As the month of November comes to an end, I hope that everyone has had a great month. In the next couple of weeks, the House of Commons will rise for the holidays, giving MPs a chance to return to their constituencies where they can hear from the constituents they represent. I also look forward to seeing many people from our community tomorrow at the 62nd Stoney Creek Santa Claus parade, which starts at 2 p.m. on King Street East!
During my time on Parliament Hill this week I had a chance to record my annual Christmas message. Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect!
Canada’s infrastructure needs repairing. Working with experts and economists, our government has developed a long-term, $186 billion plan to invest in the infrastructure projects Canada needs, and the men and women who can build them. Since taking office, our government has approved over 4,000 infrastructure projects across Canada— that’s more than three times what the previous government approved in the last five years of their mandate combined.
Hamilton’s unemployment rate is by far one of the lowest in Canada (a full 1.3 points lower than Toronto’s).
I look forward to continuing to use my role as the Member of Parliament for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek to keep advocating for Hamilton’s infrastructure needs to ensure that our local economy continues to grow. We have already seen our government take real action for the good of our city. With $18 million investment in Hamilton’s Port, on top of a $50 million investment our government made for modernization plans at ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Hamilton is finally receiving the funding it needs.
Statehood Day of Bosnia and Herzegovina
November 25th marked Statehood Day in Bosnia and Herzegovina. To pay tribute to the many families in Hamilton who originated from Bosnia and Herzegovina, I had the honour of speaking in the House of Commons to mark this important date. To watch my brief speech marking Bosnia and Herzegovina’s modern contemporary statehood, you can visit my Facebook Page. Long live Bosnia and Herzegovina!
Thank you to the Canadian Alliance of Students Associations for taking the time to meet with me this week. It was great to hear your ideas on how we can improve post-secondary education in Canada. We need to make sure that our youth have the skills they need to be successful in the workforce!
To support students in Canada, we’ve created thousands of new work and co-op opportunities for students, including double the number of jobs created through Canada Summer Jobs from 35,000 under the Conservatives to now almost 70,000.
We’ve also made it easier for adults to go back to school, boost their skills, or get a new certification by expanding Canada Student Grants and access to interest-free student loans.
Have a great weekend! If you have any other questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I will do my best to get back to you as quickly a possible.