An update on legislation, developments and political discussions affecting local businesses.
Both the House of Commons and the Senate are on a break week and are scheduled to resume sitting on Tuesday, May 21.
Monday, May 13:
- Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) Maxime Bernier addressed Rendez-vous Canada, the Canadian Tourism Commission's annual trade show, at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau. Mr. Bernier highlighted the Federal Tourism Strategy and the government’s efforts to increase tourism competitiveness in Canada.
- Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear met with manufacturers and stakeholders at Invest Ottawa, seeking their input on the new Advanced Manufacturing Fund in Ontario.
Tuesday, May 14:
- Government House Leader Peter Van Loan announced a series of consultations across the country on the recently announced Canada Job Grant, which seeks to better align skills training in Canada with the needs of employers.
- Transport Minister Denis Lebel announced federal funding to help the Quebec Metallurgy Centre (Centre de métallurgie du Québec - CMQ) in Trois-Rivières, Que., acquire specialized equipment. The $1 million non-repayable financial contribution comes through the Canada Economic Development’s Quebec Economic Development Program.
Wednesday, May 15:
- Environment Minister Peter Kent announced that recreational lockage fees along Canada’s historic canals will remain frozen at 2008 levels for the next three years.
- Conservative MP Pierre Lemieux (Glengarry–Prescott–Russell) announced federal funding to help Groupe Convex Prescott-Russell of Hawkesbury, Ont., explore new ways to tackle social problems in Eastern Ontario. The $255,000 in federal funding is part of Canada’s Social Partnerships Strategy.
- Statistics Canada released March 2013 results of its Monthly Survey of Manufacturing. Manufacturing sales were down 0.3 per cent to $49.5 billion in March, the third decline in four months.
Thursday, May 16:
- Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Tanzania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation signed the Canada-Tanzania Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
- Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) Maxime Bernier announced federal funding to help Sainte-Marie, Que., firm ADS Inc. improve its productivity and increase production capacity. The $500,000 repayable contribution comes through the Canada Economic Development’s Quebec Economic Development Program.
Friday, April 17:
- Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that he will be visiting Peru and Colombia from May 21 to 24.
- Minister of State Gary Goodyear announced over $32 million in research funding over five years for seven environmental projects through the new Climate Change and Atmospheric Research initiative. The recipients were: Network on Climate and Aerosols; Research related to the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory; Canadian Arctic GEOTRACES Program; Canadian Sea Ice and Snow Evolution Network; Ventilation, Interactions and Transports Across the Labrador Sea; Canadian Network for Regional Climate and Weather Processes; andChanging Cold Regions Network.
- Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose announced the upcoming opening of the new Hill Centre at 90 Wellington St., where visitors to Parliament will now begin their tours. The building is the old site of the National Capital Commission’s Capital InfoCentre.
- Conservative MP Gord Brown (Leeds–Grenville) announced the completion of two infrastructure projects on the Rideau Canal National Historic Site near Elgin, Ont.
- Statistics Canada released the Consumer Price Index for April, 2013. The index was up 0.4 per cent in the 12 months to April, following a 1.0 per cent increase in March. The decrease was mostly attributed to lower gas prices. In Ottawa, the CPI fell 60 basis points to 0.3 per cent.
Eye on the Hill is prepared by Ottawa-based government relations and communications firm Flagship Solutions.