One of the most important parts of my job is listening to the ideas and suggestions of those in our community, that’s why I love to get out in Ottawa Centre and knock on doors! This past weekend, Team McKenna and I canvased the Carlington neighbourhood in the South end of the riding. During our walk around residents raised a variety of issues including support for the small business tax reduction, ideas on how to improve green transportation across Ottawa, and of course ideas and comments related to the environment.
By 2019, we will be lowering the small business tax rate from 10.5 per cent to 9 per cent by 2019. I know small businesses are the back-bone of our community and I am thrilled we are supporting their development through this tax change. This reduction will allow for businesses in Ottawa Centre to thrive and will promote economic growth in our city centres.
I believe we need to reimagine how we live, move, and play within our communities and I am firmly committed to investing in green transportation, not just for ourselves, but for our children. Over the past two years, we have committed to advancing green, climate-friendly transportation systems and infrastructure. This past summer, up to $1.15 billion was committed to Stage 2 of the Light Rail Transit Project in Ottawa. Not only will this project connect our city, create jobs, and build strong economic growth, it will also reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions here in Ottawa.
And we aren’t just making these environmental advancements in Ottawa. As the Minister of Environment and Climate Change I have taken climate action nation-wide, making strong advancements for a green future. This means reducing greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors, while creating financial and innovative support to Canadian entrepreneurs of clean technologies – because our environment is important to our country’s sustainability and progress.
As we move closer to the end of the year, I look forward to visiting and engaging with more residents in Ottawa Centre and helping create real change in our community.