Time sure flies. It has been one year since I was elected to be Calgary Centre’s representative in our nation’s capital. I had the pleasure of running on an aggressive platform for the middle class and we are well on the way to implementing the changes that we were elected to do. Let me give you an update on some of the projects that we’ve been working on as a government.
In Budget 2016 our government brought into force the newer, fairer, and tax-free Canada Child Benefit which will put approximately $930 million into the pockets of Albertan families, and give Calgarians more money to save, invest, and grow the economy. Nine out of ten families will see more money and on the whole this policy change will raise some 300,000 children out of poverty.
As for our commitments to seniors – we moved the chains of justice forward by restoring the eligibility age for Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) to 65; and introducing a Seniors Price index to keep OAS and GIS at pace with the rising costs faced by seniors each year. Further to this we increased the Guaranteed Income Supplement for single, low income seniors by 10%, improving the financial security of about 900,000 single seniors across Canada.
Budget 2016 invests $2.3 billion over two years to give Canadians greater access to more affordable housing. Our Government has already started to engage provinces and territories, Indigenous and other communities, and key stakeholders to develop a National Housing Strategy. This marks a return for the Government of Canada back to the table to play a leadership role in supporting affordable housing.
With regards to my portfolio of Veterans Affairs – my ministry is reopening the nine Veterans Affairs offices closed by the previous Conservative government, along with opening an extra one to continue our commitment to doing more for our veterans. This is in addition to increasing disability benefits, hiring hundreds more front line staff, and delivering on the care, compassion, and respect veterans and their families deserve.
Finally, the energy file this past year has been a focus of this new government with a combined effort by my cabinet colleagues. It is in this whole-of-government approach that we are reforming our regulatory framework, growing Canadians’ trust in building energy projects, and working to getting our product to tidewater. By investing in indigenous communities, putting billions into the environment work we do at home and abroad, and improving the process, progress is being made.
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 at www.KentHehrMP.ca where you can watch clips of yours truly in question period and sign up for my e-newsletter.
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