI

Only 39% of Canadians who have lost their jobs have access to employment insurance.

There are 850,000 unemployed people in Canada who don’t qualify for employment insurance benefits.

March 23rd, 2016

Budget 2016

There are expectations we have as people trying to live well in this world: a home, good food, health and happiness for our loved ones, a cherished planet. Something as big and complex as the Federal Budget can sometimes hide the ways that government tries to address these needs. I had high expectations for change: I have heard constituents and people across the country state very clearly what they need in order to have a good life.

March 18th, 2016

BUDGET 2016 : GOVERNMENT MUST TACKLE INEQUALITY

OTTAWA — In a letter to the Finance Minister ahead of the government’s first budget next week, the NDP is demanding that government tackle inequality, keep their promises and improve tax fairness for Canadians.

March 15th, 2016

NDP LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO TACKLE PRECARIOUS WORK IN MILLENIAL GENERATION

OTTAWA — New Democrats are launching a campaign to address the rising challenge of precarious work among millennials, which leaves many young Canadians with little job security, no benefits, and no ability to plan for the future.

March 11th, 2016

NDP CALLS ON LIBERALS TO ENGAGE CANADIANS AND PICK UP THE PACE ON ELECTORAL REFORM

OTTAWA – NDP Democratic Reform critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley) has written to Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef, urging the government to pick up the pace on its commitment to reform Canada’s electoral system. The NDP is also calling for the government to establish a Citizens Working Group on Electoral Reform to work in tandem with the parliamentary committee.

March 8th, 2016

NDP STATEMENT ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

NDP Status of Women critic Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) statement:

“When women are secure and thriving, so are their families, their communities and by extension all of Canada. The NDP remains committed to continuing the fight for gender equality. Today we stand with women around the world celebrating gains in women's equality, and pressing for further action.

February 29th, 2016

LIBERALS MUST CONSULT FIRST NATIONS BEFORE ISSUING SITE C PERMITS

OTTAWA – New Democrats are calling on the Liberals to honour their commitment to a true nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples and to finally meet with First Nations to hear their concerns about the Site C dam instead of ramming through all further permits for the project.

February 24th, 2016

NDP MOTION: FIX BROKEN EI SYSTEM

OTTAWA — New Democrats announced today they are moving to hold the Liberal government to account on its promises to fix our broken Employment Insurance system.

February 11th, 2016

NDP REALITY CHECK: 100 DAYS OF MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

Inequality is crying out to be addressed in Canada – yet in the first 100 days, many opportunities have been missed to make real gains, achieve real progress and implement real change.

May 26th, 2015

NDP CALLS FOR ACTION ON NUTRITION NORTH

As the Conservatives have failed to ensure that Northerners have secure access to nutritious and affordable food; NDP MPs are again taking concrete action to fix the Nutrition North Program and calling Conservatives to act immediately to include the 50 plus communities in Nutrition North.

May 21st, 2015

THE NDP WILL REINSTATE DOOR-TO-DOOR MAIL DELIVERY

An NDP Government will cancel Canada Post’s plan to eliminate door-to-door mail delivery and will reinstate delivery in all communities affected by cuts announced in December 2013.

May 6th, 2015

Conservatives Reject Upholding Fundamental Rights Of Indigenous Peoples

OTTAWA - Tonight, Conservatives voted down Bill C-641, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which would have enshrined the Declaration’s principles into Canadian law. The bill’s sponsor, NDP Deputy Critic for Intergovernmental Aboriginal Affairs Romeo Saganash (Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou), made the following statement:

April 8th, 2015

Canada Summer Jobs 2015 $432 363 for Abitibi Baie-James Nunavik Eeyou

Val-d’Or, April 8th 2015 – MP Romeo Saganash is happy to announce that an amount of $432 363 has been approved for the riding of Abitibi Baie-James Nunavik Eeyou for 2015 from the Canada Summer Jobs program.

April 2nd, 2015

All Canadians deserve access to affordable nutritious food

As the Conservatives have failed to ensure that Northerners have secure access to nutritious and affordable food, NDP MPs are again taking concrete action to fix the Nutrition North Program.

