HON. MICHELLE REMPEL, P.C., M.P. CALGARY CENTRE-NORTH JOBS, GROWTH AND LONG-TERM PROSPERITY FOCUS OF SPEECH FROM THE THRONE
Today, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the second session of the 41st Parliament and outline our Government's agenda. The focus of our Government remains on creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians.
The Speech from the Throne reiterates our Government’s continued commitment to Canadian families and communities, our Armed Forces, seniors, and victims of crime. We will remain focused on the economy, and committed to balancing the budget by 2015 and reducing the debt-to-GDP ratio. In addition to this, our Government will introduce legislation that will require balanced budgets during normal economic times. Some of the ways our Government will ensure a return to fiscal balance include:
Freezing the overall federal operating budget.
Making further targeted reductions to internal government spending.
Reforming the way the federal system manages spending.
Reviewing federal assets; when it is in the best interest of Canadians, they will be sold.
Increasing performance accountability in the Public Service to provide more efficient service to Canadians, while better recognizing dedicated employees.
These measures are in addition to those our Government has already undertaken such as reforming federal government pension plans to ensure that parliamentarians and public servants pay their fair share.
Our Government remains focused on the long-term prosperity of Canada. That is why our Government will soon complete negotiations on a comprehensive economic and trade agreement with the European Union. This agreement has the potential to create 80,000 new Canadian jobs. Our Government is also committed to expanding trade with emerging markets in Asia and the Americas through our engagement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership and active negotiations with Japan, South Korea, and India. The government will also complete reforms to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program to ensure that Canadians always have the first chance at available jobs. Creating jobs for Canadians remains a top priority for our Government.
As a Government we believe that Canadians work hard for their money and we are committed to keeping taxes low. That is why our Government has lowered taxes, year after year—for families, for businesses, for each and every Canadian. Overall, the federal tax burden is at its lowest level in half a century. As a result of our Government’s low-tax plan, the average Canadian family now pays 3,200 dollars less in taxes every year. Our Government has a proven record of cutting taxes for Canadian families. And, once the budget is balanced, our Government is committed to greater tax relief for Canadian families.
Our Government believes that the justice system exists to protect law-abiding citizens and our communities. Some of the ways our Government will continue to protect Canadians include:
The introduction of a Victims Bill of Rights to restore victims to their rightful place at the heart of our justice system.
Introducing legislation giving police and prosecutors new tools to effectively address cyberbullying that involves criminal invasion of privacy, intimidation and personal abuse.
Ending sentencing discounts for child sex offenders.
Ending the practice of automatic early release for serious repeat offenders.
Changing the law so that a life sentence means a sentence for life.
Our Government will also take additional action to protect Canadian consumers. Canadians are tired of hidden fees. They deserve to know the real cost of paying by debit or credit card. And they should not be charged more in Canada for identical goods that sell for less in the United States.
Building on our record of defending consumers, our Government will:
End “pay to pay” policies, so customers won’t pay extra to receive paper bills.
Expand no-cost basic banking services.
Work with the provinces and territories to crack down on predatory payday lenders.
Empower consumers by requiring disclosure of the cost of different payment methods.
Take further action to end geographic price discrimination against Canadians.
Finally, our Government remains convinced that the status quo in the Senate of Canada cannot continue. The Senate must be reformed or be removed as its provincial counterparts. The work of the government in this regard will resume when the Supreme Court has ruled. I will continue to serve both the Constituents of Calgary Centre-North and in my role as Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. It is a privilege and great responsibility to represent you in Ottawa. As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact my office.
My recent appointment as Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification (WD) has resulted in a very busy summer. I am honored to join the cabinet table on behalf of Alberta and western Canadians and to play a key part in the shaping of our region’s economic future.
Through WD, our Government invests in western businesses and industries and supports innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. Western Canada is well-positioned to capitalize on the many opportunities available in the global market and I am strongly committed to helping Western Canada remain a driving force in the economy of our country, both today and for the long-term.
I am confident that with this targeted approach, we will continue to realize new economic opportunities while creating jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity. Since my appointment, our Government has delivered funding for some key economic activities and projects including:
Canadian Forces personnel moving into civilian life will now have access to the training needed to launch and sustain successful businesses, with WD funding going towards the Prince's Operation Entrepreneur (POE) program.
WD funding will support medical commercialization efforts at the Li Ka Shing Applied Virology Institute at the University of Alberta, allowing for the purchase of specialized equipment that will be used to conduct pre-commercialization activities for the development and testing of new vaccines and therapies.
Support for the 2013 Aerospace, Defense and Security Expo, a series of workshops, presentations and networking events, showcasing western Canadian companies and helping them reach new markets.
The Manitoba Pulse Growers Association, in partnership with the Manitoba Corn Growers Association, will receive support from our Government for the purchase of specialized agricultural equipment to seed and harvest soybean and corn research test fields to facilitate agronomic research.
WD funding to enable the Composites Innovation Centre in Winnipeg to purchase composites equipment, complete capital upgrades and hire specialized incremental staff to support initiatives that will help expand the western aerospace composites sector.
As always I appreciate your input and feedback on issues that are important to you and your families. In my new role, I remain committed to faithfully serving my constituents while showing the world that the West means business.
As your MP, I look forward to meeting and working with you on the issues that are important to you in the coming months.
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Ottawa, ON — Today Michelle Rempel, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre-North was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. Minister Rempel becomes the youngest woman appointed to Cabinet in Canadian history. Prior to her appointment as Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, Rempel served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment.
“I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve as Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification” said Rempel. Western Economic Diversification works to improve the long-term economic competitiveness of the West and the quality of life of its citizens by supporting a wide range of initiatives targeting inter-related project activities – innovation, business development and community economic development. “Economic growth remains the top priority of Prime Minister Harper and our government, and I look forward to working in partnership with western Canadian businesses and communities with that focus in mind” said Rempel.
Michelle Rempel was elected in May 2011 and previously was the Director of the University of Calgary’s Institutional Programs Division. Prior to her election Rempel worked in the field of intellectual property management, and also worked to enable research and development in western Canada.
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