When I was elected two years ago, I promised to do politics differently, and that is exactly what we are doing today.
In the last two years, I’ve held 18 Town Halls, engaging over 2,000 community members on topics that range from poverty reduction to climate change to job creation. My team and I have responded to thousands of calls and emails from constituents, assisting with case files on everything from employment insurance to student loans, to questions about how we can foster economic opportunities here in Peterborough—Kawartha.
Economic growth is something we all want to see for this region – and for all of Canada. Peterborough is a hotbed of innovation and we are only going to keep growing. We can see the results of the hard work and ingenuity of the people in our communities every day, along with the results of the investments your federal government has made in Peterborough—Kawartha over the past two years.
Since being elected as your Member of Parliament, Peterborough—Kawartha has benefited from hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding. I am proud to have been able to help organizations, businesses and municipalities in our riding advocate for this funding. And I want to do more. I’m proud that, together, we’ve changed the conversation about Peterborough. We’ve shown the country, and the world, that Peterborough is a welcoming, innovative and exciting place to live, work and play in.
It’s time to think big Peterborough—Kawartha. We have a lot going for us, and now is the time to build on these qualities.
We now have a strong economic base of post-industrial, clean industries, including the manufacturing of precision instruments, avionics, nuclear fuel research, and high-tech software development. Tourism and recreation contribute significantly to the local economy, and we have a thriving local arts and cultural sector. Peterborough—Kawartha is home to two of the province’s most innovative post-secondary institutions, Fleming College and Trent University. Both draw the best and the brightest students from across Canada and around the world to our community. I want to highlight these community strengths, as they are all areas which have directly benefited from federal government support over the past two years.
Around the Riding
These community assets are the reason why the federal government has made landmark investments in Peterborough—Kawartha: And this is also why we will invest even more in the years to come.
Some of the milestone investments we’ve made in Peterborough—Kawartha include:
- Investing $7 million for research and innovation infrastructure at Trent University along with another $1.8 million for ground-breaking research;
At Curve Lake First Nation with Minister Bennett, Chief Williams and Youth Council members.
- $200,000 for the Innovation Cluster via the Community Futures Development Corporation and the Eastern Ontario Development Program, to help start-up entrepreneurs;
Celebrating investments local business, Pan-Oston Ltd., by Community Futures Development Corporation and the Eastern Ontario Development Program.
- More than $13 million in federal Gas Tax Fund allotments over the past two years, including over $3.3 million to the County of Peterborough to invest in infrastructure needs;
- An investment of up to $600,000 to Noblegen Inc. to help this local innovation success story compete on a global level;
- We’ve also invested over $600 million for improvements to locks, dams and bridges along the Trent-Severn Waterway, which runs through many communities, but is truly the backbone of our river-rich region here in Peterborough—Kawartha, and;
Investing in transit is priority for me for Peterborough—Kawartha.
I am incredibly proud of the progress our government has made since taking office two years ago. We are lowering taxes for small businesses and middle income earners. We’ve improved the Canada Child Benefit, lifting hundreds of thousands of children out of poverty and providing monthly support to 9,530 families who need it the most, right here in Peterborough—Kawartha.
Investing in industry, the environment, tourism, education, and innovation are just some of the ways our government is supporting the greater Peterborough region. What’s next for Peterborough—Kawartha? How can we attract more good-paying jobs to Peterborough? How can we do a better job of matching job seekers with businesses needing help? How can we ensure our children and grandchildren are best able to thrive in a changing job market where skilled workers are in demand? For those in our community who are not working, what needs to be done to ensure they enjoy a high quality standard of living? I want your ideas and feedback – tell me about your challenges and successes, your stories, and your dreams for our community: I carry these with me in my work as your Member of Parliament.
How we can help you
Before the end of the year, I will bring together some of Peterborough—Kawartha’s cultural innovators, along with community business leaders, to discuss these issues and gather meaningful, local feedback.
I continue to be humbled and grateful to be able to represent you, the good people of Peterborough—Kawartha in the House of Commons. We’ve accomplished a lot together these past two years, but there is still much hard work to come. With your help, I will continue to advocate for more investments in Peterborough—Kawartha with the goal of improving everyone’s quality of life in the region.
Thank you for your support.
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