Contributing to Community Celebrations for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

  Government of Canada supports celebrations and cultural activities in communities June 15, 2015 St. Catharines – Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today announced that the Niagara Sport Commission
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Budget 2015: Strong, Stable Leadership

Federal government delivers balanced budget that offers relief for St. Catharines families and seniors Ottawa – The federal government has introduced a balanced budget that continues to grow the economy while offering measures to offset the challenges facing many seniors and families raising children.  As world economics continue to fluctuate, Canada remains a leader among
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PM Harper and Bill Gates renew call to advance global Maternal, Newborn and Child health priority

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today met with Bill Gates in Ottawa to discuss how to further leverage the strong leadership that Canada has demonstrated in promoting  maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) in order to ensure that it remains a global development priority and a prominent feature of the global post-2015 development agenda. They were
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Sunday February 15, 2015 is National Flag of Canada Day!

On the Road to 2017, our Conservative government has proudly supported hundreds of projects from coast-to-coast-to-coast that have helped Canadians connect to their past. To celebrate there will be Flag Raising Ceremonies in schools and municipalities across the country. The Canadian Mint is introducing a collectable coin and Canada Post will be introducing special Stamps.
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Minister Oliver Calls for Fiscal Responsibility and for All Countries to Rise to Global Challenges at First G-20 Meeting of 2015

February 9, 2015 – Istanbul, Turkey – Department of Finance Finance Minister Joe Oliver is attending the Group of 20 (G-20) meeting in Istanbul today where, as co-chair of the Framework Working Group, he is calling on Canada’s G-20 partners to action country-specific growth strategies agreed to in Brisbane. These strategies, if implemented, aim to
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Announcing the 10th Annual Rick Dykstra Invitational Golf Classic!

For the second year in the heart of St. Catharines at the St. Catharines Golf & Country Club! The Rick Dykstra 10th annual golf tournament will be held on Monday, June 29th, 2015 at the beautiful St. Catharines Golf and Country Club.

PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER ANNOUNCES ANTI-TERRORISM MEASURES TO PROTECT CANADIANS

Introduction Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that the Government has introduced legislation to protect Canadians from the evolving threat of terrorism and keep our communities safe. The Prime Minister made the announcement at Richmond Hill’s Bayview Hill Community Centre. He was joined by Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Steven
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Staying on the Right Track for Economic Growth

Today, Statistics Canada announced a monthly GDP decrease of 0.2% in November following a gain of 0.3 in October. This was below market expectations of no gain. Our Conservative government is focused on what matters to Canadians – helping families make ends meet by lowering taxes, and protecting and creating jobs. While monthly estimates can
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Minister MacKay & Rick Dykstra Seek Canadians’ Ideas on Creating Jobs, Growth, Long-Term Prosperity

January 16, 2015  St. Catharines, ON The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and MP for Central Nova, and Rick Dykstra, MP for St. Catharines, today hosted one of a series of cross-country pre-budget roundtable discussions. The purpose of these consultations is to listen to Canadians and hear their views
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PM marks bicentennial of Sir John Alexander Macdonald’s birth

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today visited the City of Kingston, Ontario, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Right Honourable Sir John Alexander Macdonald and to pay tribute to the important role he played as one of Canada’s founding fathers and as Canada’s first Prime Minister. During the ceremony, which was held
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PM announces that the Canada Apprentice Loan program is now accepting applications

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that the Canada Apprentice Loan initiative is now open for business and accepting applications. The initiative will help those already apprenticing to complete their training and encourage more Canadians to pursue a career in the skilled trades, allowing participants to take advantage of the many job opportunities across Canada.
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PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER HIGHLIGHTS GOVERNMENT’S 2014 ACHIEVEMENTS

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement highlighting some of the Government’s major accomplishments in 2014:

December 2014 Rick Dykstra Newsletter

In this month’s newsletter: Remembrance Day – Saving Money for Families, Universal Child Care Benefit, Canadian Forces Defending Freedom Abroad, Merry Christmas. [Click here to download December 2014 Newsletter]  Wishing you and your family all the best in the New Year!    

