Unnecessary election at this time puts Canada’s fragile economic recovery at risk

News Oct 02, 2009 Ancaster News

I’m pleased to be reporting to you today on the federal government’s work on the economy – both locally and nationally – rather than on an unnecessary election that no one wants, except Michael Ignatieff and the Liberals.

An unnecessary election at this time would not only be a waste of $350 million, it would put Canada’s fragile economic recovery at risk. Instead, your government is working with the provinces and municipalities on infrastructure projects like the one announced last Friday in Ancaster. A total of $10.2 million ($3.425 million from each of the federal government, provincial government and city) was announced for the expansion of Morgan Firestone Arena – a project that will see a second ice surface added to the facility.

It’s great news for Ancaster and it was a pleasure to make the announcement along with Federal Transport and Infrastructure Minister John Baird, Ontario cabinet minister and our MPP Ted McMeekin, Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson, Mayor Fred Eisenberger and MPP Sophia Aggelonitis. It was also truly special that former Mayor Bob Wade, the namesake for the Robert E. Wade Park surrounding the arena, was there for the big event.

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Across Canada, the federal government has committed almost $7.8 billion to more than 4,800 infrastructure projects as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. When combined with contributions from our funding partners, the total commitment to projects is more than $20 billion. And contrary to claims by Michael Ignatieff, of the new Infrastructure Stimulus Fund alone, 75 per cent of all projects slated to begin in 2009 are already underway as of Sept. 1.

Also last month, Parliament passed legislation on key tax measures in Canada’s Economic Action Plan. These recession-fighting initiatives include the Home Renovation Tax Credit, the First Time Home Buyers Tax Credit, income tax benefits for low-income workers, extended tax deferral for farmers in parts of the country coping with extreme weather conditions and tariff relief for Canadian businesses importing and exporting goods. The government has also announced legislation that would temporarily provide additional employment insurance (EI) benefits to support workers who have paid EI premiums for years and made limited use of the program. All of these are important examples of why Parliament needs to be in Ottawa working to fight the recession, not in an election.

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Almut and I enjoyed meeting everyone at Ancaster Fair last weekend and look forward to seeing you at Rockton Fair too.

Unnecessary election at this time puts Canada’s fragile economic recovery at risk

News Oct 02, 2009 Ancaster News

I’m pleased to be reporting to you today on the federal government’s work on the economy – both locally and nationally – rather than on an unnecessary election that no one wants, except Michael Ignatieff and the Liberals.

An unnecessary election at this time would not only be a waste of $350 million, it would put Canada’s fragile economic recovery at risk. Instead, your government is working with the provinces and municipalities on infrastructure projects like the one announced last Friday in Ancaster. A total of $10.2 million ($3.425 million from each of the federal government, provincial government and city) was announced for the expansion of Morgan Firestone Arena – a project that will see a second ice surface added to the facility.

It’s great news for Ancaster and it was a pleasure to make the announcement along with Federal Transport and Infrastructure Minister John Baird, Ontario cabinet minister and our MPP Ted McMeekin, Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson, Mayor Fred Eisenberger and MPP Sophia Aggelonitis. It was also truly special that former Mayor Bob Wade, the namesake for the Robert E. Wade Park surrounding the arena, was there for the big event.

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Across Canada, the federal government has committed almost $7.8 billion to more than 4,800 infrastructure projects as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. When combined with contributions from our funding partners, the total commitment to projects is more than $20 billion. And contrary to claims by Michael Ignatieff, of the new Infrastructure Stimulus Fund alone, 75 per cent of all projects slated to begin in 2009 are already underway as of Sept. 1.

Also last month, Parliament passed legislation on key tax measures in Canada’s Economic Action Plan. These recession-fighting initiatives include the Home Renovation Tax Credit, the First Time Home Buyers Tax Credit, income tax benefits for low-income workers, extended tax deferral for farmers in parts of the country coping with extreme weather conditions and tariff relief for Canadian businesses importing and exporting goods. The government has also announced legislation that would temporarily provide additional employment insurance (EI) benefits to support workers who have paid EI premiums for years and made limited use of the program. All of these are important examples of why Parliament needs to be in Ottawa working to fight the recession, not in an election.

•••

Almut and I enjoyed meeting everyone at Ancaster Fair last weekend and look forward to seeing you at Rockton Fair too.

Unnecessary election at this time puts Canada’s fragile economic recovery at risk

News Oct 02, 2009 Ancaster News

I’m pleased to be reporting to you today on the federal government’s work on the economy – both locally and nationally – rather than on an unnecessary election that no one wants, except Michael Ignatieff and the Liberals.

An unnecessary election at this time would not only be a waste of $350 million, it would put Canada’s fragile economic recovery at risk. Instead, your government is working with the provinces and municipalities on infrastructure projects like the one announced last Friday in Ancaster. A total of $10.2 million ($3.425 million from each of the federal government, provincial government and city) was announced for the expansion of Morgan Firestone Arena – a project that will see a second ice surface added to the facility.

It’s great news for Ancaster and it was a pleasure to make the announcement along with Federal Transport and Infrastructure Minister John Baird, Ontario cabinet minister and our MPP Ted McMeekin, Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson, Mayor Fred Eisenberger and MPP Sophia Aggelonitis. It was also truly special that former Mayor Bob Wade, the namesake for the Robert E. Wade Park surrounding the arena, was there for the big event.

•••

Across Canada, the federal government has committed almost $7.8 billion to more than 4,800 infrastructure projects as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. When combined with contributions from our funding partners, the total commitment to projects is more than $20 billion. And contrary to claims by Michael Ignatieff, of the new Infrastructure Stimulus Fund alone, 75 per cent of all projects slated to begin in 2009 are already underway as of Sept. 1.

Also last month, Parliament passed legislation on key tax measures in Canada’s Economic Action Plan. These recession-fighting initiatives include the Home Renovation Tax Credit, the First Time Home Buyers Tax Credit, income tax benefits for low-income workers, extended tax deferral for farmers in parts of the country coping with extreme weather conditions and tariff relief for Canadian businesses importing and exporting goods. The government has also announced legislation that would temporarily provide additional employment insurance (EI) benefits to support workers who have paid EI premiums for years and made limited use of the program. All of these are important examples of why Parliament needs to be in Ottawa working to fight the recession, not in an election.

•••

Almut and I enjoyed meeting everyone at Ancaster Fair last weekend and look forward to seeing you at Rockton Fair too.