Penticton- NDP MP for South Okanagan – West Kootenay, Richard Cannings announced today that he will not seek re-election in 2025. Cannings has had an influential and successful career as an opposition MP that punched well above his weight with his party holding the balance of power during consecutive minority governments.
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September 4

Labour Day 2023

Monday was Labour Day, a time to reflect on the contributions of workers and celebrate the advances that organized labour has achieved to make our lives truly livable—the weekend, the 8-hour workday, workers’ compensation, sick leave, maternity and paternity leave, and more. 
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August 22


This summer has been the worst wildfire season in Canada, and it reached that landmark not in August or even July, but on June 25th.  The British Columbia situation is similar; by June 18 the Donnie Creek fire officially became the largest fire in provincial history.  Fires all over the southern Interior followed-- in Osoyoos, Kamloops, Adams Lake, West Kelowna, Keremeos, Twin Lakes, the Fraser Canyon and more. 
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August 5

Sign our petition now to help fight the climate crisis.

Join us in demanding the right to live in a healthy and ecologically balanced environment and the tools to ensure the Government of Canada is protecting this right within its legal jurisdiction.
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February 21

Electoral Boundary Changes

I’d like to outline how we got to this point, present some of the details of the proposed changes, and provide an opportunity for feedback of any local concerns.
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February 8


When the Royal Commission on the Status of Women recommended a national childcare program in 1970, I was still a Pen-Hi student. I never thought that it might take over a half-century for Canada to create legislation for such an important program. But, on the heels of the birth of my third grandchild, Canada is very close to doing just that.
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January 25

Defending Public Health Care

There is nothing more precious to us than our health, and good health is dependent on good health care.  For decades, Canadians have been proud of our universal health care system, but that system is now in a state of crisis.
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December 29

Progress in 2022

This year has been an interesting one in Canadian politics, especially since it involved two of the major parties agreeing to work together wherever possible. Canadians doing everything right, still struggled with rising inflation throughout the year. Our cooperation ensured those that needed help the most were able to access federal government relief. 
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December 1

Canada Dental Benefit: How to Apply

Applications for the 1st stage of the NDP dental plan are now open for eligible parents with children 12 and under. This interim step will provide funds for dental care while we work to complete the permanent plan.
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March 28

Politics of Parliament gets in the way of MPs’ environmental leadership

Article by Brittany Stares from the Hill Times
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