CELEBRATING CANADA DAY IN OUR REGION
I’m looking forward to celebrating Canada Day across our region. This Sunday, I’ll be attending various events, including the Canada Day breakfast in Oromocto, the special Canada Day Citizenship Ceremony at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Opening Ceremonies at Officers’ Square and the celebrations at the New Maryland Centre.
Having the opportunity to attend these events and speak with constituents is a reminder of how lucky we are to be Canadian. Our shared vision of a better Canada is one that inspires me every day, and I look forward to continuing positive work in Ottawa and in our region on your behalf. Wishing you all an enjoyable and safe Canada Day long weekend! I hope to see you around!
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL ICE CREAM SOCIAL IN THE BOOKS
On June 9th, I hosted our 5th annual Ice Cream Social, a growing tradition that I look forward to every spring. From hopscotch with kids to chatting with seniors, we had a great afternoon with you. I was happy to see so many faces this year, new and old. Hosting this event is a great way to hear from constituents, and cool down with a sweet treat!
I look forward to connecting with you this summer at events across our region!
FEDERAL FUNDING FOR UNB’S IBM CENTRE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
This week I was pleased to announce that the Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency‘s Atlantic Innovation Fund, is providing a non-repayable contribution of nearly three million dollars ($2,998,054) to the Centre for Advanced Studies to develop new and enhance existing runtime platforms that will be used by IBM and thousands of global companies to help manage their businesses.
Thank you to Cathy Simpson, Dr. Ken Kent, Sanjeev Gill and all those who helped make this partnership happen.
SUPPORTING NEW BRUNSWICK’S FLOOD RISK REDUCTION STRATEGY
This year’s flood proved to be a difficult time for our community. I was pleased to announce this week federal funding for two important projects aimed at flood prevention in our region.
Over the next two years, the federal government will provide $390,000 for a project that will create new flood hazard mapping for New Brunswick’s inland areas, as well as renew existing maps. The second project will benefit from $156,000 to better plan for and prevent the effects of flooding.
Accurate and up-to-date mapping will help reduce the impacts of future floods, and mitigate the likelihood of severe flooding in the future.
CONGRATULATIONS TO FREDERICTON HERO, WILLIE O’REE!
In February, when I said in the House of Commons it was long overdue that Willie be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, I had no idea of the groundswell of support that was building for this idea — support not only from our province but from throughout North America.
It brings me great pleasure to congratulate Fredericton hero Willie O’Ree on the announcement of his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Thank you to Brenda, David, Bill, and the entire community who rallied together in support of the nomination. Willie, thank you for being a friend, mentor and hero to many young Atlantic Canadians and athletes around the world.
WELCOMING MINISTER MACAULAY TO THE NBEX
It was a pleasure to welcome my colleague Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, to Fredericton yesterday evening. We had the opportunity to tour the New Brunswick Exhibition and talk to some local farmers and constituents in our region about agriculture in New Brunswick.