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MP Brad Butt Presents Petition in the House of Commons

April 16, 2014 Comments off

On April 3, 2014, I presented a petition in the House of Commons on behalf of thousands of Canadians who were asking the Government of Canada to consider designating the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt as a terrorist organization.

MPs regularly present petitions on behalf of people on all sorts of topics. MPs are not required to agree or disagree with the contents of a petition but most MPs believe that presenting these gives voice to Canadians directly in the House of Commons.

After a petition is presented, the Goverment has 45 days to respond and that response may result in further action by the Government or by the petitioners.

The rules governing petitions are clearly set out in the House of Commons policies and procedures which can be viewed at www.parl.gc.ca.

MP Brad Butt’s statement to the passing of former Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty

April 10, 2014 Comments off

May 8 215 I was shocked and saddened today to hear of the death of my colleague, friend, and mentor, our former Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty.

Jim’s dedication to his country and to making it a better place for all Canadians was something that all of his colleagues respected.

As an economic leader on the world stage during the recent worldwide economic crisis Jim’s steady hand, leadership, and charm led Canada through these challenges and back to prosperity.

That was the public man, but those of us who have known him personally for years are saddened for the friend we lost and we send our prayers to his wife Christine and his children on this sad day.

Rhonda and I want to send our thoughts to the Flaherty family for the loss of a truly special person.

Canada will not forget him.

Brad spoke in the HOC on SMILE Canada

April 9, 2014 Comments off

Member’s Statement
April 9, 2014

Smile Canada

Mr. Speaker,

Last Friday night, I attended the 6th annual SMILE Canada fundraising gala at the Swagat Banquet Centre in my riding of Mississauga-Streetsville attended by many families supported by this program.

During National Volunteers Week, I wish to pay tribute to SMILE which is 100% volunteer run.

SMILE Canada is an organization dedicated to supporting children and their families from minority communities living with a disability and/or critical illness.

Through a very active volunteer framework, SMILE offers a support system, integrative events, educational workshops, scholarships, and a buddy program supporting children with different abilities.

I encourage people in our community to help support SMILE through a donation of time, talent or resources. Go to www.smilecan.org.

Our communities are only stronger when we all make the effort to help each other.

And Mr. Speaker as this organization rightly says “we all smile in the same language.”

PM Harper announces historic legislation to create a Canadian Victims Bill of Rights

April 3, 2014 Comments off

Federal Government seeks to better protect victims of crime and give them a stronger voice in our justice system

April 3, 2014 Mississauga, Ontario Prime Minister’s Office
Introduction

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the introduction of legislation to create a Canadian Victims Bill of Rights that would transform the criminal justice system by creating, at the federal level, clear rights for victims of crime – a first in Canadian history. The Prime Minister was joined by Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

During consultations held by the federal Government over the past year, many victims of crime shared stories of their interactions with the criminal justice system. Many participants expressed a desire for victims of crime to be kept better informed and involved at every stage of the justice process, and called for an increased understanding of the needs of victims.

Our Government is delivering on its commitment in the 2013 Speech from the Throne to introduce a Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, a commitment reiterated in Budget 2014. The legislation is part of our Government’s Plan for Safe Streets and Communities, which focuses on holding violent offenders accountable, enhancing the rights of victims, and increasing the efficiency of our justice system.

