Harper Government’s Shipbuilding Strategy Supports Economic Growth in Mississauga, Ontario

July 31st, 2015

Bob Dechert, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erindale, was in Mississauga today highlighting the awarding of the subcontract with Irving Shipbuilding Inc. to INDAL Technologies valued at $1.2 million. Indal has been hired to supply the Aircraft Ship Integrated Secure and Traverse system (ASIST) design that will be used to build the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). The ASIST design will be produced at the Indal Technologies facility in Mississauga, Ontario.

The AOPS build contract will sustain approximately 1,000 jobs at Irving Shipbuilding as well as many jobs at suppliers across Canada. To date, 265 companies in Canada have benefited from NSPS work.


Construction of an initial block started in June; while full production will commence in September 2015. Delivery of the first HMCS Harry DeWolf class ship is expected in 2018.


Quick Facts


  • Industry analysts have estimated that government shipbuilding projects would create, both directly and indirectly, 15,000 jobs and generate $2 billion annually through the NSPS.
  • As of April 2015, Irving Shipbuilding had awarded over $720 million in contracts to 128 suppliers from across Canada through the modernization of its shipyard and the AOPS project.
  • The $3.5 billion budget for the AOPS includes acquisition costs (for vessel design and build), project office operations, a provision for infrastructure costs (e.g. for jetties), as well as initial spares and support.
  • The build contract, valued at $2.3 billion, is a cost reimbursable incentive fee-based contract that induces Irving Shipbuilding to deliver six ships to the Royal Canadian Navy within a pre-determined and not-to-exceed ceiling price.




“Our Government’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy is creating and supporting jobs throughout Canada and right here in our community. I am proud to be part of the government that made the historic decision to build ships right here in Canada.”


Bob Dechert

Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erindale


I am pleased to highlight this milestone under our Government’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. It has led to the creation of economic opportunities for hundreds of families and businesses on our coastlines and across Canada, and will allow our men and women in uniform to better protect Canadians and our sovereignty.


The Honourable Diane Finley

Minister of Public Works and Government Services

MP Dechert Announces Important Investment through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

July 28th, 2015


Bob Dechert with Riverwood Volunteers

Bob Dechert with Riverwood Volunteers

Bob Dechert, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erindale and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), today was joined by Ron Starr, Ward 6 Councillor City of Mississauga  and Douglas Markoff, Executive Director The Riverwood Conservancy to announce that the City of Mississauga will receive funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.


The Harper Government has approved up to $745,630 for a total project cost of up to $1,491,260 for the Rehabilitation of Riverwood Park and Improvements to the Chappell House. These improvements will allow the staff at the Riverwood Conservancy to continue to expand the important programing they are currently offering to the community.


This announcement is one of many for projects approved through the Program that will improve and preserve community spaces across southern Ontario, with the aim of giving back to Canadians and creating a lasting legacy as Canada prepares to celebrate the150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The Program is expected to boost economic activity through infrastructure investments, build community-based partnerships and modernize existing community facilities.


The contribution is contingent on the execution of a contribution agreement with the recipient.

Quick Facts


  • Riverwood features the greatest diversity of wildlife in the Credit River watershed – Over 189 resident and migratory bird species have been identified alone.
  • Over 36,000 students (elementary, secondary and special needs) have learned about the environment and our shared connections to it since 2005 at Riverwood.
  • The Riverwood Conservancy annually reaches over 21,000 people through its over 500 programs and community outreach projects.
  • Over the coming weeks, local announcements for projects approved through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in southern Ontario will take place across southern Ontario.
  • Projects have been selected based on program criteria, including the extent to which funding was leveraged from other sources, construction-readiness, and linkages to Canada 150.
  • The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is one of several infrastructure-related initiatives that the Harper Government has undertaken to generate well-being and prosperity in communities across Canada.
  • It builds on FedDev Ontario’s delivery of the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund and the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program in Ontario, which represented a federal investment of more than $225 million and supported more than 1180 projects.




“The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will preserve and improve our community infrastructure, so that Canadians and their families can enjoy moments of culture, sport, recreation and leisure for years to come. I am proud to see my community benefit from this program.”

