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    Happy birthday to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II!
    Apr 21, 2016 12:18 pm | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    This morning I had the pleasure of meeting with representatives from the Canadian Food Grains Bank in my Ottawa office to discuss the wonderful work they are doing to end global hunger. For more information, you can visit them at foodgrainsbank.ca
    Apr 12, 2016 9:57 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Another "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event is coming up this June! I had an excellent conversation with Darlene Smith and new Executive Director Karen Hunter about this event, and other initiatives the Chatham-Kent Women's Centre is taking in 2016. If you or someone you know could use the services of the Centre, please visit them at 20 Sandys Street in Chatham, or call 1-800-265-0598. You can also visit them on the web at www.ckwc.ca
    Apr 07, 2016 7:32 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    This week I sat down with Marlee Robinson to talk about a number of ongoing cultural and historical projects happening in Chatham-Kent. Thanks Marlee for taking valuable time out of your day to update me on these various projects! Some of these projects relate to the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. You can find out more at http://www.arconserv.ca/
    Apr 07, 2016 7:28 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Do to unforeseen circumstances, I will have to cancel tomorrow's Coffee and Tea event at Blondies in Leamington. We will reschedule it soon!
    Apr 05, 2016 1:29 pm | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Congratulations to Union Gas in Chatham on the Grand Opening of their Information Technology Centre!
    Apr 04, 2016 11:39 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Last Thursday I was invited to attend the Chatham-Kent Museum's Grand Opening of the Visible Storage Exhibit. I was wonderful seeing what the federal funding the museum received last year produced! Thank you to all those who donated time and money to make this project a success.
    Apr 04, 2016 8:25 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    I will be in Leamington this week at Blondies for a Coffee and Tea, 9 - 10 AM, April 6th!
    Apr 04, 2016 6:17 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex

