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October

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    Last night in Washington, I was proud to receive one of the 2015 World of Difference Awards from the International Alliance of Women. This award was given in recognition of our contribution to women's economic empowerment across Canada. I am deeply honoured to share this award with the hard-working public servants at Status of Women Canada and all the amazing women entrepreneurs, business leaders, and executives who make a difference in the lives of Canadian women each and every day.
    Oct 23, 2015 11:57 am | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Oct 22, 2015 7:58 pm | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Also a huge thank you to my incredible Minister's Office team! You're all amazing!
    Oct 21, 2015 1:52 pm | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    In Ottawa today to bid farewell to the great public servants at the Labour Program and Status of Women Canada! I'll miss you all! Thank you for all your great work.
    Oct 21, 2015 1:50 pm | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Thank you to the amazing people of Simcoe-Grey for re-electing me as your Member of Parliament and your voice in Ottawa. I love my job and I love this riding.
    Oct 19, 2015 10:47 pm | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Great to join Ninder Thind on the campaign trail! Ninder is our wonderful candidate in Brampton West!
    Oct 13, 2015 9:57 am | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    HOLD ON YOUR WALLET AND YOUR JOB: JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S REAL PLAN FOR CANADA’S SMALL BUSINESSES Prime Minister Stephen Harper today warned that Justin Trudeau’s high taxes, massive spending and permanent deficits would lead to job losses and business closures for Canada’s small business owners. “Canada’s small businesses are the beating heart of our economy,” said the Prime Minister. “Yet Justin Trudeau doesn’t understand or appreciate the challenges they face and the hard-work they put into their businesses and our communities. His tax hikes will hurt Canadian small business owners, cause job losses, and result in business closures.” In this campaign, Justin Trudeau has promised to: · Impose new CPP payroll taxes on small businesses and their workers. For someone earning $60,000 per year, the Liberal tax hike will cut their take-home pay by more than $1,000 per year and will cost their employer another $1,000. · Increase EI payroll taxes for small businesses and their workers by more than $2 billion per year. This will cost average Canadian families hundreds of dollars each and every year, and their employers even more. · Introduce a carbon pricing scheme that will increase the business costs of everything – including transportation. · Increase taxes on Canadian small businesses, since Justin Trudeau says, unbelievably, that “a large percentage” of small businesses are just a way for the wealthy to avoid taxes. Yet, Trudeau himself has admitted that all of this money that he will take from Canadians still will not be enough to pay for his unaffordable promises. So, in addition to raising taxes now, he will also run large, long-term deficits. The only way to pay off that federal debt will be to raise taxes on Canadian businesses even more in the future. “Even Justin Trudeau’s many tax hikes can’t prevent him from running massive, permanent deficits,” the Prime Minister said. “His reckless spending promises would increase government spending by $146.5 billion – and Canadian small businesses owners would be stuck paying the bill.” This stands in stark contrast to the Conservative Party’s plan to support Canada’s small businesses. Canadian small businesses represent almost 99 percent of all businesses in the country and employ nearly 70 percent of all Canadians working in the private sector. To help small businesses grow and create jobs, the Conservative government has delivered substantial ongoing tax relief to small businesses and their owners. This includes: · Reducing the corporate income tax rate for small businesses to 11 per cent and increasing the amount of income eligible for this lower rate to $500,000. These two changes are reducing taxes for small businesses by $2.2 billion in 2015 alone. · Committing to cut the small business tax rate further to 9 percent over the next four years – the largest tax rate cut for small businesses in more than 25 years – providing $2.7 billion in tax relief to nearly 700,000 small business over this period. When this tax cut for small businesses is fully implemented, the amount of federal income tax paid by small business will be 46 per cent lower than in 2006. This represents an annual tax reduction of up to $38,600 that can be reinvested in the business to fuel its growth and create new jobs. In addition, a re-elected Conservative Government will cut payroll taxes on small businesses by more than 20 percent, beginning in 2017. This means that a small business with 15 employees earning, on average, $40,000, will experience a net payroll tax decrease of $3,276. “Our Government has consistently lowered taxes on small businesses,” the Prime Minister said. “And in this campaign we’re the only party that’s committed to lowering them further, so that businesses can hire and grow.” “Canadians face a clear choice on October 19th,” concluded Prime Minister Harper. “Our Conservative Party is the only party that will lower taxes on small businesses and keep them low. The Conservative plan to protect our economy will help it grow and create jobs. The Liberals are committed to a high-tax, high-debt agenda that has failed in other countries around the world, in provinces here at home, and that will ultimately wreck our national economy.”
    Oct 13, 2015 9:55 am | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Celebrating International Day of the Girl with my cousin Kasia. A super smart & talented girl! #InternationalDayoftheGirl
    Oct 11, 2015 9:54 am | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey

