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Geoff Regan, MP



Performing dabke at the 2015 Cedar Festival.

Performing dabke at the 2015 Cedar Festival.

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Federal government’s job to ensure environment and economy go together

Posted on July 13, 2015

Canada’s natural resources sector plays a key role in our economy and is a major contributor to job growth and prosperity, but over the past decade the Harper Conservatives have failed to deliver a sensible, credible approach to grow the economy and protect our environment.

This failure is the result of the misguided Conservative ideology which would have Canadians believe the only choice is either the economy or the environment.

It’s a simple fact that in 2015, pretending that we have to choose between responsible development of our natural resources or protecting our pristine environment is just plain wrong.

Canadians have long understood that, for our country to succeed and for our economy to succeed, we need to ensure that our vast natural resources which benefit every region are developed in a responsible and sustainable manner.

Unfortunately, the Conservative government is not interested in this approach.

That’s why the Conservatives have failed to deliver a credible plan to ensure that our forest, mineral and energy resources are developed in a sustainable and responsible manner.

While oil and gas industry executives recognize the need to price carbon, the Prime Minister calls it crazy talk.

Finance Minister Joe Oliver thinks that if you believe in protecting our environment you must be a foreign radical. He also believes social license is something used to block resource development.

It’s time to end this ideological driven approach to resource development in Canada.

It’s time for real change.

The Liberal Party supports the development of Canada’s energy potential and recognizes the positive contribution resource development has on economic growth and job creation, especially for our middle class.

But we also understand that resource development must be done in an environmentally responsible, sustainable way and through consensus building.

This is the only responsible way to turn resource opportunities into economic realities. We need to draw on our intelligence, our ability and willingness to solve problems as much as we draw on the resources themselves.

Over the past decade, the Harper Conservatives have repeatedly failed to grasp the need to reconcile economic growth and environmental stewardship or the role the federal government must play.

The Conservatives and the New Democrats both want Canadians to believe resource development and environmental stewardship are mutually exclusive.

They are not. And Canadians are already seeing the consequences of these failed policies.

For instance, Canada has lost 71 per cent of its clean technology market share during the past decade.

That is why the Liberal Party of Canada has developed a plan which will ensure that we can tap into the economic opportunities responsible resource development provides and create the clean jobs of tomorrow.

The Liberal Party recognizes that creating clean jobs presents an enormous economic opportunity today and into the future. Companies around the world are integrating economic development and job creation with environmental performance.

Unfortunately, the Harper regime has failed to understand that the production, use and export of clean technologies can create and sustain good middle class Canadian jobs, help grow the economy and reduce pollution, including greenhouse gas emissions.

Many Canadian clean technology companies are already world leaders in innovation and productivity and others are well positioned to become significant players in increasingly important and rapidly expanding sectors like clean energy, energy efficiency and clean water.

We believe there is a role for the federal government to play in supporting these industry leaders.

A Liberal government would:

  • Invest $200 million each year to create strategies that support innovation and clean technologies in the forestry, energy and agricultural sectors, and invest another $100 million to support clean technology companies.
  • Work with the United States and Mexico to develop an ambitious North American clean energy and environment agreement.
  • Create Canada Research Chairs in sustainable technology and work with provinces, territories, and our education institutions to put in place a full range of supports for emerging clean tech companies.
  • Work with the provinces and pirvate sectors companies to make Canada the top destination for clean technology investment.
  • And establish the Canada Green Investment Bond to support both large- and community-scale renewable energy projects.

As Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said recently, the environment and the economy go together. The role of the federal government is ensure that happens.

This column appeared in The Hill Times on July 13:

Regan concerned about Conservatives’ plans to cut firefighting staff at Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot

Posted on July 7, 2015
Geoff speaks with reporters at the Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot in Bedford regarding concerns about cuts to firefighting staff.

Geoff speaks with reporters at the Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot in Bedford regarding concerns about cuts to firefighting staff.

BEDFORD (June 30, 2015) – Halifax West MP Geoff Regan has raised concern over reports that the Department of National Defence is looking at reducing or possibly eliminating firefighting staff at the Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot in Bedford.

Mr. Regan said he has written to the Minister of National Defence expressing his concern about the inherent risk such a move would cause.

“This magazine is located in a densely populated urban setting and I am concerned first and foremost with the safety of the residents of HRM who live in close proximity to the facility,” he said.

Mr. Regan said it was recently brought to his attention that the Department of National Defence is completing a Risk Case Analysis to determine whether the ammunition depot should be manned with firefighters around the clock, only during the day or not at all.

The Halifax MP said he is worried about any reduction in firefighting service and has asked the minister to maintain the status quo as that will provide the best protection for communities like Bedford.

Happy Canada Day!

Posted on June 30, 2015

Power and Politics Panel – Speaking out against questionable spending at Canadian Mint

Posted on June 18, 2015

CBC Power and Politics Panel, June 17, 2015. Also available at:

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Ensuring fair, effective services for Canadians

Posted on June 17, 2015

June 17, 2015 (Ottawa) – The Liberal Party of Canada has announced a plan that will change the way Ottawa works and make Parliament more open, […]

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Petitions: Citizens calling for action on poverty, health and home mail delivery

Posted on June 11, 2015

Mr. Speaker, I am rising to present three petitions. In the first one, the petitioners call on the government to work with community partners to create […]

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Government of Canada must maintain Sambro Island Lighthouse (Speech in support of Bill C-588)

Posted on June 10, 2015

OFFICIAL REPORT (HANSARD) Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act Hon. Geoff Regan (Halifax West, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased today to stand to […]

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Calling for investigation into complaints about discrimination

Posted on June 3, 2015

Oral Questions National Defence Hon. Geoff Regan (Halifax West, Lib.):  Mr. Speaker, Wally Fowler has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of racial […]

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Standing up for railway safety

Posted on June 1, 2015

Speech on Bill C- 52, The Safe and Accountable Rail Act, House of Commons, May 27, 2015     I am happy today to have a chance […]

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Conservatives Need to Negotiate Not Dictate Sick Leave

Posted on May 14, 2015

This week, Rodger Cuzner, Liberal Critic for Labour, and I had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Government […]

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