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March 23rd, 2007

NEWS: NDP calls on government to fund VIA rail to make rail transport accessible

BURNABY, B.C. - NDP MP Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster), critic for persons with disabilities, welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court today to oblige VIA rail to provide an accessible transportation system.

March 2nd, 2007

NEWS: Federal conservatives reject disability rights

30 years of global leadership, 2 million Canadians abandoned

OTTAWA - In an open letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay, NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Alexa McDonough today challenged the federal Conservatives to declare their “clear and unequivocal commitment” to the rights of 2 million Canadians – part of the world’s 650 million people living with disabilities. The comments were made following the government refusal to sign the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

February 22nd, 2007

IN THE HOUSE ~ on Persons with Disabilities

39th Parliament, 1st Session Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, first, I must honestly say that I am disappointed. I fully understand the intention of the member for Chambly—Borduas, but I cannot agree with the amendment. The problem has to do with the fact that persons with disabilities always have to wait—and then wait some more. For that reason, even though I will support the motion, I feel that the amendment to postpone this for another six months is unfortunate. I understand the reason for it, and I know that it is proposed in good faith and with good intentions, but I find it difficult to support it.

February 22nd, 2007

IN THE HOUSE ~ on Liberal record on the disability benefit

39th Parliament, 1st Session Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, I want to come back to the Liberal record on the disability benefit.

February 8th, 2007

IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period - International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

39th Parliament, 1st Session Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, Canadian organizations played a leadership role in drafting the new International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 13. Canada should have been the first country to ratify the convention.

February 8th, 2007

NEWS: NDP demands Canada ratify U.N. convention on rights of persons with disabilities

OTTAWA and NEW YORK - NDP Critic for Persons with Disabilities Peter Julian and Foreign Affairs and International Development Critic Alexa McDonough today called on the federal Conservatives to stop turning their backs on Canadians living with disabilities and ratify the United Nations Covenant on the Rights and Dignity of People with Disabilities as soon as possible.

December 15th, 2006

NEWS: Statement on the adoption by the UN of the Covenant on the Rights and Dignity of People With Disabilities

Peter Julian, NDP Critic for Persons with Disabilities, issued the following statement today. Dear Friends,

Today in Canada half of the homeless in our cities are people with disabilities, and so are 40% of those who must go to food banks to eat.

December 2nd, 2006

NEWS: United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons

OTTAWA – NDP MP Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster), NDP Advocate for Persons with Disabilities, issued the following statement today on the upcoming United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons, December 3rd.

August 26th, 2006

Disability Tax Credit

Click link below to download PDF of the form that you will need to apply for the Disability Tax Credit.

August 22nd, 2006

NEWS: NDP supports rights of Deaf Canadians to access federal services

OTTAWA – NDP Leader Jack Layton and NDP Critic for Persons with Disabilities, Peter Julian, announced full support for a landmark federal court ruling announced earlier this month that obliges the government to provide services to Deaf, Deafened, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing Canadians. The Court judgment ruled that the federal government was responsible for providing access to Deaf, Deafened, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing Canadians to federal government services. Both are urging the Harper government not to appeal this important judicial decision.

June 20th, 2006

IN THE HOUSE ~ Private Member's Business - Motion - M-201 - Equality for Canadians with disabilities requiring wheelchairs

M-201 — Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) — Equality for Canadians with disabilities requiring wheelchairs — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should ensure equality to all Canadians with disabilities requiring wheelchairs by providing for: (a) full accessibility to wheelchairs and national standards to ensure that the levels of service and funding provided to those in need of a wheelchair are consistent across all provinces; (b) transfer payments to enable all provinces to provide full funding for their resident’s wheelchair needs; and (c) the creation of a “one stop shop” information venue about provincial programs and the requirements and procedures to obtain a wheelchair, as well as ensuring that information is easily accessible through a national phone service and website.

August 26th, 2005

Community Seminars: Disability Tax Credit

In our community, thousands of people with disabilities may be eligible for an important tax credit that often includes a significant tax refund. Many Burnaby-New Westminster residents could be eligible for a tax refund under the Income Tax Act.

April 18th, 2005

Keynote Speech at the National Committee of Federal Public Servants with Disabilities

Keynote Speech By Peter Julian MP (Burnaby-New Westminster) At the National Committee of Federal Public Servants with Disabilities

December 3rd, 2004

IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period - to Minister of Transport on the International Day for Persons with Disabilities

38TH PARLIAMENT, 1ST SESSION Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, today is the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, but in Canada access for people with disabilities is moving backward, not forward.

November 22nd, 2004

IN THE HOUSE ~ Speaking on Bill C-23 and how it relates to Persons with Disabilities

38TH PARLIAMENT, 1ST SESSION Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member from Ottawa Centre for agreeing to share his time with me.

October 22nd, 2004

IN THE HOUSE ~ Statement - Navigating the Waters

38th PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, since 1997, “Navigating the Waters”, a national employment initiative of the Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres, has supported over 5,000 persons with disabilities by helping them upgrade their skills and find jobs at a cost of only $950,000 per year. It does not take a lot of math to see that this is a very good deal for the public purse.