Minister Peter MacKay and Parliamentary Secretary Bob Dechert discuss measures to address cyberbullying with local middle school students

May 21st, 2015

 

Minister MacKay speaks with students.

Minister MacKay speaks with students.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Peter MacKay, accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary Bob Dechert, met today with students of Philopateer Christian College to discuss the dangers of cyberbullying and to raise awareness of measures the Government has taken to help keep Canadians safe from online crime.

 

New legislation, the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act, which came into force in March, makes it a criminal offence to share an intimate image of a person without their consent. The new measures will help law enforcement officials better protect young Canadians from cyberbullying and other forms of online exploitation.

 

To raise awareness of the tremendous harm cyberbullying can cause, the Government also launched the anti-cyberbullying campaign Stop Hating Online in January 2014. This is a comprehensive resource for youth and parents that includes information, advice, and tools to help identify, prevent, and stop cyberbullying. In addition, the Government launched a video to demonstrate the profound impact that words can have: an interactive YouTube experience, #WordsHurt.

 

The Government of Canada has introduced several measures to stand up for victims of crime and help ensure the safety of all Canadians, especially those who are most vulnerable. This includes introducing Bill C-26, the Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act; passing Bill C-32, the Victims Bill of Rights Act, and bringing forward a new law to make the reporting of child pornography by Internet service providers mandatory.

 

Quick Facts

 

  • Recently enacted legislation makes it an offence to share an intimate image of a person without their consent.

 

  • This legislation also empowers a court to:

 

    • Order the removal of intimate images from the Internet;

 

    • Order forfeiture of the computer, cell phone or other device used in the offence;

 

    • Provide for reimbursement to victims for costs incurred in removing the intimate image from the Internet or elsewhere; and

 

    • Make an order to prevent someone from distributing intimate images.

 

  • The Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act provides police with the necessary tools to investigate crime and keep Canadians safe in today’s high-tech environment, while maintaining judicial checks and balances to protect privacy.

 

Quotes

 

“Raising awareness on cyberbullying and its potentially devastating effects on individuals, especially youth, is critical to keeping Canadian families and communities safe.  We are pleased to be at Philopateer Christian College to discuss ways of putting an end to some of the most harmful forms of cyberbullying. Through recently enacted legislation, our Government is demonstrating its commitment to the protection of our children and youth, and providing law enforcement with the tools they need to stop acts of cyberbullying and other forms of online exploitation. We will continue to take measures to make our communities safer and stand up for victims of crime.”

Peter MacKay
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

 

“Cyberbullying can be devastating for young people – affecting their reputations, their self-esteem and their mental health. We have seen how cyberbullying has devastated too many young people across the country. That is why our Government has taken important steps to better protect Canadians, in particular our youth, against this type of vicious behaviour.”

Bob Dechert
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Canada Sends Condolences to Those Affected by Latest Earthquake in Nepal

May 12th, 2015

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, and the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), today issued the following statement:

“On behalf of all Canadians, we offer our sincere condolences to the people of Nepal who have lost loved ones in this most recent earthquake. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this difficult situation, including members of the international community currently providing assistance in the country. Since the first earthquake last month, Canada has responded quickly to bring immediate relief to those who need it the most in Nepal.

“Canadian officials in the region are working with Nepalese officials to ensure that all Canadians affected by this most recent major earthquake are safe and accounted for. So far, we have received no reports of Canadians injured or deceased as a result of today’s earthquake. Additional consular support is available at the Consulate of Canada in Kathmandu. Meanwhile, officials in the Emergency Watch and Response Centre are using available means to reach out to Canadians in the affected region.

“Elements of Canada’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART)—already deployed to Nepal in response to the April 25 earthquake—continue to provide medical assistance, engineering assistance as well as support to government officials and international humanitarian partners.

“Canada has so far allocated $10 million to respond to the humanitarian needs of people in Nepal affected by the earthquakes. Canada will continue to assess the situation and determine what additional assistance might be required.

“Canadians have also shown their solidarity with the Nepalese people through their contributions to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the Nepal earthquakes between April 25 and May 25, 2015, the government will set aside one dollar for the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. Canada will use these funds to support the efforts of experienced Canadian and international humanitarian organizations responding to the crisis in Nepal.

