Let’s Plant Trees, Not Cut Funding to Forests Ontario
The Conservatives in Ontario just don't seem to understand climate change, conservation, and protecting the environment and the people it sustains.
The Ford Government is cutting a program in Ontario through Forests Ontario to plant 50 million trees, which can act as a carbon sink to lower CO2 emissions, prevent soil erosion during flood, maintain moisture in the soil during drought, and provide much needed habitat for wildlife. Frankly, trees can help to fight the impacts of climate change!
Our federal government is investing $1.3 billion to protect more of Canada's lands and waters, and I asked Environment and Natural Resources in Canada officials at committee recently about the need for forest cover in southern Ontario for both adaptation and mitigation.
Bossio on Meeting Our Conservation Targets
Canada's government is on track to meet our targets to conserve more lands and waters through more protected spaces.
Conservation is such an important issue to Canadians, including people in Hastings--Lennox and Addington. Particularly in light of the impacts of climate change, we need to be investing in conservation, not cutting funding like the Conservatives in Ontario.
Our Government is making a record $1.3 billion investment into protecting more of our lands and waters and meeting our international conservation targets, and I asked Parks Canada and Environment and Natural Resources in Canada officials in committee for their thoughts on how this plan is proceeding.
Volunteerism Powered by Youth in Tweed
Wow! It’s fantastic to see the volunteer spirit so strong in our young people today! I’m in the Municipality of Tweed today for the fish fry in support of the Tweed & Area Arts Council. Have a listen to why Brooklyn, Hunter, and Joshua are out helping Joel at the event today. We couldn’t do it without you!
Bossio Speaks on the Climate Emergency in Rural Communities
I rose in the House of Commons to speak on the declaration of a climate emergency, and to paint a picture of how climate change is impacting rural communties like Hastings--Lennox and Addington, and our Canadian identity.
From impact on the time-honoured tradition of maple syrup production in places like Flinton in the Addington Highlands, to droughts affecting farmers across our community in 2016 and 2017, to repeated "100-year" floods in the span of six years throughout the riding in the Town of Bancroft, Town of Greater Napanee, City of Belleville | Municipal Government, Municipality of Tweed, The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Amherst Island, Hastings Highlands, and more, our rural communities are suffering.
The science is clear and the impact on human lives is clear. We cannot leave it to our children to pay the vastly higher, even existential, costs of climate change.
We know how to solve this, and it is our duty as parents, citizens and legislators to act. This is a climate emergency.
#cdnpoli #climatechange #climateemergency
Mike Bossio MP - It's Christmas in My Riding, with All of the Folks at Home! Dec. 2018
I brought some Rural Canadian Christmas cheer to the House of Commons from our riding of Hastings--Lennox and Addington to celebrate the holiday season. Merry Christmas! 🎅⛄️❄️🎄⭐️
Mike Bossio MP - Remembrance Day Message 2018
This Sunday is Remembrance Day. We thank our Veterans and the women and men currently serving in our Armed Forces. We thank them and their families for their sacrifice, for their strength, and for their gift: the gift of freedom.
This year I will be attending the service in Napanee. Thank you to the many volunteers representing me at the many other services in our riding on Saturday and Sunday. I would encourage all constituents to attend one of the services:
• Bancroft Cenotaph, 11am, Nov. 11
• Carlow/Mayo Cenotaph, 1pm, Nov. 11
• Denbigh Cenotaph, 10:55am, Nov. 10
• Deseronto Cenotaph, 11am, Nov. 11
• Flinton Cenotaph, 1pm, Nov. 10
• Harold Cenotaph, 9am, Nov. 11
• Madoc Cenotaph, 11am, Nov. 11
• Marmora Cenotaph, 11am, Nov. 11
• Maynooth Cenotaph, 11am, Nov. 11
• Millhaven Legion, 11am, Nov. 11
• Napanee Cenotaph, 11am, Nov. 11
• Stirling Cenotaph, 11am, Nov. 11
• Tamworth Cenotaph, 11am, Nov. 11
• Tudor and Cashel Community Centre, 11am, Nov. 10
• Tweed, Reid Memorial Park, 11am, Nov. 11
• Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Christ Church, 11am, Nov. 11
• Tyendinaga Township, Municipal Office, 10:30am, Nov. 11
• Wilton Cenotaph, 11am, Nov. 11
Mike Bossio MP - Canada Day 2018
Happy Canada Day!
