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Apr 25th

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    Kellie LeitchA photo from our tax clinic last week!
    12 hours ago | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Kellie LeitchPrime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the earthquake that struck near Kathmandu, Nepal: “On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I offer our heartfelt condolences to the people of Nepal and northern India who lost family and friends in this powerful earthquake and its aftershocks. The thoughts and prayers of all Canadians are with the many affected by this disaster and we wish a speedy recovery to all those injured. “Our officials in the region are working with Nepalese and Indian authorities to ensure that any Canadians affected by the earthquake are safe and accounted for. In cooperation with international partners, they are also assessing the needs of the affected populations to determine how Canada may most effectively assist with the disaster if asked to help. “We mourn with the people of Nepal and India in the aftermath of this terrible natural disaster and offer our help and our prayers. “Canadian citizens in Nepal requiring emergency consular assistance should use the Registration of Canadians Abroad (http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration) service, and contact the Consulate of Canada in Kathmandu, Nepal, by calling + 977 (1) 444-1976, or Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling +1 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted where available). An email can also be sent to sos@international.gc.ca. “Friends and relatives in Canada who are concerned about Canadian citizens known to be in the affected area should contact Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling 1-800-387-3124 (toll-free) or 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted) or sending an email to sos@international.gc.ca.”
    12 hours ago | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Jason KenneyWe are deploying a Canadian Armed Forces Disaster Assistance Response (DART) assessment team to Nepal immediately, in response to the earthquake.
    15 hours ago | Alberta, Jeanne-Mance-Viger
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    Jason KenneyThe House of Commons passed a historic motion that designates the month of April in Canada as ‘Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month.’ I commend Member of Parliament for Mississauga Streetsville, Brad Butt, for having brought this motion forward, and all parties for having supported it. It is critical that we continue to reflect on this history. Our Government is committed to teaching future generations about the lessons of genocide around the world, to help prevent such atrocities from ever occurring again. This special recognition in April each year would help to preserve the memory of these dark moments in history, lest they be forgotten. Canada has been profoundly shaped by survivors who began new lives in Canada. Specifically, April would be a month of remembrance for the genocides in history that have affected many Canadians: the Holocaust; the Rwandan genocide; the Ukrainian Holodomor famine-genocide, and the loss of life endured by the Armenian people during the demise of the Ottaman Empire in 1915. As the Minister for Multiculturalism, I encourage all Canadians to reflect on the lessons learned from these crimes against humanity, to recognize the brave survivors and commemorate the victims, and to remain vigilant against all forms of prejudice and hatred. La Chambre des communes a adopté une motion historique qui désigne le mois d’avril au Canada comme le « Mois du souvenir, de la condamnation et de la prévention des génocides ». Je félicite Brad Butt, député fédéral de Mississauga Streetsville, d’avoir proposé cette motion et tous les partis de l’avoir soutenue. Il est essentiel que nous continuions à réfléchir à l’histoire. Notre gouvernement est déterminé à enseigner aux générations futures les leçons tirées des génocides commis dans le monde entier afin de prévenir que de telles atrocités se reproduisent. Cette reconnaissance spéciale en avril chaque année contribuera à préserver la mémoire de ces sombres moments de l’histoire afin qu’ils ne tombent pas dans l’oubli. Le Canada a été profondément façonné par les survivants qui ont commencé une nouvelle vie dans notre pays. Le mois d’avril serait notamment un mois de souvenir des génocides qui ont touché de nombreux Canadiens : l’Holocauste, le génocide rwandais, l’Holodomor ukrainien, qui fut une famine et un génocide, ainsi que les morts endurées par le peuple arménien au moment de la chute de l’Empire ottoman en 1915. En tant que ministre du Multiculturalisme, j’encourage tous les Canadiens à réfléchir aux leçons tirées de ces crimes contre l’humanité, à reconnaître les braves survivants et à commémorer les victimes, tout en demeurant vigilants en vue de débusquer toutes formes de préjugés et de haine.
    20 hours ago | Alberta, Jeanne-Mance-Viger
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    Julian FantinoVery proud to be part of a government that is committed to supporting young victims of crime and who puts the rights of victims before the rights of criminals http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2015/04/24/pm-announces-intention-provide-new-funding-child-advocacy-centres
    21 hours ago | Ontario, Vaughan
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    Sat 8:00 am | Alberta, Calgary—Nose Hill
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    Leona AglukkaqWith some fashion designers, models and performers from the Government of Nunavut reception.
