Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for

Ottawa Centre

Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for

Ottawa Centre


July 2017 Newsletter


I can’t believe we’re already at the end of July. What a busy and productive summer it has been so far.

I have been lucky to spend some time visiting national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas across the country with my family over the summer. Being out in nature always gives me perspective and reminds me just how important it is to protect our environment.

I always enjoy the summer months because it allows me more time to connect with constituents in Ottawa Centre. This past month I have attended and hosted a number of events in the riding.

I hope you all have an opportunity to relax and enjoy the sunshine with loved ones before summer comes to an end, and if you see me at a community event, don’t forget to say hi!

July 1st was Canada Day and as a nation, we celebrated 150 years since Confederation.


With Ottawa Centre being in the heart of the capital, it was a busy day in the riding! My day started serving breakfast at the Mayor’s annual Canada Day Celebration for Seniors and  then traveled to a Parks Canada bio blitz at Major’s Hill Park. After that I attended the noon show on Parliament Hill and later attended the opening of the new National Arts Centre. It was an honour at the end of the day to participate in a citizenship ceremony to welcome Canada’s newest citizens.


On July 17th, I hosted a coffee talk at the Taggart Family Y. Holding these events are important to me because they allow me to hear from constituents directly. Some of the topics we discussed at this coffee talk included fresh water initiatives, volunteerism and childcare.


July 19th was the graduation of the Thirteen: A Social Enterprise programheld by the Parkdale Food Centre. I joined MPP Naqvi and Councillor Leiper in celebrating the graduates. The young people in this program are so inspiring. They have learned the tools to become entrepreneurs and will continue to push the envelope to make a difference in our community.


On July 22nd I hosted my second annual summer event. This year it was acommunity picnic to celebrate Canada 150. Thank you to everyone who came to Fisher Park to enjoy the bouncy castle, activities, popcorn and cotton candy. I also want to thank all of the staff, volunteers and partners who made the afternoon possible!

Own Our Ottawa

I’ve talked about the Own Our Ottawa campaign in previous newsletters but I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the great things I’ve seen on social media since the campaign’s launch.

Check out some of the awesome tweets below and don’t forget to share with me on social media what you do to make our city better!

Ottawa International  Buskerfest
August 3-7, 2017

Capital Ribfest
August 3-7, 2017

Whitewater National Championships
July 31 – August 6, 2017

Torchlight Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Until August 19

Capital Pride
Aug 21-27

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