Throne Speech 2013
Parliament for 2013
Richmond Electoral District
STATEMENT BY ALICE WONG ON TYPHOON KETSANA
RICHMOND – Alice Wong, MP for Richmond and Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism, would like to express her condolences for the victims of Typhoon Ketsana, which struck the Philippine mainland on September 26, 2009.
Alice Wong stated, “I am deeply saddened for the loss of life suffered by those victimized by the typhoon. I will continue working with the Ministry of International Cooperation in Ottawa, and the local Filipino community to find ways to assist with this natural disaster.”
Typhoon Ketsana brought extremely heavy rains, and exceeded the record for rainfall in the metropolitan Manila area, leading to the worst flooding in recent history.
Alice Wong made the following remarks about Bill C-50, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and to increase benefits. The following was a transcript of the debate in the House of Commons on September 28, 2009. After the main speech, there is a short question-and-answer period:
Madam Speaker, I am happy to join in the debate today on our government’s latest steps to help Canadians facing difficulties.
Madam Speaker, I first would like to point out that it is unfortunate in a debate like this that members resort to personal attacks. This is such an important issue that we really need to focus on Canadians and the situation in which they find themselves.
Madam Speaker, the financing board will be fully responsible for handling EI premiums and how they will be used. Money collected from people who pay their premiums will be kept by the board in a separate pot and be managed by the board independently.
Madam Speaker, I listened to the hon. member talking about EI and I would like some clarification from her.
Madam Speaker, I might suggest that the opposition do some research and some calculations. We have already given out an additional $5.5 billion for EI, which is exactly what people need.
Madam Speaker, I would like to ask the member of the Conservative government who just spoke how her party came up with the figure of 190,000 regarding the number of workers who will see their EI benefits extended under this bill.
Madam Speaker, we have stated clearly that the five week extension would apply to all Canadians who are unemployed and qualify. This extension of five weeks to twenty weeks would actually apply to long-tenured workers who have paid premiums their whole life. They deserve these five to twenty weeks of benefits, and the Bloc is blocking them.
The City of Richmond applied for grants through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund for much needed upgrades to their water and sewage system. As the City of Richmond continues to grow, basic services such as water and sewage require maintenance and upgrades. This funding (your taxpayer dollars) will deliver benefits that the people of Richmond will see every day they turn on their water taps, or flush their toilets.
GOVERNMENTS FUND LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE
RICHMOND – Canada, B.C. and the City of Richmond have approved a joint investment of more than $10.2 million through the Building Canada Fund and Infrastructure Stimulus Fund to get shovels in the ground on two local projects. These projects will benefit local residents by creating jobs, helping to boost the local the economy, and build longer-lasting local infrastructure.
“I’m proud to see the Government of Canada working with the Province and the City of Richmond to improve our infrastructure,” says Richmond MP Alice Wong. “This partnership shows our commitment to help strengthen B.C.’s economy and provide jobs for British Columbians.”
“We’re not just building infrastructure with these projects,” says Richmond Centre MLA Rob Howard. “We’re also building up Richmond’s local economy by getting people to work at a time when every job counts.”
“Investing in infrastructure will help us get through this recession,” says Richmond East MLA Linda Reid. “These projects will also benefit our city for many years to come. Richmond wins in the short term, medium term and long term.”
“We’re looking at dozens of good jobs being created,” says Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap. “I’m proud that we’re meeting our commitment to stimulate the economy through infrastructure spending.”
“I’m very excited to have this partnership with the federal and provincial governments,” says Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “It makes it possible for us to deliver some much needed improvements to city services.”
The combined Federal, Provincial and Municipal funds for infrastructure projects are as follows:
* $6,189,000 for the Lulu Waterworks project, which will see municipal watermains replaced by the City of Richmond in priority locations.
* $4,049,000 for sewer upgrades. The City of Richmond has identified several areas as priorities, including the Eckersly pump station and forcemain upgrades located in the City Centre. In the Hamilton area, the construction of a new pump station will service a large area currently serviced by septic systems.
The Government of Canada’s 2009 Economic Action Plan includes a vast array of initiatives to help to stimulate the economy, create jobs, build consumer confidence, and assist Canadians when they need it most during this global economic recession. New large-scale infrastructure programs are one important element of this plan.
The project is funded under the Province’s three-year, $14-billion capital infrastructure program that will create up to 88,000 jobs and help build vital public infrastructure in every region of B.C.
Since February about 480 projects worth $3.4 billion have been announced. These will create an estimated 21,600 jobs in communities across British Columbia.
