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December 15, 2011: Caring for Our Community.

Caring for Our Community.

By Paul Dewar, MP, Ottawa Centre.

During this time of year, we come together to celebrate the joys of the season, but also to celebrate the relationships we have with our family, friends and community. What comes to mind especially for me, are the words Jack left us regarding the importance of caring for one another and continuing to improve our quality of life in Canada:

Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity. We can build a prosperous economy and a society that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures for our children. Jack Layton

We must never lose sight of these goals, regardless of what our critics may say. As Jack said, “Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.”

During this parliamentary session, my colleagues and I have continued to work hard to improve the lives of Canadians. I wanted to share just some of the issues we have been working on:

• Introducing the Pension Protection Act to ensure that pensioners are at the front of the line of creditors when a company goes bankrupt

• Introducing legislation calling for a national dementia strategy to help Canadians suffering from Alzheimer’s and other related dementia diseases and those that care for them

• Introducing a national public transit strategy with our industry and municipal partners to ensure that public transit in Canada is accessible and affordable.

• Opposing the government’s misguided Omnibus Crime bill (C-10), which won’t make our communities safer by spending millions on mega prisons and imposing mandatory minimum sentences.

• Introducing a motion in the House of Commons to modify regulations concerning closure and time allocation for debates to prevent the Conservative government’s continued attempts to undermine the democratic process .

As Canadians, we must continue to strive towards improving life in our great nation. We have so much we can be proud of, but there is always much more to do.

My colleagues and I will continue to focus on the future and what we can accomplish by working together collaboratively.

During this holiday season, I would like to wish everyone the very best and to say that a better world is indeed possible when we choose to be loving, hopeful and optimistic.

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