Rick Dykstra Newsletter – Remembrance Day Edition

The Rick Dykstra Newletter for October is now available for download. In this month’s newsletter: Remembrance Day – Lest We Forget, Federal Gas Tax, Fitness Tax Credit, Economy.

Annual Christmas Turkey Voucher Fund Raiser

We are please to announce the 9th running of this special fund raiser organized by the board of directors as a way to connect with members during the holiday season and prior to the Annual General Meeting in January. Board members get together to call members, wish them a Merry Christmas, inform them of the
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Rick Dykstra Community BBQ 2014

Date: Thursday August 7, 2014 Time: 5:00pm to 8:00pm Location: Armenian Community Centre 156 Martindale Rd., St. Catharines Rain or Shine Come out and meet Rick, and enjoy a complimentary BBQ, Local Entertainment and Family Activities! Featuring food by the Kilt & Clover and Enterta

Announcing the 9th Annual Rick Dykstra Invitational Golf Tournament

This year in the heart of St. Catharines at the St. Catharines Golf & Country Club! The inquiries regarding this year’s tournament are already coming in so I want to make sure you mark the date of Monday, June 23th, 2014 as the day for the 9th Annual Rick Dykstra Invitational Golf Classic! Last year’s tournament was another
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Statement from Rick Dykstra on the passing of Jim Flaherty

  St. Catharines – I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Jim Flaherty earlier today.  Jim and I were close friends for many years, starting from when we worked together at Queen’s Park and then I got to know him very well when I was Communications Director for his second provincial leadership
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Canada-South Korea FTA Good Deal for Niagara

March 11, 2014 – St. Catharines – Member of Parliament Rick Dykstra is welcoming the Canada-South Korea Free Trade Agreement as positive news for Niagara. “Our government, including Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, worked hard on this agreement.” Upon full implementation of the agreement, Korea will remove duties on 98.2% of its tariffs covering
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The World’s Most Reputable Countries, 2013, for the third year: CANADA

Forbes – Susan Adams Which countries have the best reputations? What does that even mean? TheReputation Institute, a global private consulting firm based in New York and Copenhagen, has just released its fourth annual list of 50 countries, ranked according to what it says is people’s trust, admiration, respect and affinity for those countries. Topping the list
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The Facts, Major Federal Transfers to the Provinces and Territories

Federal Transfers The federal government has restored fiscal balance since 2006 through record and growing transfer support to the provinces and territories. Federal support has reached historic levels ($65B) – and will continue to grow. Total federal support for health, education and social services has increased over 55% since we formed Government. We’ve also made
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Defending Canadian Consumers – Consumers First

Canadian families work hard to make ends meet, and every dollar counts. While companies look out for their bottom line, our government is looking out for everyday Canadians. When Canadians make decisions about how to spend their money, they must be assured of a voice, a choice, and fair treatment. www.consumersfirst.ca Canada’s Financial Consumer Protection
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You are invited to Rick Dykstra’s Community BBQ

Date: Sunday July 21, 2013 Time: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Location: Armenian Community Centre 156 Martindale Road, St. Catharines Download the Flier Come and Meet your MP!  

Rex Murphy: Dalton departs

The cancellation of the gas plants is the biggest scandal of our time. But it’s McGuinty’s casual manner that really rankles Rex Murphy – National Post There are so many. To rework a standout line from Hamlet: When scandals come, they come not as single spies, but in battalions. In these rich, mesmerizing, disgusting, toxic
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Our Conservative Government Has Delivered for Seniors

Our Government Has Delivered for Seniors

Federal Support for Health Care Set to Grow from Record Levels in 2013-14

Ottawa -The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today reaffirmed that the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) will reach a record high level of $30.3 billion in 2013-14, providing provinces and territories with long-term, predictable and sustainable funding to support the effective front-line delivery of health care services to Canadians and their families. “Our Government is
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LEVANT: Trudeaumania not very impressive

EZRA LEVANT | QMI AGENCY | sunnewsnetwork.ca Justin Trudeau’s campaign team claimed to have signed up 171,000 people for his leadership bid. All the Liberal party candidates signed up 294,000 members and supporters combined. But, even after a special deadline extension, only 127,000 of them bothered to register to vote. That’s just over a one-third turnout rate.
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A Federal Budget First: St. Catharines Front and Center!

