Mike Bossio MP asks Dr. Doug Eyolfson MP about the Failures of Cannabis Prohibition - May 2017
Dr. Doug Eyolfson MP said it well: "there's not a lot of quality control in a substance produced by criminal gangs." I am convinced that by ending the prohibition on cannabis, just as with alcohol, we will get it out of the hands of gangs, who produce a substance that has no guarantees that it doesn't have other very harmful ingredients in it. And moreover, these gangs profit from it at society's expense! By strictly regulating cannabis, we also help protect our kids. It's clear that prohibition has not worked, and we need a new direction.
Mike Bossio MP Asks Minister Bennett about Ending Boil-Water Advisories for Indigenous Communities
Minister Carolyn Bennett recently appeared before the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and I took the opportunity to ask her about the progress of her department’s commitment to help end boil-water advisories across the country. I took a moment to tell her about the specific challenges that The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte are facing with regard to their own water-supply and infrastructure needs, and I was pleased to learn that she is continuing to work hard to find solutions.
Thank you again for taking the time to listen to the concerns of my constituents, Minister!
Mike Bossio MP Asks Minister McKenna about Indigenous Knowledge - May 2017
I’m a member of the Indigenous committee. I also live right next to the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, and have built a great friendship with many people there, including Chief R. Donald Maracle and Professor Marlene Brant Castellano. I’ve learned so much from them, and I know that we all have a lot more to learn from Indigenous peoples. I asked the Environment Minister how our government will integrate indigenous knowledge to better understand things like climate change, and how to protect our natural environment.
Mike Bossio MP - Liberal Environment MPs give their time to Elizabeth May - May 2017
All Liberal #Environment committee members were happy to give our question time to Elizabeth May yesterday so that she could ask Minister Catherine McKenna some questions. All sides of the #ENVI committee work very collaboratively under the leadership of Chair Deb Schulte! It's a great committee to be on! #cdnpoli #HoC #teamwork #civility
Mike Bossio MP asks Minister McKenna about Safe Drinking Water Standards - May 2017
Safe drinking water and better chemicals management is a subject near and dear to my heart. I took the opportunity to discuss the issue with Environment Minister Catherine McKenna yesterday in my role on the #Environment Committee. I will continue to push for improved drinking water standards to safeguard our families, communities, and the environment!
Mike Bossio MP - Keynote Address at SARM - March 2017
Mike Bossio MP Easter Message 2017 - April 2017
Mike Bossio MP Brings Good News to Families in Hastings--Lennox and Addington - April 2017
DID YOU KNOW? Our riding has higher than average levels of child poverty, so our government is taking action. The Canada Child Benefit puts $5.9 MILLION every single month into the pockets of almost 9,300 low and middle income families in Hastings--Lennox and Addington, which has a huge positive impact on almost 17,000 children. That is $5.9 million dollars each month in the pockets of families in Hastings—Lennox and Addington, which is spent at local businesses every month.
In addition, we have promised $7 billion over 10 years starting in 2018 to support and create more high-quality, affordable child care spaces across the country. It’s what families need and have been asking for, so we are responding with action.
*The $5.9 million figure is based on statistics from October 2016.
Mike Bossio MP Asks Minister McKenna about the Minamata Convention on Mercury - April 2017
I was happy to ask Minister Catherine McKenna about our government's ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury - a global treaty to reduce #mercury emissions and to protect the #environment and human health! #cdnpoli #envi
Environment committee press conference
OTTAWA- Deb tables final report on Protected Areas
Mike Bossio MP Talks about Rural Canada in Budget 2017
Mike Bossio MP Congratulates the Wilton Cheese Factory on 150 Years - April 2017
Congratulations to the Wilton Cheese Factory for aging so well! The Jensen Cheese & Wilton Cheese family and everyone who has worked there over the years should be very proud of being able to celebrate 150 years in operation this year, staring as a farmer's collective and now as a family-run business. Here's to another 150! #Canada150 #WiltonCheese150 #rural #cheese #agriculture
Mike Bossio MP on Protecting the Connection between Indigenous Peoples and the Land - Feb 2017
I have heard time and time again of the importance of maintaining and protecting the connection that exists between Canada’s indigenous peoples and the land. Whether I am speaking with my friends from the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, or when I am travelling with the Indigenous & Northern Affairs committee and visiting places such as Sioux Lookout or Haida Gwaii, I am constantly reminded of the significance of this connection.