March 20th, 2015

ROMEO SAGANASH PARTICIPATES IN WALK THROUGH VAL-D’OR TO FIGHT DISCRIMINATION

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ROMEO SAGANASH PARTICIPATES IN WALK THROUGH VAL-D’OR TO FIGHT DISCRIMINATION

Val d’Or, March 20, 2015 – Romeo Saganash, MP for Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou, joins hundreds of people this afternoon to walk through the streets of Val d’Or, for the 15th annual Gabriel-Commanda Walk.

March 3rd, 2015

Need a hand to prepare your tax return?

Volunteer Tax Preparation Clinics and useful links in Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou

If you do not know how to prepare your income tax and benefit return, the Volunteer Tax Preparation Clinics may be able to help you.

January 30th, 2015

Press Release - Social housing

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January 30, 2015

SOCIAL HOUSING: NDP CONDEMNS FEDERAL DIVESTMENT

OTTAWA — Uncertainty over Quebec’s Accès Logis Program these last several days has highlighted the importance of social housing in Canada and the role of housing cooperatives in our society – an issue that has been abandoned by the federal government according to NDP MP Romeo Saganash.

December 17th, 2014

Press release - 2014 recap

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December 17, 2014

ROMEO SAGANASH PLEASED WITH PROGRESS IN 2014 AND READY TO FACE THE MUSIC IN 2015

November 27th, 2014

The Nutrition North program yet another conservative failure

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November 26, 2014

THE NUTRITION NORTH PROGRAM YET ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE FAILURE

OTTAWA – Yesterday, the Auditor General confirmed what northerners have known for quite some time: the Nutrition North program, designed to fight the high cost of food in northern areas, has failed. Conservative mismanagement was cited in the report for having seriously compromised the program.

November 26th, 2014

Canada Summer Jobs 2015: MP Romeo Saganash invites employers and organizations to apply for the program

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CANADA SUMMER JOBS 2015

MP ROMEO SAGANASH INVITES EMPLOYERS AND ORGANIZATIONS TO APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM

VAL-D’OR November 26th 2014 – Businesses and organizations wo wish to apply for the Canada Summer Jobs for 2015 program, are invited to apply on the Service Canada site, beginning December 1st 2014 up until January 30th 2015.

November 18th, 2014

MP Saganash meets with young citizens and visits Radisson and Kuujjuak

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MP SAGANASH MEETS WITH YOUNG CITIZENS AND VISITS RADISSON AND KUUJJUAQ

VAL-D’OR – November 14, 2014 – New Democratic MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou) took advantage of the November break from Parliament to meet with young citizens and to visit Radisson and the northern village of Kuujjuaq this week.

November 7th, 2014

354 drawings by Elementary students for Romeo Saganash's Christmas card contest

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November 7th, 2014

354 DRAWINGS BY ELEMENTARY STUDENTS FOR ROMEO SAGANASH’S CHRISTMAS CARD CONTEST

VAL-D’OR – Just as school resumed at the end of August, Member of Parliament Romeo Saganash launched a drawing contest for elementary school students within the Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou riding. Mr. Saganash would select one of these drawings to adorn the Christmas Cards he sends out each year for the holidays.

October 10th, 2014

MP Saganash visits Chapais and Chibougamau

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MP SAGANASH VISITS CHAPAIS AND CHIBOUGAMAU

VAL-D’OR – October 10, 2014 – Following a busy first month back in Ottawa, NDP MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou) will take advantage of the October break from Parliament to visit Chapais and Chibougamau next week.

October 3rd, 2014

The NDP urging the Conservatives for answers

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WEEKLY REVIEW: THE NDP URGING THECONSERVATIVES FOR ANSWERS

Val-d’Or, October 3, 2014 – This was a busy week for all NDP MPs, andRomeo Saganash was no exception. In addition to criticizing theConservatives for their attitude during Question Period, the NDP tabled amotion in the Commons to give the Speaker of the House the authority toreprimand members of Parliament and Ministers for providing inadequateresponses to direct questions.

