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There were several significant pieces of legislation debated in the House of Commons recently; notably, Bill C-14 and Bill C-241.
Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying) has been the subject of much debate and procedural wrangling.  The Liberals are determined to suspend debate and move this Bill to a vote as soon as possible.  I remain adamant that a matter of this magnitude and complexity deserves full debate.
I consulted widely with constituents of Saskatoon – Grasswood.  I held 3 town hall meetings which were publicly advertised and drew a broad cross section of constituents who came to hear my guest speaker, Michael Cooper.  MP Cooper sat on the committee studying Assisted Dying.  
The feedback I received was extremely valuable.  I have heard from medical professionals and concerned citizens, who took the time to attend, write and call my office.  I thank them all for helping to inform my decision on this Bill.
I heard 3 things loud and clear.  Citizens of Saskatoon – Grasswood are concerned about the rights of health care practitioners, safeguards for those with underlying mental health challenges and the inclusion of palliative care strategy.  These issues deserve debate and consideration at Committee. 

On May 18th,  the Liberals gave notice of a motion which sought to quash the opposition and eliminate their ability to do their job.  It effectively suspended the rules of the House and handed over control to Cabinet to decide the Parliamentary Calendar.  It was a power grab designed to put an end to debate on Bill C-14 and rob the opposition of their ability to speak on the Bill and to bring the concerns of their constituents to the floor of the Commons.
This was an unprecedented maneuver designed to seize complete control of Parliamentary Proceedings.
On May 19th, in the face of strong, united opposition protest, the government finally conceded and agreed to withdraw Motion 6. 
Our job in opposition is to hold the government to account.  This was an unacceptable affront to democracy and I and my caucus colleagues will always remind this government that they are accountable to all Canadians.
On May 13, I was proud to debate Bill C-241, An Act to Amend the Excise Tax Act (school authorities) , at second reading.  This is my Private Members’ Bill which seeks to have the GST rebate for schoolboards increased from 68% to 100% (eliminating the tax on tax).  If passed, this Bill would return in the neighborhood of $187 million annually to classrooms across Canada.
Regrettably, it appears the Liberals are unsupportive.  I am determined to keep up the fight.  Together with the unprecedented support of schoolboards nationally, I intend to make a strong case that this Bill is a great first step in providing additional support for our students and their educational programming from coast to coast to coast.  Public support can’t be underestimated.  Your voice matters. I would encourage all Canadians to write their MP’s in support of this fair and principled Bill.

-Kevin Waugh, MP Saskatoon-Grasswood
On Friday May 13th, Bill C-241 Kevin`s Private Members` Bill went to second reading in the House of Commons where the Bill was debated for an hour.
"I served for many years on the Saskatoon Board of Education as a trustee, and also became an executive member of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association. I know first-hand what this money would mean to our schools in Saskatchewan. In fact, it would have amounted to over $8 million in 2014-15, shared among the 28 school divisions." -Kevin Waugh

To view the full speech please click the link below:

 To view Kevin`s Press Release from May 13th please click on the link below:

Listen to Kevin discuss his Private Members` Bill on Friday morning before it was debated in the House of Commons:
Top Right: Response from Kevin`s latest mailout regarding a referendum
Since the last newsletter was sent out, there has been further discussion in the House of Commons regarding electoral reform.
On May 10th 2016 the Liberal government announced the government`s plan for a committee to study changes to the voting system. This committee will report back to the House of Commons on December 1, 2016. At this moment, there is little direction on the options of electoral reform that will be presented in committee.  Canadians must have a say, in a national referendum, on the proposed changes to how Canadian’s elect their MPS as a referendum will ensure any changes have the clear support of Canadians.

For more information on electoral reform please view these articles written by my colleague, Scott Reid, which I think will help clarify the electoral reform issue and the need for a referendum.

