Firstly, I’d like to invite you to attend my December 2nd holiday open house at the Kerby Centre (1133 7 Ave SW). We will be in the Kerby Centre’s gym from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM munching on cookies and singing carols. If we play our cards right a past board member of the Kerby Centre and current president of the Canadian Club of Calgary – my father, Richard Hehr – will be in the house as Elvis to perform a classic or two. To be blunt: it will be a night to remember.
If you’re able to attend, I invite you to RSVP online at my website at www.KentHehrMP.ca/events
Secondly, it is the season for giving and, throughout this year, I have been thoroughly amazed by those of whom who have played a role in bettering our province and city. And doubly so by everyday Canadians from coast to coast to coast in their care and compassion to those impacted by this year’s tragedy in Fort McMurray.
In my role as chair of the Northern Wildfires cabinet committee, where I take a leadership position in coordinating the federal response to the fires in Fort McMurray, I was awestruck by the generosity of Canadians. Some $165M was donated to the Red Cross, and a majority of the funds were match by the federal government. This federal matching is in addition to the federal government’s Disaster Fund initial payment of some $300 million to the Alberta Government. The Red Cross is continuing to collect donations and is asking for assistance. If you are able to pitch in this holiday season please do so as many families in Fort McMurray are still putting their lives back together.
It is the work above that makes it clear there is a role for government, and one that is active in supporting Canadians. I am proud of the work of our government and am inspired by the actions of tens of thousands of Canadians to support those in Fort McMurray.
Finally, it has been a whirlwind of a year – with implementing our platform on supporting seniors, bringing into force our middle class tax cut, increasing child benefits to 9/10 families with our Canada Child Benefit, and a $2.5 billion EI reform package. Our job is not yet done and I look forward to what 2017 will bring.
As always, you can contact my office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 403.244.1880. My office is located at 950 6 Ave SW and my door is always open to you. You can follow my work in Parliament online and sign up for my e-newsletter at www.KentHehrMP.ca.
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