October 1st, 2014

Christine Moore and Romeo Saganash wants answers from the Conservative government

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CHRISTINE MOORE AND ROMEO SAGANASH WANTSANSWERS FROM THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT

OTTAWA – Because politicians are supposed to be accountable to thepeople rather than feed their cynicism towards politics, the NDP hastabled a motion that would force ministers to answer questions fromopposition MPs in a clear and precise manner, which would help makeParliament a little more civil.

September 26th, 2014

MP Saganash continuing the fight for missing and murdered Aboriginal women

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WEEKLY REVIEW: MP SAGANASH CONTINUING THE FIGHT FOR MISSING AND MURDERED ABORIGINAL WOMEN

Val-d’Or, September 26, 2014 – Following the dramatic turn of events in which the NDP took control of the House of Commons last Friday (September 19), Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou MP Romeo Saganash was in national news spotlight, thanks to his moving testimony in which he called for a real debate on the causes behind the murdered and missing indigenous women (watch the video here) : www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152692434948537&set=vb.510763536&type=2&theater )

September 19th, 2014

Missing and murdered Aboriginal women: The NDP forces debate in Parliament

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September 19, 2014

MISSING AND MURDERED ABORIGINAL WOMEN: THE NDP FORCES DEBATE IN PARLIAMENT

OTTAWA — New Democrat MPs took advantage of their majority in Parliament Friday to take control of the agenda and force a debate on missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

September 19th, 2014

Weekly review: A busy first week for MP Saganash

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WEEKLY REVIEW: A BUSY FIRST WEEK FOR MP SAGANASH

Val-d’Or, September 19, 2014 – Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou MP Romeo Saganash had a particularly busy week back in Parliament in Ottawa this week.

September 15th, 2014

Reopening of Parliament in Ottawa: The NDP putting families first

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REOPENING OF PARLIAMENT IN OTTAWA: THE NDPPUTTING FAMILIES FIRST

VAL-D’OR – After recharging the batteries and criss-crossing the Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou riding to meet with residents this summer,Romeo Saganash is ready to return to Ottawa to defend his constituentson a vast array of pressing issues in the area.

August 20th, 2014

Romeo Saganash set for 2014 Northern Tour

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August 20, 2014

ROMEO SAGANASH SET FOR 2014 NORTHERN TOUR

VAL-D’OR – Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou MP, Romeo Saganash, is set to visit the northern villages of Inukjuak, Ivujivik, Salluit and Umiujaq as part of a tour that will run from August 27 to 29. He will also visit the twin communities of Kuujjuarapik and Whapmagoostui, where Inuits and Crees live side by side.

June 20th, 2014

The session in review: NDP makes gains for Quebec

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THE SESSION IN REVIEW: NDP MAKES GAINS FOR QUEBEC

Val-d’Or, June 20, 2014 – New Democrat MP Romeo Saganash(Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou) is proud of the NDP’saccomplishments during the past session of Parliament. The partymanaged to win major concessions from the government on importantissues like increasing rail safety and amending its bill on electoralreform.

May 7th, 2014

Romeo Saganash adds his voice to the National Day to end bullying

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ROMEO SAGANASH ADDS HIS VOICE TO THE NATIONAL DAY TO END BULLYING

Val-d’Or, May 7, 2014 – The Member for Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou, Romeo Saganash, is happy to lend his support to BELONGING: National Day to End Bullying, taking place today across Canada.

May 2nd, 2014

Romeo Saganash marks third anniversary of the Orange Wave

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May 2, 2014

ROMEO SAGANASH MARKS THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THE ORANGE WAVE

Val-d’Or – NDP MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou) took a moment to mark a very special day: it was exactly three years ago that Quebeckers elected a record number of NDP MPs.

March 25th, 2014

New Democrats committed to better funding for public health care system

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March 25, 2014

NEW DEMOCRATS COMMITTED TO BETTER FUNDING FOR PUBLIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

Val-d’Or - With the accord on health care set to expire in one week, New Democrat MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou) is urging the Conservative government to show leadership and work with Quebec to improve our public health care system.

