Bob Nault – A Look at Year One of Liberal Mandate

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Kenora MP Bob Nault at a Community Event in Sandy Lake
Kenora MP Bob Nault at a Community Event in Sandy Lake

Kenora MP Bob Nault
Kenora MP Bob Nault
KENORA – POLITICS – It was one year to the day last Wednesday, October 19th, that Canadians voted the Liberals into power with Justin Trudeau at the helm. Since then, there’s been a whirlwind of activity both in the House and in the riding. I’m very proud of the progress we’re making in the North, but there’s still much more to do.

One of the biggest changes we announced was the new Canada Child Benefit (CCB), which helped nine out of 10 Canadian families receive more money than the previous collection of child benefit programs. For the typical family of four, that meant an additional $2,500, tax-free, every year.

This past year also presented some challenging issues, such as assisted dying. As required by the Supreme Court of Canada, we put forward legislation that officially became law on Friday, June 15. While some believed the bill went too far, others argued it did not do enough to help those suffering decide when their lives should end. It was a deeply personal issue that many MPs took time to reflect on. In the end, I think we provided a balanced legislation that protects Canadians, while also giving people the right to die with dignity.

Here in the riding, we had a busy year. I was happy to see several funding investments on initiatives such as the environment, housing, infrastructure and in our First Nations communities.

Looking forward, we have some big topics on the horizon both in Ottawa, as well as in the riding. I held community discussions on the topics of climate change and electoral reform in October. These two issues will continue to be debated in the coming months. It was very beneficial to hear what you had to say on both topics and I’m glad to have all of your comments submitted to the committees.

Something that is of concern to many constituents is high-speed Internet connectivity. In rural Canada we face challenges because of our geography. Having met with Internet service providers already, I’ve voiced these concerns. In order to compete effectively in a global market and attract new businesses, we need high-speed Internet access.

Bob Nault MP

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