September

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    Join me this afternoon at the Creemore Springs Brewery Open House. I will be there from 4pm until 6pm chatting with folks and visiting their new expansion.
    Sep 29, 2015 9:21 am | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Sep 22, 2015 1:33 pm | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Great to be able to visit the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration - mrcssi in London with Susan Truppe, Conservative Candidate for London North Centre!
    Sep 22, 2015 11:18 am | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Honoured to be able to join our veterans yesterday in celebrating the 85th Anniversary of the Alliston Legion!
    Sep 21, 2015 8:30 am | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    I hope everyone got the chance to go out & walk, run or bike today during the annual Terry Fox Run! Here I am with some fantastic participants in Alliston!
    Sep 20, 2015 7:55 pm | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Out canvassing with Team Leitch today. Great response going door to door!
    Sep 19, 2015 6:14 pm | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Out canvassing with Joe Oliver. It seems like there isn't one person we come across that Joe doesn't already know!
    Sep 16, 2015 3:07 pm | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Great to be able to go out and support Joe Daniel! He has a great team of volunteers helping him out.
    Sep 16, 2015 11:32 am | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Out with our energetic candidate in University-Rosedale, Karim Jivraj!
    Sep 16, 2015 11:24 am | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Today Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that a re-elected Conservative government will introduce a $2,000 Single Seniors Tax Credit that will extend additional tax relief to nearly 1.6 million single and widowed seniors in Canada who have pension income. When combined with the existing Pension Income Credit that is claimed by 4.6 million seniors already, this measure will allow single and widowed seniors to receive up to $600 in tax relief every year. We know that single seniors can face unique financial challenges, especially the recently widowed and those on fixed incomes. This new tax credit will provide a targeted benefit to those seniors. Seniors at all income levels are benefitting from our tax cuts and the enhanced benefits we introduced. 2.7 million Canadian seniors have taken advantage of Tax-Free Savings Accounts. Pension income splitting is providing considerable tax relief to over 1 million senior couples. And, increases to GIS benefits are helping Canada’s most vulnerable seniors. As a result of our changes, about 400,000 seniors have been removed from the tax rolls completely. Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair’s NDP have made big promises – unaffordable promises that they would need to pay for with higher taxes. Based on their records to date of opposing Harper Government initiatives to help older Canadians, seniors should worry about whether the NDP and Liberals would actually keep the promises they are making. Canadian seniors can be confident that a Conservative government will deliver on its promises to older Canadians, because we have a proven record and a plan to support seniors. We have kept taxes low and worked to keep money in the hands of seniors to spend on the priorities they choose.
    Sep 15, 2015 12:57 pm | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Sep 14, 2015 1:30 pm | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Sep 13, 2015 7:40 pm | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Some more photos of Saturday's grand opening! Thank you to everyone who came out to support!
    Sep 13, 2015 7:13 pm | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Some more photos of Saturday's grand opening! Thank you to everyone who came out to support!
    Sep 13, 2015 7:13 pm | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Thank you to everyone who came to the official opening of our Collingwood campaign office today! Great to see lots of supporters including our guest speaker John Baird!
    Sep 12, 2015 3:02 pm | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Congratulations to the Alliston Feed Service on celebrating 20 years in business! Alongside owners Peter and Sheila.
    Sep 12, 2015 10:50 am | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    At the New Lowell market today I picked up some great local jam. It's actually "So Jam Good"! Make sure you try it!
    Sep 10, 2015 10:14 am | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    During the Merchant Navy Day celebrations I had the opportunity to meet lots of veterans like Mr. Norman Baker!
    Sep 04, 2015 10:29 am | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Honored to be able to attend Merchant Navy Day celebrations in Collingwood yesterday. Great to see Jim Wilson as well!
    Sep 04, 2015 10:25 am | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey

