Bob Dechert Expresses Support for the Expanded Mission in Iraq and Syria

March 31st, 2015

 

Mississauga, Ontario – Bob Dechert, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erindale issued the following statement expressing his support for the motion in the House of Commons to extend and expand Canada’s mission to counter the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

“I wish to join my colleagues in the Government as well as those of Canadians in support of the ongoing international actions that are being taken to counter the growing threat that ISIL poses to Canada and the world.  I am proud of Canada’s continued role to stop this organization and will continue to support our efforts to work towards lasting peace in Iraq and Syria.”  Said MP Dechert

Unfortunately, MP Dechert was not able to be in Ottawa on Monday to vote for the motion due to the passing of his father.

As a recent Ottawa Citizen article pointed out, MP Dechert has one of the best voting records in the House of Commons attending 99.3 per cent of all votes.

“I would like to extend my profound appreciation and unequivocal support to all members of the Canadian Armed Forces engaged in Operation IMPACT.” Said MP Dechert. “I would also like to thank their families and loved ones.”

MP BOB DECHERT MARKS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

March 8th, 2015

On behalf of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Bob Dechert for Mississauga-Erindale, today invited Canadians to celebrate International Women’s Day 2015 under Canada’s theme: Strong Women. Strong World: Improving Economic Opportunities for All.

 

International Women’s Day takes place each year on March 8th. It is a time for Canadians to celebrate the progress that has been made toward equality for women and their full participation in all aspects of society.  It is also an opportunity to reflect on the barriers that remain and to take action to overcome them.

 

“On International Women’s Day 2015, we will celebrate the outstanding contributions women make to Canada’s economy and we will reaffirm our commitment to create more opportunities for women to contribute, now and in the future. When women succeed, Canada succeeds.” Said Minister Leitch

 

The Canadian theme of International Women’s Day 2015 – Strong Women. Strong World: Improving Economic Opportunities for All – points to the vital contribution that women make every day to both the domestic and global economy.  It also highlights the importance of ensuring that every woman has the opportunity to help create prosperity, whether as an employee, a professional, a business leader or an entrepreneur.

 

“International Women’s day is an excellent opportunity for all of us to celebrate the achievements of women in so many diverse fields, as well as to reflect on how we can advance equality even further at all levels of our economy.” Said MP Dechert

The Government of Canada is committed to promoting the economic success of all Canadians, including women.  Since 2007, the Government of Canada, through Status of Women Canada, has provided more than $60 million for community-based projects that promote women’s economic security and prosperity. It is also supporting women entrepreneurs with the creation last fall of the Expert Panel on Championing and Mentorship for Women Entrepreneurs.

 

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JOIN US FOR A FREE TAX INFORMATION SESSION!

March 4th, 2015

NEED HELP ENSURING YOU GET EVERYTHING YOU’RE ENTITLED TO?

JOIN US FOR A FREE  TAX INFORMATION SESSION!

 

MP Bob Dechert invites you to a free Tax Information Session to help residents of Mississauga-Erindale ensure they take advantage of all the programs our Government offers which they may be entitled too.  This session will feature tax professionals ,including Stephen Chu, CGA, who will explain the various benefits and programs available to Canadians and who is eligible to receive these benefits.

 

DATE:         SATURDAY MARCH 7, 2015

TIME:          1:30 pm –3:30 pm

LOCATION: STEPHEN LEWIS SECONDARY SCHOOL

3675 THOMAS STREET

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO

(IN THE CAFÉ)

 

PLEASE RSVP BY MAIL, EMAIL AT bob.dechert.c1b@parl.gc.ca

or by phone at 905-897-1952

Bob Dechert wishes Canadians a Happy Lunar New Year

February 19th, 2015

Bob Dechert make statement in the House of Commons on the recent beheadings of Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christians in Libya

February 17th, 2015

PM SPEAKS WITH HIS GRACE ANBA MINA, BISHOP OF THE COPTIC ORTHODOX DIOCESE OF CANADA

February 16th, 2015
PM SPEAKS WITH HIS GRACE ANBA MINA, BISHOP OF THE COPTIC ORTHODOX DIOCESE OF CANADA

PM SPEAKS WITH HIS GRACE ANBA MINA, BISHOP OF THE COPTIC ORTHODOX DIOCESE OF CANADA

Prime Minister Stephen Harper offers his condolences to His Grace Anba Mina, Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Canada, on the recent beheadings of Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christians in Libya by groups linked to the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

PMO photo by Deb Ransom

STATEMENT BY BOB DECHERT MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR MISSISSAUGA-ERINDALE ON THE BEHEADINGS OF COPTIC CHRISTIANS IN LIBYA

February 16th, 2015
MP Dechert and Pope Tawadros II

MP Dechert and Pope Tawadros II

Bob Dechert issued the following statement after learning that up to 21 Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christians have reportedly been beheaded in Libya by groups linked to the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL):

“I offer my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and to the Coptic Community here in Mississauga, who will feel the loss especially grievously.”

“I am outraged and deeply saddened by the beheadings of Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christians in Libya by groups linked to ISIL.”

Coming soon after the savage burning of Royal Jordanian Airforce pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh, the threat posed by ISIL could not be more clear.

“I am proud that Canada continues to stand with its allies in the fight against ISIL. Our Government will fight against these terrorists who threaten the peace and freedom we hold so dear at home and that we wish for those abroad.”

“Barbaric and heinous acts such as this do not shake our resolve but, rather, reaffirm our convictions and the vital necessity of our mission against ISIL. Canada will not be intimidated.”

MP BOB DECHERT GREETS COMMUTERS ON MISSISSAUGA TRANSIT

February 13th, 2015
MP Bob Dechert arrives at office after local commute on MiWay

MP Bob Dechert arrives at office after local commute on MiWay

Today, prior to the official announcement of this year’s Federal Gas Tax contribution to Transit in Mississauga, MP Bob Dechert rode the bus from his home to his office before handing out coffee and hot chocolate to Mississauga Transit riders.

