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10/30/2014 - 07:00
Costas Menegakis, Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill, today announced Government of Canada funding for a musical and theatrical memorial celebrating the achievements and sacrifices of Canada's Veterans. MP Menegakis made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.
10/30/2014 - 05:00
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), will meet with Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
10/30/2014 - 05:00
The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, will meet with Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Mexico's Secretary of Economy, at the North American Competitiveness and Innovation Conference 2014 on Friday, October 31, 2014, in Toronto.

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Press Releases

A Week Like No Other

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(Photo courtesy of the Prime Minister's Office.)

I started last week in Ottawa by joining His Excellency Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall as he honoured a number of Canadians, including Chilliwack resident Shawn Nagurny, for acts of bravery. It was a poignant ceremony, where the Governor General spoke of these "wrong way guys and wrong way gals" who had turned toward danger, rather than away from it and put themselves at risk to save their fellow Canadians.

Enhancements coming to Children’s Fitness Tax Credit

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Chilliwack- The Conservative Government is going to double the Child Fitness Tax Credit (CFTC) and make it refundable delivering on a promise made to parents said Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl.

New common sense firearms measures

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Ottawa- Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl highlighted the Common Sense Firearms Act which was tabled in the House of Commons on October 7.

"Our Government has always stood up for law-abiding hunters, farmers and sport-shooters. This legislation will simplify and provide clarity to the firearms regime and reduce administrative burdens for law abiding firearms owners while protecting the safety of Canadians," said Strahl.

World Teachers Day

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Calling all Veterans of the Second World War

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Chilliwack- To mark the 75th anniversary of Canada's engagement in World War II, a limited- edition commemorative lapel pin and certificate has been created to honour living World War II Veterans.

Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl is asking people who know a World War II Veteran living in Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon to contact his office so that he can recognize them.

Suicide Prevention

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Ottawa- Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl stood in the House of Commons today to address the issue of suicide prevention:

"Mr. Speaker, on September 4th, I hosted a roundtable with local mental health service providers in Chilliwack to discuss suicide prevention and mental illness, as part of the Mental Health Commission of Canada's '308 Conversations' initiative.

"We talked about innovative programs that were working, and talked about gaps in the system of care.

EI Premium relief announced for small businesses

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Chilliwack- Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl is applauding an announcement by Finance Minister Joe Oliver of a new Small Business Job Credit which will effectively lower Employment Insurance (EI) premiums for small businesses.

"The Small Business Job Credit will provide tax relief to help small businesses in a time of continued global economic uncertainty," said Strahl. "It will allow them to save money on payroll taxes and hopefully hire more employees."

The Government of Canada Invests In Round II Recreational Fisheries Conservation Project In Chilliwack – Fraser Canyon

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Chilliwack, B.C.

Member of Parliament Mark Strahl (Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon), on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that, under the second round of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, the Government of Canada will provide up to $124,000 to the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition to conserve valuable fish habitat in the Chilliwack and Vedder rivers.

MP Mark Strahl hosts suicide prevention roundtable

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Chilliwack- A suicide prevention round table discussion was hosted today by Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl at the Coast Hotel as part of the 308 Conversation Initiative launched by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).

"Suicide has enormous impact on our society. We need to talk about this issue if we are going to learn how we can help those who are suffering," said Strahl.

Strahl backs move to remove internal barriers to trade in Canada

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Chilliwack- A proposal by Industry Minister James Moore to work with the provinces and territories to break down Canada's internal trade barriers has the support of Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl.

"Internal trade barriers that prevent workers, goods and services from crossing provincial boundaries hurt Canadian workers, businesses and consumers. Removing these barriers will create jobs and economic opportunities," said Strahl.

Speeches

Strahl Salutes the Community of 'Vancouver Bar'

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Ottawa- Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl, stood in the House of Commons today to salute the community of Boston Bar. In support of the Vancouver Canucks the community of 800 people has, for the month of June, renamed itself, 'Vancouver Bar'.

"Mr. Speaker, my riding of Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon is a vast riding that encompasses a number of small communities, including the Fraser Canyon community of Boston Bar. Boston Bar is home to about 800 people and has its history rooted in the gold rush.

Budget Delivers Low Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth

Mark Strahl delivers maiden address in House of Commons 

Ottawa- Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl, delivered his maiden address in the House of Commons during debate on the Conservative Government's Budget.

"As a Conservative I campaigned on our Low Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth and I am proud to see that we have delivered on our campaign commitments." Strahl added, "We promised to keep taxes low –something that no other party in this place campaigned on –and we have delivered."

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