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.


On his first day back in the House of Commons, he went right to work, admonishing the Conservative government for its mishandling of missing and murdered aboriginal women. 

“Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister refused to launch a national inquiry because, for him, the disappearance and murder of nearly 1,200 aboriginal women and girls is not a systemic problem. But the communities and provinces are unanimous in their desire to move ahead with this.”

“Why are the Conservatives blocking this inquiry? Do they not understand that they now stand alone?” questioned Saganash, only to receive yet another unsatisfactory answer from across the aisle. (You can see his speech (in French) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLOjAkk97ks )

As a member on the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Saganash also took part in an emergency debate on Canada’s response to the situation in Iraq on Tuesday. Despite acknowledging the international role that Canada has to play, he reminded everyone that each time we intervene, a debate must take place in Parliament. The extent of Canada’s involvement in Iraq is a decision that must be taken by all elected parliamentarians, not just the government. Saganash also pointed to the lack of information available to make a pondered and informed decision. The debate went well into the evening of September 16.


On September 17, Saganash confirmed in an interview with the Écho abitibien that he had begun work on his re-election campaign for his seat in Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou.

This weekend, he is also slated to speak on behalf of leader Tom Mulcair at the NDP youth convention in Sherbrooke. 






Source:          Philippe Doherty