Letter 20040213 All Members Democratic Dialogue

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Letter 20040213 All Members Democratic Dialogue

Message to all members

February 13, 2004

National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) submitted its 2003 Annual Brief to the Government last fall (November 3, 2003) as well as to many other Members of Parliament, including the Leaders of all the Parties. (NCWC is a non-partisan organization and seeks dialogue with all Political Parties). After the new Government was sworn in on December 12, NCWC wrote congratulating the Members of the Cabinet and re-submitted the 2003 Annual Brief with specific policies directed to the relevant ministers. NCWC also forwarded a copy of the Pre-Budget Brief to the Hon. Ralph Goodale in January when the Minister was conducting consultations across Canada as he prepared this year’s Budget.

There has been an encouraging response from Ministers (or their offices) which can be taken as re-assurance that the government does intend to realize greater consultation as an on-going exercise in democratic dialogue.

Letters have been received to date from the following Ministers and M.P.s (Feb.12,2004)
Right Honourable Paul Martin Prime Minister
Honourable Ralph Goodale Minister of Finance
Honourable Jacques Saada Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister Responsible for Democratic Reform
Honourable David Pratt Minister of National Defense
Honourable Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Health
Honourable Lucienne Robillard Minister of Industry
Honourable Bill Graham Minister of Foreign Affairs
Honourable James S. Peterson Minister of International Trade
Honourable Stephen Owen Minister of Public Works and Government Services Receiver General for Canada
Honourable Stan Keyes Minister of National Revenue
Honourable Claudette Bradshaw Minister of Labour
Honourable Geoff Regan Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Honourable Andy Mitchell Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
Hourorable Hélène Scherrer Minister of Canadian Heritage
Honourable Senator Jack Austin Leader of the Government in the Senate
Honourable Andy Scott Minister of State (Infrastructure)
Honourable Joe Comuzzi Minister of State ( Federal Economic Development for Northern Ontario)
Honourable Gar Knutson Minister of State (New and Emerging Markets)

Members of Parliament;
Rahim Jaffer M.P.
Carole-Marie Allard M.P.
Eugène Bellemare M.P
Honourable Maria Minna M.P.
Judy Wasylycia-Leis M.P.

Jack Layton, Leader of the New Democratic Party

Letters were also received from Cabinet Ministers prior to December 12, 2004.
Honourable Bill Graham
Honourable Claudette Bradshaw
Honourable John McCallum
Honourable Denis Coderre
Honourable Ralph Goodale
Honourable Robert Thibault
Honourable Jane Stewart
Honourable Herb Dhaliwal
Honourable Sheila Copps
Honourable Stéphane Dion

It is my expectation as president that Council members will be pleased to learn that the hard work they do every year developing policy recommendations to forward to the Government and MPs are actually being received and acknowledged. This is the first part of a meaningful democratic dialogue, and you as citizens are doing your democratic duty.

Catharine Laidlaw-Sly,
National Council of Women of Canada

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