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Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Stephen Harper is dedicated to building a stronger, prouder, more prosperous Canada by delivering real results for everyday Canadian families.  He has spent his entire political career standing up and speaking out for Canadians who work hard, pay their taxes and play by the rules.

As Prime Minister, Stephen Harper has delivered real action on the priorities of all Canadian families including:

  • Passing the tough new political fundraising rules that take the big money, corporations and unions out of political party financing.
  • Reducing the GST from 7% to 6% and now, to 5%.
  • Providing $1,200 per year, per child under six, that parents can spend on their own child care priorities.
  • Giving Canadians tax credits for money spent on transit passes, textbooks and kids’ sports.
  • Strengthening Canada’s product safety laws, including the first ever federal mandatory recall law, and new rules for what can be called a “product of Canada”.
  • Passing tough new laws that will keep gun criminals and sexual predators behind bars.
  • Taking real action on the environment with Canada’s first ever mandatory greenhouse gas emission regulations.
  • Investing in new patrol ships, satellite surveillance, and arctic rangers to protect our sovereignty over Canada’s North.

Click here to learn more about our leader prime Minister Stephen Harper

The Ministers' Regional Office Update

This report is produced by the Ministers' Regional Office and is intended to provide you with information on recent Government of Canada activities and initiatives in your region. This list is not exhaustive. For more detailed information please follow the links provided.

 

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IN THE NEWS

Minister Fantino Marches with Veterans in the “Salute to Veterans and Military Valour” BC Lions Half-Time Show, November 1, 2013, Vancouver, BC

The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, joined approximately 1,000 Veterans, men and women in uniform, cadets and massed pipe and drum bands to march on the field at half-time in salute to Veterans and members of the Canadian Armed Forces. While at the event, Minister Fantino announced that the Royal Canadian Legion British Columbia/ Yukon Command is receiving up to $5,000 to present the “Salute to Veterans and Military Valour” half-time show through the Community Engagement Partnership Fund (CEPF). Minister Fantino also presented Jim Howard, of the Vancouver Poppy Fund, with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for his service to Veterans in need.

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1,100 tonnes of machinery headed west for the Evergreen Line, November 7, 2013, Coquitlam, BC

The massive Evergreen Line tunnel boring machine is on its way to Metro Vancouver from the manufacturer in Ontario. The tunnel boring machine will build the two-kilometre tunnel that will run west of Barnet Highway in Port Moody to south of Kemsley Avenue in Coquitlam. Bored tunnel construction means there is no disruption to the surface above except at the tunnel entry and exit points. Construction of the Evergreen Line will create 8,000 jobs and it is the largest transit project underway in Metro Vancouver. Once the Evergreen Line opens in 2016, Metro Vancouver’s SkyTrain system will become the longest rapid transit system in Canada.

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Member of Parliament John Weston Announces Support for Squamish Culture and Heritage Festival, Squamish, BC, November 8, 2013

John Weston, Member of Parliament (West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country), announced support for the 2nd Squamish Culture and Heritage Festival. Funding will support the planning and delivery of the Squamish Culture and Heritage Festival, which will run from May 9 to 10, 2014 and celebrates and commemorates the history of the region and its people.

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Government of Canada invests in safety at Northern Rockies Regional Airport, November 9, 2013, Fort Nelson, BC

Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George—Peace River, announced $297,952 in funding for two safety improvement projects at the Northern Rockies Regional Airport. The Northern Rockies Regional Airport is receiving $258,500 for the replacement of a runway sweeper and $39,452 for a runway condition reporting system.

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The Harper Government continues to help small businesses with red tape reduction measures, Vancouver, BC, November 12, 2013

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., and Minister of National Revenue, met with business community leaders at a roundtable event in Vancouver to highlight the Canada Revenue Agency’s many red tape reduction initiatives undertaken as part of its Red Tape Reduction Action Plan. The CRA’s Red Tape Reduction Action Plan lays out 12 commitments by the CRA to address the irritants businesses have previously identified.

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Member of Parliament David Wilks Announces Support for the Sam Steele Society, Cranbrook, BC, November 12, 2013

David Wilks, Member of Parliament (Kootenay-Columbia), announced support for the Sam Steele Society. With this funding, the Sam Steele Society will present the 50th edition of Sam Steele Days from June 19 to 22, 2014. The event will feature First Nations dancers, heritage vignettes, musical performances, and artistic exhibitions. This four-day festival, with an expected attendance of 20,000, will promote the work of 104 local artists, artisans, and heritage presenters.

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Harper Government helps kick-start Canadian entrepreneurial business in Victoria, British Columbia, Victoria, BC, November 12, 2013

The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip, and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, announced the awarding of a $253,233 contract to Plurilock Security Solutions Inc., of Victoria. The contract was awarded to the company for its innovation called the Bio Tracker, through the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP), formerly known as the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP).

