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Ottawa, ON -- Garry Breitkreuz, Member of Parliament for Yorkton-Melville, Saskatchewan, has officially announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2015.

"For the past 20 years, I have had the sincere honour and privilege of representing the constituents of Yorkton-Melville, in east central Saskatchewan," said Breitkreuz.  "The experience has been both challenging and rewarding.  I appreciate those who trusted me with the responsibility of working on the nation's business in Parliament."

Breitkreuz, 68, was first elected to the House of Commons in 1993, for the federal constituency of Yorkton-Melville, and was re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011.
"One of the reasons I got into politics was because I saw government spending spiralling out of control – taxes and interest on the debt were becoming a huge burden that would ultimately be downloaded onto our children and grandchildren," Breitkreuz noted. "I could not sit back and do nothing."

To read this news release in its entirety, click here.

Government of Canada Increasing the use of Direct Deposit: Security, Reliability and Efficiency

The Government of Canada will increase the use of direct deposit by slowly phasing out federal government cheques by April 2016.   

This initiative is expected to save the Canadian government approximately $17.4M per year starting in 2014-15. The cost to produce a cheque is approximately 82¢ while a direct deposit payment costs about 13¢.  Cheques will only be issued under exceptional circumstances, for example when Canadians do not have access to a financial institution because they live in a remote location.

The Receiver General issues over 300 million payments annually, of which close to 77% are already made by direct deposit. Citizens and businesses currently receiving Government of Canada cheques have the next four years to register to receive payments by direct deposit. Enrolment forms can be obtained from the Receiver General web site, or from federal departments responsible for the payment to be received by direct deposit.  For any new payment, the first payment method offered will be direct deposit.

For more information about the Receiver General and to enroll for direct deposit, please visit:  http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/recgen/txt/index-eng.html

St. Alphonsus School among Recycle My Cell Competition Winners

OTTAWA – February 19, 2014Recycle My Cell, Canada’s national recycling program for mobile phones and accessories, announced today the winners of the fourth annual Recycle My Cell Student Challenge. In collaboration with the 2013 Waste Reduction Week in Canada, the Challenge invited students from kindergarten to post-secondary to collect as many old wireless devices as possible, including cell phones, smartphones, wireless PDAs, pagers, accessories and cell phone batteries.

More than 140 Canadian schools from across the country participated in the 2013 edition of the Challenge, which was held from October 21 to November 22. The schools collected more than 3,500 wireless devices along with some 200 kilograms of wireless accessories and batteries. The school that collected the most wireless devices in each participating province and territory, based on student population, will receive a $500 donation to support the school’s green initiatives.

One school in each Canadian province and territory was announced as a winner. St. Alphonsus Catholic School of Yorkton is the winning school from Saskatchewan.




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  • News Release: February 18, 2014 - ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN 2014 DEMONSTRATES COMMITMENT TO JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES . . . click here
  • News Release: February 18, 2014 - YORKTON-MELVILLE TO BENEFIT FROM $53 BILLION NEW BUILDING CANADA PLAN . . . click here
  • News Release: February 7, 2014 - Government of Canada and Heart and Stroke Foundation install AEDs in local recreational arenas. . . click here

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Recent News Items
  • SCI News Release: Feb. 10, 2014 - BREITKREUZ NAMED INTERNATIONAL LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR . . . click here
  • News Release: Oct. 9, 2013 - Harper Government and Government of Saskatchewan invest in new cancer treatment technologies . . . click here
  • 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. 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

  • Statement: Oct. 28, 2013 - Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the constituents of Yorkton—Melville, Saskatchewan, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the Prime Minister for reaching an agreement in principle on the comprehensive economic and trade agreement with the European Union . . . click here; audio version
  • April 23, 2013 - Oral Question by Garry Breitkreuz, MP: Mr. Speaker, yesterday the RCMP announced the arrest of two individuals for a series of terrorism-related charges. RCMP Superintendent Doug Best said, “This is the first known al Qaeda-planned attack that we have experienced in Canada.” . . . click here for more

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