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Dear Friends,

There is a lot happening here in Central Nova. I'm happy to share this information with you about important projects I'm working on to improve our daily lives through federal investments in community infrastructure, highways, wharves, water and sewer systems, main street revitalization projects, recreation facilities, workers retraining programs, and programs promoting sustainability of our natural resources.

With your ongoing support and continued input from the community, our federal government is continuing to invest in significant projects and initiatives that benefit Central Nova. Since 2006, our Government has invested more than $410 million in this region. Central Nova has the people, skills, and know-how to turn today's ideas into a productive and bright future.

As always, I look forward to working with you to build a stronger Central Nova.





"Economic Action Plan
Helping Workers
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The Failed Long-Gun Registry

- Hard on farmers
- Hard on hunters
- Ineffective against Criminals

The Liberals and NDP support this waste of $1 BILLION.

We SCRAPPED IT!



Our federal Conservative government has a strong record of keeping our streets and neighbourhoods safe for all Canadians.
Since 2006 our government has enacted over thirty measures into law to tackle crime, improve community safety and restore the rights of victims.
We have made great progress in restoring balance in our justice system and will continue to work to keep all Canadians safe and secure.

Visit justice.gc.ca for more information.




December 14, 2014
Congratulations Flight Sergeant Scott MacIntosh with 374 F/L Chisholm Air Cadet Squadron in Westville, Nova Scotia (link)



Local youth from Central Nova are earning national attention. Flight Sergeant Scott MacIntosh with 374 F/L Chisholm Air Cadet Squadron in Westville received the prestigious Air Force Association Pipe Band Award of Music Excellence, presented annually to one cadet from across Canada. At age 16, Scott’s list of piping accomplishments is long: 2014 Sandy MacLean Festival of Tartans Trophy recipient, Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Massed Pipes and Drums 2012-2014 (youngest member ever), 2013 Halifax International Security Forum Gala with delegates from more than 50 countries, piped across the Canada –US Border at the International Festival Homecoming Parade, was the lone piper for the Atlantic Region Cadet Pipes and Drums at the Halifax Citadel Commemoration Concert, and has played with the Royal Canadian Navy Stadacona Band. Our Canadian Cadet program is one of best youth development programs in our country and its benefits are unparalleled – good citizenship, community service, and physical fitness. My sincere appreciation and admiration to all our cadets, their parents, and CIC officers.
Peter
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Canada’s Veterans served this country with honour, distinction and bravery.

That is why our Conservative Government has made it a priority to improve and expand Veterans’ benefits. Regrettably, the opposition parties have been spreading misinformation about the latest measures to ensure better and more direct services and programs for our Veterans.

Since taking office in 2006, an additional $5 billion has been invested in Veterans and their families, representing a 25% increase in the Veterans Affairs budget. More than 90% of those funds go directly into benefits and programs.

We are making Veterans services more accessible, not less, as has been widely reported by opposition groups. Since 2006, our Government has opened six new operational stress injury clinics; 31 new integrated personnel support centres; and equipped all 584 Service Canada locations across Canada to handle Veterans Affairs casework. This means there are now points of service nationwide for veterans and their families. Home visits are also available where and when they are needed.

Our Government also introduced the Career Transition Services program, which provides Veterans with career counseling and job-search assistance to ease their transition back to the job market. In addition, our Government’s recently introduced Veterans’ Hiring Act gives Canadian Armed Forces personnel and honourably-released Veterans better access to openings within the federal public sector for up to five years after leaving the Forces.

In addition, our Government has also enhanced programs such as the $200 million in new mental health initiatives announced just last week which will build a major new Operational Stress Injury clinic in Halifax. Additional satellite clinics will include St. John’s, Chicoutimi, Pembroke, Brockville, Kelowna, Victoria and Montreal, to speed up access to mental health services.

This is in addition to the reinstatement of benefits to Allied Veterans and their families; improved War Veteran Allowance; and the establishment of the Veterans Ombudsman.

