May was an exciting month. From great announcements in the community to introducing my first piece of legislation and leading a trade mission to Buffalo, I also had many opportunities in between to engage with Burlington residents. Of particular note, I wanted to thank all those in the community who took the time to come and participate in my Accessibility Town Hall where residents discussed how we can continue to make Burlington and Canada a truly inclusive place for people of all abilities. To find out about funding opportunities at the federal level with regards to Accessibility, please click here.
I was proud to announce, on May 26th, close to $4.5 million in federal funding for the City of Burlington to renovate Burlington’s cherished Joseph Brant Museum. This expansion will allow the Museum to triple its current exhibition space. Museums are important cultural spaces in our community, they allow us to learn from our past and explore our future. I look forward to visiting the expanded space.
I was also delighted to announce $31 million for the Region of Halton for Clean Water and Waste Water infrastructure. In Burlington we know all too well the importance of a strong storm water and clean drinking water system. This funding will go a long way to ensure our water management systems in Halton Region are world class and serve our needs.
I concluded the month by introducing my first piece of legislation as Minister of Democratic Institutions, Bill C-50, An Act to Amend the Canada Elections Act (political financing) on May 31st. This legislation, if passed, will make political fundraising more open and transparent than ever before.
It was a great privilege to represent the Government of Canada on a three day visit to Buffalo to reinforce the strong economic, social, cultural and environmental ties between Southern Ontario and Western New York. A warm reception throughout, I highlighted the importance of trade between our two countries and the importance of the long standing and successful relationship we have enjoyed for over two centuries.
I look forward to meeting you at the many exciting events happening in Burlington over the next month – I shared some below in my newsletter; and I am really looking forward to proudly wear my red and white as we celebrate our nation’s 150th on July 1st!
Let the Sesquicentennial celebrations begin!
To review the May Newsletter, please click here.