MP's Report - Gary Anandasangaree
I would like to begin by thanking West Rouge residents for your ongoing support and confidence these past four years.
As the Member of Parliament for Scarborough–Rouge Park and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, it has been a true privilege to serve this community and work together with the families in West Rouge on a number of critical issues at the local, national and international level. Our office has benefitted immensely from the strong, positive relationships we established with West Rouge residents and we could not have accomplished so much without your encouragement, insight and expertise.
Enhancing Our Economy
From the outset, our government’s top priority has been to ensure the long-term strength and stability of the Canadian economy. Creating an economic environment which is conducive to job growth, innovation, and investment has not only helped our economy soar, but has given more Canadians the tools and opportunities necessary to achieve their true potential.
Since 2015, our positive and progressive policies have helped generate over one million new jobs in Canada; brokered fourteen international free trade agreements with over fifty countries; reduced the small business tax rate from 11% to 9%; created Canada’s first ever Federal Pay Equity Legislation to ensure equal pay for work of equal value; and shrunk the national unemployment rate to an historic 40 year low.
Protecting Our Environment
In addition to building a prosperous economy, Canadians have voiced their support for strong environmental protection. Across the country, climate change is causing new challenges for local communities -- including the unprecedented flooding of the Rouge Beach. In order to preserve the health and well-being of our planet, Canadians understand that we must take action now.
That’s why, as of April 1st 2019, it is no longer free to pollute in Canada. Instituting a federal price on pollution will help protect our environment and ensure that big polluters finally begin paying their fair share.
Here in Ontario, all money collected from the price on pollution will, by law, be returned back to Ontarians - 90% of that revenue returned to families through a tax rebate called the Climate Action Incentive. Putting a price on carbon pollution is part of our government’s ambitious plan to fight climate change, protect our environment and ensure the health of our planet for future generations.
Furthermore, through significant investments in our environment, including $1.3 billion to protect at-risk species and expand wildlife areas and sanctuaries like the Rouge National Urban Park, our government is working together with scientists, community partners and Indigenous peoples, to design and develop sustainable solutions to protect Canadian ecosystems.
Supporting Those in Need
All Canadians deserve a real and fair chance to succeed. Since 2015, our government has been working hard to lift Canadians out of poverty-- and that’s exactly what we’ve done.
Thanks to the National Poverty Reduction Strategy, our government has reduced poverty in Canada by an astounding 20%, removing over 825,000 Canadians, including 57,000 seniors and nearly 300,000 children out of poverty from coast to coast to coast.
What’s more, programs like the Canada Child Benefit and tax cuts for middle-class Canadian families have left nine out of ten Canadian households better off than they were under the previous government.
By giving Canadians more money for things like groceries, school supplies and extracurricular activities, Canadians are reinvesting in our economy and in turn creating good middle-class jobs to help the families who have just gotten out of poverty, stay out of poverty.
Connecting With Our Team
As always, our team is eager to speak with you and hear your ideas about how we can make our community and country a better place for everyone. For more information about upcoming events, assistance with federal services, or to simply stop by for a visit, I encourage you to contact my Scarborough office at (416) 283-1414 or via email at Gary.Anand@parl.gc.ca.