Successful session of Parliament closes, promising summer in the riding ahead

Kenora MP Bob Nault
Kenora MP Bob Nault

Week of June 26, 2017

by Bob Nault MP – Kenora

With the House of Commons rising last week, I feel it is important to reflect on what has taken place in our nation’s capital over the past session. Passing new legislation and laws can be a tedious task at times, however we successfully introduced new legislation that will positively impact people across the country including in our riding.

I was pleased to see our federal government step up to defend Canada’s softwood lumber industry. With extremely unfair duties being imposed by the United States, the forestry industry needed strong support. Our government responded by announcing an investment of almost $1 billion in financial assistance for the softwood lumber industry. I remain hopeful that we can reach a long-term agreement on this issue soon.

Due to the rural nature of the North, the region presents unique infrastructure needs. Last month, our government committed more than $2.1 million towards eight projects in the riding to ensure residents have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services that meet their needs.

Just last week, the Senate passed a Liberal government bill that creates a National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians. This fulfills our promise to create an all-party committee to monitor the activities of spy agencies and other government bodies related to national security. By doing this, we are upholding our commitment to keep Canadians safe and protect their rights and freedoms.

In April, we announced $25 million over the next five years for FedNor, to support communities, businesses, and First Nations. This funding will be invested in projects with the greatest potential to create new jobs and business opportunities for Northerners.

The House of Commons may be off for the summer, but I can assure you my hard work is just beginning. This year, my summer tour kicks off right here at home with a truly special celebration on Canada Day to mark our country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

I look forward to spending this summer working hard alongside all of you. Over the next few months, I will be hosting constituency and passport clinics across the riding. Keep up to date with where I’ll be this summer through my Facebook page or by calling our toll-free line 1-866-710-0008.

Hon. Bob Nault MP

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Bob Nault is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Kenora, where he serves 53 communities, including 42 First Nations. As one of the largest geographical ridings in the country, Kenora encompasses one third of Ontario’s land mass, and is approximately the same size as France. Bob was first elected in 1988 and ran successfully afterwards in 1993, 1997, and 2000, furthermore serving as the Member of Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River for over sixteen years. He was the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development from 1999-2003, and is a former Kenora City Councillor.