“We urge all Canadian citizens in the affected region who require emergency consular assistance to contact the Consulate of Canada in Kathmandu at +977 (1) 444 1976, the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi at +91 11 4178 2000 or Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s (DFATD’s) 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre at +1 613 996 8885 (collect calls are accepted). An email can also be sent to sos@international.gc.ca.

“Friends and relatives in Canada who are concerned about Canadian citizens known to be in the affected area should contact DFATD’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling 1-800-387-3124 (toll-free) or 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted) or sending an email to sos@international.gc.ca.”

Bob Dechert Makes Statement on the Nepal Earthquake

May 5th, 2015

UCCB DEADLINE EXTENDED!

May 1st, 2015
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Bob Dechert speaks in the House of Commons on Economic Action Plan 2015

April 29th, 2015

It is an honour today to rise to speak to economic action plan 2015, a balanced budget and low-tax plan for jobs, growth and security. Our budget builds upon the government’s strong record of job creation while keeping taxes low for all Canadians. This is a record that I am proud of and it is a record that all Canadians should be proud of. This is also a record of promises made and promises kept.

 

Since coming into office, our Conservative government’s top priority has been to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. This is a priority shared by the citizens of my riding in Mississauga as well as by all Canadians. All the jobs lost during the recession have been recovered, and in addition, more than 1.2 million net new jobs have been created since the depths of the downturn, but we need to do even more to create jobs in a tough global economy. In economic action plan 2015, we are doing exactly that.

 

The Province of Ontario will receive a record high transfer payment to support health care, education and social programs. Ontario will receive $20.4 billion in federal transfers this year. That is an increase of $9.6 billion from under the old Liberal government. This is an increase of 88% since the last Liberal government, prior to 2006. Ontario’s share of all federal transfers to other governments is now at 35%. That is up from 30% 10 years ago.

 

Canadians want to be reassured that their government is spending their money wisely and responsibly. In other words, Canadians have an expectation that we will live within our means. What better way to demonstrate this principle than by balancing the budget. Families in Mississauga have to balance their budgets and they expect governments to do likewise. Furthermore, beyond illustrating fiscal prudence, balancing the budget results in a number of other positive fiscal outcomes. A balanced budget means that our government can keep taxes low and ensure that taxpayer dollars are used to support the programs that Canadians depend on, rather than paying interest costs.

 

Canada’s federal debt to GDP ratio is expected to fall to 27.9% in 2017-18, below its pre-recession low. A balanced budget means that Canada’s total government net debt burden is the lowest of any G7 country and among the lowest of the advanced G20 countries. This contrasts with the comparatively poor fiscal performance of the Liberal Government of Ontario. While the federal debt to GDP ratio is at a pre-recession low and going lower, the Ontario debt to GDP ratio is at a record level of 40% and is forecast to increase even further.

 

I would now like to discuss some of the specific measures in this budget that would directly assist the people living in my riding.

 

Economic action plan 2015 delivers on our 2011 election platform promises with a low-tax plan to help families make ends meet. The family tax cut or income splitting for families plan provides a tax credit of up to $2,000 for couples with children under the age of 18. This is effective for the 2014 taxation year, and Canadians have just a few more days to take advantage of this. This will be very helpful to the many hard-working young families who are struggling with expensive mortgages and the high cost of raising and educating children in the GTA. I am so pleased that our government is able to deliver on this promise.

 

In addition, the current universal child care benefit, which has been so helpful to families with young children, will be increased to $160 per month per child for children under the age of six, and a new benefit of $60 per child per month for children age six through seventeen will be added, again effective January 1, 2015. This government is putting taxpayers’ money back in their pockets so they can spend it on the priorities of their families.

 

In addition, the budget includes a $1,000 increase in each of the maximum dollar amounts that can be claimed under the child care expense deduction. We are also following through on our promise to double to $10,000 the maximum annual amount that Canadians can contribute to their tax-free savings accounts. These are so popular that 11 million Canadians, or almost one-third of the population, have opened tax-free savings accounts.

