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Canada Contributes to Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Food Security in Guatemala

August 21, 2014 Comments off

Canada’s leadership in maternal, newborn and child health will help improve health and nutrition in Guatemala

August 21, 2014 – Mississauga, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

August 21- Lois Brown and MP Butt MNCH roundtableToday, Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, and Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga–Streetsville, co-hosted a round table with stakeholders to discuss Canada’s leadership role in maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), as well as the concrete actions Canada can take going forward to continue to improve the lives of mothers and their children in the developing world. This meeting was part of the consultations announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper at theSaving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach summit, which took place in Toronto on May 28–30, 2014.

PS Brown is holding a series of MNCH round tables in Ontario, British Columbia and Saskatchewan in the month of August. During today’s round table in Mississauga, Ontario, PS Brown took the opportunity to announce support to help improve MNCH in Guatemala.

“I am proud to announce Canada’s contribution to the National Survey on Maternal and Child Health in Guatemala supported by UNICEF,” said PS Brown. “This important initiative will contribute to improved health and nutrition programming based on reliable national statistics on MNCH and on food security in Guatemala.”

“Peel Region is home to people from all over the world,” added MP Butt. “They want Canada to support women and children with their health needs, and that is why the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health initiative is so important.”

The consultation focused on how to ensure that global commitments deliver tangible results while remaining accountable to those in need as well as to Canadian taxpayers. Canada is committed to scaling up interventions that will have the greatest impact, including in the areas of nutrition, vaccination and newborn health.

“The initiative announced today will provide critical updated analyses that will help orient government, civil society and donor interventions in the health and nutrition sectors,” said Minister Paradis. This project, supported by UNICEF, isAug 21- Lois Brown and MP Butt MNCH roundtable fully aligned with Canada’s engagement strategy in the Americas as well as our development priorities on food security and MCNH in Guatemala.”

In 2010, Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched the Muskoka Initiative, which put MNCH at the forefront of global development efforts. Thanks to Canadian leadership and subsequent global action, maternal mortality rates are declining and millions more children are celebrating their fifth birthday. Recognizing there is much more work to be done, Prime Minister Harper hosted the Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach summit in Toronto in 2014. At the summit, Canada committed an additional $3.5 billion in support and, through the Toronto Statement, laid the groundwork to end the preventable deaths of mothers, newborns and children under the age of five within a generation.


Quick Facts

  • On May 28–30, 2014, in Toronto, the Prime Minister hosted Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach. At the summit, Canada committed $3.5 billion in support for the period of 2015–2020 and renewed global momentum to advance MNCH as a global priority beyond 2015.
  • Canada’s contribution will continue to target the most effective ways to reduce maternal and child deaths by prioritizing three programming areas: strengthening health systems, improving nutrition, and reducing the burden of leading diseases.
  • Solid international progress is being made to address MNCH. The number of women who die each year during pregnancy or childbirth has dropped substantially: from 523,000 deaths in 1990 to 289,000 in 2013.
  • The global number of deaths of children under the age of five has dropped significantly as well: from nearly 12 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012.

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Welcoming the 150,000th New Citizen of 2014

August 19, 2014 Comments off

August 19, 2014 —Today, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that Canada has welcomed its 150,000th new citizen of 2014. This is double the number of new citizens compared to the same period in 2013 and thanks to the action taken by the government to reduce backlogs and improve processing times. Alexander attended a citizenship ceremony in Scarborough and welcomed the country’s newest Canadians. At the event, Alexander highlighted the government’s recent changes to the citizenship system, which have led to improved processing times and an eight percent reduction to the citizenship backlog.

Recent changes to the Citizenship Act, which received Royal Assent on June 19, 2014, will allow for further improvements to the efficiency of the Citizenship program. The new streamlined decision-making process and other changes to the Citizenship Act are expected to bring the processing time for citizenship applications down to under one year, reduce the citizenship application backlog by more than 80 percent and achieve a working inventory of applications in fiscal year 2015-2016.

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  • Since 2006, Canada has enjoyed the highest sustained levels of immigration in its history ¾ an average of one quarter-million newcomers each year.
  • For new Canadians, the citizenship ceremonymarks their formal entry into the Canadian family. A citizenship ceremony is a unique part of Canadian civic life. It is one of the formal occasions when we reflect on the rights, responsibilities and exceptional privilege of being a Canadian citizen.
  • Since 2006, Canada has welcomed over 1,300,000 proud new Canadians.
  • Newcomers can learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and more, in the Discover Canada guide.

