Poverty places a heavy burden on individuals and on communities. The Government of Canada is developing a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy to reduce poverty and improve the economic well-being of all Canadian families so they can have a real and fair chance to succeed. To support the development of Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, has launched a nation-wide consultation process happening now until June 2017 and a call for nominations for a ministerial advisory committee on poverty.
The nation-wide consultation process will give Canadians an opportunity to have their say on reducing poverty through an engagement website, including discussion forums and online town halls.
Interested individuals who have experience with poverty and poverty reduction are invited to apply for the ministerial advisory committee on poverty by March 13 here.
On October 13th, I hosted a community discussion at the Alex Park Community Centre to gather input from constituents for the development of the National Housing Strategy. You can read the final report on the nationwide consultations at www.letstalkhousing.ca.
In November, I held a community discussion as part of the Government of Canada’s consultation on national security and reform of Bill C-51. The input I received will help shape our government’s approach to updating and reforming our national security laws and policies to keep Canadians safe while also safeguarding our values, rights and freedoms. The information gathered from this public consultation is now being compiled. A report on the findings is being developed and will be released to the public in 2017. In the meantime, you can visit the consultation page here for background material and to learn more about the consultation process.
In September, I held a consultation meeting at Toronto City Hall to hear from constituents on their views on electoral reform. I was pleased to have guest speakers from Samara Canada, Toronto RaBIT and Lead Now. In addition, my colleague Mark Holland, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions, and local Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam also spoke. The summary of the meeting was sent to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform. To view the committee’s final report to Parliament, click here.
While we heard a wide range of opinions from Canadians, there is no clear consensus on an alternative voting system for Canada and it has become evident that the broad support needed among Canadians for a change of this magnitude does not exist. Our government is committed to improving this country’s political system and we will continue to move forward with measures to strengthen our democracy, including increasing transparency in political fundraising and protecting our democratic institutions from cyberattack. To view my statement on our decision on democratic reform, please click here.
Let’s Talk Parks, Canada!
Let’s Talk Parks, Canada! invited all Canadians to share their views on Canada’s national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas and on the Parks Canada Agency. For the first time ever, all Canadians were invited to participate in the Minister’s Round Table required by the Parks Canada Agency Act (1998).
The consultation period has now concluded. Please visit www.letstalkparkscanada.ca for more information.