Visitors on the Hill:
This past week I had the wonderful opportunity to welcome several Constituents to Parliament. I was delighted to attend a lovely reception celebrating 35 years of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women & the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms. It was great to chat again with the team from Merge Robotics who, since 2015, has gathered as high school students to build robots and increase their technical skills. Finally, I was thrilled to be joined by my colleague, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Youth, Peter Schiefke, to chat with Grade 5 students from Kanata’s St. Martin de Porres School. It is always great to welcome friendly faces to Parliament and I invite all Constituents to pay a visit sometime soon!
Electric Vehicle Day in Kanata:
It was great to hear from friendly and knowledgeable electric vehicle owners on the financial incentives of going electric, and on the EV infrastructure the City of Ottawa is putting in place. I even got to check out a Tesla! Thank you Enviro Centre for bringing Electric Vehicle Day to Kanata!
Guitars for Veterans:
I am very much looking forward to attending a great cause on Friday, November 10 at Algonquin College. The “Guitars for Veterans” concert will raise funds to buy guitars for Veterans who cannot afford to buy their own. The event will help bring the therapeutic power of music to members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (serving and retired) that are dealing with the invisible wounds of their service. Even if you can’t attend, please consider buying a ticket that will be given to a Veteran so they can attend. Please visit their website: vetscanada.org/play-your-part.php
“Coffee with Karen” :
I want to thank my colleague Omar Alghabra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs), for joining me in Kanata to talk with Constituents this past week. There were great questions and great conversations held with those present, and I very much enjoyed meeting new friends.
Town Hall – Thursday November 16:
Our next “Let’s Talk” event will take place on Thursday, 16 November from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Kanata Recreation Centre (Hall A). I look forward to meeting and hearing from Constituents on those issues of most importance to the community. We will talk about a broad array of issues and I will be happy to answer any questions that those attending may have.