Bob Bratina

Your member of parliament for


Hamilton East-Stoney Creek

Bob Bratina

Your member of parliament for


Hamilton East-Stoney Creek

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Weekly Newsletter – January 25, 2019

Despite the colder weather earlier in the week, I hope that everyone has enjoyed the few days! This week marked MPs’ last week back in their ridings before we return to Ottawa next week. Thank you to everyone who has written or spoken to me over the past month. I’ve appreciated hearing what you have to say and I look forward to discussing these issues with my colleagues next week.

Our government has a lot of work to do over the next few months to make sure that Canada remains on the right track heading into the next election. Canada has had a lot of success in the past few years, with over 800,000 new jobs having been created since our government took office and the lowest unemployment rate in over 40 years. We were elected on a promise to help the middle class and those working to join it, and we’ve done just that. With that being said, I know that there is still a lot more to be done. Seniors, for example, have told me that they are struggling to make ends meet.

I look forward to representing these concerns in our Parliament when I return next week!

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Remembering Lincoln Alexander

This past Monday we recognized Lincoln Alexander Day to remember the life of Hamilton’s trailblazer Lincoln Maccauly Alexander. Alexander’s achievements include serving in the Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, becoming the first Black Member of Parliament, serving as Minister of Labour, and becoming the 24th lieutenant governor of Ontario!

Thank you Linc for all your achievements and for never forgetting about the city you loved – Hamilton.

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Volunteer for my Youth Council’s Third Annual Food Drive!

My Constituency Youth Council and I are looking for volunteers for our third annual Hamilton East – Stoney Creek food drive. Last year we collected close to 10,000 pounds of food for the Hamilton Food Share!

While a lot of people remember to donate to the Food Share during the Christmas season in December, giving often slows down in the New Year. While people give less though, the need for food still remains!

If you could provide your support in any way it would be greatly appreciated! The food drive itself will be taking place on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information, please click here. You can also RSVP by replying to this email or by giving my office a call at 905-662-4763.

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The First-Ever World Education Day

Did you know that this Thursday, January 24 marked the first-ever UNESCO World Education Day? As we reflect on the importance of education, this day gives us the opportunity to thank all of the teachers and school staff in Hamilton East – Stoney Creek who work so hard to give our students a great education.

We’re lucky to have such great teachers and schools in our community. From Glendale to Winston Churchill to Cardinal Newman and Orchard Park, I’ve been lucky to have the privilege to visit many of the schools in the area and see what a great job they’re doing while learning how we can better support our students.

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Small Business Week

Our government dedicated this past week to small businesses to recognize all of the hard work they do to create jobs and make our communities a better place.

We have heard from small business and local employers who have told our government that in the past they faced too much red tape. To make life easier for small businesses, we  repealed 85 regulatory titles just last year alone, including more than 450 administrative requirements that were a burden on business. These changes are on top of the small business tax cut that our government has put into effect.

We are also working with provinces and territories to harmonize regulations, making it easier to trade between provinces, as well as making sure all regulatory changes are assessed through a small business lens.

And last but not least, today marks the final day for employers to apply for Canada Summer Jobs Funding. The Canada Summer Jobs Program provides wage subsidies to small businesses, not-for-profits, and public sector employers who hire youth between the ages of 15 and 30 as a way to create meaninful work experiences for young Canadians. Last year alone Hamilton East – Stoney Creek received close to $600,000 in Canada Summer Jobs funding, which was provided to organizations such as churches, the Stoney Creek Tennis Club, Environment Hamilton, and several others.

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If you ever have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me by sending an email to bob.bratina@parl.gc.ca. If there is ever a federal issue that you need assistance with, feel free to give my constituency office a call at 905-662-4762. We are located on Centennial Parkway across from Eastgate Square.