For more information on the Building Canada plan, visit www.buildingcanada.gc.ca or www.bcbuildingcanadafundcommunities.ca. Information on the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is available at www.creatingjobs.gc.ca.
The announcement of this funding was in Vancouver, but Port Metro Vancouver has operations all over Vancouver, including in Richmond at the Richmond Logistics Hub. The Richmond Logistics Hub is one component of this port, and this enhancement will help facilitate trade, and be beneficial for Richmond.
Vancouver, British Columbia, September 23, 2009 – The Honourable Rob Merrifield, Canada’s Minister of State (Transport), today announced funding up to nearly $42 million for 14 Port Metro Vancouver infrastructure projects, under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.
The Government of Canada will provide Port Metro Vancouver with up to nearly $21 million from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund to make important upgrades to the Port’s infrastructure. The Port will invest an identical amount.
“Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our Government is investing in new port projects today as part of our larger plan to create local jobs, stimulate British Columbia’s economy, and ensure Canada emerges strong from an economic downturn,” said Minister Merrifield. “We are proud to partner with Port Metro Vancouver to get these 14 projects underway, and ensure British Columbia has lasting and durable port infrastructure.”
The 14 infrastructure projects are diverse, ranging from the installation of waterlines to service the Richmond Logistics Hub, to upgrading seismic capacity of three buildings at the Lynnterm Terminal, to upgrading water and storm sewers systems on the south shore to enhance emergency preparedness for south shore terminals in the event of a fire, spill or similar event, to the creation of a Fusion centre to manage the Port’s operations and manage communications to ensure safe, secure and sustainable operations.
“Port Metro Vancouver appreciates the Government of Canada’s commitment to serve the nation’s international trade requirements through this leading gateway,” said Robin Silvester, President and Chief Executive Officer, Port Metro Vancouver. “By matching the Government of Canada’s investment, the Port will help deliver the transportation infrastructure our commercial user’s need, while securing jobs and providing economic value for communities.”
The new federal $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects that will be built during this year’s and next year’s construction seasons. Federal funding is conditional on the projects meeting all federal program and environmental requirements and the signing of a contribution agreement.
To date, 210 infrastructure projects in British Columbia will receive a joint federal-provincial investment of $370 million under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.
For more information on the Economic Action Plan, please visit: This link will lead you outside the Building Canada website. www.actionplan.gc.ca.
List of Projects:
1. Richmond Properties – No. 8/Blundell Traffic Signal and Rail Crossing Improvements Project
2. Fraser Richmond-North Access Road Services Extension Project
3. Lynn Creek Rail Bridge Addition – Port Metro Vancouver, North Vancouver, North Shore Trade Area
4. South Shore Roadway Upgrade – McGill Overpass
5. North shore – Lynnterm Seismic Upgrade
6. Richmond Logistics Hub – Offsite Waterloop Feeder Loop Project
7. Salter Street Access Road
8. South Shore Water and Sewer Improvements
9. Centerm Shed 1 Seismic Upgrade
10. Port Metro Vancouver Fusion Centre
11. North Arm Marine Facilities Capital Improvements
12. North shore – Access road to Vancouver Drydock
13. Richmond Office Seismic Upgrade
14. Annacis Island Parkway Pavement Renewal
The third Economic Action Plan report will be tabled in Parliament on September 28, 2009.
In addition, the government, on September 16, 2009, has introduced in the House of Commons Bill C-50, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and to increase benefits. You can read the text of the bill that was introduced to the house by clicking here.
A Ways and Means motion was voted in the House of Commons on September 18, 2009. This motion implements aspects of Budget 2009, including the Home Renovation Tax Credit. You can read the Ways and Means motion here.
On September 16, 2009, Alice Wong gave the following statement in the House of Commons, regarding the Canada Line:
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Mrs. Alice Wong (Richmond, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, on August 17, I was privileged to participate in the opening of the Canada Line, a new rapid transit line that links Richmond to the Vancouver International Airport and the City of Vancouver. It connects commuters from Richmond to downtown Vancouver in just 25 minutes.
The Canadian government’s $450 million investment in this $2 billion project will return large dividends.
The people employed to construct the Canada Line worked hard and the project was finished ahead of schedule and on budget. The Canada Line is expected to serve 100,000 riders per day and this number will certainly grow in the years to come. It is a critical piece of the rapid transit infrastructure in the metro Vancouver region.
Our government was pleased to partner with the Government of B.C., the Vancouver Airport Authority and TransLink to finish this great engineering project.
I invite all members, Canadians and visitors from all around the world to come to Richmond in February 2010 to ride the Canada Line, watch the Olympics and enjoy Richmond.