Monsef highlights accomplishments after first year in government
PETERBOROUGH, ON – Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, is highlighting the work that has been accomplished during the first year of her term in office.
“I am immensely proud of what our government has accomplished since we took office last year. We have already made some significant improvements for families, seniors, students and our communities. I have heard directly from constituents that the changes we have made are having an impact. More inclusive growth means making a difference in the lives of Canadians across generations,” said MP Monsef. “It has been a busy year bringing the voice of Peterborough-Kawartha to Ottawa, and as we move into year two, I am looking forward to continuing my advocacy for a better future for all of us who call our community home.”
A few highlights of programs and initiatives delivered for Peterborough-Kawartha include:
- Introduction of the new Canada Child Benefit, a simpler, tax-free and more generous benefit for families;
- A $270 million investment in improvements to the infrastructure of the Trent-Severn Waterway;
- A 7% tax-cut for middle income earners, to support the middle class and those seeking to join it;
- More than $1.7 million invested in local arts, culture and heritage;
- Restoring the retirement age to 65 from 67, boosting the Guaranteed Income Supplement for low-income single seniors by 10%, and negotiating a significant enhancement to the Canada Pension Plan;
- Doubling of positions funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program, with 292 students employed during summer 2016 by 118 organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors;
- A $4.87 million investment in Flying Colours Corp. to expand their facility at the Peterborough Airport and create new jobs;
- Increased funding available to low and middle-income Post-Secondary students through the Canada Students Grants program;
- A $7 million investment in Trent University to create the Bata Research and Innovation Cluster, which will enhance and foster student entrepreneurship, new businesses, and research on aging and the environment.
During this time, MP Monsef and the local constituency office as well as the monthly rural rotating offices through the Townships of Douro-Dummer, Trent Lakes, Selwyn, North Kawartha and Havelock-Belmont-Methuen have served thousands of constituents:
- More than 600 constituents assisted with case files including issues related to citizenship and immigration, the Canada Revenue Agency, employment insurance and student loans, etc.;
- Addressed a weekly average of 130 phone calls, 40 walk-in visitors, 1000 emails and 25 hard-copy letters;
- Hosted 10 local Town Hall meetings and a Peterborough-Kawartha Job Summit;
- Established two standing policy committees, (Economic and Job Development, and Social, Cultural and Arts Development), to provide advice on federal issues important to Peterborough-Kawartha
- Participated in nearly 100 community events;
- Met directly with over 130 constituents and engaged over 1300 constituents through Town Hall meetings.
“I continue to be grateful to the people of Peterborough-Kawartha who entrusted me with this important job,” noted MP Monsef. “I carry their priorities, their stories and challenges, and their hopes for the future with me every single day I am at work in the House of Commons and in Peterborough. There is much more that we need to do, but I remain focused on doing the hard work required to bring real, positive change to Peterborough-Kawartha.”