Mike Bossio MP talks to Minister McKenna about Fighting Climate Change - June 2018
It was great to see Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna at Environment Committee this week, especially during #EnvironmentWeek. It was her third appearance at committee in only 11 weeks! I asked her about our plan to tackle climate change, and she delivered! Our plan will eliminate 80 to 90 millions tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 23 to 26 million cars of the road, or closing 20 coal-fired plants.
Mike Bossio MP speaks about Bill C-69 - June 2018
It's Environment Week, and as many people know, I have spent many years of my life on environmental issues alongside my neighbours, including The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, fighting a mega-dump expansion in our community that had the potential to pollute our community’s water. This is one of the issues that drove me into politics, and it is something that I remain passionate about. I brought this local experience to Environment Committee when we studied the new bill on environmental assessment, navigable waters, and energy regulation.
Our Environment Committee returned Bill C-69 to the House of Commons with over 100 amendments, and I spoke to it this week in the House of Commons.
For my part, my experience in the mega-dump fight has shown me how important it is to have strong public participation. So, I tabled amendments that provide for “meaningful” public participation, which strengthens the language in the law, and will lead to stronger regulations on this issue. This will be a big win for public participation.
We also passed amendments that incorporate the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into this bill. At the passing of this bill into law, this will be the first government bill that incorporates UNDRIP. This will be a landmark moment, and something that we can all be proud of.
Mike Bossio MP Busts into Rhyme for Tourism Week - May 2018
I had a little...okay a LOT of fun promoting our community for #TourismWeek in the House of Commons! 2017 was the best year ever for tourism in Canada, as we welcomed 20.8 million international visitors, who spent more than $21 billion. Tourism is also an important economic driver, especially here in our rural riding, which has so much to offer. Tourism supports 1.8 million jobs in communities from coast to coast to coast and represents 2 percent of GDP.
Mike Bossio MP Congratulates FireRein - April 2018
Small rural businesses can made a big impact, even internationallly! I rose in the House of Commons today to congratulate everyone at FireRein for getting a contact with the US military for their innovative, environmentally-friendly, food-based fire suppressant. This "Eco-Gel" was also used to help fight the wildfires in BC last year. Thanks also to the Enterprise volunteer firefighters in Stone Mills for being the first to use the product. I'm proud of our government for seeing the great potential in rural businesses, and making an investment of $325,000 in FireRein to scale up the company to help them to reach those markets. This is a great news story for the Town of Greater Napanee, Lennox and Addington County, and our whole region! Bravo!
Mike Bossio MP Speaks about Budget 2018 - Feb. 2018
Equality + Growth = #Budget2018! Parental leave, planning for Pharmacare, rural economic development funding, mental health help for public safety officers... have a listen to some of the impact the budget will have on our community. Please comment below with any of your questions or ideas. I'm happy to go into more detail on what I've mentioned, or the many other aspects of the budget that I haven't fit in here. The full budget is available at this link: https://www.budget.gc.ca/2018/home-accueil-en.html #cdnpoli #rural
Mike Bossio MP Recognizes International Women's Day in the House of Commons
I was proud to stand in the House of Commons and recognize the organizers of the 4th annual International Women's Day event, taking place tomorrow in Napanee!
I also took a moment to recognize my wife and daughter, and the incredible women who work in my constituency office. Thank you for all you do!
Mike Bossio MP Sings "In All of Us Command" - Feb 2018
Yesterday I stood proudly beside my seatmate Randy Boissonnault and the rest of my colleagues in the House of Commons to sing our national anthem with the gender neutral lyrics from the late Mauril Bélanger's Bill C-210. "In all of Us Command" reflects the original lyrics to our national anthem, and reflects our belief that the equality of all genders should be reflected in our national symbols. We believe that a more inclusive Canada is a stronger Canada! #InAllofUsCommand
Mike Bossio MP Asks Minister Philpott About Ending Long-Term Drinking Water Advisories - Feb 2018
Our government is committed to ending long-term drinking water advisories on all public systems on reserves by March 2021. Yesterday during Question Period, I had the opportunity to ask the Honourable Jane Philpott for an update on our government's progress on this issue. She had good news to share!
