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ndp bannerThe Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Provincial and Federal NDP Riding Associations held their joint 2016 Annual General Meeting in Owen Sound on the evening of April 15, 2016.

Canadian journalist Michael Valpy gave a keynote address, speaking on the ethics of the media in political reporting and on the direction of the New Democratic Party after its Edmonton convention. In short, he said, the NDP remains the only political party in Canada that can formulate an alternative to the neo-liberal agenda of the Liberals and Conservatives.

Members present agreed that the BGOS Riding Association would continue to work on issues of concern to...

captioned-specialeducationprotest-apr14-fullToday, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker joined parents of children with learning disabilities to push the government at Queen's Park to keep provincial and demonstration schools open for students with special needs.

Last week he heard from a constituent, Melanie Dennie, whose 12-year-old son was applying to Trillium School, one of the schools that run specialized programs for severely learning-disabled students in Ontario.

"It appears to be a cost-cutting measure to balance the budget," the Elmwood native wrote in her ...

Brown-and-Walker-at-QP-media-avail-about-Fixing-Political-Financing-MessThis morning, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker joined his party Leader Patrick Brown to present a six-point plan to clean up political financing in Ontario.

The proposal includes calling a Public Inquiry into the awarding of government contracts, grants and contributions to corporations and other entities who made donations to the governing party. It also includes establishing an all-party select committee, limiting third-party advertising, banning corporate and union donations, ending ministerial targets and fundraising, and strengthening lobbying restrictions.

larryinthehouseDear Editor,

I write to you today to express my concerns about the recent budget that was presented by the Government in the House of Commons on March 22nd. This letter serves to present my main concerns with the budget and the impacts that it will have on our country as we move forward.

My first concern is about the size of the deficits that this Government has decided to run. During the campaign, Prime Minister Trudeau promised to run what he called "modest" deficits of $10 billion/year before returning to a balanced budget. Budget 2016 misses this target by a mile. This budget projects deficits of $5.4 billion this year,
$29.4 billion in 2016-17,
$29.0 billion in 2017-18,
$22.8 billion in 2018-19,
$17.7 billion in 2019-20, and
$14.3 billion in 2020-21.

To me, these are not "modest" deficits and are certainly much greater than the promised $10 billion. Worst of all, the Government did not even present a

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