January 30th, 2014

THE NDP HELPS BRING PARLIAMENT INTO THE 21ST CENTURY

OTTAWA — While Canadians live in the digital age, many of them signing online petitions, the House of Commons still refuses to recognize this legitimate democratic expression as valid. This is being fixed, thanks to the NDP, which managed on Wednesday to get a majority of MPs from all parties to pass a motion on the issue.

January 23rd, 2014

ROMEO SAGANASH URGES INDIVIDUALS LIVING WITH A DISABILITY TO INQUIRE ABOUT THE TAX CREDITS AVAILABLE TO THEM

VAL-D’OR – As we approach tax season, Romeo Saganash, MP for Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou, wishes to remind individuals living with a disability of the tax credit they can claim. Those who qualify may be entitled to claim a credit of up to $7,697 on their 2013 tax return.

January 16th, 2014

ROMEO SAGANASH TO MEET MAYOR PIERRE CORBEIL AND MP ÉLIZABETH LAROUCHE ON ISSUE OF HOMELESSNESS

VAL-D’OR – Romeo Saganash, MP for Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou, is delivering on his commitment made last month to tackle the problem of homelessness in 2014. On January 20, he will meet with Val-d’Or Mayor Pierre Corbeil and Élizabeth Larouche, Quebec MNA for Abitibi-Est and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

January 7th, 2014

NDP MPs BELIEVE REGION NOT RECEIVING FAIR SHARE OF ACCESSIBILITY FUND

VAL-D’OR/ROUYN-NORANDA – NDP MPs Romeo Saganash (Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou) and Christine Moore (Abitibi–Témiscamingue) believe that the region is not receiving its fair share of Employment and Social Development Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund. They want to ensure eligible organizations and businesses submit applications by the January 20 deadline.

December 11th, 2013

CONSERVATIVES DESTROY POSTAL SERVICES, DRASTICALLY RAISE PRICES

OTTAWA – Instead of looking for ways to make Canada Post services more effective, the Conservatives are taking an axe to long-treasured postal services – killing good jobs, eliminating home delivery, cutting rural post office hours and drastically increasing postage rates.

December 9th, 2013

CONSERVATIVES BLOCK ACTION ON RETIREMENT SECURITY: ROMEO SAGANASH IS EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED

Official Opposition Pensions critic Murray Rankin (Victoria) made the following statement on the defeat of his motion:

October 16th, 2013

CANADA SUMMER JOBS 2014: MP ROMEO SAGANASH INVITES EMPLOYERS TO APPLICATE FOR THE PROGRAM

VAL-D’OR – The deadline for Canada Summer Jobs 2014 has been modified and is earlier than in the previous years. This year, applications will be available online starting December 2nd and must be submitted before January 10th, 2014. These new timelines mean that successful employers will be notified sooner and will have more time to recruit students.

October 9th, 2013

STOP DOWNLOADING HEALTH COSTS ONTO PROVINCES

OTTAWA – Despite the fact the Health Accords are soon expiring, Conservatives have no plan to get health care back on track. In early 2014, the ten-year agreement laid out in the 2004 Federal Provincial Health Accords will end.

October 2nd, 2013

CONSERVATIVES LEAVING VETERANS OUT IN THE COLD

OTTAWA – According to a new report from the Veterans Ombudsman, measures in the new Veterans Charter will push some of Canada’s most severely disabled soldiers into poverty.

September 10th, 2013

RIDING ASSISTANT POSITION FOR THE CHIBOUGAMAU OFFICE

Val-d’Or – Member of Parliament Romeo Saganash wishes to reassure the citizens of the Chibougamau, Chapais, Matagami, Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Matagami and North of Québec areas that they are invited to contact the Val-d’Or office for processing of their files.

July 5th, 2013

FOREST FIRES IN NORTHERN QUÉBEC: SAGANASH SUPPORTS MAYOR OF MATAGAMI

VAL-D’OR - MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou) is backing the Mayor of Matagami, René Dubé, in calling on the Government of Quebec to come to help of Nord-du-Québec as it deals with the massive forest fires.