 

We have also doubled the maximum amount of expenses that may be claimed on the child fitness tax credit to $1,000 as of 2014. We have made that credit refundable for the 2015 and subsequent taxation years.

 

As we are all aware, small businesses are the engine of the Canadian economy. They represent 90% of all businesses in the country and employ half of Canada’s working men and women in the private sector. That is why I was pleased to see that economic action plan 2015 proposes to cut the small business tax rate to 9% by 2019. Our government previously reduced this rate to 11% in 2008. Now, we would go even further. Once the budget is fully implemented, our government would have cut small business taxes by almost 50%. That is 50% more of their earnings that small businesses could use to invest in their companies and create jobs.

 

Many new Canadians in Mississauga and across Canada create and operate small businesses, and this tax rate reduction would be welcome news for them. For many citizens in Mississauga, removing barriers to foreign credential recognition is important in order to get highly skilled workers back into the workforce. That is why our Conservative budget proposes to reallocate up to $35 million over five years to make the foreign credential recognition loans pilot project permanent, to support internationally trained workers in their pursuit of foreign credential recognition. Under the first two years of the pilot project, nearly 1,500 loans totalling $9 million were dispersed, with average loan amounts of approximately $6,000 nationwide. I know that many residents in Mississauga have taken advantage of this loan program, and many more will be happy to see that this program would be extended over the next five years.

 

With economic action plan 2015, our government continues to demonstrate its support for the manufacturing sector. To support the continued investment in machinery and equipment, and to help bolster productivity, economic action plan 2015 proposes to provide manufacturers with an accelerated capital cost allowance at a rate of 50% on a declining balance basis for eligible assets acquired after 2015 and before 2026. Providing this new incentive for this extended period of time would help to provide businesses with planning certainty for larger projects where the investments may not be completed until several years after the original investment decision is made, and for longer term investments with multiple phases.

 

Mississauga is a fast-paced, vibrant, and growing city, and I was happy to see that this budget would provide additional funding that would allow our city to maintain and update its current infrastructure. I was especially pleased to see the commitment of an additional $750 million over two years and $1 billion per year ongoing thereafter for a new and innovative public transit fund. To clarify, this is new, additional money that could be added to existing funds for transit infrastructure projects under the robust $5.35 billion per year new building Canada plan. This is the largest and longest infrastructure investment plan in Canadian history.

 

In the time available, I have only been able to highlight a small percentage of the benefits that would be derived by the hard-working people of Mississauga from economic action plan 2015. However, what is abundantly clear is that, while we are focused on creating jobs and keeping taxes low, the Liberals would adopt their same old high-tax, high-debt agenda that would threaten jobs and set working families back.

 

People do not have to take my word for it. There were two budgets introduced in Canada last week, the federal budget of Canada and the budget of the Liberal Government of Ontario. They can compare and contrast those two budgets. They will see a balanced budget at the federal level and a budget at the provincial level that is seriously in deficit, mortgaging the futures of our children and grandchildren.

 

Only our Conservative government can be trusted to manage Canada’s economy and keep taxes low for the people of Mississauga and all Canadians across the country. I strongly encourage all hon. members to support budget 2015.

MP Dechert expresses his condolences for those affected by the Nepal earthquake

April 26th, 2015

Mississauga, Ontario- Bob Dechert, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erindale and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice expresses his condolences for those affected by the Nepal earthquake

“My thoughts and prayers are with those in the affected region and for their families and loved ones” said Mr Dechert.

Upon hearing the news Mr. Dechert extended his condolences to the Nepalese- Canadian community.

Mr. Dechert has been in contact with the Minister of Foreign Affairs office in order to determine how Canada may assist the people of Nepal and Northern India in the search and rescue and relief efforts.

At the moment Canadian officials are working with Nepalese and Indian authorities to ensure that any Canadians affected by the earthquake are safe and accounted for. In cooperation with international partners, they are also assessing the needs of the affected populations to determine how Canada may most effectively assist with the disaster if asked to help.

“We stand in solidarity with the people of Nepal and Northern India at this difficult time.”

