Ottawa – October 17, 2013 - Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville today notes that the deadline for the Canada Summer Jobs program is earlier for 2014.
“Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative that helps students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful, now and in the future, while earning money for the upcoming school year,” explains Brown.
It also helps employers create much needed summer job opportunities for students, while strengthening local economies and communities across Canada.
The deadline for CSJ has changed and is earlier than in previous years. This year, applications will be available online beginning December 2 and must be submitted before January 10, 2014.
“These new timelines mean that successful employers will be notified sooner and have more time to recruit students,” he explains.
Brown notes that he expects to receive full program details in November and will communicate more information as soon as he receives it.
Ottawa –October 16, 2013 - Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville, today praised the government for plans outlined in the Speech from the Throne.
“We are poised to take advantage of the opportunity we have before us,” said Brown. “Canada is well positioned for continued growth.”
“As well,” he continued, “Throughout the summer I spoke with people in Leeds-Grenville and their concerns have been addressed in the Throne speech.”
Our natural wealth, our sound finances, our stable democracy, our expanded network of trade relationships, the demand for our resources, combined with Canadians ingenuity, are setting us on a path for continued growth and wealth, he continued.
Two and half years ago, our government set out to protect our jobs and the economy, to keep taxes low and to keep our families and communities safe. Through the work that has been accomplished by our government we are in a good position going forward.
“Creating jobs and securing economic growth remains our top priority,” Brown explained. “We will continue to create the conditions for new and better jobs across all sectors of our economy.”
“This includes supporting job creation and keeping taxes low while continuing to support the social programs that we rely on,” he said. “Canada has the best job-creation record in the G7 with over one million net new jobs created since the depths of the recession. We remain one of the few countries in the world with a triple-A credit rating.”
Canadian families work hard to make ends meet, and every dollar counts.
“Canada currently has the lowest tax burden in half a century,” said Brown.
Our government will protect the interests of ordinary Canadians and put the rights of victims ahead of the rights of criminals, he said.
Our government will protect Canadian sovereigntyandkeep Canadians secure. As a united Canada, we look confidently to our 150th anniversary and beyond. We will seize the moment before us.
“There are many specific measures announced in the Throne speech that I heard in the riding this past spring and summer,” Brown explained. “As well, there are other significant promises.”
Balancing the budget by 2015 and introducing balanced-budget legislation
Connecting unemployed Canadians with jobs and training
Continuing with our free-trade agenda to ensure further economic growth and new markets for our agricultural, resource, and manufactured products
Launching a comprehensive new plan to help Canadian exporters
Further tax relief once the budget is balanced in 2015
Responsible and environmentally safe resource development and enshrining the polluter-pay system into law
Better transport safety
Further commitment to our Building Canada Infrastructure plan announced in our last budget
Continued commitment to cutting red tape
Reducing roaming costs on networks in Canada
A “pick-and-pay” system for television channels while protecting Canadian jobs
Continued enhancement of broad-band for rural Canadians
Further consumer price protection to ensure Canadians do not pay more for identical items available in the United States and other consumer protections in the banking and credit card industries
New legislation to give police and prosecutors tools to combat cyber-bullying which will include a new criminal offence prohibiting the non-consensual distribution of intimate images
Ending sentence discounts for child sex offenders, ending the practice of early release for serious repeat offenders, and ensuring a life sentence is a life sentence
Among the items in the speech is a continued commitment to democratic reform.
“We continue to believe that the Senate must be reformed,” said Brown. “The government will proceed upon receiving the advice it sought earlier from the Supreme Court.”
Brockville – September 9, 2013 – Gord Brown today applauded the government’s announcement that the Employment Insurance rates that employers and employees pay will be frozen for the next three years.
“This means that businesses and their employees in Leeds-Grenville will be keeping more money in their pocket, which is great news for our local economy – especially our small businesses, “ he says.
Our Government, like no other before, understands that small business is a cornerstone of our economy, creating jobs that support families in our communities. That’s why we have introduced numerous measures to help them out, like a hiring credit for growing their businesses that expands their workforce.
Little wonder small business has been such a key part of Canada’s recovery from the recent global economic downturn. In fact, with the help of small businesses, Canada has created over one million new jobs since the end of the global recession – the best record among all the G-7 countries.
But as we all know, the global economic recovery remains challenging. This is especially true for Canada’s key trading partners – the United States and Europe. With our big export markets still on shaky ground, that’s going to have an impact on Canada’s economy.
That’s why our Government is staying focused on the economy. One way we’re doing this is through a three-year freeze on EI rates. This means rates for employees and employers will stay at or below the 2013 level ($1.88 per $100 of insurable earnings) until 2016. This will leave $660 million in the pockets of job creators and workers in 2014 alone, compared to what they would have otherwise had to pay under the projected formula. This means more money stays in Leeds-Grenville, helping to support our local economy.
Smiths Falls – September 4, 2013 - Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville, on September 4 launched a collaborative and innovative project to foster recreation, tourism and economic development throughout the Rideau Canal corridor.
Speaking on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Brown said: “This partnering project reflects our government’s desire to engage key stakeholders in a conversation about the future sustainability of the Rideau Canal.”
“I’m excited to start working on this common vision for the benefit of all communities along this World Heritage Site,” he added.
The Living and Visiting the Rideau UNESCO World Heritage Site project will help identify innovative new ways to ensure the Rideau Canal meets its potential as a vibrant and animated world-class site that contributes to local economies. This initiative will be managed through the collaborative efforts of Parks Canada, the Rideau Roundtable, the Rideau Heritage Route Tourism Association, the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, Lanark County, the Town of Smiths Falls, the Valley Heartland, Thousand Islands, and Grenville Community Futures Development Corporations. Together, these groups will engage in a proactive dialogue that will identify, new experience concepts and innovations and enhancements to make these experiences as memorable as possible. “During this past spring and summer I have met with these key groups to identify ways to enhance the economic development potential of the Rideau. I am pleased that we are all working together to develop this common vision,” Brown said.
“Today's announcement demonstrates MP Brown’s commitment to our communities and reflects the federal government’s commitment to the sustainability of our World Heritage Site Rideau Canal,” said Merrickville-Wolford Mayor Doug Struthers.
“Brown is working with Corridor and Regional partners to assist in pursuing on-water and land based investment, growth, and visitor opportunities, which will enhance the sustainability of the Rideau Canal and communities on the Corridor,” he added.
United Counties Warden and Rideau Lakes Township Mayor Ron Holman noted: “This is a real positive step in preserving and developing plans for this asset we all enjoy, with the leadership of MP Gord Brown I look forward to discussions and plans which will meet the needs of current and future generations.” Brown has spent the summer gathering more information about the canal and monitoring the Rideau. He continues to encourage boaters, business owners, residents and others interested in the waterway to contact him with comments and suggestions on current issues and the future potential of the Rideau.
“There will be more information soon about this economic development process, as well,” he explained. “I encourage people to be involved.”