Quick Facts

• The legislation would create the following statutory rights for victims of crime:
o Right to information: Victims would have the right to general information about the criminal justice system and available victim services and programs, as well as specific information about the progress of the case, including information relating to the investigation, prosecution and sentencing of the person who harmed them.
o Right to protection: Victims would have the right to have their security and privacy considered at all stages of the criminal justice process, to have reasonable and necessary measures to protect them from intimidation and retaliation, and to request their identity be protected from public disclosure.
o Right to participation: Victims would have a right to convey their views about decisions to be made by criminal justice professionals and have them considered at various stages of the criminal justice process, and to present a victim impact statement.
o Right to restitution: Victims would have the right to have the court consider making a restitution order for all offences for which there are easy-to-calculate financial losses.
• The Government will provide dedicated funding to support the implementation of the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights through existing resources as well as the allocation of new federal resources.
• A study released in 2011 by the Department of Justice Canada found that the total cost of crime is an estimated $99.6 billion a year – 83 per cent of which is borne by victims.
• According to Statistics Canada, nearly 2 million criminal incidents were reported to Canadian police services in 2012.
• All provinces and territories have legislation for victims of crime and currently manage successful victims’ services programs in their own jurisdictions.

Quotes

“Our Government is proud to be rebalancing the scales of Canadian justice to ensure that innocent victims of crime have clear rights in our system. The new legislation being introduced in Parliament today aims to ensure that victims are at the heart of our judicial system and that they have the right to information, to protection, to participation and to restitution.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

“Our Government wants victims of crime across this country to know that we have listened to their concerns and that we are squarely on their side. Victims will have enforceable rights in Canada’s criminal justice system, will be treated with the respect and fairness that they deserve, and will have a stronger voice.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Housing First

April 3, 2014 Comments off

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our Government has emerged as a leader in the battle against homelessness.

Since launching our Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) in 2007, we have helped over 26,000 homeless, at-risk Canadians obtain education and training opportunities, helped over 27,000 find work, and created more than 4,800 new shelter beds. And we’ve done this in accordance with solid conservative fiscal principles. For every dollar we’ve invested, over two dollars has been invested by partners, including other levels of government, community stakeholders, and the private and non-profit sectors.

Building on this success, next month marks a new phase of HPS. Despite false claims that funding has been cut, we’ve renewed funding under this program for the next 5 years. Communities will continue to receive the same amount of funding for programs to prevent and reduce homelessness as they did previously.

What has changed is that we are moving towards a Housing First approach, in line with our commitment to deliver value for money for taxpayers and ensure our investments actually make a long-term difference for the most vulnerable in our society.

Housing First is effective in reducing chronic homelessness while alleviating pressure on shelter, health and judicial services. Once stable housing is obtained, the focus shifts to addressing more ongoing issues, such as addictions or mental health. Evidence has shown that this is the most effective way to combat chronic homelessness. Because the ultimate goal is to ensure these individuals learn the skills required to obtain jobs and become fully participating members of society.

Our Government funded a pilot project that took place in five Canadian cities. It was the largest research project of its kind in the world. The preliminary results showed that two years later almost 80 percent of the participants remained housed. These are stronger results than we’ve seen under any previous approaches to address homelessness. I’m looking forward to the final results of the project which will be coming out in a few weeks.

And while Housing First will be the cornerstone of our new HPS, communities will retain flexibility to invest in other proven approaches that reduce homelessness at the local level, such as shelters and transitional housing. We make no apologies and are proud to be ensuring hard-working taxpayer dollars are directed to where they will have the largest, long-term impact.

MP Brad Butt’s speech in the HOC on M-455

March 24, 2014 Comments off

It is a pleasure to participate in the debate of Motion 455 introduced by my colleague, the Honourable Member for Edmonton East.

The intention of this motion is clear. It states that one nationally standardized “Point-in-Time” count should be recommended for use in all municipalities in carrying out counts of homeless individuals in their communities.

Motion 455 recommends the development of nationally recognized methods governing how the count should be carried out.

To put it more simply, my colleague has brought forward this motion so that the Government can help provide the tools to improve and standardize the way we count homeless people in Canada.

Currently, various methods are being used in different communities, which can be a problem.

This motion provides the opportunity to improve our programs and better target our resources.

Mr. Speaker, it is a tool for municipalities and communities to gain a better understanding of the homeless population, what situation these people are in, and what challenges they face.

Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS)

Mr. Speaker, given the complexity of homelessness, our government launched in 2007 the Homelessness Partnering Strategy also known as the HPS, with the goal of preventing and reducing homelessness in Canada.

