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Dec 18th

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    James MooreToday I announced that our government is making an unprecedented amount of wireless spectrum available to Canadians. Find out more at www.Canada.gc.ca/MoreChoices
    10 hours ago | British Columbia, Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
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    12 hours ago | British Columbia, Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
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    Leona AglukkaqI was in Toronto today to announce a partnering arrangement with the Royal Ontario Museum to create the Franklin Outreach Project. This innovative project will not only share the story of the Franklin Expedition but will also highlight the value of Inuit traditional knowledge and how it contributed to the eventual discovery. The discovery of this legendary vessel validates the importance of traditional knowledge and reveals so much about who we are as a nation and I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with the Royal Ontario Museum so that Canadians can be inspired by this remarkable story as it continues to unfold. For more information: http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/cp-nr/release_e.asp?id=2184&andor1=nr
    12 hours ago | Territories (yk, nt, nu), Nunavut
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    Jason KenneyHad fun taking questions from a Grade 9 class at Christ the King School in Calgary Southeast. It was pajama day, but I didn't get the memo!
    13 hours ago | Alberta, Jeanne-Mance-Viger
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    Gail SheaPleased to announce funding for the Miramichi Salmon Association for an Atlantic Salmon thermal-refuge habitat system bit.ly/1w2Vux2
    16 hours ago | Prince Edward Island, Egmont
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    Gail SheaPleased to announce today the creation of a Ministerial Advisory Committee on Atlantic Salmon. Our Governmnt has heard and is taking action.
    17 hours ago | Prince Edward Island, Egmont
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    Jason KenneyThroughout the last year, it was good to work with provincial/territorial colleagues to launch the Canada Job Grant, employer-led training that leads to a guaranteed job. http://canada.ca/jobgrant
    19 hours ago | Alberta, Jeanne-Mance-Viger
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    Jason KenneyJ’ai travaillé avec mes collègues provinciaux et territoriaux afin de lancer la Subvention canadienne pour l’emploi. La participation des employeurs dans la formation mène à des emplois garantis. http://canada.ca/jobgrant
    19 hours ago | Alberta, Jeanne-Mance-Viger

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    Tue 5:54 pm | British Columbia, Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
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    Jason KenneyI wish everyone celebrating Chanukah, in Canada and around the world, a Chag Chanuka Sameach: http://is.gd/jYCuUj Je tiens à souhaiter à tous ceux qui célèbrent la fête de Hanoukka, au Canada et partout, Chag Chanuka Sameach : http://is.gd/8S5Q9u
    Tue 4:25 pm | Alberta, Jeanne-Mance-Viger
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    Gail SheaStrategic Investments Position Confederation Centre as a State-of-the-Art Performance Venue Tuesday, December 16, 2014 – Charlottetown, PEI – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency The Confederation Centre of the Arts is a unique institution that showcases both performing and visual arts and also stands as a national memorial to the Fathers of Confederation. Opened in 1964, this structure commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, the first meeting of Canada’s founding fathers. Today, dignitaries gathered to announce funding for innovative upgrades to the Centre. The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Honourable Robert Henderson, PEI Minister of Tourism and Culture, joined Confederation Centre staff and representatives from the Fathers of Confederation Building Trust to outline the project details. Quick Facts: • The Government of Canada is supporting this project with a $3,500,000 contribution towards equipment and infrastructure upgrades. Canadian Heritage through its Canada Cultural Spaces Fund will provide $2,000,000, and ACOA will invest $1,500,000 through its Innovative Communities Fund. • The Province of Prince Edward Island will contribute $1,500,000 towards this project with funding coming from the Department of Tourism and Culture. • Funding for this phase will be focused on infrastructure upgrades to the main stage and backstage which will include the purchase and installation of a new theatrical rigging system, new stage flooring and trap door; equipment storage and loading docks; an improved proscenium open area; new theatrical lighting; a technical grid; and electrical service upgrades with proper UPS and generator backup. • This project represents the final phase of a 2-phase initiative that began in 2012. • The Fathers of Confederation Building Trust is a non-profit corporation with a national mandate and a nationally constituted Board of Trustees. The entity was established as a federal and provincial initiative to operate the Centre. The Centre continues to hold a mandate to inspire Canadians to celebrate, through heritage and the arts, the origins and evolution of Canada as a nation. • The theatre is home to perennial favourite, “Anne of Green Gables – The Musical,™” which is the world’s longest-running annual production celebrating its 51st successive season in 2015. Quotes: “The Confederation Centre of the Arts is a part of our national history; the structure commemorates the Charlottetown Conference which took place 150 years ago and led to the creation of the best nation in the world. Our Government is pleased to support this project which will enhance the great performances at the Centre, while providing lasting infrastructure that will benefit Islanders for years to come.” The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) “These much needed upgrades to the main stage at the Confederation Centre of the Arts will bring the theatre up to today’s technical standards and will improve the experience for the audience and for performers. It is only fitting that these upgrades are taking place as the Centre celebrates its 50th anniversary. It is an incredibly important Canadian cultural institution and we a proud to be able to provide ongoing support, as well as funding for much needed renovations.” The Honourable Robert Henderson, Minister of Tourism and Culture “The public reaction to Phase 1 of the theatre enhancements has been universally positive. The improvements undertaken in this next phase will further enrich the overall experience of our patrons, and ensure that Confederation Centre’s theatre is well positioned to continue to deliver top-class performances for the next 50 years.” Ms. Jessie Inman, Chief Executive Officer, Confederation Centre of the Arts
    Tue 9:17 am | Prince Edward Island, Egmont
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    Joe OliverChag Sameach!
    Tue 7:18 am | Ontario, Eglinton—Lawrence
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    Maxime BernierSpaghetti lunch @industrycanada to thank everyone for their valuable contribution during my mandate since 2011
    Tue 6:23 am | Quebec, Beauce
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    Maxime BernierLunch spaghetti @industriecanada merci à tous de m’accompagner dans mon mandat depuis 2011
    Tue 6:23 am | Quebec, Beauce