June 25th, 2013

REMINDER: THOMAS MULCAIR AND ROMEO SAGANASH TO TOUR THE NORTH OF QUEBEC

KUUJJUAQ AND CHIBOUGAMAU — New Democrat leader Tom Mulcair and MP Romeo Saganash will begin a two day tour of northern Quebec on Tuesday, which will bring them to the municipalities of Kuujjuaq of Chibougamau.

June 19th, 2013

NDP RECORD: SENATE SCANDALS OVERSHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SESSION IN OTTAWA

Tom Mulcair rattles Stephen Harper while the RCMP investigates the PMO

Val-d’Or — Throughout a parliamentary session dominated by Conservative and Liberal Senate scandals, Tom Mulcair’s New Democrat team shook up Stephen Harper’s government, which has begun showing real signs of weakness.

June 19th, 2013

Individual Members Expenses for Romeo Saganash, MP for the Fiscal Year 2011-2012

June 18th, 2013

NDP WANTS TO PROTECT WATERWAYS IN ABITIBI-TÉMISCAMINGUE AND NORTHERN QUÉBEC

MPs Romeo Saganash and Christine Moore introduced bills to protect our lakes and rivers

May 30th, 2013

ROMEO SAGANASH DENOUNCES MINISTER VALCOURT’S REFUSAL TO MEET WITH MAKIVIK CORPORATION - Nunavik is suffering from a serious housing crisis

Val-d’Or, May 30th 2013 — New Democrat Romeo Saganash (Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou) decries the Aboriginal Affairs minister Bernard Valcourt’s lack of responsiveness to the serious housing crisis affecting Nunavik.

May 1st, 2013

CLIMATE CHANGE: NDP SLAMS LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE INACTION - Trudeau’s and Harper’s troops vote against NDP motion on climate change

Val-d’Or - When it comes to taking concrete action to fight climate change, the Conservatives and Liberals are shirking their responsibilities, said New Democrat MP Romeo Saganash.

April 25th, 2013

ROMEO SAGANASH TO APPEAR BEFORE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION - He wants to talk about reconciliation and plan of action

Val-d’Or — New Democrat MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou) will appear before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission this Friday, April 26th, to share his experience of the residential school era, but mostly to talk about reconciliation and propose a plan of action.

April 22nd, 2013

NDP MARKS EARTH DAY - Let’s make Canada a leader in environmental protection

Val-d’Or – Protecting the environment has been at the heart of the political involvement of parliamentarians and activists of the New Democratic Party for a long time. We want to reiterate our uncompromising commitment to this very important issue in society. “The Earth Day is a time for us to reaffirm our belief in this direction and to propose concrete solutions for improving environmental conditions” says MP Romeo Saganash.

February 28th, 2013

ROMEO SAGANASH AWARDS JUBILEE MEDAL TO GRAND CHIEF MATTHEW COON-COME

Ottawa – Member of Parliament Romeo Saganash has awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal to Grand Chief Matthew Coon-Come this morning. Romeo Saganash was accompanied by New Democratic Party Chief, Thomas Mulcair and the event took place at the offices of the Grand Council of the Crees in Ottawa. Grand Chief Coon-Come could not be present in Val-d’Or on January 20th when MP Saganash had awarded the other medals to the citizens. “I wanted to recognize these citizens for their dedication to the community, hard work, service and political involvement. The recipients were selected based on suggestions from people and organizations in the riding,” said Romeo Saganash. This commemorative medal was created as part of the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. The Diamond Jubilee Medal recognizes the contributions and achievements of 60,000 Canadians.

February 26th, 2013

ROMEO SAGANASH SUPPORTS LONG TERM FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

NDP motion calls for inclusion of infrastructure development and maintenance plan in upcoming budget

February 13th, 2013

MP ROMEO SAGANASH TO DISTRIBUTE INCOME TAX FORMS BY MAIL BY REQUEST FROM CITIZENS

Val-d’Or – The Member of Parliament for Abitibi-Baie James Eeyou Nunavik invites constituents who are having difficulties getting a paper copy of federal Income tax return forms for 2012 to contact his office, who will send those forms by mail.

