2017 John Simcoe Awards

Dear Constituents of Simcoe-Grey,

John Graves Simcoe was a British army officer and the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada. John Simcoe dedicated his life to making Canada the best place in the world to live.

Within the riding of Simcoe Grey, we have many dedicated people who enrich the lives of others by performing selfless volunteer work. If it wasn’t for these volunteers, our community would not be what it is today.

The John Simcoe Award will be presented to a wide range of constituents – young person, an adult, a senior, a business and a service club that have made a difference in Simcoe-Grey. These people will have gone above and beyond in making a positive difference in the lives of others through volunteering.

All nomination forms must be submitted by 4:00pm on February 10th, 2017. A congratulatory ceremony and reception will be held for recipients and their guests in March 2017.

Nomination forms can be found here: 2017 John Simcoe Awards Nomination Form

Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., MD, MBA, FRCS(C)
MP, Simcoe – Grey
501 Hume Street, Collingwood, ON, L9Y 4H8
Kellie.leitch.c1b@parl.gc.ca

Statement on International Women’s Day 2016

For Immediate Release

March 8th, 2016

MP Dr. Kellie Leitch Celebrates International Women’s Day

 

“Today, I am happy to celebrate International Women’s Day. This occasion provides Canadians with the opportunity to appreciate the women in our lives and celebrate their achievements and their extraordinary potential.

Today reminds us all of the vital contribution that women make every day to the economic life of our country. It also highlights the importance of ensuring that every woman has the opportunity to help create prosperity for themselves and their families.

I am proud that during my time as Minister of Status of Women, I was able to play a key role in passing legislation that improved the status and rights of Aboriginal women, children, and families. I was also a strong voice in advocating for violence against women and girls and founded the Girl and Young Women’s Advisory Council.

This International Women’s Day, I invite all Canadians to join us in celebrating the outstanding contributions of all Canadian women who support their families, enrich their communities, and contribute to making Canada a great place to live. When women succeed, Canada succeeds.”

Passport Clinic in Wasaga Beach

On Wednesday, January 27th, 2016, our office will be hosting a free passport clinic located at the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce, 550 River Road West, Wasaga Beach.

The clinic will be open from 5:00PM – 8:00PM, and no appointments are necessary.

We will be happy to help with filling out applications, answering passport related questions and submitting them to Passport Canada.

Photographer on site – $15.00 /photo

For any questions, please call: 1-866-435-1809

2016 John Simcoe Awards

Dear Constituents of Simcoe-Grey,

John Graves Simcoe was a British army officer and the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada. John Simcoe dedicated his life to making Canada the best place in the world to live.

Within the riding of Simcoe Grey, we have many dedicated people who enrich the lives of others by performing selfless volunteer work. If it wasn’t for these volunteers, our community would not be what it is today.

The John Simcoe Award will be presented to a wide range of constituents – young person, an adult, a senior, a business and a service club that have made a difference in Simcoe-Grey. These people will have gone above and beyond in making a positive difference in the lives of others through volunteering.

All nomination forms must be submitted by 4:00pm on January 15th, 2016. We thank you for taking the time to complete the nomination form. The nominator will receive written confirmation of the outcome of the nomination. A congratulatory ceremony and luncheon will be held for recipients and their guests in February 2016.

Nomination forms can be found here: Nomination Form 2016

Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., MD, MBA, FRCS(C)
MP, Simcoe – Grey
501 Hume Street, Collingwood, ON, L9Y 4H8
Kellie.leitch.c1b@parl.gc.ca

STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA TO MARK THE THIRD ANNUAL KOREAN WAR VETERANS DAY

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark the third annual Korean War Veterans Day:
 
“Today, we honour Canada’s Korean War veterans who fought to defend the Republic of Korea and help fortify its freedom and democracy in the face of Communist aggression.
 
“In July 1950, at a time of limited strength after the Second World War, Canada committed troops to the United Nations Forces in Korea, first dispatching three Royal Canadian Navy destroyers — HMCS Cayuga, Athabaskan and Sioux — to Korean waters. What followed would be among the largest military deployments in Canadian history, which included five more destroyers, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Army Special Force.   
 
“Across the Korean peninsula and on the front lines, in rugged, desperate areas like Hill 677 in the Kapyong Valley, Hill 355, the village of Chail-li, the Chorwon Valley and the Imjin salient, more than 26,000 Canadians served between 1950 to 1953, and an additional 7,000 troops served until the end of 1955, following the signing of the Korea Armistice Agreement.
 
“Canada’s casualties during the Korean War numbered more than 1,500, including 516 who made the ultimate sacrifice. Nearly 400 Canadians rest in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan today.
 
“On this day, when we reflect on a time marked by extraordinary service and spirit, it is important to remember those brave Canadians who gave their lives and the sacrifices that their families made, as well as those who continue to serve with distinction and pride.” 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper takes part in chief of the defence staff change of command ceremony

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today took part in the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) Change of Command ceremony, presided over by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada. The event was held at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. They were joined by Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence and Minister for Multiculturalism.