I recently had the opportunity to speak with witnesses appearing before the committee on the importance of long-term, sustainable funding for indigenous communities. During our conversation, Chief Catherine Merrick of the Cross Lake First Nation reiterated to me the importance of the indigenous connection to the land and water.
Mikes tells the House of Commons about Marmora SnoFest - Feb. 2017
It was my pleasure to let the House of Commons know about Marmora SnoFest in Marmora and Lake this weekend! I hope that you can make it there! Get more details here: http://www.marmorasnofest.ca/
Mike Bossio MP Christmas Message - Dec. 2016
From my family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2017!
Mike Bossio MP Spreads Christmas Cheer from Rural Canada - Dec. 2016
After marching in 11 parades with my wife Irene and volunteers, I am more sure than ever that there is no better place to be at Christmas time than #Rural Canada! Merry Christmas!
Mike Bossio MP Speaks to North Hastings High School about their "Think Indigenous" Event - Dec. 2016
I'm very happy to see that North Hastings High School is holding their fourth annual "Think Indigenous" event. I'm sorry I couldn't be there in person, but I wanted to share this message! #ThinkIndigenous
Mike Bossio MP Discusses Changes to the Indian Act with a Familiar Face - Nov. 2016
Last week at Indigenous Committee, I had the chance to cross paths once again with Jeannette Corbiere Lavell. I still remember so vividly the 7th annual Restorative Justice Symposium First Nation Warrior Women Symposium hosted by the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte in 2014. I remember the many indigenous women sharing their stories of the injustice they experienced as being particularly instructive and emotional. #cdnpoli #INAN #IndianAct
Mike Bossio MP Speaks about the Hastings-Prince Edward Poverty Roundtable - Nov. 2016
I was very happy to make a statement in the House of Commons today about the Poverty Roundtable Hastings Prince Edward, but I'm even more happy to see the great work that they are doing to educate our community about poverty, and to take action on finding solutions. Thank you! #cdnpoli #povertychallenge #poverty
Mike Bossio MP Speaks about Louis Riel Day and Raising the Métis Flag - Nov. 2016
It was exciting to be part of the very first raising of the Métis flag on Parliament Hill last week for Louis Riel Day. I followed it up with this statement in the House on Friday. #Métis #cdnpoli #LouisRiel
Mike Bossio MP - Italian Heritage Month - Nov. 2016
I couldn't help but think of my Dad yesterday when I had the privilege to rise in the House of Commons as the son of an Italian immigrant to speak about the rich history of Italians in Canada, including the story of my Dad's arrival in the middle of winter in 1953. Thank you to my friend Deb Schulte for bringing forward Motion-64, Italian Heritage Month.
Mike Bossio MP - Remembrance Day - Nov. 2016
Mike Bossio MP Shows His 4-H Colours - Nov. 2016
MP Mike Bossio Asks MP Don Rusnak about Longterm Funding for First Nations - Oct. 2016
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to ask my friend Don Rusnak Member of Parliament about the importance of longterm and sustainable funding for First Nations communities as one method of helping tackle some of the challenges that they are facing. He and I are actually heading to Vancouver and Sioux Lookout this week to continue our committee study on the suicide crisis facing Indigenous communties.
Mike Bossio MP thanks Bob Cottrell for his work in Affordable Housing - Oct. 2016
"Mr. Speaker, they say that home is where the heart is. I can attest that Bob Cottrell's heart is big enough to provide a home for many people..." Here is my speech today to thank Bob Cottrell for his work in affordable housing in Belleville as President of the not-for-profit All-Together Affordable Housing Corp. Thank you, Bob! You are one in a million!
