Bratina Weekly: June 16th 2017
40,000 new child-care spaces, unveiling a new monument to our Veterans, A Day On The Bridge and more.
It was an honour to speak in the House of Commons last Friday about the ways that Hamilton is honouring veterans of the war in Afghanistan. I would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of Kevin Ellis and the North Wall Riders Association – Steel City Chapter on this monument.
** 40,000 new child-care spaces across the country
Every child, from coast to coast to coast, deserves access to quality early learning and child care. Investing in Canada’s early learning and child care systems is one of the best investments that governments can make to strengthen Canada’s middle class and the economy.
For the first time, the federal government, provinces and territories have signed a multilateral agreement on child care to better support Canadian families. This agreement will help give more Canadian children the best possible start in life and provide more support to families who need it the most. In Budget 2017 we have committed $7.5B over 11 years.
I am going to be heading over to Glen Brae Middle School to speak to Grade 8s about the responsibilities of the federal government and how they can get involved and make a difference. I will also be encouraging them to apply for our new Constituency Youth Council (CYC) that will be starting this fall. I’ll start accepting applications for next year’s Youth Council during the Winona Peach Fest weekend at the end of August. High school students can earn community service hours for being part of the CYC and it’s a great opportunity to learn about how government works and to give youth a voice in government. Over the last year our CYC engaged in various workshops regarding different issues that were important to them, as well as planned a successful food drive that raised over 6,000 pounds of food.
We had a great group of high school and university students on the inaugural youth council, who are now putting their heads together to come up with project ideas for Youth Councils across the country.
There’s just one week left to get your nominations in for the Canada 150 Sesquicentennial Awards. Fifteen people will be awarded a commemorative pin at a special ceremony on June 29 at the Stoney Creek Municipal Centre at 7 p.m.