The Preston Post Issue 41-10

December 23, 2011
Local and Regional News
Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada’s support for an employment project. Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin–Middlesex–London, made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
“Our government’s top priority is jobs and the economy,” said MP Preston. “For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today’s environment. That’s why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for initiatives like the Youth Engagement Project.” For more information, visit: http://www.joeprestonmp.ca/

Larry Miller, MP, tabled a new Private Member’s Bill, seconded by MP Joe Preston, An Act to amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act and the International River Improvements Act in the House of Commons. This act will protect Canada’s water resources by strengthening prohibitions on bulk water removal and diversions.
This new act will strengthen current protective measures for Canadian waters within federal jurisdiction through a comprehensive prohibition against bulk water removal. In addition, this bill will prohibit any river improvements designed to link non-boundary or transboundary bodies of water to international rivers and use them as a conduit to increase the annual flow of water outside Canada. http://www.joeprestonmp.ca/media/news/miller-tables-private-member-s-bill-to-protect-canadian-waters

David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, rose in the House of Commons to reintroduce his Private Member’s Bill to amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, seconded this Bill. Tilson’s bill relates to the publication of information about young offenders charged as adults, but also seeks to more broadly spur debate about the effectiveness of current youth justice legislation.
“Our Government has taken action to ensure the rights of victims are respected,” said Preston. “We recognize that the Young Offenders Act has flaws. This bill will help correct one of them.” http://www.joeprestonmp.ca/media/news/tilson-reintroduces-bill-to-amend-youth-criminal-justice-act

Government Happenings
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, announced a major new investment in health care. The new investment in health care will see funding grow to record levels from $30 billion per year in 2013-14 to $38 billion per year in 2018-19, for a total investment of $178 billion in health care over the five-year period.
“Our Government is committed to a publicly funded, universally accessible health care system, which is a source of great pride to all Canadians,” said Minister Flaherty. “We all depend on our health care system and we all want it to be there when we need it. Today’s investment increases federal funding for health care to new record highs, and ensures funding for our health system is balanced and sustainable.”
From 2006-07 to 2011-12, support provided through the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) to the provinces and territories in Canada has reached record highs, increasing by almost $7 billion, or nearly 34 per cent overall. Today’s announcement means federal support for health care will now continue to grow every year beyond the record levels the federal government has already invested. For more information, visit: http://www.fin.gc.ca/n11/11-141-eng.asp

In order to ensure that all Canadians can participate in this process, the Government of Canada has also launched online pre-budget consultations.  Those wishing to make submissions can do so by visiting http://www.fin.gc.ca/prebudget-prebudgetaire/1-eng.asp.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed the announcement by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada that Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have accepted the invitation of the Government of Canada to undertake a Royal Tour of Canada in May 2012. The Tour will mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada and will include stops in New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan. For more information, visit: http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=14382

Program Updates
New proof of parentage requirements for a child's travel document application ~To protect Canadian children against child abduction and to further enhance the security of the Canadian passport program, Passport Canada requires that travel document applications for children under 16 years of age be accompanied by proof of parentage documentation. Effective December 1, 2011, along with standard application requirements, parents or legal guardians must provide with their child’s travel document application a long-form birth certificate. For more details, visit: http://www.ppt.gc.ca/articles/20110512.aspx?lang=eng

Citizen Recognition
I would to take this time to recognize Mr. John Wilson. I had the opportunity to work with John during his time on council with the Municipality of Malahide and the County of Elgin. Recently John was honoured by the Province of Ontario for his work as a municipal leader. I would like to congratulate John for this well-earned special recognition.

Events
Joe returned from Ottawa to several events in the riding including a meeting with the Municipality of Dutton-Dunwich council; a meeting with the City of London with fellow London MP’s; John Regan of the Elgin Business Resource Centre; and a meeting with Municipality of Central Elgin.  Joe took part in the Rodney Santa Claus Parade, a fundraiser for the Elgin-St. Thomas United Way and the re-opening of the Dutton-Dunwich Community Centre.

Office Holiday Hours
Our office will be closing Friday, December 23rd at 4:30pm and reopening Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012. Messages will be checked daily starting Wednesday, December 28th at 11:00am daily and urgent messages will be returned.

On behalf of Joe, Geri and staff, we wish everyone Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New year !!!



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