I hope that everyone had a great Easter and enjoyed the last full week of April! The summer weather is (hopefully) just around the corner!
May and June are always some of my favourite months, as our government has the opportunity to wrap up passing much of the legislation that we have been working hard on and consulting constituents on. During these months, I also enjoy taking time to meet with many school groups from Hamilton East – Stoney Creek.
If you would like to stay posted on what I’m up to this spring and summer, please follow my Facebook and Instagram (@bobbratina) pages where I’ll be regularly sharing information relevant to our community.
As the Member of Parliament for Hamilton East – Stoney Creek, I’m always looking for ways to hear from my constituents so that I can better represent their ideas in Ottawa. As we enter the last couple of months of this House of Commons’ sitting before Parliament rises for the summer, I would like to know what areas we need to focus more attention on as a government.
In particular, what is one issue area that you believe our government should focus more attention on?
Please note that these issues are just a few important issues among so many others. Also, please note that all responses are entirely anonymous and that there is no way for me to see who voted nor to see who selected which option.
Protecting our Environment
This past Monday marked Earth Day. While Earth Day in particular marks an extra important day to remember the importance of taking action to preserve our planet, the fight against climate change is one that continues every day of the year.
Starting this year, it will no longer be free to pollute in Canada. We also know that many Canadians are already struggling with the rising cost of living, and to make sure that they are not affected by any increased costs, we have introduced the Canada Climate Incentive. Eight out of ten families in Ontario will be better off under this benefit, which puts $307 into the pockets of the average Ontario family.
At the same time, our government is making key investments in clean technologies. We know that we have the chance to take advantage of the clean economy that could create 65 million jobs around the world.
While Ontario’s provincial Conservative government continues to claw back environmental protections and just recently eliminated a program that aimed to plant 50 million trees, our government believes that Canada deserves better.
The money that Premier Ford is using to spend millions of dollars to fight a hopeless case in court against the carbon tax is money that could be used to protect our environment and grow our economy, which is what our federal government is doing.
Families in Ontario will be better off under our government’s Climate Action Incentive. The average family will receive $307 when they file their taxes this year.
Congratulations to the Duchess Tea Room!
Stoney Creek is home to so many unique and amazing small businesses. Congratulations to Ashley on the one year anniversary of The Duchess Tea Room. This authentic British tea room, run by Ashley and her mother, is located at 288 Grays Road in Stoney Creek, just off the corner of Grays and Barton Road.
The Duchess Tea Room on Grays Road is a great place for an authentic cup of tea! Congratulations to Ashley for your hard work in creating this local business.
A Great Meeting with a Great Youth Council!
During this week back in Hamilton, it was a privilege to meet with members of my Constituency Youth Council at my office on Centennial Parkway and to hear their concerns and the way that they are particularly worried about the cuts being made by the Ontario government in terms of education.
Congratulations in particular to Alessia on being named the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce’s Junior Citizen of the Year Award. It’s been an honour to have you in my Youth Council these past few years.
Happy 100th Birthday to Veronica!
I recently had the chance to wish Veronica Minigan a happy birthday and present her a certificate on behalf of both myself and the Prime Minister. Veronica will be turning 100 on April 28th.
If you know of anyone who will be marking a significant milestone, such as an important birthday or an important anniversary, please let our office know so that we can present you or your loved one with a certificate of recognition.
Next week I’ll be back in Ottawa where I’ll have a chance to bring forward many of the ideas and concerns that you have shared with me
Thank you so much for taking the time to read through this newsletter. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to get in touch with me by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great weekend!