It was a great pleasure for me to join the Kanata Muslim Community at the Richcraft Centre to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan. I then joined the larger Ottawa Community at the EY Centre for morning prayers, along with my fellow Ottawa political colleagues. To everyone in our community, I wish everyone a Happy Eid Mubarak!
I was proud to be on-hand as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, Steven MacKinnon, announced the Government of Canada will be investing in Kanata company InBay Technologies through the Build in Canada Innovation Program. The made-in-Canada innovation called idQ Trust as a Service enhances security and helps to relieve today’s password burden. This is another example of the outstanding talent we have right here in Kanata!
I had the privilege of speaking at the 10th annual Canada Company Scholarship Presentation Ceremony. Canada Company is a charitable, non-partisan organization that serves to build bridges between business, community leaders and the Canadian Military. Transitioning from military to civilian life can be difficult, but assistance through scholarships is a way to mitigate its challenges.
I was honoured to attend a citizenship ceremony hosted by the Ottawa Senators, to welcome 150 new Canadian citizens to Canada. Along with Ottawa Senators President and CEO Tom Anselmi, it was a great pleasure to welcome hockey legend Ken Dryden to Kanata, who presided over the ceremony. It was wonderful to chat with such an enthusiastic group of people, who were so grateful to become Canadians.
Around the Community
More excellent events across the riding, I started the day with a visit to the Bridlewood Community Association Family Fun Day and BBQ. From there I went to see the final installation of the Canada 150 artwork entitled “Wisdom of the Trees”, created by Margit Hideg with workshop participants from local community groups and high tech companies. Thanks to those who work so hard to enhance our great communities!
Visiting US Delegation
Over the weekend I had the opportunity to give US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Mrs. Sessions a tour of the War Museum and Parliament Hill. At the War Museum we were joined by distinguished historian Tim Cook and Director General Stephen Quick. They did an excellent job showcasing the many exhibits that highlight the sacrifices that the Canadian Armed Forces have made throughout our history. During the Parliament tour we showed the Attorney General and Mrs. Sessions both chambers of Parliament and the memorial chamber; they were both very engaged throughout the tour and very interested to learn more about our country.