    Sat 6:41 am | Territories (yk, nt, nu), Nunavut
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    Leona AglukkaqWith members from the Arctic Economic Council.
    Sat 6:41 am | Territories (yk, nt, nu), Nunavut

Apr 24th

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    Gail SheaPrime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement after learning of the death of Senate Speaker Pierre Claude Nolin: “Laureen and I were deeply saddened today to learn of the passing of Senate Speaker Pierre Claude Nolin. “Speaker Nolin was a strong and clear voice dedicated to serving Quebecers and all Canadians, and he did so as a member of the Upper Chamber for over 21 years. Throughout a long public career, Senator Nolin never lost track of the higher interests of his fellow citizens. “During his time in the Senate, he contributed to numerous committees covering a broad range of issues, including legal and constitutional affairs, foreign affairs and international trade, national security and defence, and banking, trade and commerce. “After having been unanimously elected Speaker pro tempore of the Senate in 2013, he was appointed Speaker of the Senate in 2014. “A strong supporter of the military, Senator Nolin was a member of the Cercle des Honoraires of the Régiment de Maisonneuve since 1995, becoming an honorary lieutenant-colonel of the regiment in 2012. In 2014, he was also named a Commander of the Order of Saint Lazarus. He was also a strong advocate of fundamental rights and worked throughout his career to ensure that persons from all walks of life were afforded the opportunity to voice their views in Quebec and Canadian society. “Thanks to his courage and patriotism, this affable and cultured man was able to exercise his talents as a unifying and enlightened guide to his colleagues up to the end lot of his life, in spite of a cruel illness. “Members of my caucus and I benefited greatly from his advice and support, which were based on his extensive legal and parliamentary experience and his profound commitment to serving the people of Canada. “On behalf of all Canadians, we wish to express our sincere condolences to his wife, Camille, to his three children, Simon, Louis and Virginie, and to his grandchildren, as well as to his entire family, friends and colleagues. He is now part of that small group of persons whose life and example have enhanced the institution they served while contributing to the common good. His distinguished service to the Upper Chamber and to our country will be remembered and honoured.”
    Fri 7:13 pm | Prince Edward Island, Egmont
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    Jason KenneySpoke to thousands of Canadians gathered on Parliament Hill today to commemorate the centenary of the Armenian Genocide.
    Fri 4:58 pm | Alberta, Jeanne-Mance-Viger
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    Fri 2:27 pm | Alberta, Calgary—Nose Hill
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    Rona AmbroseToday, Dr. Gregory Taylor, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer and I launched National Immunization Awareness Week, which runs from April 25 to May 2. Immunization saves lives. Before the availability of vaccines in Canada, diseases such as measles, diphtheria and polio killed many children. Others were left with serious and debilitating conditions. Today, these illnesses are preventable by immunization. Protect yourself, your family, and your community by ensuring your vaccinations are up to date. ow.ly/M4WLp La vaccination sauve des vies. Avant l'arrivée des vaccins au Canada, beaucoup d'enfants sont morts de maladies comme la rougeole, la diphtérie et la poliomyélite. Chez d'autres, les séquelles ont été graves et débilitantes. Ces maladies sont aujourd'hui évitables par la vaccination. Protégez-vous, protégez votre famille et votre collectivité en veillant à ce que vos vaccins soient à jour. ow.ly/M4WQQ
    Fri 2:08 pm | Alberta, Edmonton—Spruce Grove
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    Steven FletcherAt L'Arche Tova Café in Transcona for lunch with Prime Minister Harper and Manitoba MPs
    Fri 2:07 pm | Manitoba, Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia
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    Fri 1:57 pm | Manitoba, Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia
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    Keith AshfieldI am saddened to hear of the passing of the Honourable Pierre Claude Nolin, Speaker of the Senate. He lost his battle with cancer this morning; a battle I am very familiar with. I send my most sincere condolences to his family.
