Megan Leslie


'Everybody Was Expecting Us To Fail'

EDMONTON - There were two things Charmaine Borg was told that stuck with her when she was elected a member of Parliament in the 2011 federal election at age 20.First: "Never do something if you can't...

Tories To Study Dangers Of Microbeads

OTTAWA - The Conservative government says Environment Canada is studying the dangers posed to wildlife and the environment by the plastic microbeads found in shower gels, toothpaste and facial scrubs....

'Absurd, Completely Biased Limits'

OTTAWA — The New Democrats are accusing the Conservatives of turning House of Commons committees into partisan circuses designed to applaud whatever the government is doing. NDP deputy leader Megan Le...

Canada's Environment Minister Is All Talking Points, No Action

What became apparent over the duration of the House of Commons Environment Committee meeting was that Minister Leona Aglukkaq's grasp of her file is very limited. Her responses were vague and evasive, and left my NDP colleagues and I as much in the dark on her priorities when she left as we'd been before she came. Here are a few highlights -- or lowlights, as the case may be.

Conservatives Hitting the Snooze Button on Climate Change Is a Snore

Once again, Canada's Conservatives are bound and determined to roll right over, close their eyes and sleep through the alarm bells on climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) most recent assessment is a reminder of the urgency of addressing global warming, and the dangers of ignoring rising sea levels and increasing temperatures. In contrast, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in response that the newest report released by the IPCC is a wake-up call, and "those who deny the science or choose excuses over action are playing with fire." Our largest trading partner gets it. So where's Canada's government on this critical environmental and economic issue?

Who's the Real Green Party Now?

The NDP recognizes that we need action on climate change and we are the only party to have advanced legislation to commit Canada to the reductions required to avoid a two-degree rise in temperatures. But the Conservatives and Liberals chose to vote against the NDP motion that addressed Canadians' concerns.

Three Deputy Leaders?

New NDP Leader Tom Mulcair appointed his shadow cabinet to Stephen Harper's Conservative government on Thursday, naming three deputy leaders and assigning a number of former leadership rivals to promi...

Why We're All Confused About Climate Change

If the Earth were in distress, say, heating up to dangerous temperatures, the public would band together. We'd all scrutinize the problem to help climate scientists and environment ministers find a solution... wouldn't we? Many people wouldn't. When the issues are really complicated, some would avoid the crisis altogether.

'Baptism By Fire' For NDP Rookies

MONTREAL - The NDP says its bumper crop of youngsters is prepared to step out of the shadows and take on a more prominent role during the absence of party leader Jack Layton. While many never bothered...