After a very productive sitting, despite what you may have heard, the House of Commons recently adjourned for the summer and I am proud of the hard work our Conservative Government has accomplished. As I look forward to spending the summer touring the riding, visiting with constituents and meeting stakeholders, I can’t help but reflect on some of the great achievements from this spring’s sitting. 

Our Conservative Government has remained focused on delivering results on what matters most to Canadians – jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity. Recently, Statistics Canada announced that 95,000 net new jobs were created in May, with the overwhelming majority being full-time private sector jobs. With May’s strong job gains, Canada has now created over one million net new jobs since the depth of the global recession, making Canada’s job growth record the best among all G-7 countries. 

In addition, we introduced reforms to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program to ensure these growing employment opportunities go to Canadians first. As announced in Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013, our Conservative Government is introducing legislative, regulatory and administrative changes that will toughen the rules surrounding this program. These reforms will help ensure the Temporary Foreign Workers Program is only used as intended – to fill acute skills shortages on a temporary basis. 

Meanwhile, we remain active in improving public safety to ensure our streets and communities are safe. 

During this past sitting, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice, announced that Canada has joined the Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online. The Global Alliance focuses on identifying and helping victims, prosecuting offenders, and increasing public awareness and reducing the availability of child pornography online. We continue to work for victims and still need to do more. 

In addition, our Conservative Government recently announced the new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations which aim to treat marihuana as much as possible like other narcotics when used for medical purposes.Under these new rules, producers will be under strict health and security regulations to better protect our children and communities. We all wanted grow ops out of our neighborhoods and that is what we’ve done! 

Our Conservative Government has been incredibly productive and will see many pieces of legislation come into law from this spring sitting, including theFaster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act, the Increasing Accountability for Victims Act, and the Economic Action Plan 2013 Act No.1, which implements many important measures of Economic Action Plan 2013. In addition, we have passed more private members bills this Parliament than any previous government. 

Our Government has achieved these accomplishments without raising taxes, or cutting transfers to seniors or the provinces for social spending such as healthcare and education, all while remaining committed to balancing the budget by 2015. 

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.