Last year, as part of our Economic Action Plan, we announced an investment of almost $600 million over five years to renew the HPS. HPS funding is delivered to 61 communities, as well as to Aboriginal and rural and remote communities.

One of the great strengths of the HPS is that it encourages cooperation between governments, agencies, local community organizations and the private sector.
The HPS allows each of these communities to determine its own specific needs and develop projects to meet them.

In fact, each community must have an advisory board representing these types of stakeholders, and they set priorities and recommend projects to their communities, and Mr. Speaker, we know that this partnership approach works.

For every dollar we’ve invested, over two dollars has been invested by partners, including other levels of government, community stakeholders, and the private and non-profit sectors. We know that real solutions to homelessness can only be found through partnerships within our communities. ’m proud to report that through the efforts of the HPS and its partners, thousands of homeless individuals have secured stable housing, found jobs, returned to school and become fully participating members of Canadian society.

In Economic Action Plan 2013, we announced the renewal of the HPS using an evidence based approach with measurable and proven results called “Housing First.”

Housing First involves moving homeless individuals into immediate and permanent housing, then offering supports to keep them housed.
Once stable housing is obtained, the focus shifts to addressing more ongoing issues, such as addictions or mental health.

As a result, individuals are able to get their life back on track and become self-sufficient, fully participating members of society.

Evidence shows that Housing First can be effective in reducing chronic homelessness and makes better use of public dollars by reducing pressure on other shelter, health and justice services.
Through the At Home/ Chez Soi project, Canadians now have “made in Canada” evidence that the Housing First approach really works.

Over a 12-month period, Housing First participants spent an average of 73 percent of their time in stable housing, compared to only 30 percent for homeless people in a control group.

Mr. Speaker, I mentioned earlier that one of our main goals is to reduce the number of homeless people in the country, and if possible, eliminate homelessness altogether.

How will we know if the numbers are going down, if we don’t have a baseline to refer to because we are not using an efficient and standardized method of counting?

Point-in-Time (PiT) Count Approach

This is why our government is supportive of this motion to move towards a standard Point-in-Time count approach, also known as a PiT count. standardized approach will facilitate efforts to create a more comprehensive national picture of sheltered and unsheltered homelessness in Canada. Communities will be required to measure the results of efforts to reduce homelessness by conducting PiT counts. This data will help to determine whether homelessness is being effectively reduced at the community level.

The approach described by my colleague from Edmonton East would help to achieve this goal. ndeed, the proposed Point-in-Time count approach will better equip communities to assess the extent of homelessness. Such a method can also establish a baseline level of homelessness in designated HPS communities across Canada.

Communities across Canada will be able to use this method to track, at a given point in time, both the number of people staying in shelters or on the streets. his way they can obtain quantitative data that they can work with to address local needs and better deliver services.

Mr. Speaker, I am asking all my colleagues to consider Motion M-455 and how it will help us direct our money where it can do the most good: helping the most vulnerable people in Canada.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Creating Jobs and Opportunities – Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

March 11, 2014 Comments off

On March 11th, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canada and the Republic of Korea have concluded negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement that will significantly boost trade and investment ties between the two countries, creating jobs and opportunities for Canadians in every region of the country.

In these uncertain times, our prosperity depends on our ability to take advantage of economic opportunities in emerging markets.

The most recent Speech from the Throne committed to expanding trade in Asia to benefit Canadian workers, businesses and industries across the country. The Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement delivers on that commitment.

The Free Trade Agreement, Canada’s first with an Asian market, will create thousands of new jobs in Canada and provide Canadian businesses and workers with a gateway to Asia, enhancing their global competitiveness.

It will also level the playing field for Canadian companies competing with Korea’s other trading partners, including the United States and the European Union, who already have free trade agreements with Korea.

