2010 is Canada’s Year in the International Spotlight
August 23, 2021Ottawa Journal (August 23 – August 27, 2021)
David Tilson, M.P. (Dufferin-Caledon)
Wherever you go in Canada, you can feel a growing optimism for the future and a sense that 2010 is our year in the international spotlight. Sixty-five years ago, Canadians liberated the Netherlands from tyranny. Today, we’re helping the people of Haiti rebuild their country after a devastating earthquake. Earlier this year, Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia hosted the world, and our Olympic and Paralympic athletes made us even prouder to be Canadian.
Canada hosted the world yet again this spring, when leaders converged in picturesque Muskoka and cosmopolitan Toronto for the G8 and G20 Summits.
Prime Minister Harper took the lead at the G8 to ensure mothers, newborns, and children in developing countries worldwide will receive improved health care through the expansive Muskoka Iniative. Canada also joined a strong consensus condemning Iran and North Korea’s threats to international peace and security.
Led by our Prime Minister, leaders of the G20 countries committed to reducing deficits and resisting protectionism. We succeeded in killing a so-called ‘bank tax’ which would have penalized Canadian institutions that never got into trouble in the first place. We also committed to policies to achieve Strong, Sustainable and Balanced growth around the world and right here at home.
When it comes to economic leadership, Canada can teach the rest of the world a thing or two. Thanks to our Government’s policies of paying down debt and reducing the tax burden on Canadians to its lowest point in 50 years, Canada was in a much stronger position than many other countries when the global economic recession emerged last year.
In spite of our country’s strong fundamentals, action was still needed, which is why our Government introduced Canada’s Economic Action Plan last year. Our plan has helped to create nearly 400,000 jobs since last July (meanwhile, 225,000 jobs have been saved through expanded work-sharing agreements), and our communities are becoming better places to live, work, and play as our Government invests in better roads, bridges, parks, wastewater facilities, public transit systems, hockey arenas, and other projects across Canada.
Leading the way on jobs and growth is our Government’s top priority, but we’re delivering results for Canadian families in other ways, as well. Under the strong leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our Government has been opening new markets for our hard-working farmers. We’re taking action to protect consumers with a proposed Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card industry and our Fairness at the Pumps Act, to ensure that gas pumps are accurate. We’re also standing up for our men and women in uniform by tabling a bill that would increase the eligibility for EI parental and sickness benefits for military families.
Our Government will continue to crack down on crime by providing tougher sentences for criminals and more resources for the men and women of law enforcement. In the current Parliament, we have introduced bills that will strengthen the youth justice system, eliminate the use of house arrest sentences for violent criminals, and better protect children from sexual predators.
Our Government will continue to build on its accomplishments to-date and will continue to keep taxes low, help create jobs, crack down on crime, deliver real results for Canadian families, and ensure that 2010 is remembered as Canada’s Year in the international spotlight.