Mike Bossio MP Talks about Rural Representation in Electoral Reform - Oct. 2016
I got to sink my teeth into the Special Committee on Electoral Reform one evening last week when I subbed in for a colleague who had to be away. I heard at my three well-attended town halls the importance of not short-changing rural areas. I brought this up as you can see. Also, you can find my official submission to the committee here: https://mbossio.liberal.ca/news-nouvelles/submission-on-electoral-reform/
Mike Bossio MP asks Min. McKenna about Sustainability - Oct. 2016
I asked Minister Catherine McKenna to update the House of the status of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy today. In my work on the Environment and Sustainable Development Committee, under the chairship of Deb Schulte, and with my colleagues John Aldag, Member of Parliament, William Amos - Pontiac, Darren Fisher, Mark Gerretsen, and also our opposition colleagues, we unanimously agreed on recommendations to take the necessary steps to create a more sustainable future. To read more about our recommendations, visit my website: https://mbossio.liberal.ca/news-nouvelles/federal-sustainability-for-future-generations/
Mike Bossio MP Asks about "Getting Back to the Land" - Oct. 2016
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee is undertaking a very serious study on the suicide crisis facing Indigenous peoples. I asked witnesses about the mental health benefits of "getting back to the land", drawing on the experience that I have heard from the The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.
Mike Bossio MP - Speech on the Paris Agreement - Oct. 2016
It was an honour to give the first Liberal caucus speech after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and to share my time with Elizabeth May yesterday in the House to urge Parliament to ratify the Paris Agreement. As you will see in my speech on climate change and the importance of protected areas, I drew attention to the severe drought conditions in our region, the work of Quinte Conservation, learning from Indigenous peoples, and our protected areas such as our beautiful Bon Echo Provincial Park. #environment #cdnpoli #parisaccord
Mike Bossio MP Asks Min. Lawrence MacAulay about Market Access for Canadian Farmers - Sept 2016
I was happy to ask Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay about our government's successful work to expand access to the Chinese market for our Canadian farmers.
Mike Bossio MP thanks "Broken Walls" for their work in Attawapiskat - Sept. 2016
I was honoured to rise in the House today to thank Broken Walls, based in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, for the work that they did this summer to help with the suicide crisis in Attawapiskat.
Mike Bossio MP's Constituency Youth Council - Sept 2016
Our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has said that “young voices must be part of our decision making process” and that’s why I am launching a new initiative to bring youth together from across Hastings–Lennox and Addington to engage with the federal political process.
I want to hear from youth in the community and am inviting anyone from the ages of 15-19 to apply to the Hastings–Lennox and Addington Youth Council. As a part of our government’s commitment to meaningful youth engagement in Canada’s government, we have already received the first wave of applications for the Prime Minister’s Youth Council, and now we are making it easier for young Canadians to have their say closer to home.
The Hastings–Lennox and Addington Youth Council is open for application until September 30th and will include youth from different schools, neighborhoods, and local associations. Once selected, the council will meet several times through the year to discuss issues that matter to you, your community and your country.
If you want to join the Hastings–Lennox and Addington Youth Council, apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/wiUT5MhYZNiS5syN2 #youthmatters
Mike Bossio MP 22 Pushup Challenge Day 21 - Sept 2016
Mike Bossio MP 22 Pushup Challenge - Sept 2016
Mike Bossio MP discusses First Nations Funding with Minister Bennett - June 2016
Minister Carolyn Bennett comes time and again for questioning at Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee. I really appreciate her high level of engagement with parliamentarians on this file. Today, I asked her for further clarification on how the historic Budget 2016 funding commitments to First Nations are being rolled out, and also returned to the subject of greater self-determination for First Nations.
Mike Bossio MP Canada Day Message 2016
Happy Canada Day!
Mike Bossio MP on Working Together for the Environment - May 2016
It's not us versus them on the Environment. We all have to work together.
Mike Bossio MP Speaks of Challenges for Small Rural Communities - May 2016
I've been talking to a lot of people in Hastings-Lennox and Addington, including to the many municipalities. I brought their voice to the House this week to outline the challenges that small rural communities face, and how we can do better. I was glad to have the chance to mention what I've learned from people like Mayor Vivian Bloom of Hastings Highlands, and Mayor Bernice Jenkins of Town of Bancroft, as well as Mayor Norm Clark of Town of Deseronto, as well as so many others! A $50 million capacity-building fund has been created to support the use of asset management best practices across Canada. We are also relaxing the funding restrictions that forces even very small communities to pay one third of the price, as well as be shovel ready. Our Government is listening, and #Budget2016 is delivering. I'm going to keep on listening and bringing my constituents' voices to the House of Commons!
