During the election, the Government of Canada promised Canadians they would receive quality service from Canada Post at a reasonable price. On May 5, the government launched its independent review of Canada Post.

Some of you have contacted me on this issue already, but public input is being sought throughout the review through a variety of channels including email, mail and social media. To learn more and take part, please visit Canada.ca/canadapostreview.

Helping Fort McMurray

Over 80,000 residents have been evacuated in the largest fire evacuation in Alberta’s history.

The Government Operations Centre (GOC), based out of Public Safety Canada, and our Canadian Forces, stand ready to offer assistance. Four CH-146 Griffon helicopters, one CC-130J Hercules and a CH-147F Chinook helicopter are currently supporting relief efforts in the province.

Additionally, the Government of Canada will match individual charitable donations to the Canadian Red Cross in support of disaster relief efforts in the affected communities (through the Disaster Financial Assistance Agreement). If you wish to donate, please go to redcross.ca.

Assisted-dying Legislation

Bill C-14, the Medical Assistance in Dying bill, has generated a great deal of interest. Thank you to all constituents who have written to me on this issue and to those who attended the small rally in front of my constituency office.

This is a deeply personal issue for all of us and it is important to understand how the government came to draft the legislation in response to the Supreme Court’s decision.

I encourage constituents to learn more about the legislation by going to the following link at the Department of Justice website: www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/ad-am/index.html?WT.mc_id=AD_NR .

As the prime minister noted, this bill is a responsible first step. Please be assured that as the bill makes its way through Parliament, the government remains committed to listening to what you have to say and passing legislation that carefully balances the rights of those seeking assistance for medical assistance in dying, while ensuring protection of the most vulnerable.

Canada Summer Jobs

The Canada Summer Jobs program is bringing a record number of jobs to Kelowna-Lake Country this summer. In partnership with local organizations, non-profits and small business, our government has doubled the jobs and financial commitment to the program this year.

With federal funding in the amount of $620,194, we have created 206 jobs for youth in our riding.

Summer employment is a valuable way to provide young people with the experience and skills development that will prepare them for a career following life after school. Thank you to all our local employers who support our students.

Foreign Affairs Resolves Congolese Adoption Cases

Since last year, our office has been working with the Minister of Foreign Affairs to help a local family bring their daughter home from the Congo.

I’m pleased to report the long wait is over.

In a statement, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Stephane Dion, acknowledged the resiliency and conviction of the 29 Canadian families who experienced a number of difficulties in finalizing the adoptions and bringing their children home. This success story is an example of what can be accomplished when citizens, government officials, and MPs and Senators from all sides of the aisle work together to help Canadians resolve challenging global issues.

Liberal Pacific Caucus Established

B.C. Liberal MPs have established a new Pacific caucus, which will give the pacific region a greater voice in national caucus.

Prior to the formation of Pacific Caucus, B.C. members were part of regional groups that included northern and western Canada.

Now, my colleagues and I from British Columbia can present issues specific to British Columbia directly to national caucus to ensure they get the attention they deserve.

Stephen Fuhr is Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country. Email stephen.fuhr.c1@parl.gc.ca or call 250-470-5075.

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