2020-07-08

Canada’s Economic and Fiscal Snapshot 2020

” I ran in Newmarket-Aurora on a campaign of fiscal responsibility, yet I still believe the measures we took to ensure our well being were, and continue to be, the right decisions. COVID-19 has been the greatest challenge many of us have ever faced. I have seen firsthand its dramatic impact on lives, communities and businesses, and I am proud of how quickly and effectively we have responded.” – Tony Van Bynen, Member of Parliament, Newmarket-Aurora

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2020-07-01

The Great Canadians Quiz

Answers are provided at the end of the Quiz for self evaluation. Who was the 1st woman elected to the federal government?            A) Harriet Dick B) Agnes Macphail C) Rose Mary Henderson Who was the 1st Canadian to command the International Space Station?       A) Marc Garneau B) Dave Williams C) Chris Hadfield Who invented the Cardiac Pacemaker?          A) John Hopps …

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2020-07-01

100th anniversary of Elections Canada

On July 1, 1920, Parliament created one of the world’s first non-partisan election office independent of any government or political party – the Chief Electoral Officer, now commonly called Elections Canada. Before 1920, federal elections were managed by government officials who relied on provincial voters lists. The provinces also determined the eligibility of voters in their jurisdiction. In 1920, a …

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2020-07-01

Happy Canada Day!

I love this country and am proud to be a Canadian. I was born in the Netherlands, and like many Canadians before and after us, my family’s path to this country was paved by war. We came here shortly after World War II, to a country that has always welcomed refugees fleeing devastation and conflict – offering them the promise …

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2020-06-30

International Day of Parliamentarism

Tony Van Bynen Swearing in ceremony/ Cérémonie d'assermentation

On June 30, 1889, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) was established as the global organization of national parliaments. Since then, the IPU has empowered parliaments and parliamentarians around the globe to promote peace, democracy and sustainable development. In 2018, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution recognizing the role of parliaments as a cornerstone of democracy. The resolution also designated …

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2020-06-29

Charging into a greener future

This morning, Newmarket’s first electric bus was charged up and it was a rewarding experience to join local partners on its first trip across Davis Drive. It was great to see our federal government partner with York Region Government and the private sector to deliver innovative green and clean technology to our region. Thank you, Natural Resources Canada for providing …

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2020-06-21

National Indigenous Peoples Day

With the conversation about racial equality now dominating our news cycle, the timing of National Indigenous Peoples Day couldn’t be more appropriate. June 21st is a day to celebrate the unique heritage and diverse cultures of our three Aboriginal groups: the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. It is also a time to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions they …

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2020-06-16

Statement by the Parliamentary Black Caucus

Statement by the Parliamentary Black Caucus The Parliamentary Black Caucus, established in 2015, is composed of parliamentarians from the Senate and the House of Commons who are either Black Canadians or allies of Black Canadians. We meet regularly to bring forward, discuss, and advocate issues that are of importance to Black communities across Canada. It is only fitting that this …

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2020-06-05

Happy World Environment Day!

In our community of Newmarket-Aurora, I believe we have a strong connection to our environment. Residents here enjoy an abundance of greenspace and trails, giving us all the opportunity to get some fresh air, and commune with nature. Which is particularly important during this pandemic, when so many other recreational opportunities have been temporarily paused. This Friday is World Environment …

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