Sudds: Your House of Commons update
The MP's Report
Dear West Carleton,
I am proud to provide you an update on the work taking place in the House of Commons:
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Women, Gender Equality, and Youth
As a mom of three daughters, as a politician in a field dominated by men, and as a former executive in our technology sector, I know firsthand that we have a long way to go to achieve true gender equality in our society.
Canadians can be proud of the monumental progress our government has made, but more work has to be done.
In my new role as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Women, Gender Equality, and Youth, I am excited to be a leader of this societal transformation.
I have no doubt that our government’s plan to introduce affordable, quality childcare will have a tremendous impact and unlock the economic opportunity of more women participating in the workforce.
Although Ontario has not yet signed onto the program, I remain committed to seeing this work through to the end.
Conversion Therapy Ban Becomes Law
This month, the House of Commons and Senate both voted unanimously to ban the harmful practice of LGBT conversion therapy through Bill C-4. Everyone should be able to live free from violence and discrimination, no matter who they are or who they love.
New Legislation to Finish the Fight against COVID-19
Late November saw the introduction of Bill C-2 and Bill C-3, providing further COVID relief as well as providing workers in federally regulated sectors with ten days of sick pay — while also making it an offence to intimidate or prevent health professionals trying to deliver essential healthcare. Both bills are crucial to finishing our fight against COVID-19.
Canada to Participate in Diplomatic Boycott of Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
In line with our closest allies, Canada will not be sending diplomatic representatives to Beijing for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as we remain deeply disturbed by the troubling reports of human rights violations in China. Our Canadian athletes work extremely hard, and they will continue to take part in the Olympic Games as planned.
For the sixth consecutive month, Canada’s unemployment rate dropped, with Canadians creating 154,000 jobs in November. This drop is the largest since March 2021, bringing us down to 6% — the lowest level since the start to this pandemic.
Please visit my website for details on the above and other updates: JennaSuddsMP.ca. My website also contains information on constituency services, community resources, and more.
A reminder for last-minute holiday gifts: small businesses are the heart of our communities and the backbone of our economy. Please show your support by shopping locally this holiday season and consider making a donation to our local food banks. The Kanata Food Cupboard and West Carleton Food Access Centre are hard at work supporting families during the holiday season. Visit www.kanatafoodcupboard.ca and cbbca.ca/cms/west-carleton-food-access-centre to find out how to donate and what goods are in high demand.
From my family to yours, Season’s Greetings and best wishes for a Happy New Year!