Firefighters on the Hill
I had the pleasure of meeting with representatives of the Ottawa Professional Firefighters Association, representing the 950 professional firefighters from Kanata-Carleton. We discussed many issues include, firefighter safety and the creation of a National Action Plan on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for First Responders. It is important to recognize the tremendous work performed by Firefighters, and indeed all first responders, every day.
Top 20 Women in Defence
I was humbled to be included in this year’s Esprit de Corps Magazine’s Top 20 Women in Defence. Although House votes prevented me from attending the “Breaking Down the Barricades” reception, it was amazing to read the profiles of the female role models from the defense and security industry who were recognized.
Improving Rural Internet
I had a productive meeting with Councillor El-Chantiry, Chris Cope of the City of Ottawa, and stakeholders in the telecom industry to discuss the viability of extending the high speed internet capabilities to the rural regions of our riding. It is clear that all Constituents in the Riding, indeed all Canadians, require access to this important capability. I have been speaking with local providers about the “Connect to Innovate” program, that will invest up to $500 million by 2021 to help ensure that 300 rural and remote communities in Canada are better positioned to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the digital age.
I had the pleasure of attending Parliament Hill’s celebration of Vaisakhi with a number of Sikh community leaders. This past week, Sikhs in Canada and around the world will mark Vaisakhi, the holiest day in the Sikh faith. During this harvest festival, Sikhs will gather in prayer and song, take part in religious processions, and share meals together. It was a great opportunity to share the celebration with my colleagues and the many constituents from Kanata-Carleton who attended the event.
Malala – our new Honorary Canadian
Today, I was honoured to attend the address from Malala Yousafzai as she became an honorary citizen of Canada. Her courage and determination to end gender-based violence and achieve gender equality is truly inspirational. As the youngest person to ever address the Parliament of Canada, Malala embodies the diversity and commitment to equality that is at the core of our Canadian values. Her advocacy and dedication has changed the world forever, inspiring both world leaders and future generations of young leaders. On this historic day, I am honoured to welcome Malala as an honorary citizen of this great country.