 

“I think too often in Mississauga we look at Transit as an east-west issue to move people from their homes to down town Toronto but that is not the reality of our city today.  Many people, like myself and my staff, both work and live in Mississauga, and it is important that we have a transit system that allows our residents to get to work, shopping, volunteering and frankly reduce their use of a car in Mississauga”, said MP Dechert

 

“That’s why I wanted to ride Mississauga Transit today to work and illustrate how good Mississauga Transit is at getting people moving around our community.”

 

Following his morning commute MP Dechert handed out complimentary coffee and hot chocolate to transit riders at the busy bus stop outside of his constituency office located at Burnhamthorpe Road and Central Parkway West.

 

“I think it’s good to see our elected officials who perhaps don’t take transit on a day to day basis, but have impact on our funding, take the time to see what it is like to use transit to get to work”, said local transit commuter, Saulina Defrias.

 

Later today MP Dechert will be joined by Ward 6 Councillor Ron Starr to make an announcement regarding the Federal Government’s continuing investment in public transit.

 

Mississauga benefits from newly improved public transit service

February 13th, 2015
MP Bob Dechert and Councillor Ron Starr tour a new bus lead by Commissioner of Transportation & Works Martin Powell

MP Bob Dechert and Councillor Ron Starr tour a new bus lead by Commissioner of Transportation & Works Martin Powell

Mississauga residents are benefitting from state-of-the-art transit technologies and a 14% increase in their transit fleet, thanks to contributions from the federal Gas Tax Fund. Representatives gathered today at the Central Parkway Transit Campus to celebrate the addition of new vehicles to serve commuters and the modernisation of services to improve public transit across the region.

 

Since 2009, the City has purchased a total of 168 new buses, replacing 112 older vehicles and increasing its fleet to meet the demand and growing needs of residents and visitors. The new accessible, low floor, kneeling buses are equipped with ramps that allow passengers to board and exit the bus with ease. Voice and visual stop announcement systems call out and display pre-recorded stop information onboard, alerting passengers of the next stop. Meanwhile, buses also feature external audio-visual displays announcing the route name, number and direction, to help ensure that all customers have access to the information they require. These features are especially beneficial for riders with visual or hearing impairments.

 

Paying bus fares has also become easier, thanks to the installation of Presto reloadable smart card fare payment devices and new points of sale for cards at the City Centre Transit Terminal and Mississauga community centres. Presto is accepted by all Greater Toronto Area (GTA) service providers, offering riders a more convenient, flexible and affordable form of payment for transit.

 

Quick Facts

 

  • The Government of Canada contributed $53,600,000 through the federal Gas Tax Fund transfer towards these projects.
  • The City of Mississauga was responsible for the remaining $56,800,000 of the total project cost of $110,400,000.
  • To date, a total of $152,481,306 has been made available to Mississauga through the federal Gas Tax Fund.

 

Quotes

 

“Public transit is important to the future growth and quality of life in Mississauga and the GTA, which is why I am pleased to support the City of Mississauga’s decision to invest $53,600,000 of the federal Gas Tax Fund in the purchase of these impressive new buses. This investment, along with investments in Go Transit and the Mississauga Transitway, will make people’s daily commute to work, school and health care appointments faster and easier and will benefit our environment by encouraging Mississauga residents to leave their cars at home.”

 

Bob Dechert, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erindale, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

MP Bob Dechert and Councillor Ron Starr tour one of the new MiWay Transit Buses.

MP Bob Dechert and Councillor Ron Starr tour one of the new MiWay Transit Buses.

Baird Promotes Democracy, Security and Prosperity in Egypt

January 15th, 2015
Minister Baird and MP Dechert consult Egyptian community in Mississauga

Minister Baird and MP Dechert consult Egyptian community in Mississauga

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today concluded his visit to Egypt, during which he met with Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church and Mohammed Ahmed El-Tayyib, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Mosque. Prior to his departure Minister Baird was in Mississauga to consult with members of the Egyptian community along with Member of Parliament Bob Dechert.

“In preparation for his recent successful trip to the middle east, Minister Baird and I met with several prominent members of the Egyptian-Canadian community here in Mississauga to hear their views and learn from their experience,” said MP Dechert. “The frank and open dialogue was very helpful and appreciated by all participants.”

“Minister Baird continues to exemplify the type of frank and honest leadership that is required today in light of the plethora of issues arising on a daily basis throughout the world,” said Peter Saad Mississauga resident and participant in those consultations. “In particular, in our recent discussions, Minister Baird has exemplified a comprehensive and personal understanding of the issues in the Middle East and he brings the foresight and decisiveness necessary to address these issues head on.

“Canada believes that a moderate, democratic and prosperous Egypt will be key to the success of the region, especially at a time of growing regional and security challenges,” said Baird.

This is the second visit Minister Baird has made to Egypt within the last year, with the aim of advancing Canadian foreign policy interests and supporting social and economic development. It also provides the opportunity to again raise consular issues, particularly concerning the journalist Mohamed Fahmy.

“We have had good discussions with the government on this case, and we are working toward seeing a constructive resolution,” said Baird.

“We also recognize the important role played by Egypt as a seat of moderate Islamic scholarship and a centre of Eastern Christianity,” Baird said. “The protection of religious freedom is essential to maintaining that role.”

Baird reaffirmed Canada’s support for Egypt’s continued transition to democracy ahead of the legislative elections in March and announced several initiatives to encourage stability, security and economic growth. While in Luxor, he also announced support for economic growth and the economic empowerment of women and youth.

Egyptian community with Minister Baird