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February 18, 2016: Federal Report; Changes in the wind.

February 18, 2016: Federal Report;
Changes in the wind.

By Catherine McKenna, MP, Ottawa Centre.

Happy new year! It has been an incredibly busy time since the election – the climate change conference, my first federal, provincial and territorial environment ministers meeting and getting set up as your Member of Parliament. Responsibilities have taken me out of Ottawa several times, but I’ve relished the days at home in Ottawa serving constituents.

New Community Office.
We have opened our office at 107 Catherine Street (between Metcalfe and O’Connor). You can reach us from 9 to 5 weekdays at 613-946-8682 or Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca . I have hired Suzanne Charest as the constituency coordinator and Bridget Nardi as the director. We are conveniently located next to the office of M.P.P. Yasir Naqvi at the Beaver Barracks – a sustainable, mixed housing development.

National Memorial to the Victims of Communism.
During the campaign, many residents of Ottawa Centre were concerned over the lack of transparency and consultation about the location and the design of the National Memorial to Victims of Communism. That is why I pledged to work for a more appropriate location for the Memorial and for reform of the governance of the NCC.

Our government listened to these concerns. My colleague, Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced that the NCC has decided that the Memorial should not be built on the space in front of the Supreme Court. She has asked the NCC to consider a more appropriate location – the Garden of Provinces and Territories – and the NCC will meet this spring to decide on this new location.

Environment and Climate Change.
I was proud to join the Prime Minister and a diverse Canadian delegation of premiers, Indigenous leaders, environmental NGOs, business and youth at the Climate Change Conference in Paris. It was an honour to be a facilitator in the negotiations and play a part in arriving at an ambitious international agreement to tackle climate change.

Now the hard work starts at home — and Canada’s provinces and territories are stepping up. On January 28 and 29, I hosted a meeting of provincial and territorial ministers of the environment that came together for the first time ever to work towards the establishment of a pan-Canadian framework to address climate change and grow our economy.

I know that sustainability is an important issue for the residents of Ottawa Centre, and that’s why I am hosting a public forum this spring on how to make Ottawa a greener city. Stay tuned for more details!

Pre-Budget Consultation.
Our government is moving towards our first budget. I provided residents of Ottawa Centre with an opportunity on February 1 to present their views on this budget. Some 80 residents of Ottawa Centre attended our pre-budget consultation and advanced a number of ideas. Feedback on the budget can also be provided at http://www.budget.gc.ca .

Our government has a significant agenda and I look forward to working hard for you in Ottawa Centre.

Portrait pic of MP.

New M.P.

Photo Caption: The new face in Parliament for Ottawa Centre.

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