It was such a delight to welcome Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Burlington on May 9th. We had a delicious taco lunch at Burro followed by a stroll down Brant Street, stopping in at Centro and grabbing a cupcake at Kelly’s Bake Shoppe. It was so much fun to greet so many of you and get a chance to introduce you to the Prime Minister. It was just an impromptu stop for the PM; I’ve heard from many of you that you’d like a head’s up next time he comes to town and we will be sure to let you know when we also have more advance notice! One thing is for sure, we will definitely be inviting him back to Burlington!
The Prime Minister and I also traveled back to the region just a week later for an important announcement at Stelco: a full lift of the illegal and unjustified tariffs the US had imposed on our Steel and Aluminum industries. We stood up for Canadian workers and our industries and our intelligent and targeted response worked. We would accept nothing less than a full lift and that is what we achieved. Thanks go to the Prime Minister as well as our formidable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, for their resolve in this tough negotiation.
With the tariffs lifted, the Prime Minister, last week, introduced legislation to begin the ratification process for the new NAFTA. The Canadian Parliament will walk in lockstep with the US and Mexican Congresses to safeguard the North American economy.
May also saw some important steps with regards to protecting Canadians on-line. We announced our participation in the Christchurch Call to Action, a Digital Charter to protect Canadians’ rights on-line and I announced our government’s Declaration on Electoral Integrity On-Line on May 27, 2019. We are living in turbulent times. And these announcements reflect our government’s understanding that the wild west era of on-line activity can no longer be tolerated. We have developed norms and laws that govern our society over the past 150 years, and these should apply on-line too.
Our community comes alive as spring arrives. It has been so much fun to see many of you around the community. Whether at Centro’s Sunday Farmer’s Market, at different events and celebrations, I always love to connect with you and get updates on what is going on in Burlington.
As we move through June, I look forward to seeing you all at upcoming events such as the Sound of Music Festival, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Canada Day at Spencer Smith Park, and my upcoming Annual Seniors Symposium, which we will be announcing in the coming weeks.
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