February 8th, 2013

FIVE CITIZENS FROM ABITIBI BAIE-JAMES NUNAVIK EEYOU RECEIVE THE MEDAL OF BRAVERY

Val-d’Or – Five citizens from the Abitibi Baie-James Nunavik Eeyou riding have received the Medal of Bravery from the Governor General today in Ottawa.

February 5th, 2013

CANADA SUMMER JOBS 2013

Romeo Saganash invites organizations from

Abitibi - Baie-James - Nunavik - Eeyou to apply for the program

Val-d’Or – Member of Parliament for Abitibi Baie-James Nunavik Eeyou, Romeo Saganash, invites non-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or few employees to apply for the Canada Summer Jobs 2013 program. This program provides funding and is intended to create work experiences for students between the ages of 15 and 30.

January 28th, 2013

NDP URGES PM TO RESPECT PRINCIPLES OF UN DECLARATION ON INDIGENOUS RIGHTS - Romeo Saganash tabled bill to harmonize federal legislation

Val-d’Or – It is time for the Conservative government to establish a nation-to-nation relationship with indigenous peoples in the wake of recent events and it’s with this in mind that New Democrat deputy critic for Intergovernmental Aboriginal Affairs, Romeo Saganash, urged Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take concrete action.

January 21st, 2013

ROMEO SAGANASH AWARDS JUBILEE MEDALS TO RECIPIENTS IN THE RIDING

Val-d’Or – In the presence of nearly 150 people, New Democrat MP Romeo Saganash awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals to citizens of his riding.

January 17th, 2013

Romeo Saganash Appointed to New Shadow Cabinet Position

OTTAWA – NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is proud to announce Romeo Saganash’s healthy return to work, entrusting him with the new responsibility of Deputy Critic for Intergovernmental Aboriginal Affairs.

January 15th, 2013

ROMEO SAGANASH BACK AT WORK

VAL-D’OR– MP Romeo Saganash, (Abitibi—James Bay—Nunavik—Eeyou), returned to work today following a medical leave.

Saganash will continue working to represent the interests of his constituents. He will also participate in the NDP’s upcoming caucus strategy meetings in Ottawa, from January 16 to 18.

October 24th, 2012

ROMEO SAGANASH’S OFFICES STILL OPEN TO CITIZENS

VAL D’OR — During MP Romeo Saganash’s sick leave, public services will continue as usual in his constituency offices. Employees in the Val-d’Or and Chibougamau offices will continue to process files in the riding. Neighbouring MPs Christine Moore (Abitibi-Témiscamingue) and Charlie Angus (Timmins-Baie James) will be available to meet with organizations and raise local issues in the House of Commons.

October 22nd, 2012

Statement by MP Romeo Saganash

Both as a Member of Parliament and a member of the New Democrat caucus, it is my duty to follow a code of conduct in keeping with my role as a Member of Parliament and the confidence that my constituents placed in me when they elected me.

October 2nd, 2012

COST OF LIVING IN NORTH: ROMEO SAGANASH CRITICIZES CONSERVATIVE INDIFFERENCE

Val-d’Or — New Democrat MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou) strongly criticized the Conservative government’s indifference to the high cost of living in the North, today in the House of Commons. “I have the pleasure of representing one of the largest ridings in Canada, which means I have a lot of communities to visit,” said Saganash. “But all of them have the same problem: the rising food costs and cost of living in the North.” The Conservatives abruptly ended the food mail program, without any consultation with citizens affected by this decision. “There is a reason why 20,000 people joined a Facebook group called “Feeding my Family,” a movement looking to find solutions to this problem.” Unfortunately, the only response by the government to this crisis is pure indifference, said Saganash. “The prime minister visited the North, but continues to ignore the problem. New Democrats believe the North cannot achieve its full potential until those who live there have access to quality affordable food. It’s time the Conservatives took this issue seriously in the best interest of all NorthernCanadians.”