The Prime Minister took the opportunity to address Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and guests, and to thank the departing CDS, General Tom Lawson, for his service to Canada. He then outlined some of the responsibilities awaiting the new CDS, General Jonathan Vance, including the assurance that the CAF will increase its ability to carry out special operations and use advanced battlefield communications and surveillance.

Quick Facts 

  • General Jonathan Vance, CMM, MSC, CD, previously Commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command, replaces General Tom Lawson who has been serving as CDS since October 2012.
  • General Vance assumed his position as Commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command in September 2014. As part of his duties, he oversaw both the air and ground deployments against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, as well as Canada’s contribution to NATO in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.
  • General Vance has also served as Deputy Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples in Italy and as Director of Staff, Strategic Joint Staff, National Defence Headquarters, as well as Chief of Staff Land Strategy, Canadian Army.

Quotes

“As we face growing instability and threat in the world, including direct threats by jihadi terrorists, General Jonathan Vance will provide strong leadership as the Chief of the Defence Staff at a critical time for Canada. His experience in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism warfare, his work with key allied forces and partners, his combat experience and the strategic leadership skills he possesses will help position the Canadian Armed Forces for continued success.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

“Since October 2012, General Tom Lawson has led the Canadian Armed Forces with distinction. His legacy will live on in a number of key accomplishments – including the completion of the CAF’s mission in Afghanistan and the well-merited National Day of Honour that followed – as well as in the reforms and initiatives he oversaw to ensure that our Forces continue to strive for excellence.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA ON THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE DOWNING OF MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT MH17

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the first anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17:

“One year ago today, it was with profound sadness and shock that I learned that a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet en route from the Netherlands to Malaysia had been shot down in Eastern Ukraine, killing all on board, including one Canadian, Andrei Anghel.

“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I wish to express our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the passengers and crew of Flight MH17 as they mark this painful anniversary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

“Canada continues to support all ongoing investigative efforts by the Dutch Safety Board into the cause of the crash and looks forward to its final report to provide much sought after answers.

“The perpetrators of the crimes that caused this horrific event must be brought to justice, in order that some peace may be brought to the victims’ families.

“From the first efforts of the Russian-backed insurgents to obstruct access to the crash site, to Russia’s most recent indications that it will oppose any prospect of an international tribunal, Russia’s record has been one of blocking the truth. We urge Russia to reverse its course of action and facilitate the justice process.

“Our Government continues to provide strong support to the people of Ukraine in their efforts to build a stable government and dynamic economy, and to defend their country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of ongoing Russian aggression.”

Father’s Day Statement

The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch today issued the following statement to mark Father’s Day:

“Today on Father’s Day, I want to first thank my Dad for his amazing commitment to our family. And let us all take the time to stop and honour those who’s commitment, compassion and sacrifice have made indelible impacts on daughters and sons across the country, leading their children to brighter futures.

“The work of a Dad never ends. Fathers are often awake early (before their kids), working hard through the day and not coming home until late, all with the intention of ensuring their families are properly provided for. They dedicate themselves to their families while demonstrating unconditional love and support.

“Fathers instill important values in their children – like I learned from my father at the dinner table – hard work, respect, and integrity. These values are often imparted on their children when fathers demonstrate these values in their everyday lives.

“On Father’s Day let us properly take the time to thank our Dad’s who sacrifice so much so that we may lead better lives.”

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada Extending Best Wishes to the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team in Advance of the Women’s World Cup

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement in advance of the Women’s World Cup Canada 2015:

“On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to wish the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team the best of luck as it takes on the world at the Women’s World Cup.

“We are deeply proud of our team’s dedication, competitiveness and success. Canadians from coast to coast to coast will be cheering enthusiastically for them to win.

“As the proud hosts of the World Cup this year, we look forward to welcoming athletes from around the world and showing them the very best that Canada has to offer. I encourage visiting athletes and fans alike to take time to further explore our beautiful country.

“Once again, I would like to wish the best of luck to our players, coaches, support staff and all those that have contributed to preparing this year’s Canadian team. We look forward to a terrific competition and more great moments in Canadian sports history.”

STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA IN MEMORY OF MONCTON RCMP OFFICERS

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement in memory of the RCMP officers who lost their lives in the line of duty on June 4, 2014:

“Twelve months have passed since the horrific shootings that cost the lives of three RCMP officers, injured two others and deeply affected the city of Moncton, the people of New Brunswick and the entire country.

“Laureen and I join the families and friends of those officers and all Canadians in remembering that day with profound sadness and in honouring the memory of RCMP Constables Doug Larche, Dave Ross and Fabrice Gevaudan.

“This violent incident was a vivid reminder of the dangers that our courageous men and women in uniform face every day as they protect communities across our nation.

“Canadians rightly have deep admiration and respect for the RCMP and for all those who serve and protect. This affection was very much on display during commemorations last year for the Moncton officers we lost in the line of duty.

“The ultimate sacrifices made by Constables Larche, Ross and Gevaudan will not be forgotten. We will honour their memory and we will work to ensure that the RCMP has the resources it needs to counter those who threaten the safety and security of Canadians.”