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MP Brad Butt speaks on Renewing and Expanding Canada’s Contribution to the Coalition Flight Against ISIL

March 26, 2015 Comments off

On March 26, 2015, Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville, rose in the House of Commons during debate and spoke about renewing and expanding Canada’s contribution to the coalition fight against ISIL. the following is MP Butt’s speech;

Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members.

I am pleased to speak in support of this important motion concerning Canada’s continuing response to the situation in Iraq.

As we have heard, the terrorist organization the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, has killed thousands of innocent people,

Seized significant portions of Iraqi territory over the last year, and threatens to further destabilize the region.

In fact, were it not for the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and coalition allies, they would continue to spread.

Mr. Speaker, in early March I visited the Kurdistan region of Iraq as part of a delegation of One Free World International. This was my second visit to the region and gave me a first-hand view of the ISIL attacks.

I met with government officials, Peshmerga troops and victims and refugees and I personally heard their stories. Young women who had been captured and brutalized by ISIL shared their horrific experiences with us and reinforced why this barbaric group must be eliminated.

Amid the unfolding crisis, Canada is committed to helping the Iraqi people and assisting Iraq’s security forces.

As the direct result of military action by Canada and our coalition allies, ISIL’s alarming spread and expansion has stopped and they are currently on the defensive.

We cannot back down, Mr. Speaker. We need to continue degrading ISIL until they are no longer a threat not only in the region but to Canada.

Doing so is not only a moral imperative, but is also a continuation of the strong leadership role Canada has taken in many international operations.

From responding to natural disasters, to defending unarmed populations, our nation’s interventions are guided, in part, by our moral compass and our determination to assist those in need.

And the moral imperative we face in this mission is clear.

The death cult ISIL has declared war on Canada. They have called explicitly for attacks against Canadians.

The savage brutality of ISIL is one that requires us to act. They are military and expansionistic in their scope.

They are genocidal and they are merciless. They disproportionately target religious minorities, women, anyone who disagrees with their savagery.

This is not a distant fight that we can debate in the abstract.

This is not an enlightening philosophical examination of our role in the world.

This is a fight that is very real, right here at home.

These terrorists hate our society and the Canadian traditions of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law.

They have called for attacks against Canadians. They have called for attacks in our streets against innocent bystanders with the deliberate intent of making us all feel unsafe.

They are doing this by preying on those who are vulnerable, on our most impressionable, on the isolated and the young, through their network of disgusting propaganda and turning them against us.

This is the nature of the evil we face.

There is no reasoning with an evil like ISIL.

There is no reasoning with a death cult that wants to massacre, rape, and pillage the developed world.

We cannot condescendingly dismiss this threat as “not our fight.”

They have declared war on us, they have called for attacks on us, they have inspired attacks on us.

There has already been blood spilled in Canadian streets because of ISIL.

That’s we cannot say that this is not our fight.

We owe that to all of those who have been affected by this death cult.

We owe that to all of those who fear for their sons and daughters being brainwashed by ISIL propaganda.

We owe that to those who live under the tyranny of ISIL right now.

I can assure the members of the Opposition, who have suggested that we refocus our efforts on humanitarian aid that there is indeed a strong role for Canada in providing humanitarian aid in response to this very troubling situation.

But this is not an “either/or” scenario.

Our ability to provide food, to provide education, to provide shelter to those in need can only be done effectively if ISIL is being pushed back.

Yes, there is an Iraqi Security Force. But we cannot give this fight to them alone.

Canada has the capacity to make a difference in this fight, and the first 6 months of this mission have demonstrated it.

ISIL continues to be on the defensive. A welcome new trend.

ISIL’s recent attempts to regain territory in northern and central Iraq both failed, as their onslaughts were successfully fended off by our coalition.

By keeping ISIL out of these areas, we are saving lives.

Because we know the difference that they make, because we know so well what ISIL is doing:

We have all heard about mass executions.

We have all heard about the rape and sexual violence.

We have all heard about the horrors that they wage.

We have discussed these already, in this very place.

And this is why we cannot let ISIL have a base of operation from where they are unchallenged.

ISIL cannot have a safe haven.

The last 6 months in Iraq has shown that our coalition has the capability to counter this evil, head-on.

We have decided to join our allies who have been attacking ISIL in Syria without resistance from the Syrian government.

