Two year report card

Catherine McKenna

I can’t believe it’s been two years since the voters of Ottawa Centre elected me to represent our community in the House of Commons. I couldn’t have done it without the hard work of so many people and I am thankful to have this opportunity. Every day I feel lucky to have the job that I do and be able to make a difference in our community. In two years we have accomplished a lot and I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the milestones I am really proud of.

When I ran in 2015, I promised the Clegg Street Footbridge would proceed with the help of the federal government, and today I am so happy construction is under-way. Our government committed $10.5 million to help create this project, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to move safely, efficiently and comfortably around our vibrant down-town core. This project is good for our economic growth and our environmental impact.

Our Government has also committed over $1 billion for the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Stage 2 Project, meaning shorter wait times for commuters and the largest reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Ottawa’s History.

We’ve created three new canal paddle access points at Clegg Avenue, Paterson Creek and Waverley Street. We have secured Heritage Designation for the Ottawa River. The old U.S. Embassy at 100 Wellington Street, which sits on the ancestral land of Algonquin people, will be turned into a space for Indigenous Peoples. These projects will further the history and heritage of our city.

I know these projects are very important to the riding and I’m happy to be a part of bringing them to life.

My community office is committed to continue working hard for all of you, listening and helping with your concerns. Since November 2015, my team has been able to assist on over 280 immigration cases. This work has brought more diversity and experience into our city, and reunited and connected loved ones.

Through our constituency Youth and Youth Jobs Councils, we have made bold steps to addressing youth empowerment and youth unemployment. This year, 133 organizations received almost $1.4 million to employ 380 students through the Canada Summer Jobs Program, showing our government’s commitment to the next generation.

And the next generation is important. That is why my dream is to make Ottawa the greenest capital in the world. This means more canal access points, greener infrastructure like the footbridge and increased transportation investments like the LRT. If we continue down this path, we are not only doing the right thing for our kids and grandkids, we are also creating incredible opportunities for our city to grow. I want us to think bigger and aim higher to reimagine how we live, work and play in our nation’s Capital.

When I ran in Ottawa Centre two years ago, I did so to make a difference and bring a voice to our community. I did so to help us thrive, expand and reimagine what is possible. Together, we still have much to do, but because of the dedicated residents in Ottawa Centre, we’re off to a pretty great start. I look forward to two more years of change and innovation for our community. Thank you Ottawa Centre.

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