Mike Bossio MP Christmas Message 2017
Mike Bossio MP Tables the Report on the FSDA - Dec. 2017
When we had our very first brainstorming session in Environment and Sustainable Development Committee way back in early 2016, studying the Federal Sustainable Development Act (FSDA) was what I pushed for as one of the first things that I wanted us to do. So, it was a great privilege that my friend, Committee Chair Deb Schulte, gave me the opportunity to table our report in the House of Commons with our amendments. This will now be voted in the House, and upon passing, it will go to the Senate. A proud moment! With our amended bill, our government is strengthening the FSDA to include more government accountability. It will also include more than 90 government organizations under its umbrella, instead of 26, which means that sustainability is being put at the forefront of the way we think at all levels. You can read more about our amendments here: http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/ENVI/report-11
Mike Bossio MP Calls for Calls for Enhanced Protection of Historic Places - Dec. 2017
We have historic sites in our riding that are so important to preserve for future generations. I visited the Town of Greater Napanee Town Hall - a National Historic Site - to talk about the importance of these sites not only to our heritage, but as a key economic development tool for rebuilding our rural main streets and ensuring community sustainability. As part of the Environment and Sustainable Development Committee, my colleagues and I just finished a report that calls on the government to take a leadership role to preserve our heritage as the foundation for tomorrow. To read more, visit: https://mbossio.infolib.ca/news-nouvelles/bossio-calls-on-government-to-enhance-protection-of-canadas-historic-places/
Mike Bossio MP Asks Minister Philpott for an Update on Jordan's Principle - Nov. 2017
During Question Period, Mike Bossio asked Minister Jane Philpott to update the House on the implementation of Jordan's Principle. The Minister responded with some excellent news!
Mike Bossio MP Congratulates Calvin Stein - Nov. 2017
Calvin Stein M.B. from Madoc is a true hero, and it was an honour to rise in Canada's House of Commons today to thank him for his heroism in the face of danger and to congratulate him for receiving the Medal of Bravery from GG Julie Payette at Rideau Hall last week.
Mike Bossio MP - Speaks with Jen Fitzpatrick of FEMM International - Oct. 2017
Last month was Women's History Month, and I sat down with Jen Fitzpatrick of FEMM International, "Female Entrepreneur Mentorshop Movement," which is based in Camden East. Jen is another great example of what rural entrepreneurs are able to do on the global stage. As Jen says, when you get women and girls out of poverty, you can change the entire world!
Mike Bossio MP Remembrance Day Message - Nov. 2017
On Remembrance Day, we remember Canada’s veterans and those currently serving in our armed forces. We thank them for their service, pay tribute to their sacrifice, and honour those who have died for our freedom.
We must never forget the debt we owe to our women and men in uniform, and their families who support them from home. Their courage, passion, and strength in the face of adversity have helped to define us as a nation. Lest we forget.
Mike Bossio MP Speaks about Helping Low and Middle Income Canadians - Nov. 2017
Yesterday, with our economy booming and over 500,000 jobs created since we came to office, I spoke in the House about our budget update and how it is working to improve the lives of low and middle income people in our community.
I spoke in particular about how our Canada Child Benefit and is helping to combat poverty and grow our local economy, using statistics from Poverty Roundtable Hastings Prince Edward, Food Policy Council for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, and Hastings Prince Edward Public Health. Some quick stats on our riding from these organizations and others:
-A family of four in Hastings County had to pay almost $1,400 more for groceries in 2016 than they did five years ago.
-Income is one of the best predictors of health.
-In comparison to food-secure households, annual health care costs are 23% higher in households with marginal food insecurity and 121% higher in households with severe food insecurity in Ontario.
-24.6% of all families in the Lennox and Addington area are single parent families, with 80% of these being female led.
-Women in Canada are earning only 87 cents to every dollar earned by men.
-15.4% of the population of the Lennox and Addington area live under the Low Income Cut Off After Tax group, and 25% of youth between the ages of 15-24 live under the low-income thresholds.
It was clear from this data that there is a need for help. So, with our current investments already bearing fruit, we are expanding the Canada Child Benefit two years ahead of schedule to help families with the increase in the cost of living. We are also expanding Working Income Tax Benefit, which puts more money in the pockets of low-income workers, and gives people a little extra help as they transition to work. This move has been welcomed by organizations such as the Canadian Labour Congress for helping improve the lives of low-income Canadians.