September 17th, 2012

RETURN OF PARLIAMENT: ROMEO SAGANASH WILL DEFEND PUBLIC SERVICES CANADIANS RELY ON

Val-d’Or - As Parliament resumes in Ottawa, MP Romeo Saganash, Abitibi Baie-James Nunavik Eeyou, says he intends to defend the public services his constituents rely on.

September 4th, 2012

ENABLING ACCESSIBILITY FUND 2012

Val-d’Or – Abitibi Baie-James Nunavik Eeyou MP Romeo Saganash wishes to inform local organizations that the Enabling Accessibility Fund 2012 is now in effect.

August 27th, 2012

COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT FUND

Val-d’Or – Romeo Saganash, MP for Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik- Eeyou, wishes to inform his constituents that the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) will remain in effect until March 31, 2014. The fund aims to support the rehabilitation and improvement, including expansion, of existing community infrastructure.

August 23rd, 2012

NDP Hears Concerns of Northern Residents

Saganash returns from listening tour of Northern Québec

Val-d’Or – Last week, New Democrat MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi – Baie James – Nunavik – Eeyou) made his listening tour of the communities in the James Bay region and Nunavik to hear their concerns directly. From August 14th to 16th, Saganash visited Matagami, Whapmagoostui/Kuujjuarapik and Kuujjuaq where he met with municipal and Band councils, community leaders, organizations and the public at large in a series of meetings.

June 28th, 2012

Five New Democrat MPs Win Corporate Challenge in Second Stage of the Coupe Dix30

Val-d’Or, June 27, 2012 — Five New Democrat MPs, Sylvain Chicoine (Châteauguay—Saint-Constant), Matthew Dubé (Chambly—Borduas) Hoang Mai (Brossard—La Prairie), Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher) and Romeo Saganash (Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou) participated in the Coupe Dix30 corporate challenge, a relay race held in the Michel-Chartrand Park in Longueuil.

June 28th, 2012

Parliamentary Session Ends in Ottawa: MP Saganash Takes Stock

Val-d’Or - The parliamentary session has just ended in Ottawa and New Democrat MP Romeo Saganash is back full-time in Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou, where he paints a positive picture of his work in the House of Commons.

June 22nd, 2012

Saganash Denounces Conservative Inaction on Aboriginal Housing

Val-d’Or — On this National Aboriginal Day, MP Romeo Saganash condemned the fact that over half the housing units in First Nations communities are contaminated with mould, a situation that has only worsened since the Conservatives came to power. “Problems with education and housing have been on the rise under this minister’s watch,” said Mr. Saganash today in Question Period. “What is happening in Attawapiskat is just a symptom of a much larger crisis across the country.” Mr. Saganash said that Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development John Duncan is completely disconnected from the situation and is unable to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal peoples living in third-world conditions. “Seeing that incompetence, why should Aboriginal peoples trust the Minister to resolve the national crisis that is striking them?” wondered Mr. Saganash. One of the largest ridings in the country, Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou has many Aboriginal communities and villages where residents are paying for the Minister’s inaction. Romeo Saganash is planning to visit several of these communities this summer in order to get a sense of what residents are concerned about.

June 15th, 2012

NDP and Romeo Saganash Concerned About Cost of Food in Canadian North

Val-d’Or — MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou) shares the NDP’s concerns about exorbitant food prices in the Canadian North and is calling on the Conservative government to take action to put an end to this flagrant injustice.

May 25th, 2012

Workers Will Suffer Under New Employment Insurance Restrictions

New rules announced today mean that fewer workers will be eligible for EI even if they have paid into the program

May 17th, 2012

FEDERAL BUDGET 2012 - ROMEO SAGANASH WANTS TO HEAR FROM THE PUBLIC

Val-d’Or – Romeo Saganash, MP for Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou invites residents, community and development organizations, and municipal representatives of the region to share their concerns regarding the Conservative government’s 2012 budget.

May 9th, 2012

Statement by NDP Critic for International Development, Romeo Saganash, on World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

Today I would like to acknowledge and thank the many people who contribute their time, skills and money to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement and the work they do all around the world.