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


“The funding is a fitting tribute to Canada’s 150 celebration. It will help to enhance and preserve Riverwood and the Chappell House for our community today and for future generations. This City property is historically and environmentally significant. It is an increasingly popular destination for visitors and residents to experience and enjoy history, art and nature in a magnificent public park in the heart of Mississauga.”

– Councillor Ron Starr, Ward 6


“The C150 grant greatly benefits the entire community of Mississauga, its people and its wildlife. The Riverwood Conservancy deeply appreciates the support from the federal and municipal governments that will enable the facilities at Riverwood to be upgraded to meet the increasing demand for these programs across all of Mississauga. On behalf of our volunteers, Friends and especially the children, students, challenged individuals, families and seniors who will have improved and accessible program space in which to learn, understand and appreciate the value of nature and our shared connections to the environment, then venture outside to experience it, we are grateful. “

-Douglas Markoff, Executive Director, The Riverwood Conservancy

Left to right, Bob Dechert, Douglas Markoff, Executive Director, The Riverwood Conservancy, Blair Richardson, Board Chair Visual Arts Mississauga and Ron Starr

Left to right, Bob Dechert, Douglas Markoff, Executive Director, The Riverwood Conservancy, Blair Richardson, Board Chair Visual Arts Mississauga and Ron Starr

Bob Dechert Celebrates Canada Day

June 30th, 2015


2011 Canada Day

On July 1st, we celebrate our good fortune as Canadians and our blessings to live ‎in this beautiful, prosperous and peaceful land….the best country in the world. Happy Canada Day!

Bob Dechert, MP

Mississauga Erindale

Coptic Community Supports Canada’s International Efforts to Confront ISIS

June 30th, 2015

Virgin Mary and Saint AthanasuisJune 25,2015

The Right Honourable,

Stephen Harper

Prime Minister of Canada


Dear Sir,

The Coptic Community in Mississauga is very much appreciating all the efforts the Canadian Government, under your leadership, is doing to offer safety and security to all Canadians living in Canada and abroad.


Our brave members of the armed forces are doing a great job in fighting the evil power of ISIS in Iraq and Syria to protect citizens of those countries including children and women that facing harsh living condition including forced slavery and displacement only because they are of a Christian believe or of a minority groups that have no power to protect themselves against that aggression.


We, as believers of right of religious freedom and human value of life, are asking the Canadian Government to continue fighting terrorism and keep its leading role in caring for religious minorities.


We will always support the government in its efforts in keeping Canada safe and prosperous.


Fr. Angelos Saad

Chair of the board of Canadian Coptic Center.

Mississauga, Ontario.

Bob Dechert addresses Coptic Solidarity 6th Annual Conference

June 25th, 2015
Bob Dechert addresses Coptic Solidarity 6th Annual Conference

Bob Dechert addresses Coptic Solidarity 6th Annual Conference


Coptic Solidarity


June 24, 2015

The Honorable Bob Dechert
Member of Parliament House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Mr. Bob Dechert,

Thank you for recently speaking to the attendees of our 6th Annual Conference which focused on 100 Years Later: M.E. Christians Face Another Genocide. We realize that you have an extremely busy schedule, so appreciate you making the time to travel so far for our event.

The systematic discrimination against minorities in the Middle East combined with the rise of ISIS and similar groups marks a most precarious time in which our actions as an international community will be the difference in saving lives or allowing yet another genocide to occur. We continue to look towards those with the requisite expertise and positions, such as you, to guide international policy in support of these endangered indigenous peoples.

Your insightful remarks made a strong impact on our organization and supporters. It was a pleasure to work with Mr. Dale in coordinating your participation in the event. We look forward to working closely with you and your team to advance equality for the Copts and other persecuted minorities in the region.


Adel Guindy

Adel Guindy
President, Coptic Solidarity

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.




“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


May 1st, 2015
DEADLINE EXTENDED! Families now have till May15 to register & get boosted child care payments in July.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Families now have till May15 to register & get boosted child care payments in July.

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.