Dykstra welcomes budget measure that ensures long term viability of local shipyard St. Catharines – MP Rick Dykstra says today’s budget is more proof that St. Catharines is back on the political landscape in Ottawa.Included in today’s budget, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s eighth since the Conservatives took office in 2006, is up to $5 million
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Rex Murphy: Ontario has a dead government walking

Wynne cannot win. The Ontario Premier’s coming electoral loss-to-be was written long before she became Liberal leader earlier this month.

IMF Staff Report Confirms Effectiveness of Harper Government’s Approach to Economic Management

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today welcomed the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Staff Report on Canada, which acknowledges the effectiveness and appropriateness of the Harper Government’s fiscal and financial sector policies and its commitment to return to balanced budgets.

Announcing the Eighth Annual Rick Dykstra Invitational Golf Tournament

Spring is rapidly approaching and you know what that means—golf!! The inquiries regarding this year’s tournament are already coming in so I want to make sure you mark the NEW DATE of Monday, June 24th as the day for the 8th Annual Rick Dykstra Invitational Golf Classic!

Conservative Government Advances Pro-Trade Plan to Open New Markets – 2012 Year in Review

Expanded trade opportunities for Canadian exporters are helping create jobs, growth and prosperity, says Minister Fast December 27, 2012 – The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today highlighted key accomplishments for 2012 of the most ambitious trade-expansion plan in Canada’s history.

Holiday Greetings from Rick Dykstra M.P.

[VIDEO] A message from Rick Dykstra MP, St Catharines.

Controlling spending, finally, must be priority for next Ontario leader

John Robson – Toronto Sun The people reaching for the reins now slipping from Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s hands trot out the usual gooblahoy about renewal and new visions and hard-working families and the middle class. But at the hard core of governing is money – raising it in taxes, spending it on programs. And Ontario
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Canada’s Average Growth Will Lead G7 Nations In The Next 50 Years: OECD

Huffington Post- OTTAWA – The 21st century may not exactly belong to Canada, but according to a major world economic body the country is going to do pretty well.In fact, the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development sees Canada among the world’s leading economic lights over the next 50 years.

Ottawa Fall Fundraiser 2012

Special Guests: Jason Kenney, MP for Calgary Southeast Maxime Bernier, MP for Beauce Gerald Keddy, MP for South Shore-St. Margaret’s Lois Brown, MP for Newmarket-Aurora Shelly Glover, MP for Saint Boniface Paul Calandra, MP for Oak Ridges-Markham Senator Bob Runciman  Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Cost: $50 per person REGISTER
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Jesse Kline: Canadians reap rewards of sensible management

Jesse Kline | While Americans frame their 2012 presidential election as a clash between fundamentally differing views on how best to bring the country out of an economic downturn, Canadians have the good fortune of being able to sit back and watch, secure in the knowledge that our own recovery continues apace.

MOODY’S SUPPORTS CANADA’S TRIPLE-A RATING AND PRAISES CANADA FOR ITS ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE AND FINANCIAL POSITION

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, issued the following statement, in response to Moody’s Investors Service’s annual report, which today reaffirmed Canada’s top credit rating.

Prime Minister Harper Announces Seventh Annual Tour of Canada’s North

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that he will travel toCanada’s North for the seventh consecutive year, from August 20 to 24, 2012.During his visit, he will stop in the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and northern Manitoba, where he will make announcements in support of the economic and social development of Canada’s
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Hockey Night in St. Catharines 3 Scores Big!

United Way, Parkinson’s support benefits from annual charity hockey game ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — There was a lot of fun on the ice, but more importantly a lot of funds raised for two important causes at Hockey Night in St. Catharines 3 Friday night at Jack Gatecliff Arena. The annual charity game raised $140,420 for
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Dykstra Annual Community BBQ featured in SNAP!

“Local citizens attended a community gathering with refreshments and entertainment presented by M.P. Rick Dykstra on July 12 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Port Dalhousie. The annual Dykstra Community Barbecue commenced with a rendition of Oh Canada played on a steel drum by Alpha Matthews. Members of PK Hummingbird Steel Drum Orchestra later entertained
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TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR HOCKEY NIGHT IN ST. CATHARINES 3!

