It is such a pleasure to be back in Kildonan – St. Paul this month, after working far from home for most of November.
At the beginning of the month, I was in Ukraine working on improving worker safety for miners. Canada’s mineral extraction sector is the world’s safest, and I was happy to bring some Canadian expertise overseas.
It was also great to meet with the Ukrainian–Canadian Congress in Kyiv. My office assisted the UCC with the delivery of 10 ambulances to hospitals in need, and it was great to see that Canadian ambulances will be saving lives on the frontline.
Back in Canada, November was a busy month. I was able to witness the Métis flag raised on Parliament Hill for the first time in history. This is symbolic, as next year will be the 200th anniversary of the Selkirk Treaty. I also gave the keynote speech at the Montreal Innovation Summit. It was encouraging to hear business leaders dedicated to making Canadian manufacturing stronger, and addressing the challenges increasing automation. I left for home optimistic about the future of our manufacturing sector.
Earlier in November, I was back in Winnipeg to announce that the Canada 150 Fund will be contributing $1.5 million to next year’s Canada Summer Games. Preparations are well underway, and I plan to be one of the 8,000 volunteers the Winnipeg Games needs — you should join me.
In Kildonan – St. Paul, I had the pleasure of catching up with many of you over a cup of coffee. After spending time away, I really enjoy coming home and connecting with my neighbours. If you couldn’t meet me in November I would love to see you this month. I will be at the Rivercrest Hotel in West St. Paul from 10 a.m. until noon and the Garden City Shopping Centre (2305 McPhillips St.) from 1 to 3 p.m. on December 3. On Dec. 10, I will be at Lee’s on DeVries (3600 De Vries Ave.) from 10 a.m. until noon and The Bake Oven (300 Edison Ave.) from 1 to 3 p.m.. Please join me for a cup of coffee!
I was happy to be home for Remembrance Day. I was humbled to bring a message to the Henderson and West Kildonan Legions and spend time with those who served. Looking ahead to the festive season, it’s important to remember the comforts we enjoy thanks to our veterans.