Richard CANNINGS

CANNINGS, Richard

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
South Okanagan--West Kootenay (British Columbia)
Birth Date
March 31, 1954
Website
http://richardcannings.ndp.ca
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=85738a00-0a16-4a6f-89c7-9f045782d1fd&Language=E&Section=ALL
Email Address
Richard.Cannings@parl.gc.ca
Profession
author, biologist

Parliamentary Career

October 19, 2015 -
NDP
  South Okanagan--West Kootenay (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 87)


June 20, 2019

Mr. Richard Cannings (South Okanagan—West Kootenay, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the second petition draws attention to the fact that the Canadian government declared the Sinixt tribal group extinct in 1956. The petitioners also point out that the Sinixt never ceased to exist as a tribal group and that their territory remains unceded. They call on the government to reverse the wrongful declaration of the extinction of the Sinixt tribal group and to take immediate steps to recognize the Sinixt as an autonomous tribal group within their traditional and ancestral Canadian territory.

I want to take this opportunity again, since this is the last regular day of this Parliament, to thank you personally for the good job you have done in often very trying circumstances. I appreciate it, and I think all Canadians do.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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June 20, 2019

Mr. Richard Cannings (South Okanagan—West Kootenay, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today with two petitions from residents in my riding of South Okanagan—West Kootenay.

The first petition points out that one in 10 Canadians cannot afford their prescription medication; that the current system benefits drug companies, not Canadians; that a universal pharmacare plan could save our country over $4 billion a year; and that we are the only OECD country that has a universal health care system that does not cover prescription drugs. Therefore, the petitioners call on the Government of Canada to eliminate the current patchwork system of care and to introduce a universal, comprehensive and public pharmacare plan that will reduce drug costs and keep people healthier longer.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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June 19, 2019

Mr. Richard Cannings (South Okanagan—West Kootenay, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, today a report on the state of Canada's birds is expected, with findings of dramatic declines in many species, most of this resulting from habitat loss. For instance, over the last 40 years, we have lost over half of our grassland bird populations, birds like meadowlarks and burrowing owls.

The Liberals promised to protect 17% of Canada's wildlands and water by 2020, but have only hit 11%. An NDP government would protect 30% by 2030.

Why are the Liberals making nothing but empty gestures and breaking their promise to protect our wildlife?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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June 18, 2019

Mr. Richard Cannings (South Okanagan—West Kootenay, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present a petition from hundreds of Canadians, who point out that over 30,000 Canadians die annually from medical errors; the third leading cause of death in this country. The only resort they have for compensation is tort law, which ties up our courts and is financially and emotionally devastating.

All provincial governments transfer millions of taxpayer dollars to the Canadian Medical Protective Association to finance lawyers to fight these claims from patients. Because of this unfair advantage, only 2% of patient lawsuits are successful. Seven countries use no-fault health care compensation for medical errors.

These citizens call on the government to establish a mandatory error reporting system to facilitate learning from our mistakes, mandate courses on empathy and compassion for all health care workers, and establish a public inquiry to determine fair methods of compensation for medical errors, including arbitration, mediation and a no-fault health care compensation board, using the funds now transferred to the CMPA.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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June 17, 2019

Mr. Richard Cannings

Mr. Speaker, the mantra of the current government has always been that the economy and the environment go together. However, it seems to take that to mean that if it puts a price on carbon, it can okay three pipelines, and that will be okay. That is not how it works. I think the mantra should be that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment. The healthy environment has to come first. I think the Liberals have it all wrong. They seem to think that if they can do this one thing, they can do one or two of those things.

As for pipelines, these are expansion projects. These are pipelines that are being used to expand the output of the oil sands in Alberta. We are at a time when we have to think the other way. We have to move away from that expansion and move to a different world of energy.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   The Environment
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