Leamington, ON- Chatham-Kent—Essex MP Dave Van Kesteren organized a meeting Saturday morning for area farmers to discuss short and long term challenges of tomato farmers affected by the announcement of the Leamington Heinz plant closing. Van Kesteren also committed to collaborate with farmers to ensure the government has accurate data.
“The immediate needs were identified and I can now go to the Minister of Agriculture and my caucus colleagues on Monday and begin work on those,” said Van Kesteren. “We also discussed long term challenges, which clearly involve other agencies and groups outside of agriculture. I see this meeting as a first step in a longer process to bring all the pieces together and work towards a community based solution.”
Van Kesteren also announced that he has secured a commitment from Service Canada to provide streamlined and enhanced services to employees through the transitional period.
Leamington, ON- The Member of Parliament for Chatham-Kent—Essex Dave Van Kesteren issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement by Heinz.
“This is a time for all three levels of Government to pull together with the community of Leamington. Our first concern must be for the workers, to ensure their immediate needs are met. I have called the Minister of Employment and we have arranged for support to be available. Secondly all levels of government must begin discussions to look at how we can retain workers and grow local companies; the Federal Government stands ready to help. I have been in contact with the Minister of Agriculture and Mayor Paterson and we all agree to continue to work cooperatively for the best interest of Leamington and surrounding areas. Finally I would invite farmers to join me this Saturday November 16th at 9am at the Car Barn restaurant in Wheatley so I can hear their questions, concerns and together explore alternative actions.”
Chatham, ON- Keeping taxes low, expanding trade markets, and supporting job creation were the highlights of the recent Speech from the Throne delivered by the Governor General at the beginning of the second session of the 41st Parliament. Chatham-Kent—Essex MP Dave Van Kesteren was pleased with the content and sees some real benefits for the area.
“Keeping taxes low ensures your hard earned money stays in your pocket,” said Van Kesteren. “As a government we feel this is good for our economy. But we also want to make sure Canadians are getting their money’s worth for services from the Federal Government, so we will continue to trim excess and redundancy in the bureaucracy, as well as from industries like telecommunications, where we will address high cell phone roaming fees and require unbundling of cable channels and move to a pick and pay system.”
On trade markets Van Kesteren added, “We will conclude negotiations on a comprehensive trade agreement with the European Union with the potential to create tens of thousands of new jobs. And we’ll continue to expand trade, opening new markets in Asia and the Americas. Great news for our area as agriculture is positioned to benefit greatly.”
Other highlights of note:
- a balanced budget in 2015
- expand high-speed broadband in rural areas
- end interprovincial trade barriers on alcohol, allowing it to cross provincial lines for personal use
- “one for one rule” which will see a regulation dropped for every new one introduced including further red tape reduction at Canada Revenue Agency
- Implementation of the Canada Job Grant, promoting skilled trades training.
For the complete text of Speech from the Throne can be found at www.speech.gc.ca
Chatham, ON- MP Dave Van Kesteren (Chatham-Kent—Essex) has invited his colleague, Minister Jason Kenney to Chatham to hear first-hand from constituents on options to address the skills shortage in the area. The Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism will be here on Thursday October 10th for a roundtable, public luncheon and a tour of the Centre for Trades and Technology at Thames Campus. The luncheon will take place at Noon at Club Lentinas where the Minister will deliver a speech entitled, “Ensuring Canada's continued economic success: Tackling the skills mismatch.”
Van Kesteren said, “I’ve heard from businesses that are having a hard time filling skilled trade positions, I’ve also met with individuals having difficulty finding full time employment. Our Government is continually working with front line job creators to generate an atmosphere where those businesses can bring people in, train them, and put them to work.” Van Kesteren added, “I’m excited to have the Minister here and I’m confident he’ll leave with feedback on how we can help the local skill shortage.”
Tickets are still available for luncheon, and can be purchased for $25.00 by contacting the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce (519) 352-7540.