MP Dechert condemns the cowardly attack on Children in Pakistan

December 20th, 2014

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

Everyone in Mississauga is saddened over the horrific acts of violence where the Taliban gunned down more than 120 people, most of them children, in Peshawar Pakistan.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those affected, and I wish a full and quick recovery to those injured” said Mr Dechert.

“I, along with the Canadian Government have unequivocally condemned these heinous acts of terrorism.”

Bob Dechert continued “There is no more cowardly act than attacking innocent defenseless children while at school.”

Canada will continue to stand by victims and support them in the face of this ongoing terrorist threat.

“I would encourage the citizens of Mississauga to attend one of the many vigils in support of the families and victims of this tragic event in their local communities over the weekend.”

Statement from Bob Dechert regarding the article published in the Mississauga News and Brampton Guardian

December 19th, 2014

“Earlier today I became aware of an article published in the Mississauga News and Brampton Guardian referencing an interview I had taken part in earlier this week. In this article I was misquoted, which I brought to the attention of the author of the article. The author, upon reviewing his notes, concurred with my assessment and issued an updated article correcting the quote. “

“I would like to thank the Brampton Guardian and the Mississauga News for quickly acting on the misrepresentation and issuing a corrected article. I hope that all publications which have been based on the initial incorrect article will follow suit.”

Below please find attached the updated article with the corrected quote.

Ottawa unveils income-splitting plan, boosts monthly child benefit

By Joseph Chin
MISSISSAUGA – The federal government is pressing ahead with income splitting despite criticism from various quarters, notably Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa, who fired off a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressing his concerns when the plan was announced in October.

The plan, called the Family Tax Cut, will allow spouses in two-parent families with children under 18 to divvy up their incomes up to $50,000 in order to reduce their overall tax bill.

But critics are suggesting the policy is flawed since it won’t benefit the majority of Canadians. Despite the criticism, however, the federal government is expected to implement the measure early in the new year.

Wednesday, Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen was in Mississauga – Sousa’s backyard – to sell the plan directly to Canadians. She dismisses charges by opposition parties the plan does nothing for most parents, especially those with similar incomes.

“Literally every family in Canada will get tax benefit,” she said. “It will impact close to half the families – 1.7 million families. Two-thirds of those families are moderate- to low-income.”

The government estimates 1.7 million families could save an average of $1,300 a year.

In addition, Bergen noted the government is also increasing the monthly benefit paid for children under age six from $100 to $160, and introducing a new $60 monthly benefit for children between the ages of 6 and 17.

Bergen has told the House of Commons that a single parent with two children, earning $30,000, will receive more than $1,500 per year under the plan. A single parent making $50,000, with two kids, will see almost $1,000 in relief and benefits.

“Here is the difference between Conservatives and Liberals,” Bergen said. “Liberals think that if we put more money in parents’ pockets, they will spend it on beer and popcorn. We disagree. We believe that helping families make their lives more affordable is good for the economy, is good for the country, and is good for Canadian families.”

Mississauga-Erindale MP Bob Dechert accompanied Bergen on her visit to Peel. He notes the median family income in his riding is $93,000, and those families will benefit from income-splitting.

“The response has been extremely positive. I haven’t heard anything negative,” he said.

Many new Canadians, Dechert said, prefer to receive the Universal Child Care Benefit – the actual cash – to use for childcare services because they want to send their children in their formative years to daycare provided by somebody from their community, somebody who can speak the language and knows the culture.

“They’ve often told me that mainstream daycare centres that might be sponsored by the government, like a public school, don’t provide that kind of cultural learning,” he said.

Employment Minister Jason Kenney suggests that helping stay-at-home parents would encourage stable families.

“All of the social research indicates that folks who come from stable families tend to be better in terms of their economic prospects and that income splitting supports the families who are investing in their kids,” Kenney told a gathering of conservative thinkers earlier this year.

The Conservatives first pledged to bring in income-splitting during the 2011 election campaign. At the time, Harper pledged to introduce the measure, similar to one for seniors introduced in 2007, as long as there was a balanced budget, which is now expected in 2015.

“Next year’s budget will be balanced, and we’re following through with our promise,” said Bergen.

Under income-splitting, couples with children under the age of 18 would receive a tax credit of up to $2,000 as of the 2014 taxation year. But, according to think-tank C.D. Howe Institute, the plan will provide minimal benefit to the vast majority of families while giving the biggest benefits to the country’s most affluent single-income families.

