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Remembering the Victims of the Holocaust

Seventy years ago, on January 27, 1945, Allied troops liberated the largest of the Nazi death camps, Auschwitz-Birkenau, witnessing firsthand the horrors of the Nazi regime’s brutal inhumanity. The anniversary of this occasion has been adopted around the world as the International Day of Commemoration to honour the victims of the Holocaust.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of that liberation. In that time, Canada and others in the global community have taken great strides to stamp out anti-Semitism, prejudice and hatred. However, the only way to make certain the terrible events of the Holocaust never happen again is to ensure they are never forgotten.

In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

This global day commemorating the millions of men, women, and children, who suffered, died and lost loved ones is crucial to that goal, and this 70th Anniversary year brings new recognition and ways for each of us to remember and resolve “Never again”.

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Canada Summer Jobs progam now accepting applications

It’s time to spread the word about the employer application period for Canada Summer Jobs 2015. This year, applications will be accepted until January 30, 2015. Funding is available to not-for-profit organizations, small businesses and public-sector employers and applies to secondary and post-secondary students.

The Canada Summer Jobs program is part of a larger federal government strategy called YES (Youth Employment Strategy). Our government invests approximately $330 million every year in YES in order to do exactly what the Canada Summer Jobs program has mandated: to help our younger people develop employable skills and gain necessary work experience.

Since the Canada Summer Jobs program began in 2006-2007, it has helped over 304,000 students. Last year, church camps, museums, small businesses and local charitable organizations were among those that benefitted within the federal constituency of Yorkton-Melville. In 2015, the program is expected to create approximately 35,000 jobs.

More information and applications are available at: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/csj.  Please remember, applications must be submitted by January 30, 2015.

STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS - December 8, 2014

Mr. Garry Breitkreuz, MP Yorkton-Melville:

Mr. Speaker, in speaking of Canada, parliamentarians increasingly include the caveat “from coast to coast to coast”. That was not always the case. Prior to the 1950s, Canadians knew very little about our Arctic coastlines. What we did know was derived from sketched maps and journals created by explorers.

Today I have the pleasure to introduce a book that details how we as a nation finally came to understand fully the significance of Canada's Arctic. The book is entitled 408 Squadron--the Rockcliffe Years. The RCAF 408 Squadron flew Lancaster aircraft over the Arctic during the Cold War, performing many tasks, including precise aerial photography from which accurate maps were created and conducting reconnaissance missions.

Conditions were often dangerous and demanding, but the members of this motivated crew knew the importance of their work to the security and development of our country.

Congratulations go to the group of nine octogenarians who put this book together. It serves to tell Canadians a story that up to now had simply not been heard.

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Recent Press Releases
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  • News Release: Oct. 8, 2014 - BRINGING SOME COMMON SENSE TO CANADA’S FIREARMS LAW . . . click here
  • News Release: Sept. 2, 2014 - FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTES OVER $130,000 TO PARKLAND COLLEGE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SKILLS PROJECT . . . click here
  • News Release: July 25, 2014 - BRINGING COMMON SENSE TO FIREARMS LICENSING . . . click here

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Recent News Items
  • SCI News Release: Feb. 10, 2014 - BREITKREUZ NAMED INTERNATIONAL LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR . . . click here
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  • Sask Ag & Food News Release: May 30, 2013 - CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD MAY 21 TO 27, 2013 . . . click here

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Parliamentary Items of Interest
  • Statement: Dec. 8, 2014 - Mr. Speaker, in speaking of Canada, parliamentarians increasingly include the caveat “from coast to coast to coast”. That was not always the case. Prior to the 1950s, Canadians knew very little about our Arctic coastlines. What we did know was derived from sketched maps and journals created by explorers.
  • Statement: April 7, 2014 - Mr. Speaker, it is with mixed emotions today that I rise in this House to officially announce that I will not be seeking re-election in 2015 . . . click here
  • Statement: Dec. 3, 2013 - Mr. Speaker, today is Canada's first fur day on the Hill. Fur industry representatives from all over Canada are here in Ottawa to remind parliamentarians of the economic impact of this important sector . . . click here

- Additional items of interest