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Government focuses on jobs and growth

As 2011 draws to a close and the new year quickly approaches, I would like to reflect on Canada’s achievements to date, and update you on new measures being taken in the next phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan that will further support the Canadian economy. Your federal government remains focused on what matters most— […]

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Create jobs by trading with the EU

Our government’s top priority remains creating jobs and economic growth. To meet this objective, we are working hard to expand exports for Canadian goods and services overseas, by pursuing new free trade agreements. Trade affects all Canadians. Trade creates jobs. Trade increases economic output. One in five Canadian jobs depend on trade and trade accounts […]

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Job creation, growth are priorities

Several weeks ago, British Prime Minister David Cameron addressed the Canadian House of Commons. During his speech, he commended the Canadian government for implementing sound economic policy throughout the global economic downturn. However, both Prime Ministers Cameron and Harper warned that the recovery remains fragile and that global financial markets are at a perilous point. […]

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Jack Layton left lasting impression

Like many, I was sad to learn of Jack Layton’s passing last month. In the days and weeks following his death, it became clear that the legacy of his life was more powerful than the cancer he struggled with in recent months.  His unwavering optimism, commitment to social equality and lifelong dedication to public service […]

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Federal government continues eco grants for homeowners

Many of you – both individuals and local contractors – have told me that you would like to see an extension of the ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes Program. I am pleased to tell you that the federal budget, passed by Parliament in June, extends this popular program for an additional year. I would like to take this […]

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Budget delivers on promises

In May, Canadians re-elected our government and gave us a mandate on economy recovery. We are listening to Canadians, and several weeks ago, Parliament passed the federal budget for 2011-12 (fiscal year of April 1-March 31). The budget responds to the thousands of constituents I heard from during the election who voiced concerns about jobs […]

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Chong Opposes Mega-Quarry in House of Commons

Chong requests a Federal Environmental Assessment and a Panel Review OTTAWA – Michael Chong, M.P. for Wellington-Halton Hills, voiced opposition to the Highland Companies’ mega-quarry in the House of Commons today. At 2,500 acres, the proposed mega-quarry in Dufferin County would be one of the largest open-pit mines in Canada, destroying prime farmland and natural […]

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Time to Reform Question Period

If one thing has been made abundantly clear to me during my time as a Member of Parliament, it is that ordinary Canadians are disappointed with the behaviour in Question Period and want to see their Parliamentarians focus on the issues that really matter, instead of cheap political point scoring. Question Period is the 45 […]

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The Elephant in our Living Rooms

Canadians expect the federal government to live within its means. What is true for government is also true for households (Statistics Canada defines a “household” as a person or a group of people living in the same dwelling. Households include retired couples, childless couples, individuals living on their own and the traditional nuclear family). Canadian […]

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Canada’s Economic Action Plan – Year 2

The 2010 federal budget was just announced for the fiscal year that starts April 1, 2010. What will this mean for you, your family and your community? In short, it means that the Government of Canada will be delivering year two of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. Last year’s 2009 federal budget created Canada’s Economic Action […]

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