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Regan questions new parking fees for CFB Halifax employees

Posted on April 15, 2015

April 15, 2015 (Bedford, NS) – Halifax West M.P. Geoff Regan is questioning why the Department of National Defence spent almost half a million dollars to set up paid parking at CFB Halifax.

“The Department of National Defence spent $460,000 to install payment infrastructure on the base, and didn’t even consider whether there were any other options to avoid having to charge these fees to staff in the first place,” said Regan

Regan obtained the information through a House of Commons Order Paper after requests for the Minister of National Defence to reconsider the new parking policy were refused. CFB Halifax is the only base in Canada that charges its employees parking fees.

“I’ve heard from a number of National Defence employees who are frustrated that they now have to pay for parking, even though there is no guarantee that a parking space will be available to them,” the Liberal M.P. said. “This policy even applies to staff at the Military Family Resource Centre, which is a non-profit organization.”

A Treasury Board ruling found that parking is a taxable benefit and the Department of National Defence began charging fees to park at CFB Halifax Dockyard, Stadacona, Windsor-Willow Park, Royal Artillery Park and the Halifax Armoury as of September 1, 2014.

“The Department of National Defense should examine all options and find a way to comply with the Treasury Board ruling without the financial burden these fees have put on employees and taxpayers,” said Regan.

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Order Paper Question – Parking Fees at CFB Halifax

 

Speech on Bill C-628, An Act to Defend the Pacific Northwest

Posted on March 30, 2015

Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to rise and participate in this debate on Bill C-628 and perhaps bring a perspective from one of Canada’s other two coasts, from the east coast as a member for Halifax West in Nova Scotia.

The bill calls for a ban on oil tanker traffic from the inland waters of Canada’s Pacific north coast, which is a magnificent area that includes the Great Bear Rainforest, many species of wildlife and runs of salmon. It is a magnificent area that is important to preserve and protect.

Coming from Halifax West as I do, I appreciate the strong desire that people have in British Columbia to protect coasts and coastal communities. I understand the concerns that many have with respect to the potential of supertankers, which are the very large crude carriers, or what are now called “VLCCs”. They carry far more oil, I think about eight times as much, as the Exxon Valdez carried when it went aground and leaked so much oil back in 1989. People have very great concerns about tankers that huge travelling through such sensitive areas.

As I have said, I come from a coastal community, and we see the snow starting to melt in Nova Scotia. We have had an awful lot of snow this year. As my colleague says, I dare to dream, but I am looking forward to the summer and kayaking along the coast of Newfoundland, if I can get a little time away from the long campaign that we expect to start once the House rises.

I guess there is no surprise when we look at the situation and the position of the current government. First of all, it is difficult to understand why the Conservatives would not support the bill before us, but on the other hand, it should not be a surprise to anyone who has seen how the Conservative government has systematically dismantled so many critical environmental protections during what can only be described as a decade of devastation.

The proposed legislation closely resembles previous bills that have been brought forward to the House a number of times, the contents of which will be familiar to members. Of course, the main focus of the bill before us are the amendments to the Canada Shipping Act. While much of this was in earlier legislation, there is one notable difference in Bill C-628, which is the addition of provisions to amend the National Energy Board Act to require the NEB to take into account certain factors before making a recommendation to the minister with regard to the issuance of a pipeline certificate. For example, one element of the bill asks the NEB to ensure that consultations on pipeline projects occur and to report on those consultations in its consideration of a project.

These consultations are more important than ever these days. I think we see today that even when the National Energy Board approves a project, it does not necessarily mean it is going ahead, because there is that question of social licence. One has to have a considerable amount of community support before moving forward with a natural resource project of any size. I think that is why it is so important that we develop greater confidence in the public in terms of the regulatory processes we have in this country relating to the approval of those projects and to our environmental assessment.

Therefore, when the government has gutted the program the way it has and has gutted the assessments, it is a great concern. I look forward to discussing this aspect of Bill C-628. Hopefully when it goes to committee, and I hope it will, this will get great discussion there as well. However, the fact is that the government has undermined public trust around pipeline projects.

In fact, I hope we hear more today from Conservative British Columbians, who will really share their views on this topic. I wonder if they will reflect on the fact that eight out of ten British Columbians are in favour of the kind of measures that are being proposed here and that they are opposed to ships carrying crude oil travelling through the waters that we are talking about. That will be interesting.

Nova Scotia Parliamentarians visit Washington, DC for bilateral discussions on energy and trade

Posted on March 27, 2015

Geoff Regan, M.P., Peter Stoffer, M.P. for Sackville-Eastern Shore, and Senator Wilfred Moore travelled to Washington, DC from March 23-25, 2015 for meetings with representatives from the United States Senate and Congress about energy and trade.

Geoff had the opportunity to discuss with his American counterparts the need for smoother border crossings for people and Canadian exports, support for the ferry between Yarmouth and Maine, cargo rail between Halifax and Detroit and Chicago and energy exports.

House of Commons celebrates Purple Day

Posted on March 27, 2015

OFFICIAL REPORT (HANSARD) Statements by Members Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to stand in this place to help promote awareness of epilepsy by recognizing Purple […]

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Conservative government must reverse clawback on veterans’ benefits

Posted on March 13, 2015

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Op-ed:Harper policies fail to move Keystone XL forward

Posted on March 4, 2015

Dear editor, The failure to move the yardsticks on the Keystone XL pipeline falls squarely on the shoulders of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Mr. Harper’s refusal […]

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Public invited to participate in discussion on providing quality care for seniors

Posted on March 4, 2015 | No Comments

March 2, 2015 (Bedford) – Geoff Regan, M.P. and the Canadian Medical Association are hosting a public meeting to discuss health care needs for an aging […]

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Conservative government’s failed environmental policies blocking Canadian export growth

Posted on February 26, 2015

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Conservative government bullying charities with CRA audits

Posted on February 26, 2015

Halifax’s Ecology Action Centre is one of the latest organizations bullied by the Conservative government through a Canada Revenue Agency political activities audit. In the 2012 […]

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Let’s Talk Seniors’ Health with Canadian Medical Association

Posted on February 25, 2015

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