June 2012 Parliamentary Report
Debate on Motion 312 proposing a Parliamentary study of Canada’s 400 year old definition of human being began April 26, 2012. A second hour of debate will occur June 7th. Check my website www.stephenwoodworth.ca for updates. The response from Canadians and MP’s has been constructive and I am pleased with the discussion so far.
CHANGES TO EI
With Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government is determined to deliver local job opportunities to unemployed Canadians.
Unprecedented labour shortages make it important that EI works effectively for Canadians. We must connect Canadians with available jobs in their area appropriate to their qualifications. We must also clarify responsibilities while collecting EI.
Current rules require that Canadians actively look for work while collecting EI. These changes enhance those requirements providing Canadians with guidance on job searching in their area, within their skill set. We will deliver enhanced job alerts and better labour market information. Canadians will also keep records of their job search, and submit that information upon request.
The type of work and wages considered suitable will be based on previous use of the EI program. The more frequently a claimant has claimed, the broader their job search will need to be. Personal circumstances, working conditions, and hours of work will continue to be assessed on a case by case basis.
Canadians will always earn more money by working than by collecting EI. This will remove barriers to work, and connect Canadians with available suitable jobs.
EASE OF TRAVEL
The government announced that effective June 1, 2012, Canadians will be able to bring rental vehicles into Canada from the United States. We have already delivered several initiatives to make travel easier for Canadians, including regulations to ensure truth in airfare advertising, and NEXUS cards to expedite airport screening for travel to the U.S. This cross-border access initiative improves tourism and safety. For example, if you are taking a cruise from San Francisco to Seattle you can now rent a car in Seattle and visit Vancouver. If you visit the U.S. and your car breaks down or you experience flight cancellation, you can rent a U.S. vehicle and return to Canada safely.
Our Environment Committee is preparing recommendations for the Minister to develop a National Conservation Plan. We have received input from many witnesses. I recently travelled to Halifax to hear from stakeholders and witnesses in Atlantic Canada. The plan will support major conservation projects of national or regional significance and help connect Canadians with nature.
IN THE RIDING
It has been a busy month! I’ve spoken with many constituents at my office and in attending local events.
On Saturday, May 12th I had the pleasure of assisting the staff at M&M Meat Shops with their 24th Annual Charity Barbeque supporting the Chrohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada, serving hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream bars. This helped to raise over $1.5 million (by 450 M&M Meat Shops).
Have a safe and happy summer!