May 12, 2017
MP Serré delivered keynote address at the FONOM Annual Conference Banquet yesterday evening.
NICKEL BELT – Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, is currently in North Bay participating in the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) and the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs’ (MMA) Annual Conference. The Conference began on Wednesday, May 10th, and concludes this afternoon following a forum with several Ministers representing the
Government of Ontario.
“As an MP representing Northern Ontario, and as the Chair of the Northern Ontario Liberal Caucus, I believe it is important to attend the FONOM Annual Conference because it provides an unique opportunity for elected representatives and public servants from the three levels of government to connect and find opportunities for collaboration in a forum that encourages open and ongoing dialogue,” commented Serré.
“I was also honoured to address the conference’s attendees for a second year at the banquet which took place yesterday evening. I can’t express how grateful I am to work amongst such a strong group of dedicated Northern Ontario Liberal Caucus MPs. I was very pleased to be able to discuss the work that our Caucus has undertaken over the past year, as well as some of the initiatives that the federal government has taken to improving quality of life for residents across Northern Ontario. From increasing the level of funding to FedNor over five years, improving broadband connectivity in the communities that need it most, investing in the next generation of infrastructure and post-secondary institutions, developing a National Housing Strategy, and accelerating innovation in our economy by creating collaborative ‘industry superclusters,’ I believe that the federal government has been doing a lot to deliver real change to residents of Northern Ontario, and I was very proud to discuss these ongoing projects with my colleagues here at FONOM,” said Serré.
“Finally, from a personal standpoint, I was eager to discuss my private members’ motion, M-106, which seeks to develop and implement a National Seniors Strategy for Canada—the first of
its kind. As we know, seniors face particular challenges maintaining a high quality of life insmaller and remote communities. I believe that the motion I’ve proposed is an important first step in ensuring that seniors get to live happily and independently in their homes and in their communities for as long as possible,” Serré concluded.
Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt