The Start of a new fall session

Bob Zimmer, MP
As the weather gets cooler and the leaves begin to change, I am amazed at how quickly the summer has come to an end. Looking back, it was an extremely productive summer for me. I had the opportunity to meet with many constituents and take part in a number of community events. A few of the highlights included visits to the riding from the Hon. Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification), the Hon. Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Democratic Reform) and the Hon. Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) and celebrating the official opening of the markets for Western grain farmers on August 1 with some of our local grain growers.
Now the time has come for Parliament to resume sitting and I am looking forward to another busy session. To begin, I am honoured to have recently been appointed to the Standing Committee for Veterans Affairs.  I have always had the utmost respect for those willing to risk everything in the name of freedom and I take great pride in being able to represent their interests with this new challenge. I will also continue to sit on the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food.
With regards to our Conservative Government’s plans in the weeks and months ahead, our top priority remains creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. We all know that the global economy remains fragile – especially in the United States and Europe – and despite our economic strength, Canada is not immune to these global challenges. That is why our Conservative Government will continue to work hard to keep Canada’s economy growing, while keeping taxes low and returning to balanced budgets.
This fall, the cornerstone of our Government’s work in the House of Commons will be the continued implementation of important legislative items from Economic Action Plan 2012. This includes moving forward on changes to EI special benefits to ensure the EI program is there for families in times of need and implementing the Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement. This agreement represents part of our Government’s commitment to creating jobs in Canada by increasing our exports.  
In addition to these important economic items, our Conservative Government will move forward on legislation to protect our communities and stand up for the rights of victims. This will include legislation that will:
Remove foreign criminals who commit violent crimes in Canada;
Double the victims surcharge and make it mandatory;
Improve accountability within the RCMP; and 
Combat terrorism.
As we move forward in this fall session of Parliament, hardworking Canadian families like yours can continue to count on our Conservative Government to focus on the priorities that matter most to you, while respecting our commitments and getting things done.
And 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, Prince George at 250-561-7982, or Ottawa at 613-947-4524.