The United States and other coalition partners have had 6 months of experience attacking ISIL targets in Syria. We will conduct air strikes against ISIL in Syria on the same legal and operational basis as our Allies have been doing.

ISIL fighters and equipment have been moving freely across the Iraqi-Syria border.

ISIL has been consolidating and moving some of their heavier equipment into Syria because of the significant impact that Coalition airstrikes have had on ISIL operations in Iraq.

We have had success attacking ISIL targets in Iraq and will now expand to where ISIL is consolidating.

The Canadian Armed Forces’ record on the world stage is truly impressive.

The men and women who serve in our military continue to demonstrate their skill and dedication.

Thanks to the readiness and agility of the Canadian Armed Forces, Canada is able to provide strong leadership and support to the international community.

And it is because of our commitment to promoting international peace and security that we are assisting the people of Iraq.

This is why, Mr. Speaker, I am proud to support the government’s motion.

Thank you.

MP Brad Butt puts forward Motion 587, re-affirming support for Genocide Prevention Month

March 26, 2015 Comments off

March 26, 2015- Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville, gave notice for a motion today. Motion 587 reads:

That this House re-affirm its support for

(a) the Holocaust Memorial Day Act, which received Royal Assent on November 7, 2003;

(b) the Armenian genocide recognition resolution, adopted on April 21, 2004;

(c) the Rwandan genocide resolution, adopted on April 7, 2008; and

(d) the Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (“Holodomor”) Memorial Day Act, which received Royal Assent on May 29, 2008;

That this House call upon the Government of Canada to honour the victims of all genocides by recognizing the month of April as Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month; and

That this House acknowledge the associated commemorative days of

(a) Yom ha-Shoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, as determined by the Jewish Lunar calendar;

(b) Armenian Genocide Memorial Day, April 24;

(c) Rwandan Genocide Memorial Day, April 7; and

(d) Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (“Holodomor”) Memorial Day, fourth Saturday in November.

MP Brad Butt Speaks on Manufacturing In House of Commons

March 25, 2015 Comments off

ButtBMr. Speaker, Manufacturing in Southern Ontario remains critical to our nation’s economy and achieving long-term prosperity.

Since we came to office, we’ve taken action to support manufacturing and all the jobs it supports in Southern Ontario and across Canada. Mr. Speaker, while our Government continues to create and stand up for jobs in the manufacturing sector, the Leader of the Liberal party has been very clear in saying that, and I quote, “a large part of it is transitioning away from manufacturing-based employment as a driver of the economy.”

These comments are further proof that the liberal leader is an economic novice who is not capable of managing the Canadian economy in a still fragile global economy. Canadians deserve better.

That’s why our Government will continue to focus on jobs, fostering economic growth and ensuring long-term prosperity for all Canadians.

Harper Government Celebrates The Potential Of Young Women And Girls On International Women’s Day

March 25, 2015 Comments off

On March 25th, 2015 on behalf of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississuaga-Streetsville, highlighted creation of a new Girls Advisory Council to engage girls across Canada on their priorities and perspectives. MP Butt also announced the Strong Girls, Strong Women video contest that will provide an opportunity for girls and young women to apply and become new Council members. Creation of the Girls Advisory Council and the related video contest are part of the Government of Canada’s activities celebrating International Women’s Day.

Girls Advisory Council Apart

The Girls Advisory council will engage girls 15-24 years age of age on their priorities and areas of interest. The goal of the council is to inform the ongoing word on the Government of Canada in areas such as: how to empower girls to be leaders; mentoring and championing for girls; preventing violence against young women and girls, which includet the harmful effects of social media (e.g. cyberyviolence); and how to use social media tools in positive ways (e.g. to promote role models and gender eqauility)

Council Membership

The initial members of the Girls Advisory Council are:

  • Helen Zhou – attends Central Technical School, is President of Student Council, an active member of the Mock Trial Club, and has worked on the school yearbook and magazine for four   years
  • Rory Flynn - attends Sacred Heart School of Halifax, and is a member of her school’s debate team as well as the national debate team
  • Anjali Katta - is a high school student and founder of GirlsCo and Bombay pads, which are organizations that seek to better the lives of girls in India and Canada
  • Madilyne Kevany - has for the past ten years personified the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg’s core programming values of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Caring

Strong Girls, Strong World Video Contest

Additional Advisory Council members will be selected by the Minister with the help of the current Council members. New members will be selected from among girls making submissions to the Strong Girls, Strong World video contest. MP Butt is joining Minister Leitch in inviting girls and young women to submit videos of their own thoughts about why it’s important to celebrate the International Day of the Girl, and why they would like to join the Girls Advisory Council.

