With only one more week to go before the House of Commons rises for 2018, the past week has been a busy one. I’ve heard concerns from a number of constituents on issues ranging from Canada Post to Bill C-75, pay equity, pharmacare, trade policy, and many other important areas.
In the midst of a busy week, it was great to join Canada’s Heritage Minister, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, outside Canada’s Parliament to attend the opening ceremony of the annual lights ceremony on Parliament Hill. If you ever travel to Ottawa in the winter, it’s definitely worth checking out!
The latest jobs numbers have come out and Canada’s economy is continuing to grow at a rapid pace. November 2018 saw the creation of 94,100 jobs, of which 89,900 were full-time positions, almost entirely in the private sector. Canada’s unemployment rate now sits at 5.6%, a record low number. This is the lowest unemployment rate that Canada has seen since Statistics Canada began recording the unemployment rate in 1976.
Another Great Santa Claus Parade
It was great to attend the Stoney Creek Santa Claus parade again this year last Saturday. There were so many great entries in this year’s parade, including Croatian National Home!
Thanks again to all of the volunteers who helped out with this year’s Santa Claus parade and to everyone from our community who attended the parade. I look forward to being back again next year.
Supporting Canadian Steel
On Monday I had the chance to meet with representatives from Gerdau Steel to discuss how our government can ensure the success of Canada’s steel industry. Given the challenges that Canada is facing in regards to US tariffs on our steel products at the moment, it is especially important that we do what we can to make sure Canadian steel producers have the tools they need to be successful and to ensure that Canada’s steel workers are treated fairly.
Sunday, December 2 marked the first day of Hanukkah for Jews across the world. I wish all the entire Jewish community of Hamilton East – Stoney Creek a blessed and joyful festival!
Remembering the Women of l’École Polytechnique
This week, we also remember the 14 female students of École Polytechnique who lost their lives 29 years ago due to an act of hate in our very own country.
These are the 14 women whose lives were cut short by the hate of one man on December 6, 1989. We will never forget them.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to reach out to my office this past week to share your questions and concerns. If there is ever an issue that you would like to bring to my attention, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I will do my best to respond as quickly as possible.