Canadian consumers will benefit from a greater variety of goods at lower prices, as the Free Trade Agreement will cover virtually all aspects of Canadian-Korean trade: goods and services, investment, government procurement, environment and labour cooperation, and other areas of economic activity.

Once the Agreement is fully implemented, Korea will remove duties on 98.2 per cent of its tariff lines, covering virtually all of Canada’s imports.

Our Government recognizes the importance of opening new markets for Canadian goods, services and investment which is why we launched the most ambitious trade agenda in Canadian history.

The Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement will create jobs and open the door to the lucrative Asia-Pacific market for Canadian businesses across the country and it will deliver significant benefits for Canadian consumers from coast to coast to coast.

GENERAL BENEFITS

The Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement will provide Canadian businesses and workers with unprecedented access to Korea, which has an annual GDP of $1.1 trillion and a population of 50 million people. Expected benefits include:

• thousands of new jobs in Canada in a wide range of sectors, including industrial goods (e.g. chemicals and plastics, information and communications technology, aerospace, metals and minerals, etc.), agricultural and agri-food products, wine and spirits, fish and seafood, and wood and forestry products;

• a substantial increase in Canadian exports to Korea. The Agreement is projected to increase exports by 32 per cent and boost the Canadian economy by $1.7 billion annually;

• the reduction of tariffs and non-tariff measures for Canadian companies. When the Agreement is fully implemented, Korea will remove duties on 98.2 per cent of its tariff lines covering virtually all of Canada’s imports. Given that the average of Korea’s tariffs are currently three times higher than Canada’s (13.3 per cent vs. 4.3 per cent), tariff elimination will be particularly advantageous for Canadian businesses exporting to the Korean market;

• improved access for professional, environmental and business services;

• enhanced temporary entry commitments that will facilitate the movement of business people between Canada and Korea and give preferential access to business visitors, traders, investors and professionals such as architects and engineers;

• improved access to Korea’s government procurement market;

• a strategic gateway for Canadian businesses to the wider Asia-Pacific region, enhancing their global competitiveness; and,

• a greater variety of goods for Canadian consumers at lower prices.

QUICK FACTS

• Korea is a key market for Canada – it is the world’s 15th-largest economy (GDP of $1.1 trillion), and the fourth-largest in Asia, with a population of 50 million people.

• Korea is already Canada’s seventh-largest merchandise trading partner and its third-largest in Asia (after China and Japan). Total merchandise trade between the two countries reached approximately $10.1 billion in 2012.

• Tariff elimination will be particularly advantageous for Canadian businesses, as average Korean tariffs are three times higher than Canada’s.

• The U.S. and the EU already enjoy free trade agreements with Korea. The Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement will level the playing field for Canadian exporters and investors.

• Korea’s economic growth in the last 30 years has been remarkable. Since 1980, Korea’s GDP has grown more than six-fold and experienced an average annual growth rate of 6.5 per cent.

• Our Government is undertaking the most ambitious trade agenda in Canadian history. In less than seven years, Canada has concluded free trade agreements with nine countries and is negotiating with 30 more. A notable achievement in this effort was the historic agreement in principle with the 28-nation European Union, announced in October 2013. With 500 million people and an annual economic activity of almost $17 trillion, Canada now has access to the world’s largest economy.

Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards: MP Brad Butt Encourages Nominations

March 10, 2014 Comments off

Mississauga, Ontario

MP Brad Butt is reminding community members that the call for nominations for the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards was recently announced by the Right Honourable Steven Harper, Prime Minister of Canada. The call for nominations is open between February 28 and May 9, 2014.

The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards consist of 17 awards in total: 15 regional awards – 3 awards for each of 5 regions across Canada (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies, British Columbia and the North), and 2 national awards. Discover the award categories and submit a nomination today through the Prime Minister’s website: Prime Ministers Volunteer Awards.

Recipients are recognized at an award ceremony and chose an eligible not-for-profit organization to receive a grant for $5,000 (regional award) or $10,000 (national award).