Again, thank you to those in my constituency who responded to the mail out on electoral reform; I appreciate the opportunity to learn the opinions of those in my riding!
Above: On Air with Robin Bresnahan of CBC Radio Ottawa to discuss my Private Members` Bill.
Above Left: Kevin meets Jacqueline Sirois of Saskatoon on Parliament Hill with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
Above Right: Rod Orr of Saskatoon giving a helping hand to with Red Cross on the Hill.
Above: Congratulations to Larry Mikulcik receiving the Catalyst for Change Award at the National Holocaust Ceremony in Ottawa.
Above: Meeting with Alyson Townsend of CCSA (Canadian Cable Systems Alliance) to discuss cable service in rural Canada.
Below: Meeting some members of the Walter Murray Band on their trip to Ottawa.
Above Right: While Kevin was in Ottawa, a representative of his office attended the 15 year anniversary of Projectline, a local Saskatoon business.
Above Left: Left to Right; Derin Hildebrandt VP, Darrell McClarty President & CEO, Collin Dennison Head of Development of Projectline
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Each year, the Government of Canada invests more than $330 million in the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) to help young people gain the skills, abilities, and work experience they need to find and maintain good employment.  Recently, the Government made additional investments in the YES that will support the hiring of up to 70,000 students across the country, through an additional investment of $113M/year (including operating costs) for the next three years, through the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program.
Kevin was quick out of the gate, urging organizations in his riding to apply for funding. Kevin is delighted to be part of something positive that involves money for employers and youth in his riding.   
This has amounted to 78 jobs approved for a total of $319,514 for the Saskatoon-Grasswood constituency.  
When Kevin is back at home in the riding this summer, he will personally visit the students in their workplace, to see first-hand the benefits of this program and to meet the students and their employers


Eligible applicants can receive up to $25,000 per year in grant funding and must address one or more of the program's five objectives:
  • promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
  • engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
  • expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
  • supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
  • providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.
Projects must also be led or inspired by seniors.  Check our website regularly for more information.

 A representative from Kevin`s office attended an information session in Saskatoon regarding this program and will be informing organizations within Kevin`s constituency of the funding being offered. Please stop by the office or click on the link above for more information.


All Seniors Care Living Centres across Canada are proud to launch Toonies for Trees which has been created to help restore mental and physical well-being for the families of Fort McMurray through the creation of age friendly green space once re-building begins. An age-friendly park is one where people of all abilities and ages have the opportunity to participate in everyday life fully and in safety. The removal of barriers that limit opportunities for how safe families feel can affect almost every aspect of daily life.

Please stop by All Seniors Care, Preston Park 1 and Preston Park 2 retirement residence (at 114 and 188 Armistice Way in Saskatoon) and drop off a toonie or five!
Kevin was appointed Deputy Critic for Canadian Heritage and National Historic Sites following his election last fall. He sits on the Standing Committee for Canadian Heritage which studies the Department of Canadian Heritage and organizations within this portfolio that contribute to culture heritage, and human rights in Canada. To highlight Kevin`s involvement with this committee in each newsletter we will highlight a heritage property in the Saskatoon-Grasswood Riding or beyond.  
Nutana Cemetery located near the South Saskatchewan River and Diefenbaker park is Saskatoon`s first cemetery, established in 1884, one year after the establishment of the community of Saskatoon. the Nutana Cemetery was officially recognized by the provincial government in 1889.
Many notable Saskatoon citizens are buried in the cemetery including Grace Fletcher, Saskatoon`s first businesswoman and many other notable Saskatoon pioneer families.

Above:  His Worship Mayor Don Atchison and Respectable Lal Khan Malik, National President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at Canada
Below: Local dignitaries and Ahmadiyya children singing national anthem
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Saskatoon held their 50 Year Anniversary Celebration Wednesday, May 18th at Civic Square beside City Hall.
Special Guests:  His Worship Don Atchison (Mayor – City of Saskatoon)
                           Lal Khan Malik (National President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada)
Kevin unfortunately could not be in attendance as he was in Ottawa.  Carl Melnyk, Linda Eyerely and Laurie Suppes attended the celebration on Kevin's behalf.

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