The House of Commons has risen for the summer after a long and interesting session in Parliament. Our Conservative Government has accomplished many important things over the first half of 2014.
We are well on our way to balancing the federal budget in 2015, all the while keeping taxes low for working class families. We have extended tax breaks to Search and Rescue Volunteers, pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to improve high speed internet access to rural Canada, and worked hard to ensure our continued economic prosperity and growth.
Our Government has introduced new legislation to protect victims of crime, targets of cyberbullying, and protect women and girls from a life of prostitution.
We have created new laws that strengthen penalties against drug companies that sell unsafe medication to avoid tragedies like the death of Vanessa Young, who had a heart attack from a prescription drug later deemed unsafe.
We listened when there was a skilled trade shortfall in Canada, by offering new grants for education and skills training.
We took action when grain farmers told us that rail companies were not doing enough to handle one of the biggest grain harvests in Canadian history.
We responded to the needs of veterans across Canada by expanding Veterans Affairs services to more than 600 Service Canada locations across the country. Our Government has put renewed focus and increased funding to researching the effects of PTSD in order to improve the well-being of our combat veterans.
Our Conservative Government is working hard to encourage a strong economy, and a strong economy comes from creating opportunities for business to thrive. We have struck new free trade deals with South Korea and the EU. This opens new markets for Canadian goods and gives us a distinct advantage over our international competition.
I trust that most of you have received the flag in the mail and are joining me in showing how proud we are to be Canadian. We in Canada have freedoms that many in the world wish they had. We are blessed!
We have achieved much over the winter and spring and I will continue to do the best I can to represent my constituents in the fall session.
As always, if you would like to get in touch with me, please feel free to contact my office in Fort St. John at 250-787-1194, Dawson Creek at 250-719-6848, Prince George at 250-561-7982, or Ottawa at 613-947-4524.