Hon. Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular) visit to Mississauga-Streetsville

August 19, 2014 Comments off

Mississauga, Ontario-August 19, 2014- During her cross Canada summer tour the Hon. Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), stopped into Mississauga to join Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville, for the day to visit many local organizations.

Aug 19-Min. Yelich and MP Butt at Citizenship ceremonyThe day started by welcoming 100 new Canadian citizens at a citizenship ceremony with Judge Karen McMillan and Clerk Andre Visser. Min. Yelich and MP Butt then attended a monthly meeting at Peel Interfaith Council with Council members to discuss innovative ways and strategies to maximize human well-being by improving areas such as; social, cultural, community economic and environmental outcomes. They also brought greetings from Dr. Andrew Bennett, Canadian ambassador for the Office of Religious Freedoms. Aug 19- Min. Yelich and MP Butt at PMC roundtable

Min. Yelich and MP Butt attend a roundtable held by Peel Multicultural Council that also included local stakeholders from Mississauga on services and products available to Canadians while abroad through Consular Services. They also discussed social enterprise issues and how to get newcomers to Canada to move out west to obtain jobs and the types of jobs and job creation opportunities that western Canada has for newcomers. They then visited the Hindu Heritage Centre for a tour of the temple with Shastri Ji- Pundit of the Temple and to speak to their seniors group about local issues. Aug 19- Min. Yelich and MP Butt at Hindu Heritage Centre

Aug 19- Min. Yelich and MP Butt at Coptic centre MissThe day ended with Min. Yelich and MP Butt visiting the Canadian Coptic Centre with Bishop Mena and Father Angelos to tour the facility and discuss the history of Coptic Christian religion and the Coptic churches expansion in Mississauga to seven churches.

Call for Proposals: Increasing Economic Prosperity for Women

August 15, 2014 Comments off


On behalf of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville, today invited organizations across Canada to propose new projects that will promote the economic prosperity of women in Canada, and position them for greater economic success.

The Government of Canada will be supporting projects selected through this new Call for Proposals by Status of Women Canada entitled Increasing Economic Prosperity for Women. These projects will engage women and others in addressing the unique challenges facing women in today’s economy, and remove barriers that prevent them from contributing fully to the growth of the economy in their communities.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is noon (12:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time) on October 17, 2014. Apply Now!

This Call for Proposals by Status of Women Canada aligns with the Government of Canada’s number one priority which is to support jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians.

Quick Facts

  • Projects under this Call for Proposals will engage key stakeholders – institutions, employers, sector and professional organizations and local communities – to promote the economic prosperity of women in Canada. They will also address institutional barriers and other factors that limit economic opportunities for women.
  • Through the Women’s Program at Status of Women Canada, the Government of Canada has invested more than $54 million in projects that promote women’s economic security and prosperity throughout the economy.
  • On June 26, 2014, the report of the Government of Canada’s Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards was released. It outlines a roadmap for improving the representation of women on public and private boards that will also build a stronger economy. One of the report’s main recommendations is that public and private sectors in Canada aspire to seeing women attain 30% of all board positions over the next five years.
  • Economic Action Plan 2014 outlined the Government’s commitment to increasing mentorship for women looking to start their own businesses and become entrepreneurs.

MP Brad Butt’s speech on Pakistan Independence Day

August 14, 2014 Comments off


Asalam a Lakum – Good morning everyone – Bonjour tous le monde.

Happy 67th anniversary of Pakistan Independence Day – Yaum-e Āzādī!

Excellency Consul General, distinguished colleagues from elected office, ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to be here today on behalf of Prime Minister Harper to bring greetings and to participate in today’s flag raising ceremony.

Canada and Pakistan have an important mutual friendship on many levels – not just because we have a large Pakistani diaspora in Canada – but because our two countries are continuing to grow and change for the better of all of our people.

Some of you know that I took my first trip to Lahore and Karachi in January. I experienced the wonderful hospitality and the resilience of its people. My trip has brought Pakistan much closer to my heart.

August 14th is a very significant day in the history of Pakistan as the day in which you began to control your own destiny. Much like Canada did in 1867.

