Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo contributes to Budget 2014

Government is committed to helping ensure that our children are safe from online predators

Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo reports that three of her recommended local individuals/groups were asked to present before the Standing Committee on Finance during the pre-budget consultation process.

“As we prepare for Budget 2014, every fall the Standing Committee on Finance conducts pre-budget consultations,” said McLeod. “This year Michael Lebourdais, Chief of the Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band, Jayson Colombus, Northam Brands Ltd., and  Cecelia McGuire, Cambri Development Group Inc./Sun Rivers were asked to make presentations.”

Chief LeBourdais’s recommendation was for the Government to create the option for interested First Nations to assume title to their own land and thereby enable the creation of private property rights on these lands.  This should be developed in conjunction with land management laws and regulatory templates that can be assumed by First Nations groups who choose to exercise this option.

Northam Brands Ltd. gave a presentation on legislation currently governing excise rules and practices for Canadian cider businesses and existing foreign challenges to Canadian cider producers.

Cambri Development Group/Sun Rivers had a number of recommendations- including changes to the GST/HST assessed on Multi Family Residential developments under First Nations leased land, the BC First-Time New Home Buyers’ Bonus and Indian Land Registry delays in property transaction registrations that create additional costs.

“I appreciate the time these individuals took to travel to Ottawa and participate in the budgetary process. Input from Canadians like those from our riding are necessary to build a stronger and more prosperous Canada,” concluded McLeod.

Action to crack down on cyberbullies

McLeod notes she was pleased with the recently announced legislation to help keep our communities safer by cracking down on cyberbullies.

“Our Government is committed to helping ensure that our children are safe from online predators and from online exploitation,” said McLeod.  “We have an obligation to help put an end to harmful online harassment and exploitation.”

The proposed legislation would:

• Ban the non-consensual distribution of intimate images

• Empower the courts to order the removal of intimate images from the internet

• Permit the court to seize the computer, cell phone or electronic device used in the offence

• Provide reimbursement for victims

• Impose a maximum penalty of five years in prison

While bullying has always been a concern, technology has given the bullies a worldwide audience to the humiliation and intimidation of their victims. These actions can destroy lives. Recent tragedies have helped show the seriousness of this crime, and our Government is taking the necessary action to help prevent it.

“Through this legislation, our Government is sending the message that the bullying and sexual exploitation of our children is a crime and will not be tolerated,” added McLeod.

“This proposed legislation builds on continued efforts to crack down on cyberbullies and help stop online threats. Through resources such as NeedHelpNow.ca and our GetCyberSafe.gc.ca campaign, we are providing Canadians with the tools necessary to help protect themselves and their families.

“At the same time, our Government is funding the development of a number of school-based projects to educate kids on the dangers of bullying and help prevent it before it begins.

“Canadians can count on us to continue taking action to help keep our streets and communities safe,” concluded McLeod.

For more information on Bullying Awareness Week, please visit the website www.bullyingawarenessweek.org.