Weekly Newsletter – November 2, 2018
I hope that everyone has had a great week! Here are some highlights from what our government has been up to in the Capital this week and how we’re supporting Hamilton East – Stoney Creek.
I would like to wish everyone taking part in the Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope this weekend the best of luck. The Road 2 Hope is the fastest Boston Marathon qualifying course in Canada and raises money for a number of great charities. Thank you to everyone who has helped organize it or who is taking part in it.
I would also like to extend my best wishes to all who will be attending the Veterans Appreciation Dinner at the Veterans Service League on Main Street East to honour our city’s veterans. Thank you to the Veterans Service League for all the great work you do.
And to everyone else, have a great weekend! and go Ticats! I look forward to heading back to Hamilton East – Stoney Creek today before I have to return to Ottawa on Monday. Stayed tuned as next week our government will be unveiling our new anti-poverty legislation to support those Canadians who need it most
Preparing for Veterans Week
November 5-11 marks Veterans Week in Canada. During this important week we remember the many brave men and women who have given their lives in service of our great country. This year’s Veterans Week is of particular importance, as November 11th marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice at the end of the First World War.
Buy a poppy to support veterans organizations and take some time to attend a Remembrance Day ceremony. The one hour it takes to attend such a ceremony is so small in comparison to the sacrifices made by the men and women in uniform who gave so much in the defence of our country and our freedoms.
As a member of the Veterans Affairs’ Committee, veterans issues are of particular importance to me as a Member of Parliament. I look forward to meeting with veterans in the week ahead to hear their priorities and concerns so that we can ensure that they are getting the fair treatment they deserve.
Laying a wreath in September 2018 to honour World War II solider Barney Rawson alongside MPP Sandy Shaw. Photo Credit to Cpl Ryan Moulton, 8 Wing Imaging
Marking the End of Women’s History Month
This week marked the conclusion of Women’s History Month. This month was an important opportunity to remember the brave women who fought for equal rights and the women who continue to do so today. It was also a time to reflect on all of the important contributions that women in our community make. As a member of the Standing Committee of the Status of Women, I am proud to support you.
Honouring Women’s History Month is about more than just words, however. This week marked a major milestone for gender equality in this country, and our government is delivering on an another important commitment to Canadians.
Our government introduced legislation to establish federal proactive pay equity. It would require all federal employers to have rules that ensure men and women receive equal work, and where salaries and benefits are evaluated in a gender neutral way.
This is not just the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing to do. Greater gender equality in the workplace could add $150 billion to Canada’s economy in the next decade, and greatly strengthen our middle class.
I also had the opportunity to meet with representatives from YWCA Canada yesterday to discuss how our government can advance women’s equality in Canada & champion the rights of women and girls.
The Standing Committee on the Status of Women, of which I am a member, is currently studying women’s shelters and transitional housing. Conversations about women’s support are essential to ensuring that women have access to services when they need them most.
For anyone needing assistance in Hamilton East – Stoney Creek, visit: http://ywcahamilton.org/. Thank you to the YWCA for the great work you do!
In the past week I’ve heard from a number of constituents who have shared their thoughts with me on Canada’s climate plan. Some constituents have been very supportive, while others have expressed their concerns with specific aspects of this plan to me. Last week I even conducted a poll in my weekly newsletter asking readings how they felt about the decision to put a price on pollution. While most people said that they are in favour of the plan, there were others who expressed concerns. All of these views deserve to be listened to. I appreciate hearing all of the feedback that I have received so that I can make Hamilton’s voice heard in Ottawa.
The people in Hamilton East – Stoney Creek that I have spoken to can’t afford more taxes. I know that our government recognizes that and for this reason, we have made sure that our price on pollution will not cost individual Canadians. Starting next year, the average family will get between $250 and $600 as part of a Climate Action Incentive to make up for any added costs they may pay due to a price on pollution. With our plan to put a price on pollution, the vast majority of families will be better off at the end of the year and they will have a financial incentive to reduce their ecological footprint.
At the end of the day, Canadians will have a choice between two very different plans next year. While some prefer to grow division by attacking our plan without proposing any alternative of their own, I think that it’s important to be transparent. Whether you agree with every aspect of our plan to fight climate change or not, unlike the Opposition, our government has been clear about our plan since we ran for office. Canada finally has a government that takes the environment and climate change seriously.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about what I’ve been up to as your Member of Parliament. If you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I do my best to respond as quickly as possible.