It has been an incredibly busy two and a half years since Canadians elected a strong, stable, majority Conservative Government, and since that time, we have delivered on nearly all of our promises. However, there is still much to accomplish and many things to do. In order for our Government to move forward with a renewed policy agenda, a new Speech from the Throne must be given. This means we must also seek to prorogue Parliament.
Quite simply, proroguing Parliament is the procedural mechanism used by all Canadian governments to end a session. For example, the previous Liberal government prorogued Parliament four times between 1994 and 2004, and there have been more than 100 prorogations since Canada became a country.
It goes without saying that our Conservative Government’s priorities remain focused on what matters most to Canadians – job creation and economic stability, standing up for families, and taking a principled stand on the world stage. The Speech from the Throne will reflect our priority to maintain economic stability during this time of global economic uncertainty.
I would also like to reassure constituents that while Parliament is prorogued, both my offices and I will continue working hard to help you. Prorogation will not affect our ability to help you deal with the federal programs affecting Northeastern British Columbians or their families; it just means that there will be a slightly extended recess which will allow our Government to bring forward new legislation while allowing MPs to continue serving the constituents in their ridings.
One example of how our Conservative Government is continuing to work hard for Canadians is the recently announced $200,000 in funding for a leadership project for young women in Northern British Columbia. This Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society of Prince George project will provide invaluable support to the women and girls of the north and will help them grow as leaders within their own communities.
In other news, the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for British Columbia recently tabled its final report in the House of Commons. I was pleased to see that in the final report the Commission agreed with my recommendation that our electoral district be renamed Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies to better represent the people and communities of our region.
The Chief Electoral Officer will now use this report when drafting the representation order, which is expected to be proclaimed in the fall. The new name will be coming into force on the day Parliament is dissolved for the first general election taking place seven months after the representation order is proclaimed. This will likely mean that the electoral district of Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies will come into existence for the projected 2015 General Election.
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.