Dairy Farm Visit
Thanks to Todd Styles for hosting a visit to the Oakstone dairy farm in Kinburn. It was great to have my fellow MPs Lloyd Longfield and Mona Fortier visit the Riding, and we were well briefed on all the recent advances that have been made in the dairy industry. I’d also like to thank Matt Morrison from Dairy Farmers Canada for helping to organize the event. I couldn’t believe the level of technology and organization that goes into the running of a dairy farm. I am always interested in hearing from our regions farmers; if you own a farm, and would be interested in having me come out to discuss issues that affect you, please contact my office.
Air Cadet Reviews
I was proud to attend the annual reviews of 706 Ottawa Snowy Owl Squadron and 872 Kiwanis Kanata Squadron. The dedication and discipline these teenagers display in representing their squadrons is incredible. Canadian Cadet Organizations provide excellent training opportunities for our youth. I will continue to be a proud advocate and supporter of the values they instill in our children, and the role they play in our communities.
Defense Policy Review
The Honourable Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan, recently unveiled Canada’s new defence policy. Titled Strong, Secure, Engaged – this new policy was developed following unprecedented consultations with Canadians, parliamentarians from all parties, industry, key stakeholders, partners and allies. The plan focuses, first and foremost, on the brave women and men of the Canadian Military. The policy sets the course of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces for the next 20 years. Our plan commits to a range of new investments for the Canadian Armed Forces, its members, and their families. It will deliver the resources and capabilities needed for a strong and agile military to meet today’s complex and modern challenges.
I had the distinct honour on behalf of the Honourable Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, of welcoming back to Ottawa one of Canada’s comedic legends, Dan Aykroyd. I met Mr. Aykroyd at the Fallowfield station as he travelled from Kingston to Ottawa on VIA Rail to make an announcement as one of Canada 150’s ambassadors. Mr. Aykroyd is an excellent ambassador to represent Canada for our sesquicentennial year. Although our trip together was brief, we talked about film and his time spent in Ottawa and the surrounding region. I also confessed to him that The Blues Brothers is one of my absolute favourite movies.