Beginning to tackle many issues

Don Rusnak

February was eventful as parliamentary work took centre stage and we began to tackle many of the issues we committed to in our election platform.

We commemorated the first 100 days of the new Liberal government by celebrating all the ways we are bringing real change to Canadians.

From forming a gender-balanced cabinet to consulting with premiers and mayors, our government has been working hard to fulfill our promises to Canadians and much has been achieved in this short period of time.

I’m also proud to say that this past month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who also is the minister of youth, announced increased funding to the Canada Summer Jobs program.

The federal government is supporting the hiring of nearly 70,000 students—doubling the number of summer jobs in 2016.

This will increase opportunities for the youth in our riding while easing the burden on local businesses seeking additional employees for those busy summer months.

I, myself, spent a good portion of the month touring the riding to meet with community members and stakeholders.

Across every province and territory, more than 38,000 Canadians took part in the government’s budget consultation process.

I was fortunate enough to hold pre-budget consultations in Thunder Bay, Atikokan, Rainy River, and Couchiching, and I am grateful to the individuals who came out to provide valuable input.

The feedback we received has been compiled and delivered to Finance minister Bill Morneau, and I look forward to the unveiling of our new budget in the weeks to come.

Meanwhile, my staff has been working diligently to open our Fort Frances office, and community members can expect an announcement regarding location and a grand-opening celebration in the near future.

In the meantime, my Thunder Bay office has been doing a wonderful job of assisting people from across the riding.

We now have a local phone line for the Fort Frances area. Constituency assistant Deb Westover-Morriseau can be reached at 861-0425.

As we move forward into March, I look forward to continuing my work in the House of Commons representing the people of Thunder Bay-Rainy River.With all that we already have achieved in the first 100 days of government, I’m committed to making sure we continue on this path in the months and years to come.