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January 31st, 2017

It’s time to turn our backs on the energy sources of the past

(Anne Minh-Thu Quach) – The Trudeau government is hiding behind its image as a great defender of the environment and friend to First Nations. Everyone was impressed by the government’s key role in the Paris climate change summit in 2015. Yet, since the Paris Agreement was signed, the Trudeau government has broken every one of its commitments. Canada can and must do better so that our children, and their children in turn, can inherit a healthy environment.

January 30th, 2017

ANNE MINH-THU QUACH STATEMENT ON THE TERROR ATTACK IN QUEBEC CITY

OTTAWA — Like all Quebeckers, Anne Minh-Thu Quach, the federal Member of Parliament for Salaberry—Suroit, was shocked by the violent, barbaric and gratuitous attack on the members of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City last night.

January 28th, 2017

Statement for the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, the Tet festival

"My best wishes for Canadians who celebrate the Lunar New Year!

The Tet is a time to gather around family and friends to celebrate the beginning of a new year. For the Vietnamese community, it is a particularly important festival because it symbolizes renewal and the beginning of spring.

November 21st, 2016

Engaging young people in political life is everybody’s business

(Anne Minh-Thu Quach) – On November 8, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. This election is not just affecting our neighbours to the South; it is a shock for the entire world. Once again, I’m staggered by the low voter turnout, particularly among young people.

March 9th, 2016

KATHRYN SPIRIT: MP ANNE QUACH AND ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS ARE TAKING ACTION

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD — Community efforts to have the federal government seize the Kathryn Spirit are continuing with an e-petition tabled by a member of the public and sponsored by NDP MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry—Suroît). Ms. Quach has the support of several environmental groups.

March 23rd, 2015

Why I will be voting against the new “anti-terrorism” legislation

In a previous column, I called for the spirit of dialogue and goodwill the emerged following the attacks of October 22nd to win out over any hasty efforts to tighten up security legislation. Unfortunately, rather than show leadership, the Conservatives have exploited the climate of fear that has been present as they chose to introduce their freedom-stifling Bill C-51.

January 20th, 2015

Make 2015 the last unfair election

Last month, my colleague Craig Scott, the NDP’s Democratic Reform Critic, tabled a motion that received the support of Green Party and independent MPs. They joined with the NDP in demanding that 2015 be the last unfair election. The NDP is proposing to change the electoral system and leave behind the “winner takes all” approach in favour of a mixed-member proportional representation system.

November 17th, 2014

One should not have to choose between public safety or civil liberties

On October 22, 2014, shortly before 10 a.m., a man murdered Corporal Nathan Cirillo in cowardly fashion at Ottawa’s cenotaph. He then continued on to Parliament, where he was shot dead by the Sergeant-at-Arms, Kevin Vickers. In a few minutes’ time, the gunman attacked two important national symbols: the National War Memorial, which commemorates those who fell defending our values and our rights, and Parliament, the heart of our democratic system.

September 26th, 2014

Bring back the federal minimum wage and reduce social inequality

MPs have been back in the House of Commons for a few weeks and are clearly in pre-election mode, with the 2015 federal election less than a year away. Taking a direct and transparent approach, the NDP has begun to unveil several key planks in its election platform.

September 9th, 2014

The Canadian economy: Conservatives fail to meet expectations

A few weeks ago, the Harper government announced that Quebec minister Denis Lebel would crisscross Quebec on a charm offensive. I am sorry to disappoint the deputy minister, but it is too little too late.

June 27th, 2014

A new mom in Parliament

In the coming weeks, a new phase of my life is going to start, a phase that may well disrupt my life even more than when I first got into politics. For this high school teacher turned federal MP is now adding the role of “mother” to the list.

May 26th, 2014

The Conservatives must stop dismantling our public institutions

Everyone has played dominoes at least once in their life. We all know how long it takes to meticulously place each piece in the right spot, and how easy it is to knock the whole thing down with one wrong move.

November 29th, 2013

Women Still Have a Long Road Ahead

By Anne Minh-Thu Quach

During the by‑election in the federal riding of Bourassa, I had an opportunity to attend a conference by and for women, organized by New Democrat Stéphane Moraille, the only female candidate in the riding. The opinion was unanimous: despite the numerous achievements of the past century, we still have a long way to go to achieve gender equality.

October 24th, 2013

EI reform a disaster for employers and workers alike

By Anne Minh-Thu Quach

The Conservative government’s EI reform has caused hardship for many people. Many of the planned changes will force workers to take a step backward, and I along with my NDP colleagues and many community organizations have criticized the initiative.

July 24th, 2013

Take advantage of the tourism season… differently!

