Warawa Applauds Conservative Government on Introducing Legislation to Protect Children from Predators and ExploitationFebruary 26, 2014,
Langley, BC– Today, Langley MP Mark Warawa applauded the Conservative Government on introducing new legislation to protect children from predators and exploitation.
“I am proud of our Government for once again demonstrating our long-standing commitment to stand up for victims of crime,” said Warawa. “Today, our Government introduced nine new key measures to better protect our children from a range of sexual offences, including child pornography, while ensuring that offenders receive prison sentences that better reflect the serious nature of these offences.”
Earlier today, Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, introduced Bill C-26, the Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act, to better protect children from a range of sexual offences and exploitation at home and abroad.
These nine new measures, introduced in the House of Commons today, reflect the government’s commitment in the 2013 Speech from the Throne to re-establish Canada as a country where those who break the law are punished for their actions, where prison time matches the severity of crimes committed, and where the most vulnerable victims – children – are better protected.
“This is good news for Langley, and good news for Canada,” remarked Warawa. “Last spring, I introduced a Private Members Bill, called The Safe at Home Bill, to ensuring that victims and their families can feel safe in their own homes and communities. With this new legislation, our Government is continuing to make our streets and communities safer, in particular for the most vulnerable members of society – our children.”
The legislation includes nine key measures:
- Requiring those receiving separate sentences at the same time for contact child sexual offences against multiple children to serve their sentences consecutively– one after another;
- Requiring those sentenced at the same time for child pornography offences and contact child sexual offences to serve their sentences consecutively;
- Increasing maximum and minimum prison sentences for certain child sexual offences;
- Increasing penalties for violation of conditions of supervision orders;
- Ensuring that a crime committed while on house arrest, parole, statutory release or unescorted temporary absence is an aggravating factor at sentencing;
- Ensuring that spousal testimony is available in child pornography cases;
- Requiring registered sex offenders to provide more information regarding travel abroad;
- Enabling information-sharing on certain registered sex offenders between officials responsible for the National Sex Offender Registry and at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA); and
- Establishing a publicly accessible database of high-risk child sex offenders who have been the subject of a public notification in a provincial/territorial jurisdiction to assist in ensuring the safety of our communities.
Bill C-489, called The Safe at Home Bill, received overwhelming support in the House of Commons through a recorded vote on December 4, 2013. This legislation has since been debated at second reading in the Senate on January 30, 2014.
One Month Until Nominations Open for the 2014 Langley Environmental Hero AwardsFebruary 25, 2014,
- Tree Planting Ceremony for the 2013 Langley Environmental Hero Awards. From left to right: Langley Township Mayor Jack Froese, Lekeyten, Maxime Labrecque, MP Mark Warawa, Mike Star, Bob Puls, Lionel Pandolfo, and Susan Falk.
Langley, BC— Today, Langley MP Mark Warawa joined the 2014 Environmental Hero Nominations Committee to announce that nominations for this year’s Environmental Hero Awards will open in one month (March 25, 2014). The nominations committee consists of representatives from each of the sponsoring partners: Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS), Fort Langley National Historic Site, Langley Times, and MP Mark Warawa.
“We invite Langley residents to mark March 25th on their calendars as their first opportunity to nominate an Environmental Hero,” said the Langley MP. “There are many environmental heroes who have greatly contributed their time and energy in order to make the Langleys a more environmentally sustainable place to live. In 2014, we hope to continue to recognize these unsung heroes for their valuable contribution to our community.”
“The Langley Environmental Hero Award began in 2006 as a way to acknowledge Langley’s grassroots efforts to protect the environment,” remarked Warawa. “Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of celebrating the hard work of many Langley residents who strive to keep Langley on the map as one of the most beautiful places to live. This year, we are happy to invite residents of the Langleys to join us once again in continuing that legacy.”
Winners of the Environmental Hero Awards will be presented on July 1st, 2014, at Langley’s Canada Day celebrations. Winners will also be commemorated with a plaque and a Heritage Apple Tree planted in their honour at the Fort Langley National Historic Site in the summer of 2014.
- Nominations for Langley’s 2014 Environmental Hero Awards will open on March 25, 2014. At that time, nomination forms will be available at markwarawa.com, leps.bc.ca, and langleytimes.com.
- Nominations will include three categories: youth, (adult) individual, and business.
- This is the eighth time that these prestigious awards will be presented in Langley.
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Economic Action Plan 2014 Demonstrates Commitment to Jobs and OpportunitiesFebruary 11, 2014,
Langley, BC –Member of Parliament Mark Warawa is welcoming the federal budget, Economic Action Plan 2014, and its focus on job creation, economic growth, and keeping taxes low – along with its plan to get back to balance by 2015 - as a positive for Langley.
“While Canada has the strongest job creation record among all G-7 countries, with more than 1 million net new jobs created since the depth of the global recession, too many Canadians are still looking for work,” said MP Warawa. “That’s why Economic Action Plan 2014 will continue our Conservative Government’s focus on creating more jobs and growing the economy in Langley and across the country.”
Economic Action Plan 2014 contained no new taxes on families and businesses, while also continuing to ensure government spending was as efficient and effective as possible. “As we’ve seen in places like Greece and Detroit, not having one’s fiscal house in order can lead to incredible economic instability, dramatic cuts to government programs and higher taxes,” said MP Warawa.
Economic Action Plan 2014 includes key measures to support British Columbia families and strengthen our economy, while keeping taxes low and returning to balanced budget in 2015, including:
- Launching the Canada Job Grant: so that Canadians can get the skills training they need to get in-demand jobs.
- Creating the Canada Apprentice Loan: which will provide apprentices in Red Seal trades access to over $100 million in interest-free loans each year.
- Launching a Job Matching Services: this new service will automatically match Canadians looking for work with employers looking to hire them.
- Increasing Paid Internships for Young Canadians: investing $55 million to create paid internships for recent graduates in small and medium-sized businesses and in high-demand fields.
- Helping Older Workers Get Back to Work: investing $75 million in Targeted Initiative for Older Workers to support older workers who want to participate in the job market.
- Cutting Red Tape for Small Business: cutting 800,000 payroll remittances for 50,000 small businesses.
- Making Landmark Investments in Research & Innovation: $1.5 billion over the next decade for research at universities through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.
- Conserving Canada’s Natural Heritage: investing in Canada’s national parks and historic canals, conserving recreational fisheries, expanding tax relief for the environmental conservation of lands, encouraging clean energy generation with tax relief to new green technologies, and more.
- Supporting Families: enhancing tax relief for families adopting a child, expanding tax relief for health-related services, capping wholesale wireless rates to make service more affordable, cracking down on cross-border price discrimination, and more.
- Strengthening Communities: improving broadband in rural and remote communities, establishing a $200 million National Disaster Mitigation Program to help communities prepare for natural disasters, introducing a Search and Rescue Volunteers Tax Credit, and more.
- Standing Up for Victims of Crime: Implementing the Victim’s Bill of Rights and improving funding for a DNA- based Missing Persons Index.
And much more.
Our Conservative Government continues to grow provincial transfers to record levels. For British Columbia, the federal budget confirmed that transfers will total $5.8 billion in 2014-15 – a whopping 27% increase from under the previous Liberal government.
“Under our Conservative Government, federal support for health care, education, and other important social services has grown to historic levels, and will continue to grow into the future,” said MP Warawa.