To my friends in Don Valley North,
A historic election took place one year ago today, where Canadians across the country made their voices heard and elected a Liberal government. With the support of the voters of Don Valley North, I was elected to represent you as your Member of Parliament. I want to thank all my constituents for your support and continued engagement in making life better in Don Valley North and Canada. Parliament is back in session and I am working hard to ensure that your issues are heard in Ottawa. Here is some of what we have been doing on for you:
In July, Canadian families received a tax-free monthly benefit thanks to the implementation of the Canada Child Benefit. We are enormously proud of the Canada Child Benefit. It is the most significant public policy innovation since universal healthcare. It will help families cope with the high costs of raising their kids and will make a real difference in the lives families from the middle class and those working hard to join it. Unlike the confusing and unfair system of child benefits that existed previously, the new Canada Child Benefit is simpler, tax-free; and targeted to income. It provides support to those who need it most. For more information on the Canada Child Benefit, please visit HERE.
The Government of Canada is committed to equipping young Canadians with the tools necessary to further their post-secondary education and training through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund. On August 31, we showed our commitment with the announcement of a $24 million investment in infrastructure funding for Seneca College’s Newnham Campus right here in Don Valley North.
On June 1, 2016, I had the privilege of introducing a private member’s motion that seeks to recognize the Spring Festival in acknowledgement of the many gatherings that take place in communities across the country and, as well, to recognize the contributions of people of Asian heritage to Canadian society. Motion 38 received support from members of every party and it is a great joy for me to announce that, starting in Spring 2017, the first day of the Lunar Year will officially mark the beginning of the 15-day “Spring Festival” in Canada.
I held my first annual Community Barbecue and Food Drive on August, 14, 2016. Over 1,500 people took part in the fun event on a beautiful summer day. It was amazing to meet with so many friends and families from Don Valley North. Kudos to all the volunteers who helped make this event a success. Thank you to everyone who came out to join us. I hope to see you again next year!
Canada-China bilateral cooperation benefits our economy. This summer, I had the honour of travelling to China on an official visit with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Our Prime Minister had meetings with President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, and the National People’s Congress Chairman Zhang Dejiang. All in an effort to renew and deepen the relationship between Canada and China.
This past year has been an incredible experience for me. I look forward to working just as hard, in the future, on behalf of the constituents of Don Valley North. Thank you.
Member of Parliament
Don Valley North