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Minister Moore Highlights Benefits of Canada-EU Trade Agreement for British Columbia at B.C. Business Summit, Vancouver, BC, November 13, 2013

As co-chair of the first annual B.C. Business Summit, the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry and Minister Responsible for British Columbia, delivered an opening address that laid out the government's historic free trade agreement with the European Union and described how it will promote jobs and growth in B.C. Once in force, the Canada–EU trade agreement, together with NAFTA, will give Canada preferential access to the two largest, most sophisticated and most developed economies in the world—the European Union and the United States.

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Minister Kenney urges employers to look to Canadians, including newcomers, to tackle skills shortages, Vancouver, BC, November 13, 2013

In his keynote speech at the B.C. Business Summit, the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, challenged employers to seek out Canadians and newcomers to address their skills shortages.

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Harper Government partners with Emily Carr University of Art and Design to expand opportunities for research and innovation, November 14, 2013, Vancouver, BC

Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour and for Western Economic Diversification and Member of Parliament for Kamloops– Thompson–Cariboo, announced Harper Government support for the Emily Carr University of Art and Design to upgrade its advanced imaging, motion capture, and 3D prototyping equipment. The funding of $595,500 will support research at Emily Carr to stay relevant and competitive in the film, health and advanced materials sectors through the purchase of state-of-the-art motion capture, post-production, and 3D prototyping equipment.

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Canada's Gas Tax Fund Helping British Columbia Communities, Vancouver, BC, November 14, 2013

The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announced that the Government of Canada is making available the second installment of its annual $2-billion federal Gas Tax Fund allocation for municipal infrastructure, bringing British Columbia's total allocation this year to close to $250.7 million. To date, close to $1.6 billion has been made available to British Columbia under the current Gas Tax Fund.

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Harper Government Requires the CRTC to Report on Television Unbundling, Vancouver, BC, November 14, 2013

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced that the Government of Canada has issued a request to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunication Commission to report on television channel choice. On October 24, 2013, the CRTC launched wide-ranging consultations on the future of television in Canada. The requested report will focus specifically on the issue of unbundling of television channels, including the steps the CRTC intends to take in that regard. Canadians are encouraged to get involved in shaping their future options with respect to television services by taking part in the broader dialogue on television with the CRTC.

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MPs Observe Fraser River Sockeye Rebuilding Program in Action, November 14, 2013, Cultus Lake, BC

The Honourable Randy Kamp, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and Mark Strahl, Member of Parliament for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, visited the Cultus Lake Laboratory to observe work underway to rebuild the endangered Cultus Lake sockeye, a Fraser River sockeye stock. The Salmonid Enhancement Program is celebrating its 35th year and invests about $26 million annually in enhancing salmon stocks across the Pacific Region.

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Harper Government Supports the Growth of the Unmanned Vehicle Systems Industry, November 14, 2013, Vancouver, BC

Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour and for Western Economic Diversification and Member of Parliament for Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced the Harper Government’s support for the 2013 Unmanned Systems Canada Annual Conference. The Harper Government is investing $40,600 to support the delivery of the conference. This three-day event will feature presentations, workshops and exhibitions that highlight unmanned vehicle systems.

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Minister Shelly Glover Announces Support for Victoria Jazz Society, Victoria, BC, November 14, 2013

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced funding for the Victoria Jazz Society to present the 30th and 31st editions of the TD Victoria International JazzFest, as well as its 2014 and 2015 concert presentation series.

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Harper Government and FCM support Prince George’s first LEED Silver building to house its municipal RCMP operations, November 16, 2013, Prince George, BC

Raymond Louie, FCM Second Vice-President, Chair of the Green Municipal Fund Council, and a member of Vancouver City Council today announced Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) loan and grant contributions to the City of Prince George. The city put the $10.5 million in funding toward the construction of a LEED® Silver home for its RCMP detachment. Prince George — British Columbia's "northern capital" — will house RCMP operations in a new LEED Silver building by the end of 2013.

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Minister Fast Highlights Canada as Destination of Choice for International Students, Vancouver, BC, November 18, 2013

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, said that deepening educational ties with countries around the world is part of the Harper government’s continued trade expansion plans for large, dynamic and fast-growing global markets. The Minister was speaking at the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s annual conference in Vancouver. The estimated 265,000 international students in Canada contribute more than $8 billion to the economy and support 86,000 jobs. The Harper government is currently developing an international education strategy, which will seek to take advantage of the global demand for higher education.