March

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    Today's Passport Clinic was another great success. Thanks for all of those that stopped by to have their passports completed. For those that required extra signatures or documents, remember that you can drop your completed passports off to either of my offices in Chatham or Leamington to have them mailed by next Wednesday.
    Mar 31, 2016 12:48 pm | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    As a friendly reminder, we will be holding our first Passport Clinic of 2016 at Blessed Sacrament Church today, 10 AM - 2 PM!
    Mar 31, 2016 5:55 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    This morning I went out to St. Vincent Catholic School to meet with the grade 5/6 class to talk about Federal Government issues. They were an energetic bunch! Thanks Hollie for the invitation!
    Mar 30, 2016 12:42 pm | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    This afternoon I had the pleasure of visiting with the Grade 9 Civics class at Chatham Christian High School. We had a great time talking about various departments, how government functions, and my role as a Member of Parliament. Thank you for the invitation Randy!
    Mar 30, 2016 12:36 pm | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Mar 29, 2016 10:58 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    I will be in Leamington on April 6th doing a Coffee and Tea at Blondies Restaurant & Variety. Come join me between 9-10 AM, 77 Erie St N, Leamington, ON N8H 2Z7.
    Mar 24, 2016 6:35 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Mar 23, 2016 8:46 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Faye and I offer our deepest sympathies and prayers to the family of MP Jim Hillyer, who passed away suddenly this morning in Ottawa. Jim was an excellent husband, a caring father, and an outstanding Member of Parliament. Our thoughts are with you Livi, and your family, as you go through this difficult time.
    Mar 23, 2016 8:43 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Mar 16, 2016 8:46 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    On February 16th, 2016, the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade decided to conduct a study on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The Committee’s primary objective is to assess the extent to which the agreement, once implemented, would be in the best interests of Canadians. The study will result in a report to be presented in the House of Commons. As part of its study, the Committee is inviting Canadian individuals and organizations to provide written submissions that express their views on the TPP agreement. The Committee is also inviting Canadians to request to appear as a witness before the Committee, either as an individual or as a representative of an organization. “I am very pleased to be announcing consultations on the TPP agreement,” said the Honourable Mark Eyking, P.C., M.P. for Sydney — Victoria and Chair of the House International Trade Committee. “I very much look forward to Canadians’ thoughts about the agreement, and I am convinced that we will receive a wide range of thoughtful opinions. I know that I speak on behalf of Committee members in saying that we are looking forward to the submissions from Canadians and the testimony of those who appear as witnesses.” In addition to hearings that will take place in Ottawa, and following approval by the House of Commons, the Committee expects to hold hearings across Canada over the coming months. Once cross-country hearings are confirmed, information will be provided about dates and locations. Canadians who wish to provide a written submission must do so before 23:59 EDT on April 30th, 2016. Written submissions are to be no more than 1,500 words. More information on the process for providing a written submission can be found in the Guide for Submitting Briefs to House of Commons Committees. Written submissions should be emailed to: ciit-tpp-ptp@parl.gc.ca. Canadians who wish to appear as a witness can make their request at any time during the study. They should provide their name and contact information to the Clerk of the Committee at: ciit-tpp-ptp@parl.gc.ca.
    Mar 16, 2016 8:07 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Today is #InternationalWomensDay, a day when we can look back on all the great achievements of women in Canada and around the world. Looking back and seeing all the success and advancements should motivate us for the future.
    Mar 08, 2016 12:58 pm | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    I capped off a busy morning by meeting with members of the Turkish Canadian Chamber of Commerce in my Ottawa office.
    Mar 07, 2016 10:52 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Had a great meeting with Cristin Napier and Micheline Turnau from the Heart and Stroke Foundation this morning in my Ottawa office.
    Mar 07, 2016 7:39 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    The grade 8 students from École Saint-Michel in Leamington, Ontario, have worked hard on a video for the Parks Canada My Park Pass contest. Here is their submissions highlighting Point Pelee National Park. You can find a link to vote for them on the YouTube page!
    Mar 07, 2016 6:50 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Late last year, my office was approached by Brian Elgie from Blessed Sacrament Church. During renovations to the church, a bible belonging to the family of Thomas McKay was found, and the church hoped that I would be able to find a place for it in Ottawa. Thomas McKay was a master stonemason and architect who moved to Ottawa from Scotland in the early 1800s. McKay is considered one of the founders of our nation’s capital. While McKay was responsible for many projects around the Ottawa area – including work on many of the locks along the Rideau Canal and the construction of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church – he is most famous for the construction of Rideau Hall, which is now used as a residence and office for the Governor General of Canada. How the McKay family bible ended up in Chatham, Ontario, is still a mystery, although research done by Brian suggested that McKay spent time in Chatham helping design churches in the area. Through the care and dedication of Blessed Sacrament Church, the bible has been kept safe for many months; late last month, I was honoured to present the bible to McKay Presbyterian Church in Ottawa, Ontario. Here, the bible will be added to the growing collection of Thomas McKay artifacts, and should soon be on display for all to see.
    Mar 02, 2016 6:20 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex

February

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    Today, I spent some time talking with representatives from the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. It was great talking with Bryan Rice, Emily Gale, and Matthew Rios about issues affecting students.
    Feb 25, 2016 1:28 pm | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Just a friendly reminder that Canada Summer Jobs applications are due March 11th, 2016!
    Feb 25, 2016 6:03 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    A few weeks ago I did an interview with the CK Senior Magazine and spoke about being a grandfather, what challenges seniors face in Chatham-Kent today, what drove me into politics, and more. You can read more by following the link.
    Feb 23, 2016 10:52 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Grade 5/6 students from Ms. Sparling's class at St. Vincent in Chatham participated in the Millennium Kids Welcome Refugees program. The kids in the program make cards that are handed to refugees when they arrive to Canada.
    Feb 23, 2016 7:34 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Last week I met with medical students Lauren Crosby (Unviersity of Western Ontario) and Nicholas Harrower (Norther Ontario School of Medicine) who represent the Canadian Federation of Medical Students. They came to speak with me about a Universal Pharmacare Program in Canada.
    Feb 22, 2016 7:40 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Last week I had the chance to sit down with my good friend, Joe Mares. Over the past few years, Joe and has been working on a language project that would offer language training to Canadians of Dutch and Belgian descent, or anyone with an interest in these languages. Joe has received a positive response to his proposed project, and told me that children and grandchildren of Dutch and Belgian born immigrants to Canada are expressing interest in the preservation of “Old Country Language.” I look forward to working with Joe on this project in the future.
    Feb 22, 2016 7:17 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down and speaking with the Netherlands Ambassador to Canada, Cees Kole. It is always great speaking with you Cees!
    Feb 19, 2016 7:16 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex

