National Newswatch

As Parliament Returns, there are several international crises that merit MPs’ attention

Sep 15 2014 — Kirsty Duncan, M.P. — The world has changed since June when the House of Commons rose for the summer. In response to the dramatic displacement crisis in Iraq, the UN declared its fourth level-three humanitarian crisis. The violence with which the Islamic State is terrorizing civilians is heart wrenching. The food security crisis in South Sudan has worsened and […]

Canada cannot stand by while South Sudan starves

Aug 19 2014 — Kirsty Duncan, M.P. — August 19th marks World Humanitarian Day, a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others, as well as to highlight grave humanitarian crises in the world, and the urgent need for Canada to do more. Currently, there are four countries in the world that share a Level 3 emergency […]

Government of Canada should do more to protect religious minorities under threat

Aug 15 2014 — Kirsty Duncan, M.P. — The Government’s Office of Religious Freedom has met with skepticism since its conception. Critics highlighted that the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFATD) had its budget severely cut, questioned what a $5-million office could accomplish, and charged that it would be merely a “press-release-generation project” for the Conservatives’, and that it would have […]

A Greater Role For Canadian Women In Science

Nov 10 2013 — Kirsty Duncan, M.P. — It is hard to believe that as I left for graduate school, one of my aunts bitterly complained, “Why do you need all this education, your parents are wasting their money, and what boy will ever want to marry you, a girl taking science, really!” On the other hand, my grandmother, who had a grade-eight […]

Why Canadian Aid Matters

Nov 8 2013 — Kirsty Duncan, M.P. — In the post-war era, Canada, a founding member of the United Nations (UN), became a leading force in peacekeeping and helped create key global institutions, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization. Multilateralism mattered to Canada, and Canada mattered to the world. Canada’s leadership was symbolized by the 1969 report […]

Status of women cannot be a mere token

Oct 22 2013 — Kirsty Duncan, M.P. — After a much awaited briefing with the officials of Status of Women Canada, I was shocked to learn its total budget is a meager $29.6 million to address the challenges of over fifty percent of the population, only four offices serve the needs of women across the country, and “commemorative dates for women are an […]

“Never Retract, Never Explain”

Oct 18 2013 — Kirsty Duncan, M.P. — October 18th marks Persons Day in celebration of Canada’s Famous Five— Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Emily Murphy, and Irene Parlby—who asked the Supreme Court of Canada in 1927 to answer the question: does the word “person” in the British North American Act include female persons? When given the wrong answer, the Famous […]

Twenty Wishes for Canadian Girls

Oct 11 2013 — Kirsty Duncan, M.P. — October 11th marks the International Day of the Girl Child, and on its second observance, this is what I wish for girls in Canada: that they know the feeling of safety, a warm bed, and a roof over their heads, that they have enough food so they never have to go to school hungry, and […]

Canadian Children Once Again Return To School Hungry

Oct 8 2013 — Kirsty Duncan, M.P. — I tabled a Private Member’s motion, which was put on the order paper of the House of Commons on November 23rd, 2011, that calls on the government to: immediately initiate discussions with the provincial and territorial ministers responsible for agriculture, education and health; develop a comprehensive pan-Canadian school nutrition initiative; and fully fund on-reserve aboriginal […]

Where are women in Harper’s agenda?

Sep 16 2013 — Kirsty Duncan, M.P. — Despite the great strides made by women in Canada over the past decades, women’s rights are marginalized and ignored by the Conservative government. Women earn roughly twenty percent less than men, face barriers to employment, strive to break through the “glass ceiling”, and suffer the violence affecting one third of all women in Canada. Canadians […]

How many more wake-up calls do we need?

Jul 9 2013 — Kirsty Duncan, M.P. — By Kirsty Duncan, M.P. | July 09, 2013 Climate change is no longer about distant lands and future generations, but rather it is personal, about families we know, cities we live in, the schools we attend, and the pets we love. Eight-month old “Momo” the cat captured international attention swimming to safety during the devastating Calgary flood, […]

How many more wake-up calls do we need?

Jul 9 2013 — Kirsty Duncan, M.P. — Climate change is no longer about distant lands and future generations, but rather it is personal, about families we know, cities we live in, the schools we attend, and the pets we love. Eight-month old “Momo” the cat captured international attention swimming…