Guidelines for the Strong Girls, Strong World video contest can be found at www.dayofthegirl.gc.ca

Quick Facts

Strong Girls, Strong World Video Contest: Videos need to be submitted by April 15, 2015

  • The Government of Canada is committed to giving girls a strong foundation for success by empowering girls to be leaders and reach their full potential, including through mentoring and championing, and by working to prevent violence against young women and girls.
  • Since 2007, the Government of Canada has provided more than $153 million through the Women’s Program at Status of Women Canada for community-based projects. Of this amount $18 million for projects that address the needs of young women and girls.
  • The 2015 International Women’s Day theme is Strong Women, Strong World: Improving Economic Opportunities for All. This theme points to the vital contributions that women make to both the domestic and global economies. It also highlights the need to ensure that every woman has the opportunity to help create prosperity, whether as an employee, a professional, a business leader or an entrepreneur.

 

PM Announces Motion To Extend and Expand Canada’s Military Mission Against ISIL

March 25, 2015 Comments off

 

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On March 24th, 2015, Prime Minister Harper announced that the Government remains hopeful to introduce a motion in the House of Commons, to seek support for extending and expanding Canada’s current military contribution to the international fight against what is known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The overall goal is to undermine the capabilities and suppress ISIL.

Sponsored by the Minister of Foreign affairs, the motion is to be debated and put to a vote within the House of Commons. Canada’s current efforts against ISIL known as Operation IMPACT, are a part of the United States-led Coalition against ISIL, with over 60 additional countries participating to help eradicate terrorism.

The premise of the motion would see Operation IMPACT extended for up to 12 months, until March 30, 2016. The motive is to expand and authorize Canada’s CF-188 Hornet fighters to join other membered coalition states in attacking ISIL targets within fragile Syrian territory.

Current coalition operations have remained successful in containing ISIL’s ability to expand in Iraq and Syria. Despite this, there is much work to be done to eliminate ISIL, who still pose a serious threat to global and regional security. This includes threats directed towards Canadian citizens at home and abroad. Canada remains committed to the assisting of civilians affected by ISIL’s expansion in Iraq and Syria, which will not be compromised through Operation IMPACT.

Operation IMPACT will remain a counter-terrorism operation exclusively targeting ISIL. Canada will not be committing troops to participate in ground combat.

Here are some quick facts highlighting more of the specifics regarding Operation IMPACT:

  • Canada’s current military contribution against ISIL, which would be extended for up to 12 months, includes: up to 69 Canadian Special Operations Forces personnel to advise and assist Iraqi forces in northern Iraq; a key aerial enabler force package consisting of approximately 280 aircrew and other personnel, one CC-150 Polaris aerial refueling aircraft, up to two CP-140 Aurora aerial surveillance aircraft, as required; and a strike force package consisting of approximately 320 aircrew and other personnel, and up to six CF-188 Hornet fighter aircraft.
  • As of March 21, 2015, Canadian air assets have conducted 656 sorties over Iraq:
  • CF-188 Hornet fighters conducted 428 sorties.
  • CC-150T Polaris aerial refueller conducted 108 sorties, delivering some 6,332,000 pounds of fuel to coalition aircraft.
  • CP-140 Aurora aircraft conducted 120 reconnaissance missions.
  • Canadian CF-188 Hornet fighters have undertaken 53 of the Coalition’s 1,631 air strikes over Iraq.
  • Up to 69 members of the Canadian Special Operations Forces are working with our allies in an advisory and assistance role by providing strategic and tactical advice to Iraqi forces.
  • Thousands of foreign fighters, including some from Canada and its allies, have been recruited by ISIL. The Government is working to stem the flow of foreign fighters from Canada to the region, including through the introduction of comprehensive legislation.
  • Canada’s humanitarian and stabilization assistance continues to provide much-needed relief to millions of vulnerable and displaced people, as well as refugees, in Iraq, Syria and the region.

 Associated Link

Operation IMPACT

Brad joins Minister Jason Kenney in meeting with Canadian Kurdish community

March 20, 2015 Comments off

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On March 20, 2015, Brad attended a meeting hosted by the Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Defence and Minister of Multiculturalism in Toronto with members of the Canadian Kurdish community about the ongoing issues in Iraq and Syria.

