With the House back in session, I wanted to share an update on the work I’ve been up to for the past month.
Since coming to office in 2015, I have hosted my annual New Year’s Levee at the Art Gallery of Burlington on the second Sunday in January. This year was no exception and I was happy to see over two hundred familiar faces come enjoy the guilds, mingle with their neighbours and indulge in the delicious Sunshine Doughnuts and Kelly’s Bake Shoppe cupcakes.
At the levee I was pleased to celebrate another tradition, our Community Calendar Contest Winners. Since 2016, grade 5 students from across the riding are invited to submit artwork illustrating what Canada means to them. Each year our panel of guest judges has the difficult task of choosing 14 winners. I was delighted to present full-size calendars to this year’s talented winners at the levee.
Early in the month, I was fortunate to visit St. Paul’s Elementary School and Nelson High School. Whether in grade 5 or grade 9 – I find our Burlington students always have excellent questions. We discussed a range of topics from the National Housing Strategy to sustainable communities and Canada’s role in the world.
Speaking of the role of the federal government, on January 8th, I announcedthe investment of over $4 million in funding for projects in Halton Region through the federal Clean Water and Wastewater fund.
These two projects will protect water services by insulating and lowering supply lines in Georgetown, Halton Hills, Acton, Oakville and Burlington. As a result, residents and local businesses will continue to have reliable, year-round access to clean water despite changing weather conditions.
Towards the end of January, I had the opportunity to meet with Burlington’s new Mayor, Marianne Meed Ward, and all five of the new members of Burlington City Council. During these meetings, we discussed the nexus between federal and municipal governments and opportunities for federal funding that councilors can share with their constituents. Burlington residents can have confidence that the Federal government is a strong partner for our city.
As Minister of Democratic Institutions, I unveiled the Government of Canada’s plan to protect our democracy from cyber threats, on January 30th. This plan includes four pillars:
- Enhancing citizen preparedness
- Improving organizational readiness
- Combating foreign interference
- Expecting social media platforms to act
A healthy democracy is built on fair and free elections and protecting that democracy matters to everyone. This is an election year for Canada and we recognize bad actors may use cyber tools to interfere and influence Canadians like they have done in other democracies.
I am hopeful and excited for 2019 and look forward to seeing you all in and around the community at one of the many great events we have coming up.
Hon. Karina Gould
Member of Parliament
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