Dec 15th

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    Rona AmbroseA photo with Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
    Mon 2:38 pm | Alberta, Edmonton—Spruce Grove
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    Mon 2:38 pm | Alberta, Edmonton—Spruce Grove
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    Rona AmbroseAt the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
    Mon 2:38 pm | Alberta, Edmonton—Spruce Grove
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    Mon 2:02 pm | Prince Edward Island, Egmont
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    Gail SheaGovernments of Canada and Prince Edward Island take action to help Islanders get jobs faster December 15, 2014– Summerside, Prince Edward Island – Employment and Social Development Canada Today, the Government of Canada announced nearly $4 million in funding to Prince Edward Island (PEI) for two projects that will help young people and newcomers find work in their fields. The governments also renewed two agreements that will connect Islanders with disabilities and older workers to available jobs. The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament for Egmont, made the announcements on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, alongside the Honourable Valerie E. Docherty, PEI Minister of Community Services and Seniors, and the Honourable Allen F. Roach, PEI Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning. One project, called the Career Prep Program, is jointly funded with the private sector and will receive $3 million in federal funding to provide over 400 post-secondary students in PEI with work experience in local small to medium-sized enterprises. Funded through the Youth Employment Strategy, this project will help the students integrate into the job market. The second project, Building Bridges for Immigrants, will receive nearly $1 million to help internationally trained professionals in PEI get their credentials recognized and get jobs in their fields faster. The Government of Canada supports foreign credential recognition and labour mobility to ensure workers can enter the job market quickly, when and where they are needed. Renewed agreements The Ministers announced the renewed Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities (LMAPD). This agreement is designed to improve employment prospects for Canadians with disabilities and better meet the needs of Canadian businesses. The LMAPD is the single largest federal government investment to help Canadians with disabilities get jobs. Under this agreement, the Government of Canada will provide over $1.3 million per year to PEI, a contribution that will be matched by the province. Canada and PEI also renewed the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers, a federal-provincial/territorial cost-shared initiative that provides eligible unemployed older workers with training to re-enter the workforce and/or become more employable. This represents a three-year total federal investment of over $720,000 in PEI between 2014–15 and 2016–17. Since its launch in 2007, the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers has helped over 790 individuals in the province. Quick Facts The Government of Canada is helping youth develop the skills and gain the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce of tomorrow. Since 2006, the federal Government has helped more than 611,000 young Canadians through the Youth Employment Strategy. Over the past 10 years, PEI has welcomed more than 11,500 newcomers. The Government of Canada is currently inviting national organizations to apply for funding through the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities until January 30, 2015 for projects that will increase employment opportunities for Canadians with disabilities. Applications are available online at servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/of/national/index.shtml. Quotes “Today is a good day for Islanders and for the PEI economy. Through these projects and renewed agreements with PEI, we are helping Islanders and newcomers gain the skills and experience they need to connect with available jobs.” – The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament for Egmont “Our government’s top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity. Our government is very pleased to sign this new generation of agreements with the Government of PEI that will help Islanders gain valuable skills and that will also help Canadians with disabilities reach their potential and older workers reintegrate into the workforce.” – The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development “LMAPD funding supports programs and services provided through Prince Edward Island's Community Services and Seniors Disability Support Program. This program assists individuals with personal planning and helps to meet the needs related to their disability. This funding also enables the province to strengthen partnerships with local community groups that provide employment supports for individuals living with a disability. These partnerships help to ensure Islanders have the supports they need to be active, contributing members of the Island economy.” – The Honourable Valerie E. Docherty, Prince Edward Island Minister of Community Services and Seniors "Jobseekers and workers need to enhance their knowledge and training to remain competitive in the labour market. With six locations across the province, Skills PEI is a single point of access for jobseekers, as well for employers looking for trained workers. Skills PEI also offers a number of programs and services to help Islanders find and keep employment. With today’s announcement, we will continue to grow the programs provided through Skills PEI, to provide more support systems for Islanders.” – The Honourable Allen Roach, Prince Edward Island Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning e into the workforce.
    Mon 2:02 pm | Prince Edward Island, Egmont
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    Jason KenneyThis year, our Conservative government issued the 500,000th apprenticeship grant: http://is.gd/ZpGX6t
    Mon 10:43 am | Alberta, Jeanne-Mance-Viger
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    Jason KenneyCette année, notre gouvernement conservateur a émis la 500 000e subvention aux apprentis : http://is.gd/kHORhP
    Mon 10:42 am | Alberta, Jeanne-Mance-Viger
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    Gail SheaCanadian World Class Products Flying First Class to South Korea! Minister Ed Fast was at the Halifax International Airport this past Thursday to see our Canadian Atlantic Lobster jet-set across the globe. These are just a few cases that will make up the 70-100 tonne shipments expected over the holidays. Come the new year, our lobsters will be exported tariff-free thanks to our Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement coming into force on January 1st, 2015. What a great way to start off 2015 for our hardworking lobster fishermen!
    Mon 8:37 am | Prince Edward Island, Egmont
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    Mon 7:49 am | Ontario, Eglinton—Lawrence

