NDP Food Price Inflation Critic calls out Liberals botched food price ‘plan’ and offers real solution

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October 18, 2023


NDP Food Price Inflation Critic calls out Liberals botched food price ‘plan’ and offers real solution


OTTAWA – On Tuesday, NDP Food Price Inflation Critic Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan – Malahat – Langford) called out the Liberals and Conservatives for backing rich grocery CEOs who are jacking up prices, instead of working for Canadians. This comes after the Liberal Industry Minister said that, following the meeting where he politely asked grocery CEOs to ‘stabilize’ prices, they haven’t been “forthcoming”. MacGregor said the Liberals’ out-of-touch approach won’t work and offered the government a real plan to lower grocery bills for Canadians – which would give the Competition Bureau more power to increase competition and stop price-fixing.

Here is MacGregor’s question:

“The Liberals’ out-of-touch plan of nicely asking rich grocery CEOs to lower prices hasn’t worked.

“Wishing” and “hoping” that rich CEOs will do the right thing won’t help families put food on the table.

And grocery prices are still going up after 22 months.

Canadians expect action, but the Liberals are out to lunch – and the Conservatives, you are all words but have no real plan. 

When is the Minister going to get real about helping Canadian families, and support the NDP’s plan to lower food prices?”

Watch MacGregor ask his question in Parliament

 

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MP MacGregor's Bill C-277: National Strategy on Brain Injuries Act, passes unanimously at second reading vote

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June 12th, 2024

 

NDP: A National Brain Injury Strategy will shine light on “invisible epidemic”

 

OTTAWA— On Wednesday, with a vote of 324 in favour and zero against, NDP MP Alistair MacGregor’s plan to create a national strategy for prevention, treatment, and awareness of brain injuries passed unanimously at second reading in Parliament.

 

“This is an important step forward for an initiative that started locally,” MP MacGregor said, “This work came about because of the passion and lived experience of several of my constituents, and I am so proud and grateful for their work. I especially want to thank Janelle Breese Biagioni from the CGB Centre for Traumatic Life Losses, Chris Rafuse from the Cowichan Brain Injury Society, and local advocate and brain injury survivor Kyle Mockford, among many others. Working together with community groups across Canada, Bill C-277 has become a national campaign for greater awareness, prevention, and treatment of brain injuries.” 

 

Experts say that many who experience traumatic brain injuries go undiagnosed and untreated because of stigma and lack of awareness. Even if they receive treatment, the current state of brain injury services and supports across the country is characterized by fragmentation, isolation, and chronic underfunding. Often, support services for families and brain-injury survivors operate as non-profit organizations with little or no government funding. Some of these organizations are teetering on the brink of closure.

 

“Well over 1.5 million Canadians have suffered a traumatic brain injury, and the long-term effects can be devastating,” said MacGregor. “Among them are an estimated 1 in 8 Canadian women, who have experienced a traumatic brain injury because of gender-based violence. I’m happy to see a national brain injury strategy get support across party lines.”

 

Bill C-277 has been endorsed by medical experts, people with lived experience, Brain Injury organizations across the country, and local municipalities including Duncan, Langford, North Cowichan, Nanaimo, and the City of Victoria.

 

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