I’ve had a productive final week before heading to Ottawa for another sitting in the House of Commons. This past week I also had the chance to reconvene with other Members of Parliament in Saskatoon during our party’s annual summer caucus retreat. Many of the concerns that you had shared with me were brought up during our meetings this past week.
It was a pleasure to be back in Hamilton this summer, meeting so many of you at Canada Day events, World Cup viewing gatherings (to cheer on Team Croatia!), my community barbecue on the Beach Strip, and at the Winona Peach Festival. I look forward to meeting with more of you when I attend events in Hamilton over the weekends.
Standing up for Steel
It was an honour to speak at Hamilton’s Steel Summit last Friday at City Hall and to introduce Minister Navdeep Bains, who spoke about our government’s response to US tariffs on steel. As the Minister made clear, our government has the back of all of Canada’s steelworkers.
As someone who worked in the steel industry before being on the radio and entering politics, I know how important this industry is to our city. I will never stop standing up for steel and for Hamilton.
Introducing the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister for Science, Innovation, and Economic Development, at the Hamilton Steel Summit.
This summer I heard from a lot of constituents in Hamilton East – Stoney Creek who told me that our government needs to do more to support seniors. While I know that a lot of seniors in our community are finding it hard to make ends meet, I know that our government still has a lot of work to do.
When we were elected in 2015, we kept our promise to restore the age of eligibility for Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) to 65, after the previous government’s decision to raise it to 67. This is putting thousands of dollars back in the pockets of Canadians as they become seniors.
We’ve made increases to both OAS and GIS, so that a senior in Canada can now receive up to $1,700 more per year compared to before we were in government.
Under our government, Canada finally reached an agreement to meaningfully improve the Canada Pension Plan, for the first time in over 20 years. The enhanced CPP will put up to 50% more into the pockets of retirees.
When I return to Ottawa I’ll make sure to bring up the concerns you’ve shared with me. I am hopeful that this year our government will be able to make more progress to support seniors in our community.
Apply for my Constituency Youth Council
Thank you to everyone who has applied for my Constituency Youth Council so far. It’s great to see so many dedicated, hard-working students in Hamilton East – Stoney Creek.
I’m still looking for more members, so if you are a student between the ages of 15 and 24 who resides in Hamilton East – Stoney Creek, please consider being a part of this year’s youth council. If you’re a high school student, this is a great way to earn community service hours and if you’re a post-secondary student this experience would look great on a résumé.
To apply, applicants must complete and submit this application form no later than Sept. 30, 2018 **
If you have any questions regarding the application or the youth council, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I look forward to reading over your applications!
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