Government takes action to end violence against women and girls

November 26, 2014

MP Brad Butt invites Canadians to show support during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence


November 25, 2014 – Ottawa, ON – Status of Women Canada

MP Brad Butt invites Canadians to show their support for victims of gender-based violence by participating in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and marking the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, 2014.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence began on November 25th, with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This 16-day event ends on International Human Rights Day on December 10th, and includes the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6th.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women was established by Canada’s Parliament in 1991 to ensure Canadians would never forget the tragic deaths of 14 young women who were murdered at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this tragedy.

December 6th is a time for Canadians to remember all the women and girls who have experienced violence and to reflect on why this phenomenon continues to exist in our society. It is also a call to action that urges all Canadians to do something and to speak out to denounce such abhorrent acts. Individuals are invited to observe a moment of silence, to wear a white ribbon, or to attend a candle light vigil in their community. They may also wish to raise awareness by joining the conversation about violence against women and girls on social media. Infobites that highlight facts about violence against women and girls are available on the Status of Women Canada website and can be shared on a variety of social media platforms.

Quick Facts

  • One in three women in Canada will experience sexual assault at some point in their lives. Sexual assault is one of the top five most common violent offences committed against women in Canada.
  • In 2011, police reported rates of violent crime in Canada were 5% higher for women than for men. Women were 11 times more likely than men to be victims of sexual offences and three times more likely to be victims of criminal harassment.
  • Since 2007, the Government of Canada has provided more than $146 million through Status of Women Canada for community-based projects. Of this amount, more than $70 million has gone to projects to prevent and end violence against women girls. This includes projects that address violence against Aboriginal women, human trafficking, harmful cultural practices, and cyberviolence.
  • The Government of Canada has taken significant action to better protect Canadians, including women and girls, from crime and to strengthen the capacity of the criminal justice system. Most recently, it introduced the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices bill, which reinforces that Canada’s openness and generosity does not extend to early and forced or polygamous marriage or harmful cultural practices.


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Welcome Remarks at the Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Day

November 25, 2014

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Thank you Jennifer Hawkes for that wonderful speech.

It is inspiring to see so many Young JDRF Ambassadors here today.

As a member of the House of Commons’ All-Party Juvenile Diabetes Caucus, I welcome you here for a very important day.

From Happy Valley – Goose Bay to Whitehorse to Coquitlam and many places in between, you are here on Parliament Hill to share with Members of Parliament, like myself, what it means to live with type 1 diabetes and show us first-hand how Canadian funded research has made improvements to you lives and health.

The members of the All-Party Juvenile Diabetes Caucus recently met to hear from Dave Prowten and Dr. Bob Goldstein about some of the amazing medical and technological advances that are being made in Canada.

We were reminded of how Canada has led the world in research that helps with the management, care and cure of T1D since the discovery of insulin by Banting and Best and the recent breakthrough in islet transplantation known as the Edmonton Protocol.

Canadian funded research has made big improvements to their lives and health of Canadians living with the disease.

You are all proof of this and we, as MPs, need to be reminded of it.

My colleague, Minister Gary Goodyear, the Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario) saw the potential of the Canadian Clinical Trial Network (CCTN) as another step in Canada’s proud history of Canadian federally-funded research.

In 2009, he agreed to invest $20 million in the network as part of our government’s Economic Action Plan.

JDRF Canada provided $13.9 million of its own funding and CCTN was launched.

I am told that some of you here have participated in the nine peer-reviewed clinical trials that are part of CCTN.

You are among a small group of nearly 1,000 Canadians living with type 1 diabetes who have had access to some of the latest breakthroughs because you were able to participate in CCTN’s clinical trials.

I thank you for participating and advancing our scientific understanding of type 1 diabetes.

Also here with us today is George Canyon, a Canadian Country music star and national spokesperson for JDRF.

His determination and hard work serve as an inspiring reminder of how much we can accomplish when we live our lives with integrity and purpose.

Whether it is his rise to a “Nashville Star” from working as a bylaw officer, or from being told he would have to give up his dream of becoming a Canadian Air Force fighter pilot to obtaining his pilot’s license through diligently managing his type 1 diabetes through diet, lifestyle and insulin pump technology – he is an inspiration to us all.

I would like you all to join me in welcoming George Canyon to the stage.

Streetsville Santa Brunch

November 24, 2014


Remembrance Day

November 11, 2014



Every year on Remembrance Day, Canadians are given an opportunity to honour the memory of our brave members of the Canadian Armed Forces as well as to thank the men and women who continue to wear the uniform with pride today.

This year marks many important world war milestones, including the 75th anniversary of Canada’s engagement in the Second World War,

and the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

These conflicts, as well as more recent missions, including in Afghanistan, will never be forgotten.

And this year in particular our thoughts are with the families of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent who both gave their lives recently in service to Canada.

Today, members of the Royal Canadian Air Force are engaged in an important mission in Iraq against the brutality of ISIL.

I encourage everyone in our community to join me in participating in a Remembrance Day ceremony including coming to our new Streetsville Village Square cenotaph this November 11th.

