International Day for Persons with Disabilities on Parliament Hill
The hill was alive and bustling tonight with attendees at the reception celebrating the International Day for Persons with Disabilities! #IDPWD #UNCRPD
From tabling the convention protocol this morning, meetings throughout the day, the #NationalHousingStrategy last week, the #AccessibleCanada legislation this spring, and our reception tonight, the chains of justice have been moved forward for persons of disability in our country.
Open the Canada 150 Rink
This will be a December to remember!
I had my staff make a quick clip of today's opening of the Parliament Hill #Canada150 rink!
As the Canada 150 celebrations come to a close, we look back on a great year of celebrating our diversity, all the wonderful things that Canada has to offer and of course, laying the foundations for a legacy for future generations.
This includes building a healthy, active country where everyone is welcome to participate in sport regardless of age and ability.
And we’re capping the year off with an amazing roster of fun and accessible skating activities—here on Parliament Hill and in communities across Canada. (Stay tuned for Skating Day on December 10th!)
As Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities I am proud that it is another way our government is encouraging being active where Canadians and families of all abilities can come together and enjoy such an iconic Canadian winter activity.
(And, by the way, we’re so proud that this completely accessible rink will be then sent to a vulnerable community to use for years to come!)
1,200 Jobs For Youth
Minister Jim Carr announced the creation of 1,200 green jobs for young Canadians.
Interested? Apply here: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/careers/87
#CdnPoli #abenergy #YouthMatters #GenEnergy #yyc #ableg #cdnenergy #Jobs #RealChangeAtWork
Christmas is a magical time – full of laughter and caring. It’s an opportunity to spend time with loved ones and celebrate the season.
While we share the joy of giving, we must also remember those less fortunate.
To everyone and all — happy holidays and have a magnificent new year. From my family to yours, I wish you all the joys this Christmas.
Special Olympics 2017 - Speaking at Notre Dame High School
Reopening Stanley Park
On Saturday I had the pleasure of addressing the crew at Rocky Mountain Baseball Association. They were opening up Little League Stadium in Stanley Park: a park that was flooded out in 2013, and brought back to life by volunteers, community members, and donors.
Give this speech a listen.
cc: Rocky Mountain Baseball League, Calgary River Communities Action Group, Parkhill Stanley Park Community, Rotary International, Rotary Club of Calgary Downtown
Celebrating with YWCalgary 150 women for #Canada150
I'm here today with the @ywcalgary - celebrating #Canada150 #YWDares #150Women. We are here to draw attention to 150 women who have been trailblazers in our community. #yyc
You inspire me.
Amazon Announcement - Investing in Alberta
I'm at Amazon's announcement for a new facility here in Alberta. It means 750 new jobs, opportunity for Albertans, and progress for the middle class and those seeking to join it.
At the Neil Squire Society - on Makers Making Change and Full Citizenship
On Supporting Our Athletes | Kent in Question Period
We are investing $25 million over the next five years in our athletes: this will allow us to put $265 more a month in these athletes' pockets.
This will allow them to pay for rent and food, so they can concentrate on their athletics. This is their first raise in 14 long years. https://t.co/BjsYGDOYbL
Fall Economic Update
Tomorrow our government will deliver the Fall Economic Statement. When you have an economy that works for the middle class - you have a country that works for everyone.
Over the last two years -- since we have taken office -- over 400,000 jobs have been created, we have lowered taxes for the middle class and small business, and over the course of the last four quarters, real GDP growth has grown at an average rate of 3.7% -- the strongest four quarter Peiris of expansion since 2006.
Tune in for more details at the Fall Economic Statement at 2 PM Mountain Standard Time: https://www.facebook.com/morneau.bill/videos/1531681603560306/
One Year Anniversary of the Canada Child Benefit
Reopening Veterans Affairs Offices - Kent in Question Period | May 18th 2017
I am very proud of what we have accomplished for Veterans. By the end of this month we will have re-opened all 9 service offices closed by the former government and opened a brand new one in Surrey that will serve over 7k Veterans. Promise kept!
Je suis très fier de ce que nous avons accompli pour les Vétérans. D’ici la fin du mois, nous allons avoir rouvert les 9 bureaux fermés par le gouvernement précédent, et allons ouvrir un nouveau bureau à Surrey, qui servira plus de 7 000 Vétérans. Promesse tenue!