The program is expected to cost the feds an estimated $2.4 billion in foregone revenue this year, and an average of $2 billion over the next five years. Also, the scheme could end up costing provinces at least $1.7 billion a year.

“If the federal government wants to reduce taxes in its own budget, it should ensure that there is not a fiscal cost as a byproduct to provinces,” said Susie Heath, a spokesperson for Sousa.

Government invests in new jet engine technology that will support almost 1,500 jobs in Ontario and Quebec

December 8th, 2014

Today, Industry Minister James Moore and Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel announced a crucial investment in Pratt & Whitney Canada to create the next generation of jet engines. Thanks to support from the Government of Canada, the company will be able to produce the next generation of airplane engines that will power lighter, greener airplanes around the world.

The ministers made their announcements in Mississauga, Ontario, and in Longueuil, Quebec, where the majority of the work will be done. This project will support nearly 1,500 jobs over the next five years. More than 65 separate Canadian suppliers will also contribute to the production of each engine.
Quick facts

• Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) employs 6,000 people across Canada and has invested more than $10.6 billion in research and development since 1982.
• The project’s research and development will take place at P&WC facilities in Mississauga and Longueuil, supporting nearly 1,500 Canadian jobs over the next five years.
• The Government’s total investment is $300 million in the form of a repayable contribution through the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative.
• In 2013, Canada’s aerospace industry was responsible for more than 170,000 jobs and contributed $28 billion to the economy.

Canada remains on track for a balanced budget in 2015

November 12th, 2014

Finance Minister Joe Oliver today released the annual Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections, which confirms that the Government remains on track for a balanced budget in 2015, with an expected surplus of $1.9 billion.
Minister Oliver outlined Canada’s impressive success in creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. In contrast to Canada, the Minister noted weak and uneven global growth in the aftermath of the deepest economic and financial crisis since the Great Depression. In comparison to difficult economic situations faced by other countries, Minister Oliver emphasized the Harper Government’s continued commitment to its low-tax plan to create jobs and growth.
Minister Oliver also highlighted the Government’s latest tax cuts and benefits to put more money back in the hands of Canadian families: increasing and expanding the Universal Child Care Benefit, introducing the Family Tax Cut, increasing the Child Care Expense Deduction limits, and doubling the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit and making it refundable, thereby making it more affordable for Canadian families to raise healthy kids.

Quick Facts

• The Harper Government’s latest tax cuts and benefits represent close to $27 billion back in the pockets of families over this year and the next five years.
• Every Canadian family with children under the age of 18 will have more money in their pockets because of these tax cuts and benefits.
• The overall federal tax burden is at its lowest level in over 50 years.
• Over 1.2 million more Canadians are working now than in July 2009, when the recovery began, representing an increase of 7.3 per cent and one of the strongest job creation performances in the Group of Seven (G-7).
• The Harper Government remains committed to helping businesses thrive and create well-paid jobs for Canadians. The new Small Business Job Credit will make hiring new workers or investing in additional training easier for entrepreneurs and help them grow their business.
• The federal debt-to-GDP (gross domestic product) ratio is expected to fall to below its pre-recession level by 2017, helping to ensure that Canada’s total government net debt continues to decline and remains the lowest of any G-7 country. The Government is well on its way to meeting its commitment to reduce the federal debt to 25 per cent of GDP by 2021.
• In addition to growing the size of the economy, the Government will reduce the size of the federal debt with unused annual contingency funds.

Bob Dechert Congratulates the New Mayor of Mississauga Bonnie Crombie and thanks Hazel McCallion for her service

October 29th, 2014

Ottawa, Ontario – On the afternoon following the election victory of Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga Erindale MP, Bob Dechert rose in the House of Commons in order to congratulate the new mayor.

On Monday, Mayor-Elect Bonnie Crombie won a strong mandate in Mississauga’s race to replace Mayor Hazel McCallion. ¨For the first time in 36 years Mississauga is going to have a new Mayor and a new voice directing our City.¨ said Mr. Dechert ¨Mr. Speaker, I look forward to working with Mayor-Elect Bonnie Crombie on issues of importance to the people of Mississauga including promoting jobs, safe-communities, growth and long-term prosperity.¨ Mr. Dechert also took the time to thank Mayor McCallion for all of her hard work throughout the past 36 years.  ¨I would also like to thank the outgoing Mayor, Hazel McCallion, for over three decades of service and her tremendous contributions to the City and to Canada during her time in office.¨

Minister Fast and PS Dechert Highlight Business Opportunities in India to Mississauga Companies

September 23rd, 2014

Minister Fast and PS Dechert Highlight Business Opportunities in India to Mississauga Companies

 

September 19, 2014-Mississauga, Ontario – The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, (front row, centre) together with Bob Dechert, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, (front row, left) meets with representatives of small and medium-sized Canadian companies at a round table in Mississauga to discuss the many opportunities to expand their businesses in India.

