I hope you’ve had a great week and I hope that all of the teachers, students, and support staff enjoy their spring break next week! From the 3rd Annual Hamilton East – Stoney Creek Food Drive that my Constituency Youth Council organized to the 6th Annual Black History Month Gala to a busy week in Ottawa, a lot has happened over the past couple of weeks!
I was able to pay tribute to this great gala during my first speech in French in the House of Commons last week. For a clip of my speech, please click here.
Thanks for another great food drive!
On Saturday, February 23, my Constituency Youth Council and I ended Kindness Month by holding our third annual Hamilton East – Stoney Creek Food Drive. It was great to see so many people in Hamilton East – Stoney Creek who were so generous with their time and resources in support of those in our community in need. In total, we were able to raise 6,217 lbs of food for the Hamilton Food Share to help families in need.
I would like to thank, in particular, the schools of Hamilton East – Stoney Creek who were so generous in helping us raise food for the Hamilton Food Share. In particular, I would like to thank Cardinal Newman, Lake Avenue School, St. Clare of Assisi, St. Francis Xavier, and St. Martin of Tours. We have a lot to be proud of in our community!
On behalf of all of Hamilton East – Stoney Creek, thank you to Lake Avenue School, pictured above, and St. Clare of Assisi School, pictured below, for all your hard work raising non-perishable food items for the Hamilton Food Share! Lake Avenue School, for example, raised 790 pounds of food alone in such a short period of time.
I look forward to being able to take part in many great Hamilton East – Stoney Creek Food Drives to come.
Did you know that almost 2 in 5 people relying on the emergency food networks in Hamilton are children? Their need for food extends throughout the entire year. If you would ever like to make a donation to help those in our city who rely on emergency food networks, please visit the Hamilton Food Share’s website for more information.
Our Poverty-Reduction Strategy is Working
Canada’s child poverty rate has dropped to historic lows thanks to improvements in employment and the Canada Child Benefit our government introduced. When our party ran for election in 2015, we promised to lift 300,000 children out of poverty in our country, and, as the latest numbers from Statistics Canada show, we’ve been able to do just that.
In Hamilton East – Stoney Creek alone, nearly 20,000 children benefited last year alone from the Canada Child Benefit. That’s over $75 million of funding being injected into our community, with the average payment to families being $6,970, which is in turn spent in the community, creating more jobs.
This year, the Canada Child Benefit will be able to help families even more, as last summer our government increased the benefits to keep up with the rising cost of living. Unfortunately, the Official Opposition has continued to vote against the Canada Child Benefit. Their plan, when they formed government, was to give every family, whether to millionaires or single parents, the same amount. Instead, our plan puts money in the pockets of families who need it most, not millionaires.
In our government’s upcoming budget, which is set to be released on March 19, pharmacare is expected to be one of the key themes. We will also be looking at ways to make housing more affordable and helping workers gain the skills they need to adjust to an ever-changing workforce.
As our government prepares to announced our budget, I want to hear your thoughts on what our focus should be. I’ve heard a lot of people write to me recently about pharmacare, about making the environment a priority in our spending, and about doing more for seniors. These are all important concerns.
What do you believe our government’s focus should be for Budget 2019?
1) Fiscal Responsibility
4) Jobs & Economic Growth
5) Environment & Climate Change
7) Affordable Housing
There are so many more issues that are also of importance. These are just a few!
2019 Taxes: Claim Your Climate Action Incentive
Our government has developed a robust plan to grow Canada’s economy all while protecting our environment. Starting this year, it will no longer be free to pollute in Canada.
We put a price on pollution, while making sure that the money goes back to families directly. When Ontarians file there taxes this year, the average family of four will receive $307 through the Climate Action Inventive. The average individual will receive a cheque of $157. As a result of these changes, 8 out of 10 Ontario families will be better off!
For more information on how the Climate Action Incentive works, please click here.
Congratulations to Rachel Bendayan
Congratulations to my new colleague Rachel Bendayan on being elected in the federal riding of Outremont in last Monday’s byelection. I look forward to working with you in Ottawa to stand up for middle class Canadians and good jobs across the country!
I hope everyone has a great weekend! Remember to change your clocks this weekend, as on Sunday we will move to Daylight Savings Time.
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