August

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    Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark the third annual Korean War Veterans Day: “Today, we honour Canada’s Korean War veterans who fought to defend the Republic of Korea and help fortify its freedom and democracy in the face of Communist aggression. “In July 1950, at a time of limited strength after the Second World War, Canada committed troops to the United Nations Forces in Korea, first dispatching three Royal Canadian Navy destroyers — HMCS Cayuga, Athabaskan and Sioux — to Korean waters. What followed would be among the largest military deployments in Canadian history, which included five more destroyers, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Army Special Force. “Across the Korean peninsula and on the front lines, in rugged, desperate areas like Hill 677 in the Kapyong Valley, Hill 355, the village of Chail-li, the Chorwon Valley and the Imjin salient, more than 26,000 Canadians served between 1950 to 1953, and an additional 7,000 troops served until the end of 1955, following the signing of the Korea Armistice Agreement. “Canada’s casualties during the Korean War numbered more than 1,500, including 516 who made the ultimate sacrifice. Nearly 400 Canadians rest in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan today. “On this day, when we reflect on a time marked by extraordinary service and spirit, it is important to remember those brave Canadians who gave their lives and the sacrifices that their families made, as well as those who continue to serve with distinction and pride.”
    Jul 27, 2015 8:00 am | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark the closing of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games: “Canada welcomed the hemisphere to the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and I am pleased to say that they were a tremendous success. “The competitions and cultural activities that took place during the Games brought the countries and territories of the Americas and the Caribbean closer together, forging lasting bonds of friendship, and showcased Canada’s active membership in the hemisphere. “Our Canadian athletes won a record 217 medals, including a record number of gold medals, and provided us with terrific moments in sport that inspired fervent national pride from coast to coast to coast. The Games were an incredible example of the athletic excellence that has been at the centre of the Year of Sport 2015 in Canada. “I have to make special mention of Kia Nurse, Canada’s flag-bearer at the closing ceremony and leading scorer for Canada’s women’s gold medal-winning basketball team. I also commend our Canadian athletes who broke a total of 12 Pan American Games records. “On behalf of Canadians, I would like to congratulate all teams participating in this year’s Games on their efforts and thank them for providing Canadians and the hemisphere with memorable moments in sport. I would also like to thank the organizers and volunteers who played an important role in ensuring that all events were run smoothly and professionally. “Canada also very much looks forward to welcoming athletes from across the hemisphere to the upcoming Parapan American Games taking place in Toronto and surrounding communities from August 7 to 15, 2015.”
    Jul 26, 2015 5:58 pm | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Be sure to come volunteer with Habitat for Humanity! Alongside Shawn Cooper in this photo.
    Jul 21, 2015 5:56 am | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Make sure you sign up! Payments from the enhanced Universal Child Care Benefit go out on July 20 and every Canadian family with kids under 18 qualifies.
    Jul 20, 2015 3:39 pm | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Jul 20, 2015 3:39 pm | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    "Live Long and Prosper". Great to join John Barlow MP for meetings with the Vulcan & District Chamber of Commerce.
    Jul 18, 2015 5:53 pm | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Prime Minister Stephen Harper today took part in the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) Change of Command ceremony, presided over by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada. The event was held at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. They were joined by Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence and Minister for Multiculturalism. The Prime Minister took the opportunity to address Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and guests, and to thank the departing CDS, General Tom Lawson, for his service to Canada. He then outlined some of the responsibilities awaiting the new CDS, General Jonathan Vance, including the assurance that the CAF will increase its ability to carry out special operations and use advanced battlefield communications and surveillance. “As we face growing instability and threat in the world, including direct threats by jihadi terrorists, General Jonathan Vance will provide strong leadership as the Chief of the Defence Staff at a critical time for Canada. His experience in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism warfare, his work with key allied forces and partners, his combat experience and the strategic leadership skills he possesses will help position the Canadian Armed Forces for continued success.” “Since October 2012, General Tom Lawson has led the Canadian Armed Forces with distinction. His legacy will live on in a number of key accomplishments – including the completion of the CAF’s mission in Afghanistan and the well-merited National Day of Honour that followed – as well as in the reforms and initiatives he oversaw to ensure that our Forces continue to strive for excellence.”
    Jul 17, 2015 7:05 pm | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the first anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: “One year ago today, it was with profound sadness and shock that I learned that a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet en route from the Netherlands to Malaysia had been shot down in Eastern Ukraine, killing all on board, including one Canadian, Andrei Anghel. “On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I wish to express our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the passengers and crew of Flight MH17 as they mark this painful anniversary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. “Canada continues to support all ongoing investigative efforts by the Dutch Safety Board into the cause of the crash and looks forward to its final report to provide much sought after answers. “The perpetrators of the crimes that caused this horrific event must be brought to justice, in order that some peace may be brought to the victims’ families. “From the first efforts of the Russian-backed insurgents to obstruct access to the crash site, to Russia’s most recent indications that it will oppose any prospect of an international tribunal, Russia’s record has been one of blocking the truth. We urge Russia to reverse its course of action and facilitate the justice process. “Our Government continues to provide strong support to the people of Ukraine in their efforts to build a stable government and dynamic economy, and to defend their country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of ongoing Russian aggression.”
    Jul 17, 2015 7:13 am | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey

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