March 2012 Parliamentary Report
ELECTION PHONE CALLS
Elections Canada is conducting an investigation into phone calls made to Guelph riding residents which allegedly misdirected electors with incorrect poll location change information. This is the only Elections Canada investigation of which we know.
Recently, additional reports of approximately thirty similar calls to date have surfaced in other ridings, including Kitchener Centre. Indeed some of my own supporters, and even my wife, received such phone calls.
However, it would be unethical for me or anyone else to accuse any person or any Party of illegal or fraudulent conduct without clear evidence implicating that person or Party, so I have refused to do so. I think most Canadians, like me, are revolted when politically motivated innuendo and character assassination are used to smear those who innocently devote themselves to public service, alongside the guilty.
The best response to this challenge is to ensure that Elections Canada and other law enforcement authorities thoroughly investigate and prosecute anyone responsible for deliberate voter suppression.
In Kitchener Centre voter turnout was up, and the margin of our electoral result was convincing. I have no doubt this is because my Opposition colleagues and I each ran thoroughly ethical campaigns. I also have no doubt that each of our Party leaders share the same goal.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II DIAMOND JUBILEE MEDAL
A new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.
As the Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, I have been allotted 30 medals to award to deserving members of our community. I have organized an advisory panel to assist me with the decision making.
If you know of a deserving candidate that you would like to nominate and they meet the eligibility criteria below, please contact my office for a nomination form. An awards ceremony will be planned at a later date.
To be eligible for this honour, a person must:
· Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, but need not necessarily reside in Canada;
· Have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada; and
· Be alive on February 6th, 2012, the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne. The medal can be awarded posthumously, as long as the recipient was alive on that date.
I will close nominations June 5, 2012.
Minister Flaherty has advised that he will present the 2012-2013 Budget on March 29th. We expect moderate austerity measures, to continue our successful efforts to date on deficit reduction.