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September 28, 2017: Federal Report; House is Back in Session.

September 28, 2017: Federal Report;
House is Back in Session.

By Catherine McKenna, MP, Ottawa-Centre.

As the summer winds down, and as I prepare to join my colleagues back on Parliament Hill, I thought it would be great to look back on some accomplishments, and highlight some of the important work we have planned.

This summer, Ottawa Centre received federal funding for some really exciting and important initiatives. Through the Canada Summer Jobs program, 133 organizations received a total of $1.4 million to hire students in the community: The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa and The Soloway Jewish Community Centre received $590,648 to upgrade their infrastructure; the Social Planning Committee of Ottawa and The Wood Manufacturing Council received funding to provide training to close to 150 youth; The Canadian Council of Aviation and Aerospace received $220,000 to hire post-secondary graduates for their first job in aerospace manufacturing, and up to $1.09 billion was announced for Ottawa Light Rail Transit Stage 2 Project.

There are other topics I heard a lot about while knocking on doors in the riding this year. I am proud of the progress our Government has made in these areas:

A bill was introduced to legalize, strictly regulate, and restrict access to cannabis by July 2018. This legislation will, for the first time, make it a specific criminal offense to sell cannabis to a minor.

Tax relief measures for deployed Canadian Armed Forces personnel and police officers were announced in May and it is no longer a requirement for sponsored spouses to live with their sponsor for two years in order to keep their permanent resident status. These changes are great news for residents of Ottawa Centre and Canadians across the country.
In June, Bill C-18 received royal assent. As the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Bill C-18 is something I am particularly proud of as it protects to ecological integrity of Rouge National Urban Park. The Rouge has an incredible diversity of natural and cultural treasures and has some of the oldest Indigenous sites in our country. Such a unique place deserves the same level of ecological protection as every other national park in our country.

There are a lot of positive milestones to look back on, but I know we still have plenty of work to do. I look forward to getting back to the Hill to represent the people of Ottawa Centre and to represent our country as the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

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