Hearing from my Constituency Youth Council
One of my highlights of each of the weeks that I’m back in Hamilton East – Stoney Creek is hearing from my Constituency Youth Council. Thank you to all of the members of my third annual youth council for your dedication and your passion for democracy. It is always a pleasure to meet with you.
Stay posted in the New Year as we prepare for our third annual food drive. Over the past two years we’ve managed to raise thousands of pounds of food for the Hamilton Food Share thanks to the hard work of our youth. If you’re eager to help those in need before our food drive, you can visit the Hamilton Food Share’s website for more information. During the holiday season, there are always a lot of families who feel an extra financial constraint and are in need.
A New $10 Bill!
Canada’s new $10 bill was released, featuring civil rights activist Viola Desmond. In 1946, Viola Desmond was convicted and jailed for refusing to leave a whites-only area of a movie theatre in Nova Scotia. Her presence on our $10 bill will be a reminder to us that it wasn’t just Prime Ministers who brought about important change; it was often everyday Canadians like Viola Desmond who decided to use their actions and voice, no matter how small, to take a stand for what they believed in.
For more information on Viola Desmond and the bill, click here.
Keeping Canada Safe
I’ve heard from a number of constituents who have written to me about crime and the importance of keeping our country safe. While we are lucky to live in one of the safest countries in the world, we cannot forget about some of the challenges we are facing. This past Sunday, Toronto set its record in the number of homicides and many Canadian cities continue to struggle with an opioid crisis.
To address some of these challenges, our government has taken a number of important steps to make sure our country remains the best country on earth to live and raise a family.
- Creating 333 new full-time RCMP positions by investing $80 million in policing operations, recruitment, and training. -Introduced Bill C-75, our legislation to stop human trafficking and to provide protection to vulnerable people in Canada.
- Passed Bill C-46 which creates stronger laws to punish those who drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
- Combatting the opioid crisis by removing barriers to accessing naloxone, giving border agents the tools they need to detect fentanyl, and overturning the ban on prescription heroin.
- Allocating over $500 million in a new National Cyber Security Strategy that will create a resilient Canadian system, build an adaptive cyber ecosystem, and support collaboration between different levels of government.
- Strengthening our criminal laws in cases of domestic assault. We are establishing higher maximum sentences for repeat offenders, provides a reverse onus at bail for repeat offenders, and recognizes strangulation as an elevated form of assault.
- Strengthening our laws to keep cannabis out of the hands of youth. Those who provide cannabis to youth or use youth to create a cannabis specific crime can face up to 14 years in jail.
**If you have any other questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.**