The meeting was an opportunity for the community to share their thoughts on Canada’s participation in the multi-country military coalition, the possible extension of Canada’s role in the region and Canada’s humanitarian and political assistance in the Kurdistan region.

Brad was invited to join the meeting as he has recently travlled to the region and met with officials, Peshmerga forces and refugees.

PM announces support to open new markets for small and medium-sized businesses

March 18, 2015 Comments off

March 18, 2015, Mississauga, ON

 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced a number of measures to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) seize opportunities abroad as part of the Government’s pro-jobs and pro-export plan. These measures will help SMEs expand their businesses and create jobs by exploring new export opportunities for their goods and services, including to new and emerging markets. He was joined by Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville.

20150318_mdp_e1_02The announcement was made at Lynch Fluid Controls in Mississauga. Ernie Lynch, Presdient of Lynch Group of Companies Inc., led the Prime Minister and MP Butt on a tour of the facility before the announcement, to showcase the great work being done.

The Prime Minister first announced a new export market development program that would provide direct financial assistance to entrepreneurs seeking to develop new export opportunities and markets, especially in high-growth emerging markets. These initiatives will be particularly helpful in helping SMEs finance activities such as participation in trade fairs and missions, and market research to create new business opportunities.

He also announced that the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) will receive new staffing and programming resources to further assist Canadians doing business with the world. The TCS has more than 160 trade offices in Canada and around the world to help provide export advice and guidance to entrepreneurs. 20150318_mdp_e1_04

Today’s announcements build on the Government’s commitment to encourage and support entrepreneurship by connecting them with the tools and resources they need to succeed. Small and medium-sized enterprises represent 99 per cent of all businesses in Canada and account for nearly 90 per cent of jobs in the private sector.

Following the conclusion of negotiations of the trade agreement with the European Union and the coming-into-force of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement on January 1st, 2015, Canadian businesses will soon benefit from preferential access to more than half of the entire global marketplace. These measures build on the Government’s Global Markets Action Plan’s goal to nearly double the number of SMEs exporting to emerging markets to 21,000 and our “Go Global” export workshops that provide SMEs the tools and practical information they need to take advantage of international business opportunities to export.

The announcements made today were informed by consultations with SMEs and would be implemented on an expedited basis.

Quick Facts

  • One Canadian job in five is directly dependent on exports.
  • There are more than one million SMEs across Canada, with 41,000 currently exporting.
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development’s new export market development program announced today could assist between 500 to 1,000 Canadian exporters per year.
  • The Government’s expansion of the TCS will include additional funding on an ongoing basis to add new trade commissioners in priority markets, including high-growth emerging markets and new free trade partners such as Korea and the European Union. It would also add new programming resources to expand promotion and outreach efforts.
  • Since 2006, our Government has concluded trade agreements or concluded negotiations of trade agreements with 38 countries, bringing the total to 43 countries.

 

Human Rights Leader Majed El Shafie Announces Successful Mission to Iraq

March 18, 2015 Comments off

TORONTO, Ontario (PRWEB) March 18, 2015

The delegation, which included human rights leader Majed El Shafie and Canadian Member of Parliament, Brad Butt, met with government officials and delivered much needed humanitarian aid.

One Free World International (OFWI) is pleased to announce that their President and Founder, Rev. Majed El Shafie, has returned safely from the Kurdistan Region in Northern Iraq. Due to security concerns, the delegation, which included a Canadian Member of Parliament, Brad Butt, participating as an observer, was not previously announced.

The delegation departed Canada on March 1st and was in Kurdistan for several days, visiting refugee camps and meeting with government officials. As a result of donations and support, OFWI was able to purchase and deliver medication with a value of $300,000 at greatly reduced prices, which the delegation brought to a local hospital to be distributed to the refugee camps as needed. The OFWI team also met with the defense minister of the autonomous Kurdistan Region and the deputy speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament to discuss ways to continue to help the Christian and Yazidi refugees in the region.

In addition, El Shafie and cameraman Chris Atkins visited the front lines of the battle, about 200 meters from ISIS-controlled territory, in order to observe the situation firsthand and show support for the local troops putting their lives on the line to stop the advance of ISIS.

