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Happy Canada Day 2013

Across the country, Canadians enjoy July 1st in many different ways, but Canada Day is, first and foremost, a day to celebrate the country that we all know and love. It is a day to reflect on our shared history and the many achievements that contributed to the united, strong, and free Canada of today. […]

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The Future of Canada Post

As the federal government takes action to balance the budget, Canada Post, a Crown corporation, is also facing its own unique financial challenges. Recently, the Conference Board of Canada estimated that, unless things change at Canada Post, declines in mail volumes will lead to losses of $1 billion annually by 2020. Canada Post is exploring […]

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Reforming Canada’s temporary foreign worker system

In recent weeks, and in light of reports regarding the hiring of temporary foreign workers at RBC, many of you have contacted me about the rules for hiring temporary foreign workers in Canada.  I too share your general concerns about the increasing use of foreign workers in Canada, and would like to update you on […]

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Budget 2013 Delivers for Canadians

Last week, the federal government delivered the 2013 federal budget. Over the last number of months, I have reached out and talked to many local residents about what they would like to see in the federal budget. Overwhelmingly, I was told that the focus should be on job creation, economic growth and deficit reduction. The […]

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Expanding Our Trade Relations

When the global recession of 2008 arrived on Canada’s shores, your federal government reacted quickly with Canada’s Economic Action Plan, a plan for jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. That plan includes expanding Canada’s trade with other nations by embarking on the most ambitious series of trade negotiations since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) […]

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Addressing ‘Idle No More’

Over the past month, many constituents have contacted me about the recent nation-wide Idle No More protests. I would like to take this opportunity to address the relationship between aboriginal peoples and the federal government. Ultimately, working together remains the best way to achieve our shared objective of healthier, more prosperous and self-sufficient aboriginal communities. […]

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A New Year…and a Year in Review

January is a good time to review the year that was and look ahead to the one that will be. Over the past year, many of you have told me that your main concerns are job creation (especially youth employment) and economic growth, as well as the environment. Last year, we continued to implement Canada’s […]

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Setting the Record Straight on Veterans’ Support

Recently, questions have been raised about government support for Canadian veterans. I would like to take this opportunity to clarify the record. Our government believes that veterans should receive nothing but the best care and support. They deserve nothing less. Every attempt is made to accommodate soldiers in the Canadian Armed Forces who are injured […]

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Remembering Lincoln Alexander

Along with all Canadians, I was saddened to learn of the passing of Lincoln Alexander last month, at 90 years of age. I also, however, took time to give thanks for his life. We all owe a great debt of gratitude to this great Canadian. My generation owes a great deal to Alexander. He blazed […]

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Jobs and Growth Still A Priority

Your federal government remains focused on creating jobs and economic growth. A growing economy ensures the tax revenues necessary to support important public services like healthcare and education that we all count on. That is why creating jobs and economic growth remains the government’s top priority. Statistics Canada just released the latest job numbers. In […]

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