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2011 has been an extremely busy but productive and rewarding year! After much hard work and time spent meeting with thousands of residents throughout the riding, I am honoured and humbled to be representing you as your Member of Parliament in Ottawa.
Thank you once again for putting your trust in me. I appreciate that you exercised your democratic right to stand up for the values and concerns of Canadians, and I am working every day to defend your interests in Ottawa.
Walking into the House of Commons and taking my seat for the first time this past spring, I was not only struck by the historical significance of the room that I was in, but also the immense responsibility you have entrusted in me. It was a moment I will truly never forget.
On May 2, Canadians chose a strong, stable, national Conservative majority Government focused on delivering results for families, seniors, and businesses.
Our first budget as a majority government has ensured that we will continue to guide Canada’s economic recovery, while also identifying savings and eliminating the deficit. At the same time, we are directing our attention to several other key issues and fulfilling longstanding promises we have made to Canadians.
The recent session of Parliament ended on a historic note, with the Marketing Freedom for Western Grain Farmers Act receiving Royal Assent and becoming law. With the passing of this legislation, Western Canadian wheat and barley farmers now have right to decide whether to sell their product in an open market, or through the Canadian Wheat Board without the fear of going to jail.
Our Government has also remained committed to ensuring criminals are held fully accountable for their actions and that the safety and security of law-abiding Canadians and victims comes first in Canada’s justice system. To that end, our Safe Streets and Communities legislation has passed in the House of Commons and is quickly making its way through the Senate. This Bill contains measures that will protect our children from sexual predators, crack down on organized crime and protect the rights of victims.
At the same time, we are working to ensure that law-abiding citizens are not treated like criminals. That is why we have introduced legislation that will scrap the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry and its data once and for all. Finally, our local hunters, farmers and sport shooters will no longer be treated like criminals for simply owning a rifle or shotgun.
These are just a few examples of what our majority Conservative Government has been able to accomplish over these past few months. While I will always look back on 2011 with a great sense of pride, there is still much more work to be done.
In the New Year, I will continue to meet with local community leaders, stakeholders, and individual constituents, listening to their concerns and ideas. 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.
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