The members of the delegation were deeply impacted by the physically and emotionally taxing mission and by the experiences of the refugees. The stories of rape, torture and other abuse that continue to be told by those who have managed to escape ISIS are harrowing. One of the most disturbing aspects of the situation is that thousands of Christian and Yazidi girls are still in captivity where ISIS is using them as sex slaves. OFWI is involved directly or indirectly in rescue missions to save these girls.

“What is happening to the minorities at the hands of ISIS is the holocaust of our time,” warns El Shafie. “ISIS forces are systematically eliminating all minorities through expulsion, forced conversion, slavery and killing. This is absolute genocide, and if the international community does not take action immediately, it will be too late.”

El Shafie previously traveled to Northern Iraq in August 2014, with a high level delegation consisting of Members of the Canadian Parliament in order to stand with the Christians and minorities who continue to be targeted in the brutal campaign of violence by ISIS. The delegation saw for themselves the horrific situation that these people were facing and that they desperately needed help. Following his return from this mission, El Shafie was invited to testify before the Canadian Subcommittee on International Human Rights and the American Congress, regarding the situation in Iraq.

About Majed El Shafie
El Shafie has a unique voice, having once been arrested, tortured, and sentenced to die in Egypt for defending human rights and fighting for freedom of religion and the rights of minorities. He regularly testifies before the U.S. Congress and the Canadian Parliament and Senate, and he’s a frequent guest on news outlets worldwide, including FOX News Radio, Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, Phil Valentine, Laura Ingraham, CBN News, CBC, Sun News Network, CTV News, American Family Radio and many more. He now resides in Canada and fights for those persecuted around the world through his human rights organization, One Free World International. Pressuring governments, and challenging both world and spiritual leaders, he has not been afraid to put everything on the line to help those in need.

About One Free World International
One Free World International is an international human rights organization which is one of the leading organizations advocating for religious minorities globally and has 28 branches around the world. For more information, visit http://www.onefreeworldinternational.org.

Minister O’Toole strengthens benefits for reservists

March 13, 2015 Comments off

The Honourable Erin O’Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced part-time Reserve Force reservistsVeterans will have the support they deserve, honouring a pledge made by the Government of Canada. The ministers were joined by Member of Parliament Scott Armstrong and the Veterans Ombudsman, Guy Parent.

Today’s announcement focused on the Veterans Affairs Canada’s (VAC) Earnings Loss (EL) Benefit, which provides income support for Veterans with service-related injuries while they are participating in VAC’s Rehabilitation Program or who are unable to be suitably employed.

Currently, part-time Reserve Force Veterans in receipt of the Earnings Loss Benefit are eligible for an annual EL Benefit of $24,300. Through changes aimed at ensuring respect for reservists, beginning in April 2015, all Veterans of the Reserve Force eligible for the EL Benefit will be ensured a minimum annual income of $42,426, which is the current EL Benefit of a basic corporal in the Regular Force. This is a big step forward for those who need it the most, and responds to concerns raised by the Veterans Ombudsman and the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs regarding fair treatment of Canada’s reservists.

Survivors of part-time Reserve Force Veterans who lose their lives as a result of service will also benefit from this change.

 

Quick Fact

The EL Benefit is a taxable monthly benefit that ensures Veterans’ total income will be at least 75% of their pre-release military salary while they are participating in rehabilitation or unable to be suitably employed.

MP Butt speaks on World Plumbing Day in the House

March 11, 2015 Comments off

March 11, 2015- MP Brad Butt does his Member’s Statement in the House of Commons on World Plumbing Day

 

Mr. Speaker,

Today is World Plumbing Day – an opportunity to recognize the very important contribution the plumbing sector makes in our lives every day.

The United Nations declared 2005-2015 the International Decade for Action “Water for Life”, setting a world agenda that focuses increased attention on water-related issues. This initiative is of extraordinary importance in a world where preventable diseases related to water and sanitation claim the lives of about 3.1 million people per year, most of them children less than 5 years old. Of these, about 1.6 million people die each year of diseases associated with lack of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.

I would like to pay tribute to the leadership of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating that supports manufacturers, distributors and associates in the plumbing, hydronic heating, industrial PVF, and waterworks industry in Canada. They also run the CareerTap program encouraging Canadians to choose plumbing as a high skill career.

Mr. Speaker, if you had a safe, clean drink of water today – thank a plumber.