Finally, it is also false that veterans will no longer receive monthly benefits and instead receive a lump-sum payment. In fact, Veterans may be eligible for a wide range of monthly benefits. This is in addition to a lump sum payment provided to veterans that are critically injured. This stems from the New Veterans Charter introduced by our Government. Our Conservative Government is proud of Canada’s Veterans, and will continue to work in service to them, as they have done for Canada. They deserve nothing less.

Hon. Peter MacKay [..]






03/10/2014
08:08 AM
Government of Canada Announces Educational Funding for Vaughan Victims of Family Violence

Today, the Honourable Julian Fantino, Member of Parliament for Vaughan and Minister of Veterans Affairs, was joined by the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, to announce federal government funding to the Empowerment Through Achievement (ETA) Vaughan Women's Shelter to provide a series of "Munch and Learn" workshops to support women and girls who have experienced family violence.

03/03/2014
11:20 AM
Government of Canada Holds In-person Consultation on Criminal Code Prostitution-Related Offences

The Government of Canada today held a consultation with a number of stakeholder representatives to seek their views and input, which will help inform the Government's response to the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Bedford v. Attorney General of Canada. On December 20, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada found three Criminal Code prostitution-related offences unconstitutional.

03/01/2014
04:40 PM
Vancouver Child and Youth Advocacy Centre Society receives funding from the Federal Government

Today, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Peter MacKay announced $350,000 in funding for the Vancouver Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) Society to establish a new centre to provide services to young victims of abuse and their families.

02/28/2014
05:04 PM
Minister MacKay Highlights the Government's Efforts to Combat Sexual Abuse Against Children

At an event at the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre in Calgary today, Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, provided details of the Government's comprehensive legislation to better address the issue of sexual offences committed against children, which further supports the Government of Canada's commitment to stand up for young victims of crime.

02/28/2014
02:21 PM
Government of Canada Remains Committed to Increasing Accessibility to Justice System

Today, Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced that the Department of Justice has adopted a new Policy on Pro Bono Legal Services by Justice Lawyers. The policy was developed in response to a widespread desire among Justice lawyers to participate in pro bono legal services as a way to directly give back to their communities. The Minister made the announcement while delivering the William A. Howard Memorial Lecture at the University of Calgary.

02/26/2014
02:30 PM
Government of Canada Introduces Legislation to Protect Children from Predators and Exploitation

In support of the Government of Canada's commitment to standing up for victims of crime, Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, introduced comprehensive legislation to better protect children from a range of sexual offences and exploitation at home and abroad.

02/20/2014
04:22 PM
Minister MacKay visits YWCA of Moncton

Minister of Justice Peter MacKay, accompanied by Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe and Parliamentary Secretary Robert Goguen, today visited the YWCA of Moncton, and announced the organization has received funding from the Department of Justice Canada to host an event during National Victims of Crime Awareness Week (Victims Week), to be held from April 6-12, 2014.

02/20/2014
08:00 AM
Victims of Sexual Violence in New Brunswick to Benefit from Funding Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre to Benefit from Federal Government Support

Today, Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Keith Ashfield, M.P. for Fredericton, announced $55,000 in funding for the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre.

02/20/2014
09:30 AM
Minister MacKay and MP Ashfield Announce Federal Government Funding for New Brunswick At- Risk Youth

Today, Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Keith Ashfield, M.P. for Fredericton, announced $256,200 in funding to Partners for Youth to support a project that will implement a career development program specifically for youth in custody.

02/17/2014
10:10 AM
Government of Canada Launches On-Line Consultations to Seek Views on Criminal Code Prostitution-Related Offences

The Government of Canada today launched a public on-line consultation with Canadians to seek their views and input, to help inform the Government's response to the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Bedford v. Attorney General of Canada. On December 20, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada found three Criminal Code prostitution-related offences unconstitutional.


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