An update on legislation, developments and political discussions affecting local businesses.
The House of Commons is scheduled to resume sitting on Monday, September 16 with the Senate returning on Tuesday, September 17.
Monday, August 12:
-Greg Rickford, minister of state (science and technology), announced funding for new training initiatives in a variety of research areas, including genomics, climate change in the Arctic, clean combustion engines, and wireless technology. The federal government will invest over $24 million in 15 initiatives over six years.
Tuesday, August 13:
-The standing Senate committee on internal economy, budgets and administration presented its report on the Deloitte audit on Senator Pamela Wallin's expenses.
-Denis Lebel, infrastructure minister, announced federal funding to help ECONOFAN (8032319 Canada Inc.) of Upton, Que. implement a European commercialization strategy and increase its sales. The $49,800 repayable contribution comes through Canada Economic Development’s Quebec economic development program.
-Mr. Lebel also announced federal funding to help Natur+L XTD Inc. of Saint-Hyacinthe, Que. acquire food processing equipment. The $600,000 repayable financial contribution comes through Canada Economic Development’s Quebec economic development program.
Wednesday, August 14:
-Andrew MacDougall, director of communications in the Prime Minister’s office, announced his resignation. He will be pursuing a job in London, England.
-Mr. Lebel announced federal money to help Écotech Québec of Montreal pursue its mission of promoting the development, financing and commercialization of clean technologies in Quebec. The $717,000 in non-repayable funding over two contributions comes through Canada Economic Development’s Quebec economic development program.
-Statistics Canada announced that the release of the third and final set of data from the 2011 National Household Survey will be delayed until Sept. 11, 2013.
Thursday, August 15:
-Pierre Poilievre, minister of state (democratic reform) announced the opening of the Branchaud-Brière multi-purpose sports complex in Gatineau, with joint funding from the governments of Canada and Quebec.
-Mr. Lebel announced federal funding to help Tourisme Mont-Tremblant promote the lRONMAN Mont-Tremblant races. The $1,200,000 non-repayable funding comes through Canada Economic Development’s Quebec economic development program.
-Mr. Lebel also announced federal funding to help Club Nautique Roberval Inc. carry out infrastructure improvements. The $256,750 non-repayable financial comes through the community infrastructure improvement fund (CIIF).
Friday, August 16:
-Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that he will be undertaking his annual visit to Canada’s North on August 18-23, with stops in Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Northern Quebec.
-Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced the coming into force of a new divorce process for certain non-resident couples who married in Canada. The new rules are supposed to make it easier for couples from outside of Canada to get a divorce if they were married in this country. The changes come from Bill C-32, the Civil Marriage of Non-Residents Act, which received royal assent in June, 2013.
-Mr. Lebel announced federal funding to help the Société des loisirs de Métabetchouan–Lac-à-la-Croix carry out an infrastructure improvement project at the Le Rigolet centre in Métabetchouan–Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec. The 500,000 non-repayable financial contribution comes through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).
-Statistics Canada released June 2013 results of the Monthly Survey of Manufacturing. Manufacturing sales were down 0.5 per cent to $48.2 billion in June for the fourth decrease in six months. The decrease was mostly a result of lower sales in the miscellaneous manufacturing, fabricated metal product and wood product industries.
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