Strengthening the Middle Class
Calgary is a Centre for Innovation | $10m from the Oil and Gas Clean Tech Program
Through Budget 2016’s commitment in the Oil and Gas Clean Tech Program we are moving ahead with a new, innovative facility in Calgary that could turn CO2 emissions into usable commercial products.
Calgary is a centre for innovation – and our commitment to diversification and growing the economy is clear with this latest $10m investment from the federal government.
Projects selected under the Oil and Gas Clean Tech Program are intended to demonstrate industry-led clean energy technologies that could later be more widely adopted across the energy sector to improve environmental performance and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
This project is a clear example of industry, government, and capital coming together to invest in a carbon-competitive future for Alberta. These partners include the Government of Canada ($10m); Government of Alberta ($10m); up to $5M (operating costs and in-kind) from COSIA; $143,000 (in-kind) from InnoTech Alberta; and $150,000 (in-kind) from the Shepard Energy Centre.
A Personal Journey - Kent on CPAC
Honour and a pleasure being on CPAC the other week to talk politics, Calgary, my personal journey to the nation's capital as Calgary Centre’s Member of Parliament.
The previous government ignored Alberta
The previous government ignored Alberta.
It’s why I ran in 2015, and why I am proud to be a cabinet minister in this government. Here are the numbers of projects that the federal government is investing in, year by year:
Justin Trudeau: "I am making the case for the oil sands."
If there was one answer (on energy) from the Prime Minister’s #yyc town hall that you should hear, it’d be this one. #cdnpoli #ableg
S’il y a une réponse (sur l’énergie) à écouter de la discussion à #YYC avec le Premier ministre, c’est celle-ci
On Pipelines | Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
After pounding the pavement in the election, earning trust of #YYC & we pounded the table for a better way #cdnpoli
Real Change on Pipelines (Energy) - Kent in Question Period | February 3 2016
Mr. Len Webber (Calgary Confederation, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I would like to read a quote: “Rest assured, when elected, I will pound on the table on the need for pipelines. It is the safest to transport oil and it is in the national interest”. Who said this to gain votes during the election? The member for Calgary Centre. The member voted against the motion that would affirm the House's support for workers in the energy sector and pipeline development. When he did that, was he pounding on the table, or was he selling out?
Hon. Kent Hehr (Associate Minister of National Defence, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I am proud to be with a government which sees energy and the environment as two sides of the same coin. Here we have a time where Canadians have lost confidence in our system and now we are reintroducing principles that will allow us to get access to markets, something that the former government failed miserably to do.
A Clean Economy for All
Real change on access to tidewater (Energy) - Kent in Question Period | January 26 2016
Mrs. Shannon Stubbs (Lakeland, CPC): Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the Prime Minister was wrong when he said his government is working hard to create jobs. There is one important nation building project that will create thousands of much needed, well-paying jobs across Canada. It is Energy East. While the government ponders vague regulatory changes, hundreds of thousands of Canadians ponder how they will pay their bills this month.
Does the Minister of Natural Resources realize that his levering does not instill confidence and creates an unstable environment for the whole economy?
Hon. Jim Carr (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, we have indicated that we understand the human consequence to job loss. We understand that the low commodity prices in the oil and gas sector and in potash have led to layoffs across the country, most recently in New Brunswick. We take that very seriously and we also understand that moving forward the best chance to create new jobs in the energy sector is to make sure that major new pipeline projects and other projects throughout the country have a regulatory process behind them that enjoys the confidence of Canadians.
Mrs. Shannon Stubbs (Lakeland, CPC): Mr. Speaker, Alberta attracts people from all across Canada to pursue opportunities for themselves and for their families, but hard-working Albertans are hit by this energy sector downturn the worst, including thousands of people in Lakeland.
On this side, we know that impacts all sectors and all Canadians. A strong Alberta means a strong Canada. I am proud of Alberta's world-leading energy sector. When is the Minister of Natural Resources or any of the four Alberta Liberal MPs finally going to support Alberta's energy workers who contribute so much to Canada?
Hon. Kent Hehr (Associate Minister of National Defence, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for her question and her concern for Albertans because I, too, am concerned, and the people I am talking to are actually refreshed by the new approach of this government. We have a Prime Minister who is willing to engage with first nations people, a Prime Minister who has willingly engaged with premiers and other people on the ground to see that these projects get consensus. I suspect the member should come down to Calgary and talk to the people I am talking to. They are happy we are in charge.