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November 24, 2016: Federal Report; One Year in Office.

November 24, 2016: Federal Report;
One Year in Office.

By Catherine McKenna MP, Ottawa-Centre.

On October 19, 2015, I was deeply honoured to be elected as your representative in the House of Commons. Over the last year, as Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, I have:

  • Held over 100 constituent meetings and four community consultations with participation by over 1,000 people;
  • Championed reform of the National Capital Commission Board;
  • Secured $10.5 million in federal funding for a canal footbridge and two access points for paddling on the canal;
  • Approved heritage designation of the Ottawa River (Ontario) and announced $62 million in federal funds to control sewage in the Ottawa River; and
  • Cancelled ‘ten percenter’ print newsletters in favour of face-to-face pop up community meetings, electronic communications and columns in community newspapers.

More than a year ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and our Cabinet took office with a clear mandate to deliver real change for Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

As a first step, the Prime Minister named his Cabinet that was not only gender-balanced, but reflected the great diversity of Canada.

After one month in office, the government introduced a middle class tax cut that asked the wealthiest one percent to pay a little more so that the middle class, and those working hard to join it, could pay less.

As part of Budget 2016, the federal government introduced a new Canada Child Benefit. It’s a fair and generous tax-free monthly cheque that gives nine out of ten Canadian families more money to help with the high cost of raising their children.

Working in close partnership with the provinces and the territories, the federal government came to a historic agreement that strengthened the Canadian Pension Plan, so that hard working Canadians can secure the strong and stable retirement they deserve.

Building on its commitment to forge a new, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples in Canada, the federal government launched the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, a powerful step in the reconciliation process.

In response to the deepening humanitarian crisis in the Middle East, the Prime Minister kept his promise to open Canada’s doors to more than 25,000 Syrian refugees fleeing war and persecution.

Recognizing the need for concerted global action to combat climate change, the government proposed a pan-Canadian approach to pricing carbon pollution, one where all Canadian jurisdictions will have carbon pricing in place by 2018.

Finally, the government made a strong investment in Canada’s youth by boosting Canada Student Grants for middle and low-income families by 50 percent, so that more Canadians can afford a post-secondary education and receive the skills and training they need to get the jobs of today and tomorrow.

A more detailed one-year status report is available on my website at http://www.CatherineMcKennaMP.ca .

The full text of Minister McKenna’s Federal Report can be found here online at Newswest.org

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Photo Caption: On November 11, Ottawa-Centre MP Catherine McKenna, accompanied by Westboro Legion Branch 480 member, Brent Craig, lays a wreath at the Westboro Cenotaph to commemorate the sacrifices of Canada’s war veterans. Photo by Tim Thibeault.

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