    Fri 11:56 am | New Brunswick, Fredericton
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    Fri 11:31 am | New Brunswick, Madawaska—Restigouche
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    Fri 11:24 am | Territories (yk, nt, nu), Nunavut
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    Leona AglukkaqThe live webcast of the Iqaluit 2015 Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting can be watched at the following English and French links: English - http://www.international.gc.ca/international/live-endirect.aspx?lang=eng French - http://www.international.gc.ca/international/live-endirect.aspx?lang=fra
    Fri 11:20 am | Territories (yk, nt, nu), Nunavut
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    Diane AblonczyVery sad news.
    Fri 11:06 am | Alberta, Calgary—Nose Hill
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    Fri 10:49 am | Manitoba, Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia
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    Fri 10:41 am | Manitoba, Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia
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    Fri 10:41 am | Manitoba, Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia
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    Leona AglukkaqVery excited to be hosting the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Iqaluit today http://t.co/QfOIjSZssZ
    Fri 6:39 am | Territories (yk, nt, nu), Nunavut
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    Maxime BernierAvec @Thompson_37 à un séminaire sur le commerce international à #Toronto, en compagnie du maire @JohnTory / At the Global Trade Market Update seminar in #Toronto hosted by Councillor @Thompson_37 with Mayor @JohnTory
    Fri 3:48 am | Quebec, Beauce
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    Maxime BernierAvec @samsebastien pour le lancement de « Growth Engine Canada » qui aidera les #PME canadiennes à se développer au-delà de nos frontières / Pleased to join @samsebastien for the launch of Growth Engine Canada : helping Canadian #SMEs grow beyond borders
    Fri 3:46 am | Quebec, Beauce
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    Fri 3:45 am | Quebec, Beauce

Apr 23rd

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    Jason KenneyThis evening marks the 67th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. Canada was proudly one of the first countries to formally recognize the State of Israel and was one of the 33 countries that voted in favour of the 1948 United Nations resolution which called for the creation of a Jewish state. Those celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut will also reflect on the remarkable story of Israel. After more than two thousand years, the dream of a homeland for the Jewish people was finally realized. Unfortunately, after enduring unspeakable horrors and great suffering throughout their history, the people of Israel faced opposition the moment their state was born. Today, Israel continues to face constant threats to its existence. It remains resilient in the face of adversity and Canada is proud to continue to support the independent State of Israel. The deep friendship between Canada and Israel is rooted in our shared values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law. As Minister for Multiculturalism, I wish all those celebrating in Canada and around the world a Yom Ha'atzmaut Sameach. Ce soir marque le 67e anniversaire de la fondation de l'État d'Israël. Le Canada est fier d'avoir été l'un des premiers pays à reconnaître officiellement l'État d'Israël et l'un des 33 pays à appuyer la résolution des Nations Unies de 1948 visant la création d'un État Juif. Les personnes qui célèbrent Yom Ha'atzmaut réfléchiront à l'histoire incroyable d'Israël. Après plus de deux mille ans, le rêve d'une patrie pour le peuple juif se réalisait enfin. Malheureusement, après avoir vécu des horreurs inimaginables et de grandes souffrances tout au long de son histoire, le peuple d'Israël a fait face à de l'opposition dès la naissance de son État. Aujourd'hui, l'existence d'Israël est constamment menacée. L'État demeure résilient face à l'adversité, et le Canada est fier de continuer d'appuyer l'État indépendant d'Israël. La profonde amitié entre le Canada et Israël repose sur nos valeurs communes que sont la liberté, la démocratie et la primauté du droit. En ma qualité de ministre du Multiculturalisme, je souhaite à toutes les personnes du Canada et du monde entier qui célèbrent cet événement Yom Ha'atzmaut Sameach.