Through the Government of Canada’s ambitious pro-trade and pro-export Global Markets Action Plan, Canadian businesses have the tools to grow, export and build on their success at home and abroad. These tools include free trade agreements, foreign investment promotion and protection agreements, sector-based trade missions to priority markets such as India, and the support of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Export Development Canada, the Canadian Commercial Corporation and the Business Development Bank of Canada.

Minister Fast and PS Dechert are leading a trade mission to India in the agriculture and agrifood, energy, infrastructure, life sciences and financial services sectors that will cover three cities: Mumbai, Delhi and Chandigarh, from October 12 to 17, 2014. This will be Minister Fast’s third trade mission to India in support of Canadian businesses as they seek new export opportunities.

“Minister Fast and I were very impressed to meet with Mississauga companies with innovative technologies including several with substantial experience in doing business in India. We had a frank exchange of ideas of how Canadian companies can expand their markets in India and how the Government of Canada can support them. These views will be helpful as we prepare for our Canadian trade mission to India in early October which will include Mississauga business people. The Indo-Canadian business community is playing a key role in Canada’s future as a global trading nation.” Said PS Dechert.

Minister Fast and PS Dechert encouraged the companies participating in today’s round table to join them on the trade mission to take full advantage of the support provided by the Government of Canada to explore opportunities in this fast-growing market.

“This is the third or fourth meeting with Minister Fast this year,” said Ned Ismail, Economics Professor and founding member of the Mississauga Board of Trade’s International Trade Committee, “we really value the government’s focus on building trade relations and giving SMEs the information and tools vital to be able to compete internationally.”

“These are exciting times for the Canada – India relationship, after three decades, India has strong political leadership and is in the cusp of dramatic economic growth and societal transformation.” Said Shan Banerjee CEO of Fox Mandal Business Advisory and roundtable participant. “India and Canada share similar values of Equality, Freedom, Social Justice, Peace, Respect and Federal Structure and today Canada with its world leading technologies, institutions, resources and one million plus SMEs is eminently poised to significantly strengthen this relationship for mutual benefit”.

 

ANNUAL COMMUNITY BBQ

September 10th, 2014

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Bob Dechert, MP Mississauga-Erindale

Cordially Invites You and Your Family to Our

 6th ANNUAL

COMMUNITY

BBQ

You and your family and cordially invited to

attend Bob’s 6th Annual BBQ for residents living

in the Mississauga-Erindale riding.

Join Bob and your neighbours for an afternoon

of live music, good food, and great times.

Saturday September 13, 2014

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Churchill Meadows Community Common

3370 McDowell Drive, Mississauga

I look forward to seeing you all there!

 Bob Dechert,

MP Mississauga-Erindale

Mississauga-Erindale MP Bob Dechert’s attends international premiere of the film “Tigers”

September 9th, 2014
From right to left director Danis Tanovic, MP Bob Dechert, movie subject Syed Aamir Raza, actor Emraan Hashmi and Mr. Raza’s family

From right to left director Danis Tanovic, MP Bob Dechert, movie subject Syed Aamir Raza, actor Emraan Hashmi and Mr. Raza’s family

 

Toronto, Ontario – Bob Dechert, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erindale was honoured to join with Mississauga resident Syed Aamir Raza for the international premiere of the film “Tigers” at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Tigers depicts Mr. Raza’s courageous life story in Pakistan and his journey to Canada after exposing the unethical business practices of his former employer that may have contributed to the deaths of many children in Pakistan.