Canadian citizens in Nepal requiring emergency consular assistance should use the Registration of Canadians Abroad (http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration) service, and contact the Consulate of Canada in Kathmandu, Nepal, by calling + 977 (1) 444-1976,  or Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling +1 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted where available). An email can also be sent to sos@international.gc.ca.

Friends and relatives in Canada who are concerned about Canadian citizens known to be in the affected area should contact Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling 1-800-387-3124 (toll-free) or 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted) or sending an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

For every eligible donation made by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities between April 25 and May 25, the Government of Canada will contribute an equivalent amount to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. This matching contribution will support humanitarian, early recovery and reconstruction assistance in Nepal through projects undertaken by Canada’s international humanitarian and non-governmental partners responding to the earthquake according to established channels and procedures.

The Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund is separate from the funds raised by charities and will be administered by the Government of Canada.

ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN 2015 DEMONSTRATES COMMITMENT TO JOBS, GROWTH, & SECURITY IN MISSISSAUGA

April 21st, 2015
Mississauga’s Conservative MP’s on Parliament Hill to welcome Economic Action Plan 2015.  From left to right: MP Brad Butt (Mississauga-Streetsville), MP Stella Ambler (Mississauga South), MP Bob Dechert (Mississauga-Erindale) and MP Wladyslaw Lizon (Mississauga East-Cooksville.)  April 21, 2015

Mississauga’s Conservative MP’s on Parliament Hill to welcome Economic Action Plan 2015. From left to right: MP Brad Butt (Mississauga-Streetsville), MP Stella Ambler (Mississauga South), MP Bob Dechert (Mississauga-Erindale) and MP Wladyslaw Lizon (Mississauga East-Cooksville.) April 21, 2015

(Parliament Hill, Ottawa)  Mississauga’s Conservative Members of Parliament are welcoming the federal budget, Economic Action Plan 2015; a balanced-budget, low-tax plan for jobs, growth and security for Canadians.

 

MP’s Stella Ambler, Brad Butt, Wladyslaw Lizon and Bob Dechert were in the House of Commons as the Minister of Finance introduced Economic Action Plan 2015 to support jobs and growth, help families and communities prosper, and ensure the security of Canadians.

 

Economic Action Plan 2015 is a balanced budget, and it cuts taxes for hard-working individuals and families in Mississauga.

 

“Our government has worked hard on behalf of Canadians to bring forward a balanced budget, as promised,” said MP Wladyslaw Lizon of Mississauga East-Cooksville.  “We’ve taken the steps to control spending, while keeping taxes low and continuing to invest heavily in our cities, our provinces and deliver long-term prosperity for all Canadians.”

 

 

Economic Action Plan 2015 is a prudent and principled plan that will see Canadians more prosperous, more secure, and even more confident in our country’s place in the world.

 

“This budget provides more money in families pockets so they can make the right decisions for their children,” said MP Brad Butt, Mississauga-Streetsville.  “It supports seniors and caregivers and provides unprecedented investments in infrastructure. This is a great budget for the people of Mississauga.”

 

 

Economic Action Plan 2015 will create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.

 

“Today, I am pleased to let my constituents know about our Conservative Government’s balanced budget. Our Economic Action Plan 2015 will fulfill our government’s commitment to continue to care for the well-being of seniors and improve the quality of life in our communities, support hard-working Canadian families by providing tax relief and increased benefits and support small business to ensure jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said Stella Ambler, Member of Parliament for Mississauga South.

 

With Economic Action Plan 2015, Canadians can be assured that under the strong leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada’s fiscal house is in order.

 

“I was particularly pleased to see that this budget will further reduce the small business tax rate to 9% by 2019.  Due to measures taken since we formed Government, we have reduced taxes for small businesses by almost 50%,” said MP Bob Dechert of Mississauga-Erindale.

 

“For many citizens in Mississauga removing barriers to foreign credential recognition is important in order to help get highly skilled workers back into the workforce,” Mr. Dechert said.   “That is why our Conservative budget proposes to reallocate up to $35 million over five years, to make the Foreign Credential Recognition Loans pilot project permanent in order to support internationally-trained workers in their pursuit of foreign credential recognition.”