Mikes Bossio MP Speaks about Jordan's Principle - Nov. 2017
I spoke in the House today about our government's commitment fully implementing Jordan's Principle and ensuring that Indigenous children receive the care that they need. Also today, Minister Jane Philpott called for an emergency meeting with her provincial and territorial counterparts on Indigenous Child and Family Services. The crisis-level rates at which Indigenous children are in care compared to the non-Indigenous population, and the percentage of those children who have been removed from their families and communities, requires immediate attention. This meeting will bring together federal, provincial, and territorial representatives alongside Indigenous partners, child and family services experts, provincial advocates, and other parties that are well placed to guide reform. We will work together to bring about change and ensure the system is truly child-centred, community-directed, and focused on prevention.
Mike Bossio MP Asks about Our Plan to Tackle Climate Change - Oct. 2017
Climate change is real, and is being caused by human actions. This morning at Environment and Sustainable Development Committee, I had an opportunity to ask department officials about our plan to tackle climate change - the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which the independent Environment Commissioner has said is the best plan Canada has ever had. There is no silver bullet to tackle climate change, which is why it is so important that our plan has a whole suite of tools and a holistic approach. We are taking action not only by putting a price on carbon, but also by investing in public transit, climate adaptation, green infrastructure, and more. You can read the plan here: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/environment/weather/climatechange/pan-canadian-framework.html My thanks to Minister Catherine McKenna and her team for the hard work they are doing! #climatechange #environment
Mike Bossio MP Congratulates the Enright Cattle Company - Oct. 2017
I was proud to stand in the house today to congratulate the Enright Cattle Company from Municipality of Tweed for being the only rural finalist this week among businesses from Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa as they pitch their business at Startup Canada here in Ottawa! They are great representatives among the many great farms of the Beef Farmers of Ontario! And...I had a lot of pun, I mean fun, giving the speech! #beef #farming #agriculture #startup #entrepreneur
Mike Bossio MP Speaks about the Contribution of Farmers and Ranchers - Oct. 2017
As your voice in Ottawa, it was an honour to rise in the House yesterday on Motion 108 to speak about the great contributions of farmers to conservation and stewardship. I used examples from our own community, including Chris Kennedy of Topsy Farms on Amherst Island, Terry Gervais in Tyendinaga Township, Frank Derue in Odessa, and The Land Between workshop coming up in Madoc in partnership with the Hastings Stewardship Council. I talked about Cam Mather's farm in Tamworth, as well as the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association's work on fencing and environmental farm plans, which our local Ontario Federation of Agriculture rep Resi Walt shared with me. I'm also very excited to see the next agricultural policy framework coming from Minister Lawrence MacAulay. And finally, I informed parliamentarians and encouraged farmers to go to the website for FARM 911: The Emily Project to participate in this life-saving project that was launched this summer at the Hastings County Plowing Match & Farm Show! #ThankAFarmer #farming #agriculture #conservation #M108
Mike Bossio MP Speaks about the Memorial for Patrick Pidgeon - Oct. 2017
Mike Bossio MP asks PM Justin Trudeau about Beef Farmers - Oct. 2017
I asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to talk about what our government is doing to help beef farmers, who contribute $2.69 billion to the economy and 61,000 jobs to my province of Ontario. The Prime Minister pointed to our investment of $4.4 million to help farmers innovate, expand markets, and manage their business risk, as well as $3 million in investments in beef research with the Beef Farmers of Ontario, the Elora Beef Research Centre, and the University of Lethbridge.
MP Mike Bossio asks Minister Bennett about Reconciliation - Sept 2017
Our government took an important step towards #Indigenous #Reconciliation when it announced it was moving forward with dissolving the old colonial vestige of the Dept of Indian Affairs and is in the process of working in partnership to create two new departments: one focused on moving the relationship with Indigenous Peoples to one based on recognition of rights, respect, and co-operation, and another department focused on improving current service delivery to Indigenous Peoples. Today, I asked Minister Carolyn Bennett about what impact recent comments by a Conservative caucus member will have on the efforts of all Canadians toward reconciliation?
Mike Bossio MP - Canada 150 Message - 2017
Mike Bossio MP Tells the House about Tall Ships in Bath - June 2017
Arrr me mateys! I had a blast letting the House know that Tall Ships drop anchor in Bath July 7th-9th at the The Fairfield-Gutzeit House & Lafarge 1812 Discovery Centre for Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation! This is going to be such a great event for our community. Watch to the end to see Mr. Speaker Geoff Regan help me out with port and starboard, although I was speaking about the political port and starboard! :-) All aboard! https://www.rdv2017bath.com/ #Canada150
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