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hqdefaultBill C-23 is an act respecting the pre-clearance of persons and goods in Canada and the United States. Before I speak on the specifics of the bill, I would like to provide a bit of history and context about how Bill C-23 came to be.

In 2011, then president Barack Obama and then prime minister Stephen Harper announced the United States-Canada joint declaration, "Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness". This declaration spoke of a shared approach to security in which both countries would work together to address threats within, at, and away from our borders.

Later that year, both governments released the "beyond the border action plan", which built upon the initial declaration and implemented many of the items included in the agreement.

It almost goes without saying in this House and across Canada that the United States is Canada's strongest ally and economic

file0001159645301Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker says the Liberal government is downloading $2.1 million onto local taxpayers in Thunder Bay for closing two long-term care homes in that community. He now worries the same fate may hit other municipalities, such as Durham, who have been mandated to renovate long-term care beds.

"It's just not viable nor fair to stick local taxpayers with the bill for a service that is the responsibility of the provincial government," said Walker.

There are over 300 homes or 30,000 beds across Ontario that require renewal across Ontario. "Of those, about 100 homes are...

willieMr. Speaker,

Seven hours west of here in Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound,
Is beautiful Wiarton, proud to call my home town.

There's a famous groundhog named Wiarton Willie,
He comes out February 2nd, sunny or chilly.

He is not your regular, plain brown woodchuck,
A weather predictor, it's definitely not luck.

Drop by and see Willie, you'll be impressed,
Willie don't charge cash for access....

senior careBruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker joined his constituents in Durham to hear first-hand about their concerns and efforts to save Rockwood Terrace Long-Term Care Home in that town.

MPP Walker says the concerns heard at last night's public meeting are a common one across Ontario and are in response to the...


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