I was honoured to serve you, the citizens of Kildonan-St. Paul, as well as all Canadians, as Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
Some of our accomplishments over the last year were historic:
• I signed an international ban on child labour, the first in Canada’s history
• Announced pay equity legislation that will make sure all Canadians recieve equal pay for equal work
• Provided relief for workers on the prairies in the oil and gas sector
• Created safeguards in the Temporary Foreign Worker program to protect workers’ rights
• Expanded training programs for Indigenous people, for the first time in over a decade
• Met with leaders in Ukraine to improve worker safety as a part of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement’s Labour Chapter
• Gave more Canadian young people valuable work experience than before through Canada Summer Jobs
• Increased the Canada Student Grant for low-income students
• Ensured that students will not be burdened by Canada Student Loan payments before they have a job
• Introduced Bill C-4, which will repeal unfair burdens placed on working people by the previous government
• Resolved a labour dispute at Canada Post, keeping mail service running uninterrupted
• Improved working standards for Canadians, including flexible work
These achievements would not have been possible without the hard work of my staff and the public servants at Employment and Social Development Canada. I am excited to see what Minister Hajdu will bring to the portfolio and I wish her all the best in her new role.