Hosting US Delegation
I had the honour of assisting the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, in hosting U.S. Congressman Bill Shuster, Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, along with the rest of his Congressional delegation, as they arrived in Ottawa to learn more about Canada’s air navigation system. NAV Canada has been a highly successful model for the provision of air navigation services. It has become a world-leader in technology and innovation.
I always enjoy visiting constituents both young and old while in the riding for the constituency weeks, and this past week was no exception. It was great to spend the morning speaking with the residents of Stonehaven Retirement Community in Kanata.
I was also happy to visit All Saints High School, where I spent time with two groups of students, including the group who recently returned for their tour of Vimy. We sat down and discussed a wide range of issues and questions that arose from their visit. A tour of Vimy can be a very sobering experience and I was happy to be present while they shared their thoughts and feelings.
Kanata Youth Council
I held the last session of the Kanata Youth Council meeting this past week. For the past 6 months I have had the privilege of engaging with 14 young constituents, talking about the various issues of concern to them. For the past several weeks we worked on a project designed to promote awareness and education about the opioid/fentanyl crisis in our community, and our country. It has been an absolute pleasure working with these fine young men and women – who have such great ideas about the future. I want to thank them all for their engagement and enthusiasm, and I look forward to starting a new session in the fall.
It was great to visit two Kanata-based companies this week: Nokia and Solace. Nokia is well known for their technology in many areas of communication, and Solace is a Canadian tech company specializing in data movement technology for corporate and government messaging fabrics. We had great discussions how we can all work together to make Kanata the centre for high tech industry in Canada.