Report from Parliament Hill:
The final week of a productive, busy summer in the riding
Bob Nault, MP, Kenora Riding
Summers spent in Northwestern Ontario are a treat, and there is always a touch of sadness to leave home when parliament resumes for the fall session. However, I am happy to finish off another productive season that has prepared me to continue representing our riding’s interests when I return to Ottawa next week.
During my time in the riding, there have been several significant investments announced. More than $5 million has been put into Red Lake and Kenora through the Clean Water Wastewater Fund. Pikangikum First Nation is receiving $60 million to get connected to the power grid. Sioux Lookout received $1 million to revitalize its waterfront, and more than $16 million was announced for housing and water projects on Treaty #3 First Nation communities, with more announcements to come.
One of the things I enjoy most while spending time in the riding is talking with people about their interests. During the summer I held numerous constituency clinics to sit down and discuss a broad range of topics that affect Northerners with constituents, stakeholders and organizations, including more this week in Kenora, Red Lake, and Dryden.
It is also important to keep in constant communication with the leaders of our riding’s 11 municipalities and 42 First Nations. While those lines of communication are always open, it is extremely beneficial to be in the communities meeting face-to-face with mayors, chiefs, and councillors, to continue working on projects and see first-hand the positive effects they have.
This week I will be visiting with a number of First Nation communities accessible only by plane at this time of year. This includes Fort Severn First Nation, which sits just off of Hudson Bay and is the most northern community in Ontario.
To wrap the week up, I will be in Red Lake to host a passport clinic on Saturday, September 16. As a one-stop shop for help with passport applications, the clinic will take place at the Regional Heritage Centre from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Over the course of the summer, hundreds of people have attended our passport clinics, and we’re looking forward to seeing a strong turnout in Red Lake. That evening, I will be attending the Red Lake Fire Rescue banquet.
I can’t overemphasize the importance of spending time and speaking with people here in the riding. The issues discussed here on a daily basis; safe transportation, health care, high-speed internet and consistent cell phone service, were all major topics of discussion at the Rural Caucus I recently attended with fellow Members of Parliament. While at National Caucus last week, we looked at national issues that have a big impact here in our riding including the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations and softwood lumber industry.
It has been a great summer meeting with everyone and I’ll be back throughout the course of the fall session. Let me assure you I will continue to represent you and bring forward the important issues you have risen with me.