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Thank you for visiting my website. I hope you can take a moment to look around, learn more about me and the work I am doing for the people of St-Laurent-Cartierville. I look forward to listening to your concerns and suggestions on how to build a better Canada — a Canada that leads the world by example.

Your M.P’s Annual Corn Roast

Posted on August 20, 2014 | No Comments

Dear friends,

For the 18th consecutive year, I am pleased to invite you to Caron Park in Saint-Laurent on August 24th 2014 to enjoy some roast corn and soft drinks with family, friends and fellow citizens. This free family gathering will be a long awaited opportunity for me to meet with residents of a riding that is so dear to me.

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in volunteering for this event, do not hesitate to contact my team at (514) 335-6655. They will gladly assist you.

I look forward to seeing you all there,

Stéphane Dion

 

Poster Épluchette 2014

How the Harper Government Manipulates Canadian History

Posted on August 19, 2014 | No Comments

Dear friends,

The Huffington Post of August 15, 2014 and Le Devoir of August 19, 2014 published a text in which I denounce the Harper government’s manipulation of Canadian history and ask the government to re-establish the Thérèse Casgrain Volunteer Award. You can find it below.

As always, I will be very pleased to read any comment you might have!

Stéphane Dion

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How the Harper Government manipulates Canadian history

Stéphane Dion

Member of Parliament for Saint-Laurent – Cartierville

Liberal Critic for Canadian Heritage

 

The callous rebranding of the Thérèse Casgrain Volunteer Award into a “Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards” has been rightly criticized from all sides. More than just  a lesson in pretentiousness, this action is the mark of an appalling lack of respect for the historic role played by Thérèse Casgrain and other renowned champions of the women’s emancipation movement in Quebec and the whole of Canada. This action is yet another manifestation of what historian Yves Frenette calls “the conscription of the Canadian past by the Harper government”.

This conscription is meant to imprint, in the collective memory, the Prime Minister’s narrow and self-serving interpretation of Canada’s history. There is little place in that interpretation for such progressive feminists as Thérèse Casgrain. This is why Stephen Harper flushed her, only to replace her with his own image.

In the same vein, this government:

  • removed from a banknote the faces of Thérèse Casgrain and five other Canadian feminists;
  • removed (until very recently) two Alfred Pellan masterpieces from the Foreign Affairs lobby, to replace them with a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II;
  • ploughed thirty million dollars into a hyperbolic commemoration of the war of 1812 while slashing our instruments of memory and knowledge: archives, libraries, statistics, national parks, Canadian Studies programmes, research institutions, public radio and television…
  • emasculated our world-renowned Museum of Civilization, turning it into a museum of history bereft of one of the fundamental missions of such museums: promoting a critical understanding of history;
  • allocated two-thirds of Canadian Heritage’s budget set aside for the 150th anniversary of Confederation to military themes;
  • arranged for eight out of ten of the Canadian Museum History Corporation’s activities (some 85 percent of its approved financing) to focus on war;
  • devoted two-thirds of the illustrations in its new Canada Citizenship Guide for new Canadians to military themes;
  • ignored the thirtieth anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; etc…

In short, he is running the history of Canada through his ideological mill.

We must pay tribute to the courage and sacrifices of our soldiers, past and present, and highlight their essential contribution to peace and democracy. It is a solemn duty. But we must also highlight the other remarkable aspects of Canadian history.

The 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation is almost here and its preparations are lagging. Mr Harper and his Heritage minister, Shelly Glover, seem unable to give the celebration a clear focus. There is room for concern that once again, they will be content with showcasing Canada’s military feats and refuse to acknowledge everything else that has made our nation a source of hope and envy in the world: our tireless and balanced promotion of justice, democracy, peace among nations, prosperity, social justice, equal opportunity, environmental health, scientific and technological development, artistic and cultural creation.

Things must change. What the governement does to preserve and promote Canada’s Heritage must, once again, truly, fairly and accurately reflect the diversity of Canada’s culture, population and history. And to get started, why not reinstate the Thérèse Casgrain Volunteer Award?

 

Secession and the Virtues of Clarity

Posted on July 24, 2014 | No Comments

Dear all,

In legal terms, the 1998 Supreme Court opinion regarding the secession of Quebec only applies to Canada. However, it is universal in scope and could help many nations fairly and peacefully resolve some highly sensitive situations resulting from secessionist pressures. That is the point I make in this text, which was published by the Ottawa Law Review in both official languages. While a version will soon be posted on the Review’s website (http://www.rdo-olr.uottawa.ca/), you can find a PDF version of it here: RDO-OLR – Secession and the vertus of clarity (Sent 21072014).

As always, please send along any comments you might have!

Stéphane Dion

Conservative Government Forces Cuts on CBC/Radio-Canada

Posted on June 26, 2014 | No Comments

MONTREAL – Liberal Critic for Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Stéphane Dion, today issued the following statement on the additional cuts announced today by CBC/Radio-Canada: “The […]

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Question Period: Official Languages (19 June 2014, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on June 20, 2014 | No Comments

Dear all During Question Period of June 19, 2014, I challenged Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover regarding the Conservative government’s inability to deliver the government programmes […]

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Question Period: Delays in Preparations for the 150th Anniversary of the Confederation (18 June 2014, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on June 19, 2014 | No Comments

Dear Readers, On June 18, 2014, during Question Period, I expressed my concern over the puzzling delay in preparing the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of […]

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Question Period: Respecting the SCC’s Ruling (17th June 2014, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on June 19, 2014 | No Comments

Dear all, On June 17, 2014, my colleague Sean Casey, MP for Charlottetown, and I asked Justice Minister Peter McKay to commit to abiding by the […]

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Complementary report by the Liberal Party of Canada, Study of the Canadian Music Industry by the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Posted on June 13, 2014 | No Comments

Dear all, On November 1, 2013, as the Liberal spokesperson for Canadian Heritage, I had called for the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage to […]

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Question Period: Conservatives and the Economy (9th and 10th June 2014, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on June 12, 2014 | No Comments

Dear Readers, On June 9 and 10, 2014, my colleague Ralph Goodale and I challenged the government regarding the mediocre performance of the Canadian economy under […]

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Juan Carlos of Spain: a Hero of Democracy

Posted on June 11, 2014 | No Comments

Dear all, Please find an article in which I highlight the important contributions made by King Juan Carlos of Spain towards the advancement of global democracy […]

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