Farmers on the Hill Breakfast
I had the pleasure of hosting, alongside the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAuley, farmers from across Ontario and Quebec at the 2017 Farmers on the Hill Breakfast. The breakfast was a great opportunity to thank the farmers for the job they do every day across our country. As I have said on many occasions, if you like to eat, thank a farmer.
University of Toronto Women in House
I once again had the pleasure of sharing my experience with one of Canada’s bright young women as part of the University of Toronto’s “Women in House” parliament shadow program. This time I had the great opportunity of having an inspiring and motivated student, Claire Robbins, as a shadow. I was also delighted in having the opportunity to speak to all the young ladies attending the reception the previous evening.
Hockey Celebrations in the Nation’s Capital
Over the past week, I had the opportunity of attending, on two separate occasions, events related to our nation’s love of hockey. At the first event, I had the pleasure of representing the Honourable Minister of Heritage, Mélanie Joly, at the 125th anniversary celebration of the Stanley Cup at the Canadian Tire Centre. Among the NHL alumni invited to the event included some of the greatest names to ever lace up the skates; including Guy Lafleur, Frank Mahovlich, and Dave Keon. I also had an opportunity to represent the city of Ottawa at the Rogers Hometown Hockey event taking place at the Canal Ritz. It was wonderful to meet and chat with Ron MacLean and Tara Slone. The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour has been making stops in communities across Canada all winter long celebrating Canada’s game as “the ultimate hockey fan experience”. In Ottawa it certainly lived up to its claim!
I had the honour of attending a reception at the French Embassy commemorating the Centennial anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The Vimy Foundation perhaps best describes the significance to Canada of the Battle of Vimy Ridge: “The battle, which took place on April 9, 1917, is commonly highlighted as a turning point in Canadian history, where four Canadian divisions fought together as a unified fighting force for the first time. While 3,598 Canadian soldiers were killed during the battle, the impressive victory over German forces is often cited as the beginning of Canada’s evolution from dominion to independent nation.” I hope we all take a moment to thank those to whom we owe so much.