UPDATE: St. Catharines – In what is shaping up to be the best “Hockey Night in St. Catharines” so far, general admission and VIP tickets are now available!  $10 general admission tickets can be purchased at the following locations: Rick Dykstra, MP 61 Geneva St., St. Catharines The United Way of St. Catharines and District
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YOU’RE INVITED TO RICK DYKSTRA’S COMMUNITY BBQ!

5PM – 9PM – THURSDAY, JULY 12TH PORT DALHOUSIE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION 57 LAKEPORT DR., ST. CATHARINES HOTDOGS, HAMBURGERS, POP, CHIPS $5 – ADULTS $2 – CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER FREE FOR CHILDREN UNDER TWO $12 PER FAMILY OF 5 ENTERTAINMENT FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES! PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE TO 905-934-6767 OR DAVE@RICKDYKSTRA.CA WALK-INS
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Government of Canada Announces Increased Support for Victims and Strengthened Offender Accountability

Ottawa – June 13, 2012 —The Harper Government today announced that amendments to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA) have come into force.  These amendments, introduced as part of the Safe Streets and Communities Act, increase support for victims of crime and make offenders more accountable for their actions. The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister
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June 2012 Newsletter available for download at RickDykstra.ca

If you would like to be placed on the list to receive newsletter notices by e-mail, please call Rick’s office at 905-934-6767 or e-mail your request todave@rickdykstra.ca . [Click here to download June 2012 Newsletter]  

A new era dawns as the Cairns Complex comes to life

Professors Wendy Ward and Sandra Peters, among the first scientists to move into Brock University’s new Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, surveyed the spacious open-concept lab where they’ll work alongside colleagues from other disciplines. The verdict was spontaneous. “It’s beautiful,” said Peters, whose research includes muscle physiology and how muscle enzymes adapt to
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The May 2012 Rick Dykstra M.P. Newsletter Now Available!

Rick’s May 2012 Newletter is now available for download.  View and/or download this or previous editions on the M.P. Web Site. If you would like to be placed on the list to receive notice of newsletters by e-mail, please call Rick’s office at 905-934-6767 or e-mail your request to dave@rickdykstra.ca .  

Announcing the 7th Annual Rick Dykstra Invitational Golf Classic!

Spring has arrived and you know what that means—golf! The invitations to this season’s tournaments are already coming in fast and furious, so I want to make sure you mark Friday, September 7th as the day for the  7th Annual Rick Dykstra Invitational Golf Classic! Last year’s tournament was a tremendous success and we all
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Announcing a summer event at Shoeless Joe’s

Dear friend; With summer just around the corner, I would like to invite you to a fun and casual fundraiser at Shoeless Joes on June 28, 2012 at 7:30pm. Even in times of majority government, St. Catharines continues to be on the centre stage in Ottawa and our association needs your support! The night will
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Century of Service

On May 22, 2012 Rick Dykstra, M.P. joined the board and members of the St. Catharines Conservative Electoral District Association in honouring a combined Century of Service to Federal Conservative Boards in St. Catharines by Eleanor Lancaster, Bruce Timms,Clarice West-Hobbs, and our outgoing CFO Joe Karabinos. more photos of the event  

What Canada’s leading economists are saying about Economic Action Plan 2012

Minister Flaherty regularly consults private sector economists directly on their views on the outlook for the Canadian economy. The economic forecast presented in Economic Action Plan 2012 was based on a survey conducted in early March 2012 and includes the views of 14 independent, private sector economists.

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA COMMITS TO DOUBLING VICTIM SURCHARGE

ETOBICOKE, April 24, 2012 – The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, joined by the Honourable Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, today announced the introduction of an act to amend the Criminal Code (victim surcharge). The amendment will make convicted offenders more accountable to victims of
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GOVERNMENT OF CANADA LAUNCHES NATIONAL VICTIMS OF CRIME AWARENESS WEEK

OTTAWA, April 23, 2012 – Today, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, was joined by the Honourable Vic Toews, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Provencher, and Minister of Public Safety, and Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu Senator, to launch National Victims of Crime Awareness Week (NVCAW). Minister
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Federal Government’s Strong Record of Support for Canadian Automotive Sector!

