Olivia CHOW

CHOW, Olivia, B.A. (Hons.)

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Trinity--Spadina (Ontario)
Birth Date
March 24, 1957
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olivia_Chow
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=5447e155-ea58-4c9e-b7bc-b712c698691a&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
municipal councillor

Parliamentary Career

January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
NDP
  Trinity--Spadina (Ontario)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
NDP
  Trinity--Spadina (Ontario)
May 2, 2011 - March 13, 2014
NDP
  Trinity--Spadina (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 219)


March 4, 2014

Ms. Olivia Chow (Trinity—Spadina, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I have a large number of petitions.

First it is my honour to present petitions from 14,000 petitioners across Canada calling on the Government of Canada to stop being soft on crime against animals. Canada must strengthen the language of animal cruelty law and remove animal cruelty crimes from the property section of the Criminal Code. We must recognize animals as beings that can feel pain. They are not property, and criminals who abuse animals must face conviction and serious penalty. Those who have done serious crime must do serious time. It is time for Canada to act and protect our furry friends.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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March 4, 2014

Ms. Olivia Chow (Trinity—Spadina, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the third batch of petitions is from my constituents. They ask that the federal government make side guards mandatory on all trucks in order to save pedestrians' and cyclists' lives, and in order to save fuel.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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March 4, 2014

Ms. Olivia Chow (Trinity—Spadina, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the second petition calls on the Government of Canada to provide seniors with affordable, reliable and fast public transit. The petitioners note that seniors with low incomes are isolated at home because some of them cannot afford bus tickets. Having more seniors on public transit means better health, better air quality, less gridlock, and better neighbourhoods.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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March 4, 2014

Ms. Olivia Chow (Trinity—Spadina, NDP)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-577, An Act respecting VIA Rail Canada and making consequential amendments to another Act.

Mr. Speaker, it is my honour to present the VIA Rail protection bill. The bill presents a vision for the future of VIA Rail. It lays out a clear mandate and government structure. It gives it a larger say in determining its funding needs and frees the railway board from patronage appointments. By strengthening VIA Rail's position vis-à-vis CN and CP, delays for passenger trains would also be reduced.

Currently VIA Rail has no clearly delineated rights, powers, obligations, or mandated targets. Without legislative protection, it has suffered years of neglect and devastating service cuts. It is time to secure VIA Rail's role and responsibility through a federal law.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Via Rail Canada Act
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March 4, 2014

Ms. Olivia Chow (Trinity—Spadina, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the last group of petitions is also from my constituents in Toronto. The petitioners are asking the federal government to provide a permanent investment plan to support public transit, establish a federal funding mechanism for public transit, and ensure that there is a national public transit strategy so that we can deal with the $18 billion gap in transit infrastructure needs.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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