MP Cannings reintroduces three NDP-sponsored motions

Three NDP-sponsored private members bills were given new life when they were tabled today by MP Richard Cannings.

“I am happy to introduce both of these important motions, motions that residents across South Okanagan — West Kootenay have told me they supported in the past and wished to see brought forward again,” said Mr. Cannings.

“I want to thank Alex Atamanenko for his past work and advocacy on these important initiatives. I’m proud to continue to the work on these issues and call on the government to give them serious consideration.”

The three motions tabled by Mr. Cannings included:

  • Motion M-50, which calls on the Federal government to establish a Department of Peace;
  • Motion M-51, which calls on the Federal government to apologize to Canada’s British Home Children, along with their families and descendants; and,
  • Motion M-52, which calls on the government to introduce mandatory labeling of food products containing ingredients that have been genetically modified.

Motions M-50 and M-51 were introduced in previous Parliaments by former MP Alex Atamanenko. Motion M-52 was tabled in the last parliament by NDP MP Murray Rankin (Victoria).

Motion M-50 calls on the Federal government to establish a Department of Peace as part of the structure of the federal government and Cabinet with a mandate to advocate for the non-violent resolution of conflict at home and abroad.

In previous Parliaments, Mr. Atamanenko’s legislation on this issue received wide support from civil society and religious groups.

Motion M-51 calls on the Federal government to apologize to Canada’s British Home Children, their families and descendants.

From the late 1860s to 1939, approximately 100,000 children were sent from the United Kingdom to Canada to be used as indentured farm workers and domestics. Believed by Canadians to be orphans, approximately only two percent actually were.

In 2009, the Government of Australia formally apologized for their involvement and in 2010, the Government of the United Kingdom also formally apologized.

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