Quick facts

• Businesses contribute to their communities in many ways. In 2010, over half of employees who volunteered said that they had received support to do so from their employer.

• Almost half of all Canadians (47 percent) volunteer their time, energy and skills to benefit their communities, with the replacement value of their work estimated to be around $14 billion, or the equivalent of nearly 1.1 million full-time jobs.

• Volunteers are crucial to Canada’s not-for-profit sector, which includes 161 000 registered charities and not-for-profit organizations.

• The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards recognize volunteers and organizations that use innovative ideas and approaches to address social challenges. Working in partnership, businesses, individuals and organizations can develop creative ways to strengthen their communities.

International Women’s Day 2014

March 2, 2014 Comments off

Strong Women. Strong Canada. Canadian Women – Creating Jobs One Business at a Time
Brad Butt, M.P. Invites Canadians to Celebrate International Women’s Week, March 2 to 8

international womens day

Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville, today called on constituents to celebrate International Women’s Week 2014. This year’s event will highlight the important role played by women entrepreneurs in the Canadian economy, with the theme: Strong Women. Strong Canada. Canadian Women – Creating Jobs One Business at a Time.

Quick Facts

• March 8 is International Women’s Day, which was established by Canada in 1977, following a United Nations resolution calling on member states to proclaim a day for women’s rights and international peace.
• As of 2011, 15.6% of small and medium sized businesses in Canada were majority-owned by women.
• RBC Economics reports that, in 2011, majority-owned women’s businesses contributed an estimated $148 billion to the Canadian economy.
• Women-owned businesses currently employ over 1.5 million Canadians, according to BMO Financial Group.
• Since 2007, Status of Women Canada’s Women’s Program has provided more than $53 million in funding for projects that specifically focus on improving women’s economic security and prosperity, including over $9 million for projects which aid and support women’s entrepreneurship.

“I encourage everyone in Mississauga-Streetsville to get involved in events commemorating International Women’s Day. This is an excellent opportunity for all of us to celebrate the achievements of women in so many diverse fields, as well as to reflect on how we can advance equality even further at all levels of our economy,” said Brad.

Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act

February 26, 2014 Comments off

On Wednesday February 26, 2014, our Government unveiled Bill C-26, the Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act, to strengthen penalties for child sexual offenders. Child sexual exploitation is unacceptable and we are doing more to better protect our youth and our communities and to punish sexual offenders to the full extent of the law.

• In the most recent Speech from the Throne, our Government committed to re-establishing Canada as a country where those who break the law are punished for their actions; that penalties match the severity of crimes committed; and where the rights of victims are substantial.
• Our Government is committed to making our streets and communities safe by cracking down on predators who abuse and exploit children.
• Our Government is introducing nine new key measures to better protect our children from a range of sexual offences, including child pornography, while ensuring that offenders receive prison sentences that better reflect the serious nature of these offences.
• Our Government is making our streets and communities safer, in particular for the most vulnerable members of society – our children.

Bill C-26, The Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act will:

• Requiring those convicted of contact child sexual offences against multiple children to serve their sentences consecutively – one after another;
• Requiring those convicted of child pornography offences and contact child sexual offences to serve their sentences consecutively;
• Increasing maximum and minimum prison sentences for certain child sexual offences;
• Increasing penalties for violation of conditions of supervision orders;
• Ensuring that a crime committed while on house arrest, parole, statutory release or unescorted temporary absence, is an aggravating factor at sentencing;
• Ensuring that spousal testimony is available in child pornography cases;
• Requiring registered sex offenders to provide more information regarding travel abroad;
• Enabling information-sharing on certain registered sex offenders between officials responsible for the National Sex Offender Registry and at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA); and
• Establishing a publicly accessible database of high risk child sex offenders who have been the subject of a public notification in a provincial/territorial jurisdiction to assist in ensuring the safety of our communities.