Bob Dechert make statement in the House of Commons on the recent beheadings of Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christians in Libya
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
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.”
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 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.
- 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.
“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
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.
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MP BOB DECHERT’S
2015 New Year’s Levee
Date: January 17, 2015
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Glen Erin Inn
Address: 1695 The Collegeway
Mississauga, ON L5L 3S7
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Or call 905-897-1952
Christmas is a special time of year to be with family and friends to celebrate the many blessings that we enjoy in Canada, including the ability to worship and practice our faith in peace and security.
As we give thanks for our blessings over this holiday period, it is also a time to contemplate how we may help others at home and around the world who are less fortunate.
During this special time of year, we recognize the tremendous contributions that Orthodox Christians and Catholics of the varied Eastern rites make to our country and we reaffirm Canada’s commitment to support people of all faiths, and to promote religious freedom around the world.
On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish you and your family a happy and blessed Christmas.
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.”