St. Catharines – Today, MP Rick Dykstra reaffirmed the Federal Government’s support of the Canadian automotive sector and highlighted key initiatives that were undertaken to ensure its competitiveness in the global marketplace.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CREATING JOBS AND GROWTH IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO

St. Catharines– Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), today announced innovative partnerships between Brock University and 13 local small- and medium-sized businesses.

Details on Budget 2012: A Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Long-Term Prosperity

Full details of federal budget are posted at www.rickdykstra.ca .

Official Opening of 6-Speed Transmission Line at GM

This morning was the official opening of the new state of the art 6-speed front wheel transmission plant in St. Catharines. That represents close to 500 jobs secured for our community. The $245M investment by GM with some help from the federal government becomes a reality today. By the time the plant reaches full production
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Conservative Members of the Immigration Committee Discuss Backlog Report

Ottawa, March 6, 2012 –  Today, Parliamentary Secretary Rick Dykstra discussed the Report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.  After months of the study, the report entitled “Cutting the Queue: Reducing Canada’s Immigration Backlog and Wait Times” was tabled today.  Parliamentary Secretary Dykstra was joined at the announcement by the
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Conservative Government Introduces the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act

Ottawa, February 16, 2012 — Legislation to protect the integrity of Canada’s immigration system was introduced today by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. The proposed measures include further reforms to the asylum system to make it faster and fairer, measures to address human smuggling, and the authority to make it mandatory to provide
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CANADA AND CHINA STRENGTHEN STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

BEIJING, CHINA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao today witnessed the signing of new joint initiatives and the renewal of existing bilateral initiatives between the two countries in the areas of energy, natural resources, education, science and technology, and agriculture. “The rapidly increasing commercial, cultural and scholastic ties between our two
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PM ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT THAT WILL FACILITATE INVESTMENT FLOWS BETWEEN CANADA AND CHINA

More stable investment environment will contribute to jobs and growth BEIJING, CHINA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the conclusion of negotiations toward a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) between Canada and China, and witnessed the signing of a Declaration of Intent by Canada’s Minister of International Trade and Minister for the
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PRIME MINISTER HARPER LAUNCHES TOURISM CAMPAIGN IN CHINA

BEIJING, CHINA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today launched the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)’s new 2012 tourism marketing campaign, which will promote tourism in Canada by showcasing the many wonders and unique experiences our country has to offer. The Prime Minister launched the campaign at the official opening of the CTC’s newly outfitted marketing centre
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GOVERNMENT OF CANADA AWARDS NAVAL REFIT CONTRACT TO SEAWAY MARINE & INDUSTRIAL INC.

St. Catharines, February 6, 2012 – The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, and Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, announced today the award of a $21.7 million contract to conduct the refit of the HMCS Athabaskan to Seaway Marine & Industrial Inc.
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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada at the World Economic Forum

January 26, 2012 Davos, Switzerland Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the following remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland: “Thank you Professor Schwab for that kind introduction, I also want to thank you particularly for the invitation to speak here that you extended to me earlier this year. But more than that, Professor, you
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Government of Canada invests in bio-manufacturing business development in Niagara

The Government of Canada has made an investment in Brock University that will help it to partner with regional supporters to kick-start bio-manufacturing businesses in Niagara.

St. Catharines City Council Votes to Support Local Marine Jobs

St. Catharines – City councilors last night voted unanimously to support a resolution opposing New York State’s “unachievable” incoming ballast water regulations, urging the American and Canadian governments to take all possible measure to stop them from being implemented as proposed. Stephen Brooks, vice-president of the Chamber of Marine Commerce, flanked by St. Catharines MP
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PRIME MINISTER HARPER ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR HELMETS TO HARDHATS PROGRAM

EDMONTON – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced support for Helmets to Hardhats, a program that will help provide Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members and Reservists access to a range of careers within the construction industry, including apprenticeships in various building trades. “Our Government is working hard to provide our dedicated military personnel, past and
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Why Canada’s corporate tax cuts rate a collective cheer