May 4th, 2012

CANADA SUMMER JOBS 2012 - $432,859 FOR ABITIBI BAIE-JAMES NUNAVIK EEYOU

Val-d’Or – MP Romeo Saganash is happy to announce that an amount of $432,859 has been approved for the riding of Abitibi Baie-James Nunavik Eeyou for 2012-2013 from the Canada Summer Jobs program.

April 23rd, 2012

SAGANASH SLAMS END OF COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAM

Many people in the riding count on the Community Access Program to introduce them to the Internet and new technologies

March 8th, 2012

ROMEO SAGANASH MARKS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

This year’s March 8 celebrations focus on rural and remote communities

Val-d’Or, March 8, 2012 – Today MP Romeo Saganash marked International Women’s Day, with this year’s theme being rural and remote communities.

February 7th, 2012

NDP LAUNCHES CANADIAN TOUR TO OPPOSE CHANGES TO OLD AGE SECURITY

Three MPs will travel across country to reach out to Canadian Seniors

OTTAWA –Today New Democrat MP announced that they will be fanning out across the country to consult Canadians about changes to the Old Age Security (OAS) program planned by the Conservatives. The MPs will promote practical options the NDP has to address the changes that are happening as our population ages while still ensuring retirement security for all Canadians.

February 1st, 2012

NDP, SENIORS OPPOSE CUTS TO OLD AGE SECURITY

Nycole Turmel and seniors’ groups discuss the Conservatives’ reckless plan

Val-d’Or – New Democrat Leader Nycole Turmel met with representatives from the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) to discuss how seniors will be affected by the proposed cuts to Old Age Security (OAS) and to identify ways to oppose it.

February 1st, 2012

ROMEO SAGANASH CALLS ON CONSERVATIVES TO TAKE THE ECOENERGY PROGRAM SERIOUSLY

Val-d’Or – NPD MP Romeo Saganash slammed the Conservative government’s decision to cut funding for the popular ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program.

February 1st, 2012

NDP CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT

The state of municipal infrastructure in Canada requires an immediate and predictable investment plan

Val-d’Or — NDP MPs are calling for federal investment in infrastructure. The NDP supports the efforts of elected municipal officials to get the Conservatives moving on this issue. They have been sitting back and doing nothing for too long: by 2014, nearly half of federal funding agreements in this domain will expire.

October 20th, 2011

NDP TABLES ACT TO PROTECT PENSIONS

Val-d’Or – Canada’s New Democrats reintroduced legislation this week to put pensioners first when their former employers go bankrupt.

October 14th, 2011

Opening of the Constituancy office in Chibougamau

It is with great pleasure and ambitious anticipation that MP Romeo Saganash announces the opening of his constituency office in Chibougamau. This office will be operational on Tuesday, October 18th 2011.

August 18th, 2011

NEW DEMOCRATS CALL ON KENT TO SHOW LEADERSHIP, PROTECT ST LAWRENCE

Environment Minister ignores petroleum board’s request for assessment

OTTAWA – Despite heavy public concern, Environment Minister Peter Kent has rejected a request by the Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) to conduct a federal review panel on the proposed Old Harry drilling project in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The Board requested a federal review after a flood of letters from citizens concerned about the safety of the project.

July 20th, 2011

FEDS MISS OPPORTUNITY ON PAN-CANADIAN ENERGY STRATEGY: NDP

OTTAWA – The Conservatives failed to show leadership and instead defended the status quo at an important meeting of Canada’s Energy Ministers, according to New Democrats.

July 15th, 2011

New Democrats Welcome National Energy Talks

But NDP warns national strategy must spark change, not protect status quo

OTTAWA – New Democrats welcome this weekend’s national energy strategy meetings between federal and provincial ministers in Kananaskis, Alberta—but warned the Harper government talks must be about sparking change, not promoting the status quo.

June 14th, 2011

Harper must put lives before politics on asbestos: NDP

OTTAWA – On the eve of the UN’s Rotterdam Convention on hazardous material New Democrats are calling for the Conservatives to stop ignoring Health Canada’s advice on the risks of chrysotile asbestos and to finally list it as a controlled substance.