Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for


Ottawa Centre

Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for


Ottawa Centre

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Event Summary: Seniors’ Tea

Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to our community. This past weekend I held my annual Seniors’ Tea in Ottawa Centre to listen to their thoughts and answer their questions.

Here is a summary of the topics we discussed:

LeBreton Flats and the LRT
The LeBreton Flats redevelopment was a popular topic at the tea. The proposed plan outlines attractions and amenities designed to foster community with plenty of green space and access to transportation. This is a big project for our city and it is important we get it right.

We also talked about how excited the city is for the new LRT system. I’m proud our government committed up to $1.09 billion for Phase 2 of the project. When complete the LRT will take 14,000 cars and 450,000 busses off the road annually and will create hundreds of jobs for our city. This is another great example of how the environment and the economy go together.

 Environment
Seniors in the riding are passionate about protecting our environment. They care about the kind of planet they are going to leave to their grandchildren. I was happy to discuss some of their more specific questions around putting a price on carbon and building pipelines.

 Health
Many seniors were happy to see the direction our government is taking on physician-assisted dying and the passing of Bill C-14. I also heard positive feedback on the new cannabis legalization. The health and safety of Canadians is a top priority for our government and we will be focusing efforts on warning labels, packaging and labeling restrictions, and sustained public education efforts on cannabis use.

Financial Independence
Our government has taken concrete action to support seniors. We have increased payments to the Guaranteed Income Supplement, restored the age of eligibility for Old Age Security to 65, and enhanced the Canada Pension Plan. I was happy to share this information with seniors and answer any questions they had.

 Holding these types of events provides a great opportunity for me to hear from constituents in Ottawa Centre. As always if you would like to connect with me you can reach out to my community office at 613-946-8682 or send me an email to catherine.mckenna@parl.gc.ca.