Mike Bossio MP Talks about Rural Canada in Budget 2016 (Full Version) - May 2016
I was proud to stand up in the House today to support Rural Canada in #Budget2016, and to take questions from the Opposition on it. In Phase 1 of the infrastructure plan, Budget 2016 invests $11.9 billion to build roads, bridges, community centres and improve water, with a significant amount of this in Rural Canada. $500 million has also been set aside to extend high-speed internet to hundreds of rural and remote communities. National Rural Caucus worked hard for this. The Government listened, and got it done!
Mike Bossio MP questions Auditor General Michael Ferguson - April 2016
It's not every day that you get to ask the Auditor General (Office of the Auditor General of Canada) questions! It was great last week to have Auditor General Michael Ferguson in the Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee. Here's a video of our exchange, which touches on First Nations funding mechanisms, and policing. Thank you Mr. Ferguson!
Mike Bossio MP Passover Greeting - April 2016
Mike Bossio MP talks about Drinking Water Standards and Toxic Chemicals - April 2016
After fighting for so many years against a megadump expansion near my home that has been contaminating our water with toxic chemicals, I was glad to take the chance yesterday to let the Minister of Environment and Climate Change know about our committee upcoming work on CEPA (Canadian Environmental Protection Act), and to point out that Canada is way behind on drinking water standards.
Mike Bossio MP and Minister Catherine McKenna - April 2016
Mike had the opportunity to ask Minister McKenna about the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, as well as about pricing carbon and consumption into our economic model.
Mike Bossio MP pays tribute to Clarence Kennedy, Warden of Lennox and Addington County - April 2016
It was an honour to pay tribute yesterday in Canada's Parliament to a great public servant, the late Clarence Kennedy, Warden of Lennox and Addington County. It was also nice that Clarence's family could be there. The Speaker of the House gave them the honour of sitting in the Speaker's Gallery.
Mike Bossio MP asks about Self-Determination for First Nations - April 2016
It was important to have the opportunity to speak in committee on the topic of the Health Emergency in First Nations Communities in Northern Ontario. We had several well-informed witnesses to bring their heartbreaking testimony about the serious challenges faced. My question to them got to the broader issue of self-determination as a means of putting the infrastructure in place to solve some of these problems. I wanted their thoughts on this, because of course that's what self-determination is about. And as Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said, "nothing about us without us."
Mike Bossio MP asks Min. Bennett questions at committee - March 2016
Our committee had a great opportunity to ask questions of Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Minister Carolyn Bennett yesterday. Thank you minister for your time and insight!
Mike Bossio MP and Chief Perry Bellegarde - Feb. 2016
Mike had the privilege to hear a presentation from Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde at committee, as well as to ask him some questions to gain a better understanding on this file.
Mike Bossio MP asks about Infrastructure - Jan. 2016
Mike was pleased to have the opportunity to ask fellow Liberal Caucus MP Sean Fraser a question about the need for infrastructure spending to drive growth, to which Sean ably replied.
First Speech in the House of Commons by Mike Bossio MP - Dec. 2015
Mister Speaker, it’s a great honour to stand in the house for the first time to thank the people of Hastings-Lennox and Addington for putting their trust in me as their elected representative. I would also like to thank my wife, family, friends and supporters for their love, support and sacrifice. Our government has talked about a change in tone and an increase in accountability and collaboration. I couldn’t agree more, and would like to add in support of this goal two important lessons I learned while serving municipally under the recently retired 90+ year old Reeve of Tyendinaga Township, Margaret Walsh. If we wish to serve the interests of all our constituents and the country, we must, one, put aside partisan politics, and two, don’t think about the next election. If you do the right thing because it is the right thing to do, the rest will take care of itself. I look forward to working with all members in this house to serve the interests of all Canadians. Thank you