    Wed 4:46 pm | Alberta, Jeanne-Mance-Viger
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    Julian FantinoCanada Assert Arctic Sovereignty with Successful Completion of Operation NUNALIVUT http://bit.ly/1DjmblS
    Wed 3:12 pm | Ontario, Vaughan
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    Wed 3:02 pm | British Columbia, Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
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    Leona AglukkaqHappy Earth Day! Learn more about Canada’s National Conservation Plan and how you can play a role in protecting nature. Everyone needs to work together to conserve, restore and connect with nature. http://goo.gl/O4egQe
    Wed 2:11 pm | Territories (yk, nt, nu), Nunavut
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    Wed 1:37 pm | Alberta, Calgary—Nose Hill
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    Wed 1:33 pm | Ontario, Eglinton—Lawrence
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    Rona AmbroseMy colleague Minister Joe Oliver presented a great budget in the House of Commons yesterday! I am proud of our government's balanced budget. Take a look at some of the highlights from #Budget2015 here: http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/24seven
    Wed 1:30 pm | Alberta, Edmonton—Spruce Grove
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    Keith AshfieldThe Honourable Keith Ashfield: Economic Action Plan 2015 Demonstrates Commitment to Jobs, Growth, & Security in Fredericton. http://keithashfieldmp.ca/?p=428 L’honorable Keith Ashfield : Le Plan d’action économique de 2015 démontre l’engagement envers l’emploi, la croissance et la sécurité dans Fredericton. http://keithashfieldmp.ca/?p=428&lang=fr
    Wed 1:21 pm | New Brunswick, Fredericton
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    Jason Kenney2nd Battle of Ypres started 100 years ago today.
    Wed 11:51 am | Alberta, Jeanne-Mance-Viger
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    Wed 11:47 am | Alberta, Calgary—Nose Hill
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    Leona AglukkaqYesterday our Conservative Government brought forward a balanced budget as promised. There are a lot of great things for Nunavummiut in this budget, here are a few that I would like to highlight for you: -Economic Action Plan 2015 proposes $5.7M to help secure new market access for Canadian seal products. This is huge for Inuit. The seal is so important culturally and economically to us and I’m glad that we’re moving forward with this program. More information on this budget item can be found on page 203. -Economic Action Plan 2015 has increased the borrowing limit for Nunavut to $650M, which will give the territories greater flexibility in their fiscal planning as they consider future investments. More information on this budget item can be found on page 183. -Through the New Building Canada Plan our Government will continue to work with provinces and territories to recognize their priority infrastructure projects. More information on this budget item can be found on page 183 -Our Government will spend more than $2.3 billion per year over the next four years to help ensure Canadians in need have access to affordable, sound and suitable housing. More information on this budget item can be found on page 279. -It is also important to note that Nunavut will receive 1.5B in federal transfers this year. This is an increase of $649M or 76% since 2006! -Economic Action Plan 2015 proposes to reduce the small business tax rate from 11% to 9% by 2019. More information on this budget item can be found on page 120. -Canadian families and individuals will receive $37 billion in tax relief and increased benefits in 2015-2016. Some of these tax benefits include the enhanced Universal Child Care Benefit, the Family Tax Cut and the Child Care Expense Deduction to name a few. To find out more information on how you can benefit from these tax cuts you can go to page 227. -We are also providing up to $37 million annually to extend Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefits from 6 weeks to 6 months to ensure that the Employment Insurance program continues to help Canadians when they need it most. More information on this budget item can be found on page 240. -We are also providing $12 million to Indspire to provide post-secondary scholarships and bursaries for Inuit students. More information on this budget item can be found on page 295. You can download a version of the budget by following this link: http://actionplan.gc.ca/en/blog/economic-action-plan-2015 As always if you have any questions regarding items in the budget or would like further information please do not hesitate to contact my office at 613-992-2848 or 867-979-9764 or you can email me at Leona.aglukkaq@parl.gc.ca
    Wed 11:34 am | Territories (yk, nt, nu), Nunavut
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    James MooreFinance Minister Joe Oliver Details Budget 2015
    Wed 8:51 am | British Columbia, Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
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    Julian FantinoOur Government tabled a balanced budget that will help families and businesses in #Vaughan prosper with new tax relief and other important support. Through Economic Action Plan 2015, our Government is helping create jobs and supporting small businesses, through measures such as reducing the small business tax rate to 9% by 2019, which will put an estimated $2.7 billion back into the pockets of job-creating small businesses between now and 2019–20. Families in #Vaughan will also directly benefit from Economic Action Plan 2015, with the average family of four to receive tax relief and increased benefits of up to $6,600 in 2015. http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/home-accueil-eng.html
    Wed 8:40 am | Ontario, Vaughan
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    Wed 8:36 am | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Wed 8:21 am | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Joe OliverYom Ha'atzmaut sameach!
    Wed 5:00 am | Ontario, Eglinton—Lawrence

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