This will be to honour the fallen, commemorate the brave, and thank all members of the Canadian Armed Forces for their service.

Lest We Forget.



MP Brad Butt speaks in HOC on Veterans Week

November 3, 2014

Mr. Speaker,

On this Veterans Week, it gives me great pleasure to rise in the House today to pay tribute to Branch 139 of the Royal Canadian Legion – Streetsville Overseas Veterans Club.

Affectionately referred to as the Streetsville Legion, it was organized on November 11, 1925 to honour those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom and peace.

Streetsville Legion provides unparalleled support to youth in army, air, sea and navy league cadets and has its doors always open to serve the wider Streetsville community.

On October 23rd, Executive members of the Legion joined me in a moving wreath laying ceremony at the Streetsville cenotaph for Corporal Cirillo and Warrant Officer Vincent.

I look forward to joining them this and every November 11th as we honour our brave women and men who served and continue to do so.

May their contributions always be appreciated and never been forgotten.

Lest We Forget.

2015 Immigration Levels Plan

October 31, 2014

On October 31st, 2014, our Government tabled the 2015 Immigration Levels Plan. As a part of the Levels Plan, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister announced improvements to the Caregiver program. The improvements to the Caregiver Program will allow for:

  • Faster processing.
  • Faster family reunification.
  • Better careers options for caregivers.
  • Better protection against abuse.

2015 Immigration Levels Plan

  • Canada’s annual levels plan ensures immigration programs are addressing economic and labour market needs.
  • The Government of Canada is planning to welcome between 260,000-285,000 new permanent residents in 2015 which represents an increase of approximately 19,000 admissions compared to 2014.
  • Increased levels allows the government to respond their long term strategy of supporting economic growth by addressing labour and skills shortages and helping to ensure labour force growth.
  • By increasing immigration levels, the government is ensuring it is prepared for the launch of Canada’s new application management system, Express Entry.
  • The 2015 levels plan reaffirms the government’s commitment of addressing backlogs and wait-times, while balancing the economic, humanitarian and family reunification goals of immigration.

Improvements to the Caregiver Program

  • We value the contributions caregivers make to Canadian families and our economy.
  • Our government’s improvements provide faster, safer and better opportunities for caregivers across Canada.
  • Our government has listened to the concerns of caregivers across Canada and we are taking action to improve the Caregiver Program.
  • Improvements will ensure caregivers are no longer subjected to abusive work environments, are provided with more career options which will ensure a successful integration into Canadian society and are being reunited with their families more quickly.
  • With our changes, the Caregiver Program will be expanded to provide more pathways for permanent residency which will ensure caregivers have more career options and are positioned for success in the Canadian labour market.
  • Caregivers will no longer be required to live in the home of their employer which will prevent abuse and put an end to what some call modern-day slavery.
  • Aggressive action will be taken to reduce backlogs and improve processing times which will help families reunite more quickly.
  • Our government values the important contributions of caregivers and is committed to protecting the integrity of the Caregiver Program, improving processing times and reducing backlogs.

Tax Cuts and Increased Benefits for Canadian Families

October 30, 2014

Today Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced new measures to help make life more affordable for Canadian families. 

  • Under the strong and dependable leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our Government is focused on helping hard-working Canadian families make ends meet, by making important priorities like child care and after-school sports more affordable.
  • Under this plan, every family with children will have more money in their pockets, to spend on their priorities as a family.
  • Our Government is fulfilling its promise to balance the federal budget. We are now in a position to fulfill our promise to help Canadian families balance theirs.
  • All families with children will benefit from the new measures introduced by our Government. The average tax relief and benefits for these families will be $1,140 in 2015.


The proposed new measures include:

  • The Family Tax Cut, a federal tax credit that will allow a higher-income spouse to transfer up to $50,000 of taxable income to a spouse in a lower tax bracket. The credit will provide tax relief – capped at $2,000 – for couples with children under the age of 18, effective for the 2014 tax year. Income splitting is helping seniors across the country, which is why the Government is now proposing similar relief for families.
  • Increasing the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) for children under age six. As of January 1, 2015, parents will receive a benefit of $160 per month for each child under the age of six – up from $100 per month. In a year, parents will receive up to $1,920 per child.
  • Expanding the UCCB to children aged six through 17. As of January 1, 2015, under the expanded UCCB, parents will receive a benefit of $60 per month for children aged six through 17. In a year, parents will receive up to $720 per child.
  • Increasing the Child Care Expense Deduction dollar limits by $1,000, effective for the 2015 tax year. The maximum amounts that can be claimed will increase to $8,000 from $7,000 for children under age seven, to $5,000 from $4,000 for children aged seven through 16, and to $11,000 from $10,000 for children who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit.
  • Earlier this month, the Prime Minister announced our Government’s intention to double the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit and make it refundable. The maximum amount of expenses that may be claimed under the credit will be doubled from its current limit to $1,000 for the 2014 tax year and subsequent tax years, and the credit will be made refundable effective for the 2015 and subsequent tax years.