Alexa MCDONOUGH

MCDONOUGH, Alexa, O.C., O.N.S., B.A., M.S.W., D.C.L.

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Halifax (Nova Scotia)
Birth Date
August 11, 1944
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexa_McDonough
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=ca5bb188-7a33-44b8-8f38-e7249ac31ade&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
social worker

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
NDP
  Halifax (Nova Scotia)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
NDP
  Halifax (Nova Scotia)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
NDP
  Halifax (Nova Scotia)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
NDP
  Halifax (Nova Scotia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 354)


June 16, 2008

Ms. Alexa McDonough (Halifax, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I have to say at the outset that the greatest expertise in my caucus lies absolutely with the member for Burnaby—New Westminster. He has been very thorough in his study of this bill. He has followed it very closely. He has consulted widely. One of the things that concerns me a lot is that while the Liberal member who has just spoken has acknowledged there were many amendments needed and a number of amendments were adopted, it is very much the view of my colleague, who is the critic for this bill, that about 50% of the flaws, omissions or sins committed by this bill have been adopted. In other words, about 50% of the problems remain to be fixed.

I wonder if the member could elucidate for those of us who are trying to follow the debate here in the House but also for the public who share a real concern when we are talking about something as fundamental as air safety. Can he honestly say that fixing about 50% of the flaws in the bill is the kind of assurance that absolute air safety, of which we have a responsibility to assure the public, is reflected in this bill?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Aeronautics Act
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June 16, 2008

Ms. Alexa McDonough

Mr. Speaker, I do not have a lot of time to respond, but it does not take long to respond to that. Jetsgo is an example of why it is just simply wrong-headed to suggest that the major responsibility for the safety management systems can lie with the airlines themselves. If we have even one irresponsible airline operating, then there is reason to be concerned and, frankly, reason to be critical of this legislation at this point in its current but hopefully not final form.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Aeronautics Act
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June 16, 2008

Ms. Alexa McDonough (Halifax, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, my second petition is signed by a large number of Canadian citizens who call upon the Government of Canada to recognize, by means of the issuance of a new Canadian volunteer service medal to be designated the Governor General's volunteer service medal, volunteer service by Canadians in the regular and reserve military forces, cadet corps, and support staff who are not eligible for the aforementioned medals and who have completed 365 days of uninterrupted honourable duty in the service of their country since March 2, 1947.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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June 6, 2008

Ms. Alexa McDonough

Mr. Speaker, actually I was going to rise on a point of much greater importance and ask the member a question, but I will wait my turn.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Budget Implementation Act, 2008
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June 6, 2008

Ms. Alexa McDonough (Halifax, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the member asked several questions and deserves answers.

Why is the New Democratic Party attacking the Liberals for what they are doing in this House? Why are we not attacking the Conservative government for its draconian policies?

Let me set the record straight. On 23 or 24 occasions, with the most draconian policies being the subject of votes in this House, the New Democratic Party has voted against them. On those same 23 or 24 votes, the Liberal Party either has failed to vote at all or has had seven or eight members sit in their seats while the rest hid behind the curtain or stayed out in the lobby. To me, the most cynical manoeuvre of all is to put up seven or eight or nine or ten token votes knowing that they are insufficient to have any effect in actually calling the Conservative government to account.

Personally, I would rather know how draconian the Conservatives are. Then I can vote against them, rather than do what that Liberal Party and its Liberal caucus do, which is to pretend they are opposing them but not use the power, responsibility and mandate they were given to come in here and stand up against those policies. The Liberals have hardly done that once since the Conservative government was elected.

Now I have a quick question. Does that member not understand that it is not only the 30 New Democrat members of Parliament who are offended by what the Liberals are doing in fraudulently posing as the official opposition? Does he not understand that Canadians are aghast at the self-serving cynical politics of convenience the Liberals are demonstrating, when they want these policies stopped? The worst policies of the government are its budgetary policies, with the immigration policies and the EI changes the government is sneaking in as part of the budget, on which Liberal after Liberal has stood up and screamed and yelled--

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Budget Implementation Act, 2008
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