So today we join with you in a wonderful celebration of your country’s independence and wish you all the best.

Pakistan Zinda Baad. Canada Zinda Baad. May God bless both of our wonderful nations. Merci beaucoup.

Minister Kellie Leitch tours Streetsville organizations

August 13, 2014 Comments off

On Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville, welcomed Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, to Streetsville while on her summer tour to visit local organizations under her Status of Women portfolio.

IMG-20140813-00109MP Butt took Minister Leitch to visit the Heartland Creditview Neighbourhood Centre, where they met with MP Bob Dechert, Councillor Ron Starr and the Heartland Board of Directors to discuss issues facing women today. They toured the centres facilities and participated in a demonstration of their “Women’s Empowerment” program.

IMG-20140813-00121The day ended with a visit to Interim Place, a local women’s shelter, where they met with Sharon Floyd, Executive Director, to discuss the shelter and its support services for women in Peel Region who face violence and their programs to help heal and build new lives free of abuse.

Minister Bergen visits Mississauga-Streetsville

August 12, 2014 Comments off


On Monday, August 11, 2014, the Hon. Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, visited Mississauga-Streetsville.

Minister Bergen join MP Brad Butt for an informative meeting with Shelly White, President & CEO, United Way of Peel. Both Minister Bergen and MP Brad Butt proceeded to Tecumseh Co-operative Homes before taking a tour of the Habitat for Humanity Mississauga Restore. They spoke with board members, staff, and volunteers at the Argentia Road location.

“It was great to have the Minister take the time to talk with people on the ground doing great work to improve our community. I appreciate her time and interest in Mississauga-Streetsville,” said MP Brad Butt.

Erica Scarff receives the Timothy Street Medal of Honour

August 11, 2014 Comments off

August 10 - Presenting a Timothy Street Medal of Honour to Erica Scarff (3)

On Sunday, August 10, 2014, Mississauga-Streetsville MP Brad Butt presented Erica Scarff with a Timothy Street Medal of Honour.

Erica was nominated for her selfless work raising awareness of Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer that develops in youth.

After being diagnosed at age 12, Erica was asked “what would you like to do for your 13th birthday?” Erica responded “put on a race to raise awareness of childhood cancer.” With the help of friends, family, and supporters, Erica’s Wish was created.

Erica’s Wish is a single-day event that features a 1K, 5K, and 10K race. Each year, it raises funds to support the Canadian Cancer Society and the Erica’s Wish Blanket Program at SickKids Hospital.

MP Brad Butt was proud to present Erica with a Timothy Street Medal of Honour at this year’s event.

For more information about how you can support this great cause, please visit

MP Brad Butt hosts 308 Conversations Roundtable

August 8, 2014 Comments off


On Thursday, August 7, 2014, Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville, hosted a 308 Conversations roundtable at Vic Johnston Community Centre in Streetsville. 308 Conversations is a grassroots campaign by the Mental Health Commission of Canada that invites each of Canada’s 308 Members of Parliament to lead a conversation in their ridings about suicide prevention.

The roundtable was well received by attendees, which included representatives from Credit Valley Hospital, Trillium Health, Kids Help Phone, Canadian Mental Health Association Peel, United Way, Peel Regional Police, Safe City Mississauga, National Initiative for Eating Disorders and Develop, Assist, Mentor (The DAM). The roundtable helped bring many great ideas and initiatives forward, which MP Brad Butt submitted to the Canadian Mental Health Commission on August 20th, 2014.

More tools for suicide prevention are needed and the 308 Conversations is designed to include Canadians from coast to coast in a national dialogue about suicide prevention. Drawing on the input from the 308 Conversations, the Mental Health Commission of Canada will release the community model on suicide prevention in the fall of 2014.

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For more information on the 308 Conversations or the upcoming report, please visit

Apply Now: Forum for Young Canadians

August 6, 2014 Comments off

The Foundation for the Study of Processes of Government in Canada is currently accepting applications for its 2015 Forum for Young Canadians. This is an excellent opportunity for youth, ages 15-19, to experience life on Parliament Hill, develop an understanding of government procedures, and network with like-minded individuals.


February 22 – 27, 2015

March 8 – 13, 2015

March 22 – 27, 2015

Applications are currently being received for all three sessions in 2015. APPLY NOW!

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