 

Quick Facts

  • A typical two-earner Canadian family of four will receive tax relief and increased benefits of up to $6,600 in 2015 because of the Harper Government’s tax cuts and increased benefits.
  • The Government has lowered taxes every year since coming into office. In fact, the overall federal tax burden is now at its lowest level in more than 50 years.
  • Over 1.2 million more Canadians are working now than at the end of the recession in June 2009. The majority of these net new jobs have been full-time positions in high-wage, private-sector industries.
  • Canada has demonstrated one of the best economic performances among G-7 countries over the recovery.
  • Real GDP (gross domestic product) is significantly above pre-recession levels—the best performance in the G-7.
  • The World Economic Forum rated Canada’s banking system as the soundest in the world for the seventh year in a row in its annual Global Competitiveness Report.
  • According to KPMG, total business tax costs in Canada are the lowest in the G-7 and 46 per cent lower than those in the United States.
  • Bloomberg has ranked Canada the second most attractive place in the world to do business.
  • Four credit rating agencies—Moody’s Investors Service, Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s and DBRS—have reaffirmed their top ratings for Canada, and it is expected Canada will maintain its AAA rating in the year ahead.

 

Further information on Economic Action Plan 2015 can be found at http://goo.gl/vOyA0A

 

MP Dechert Welcomes Prime Minister Modi to GTA

April 15th, 2015
MP Dechert greets Prime Minister Modi at Pearson International Airport

MP Dechert greets Prime Minister Modi at Pearson International Airport

Mississauga, Ontario – Today Bob Dechert, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erindale was honoured to be part of the Official Ceremony to welcome Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, to the Greater Toronto Area.

“During my recent visit to India with Canada’s Minister of International Trade, I had the opportunity to meet with senior Ministers in Prime Minister Modi’s Government and learn about his ambitious plans and vision for India.” Said MP Dechert. “When implemented, these plans will result in a better quality of life for all of the people of India.”

“I was pleased to participate in discussions with the Indian Government and business leaders to enhance the trade relationship between Canada and India.”MP Dechert continued. “With its world leading products, technologies and services and a dynamic and connected Indo-Canadian ‎community, Canada is ready to participate in and benefit from the future growth of India.”

Prime Minister Modi’s bilateral visit to Canada – his first since taking office – will provide an opportunity for the leaders to reaffirm the close relationship between Canada and India and to discuss ways to further broaden its scope. Increased cooperation in the fields of science and technology, innovation, education, security, counter-terrorism and energy are expected to feature prominently in discussions.

 “The historic visit by Prime Minister Modi to Canada, combined with the number and scope of agreements signed today between our governments, clearly demonstrate the commitment of both countries to taking bilateral relations to new heights.” Said Prime Minister Stephen Harper

 Quick Facts

*   Canada and India have longstanding bilateral relations built upon shared traditions of democracy and pluralism, and on strong interpersonal connections with the approximately 1.2 million Indian diaspora community in Canada.

*   With bilateral merchandise trade valued at $6.3 billion in 2014 and bilateral service trade at over $1.5 billion in 2013, a market of more than 1.2 billion people, and a predicted economic growth of 7.5 per cent in 2015, India represents exciting opportunities for Canadian businesses.

*   The stock of two-way foreign direct investment (FDI) between Canada and India totalled approximately $4.4 billion in 2013. Of this, the stock of FDI in Canada from India is nearly $3.8 billion and the stock of Canadian FDI in India stood at $613 million.

Prime Minister Harper, MP Dechert and Prime Minister Modi

Prime Minister Harper, MP Dechert and Prime Minister Modi

Minister Holder and MP Dechert meet with Sheridan President Dr. Jeff Zabudsky

April 9th, 2015
Sheridan President Dr. Jeff Zabudsky shows Minister Holder and MP Dechert  new construction at Sheridan's Mississauga campus.

Sheridan President Dr. Jeff Zabudsky shows Minister Holder and MP Dechert new construction at Sheridan’s Mississauga campus.

