Electoral Reform: Join the Conversation
I encourage you to join me at upcoming public consultations on federal electoral reform, as follows: on Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Watling Room at Hazen Park Centre, Oromocto; and with a student focus on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Alumni Memorial Building on the University of New Brunswick campus. These consultations are in addition to the public sessions in Fredericton being hosted by my fellow Parliamentarians and I on the Special Committee for Electoral Reform on Friday, Oct. 7, which will conclude our three-week cross-country engagement tour. Stay tuned to my website or social media outlets for full details on how to participate in the Committee’s sessions.
Connecting with our communities this summer
Throughout the summer I had the pleasure of connecting with people and families at many events and announcements across our region. Absolute highlights for me were the Canada Day festivities across Oromocto, Fredericton and New Maryland. I can’t wait to see what next year’s celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday will bring. I celebrated Fredericton Pride Week at the Pride Parade, and was pleased to highlight the importance of Acadian culture in our region, province and country at the flag raising ceremony on National Acadian Day in August. I was honoured to participate in the first Pow Wow held by Oromocto First Nation in 30 years along the beautiful Oromocto River. It was a joy to attend the Fredericton Islamic Association’s Eid Al Fitr Carnival in New Maryland in July, as well as the village’s annual New Maryland Days earlier in the summer. Our team kicked off the summer with our 3rd Annual Ice Cream Social at Stepping Stone Senior Centre in Fredericton. And, of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include the 26th edition of the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. Head to my website or check out my Facebook and Twitter feeds for more on the fantastic community events I was fortunate to attend this summer.
A Region of Innovators
Two of my priorities are to ensure that we continue to build a healthier community and build upon our post-secondary institutions’ world-class research. Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of joining the Hon. Dominic LeBlanc to announce more than $16.6 million in federal funding for the University of New Brunswick to build a Centre for Healthy Living in Fredericton. This is the latest example of our post-secondary institutions leading innovation — leadership I am proud to champion. The Centre for Healthy Living will be a research cluster focused on health, wellness, and physical fitness, and which will support the rising demand for applied research in preventative and rehabilitative care. The project displays our region’s ambition to pioneer new ways to address the challenges facing our healthcare system, producing innovative research and solutions that will improve the lives of all Canadians.
Prime Minister’s Youth Council
Please join me in congratulating Fredericton’s Sara Abdessamie and Gregory Perley of Kingsclear First Nation, who are among the first 15 young Canadians chosen for the Prime Minister’s Youth Council. Sara is active with organizations such as Best Buddies, French for the Future and our local soup kitchen, and she is passionate about working toward the inclusion of young people with intellectual or social disabilities. Gregory is a role model at Kingsclear First Nation who has tutored students from the community and has served as a facilitator for First Nation youth engagement. The Prime Minister’s Youth Council presents another tremendous opportunity for these young New Brunswickers to make a difference in their own communities, and for our country.