NEIL REYNOLDS OTTAWA— From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail In an end-of-year review of his government’s achievements in 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper noted Forbes magazine’s selection of Canada as the No. 1 country in the world to do business. (“Credit a reformed tax structure,” Forbes declared.) Mr. Harper was right to cite this distinction. On
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National Post editorial board: A better, prouder Canadian foreign policy

Dave Chan/Reuters Under the Tories, we intervene when it will matter, and no longer crave the approval of the UN. In a series of year-end interviews last month, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird revealed just how much Canada’s foreign policy has changed for the better under the Tories. Gone are the days when our diplomats
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Bio centre key economic driver, says Dykstra

A big piece of St. Catharines’ economic recovery puzzle fell into place this year — and there’s more to come, says the city’s federal representative. Conservative MP Rick Dykstra said his look at the year ahead sees the limelight set to focus on downtown. But he said the biggest piece of the puzzle will be
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Canada Remembers

Every year we mark the 11th month, the 11th day and the 11th hour with two minutes of silence. This year it’s also the 11th year of the century. One hundred years ago in 1911 WWI was not something Canadians we’re even thinking about. The issues of the day including debates over the beginning of
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Remembrance Day Message from Rick

Dykstra says shipbuilding procurement process fair and open

Still plenty of opportunity for local shipyard jobs St. Catharines – Member of Parliament Rick Dykstra says although there is understandable disappointment at yesterday’s announcement that two major shipbuilding contracts did not come to St. Catharines, there is every reason to be optimistic about the future of our local shipyard. “I’m proud of Seaway Marine
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Celebrate together at the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club on Oct 28, 2011

October 17, 2011 Dear Friend, I am extremely pleased to extend my congratulations to all who worked so hard across Niagara in the recent provincial elections and brought all of our ridings within reach of a Conservative victory. While we did not pick up any additional seats in Niagara, all of the races were close
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PM stronger than ever in popularity

By MICHAEL DEN TANDT – Barrie Examiner His name was rarely mentioned last week. It didn’t seem politic, somehow, to do so. And yet Prime Minister Stephen Harper emerges, again, as the clear winner as we head into the fall session. Before Jack Layton’s death Harper’s position was strong. Now it is nigh on impregnable.
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NDP re-introduces costly and irresponsible Liberal bill on Old Age Security

I am disappointed to see that NDP Deputy Leader Libby Davies recently introduced a Private Member’s proposal that would cost Canadian taxpayers a billion dollars and give expensive tax-payer funded benefits to those who may have never paid any taxes in Canada and do not deserve them. The NDP has now joined hands with the
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Here for Canada: Here for New Canadians

Conservatives Record • Harper Conservatives have welcomed 14% more immigrants per year on average than previous Liberal government. • In 2010, Conservatives welcomed the highest number of immigrants in almost 60 years. • Cut Right of Landing Fee in half, saving new immigrants more than $300 million since 2006. • Tripled funding for settlement services
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Budget 2011: A Low-Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth (June 2011)

Jun 06, 2011 at 05:00 PM Dykstra hails economic stability and support for seniors as good news for St. Catharines St. Catharines – MP Rick Dykstra is applauding the next phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, saying it will have positive benefits for St. Catharines families, seniors and job creating businesses. "Canada is weathering the
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Rick Stood Up For Us!

Five years ago I committed to raising the bar as your MP, and taking St. Catharines issues to Ottawa. I followed through on that plan. Together, we stood up for St. Catharines, and with your commitment we invested in our community. Visit RickStoodUpForUs.ca for more information today!!