January

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    Last week I presented certificates to a number of new inductees into the Kent Agriculture Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Rex Crawford, Al DeWitte, Maurice Neutens (posthumously), Terry Youlton, Professor Gerald Nelson Ruhnke (posthumously), and Bill and Diane Parks.
    Nov 25, 2015 11:27 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Remembrance Day 2015. Pictures from the Fields of Valour Dinner and Quilt Presentation and the Erieau Remembrance Day Ceremony.
    Nov 23, 2015 8:15 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Friday night was the Chatham Santa Claus Parade! Here are a few pictures from the event!
    Nov 23, 2015 8:07 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    There is still time to line up along the route from the 401 at Communication Road to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home. Lest we forget the service of John Robert Gallagher.
    Nov 20, 2015 1:00 pm | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    This morning, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition and Interim Leader of the Conservative Party, announced the Members of Parliament that will hold positions in the Opposition Shadow Cabinet and official critic positions. I am honoured to be chosen as Deputy Critic for International Trade, and look forward to serving alongside the Honourable Gerry Ritz in this position.
    Nov 20, 2015 11:41 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Last week, I was officially sworn in as the Member of Parliament for the newly formed riding of Chatham-Kent Leamington. I look forward to the next four years serving the people of this area!
    Nov 18, 2015 8:18 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    On Friday, November 20, 2015, the body of John Robert Gallagher will make it's final journey home from Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, to Blenheim Community Funeral Home in Blenheim, Ontario. Mr. Gallagher fought bravely for the Canadian Armed Forces until 2005 and was volunteering to fight ISIS in Syria when he was killed by a gunman. The Canadian Heroes Foundation is asking Canadians to honour Mr. Gallagher by standing along the 401 at overpasses between Pearson International Airport and Communication Road. Please remain aware and safe as you honour Mr. Gallagher. “[John] thought this was such an important fight and he has always been a man of principle, who believed very strongly in human rights and justice. I am very, very proud of him and his sisters and I love him very much,” - Valerie Carder, John's Mother
    Nov 18, 2015 8:12 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    I am truly thankful for the freedoms we have here in Canada, and that so many residents of this wonderful riding took time out of their day to pay respects to those who fought and died for this country. I was privileged to attend ceremonies in Chatham and Erieau today, and had family and friends representing the Federal Government at other ceremonies across Chatham-Kent Leamington. The turnout for each ceremony was outstanding. Although we set aside today as a special day of remembrance, let us remember everyday. Remember all who put their lives on the line for your freedom, in the past, now in the present, and into the future. Their bravery and courage has given freedom to citizens of this wonderful country. Lest we forget.
    Nov 11, 2015 5:18 pm | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex

October

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    Oct 27, 2015 5:57 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Thank-you to the people of Chatham-Kent Leamington who have voted to send me back to Ottawa. I will work hard for this riding, with all levels of government, to meet the needs of the people in this area. For those who cast a ballot for me, and to the many individuals who volunteered their time to work on my campaign team, I thank you. I look forward to serving Chatham-Kent Leamington for the next four years.
    Oct 20, 2015 8:42 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    For those interested in watching the local and national results come in, I invite you out to my Chatham campaign office (125 Keil Drive S) tomorrow evening beginning at 8:30 PM. Food and drinks will be provided.
    Oct 18, 2015 4:52 pm | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Back in 2010, it was a privilege to help Dajcor Aluminum Limited set up business here in Chatham. Since then, Dajcor has benefited from a few government incentives to expand operations and to remain competitive on the global market. I look forward to working with small and medium businesses in Chatham-Kent Leamington, who like Dajcor, will benefit from Conservative policies and programs to build their businesses up. http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/2010/05/10/up-to-100-jobs-at-dajcor
    Oct 18, 2015 2:18 pm | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex
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    Last night I spent some time at the Downtown Chatham Center with all the individuals participating the sleep out for the homeless rally in support of the men's homeless shelter.
    Oct 17, 2015 6:50 am | Ontario, Chatham-Kent—Essex

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