By Anne Minh-Thu Quach

When planning our leisure time or our vacations, we think about the fun we’ll have. We wonder about the weather forecast, but we rarely think about the impact of our activities on the environment. Yet between global warming and the desire to have a healthy lifestyle, more and more Canadians are embracing ecotourism.

June 25th, 2013

Grow the Local Economy by Eating Locally

By Anne Minh-Thu Quach

In a few days, Quebec strawberries will be spilling over grocery store shelves. Tastier and juicier than imported strawberries, these berries are a perfect example of a growing trend that is the wave of the future: buying local.

May 27th, 2013

Combatting Cynicism Through Engagement

Citizens are increasingly uninterested in politics. This phenomenon has existed for years, and it doesn’t look like things are going to change any time soon.

April 26th, 2013

The Photo Contest Continues!

Do you like taking photos and want to share the beauty of the riding of Beauharnois-Salaberry? Then this contest is for you! MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach is looking for photos of landscapes, faces and activities in the region. Open to everyone, the purpose of this contest is to promote the artistic talents of the citizens of Beauharnois-Salaberry, as well as the beauty of their region. The winner will receive a gift basket full of local products. The winning photo, as well as those of the finalists, will also be presented in an exhibition organized by the MP at the Musée de société des Deux-Rives (MUSO). Don’t miss this opportunity to share your talent and remember to be original!

April 25th, 2013

Save our Family Farms

By Anne Minh-Thu Quach

Over the past few years, the economy has become one of, if not THE most important issues facing Canadians.

March 22nd, 2013

Science: Conservatives’ distorted reality

Despite opposition, the Conservative government will open up a new front in the war against science with the continued muzzling of Canadian scientists.

March 22nd, 2013

We must save experimental lakes

The Conservative government’s contempt for science has just claimed a new victim.

This time, the target is the experimental lakes program, initiated in northwestern Ontario half a century ago and world-renowned for its excellent work. The Conservatives recently announced they were cutting funding to the program, which will close its doors in March 2013.

March 22nd, 2013

Politicians and artists: same struggle

Sometimes I look at artists’ work and think that what they do is strangely similar to what we politicians do.

March 8th, 2013

Public Consultations on EI Reform

Your federal MP for Beauharnois-Salaberry, Anne Quach, invites you to a public consultation on the EI reform with MP Anne-Marie Day, Official Opposition Critic for Employment Insurance. The consultations will take place on:

February 22nd, 2013

The human cost of employment insurance reforms

Much has been said about the Harper government’s senseless employment insurance reforms. Their negative impact on the economy of several regions has been criticized by experts and businesspeople. However, little has been said about the devastating impact of the EI reforms on the lives of thousands of honest workers.

February 8th, 2013

Canada Not Ready For an Oil Spill

Everyone remembers the environmental crisis just under three years ago in the Gulf of Mexico, following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform. This tragic incident – with 11 workers lost and hundreds of millions of litres of petroleum spilled in the ocean – should have sounded an alarm for the Canadian government.

February 6th, 2013

MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach’s Winter Photo Contest

Do you like taking photos and want to share the winter beauty of the riding of Beauharnois-Salaberry? Then this contest is for you! MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach is looking for winter photos of landscapes and faces in the region. Open to everyone, the purpose of this contest is to promote the artistic talents of the citizens of Beauharnois-Salaberry, as well as the beauty of their region. As well as winning a gift basket full of local products, the winner’s photo will be used for the Member’s 2013 Christmas card. The winning photos, as well as those of the finalists, will also be presented in an exhibition organized by the MP at the Musée de société des Deux-Rives (MUSO). Don’t miss this opportunity to share your talent and remember to be original!

December 20th, 2012

This Holiday Season: Think About buying Local

Except for the Grinch who stole Christmas, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like celebrating the holidays.

June 20th, 2012

Rio + 20 blog

(12:00) The Environment minister's speech was a bit misleading (#understatementoftheyear). "We're going to attain our GES targets". First of all, their GES targets (17% reduction between 2005 and 2020) are much smaller than Kyoto's. And both the Environment and sustainable development commissionner and the National Rountable of the Environment and the Economy said they'd miss there targets (by a lot). The Environmental commisionner said that instead of a reduction of 17%...we'll probably see an increase by about 7%. Shame.

March 30th, 2012

Link To Online Version Of The Budget

http://www.budget.gc.ca/2012/home-accueil-eng.html

Highlights:

The age of eligibility for old age security will pass from 65 to 67 years old for all those born after 1958 Health transfers to provinces will be reduced Approval processes for resource development projects (oil, gas, mines, etc.) will be shortened and weakened CBC and Radio-Canada lose 10% of their budgets and over 600 jobs National Film Board loses over 40 jobs and 10% of its budget Large reductions in aide to developing countries Scrapping of the Katimavik youth development program Nothing for public transit, affordable housing or integrating new Canadians