Hébert: Changing gears unlikely to give Liberals much traction

April 19, 2011- Toronto Star By Chantal Hébert The lines may be different but the basic script is eerily familiar. For the third time in as many federal elections, the Liberals are switching horses at the mid-way point in the hope of resuscitating a flagging campaign. Paul Martin spent the latter half of the 2006
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St. Catharines Candidate Conservative Rick Dykstra – On seniors

St. Catharines Candidate Conservative Rick Dykstra – On seniors – Watch Now

ST CATHARINES FAMILIES WILL BENEFIT FROM PLAN TO DOUBLE TAX-FREE SAVINGS ACCOUNTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 7, 2011   ST CATHARINES FAMILIES WILL BENEFIT FROM PLAN TO DOUBLE TAX-FREE SAVINGS ACCOUNTS   St. Catharines – Tax-free savings accounts (TFSAs) ceiling limits will double from $5,000 to $10,000 for every Canadian once the budget is balanced, the Conservatives promised today. This measure will provide further tax relief for families
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SEAFARER’S INTERNATIONAL UNION BACKS TWO LOCAL TORIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 7, 2011 SEAFARER’S INTERNATIONAL UNION BACKS TWO LOCAL TORIES Rally to support Rick Dykstra and Leanna Villella in Thorold Thorold — The Seafarer’s International Union of Canada has officially thrown its support behind two Niagara area Conservative candidates. St. Catharines Riding incumbent Rick Dykstra and Welland Riding newcomer Leanna Villella were
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PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCES PLAN TO EXTEND ACCELERATED BUSINESS WRITE-OFFS

March 30, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCES PLAN TO EXTEND ACCELERATED BUSINESS WRITE-OFFS Rick Dykstra says plan would encourage investment, jobs and growth St. Catharines – Conservative candidate Rick Dykstra applauded today’s announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper that a Conservative government would extend the accelerated business write-offs for investment. “This all about
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PM highlights important legislation becoming law

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today highlighted new pieces of legislation, which became law. “Our Government is committed to supporting families and communities,” said the Prime Minister. “Over the past five years, our Government has taken action to make our streets and communities safer and to protect Canadian consumers. We have taken the right action and
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Budget 2011:  A Low-Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   MARCH 22, 2011 Budget 2011:  A Low-Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth Dykstra zeroes in on economic stability and support for seniors as good news for St. Catharines Ottawa – St. Catharines Member of Parliament Rick Dykstra says today’s budget, delivered by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, strikes just the right balance
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Why is Iggy trying to revise history?

Ottawa Sun By EZRA LEVANT The Liberal Party has released new TV ads featuring Michael Ignatieff talking about his family. It’s heartwarming stuff : Ignatieff describes his dad as an immigrant who “came off a boat in 1928 without anything” and worked his way “up the ladder one rung at a time.” “Nothing is ever
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Plaque honouring Harriet Tubman going up, a little late

Dispute over Tubman’s birth date settled by Marlene Bergsma, Standard Staff A  dispute over the date of Harriet Tubman’s birth means a plaque honouring her as a person of national importance has been in storage since 2005, because members of the British Methodist Episcopal Church in St. Catharines refused to allow it to be erected.
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Bio-sciences centre key to Brock’s future

By Grant LaFleche, Standard Staff If you want to get Ian Brindle talking — really, really talking — ask him about Brock University’s new bio-sciences building. “This is something that was about 10 years in the planning,” Brindle says. “It’s crucial to the future of the university.”

Conservative MP ans Immigration & Citizenship parliamentary secretary visits West Island

By Kevin Woodhouse, The Suburban.com St. Catharines MP Richard Dykstra lends hand to Pierrefonds-Dollard candidate Pierrefonds-Dollard Conservative candidate Agop Evereklian hosted his 21st minister or high ranking member of the federal Conservative Party in the last two years when he spent the weekend at round tables and going door to door with Richard Dykstra, St.
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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on implementing sanctions against Libya

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today made the following remarks announcing Canada’s implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1970 adopting sanctions on Libya: “Once again, I want to take this opportunity to update you on Canada’s actions regarding the situation in Libya. “Our priority remains the safe evacuation of Canadians from that country. “To date,
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Harper Government Strengthens Food Allergen Labelling Regulations

OTTAWA – Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State (Economic Development Agency of for the Regions of Quebec), along with Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Niagara West-Glanbrook Member of Parliament Dean Allison, announced
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Government of Canada launches new program to help graduates start innovation businesses

Science and engineering graduates with innovative, market-driven ideas will benefit from a new program to build their business skills. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) announced the new Scientists and Engineers in Business initiative at an event today at Brock University in St.
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