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Federal Funding Helps TransLink Refurbish Aging SkyTrain Vehicles, Burnaby, BC, November 20, 2013

With the support of the federal Gas Tax Fund, TransLink put in service the first of its refurbished SkyTrain vehicles, which would have otherwise reached the end of their serviceable lives. The 114 Mark I SkyTrain vehicles being refurbished have been in service since 1986 and have reached their design life of 25 years. To extend the lives of these trains, work will include upgrading the electrical system, expanding the interior passenger capacity, refurbishing passenger doors, replacing interior amenities, and repainting the vehicles exterior. This will extend each vehicle's lifespan by 15 years to a total of 40 years in operation. All SkyTrain vehicles will be fully revamped by December 2016.

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Government of Canada Helps Lower the Cost of Housing, Vancouver, BC, November 21, 2013

The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development announced changes that will help support a number of existing social housing projects when their operating agreements mature. Effective immediately, social housing providers whose operating agreements allow for the establishment of a Subsidy Surplus Fund (SSF) can now retain any money they may have in this fund to use after their operating agreements mature. These funds can be used to continue to lower the cost of housing for low-income households living in existing social housing, including individuals, families, seniors, persons with disabilities, and Aboriginal people.

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Government of Canada introduces important measures to support Canadians with disabilities, Vancouver, BC, November 22, 2013

Wai Young, Member of Parliament for Vancouver South, announced that children and youth living with disabilities in Vancouver South will benefit from new and concrete Government of Canada measures to fully and actively participate in their communities. The BC Centre for Ability is receiving more than $600,000 to develop a resource centre with a range of tools, including information pamphlets, training resources and a new website.

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Harper Government Invests in Transformation of British Columbia’s Forest Industry, November 22, 2013, Nanaimo, BC

Dr. James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo–Alberni, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced $21.3 million in funding for projects that are helping to sustain jobs in rural communities in British Columbia and advance the transformation of Canada’s forest sector. These investments are the final installment of support from the $1-billion Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program (PPGTP). The funding is helping companies to improve their overall environmental performance through capital upgrades.

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Canada and B.C. promote agrifoods to overseas buyers, Vancouver, BC, November 22, 2013

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., and Minister of National Revenue, was pleased to announce that the Governments of Canada and British Columbia are supporting B.C. agrifoods producers to export to international marketplaces through a new program under the Growing Forward 2 agreement. The $4.3 million B.C. Agrifoods Export Program provides matching funds to support industry participation at international tradeshows, promotional events, trade missions, and to develop marketing materials for international audiences. The program aims to build on the $2.5 billion of agrifood products B.C. exports to over 130 countries annually by supporting B.C. producers, businesses and associations to promote their products to international buyers.

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Ministers Shea and Wong Announce the Arrival and Name of a New Hovercraft, November 27, 2013, Vancouver, BC

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), announced the arrival in Canada of the new hovercraft to be stationed at Sea Island in Richmond, British Columbia – the CCGS Moytel. Following a period of training for Coast Guard staff and inspection to ensure the vessel’s optimal condition following shipping, the vessel will be accepted into the Coast Guard fleet. The new Moytel will be a heavy-duty, more versatile amphibious vehicle capable of patrolling inland waters. It has a greater range of capabilities and features including a bow ramp that will enable it to transport supplies such as rescue equipment and vehicles.

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Solar hot water system to benefit Burnaby Recreation Complex, Burnaby, BC, November 29, 2013

The City of Burnaby received $271,067 from the Government of Canada through the federal Gas Tax Fund transfer to retrofit Bonsor Recreation Complex with a solar hot water system. The federal Gas Tax Fund transfer covered the full cost of this project.

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OF INTEREST

Statement by Minister Nicholson on Remembrance Day, November 11, 2013

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement in recognition of Remembrance Day: “On November 11th Canadians honour our men and women in uniform, who have served and continue to serve with courage and dedication, at home and abroad. We also pause to remember the sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen, and special operations forces that have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, laying down their lives to protect our freedom and security. Canadian Armed Forces members have always stood ready to defend Canada and North America, and to contribute to international peace and security. Approximately two million Canadians have served their country in the last century, participating in two World Wars, a decade of operations in Afghanistan, and numerous other conflict zones in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. For generations, people all over the world have paused at 11 a.m. on Remembrance Day to pray and reflect on the sacrifices made by those who served their country. This year Canadians pause to mourn but also to celebrate the proud military traditions of our great country, and the brave actions of our service men and women, whose dedication and selfless sacrifice should inspire us all. I know I speak for all Canadians on this Remembrance Day in expressing our heartfelt gratitude and support to our troops and their families. Lest we forget.”