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) and the Bob Dechert, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erindale and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice met with Sheridan President Dr. Jeff Zabudsky where he updated them on Sheridan’s Mississauga expansion.

Minister Holder and MP Dechert announce 150 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs across Canada

April 9th, 2015

 

Minister Holder, MP Dechert and Dr. Deep Saini  Principal UTM tour the Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex

Minister Holder, MP Dechert and Dr. Deep Saini
Principal UTM tour the Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today visited the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus with Bob Dechert, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erindale and Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Justice, where he announced 150 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 36 postsecondary institutions across the country.

 

This $139 million investment, with an additional $7.6 million in infrastructure support provided by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, will help promote research and development and will support top-tier talent at Canadian postsecondary institutions.

 

The University of Toronto will receive $17.6 million for 19 Canada Research Chairs, including Dr. Leonardo Salmena, the new Canada Research Chair in Signal Transduction and Gene Regulation in Cancer at the University of Toronto. Dr. Salmena is researching the molecular basis of acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer originating in bone marrow. Through his role as a chairholder, Dr. Salmena hopes his research can be used to develop new strategies for preventing and treating this form of cancer.

 

Quick facts

 

  • The Canada Research Chairs Program was created in 2000. Ongoing annual program expenditures of $265 million have helped attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds.

 

  • There are nearly 1,700 Canada Research Chair holders working in natural sciences and engineering, health, and social sciences and humanities, at more than 70 postsecondary institutions across the country. Approximately 650 of these chairs are in Ontario.

 

  • As a new Canada Research Chair, Dr. Salmena will further his work studying cell-signalling, in order to gain a better understanding of the molecular basis of cancer. His research could lead to better cancer prevention and treatment strategies.

 

  • Recently, Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivered on the government’s commitment to provide an updated science and technology strategy. The strategy, Seizing Canada’s Moment, is a vision and a roadmap for strengthening Canada’s position as a global leader in scientific research while looking to harness greater Canadian research and development that create jobs, increase prosperity and improve the quality of life of Canadians.

 

  • The Canada Research Chair program corresponds to the Knowledge and People pillars of the Government of Canada’s updated science and technology strategy by developing highly skilled people and building research knowledge.

 

  • The Canada Foundation for Innovation gives researchers the tools they need to think big and innovate. By investing in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in Canada’s universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions, the CFI is helping to attract and retain the world’s top talent, to train the next generation of researchers.

 

 

Quotes                                                                      

 

“Through our government’s updated science, technology and innovation strategy, we are making the record investments necessary to push the boundaries of knowledge, create jobs and opportunities, and improve the quality of life of Canadians. Our government’s Canada Research Chairs Program develops, attracts and retains top talent researchers in Canada whose research, in turn, creates long-term social and economic benefits while training the next generation of students and researchers in Canada.”

 

—The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology)

 

“I am very pleased to celebrate the new Canada Research Chairs at the University of Toronto, including promising minds like Dr. Salmena, whose research into new cancer treatments will improve the health and well-being of Canadians. Our government is proud to support science and technology through these chairholders, who solve some of the most pressing scientific, economic and social challenges in our country.”

 

—Bob Dechert, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erindale and Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Justice

 

“The Canada Research Chairs program plays a key role in maintaining Canada’s international competitiveness in science and technology. The program allows our universities to support the best researchers in a wide array of fields and gives these researchers the tools and resources they need to achieve real progress towards discoveries that have the potential to transform our lives.”

 

— Dr. Alain Beaudet, President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

 

“Whether working to improve treatments for leukemia, promote healthy aging or develop a new generation of high-performance materials, top researchers rely on leading-edge infrastructure to make advances that benefit Canadians. By supporting the CRC Program, the Canada Foundation for Innovation is helping Canada maintain its reputation as a strong magnet that attracts and retains top research talent from around the globe.”

 

—Dr. Gilles Patry, President and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation

 

“The Canada Research Chairs Program will allow my team to build an infrastructure to conduct excellent science. More importantly, it will allow me have a hand in training the future researchers of Canada.”

 

—Dr. Leonardo Salmena, Canada Research Chair in Signal Transduction and Gene Regulation in Cancer, University of Toronto