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 – July 26, 2019

With the month of August almost upon us, this summer has truly flown by! I hope you’ve been able to take some time to relax and enjoy the hot weather that we’ve been having this July.

Thank you to everyone who came to my coffee house at Fortinos on Wednesday morning. I appreciated chatting with you and hearing about the issues that matter most to you.

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It has been great to be able to chat with constituents from around Hamilton East – Stoney Creek to hear their priorities! Last week I had a chance to participate in the New Village Retirement Residence’s Open House where I reconnected with a number of old friends and met some new ones too.

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Fighting for Seniors

Seniors have worked hard their entire life and they deserve to be able to retire in dignity. After 10 years of the Conservative government’s cuts to seniors’ benefits, our government has been working to both restore and enhance the programs that so many seniors rely on.

We increased Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement—that is up to $2,000 more dollars in the pockets of seniors compared with the Harper Government. To help lift thousands of low-income seniors out of poverty, we have also introduced the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) top-up. Seniors who live alone will receive an extra $947 per year through GIS, helping 900,000 vulnerable seniors across Canada, of which 70% are women.

These investments come in addition to the historic investments we have made in home care. In Budget 2017, we invested $6 billion to improve access to home care, home-based palliative care and community-based care. With the new Canada Caregiver Credit and the Employment Insurance caregiving benefit, we’re better supporting families who care for critically ill or injured relatives.

As Canada’s population ages, more and more people will rely on home care. We’re investing $6 billion to improve access to home care, along with $5 billion to ensure that Canadians can get the mental health care they need.

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Supporting Local Not-for-Profits

The Canada Summer Jobs Program is both helping young Canadians find work, all while helping local small businesses and not-for-profits. Over the past few weeks I’ve had the chance to meet with local Canada Summer Jobs employers, including the Habitat for Humanity re-sale store, the Stoney Creek Tennis Club, and – most recently – Culture for Kids in the Arts, pictured above.
Our government has doubled the number of students who have found a job through the Canada Summer Jobs program and have created over 70,000 jobs for youth in 2018.
Since our government took office in 2015, Canadians have created over one million new jobs. There is still more work to be done, but Canada is on the right track.

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Celebrating Canadian Citizenship

Congratulations to Abdul on becoming a Canadian citizen! It was my pleasure to welcome Abdul to my office this week to personally congratulate him with a certificate of recognition.

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Support Hamilton Food Share Next Week!

Stop by Stoney Creek Furniture next Thursday between 4 and 8 p.m. for dinner at ‘Food Trucks for Food Share.’ Food and cash donations would be greatly appreciated.

You can also buy tickets for the Winona Peach Festival raffle for a Dodge Grand Caravan at the event and meet this year’s Winona Peach Pageant contestants.

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If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.