Dec 14th

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    Jason KenneyThoughts and prayers for those being held hostage, apparently by extremists, at a café in Sydney, Australia.
    Sun 7:04 pm | Alberta, Jeanne-Mance-Viger

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Dec 11th

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    Gail SheaGreat meeting with Genome Canada today! The wonders of DNA.
    Dec 11, 2014 2:46 pm | Prince Edward Island, Egmont
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    Jason KenneyMet 4-year-old Andrew at Christmas on the Hill, who says he's going to be a dinosaur when he grows up. T-Rex, in fact.
    Dec 11, 2014 12:58 pm | Alberta, Jeanne-Mance-Viger
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    Gail SheaI just spoke to Minister Vessey to express that our Government has programs available to support should the Province make a request. My thoughts and prayers are with Islanders impacted by the storm. Thank you to the first responders who ensured people's safety.
    Dec 11, 2014 10:23 am | Prince Edward Island, Egmont
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    Gail SheaI just spoke to Minister Vessey to express that our Government has programs available to support should the Province make a request.
    Dec 11, 2014 10:20 am | Prince Edward Island, Egmont
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    Gail SheaMinister Shea Announces a $1.8 Million Contract for Tignish Harbour Contract awarded to Gaudette's Transit Mix Ltd TIGNISH, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwired - Dec. 10, 2014) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Regional Minister for PEI and MP for Egmont, today announced that the Government of Canada has awarded a $1.8 million contract through a public tendering process to Gaudette's Transit Mix Ltd for a major harbour infrastructure project that will be carried out over two years at Tignish Harbour, Prince Edward Island. The work to be carried out will mean: •safer berthage of vessels following reconstruction of two walls at the Tignish boat pen; •prevention of erosion and improvement of water flow and reduction of sediment deposits in the access channel through the installation of shore protection on the northern boundary of the channel; and •provision of additional berthage as a result of extending the wharf at the southern boat pen. This work follows key recommendations resulting from a coastal study and structural assessments that examined various technical solutions to address safety and operational needs of harbour users at Tignish and Judes Point. This project is being funded from Canada's Economic Action Plan 2014 which provided an additional investment of $40 million over two years for repair, construction and maintenance projects at Canada's small craft harbours. New investments in infrastructure were recently announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper under the New Building Canada Plan, which includes an additional $288 million for small craft harbours across Canada over the next two years. Quick Facts •Small craft harbours support nearly 90% of all fishing landings in Canada. In 2012, the landed value of Prince Edward Island fisheries was over $143 million. •Tignish and Judes Point are strategically located within an area having one of the highest concentrations of fishing vessels in PEI. There are approximately 161 home fleet vessels and 819 fish harvesters using the facilities at both Tignish and Judes Point. •The primary fisheries are lobster, herring, snow crab, mackerel, oysters and tuna. Landings in 2010 represented an estimated value over $15.2M. •In the last five fiscal years, $1.6M has been invested at this harbour, which includes $694K for the reconstruction of wharves and $389K for the reconstruction of a boat pen. Quotes "I am proud to work with the Harbour Authority of Jude's Point/Tignish to improve the facilities that enable fishermen to safely and profitably do their work. Tignish harbour is vital to PEI's fishing industry. This investment will help improve our local economy and foster job creation, for the hard-working folks of Tignish." The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Regional Minister for PEI and MP for Egmont
    Dec 11, 2014 6:02 am | Prince Edward Island, Egmont

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