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Statement by Minister of State Poilievre on the Supreme Court of Canada Hearings on Senate Reform, Ottawa, ON, November 12, 2013

The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of State (Democratic Reform), issued the following statement: "Today marks the opening of the hearings in the Supreme Court for our Government’s reference on the Senate. Our Government has asked the top Court for a legal instruction manual on Senate reform and Senate abolition. Canadians have waited 146 years for the Senate to change. This reference to our nation's top jurists will light the way.” The reference includes questions on the Government’s Senate reform legislation and a broader range of reforms that could be contemplated in the future. The opinion of the Supreme Court will allow the Government to move forward by providing clarity on the appropriate amending procedures as part of its long-standing commitment to transform the Senate into a more democratic institution.”

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Harper Government Right on Track for Balanced Budget in 2015, Edmonton, Alberta, November 12, 2013

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, released the annual Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections at the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, which confirms that the Government remains on track to balance the budget in 2015, with an expected surplus of $3.7 billion in 2015–16. In his remarks, Minister Flaherty highlighted recent actions the Government has taken in response to the global economic recession, as well as more recent initiatives to support economic growth such as freezing the Employment Insurance premium rate and reaching an agreement in principle with the European Union on the historic Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

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Standard & Poor’s Reaffirms Canada’s Triple A Rating, Ottawa, November 13, 2013
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, issued the following statement in response to Standard & Poor’s ratings report, which reaffirmed Canada’s top credit rating: “I am pleased to note that Standard & Poor’s has once again confirmed the federal government’s triple-A credit rating, highlighting in its report our stable and credible policymaking and a highly resilient economy, even in the face of a fragile global economy…”

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Government Introduces Legislation to Crack Down on Cyberbullying, November 20, 2013

The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, introduced legislation to address criminal behaviour associated with cyberbullying. The legislation being introduced would: Prohibit the non-consensual distribution of intimate images; Empower a court to order the removal of intimate images from the Internet; Permit the court to order forfeiture of the computer, cell phone or other device used in the offence; Provide for reimbursement to victims for costs incurred in removing the intimate image from the Internet or elsewhere; and Empower the court to make an order to prevent someone from distributing intimate images.

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PM announces further Canadian support for the Philippines, Toronto, ON, 18 November 2013

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced significant additional support for emergency relief activities in the Philippines. “I am very pleased to announce that our Government will commit an additional $15 million towards emergency relief activities that should bring further comfort to the victims of this catastrophe,” said the Prime Minister. “This brings the Government of Canada’s commitment to date to more than $20 million.” Canada is responding to this disaster in coordination with the Government of the Philippines and Canada's humanitarian partners, such as United Nations agencies, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and non-governmental organizations, to ensure that humanitarian support meets the needs of the people affected by the typhoon.

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Minister Nicholson welcomes Israeli Minister of Defence Moshe Ya’alon, November 21, 2013

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Minister of National Defence, and Israeli Minister of Defence Moshe Ya’alon met for the first time to discuss how to enhance cooperation and build on a growing defence relationship between Canada and Israel.

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Harper Government kick-starts Canadian entrepreneurship with new Build in Canada Innovation Program Call for Proposals, November 21, 2013

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, announced the fourth Call for Proposals for the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP). By selling to the federal government, businesses can demonstrate the value of their products and services, and potentially generate future sales to non-government customers in Canada, and around the world. The fourth Call for Proposals, which includes a military component, is currently available on Buyandsell.gc.ca/tenders. Suppliers have until January 7, 2014, to submit their proposals.

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Government of Canada Reinstates Legislation Proposing a Safer Regime for Dealing with Accused Persons Found Not Criminally Responsible on Account of Mental Disorder, November 25, 2013

The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, together with the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, and accompanied by Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, announced the reinstatement of the Not Criminally Responsible Reform legislation, consistent with the commitment made in the recent Speech from the Throne. The Act would ensure that public safety comes first in the decision-making process with respect to accused persons found Not Criminally Responsible on Account of Mental Disorder (NCR). The proposed legislation would also enhance the safety of victims and promote greater victim involvement when they choose to be involved. The Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act, which addresses concerns raised by victims of crime as well as provinces and territories, has three main components: Putting Public Safety First, Creating a High-Risk Designation and Enhancing Victims Rights. The proposed reforms would not affect access to treatment for any NCR accused person.

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PM launches pre-budget consultations, Newmarket, ON, 28 November 2013

Prime Minister Stephen Harper participated in a pre-budget consultation in Newmarket, Ontario, with business representatives from the Greater Toronto Area.  This roundtable discussion is part of a series of events in communities across the country, as well as online consultations, aimed at engaging Canadians in Economic Action Plan 2014 deliberations.  Pre-budget consultations are part of the annual budget cycle.  In addition to the roundtable discussions, Canadians are also invited to submit their views online

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