 

“Mr. Raza’s story of courage and personal sacrifice to expose an injustice demonstrates values that all Canadians share.  We are proud that Mr. Raza and his family have chosen to become members of the Canadian family like so many newcomers before them.  We congratulate Mr. Raza and his family for inspiring the making of this remarkable film and thank TIFF for choosing to show the film at this year’s festival.  I encourage all residents of Mississauga and all Canadians to see this film.” Said MP Dechert

 

MP Dechert attended the international premiere of this important and powerful film on behalf of the Government of Canada where he brought greetings from the Hon. Jason Kenney Minister of Employment & Social Development &  Minister for Multiculturalism. Minister Kenney said “ The account of Mr. Raza’s principled stand in defense of the health of babies and their families is one that deserves to be told, and one which reflects the best of Canadian values. People of Pakistani descent like Mr. Raza have long brought their stories and experiences with them to Canada, and their sharing of them helps to strengthen our society.”

 

Mr. Raza is portrayed in the film by the famous Indian actor Emraan Hashmi. The film was directed by the Oscar winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic. Mr. Raza currently lives in Mississauga with his wife and family after coming to Canada as refugees due to the threats and persecution he faced resulting from from his brave actions to save the lives of Pakistani children.

Coptic Solidarity thanks MP Dechert for speaking at Conference

July 17th, 2014

 

 

 

Coptic Solidarity

 

 July 15, 2014

 

The Honorable Bob Dechert

Member of Parliament
House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

Canada

K1A 0A6

 

Dear Mr. Bob Dechert,

 

Thank you for recently speaking to the attendees of our 5th annual Coptic Solidarity Policy Education Day.  It was an honor to have you with us.  Your strong commitment to improving human rights and freedoms for religious minorities in the Middle East is greatly appreciated by the minority communities we represent.  We are grateful that you are willing to speak out on behalf of and stand with communities that face oppression in Egypt and the region.

 

Coptic Solidarity desires to represent a unified voice and be a leader in advocating for Egyptians and other religious minorities in the region through promoting the values of freedom, secularism, rule of just law, pluralism, and the upholding and protection of the fundamental rights of minorities.

 

Thank you again for using your position to lead in speaking out on behalf of Copts and other persecuted religious minorities. We are especially encouraged by all that the Canadian government is doing to support international religious freedom.  This is an important message for us to share with the broader Coptic community. We look forward to continuing to work with you to see a peaceful and prosperous Egypt.

 

Sincerely,

Adel Guindy

 

 

 

 

Adel Guindy

President, Coptic Solidarity

PS O’Toole and PS Dechert Announce Funding to the Canadian Association of Mining Equipment & Services for Export to help the Mining Sector’s Success in Markets Abroad

July 17th, 2014
PS O'Toole and PS Dechert with staff at National Compressed Air. July 14, 2014

PS O’Toole and PS Dechert with staff at National Compressed Air. July 14, 2014

Accessing international markets helps create jobs and opportunities for Canadians

 

Wednesday July 16, 2014 – Mississauga, Ontario 

 

Erin O’Toole, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, and Bob Dechert, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced that the Canadian Association of Mining Equipment & Services for Export will receive up to $101,034 to help the Canadian mining sector achieve success in markets abroad.

 

The contribution is from the Government of Canada’s Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA) program. In all, GOA is contributing up to $3 million this year to 38 industry associations across Canada to create new opportunities for Canadian companies in markets around the world.

 

The 38 associations will undertake 112 separate projects in support of Canada’s engagement in global trade. The vast majority, 95 percent, are aimed at countries designated as priorities for Canada under the Global Markets Action Plan (GMAP) and 90 percent are in GMAP priority sectors.

 

GOA delivers assistance across a wide range of sectors of the Canadian economy, including education, financial services, aerospace, infrastructure, and information and communications technologies. GOA provides matching funding of up to 50 percent of eligible expenses to support national associations for the benefit of an entire industry. The maximum annual GOA contribution is $150,000.

 

Quick Facts

 

  • Canada’s GMAP is the most ambitious pro-trade and pro-investment plan in Canada’s history. The plan focuses on Canada’s core strengths in priority markets through bold trade policy and vigorous trade promotion, and it sets concrete targets to grow the presence of Canada’s small and medium-sized enterprises in emerging markets.

 

Quotes

 

“Many small and medium-sized enterprises rely on their associations to represent them abroad. Contributions from Global Opportunities for Associations help those smaller companies make important contacts and meet new clients around the world, allowing them to grow their businesses and create jobs and opportunities back home.”

- Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade

 

“I am pleased that the Global Opportunities for Associations fund will help the mining industry connect with international opportunities. When Canadian companies succeed in foreign markets, it creates jobs and opportunities here in Mississauga and throughout the country.”

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