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.”

3rd Annual Farmer’s Breakfast

Creemore, Ontario – Minister Dr. K. Kellie Leitch invites you to attend the 3rd Annual Farmer’s Breakfast on April 5th at 10:00am in Creemore.

We invite you to come discuss agricultural and agri-business priorities for Simcoe-Grey.

Please RSVP to: or our office at 1-866-435-1809.


Office of the Honourable Dr. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O. Ont, MP

Minister of Labour and Status of Women

Office: 613.992.4224  Fax: 819. 994. 5158




Tax Guide: Helping You And Your Family Save More

I’m pleased to deliver this Tax Guide to help ensure you won’t miss out on important savings. The initiatives included on these pages are part of our Government’s overall plan to reduce your tax burden. Should you have any questions or concerns about this report, please feel free to contact my office at 613-992-4224, or by email at

To review the document, please click here.

Office of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O. Ont, MP
Member of Parliament for Simcoe-Grey
Minister of Labour and Status of Women

Passport Clinic – November 21st


Wasaga Beach, ON – Thursday, November 21st

The Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch will be hosting a passport clinic at the Stars Arena this Thursday, November 21st. Help will be provided to fill out applications, and will be submitted to Passport Canada. Please note that new children`s passports will need Long Form Birth Certificates.

Barring any issues, participants should expect to wait approximately 4 weeks to receive passports.


What: Passport Clinic

Where: Stars Arena, 425 River Rd W, Wasaga Beach, ON

Date: Thursday, November 21st

Time: 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Note: There will be a photographer on site who will take pictures for $15.00.


Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch attends dedication ceremony of war memorial

Alliston War Memorial


On Saturday, August 24th, The Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch, Member of Parliament for Simcoe–Grey, attended the dedication ceremony for the new Royal Canadian Legion Branch 171 war memorial.

“It is an honour to be here today to pay tribute to the brave men and women who sacrificed so much for our country,” said Minister Leitch “The community of Alliston and Legion Branch 171have worked tirelessly to make this project possible. The Alliston Cenotaph will be a reminder to future generations, of the important contribution Canada’s Veterans made to our nation’s history.”

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #171 received $50,000 to construct a new memorial to commemorate local citizens who sacrificed their lives in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, peacekeeping missions and in Afghanistan. The project oversaw construction of concrete pads, concrete sidewalks and ramp and an interlocking stone walkway with stone walls that form two planters leading up to the main cenotaph level. A landscaped area for flagpoles and three separate granite stones were installed on cement bases to form the cenotaph.

Through the Community War Memorial Program (CWMP), Veterans Affairs Canada is partnering with communities across the country to build memorials to commemorate the achievements and sacrifices of those who served Canada in times of war, military conflict and peace.

MP Leitch announces support to Improve Clearview’s Recreational Trail Network

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MP Dr. Kellie Leitch announces support to Improve Clearview’s Recreational Trail Network


CLEARVIEW, Ontario – As part of the Government’s Economic Action Plan 2012, Dr. Kellie Leitch, Member of Parliament for Simcoe – Grey, today announced $40,000 in federal funding for expansion to the Recreation Trail Network under the Fund.

“Our Government, through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, is demonstrating its continued support for communities like Clearview” said Dr. Kellie Leitch. “Here in Clearview, these local projects will create jobs, as well as contribute to the health of everyone in our community.

Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, the Government of Canada has committed to supporting communities and creating jobs through repairs and improvements to existing community facilities over the next two years.