I wish to express my deep appreciation to the voters of Parry Sound-Muskoka for once again placing faith in me as their representative in Ottawa.
It is a privilege, and I consider it my top priority, to represent your interests and values in the House of Commons. Since first being elected to serve the riding in 2006, I have worked on behalf of all constituents for the betterment of our communities. I take pride in the working relationships that I have developed and the accomplishments that we have achieved together.
On June 6 of 2011, the Conservative Government introduced the Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. In addition, the Government took action this spring to increase the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) for seniors and protect our economy by introducing legislation to put an end to work stoppages.
By the end of our inaugural spring session, we had worked to achieve:
- Advancing our plan to get Canada back on track by helping to create jobs, encourage economic growth and support hard working Canadians and their families;
- The Supporting Vulnerable Seniors and Strengthening Canada’s Economy Act which looks to implement key measures from Budget 2011 that will help foster economic growth and better support our seniors. One such measure is the increase to the GIS;
- The Fair and Efficient Criminal Trials Act which will help improve criminal procedure by cutting long, drawn-out trials. This key element of the Speech from the Throne was a commitment to ensuring that justice is effective, swift and true.
Come the fall, our Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative team will move forward with additional important legislation, such as scrapping the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry and introducing our omnibus crime legislation.
This will be in addition to other important legislation, like the Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act that the Government has already introduced. The Conservatives will also move forward with the Red Tape Reduction Commission, which will apply a small business lens to regulations to ensure they do not have unintended impacts that would hamper growth. Our Government’s Senate Reform Act has also been introduced. It will encourage provinces to establish a democratic process that will give Canadians a say in who represents them in the Senate. It will also limit all Senate appointments made after 2008 to one, nine-year, non-renewable term ensuring a steady renewal in the Senate.
Along with continuing to advocate for Parry Sound-Muskoka, I have been entrusted by Prime Minister Harper with the portfolio of President of the Treasury Board. In this role I will lead the important task of finding savings to balance the national budget, which will help build upon Canada’s economic stability and prosperity.
As part of a national, majority Conservative government, I look forward to the goals we can achieve over the course of this mandate. As always, I am committed to consulting with constituents and listening to your concerns in an effort to serve Parry Sound-Muskoka to the best of my ability.
Tony Clement, M.P.