Nate is known as our principled voice, for standing up for constituents where it matters, and for highlighting the importance of thoughtful and respectful disagreement.
He voted against party lines when arguing for better assisted dying laws, declaring ISIS guilty of genocide, and ending public fossil fuel subsidies. Nate called for expungement of cannabis-related criminal records to help Canadians concerned about traveling abroad, and he voted against “National Seal Products Day.”
Nate wrote in his dueling op-ed in the Toronto Star (vs. Hon. Sheila Copps),
“No political party represents our views perfectly. We find the party that best represents our views and values, and we engage, debate and organize to bring both our party and country closer to those objectives.
I am a Liberal MP and I continue to support our Liberal government. But that does not mean that I support every government action taken, or that I ought to refrain from public disagreement.
In contrast to blind partisan loyalty, we promised to empower MPs and their communities through more free votes in the House of Commons.”
Parliament’s press gallery calls Nate “a breath of fresh air” (Toronto Star) and Ottawa’s “least predictable M.P.” (CBC)
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