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March 18, 2014

Kramp Proud to Invest in Local Small Businesses

Belleville, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings is pleased to announce today a $12-million, non-repayable contribution to the Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Network Inc. to allow it to continue to deliver the Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation in southeastern Ontario (SOFII East).

"I believe in supporting and investing in our local small- and medium-sized businesses as they are the backbone of our economy." said Daryl Kramp, M.P. "With these additional funds, our Eastern CFDC Network can continue to support successful innovative new projects."

This contribution is made possible through FedDev Ontario's Prosperity Initiative. The top-up to the fund will help to address new demand for loans, with a focus on the information and communications technology and food processing sectors. In working with Minister Goodyear, today's announcement regarding the fund followed a series of stakeholder roundtables Minister Goodyear held in the past few months regarding challenges and opportunities for southern Ontario's economy.

Quick Facts
- Projects supported through both SOFII West and SOFII East qualify for interest-bearing loans valued from $150,000 to $500,000.
- The loans aim to address the growth challenges faced by innovative small- and medium-sized enterprises, including: late-stage commercialization; development of a new product or service; finding new applications or markets; and the development or implementation of new processes or technologies.
- In July 2012, FedDev Ontario announced that the Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Network Inc. would receive a non-repayable contribution of up to $8 million under the Prosperity Initiative to capitalize and manage SOFII East, a self-sustaining, revolving loan fund, delivered in southeastern Ontario.

"We know the challenges small businesses can face in bringing new developments to market, and making timely, critical investments to stay competitive. SOFII East provides opportunities for small companies to secure the capital they need to overcome these challenges, and we are thrilled to be able to continue offering these loans." Christine Dukelow, Chair, Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations Network Inc. Board of Directors

"LGF has been fortunate to have received support from the Prince Edward/Lennox & Addington CFDC and FedDev Ontario in the area of equipment acquisition for our firm. This much-needed support allowed us to move forward with development in the field of manufacturing for components in the solar market for regional and international markets. Without this support our growing focus of development would have been curtailed and reduced in its scope."
Karl Hollett, Director - LGF Manufacturing


In keeping with our Government’s strong action to combat Cyberbullying (Joint Ministerial News Release, 01/09/2014, http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/nws/nws-rlss/2014/20140109-eng.aspx) Public Safety Canada has released another new ad, this one targeted at teenagers, that raises awareness of the possible legal consequence non-consensual distribution of intimate images.

Here is a link to the latest ad: http://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/vds/cnsqncs-eng.aspx


For Immediate Release: February 11, 2014


BELLEVILLE, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings welcomes our Economic Action Plan 2014, with focus on job creation, economic growth, and keeping taxes low, together with our plan to get back to balance by 2015.

"In listening to constituents, my continued priorities are to create more jobs and growing the economy in Prince Edward-Hastings.`` said Daryl Kramp, M.P. ``Our Economic Action Plan 2014 contains no new taxes on families and businesses, while continuing to ensure our government spending was efficient and effective as possible.``

Economic Action Plan 2014 includes key measures to support Prince Edward-Hastings` families and strengthen our economy include:

- Launching the Canada Job Grant: so that Canadians can get the skills training they need to get in-demand jobs.
- Creating the Canada Apprentice Loan: which will provide apprentices in Red Seal trades access to over $100 million in interest-free loans each year.
- Launching a Job Matching Service: this new service will automatically match Canadians looking for work with employers looking to hire them.
- Increasing Paid Internships for Young Canadians: investing $55 million to create paid internships for recent graduates in small and medium-sized businesses and in high-demand fields.
- Helping Older Workers Get Back to Work: investing $75 million in the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers to support older workers who want to participate in the job market.
- Cutting Red Tape for Small Business: cutting 800,000 payroll remittances for 50,000 small businesses.
- Conserving Canada's Natural Heritage: investing in Canada's national parks and historic canals, conserving recreational fisheries, expanding tax relief for the environmental conservation of lands, encouraging clean energy generation with tax relief to new green technologies, and more.
-Supporting Families: enhancing tax relief for families adopting a child, expanding tax relief for health-related services, capping wholesale wireless rates to make service more affordable, cracking down on cross-border price discrimination, and more.
- Standing Up for Victims of Crime: implementing the Victim's Bill of Rights and proving funding for a DNA-based Missing Persons Index.

" Improving the Health and Safety of First Nations Communities: investing $320 million to implement the First Nations Water and Waster Action Plan to support the construction and maintenance of water and wastewater systems.
" Reforming First Nations K-12 Education: supporting the implementation of a First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act that will provide young First Nations students with an accountable and higher level of education on reserve.

We continue to grow provincial transfers to record levels. For Ontario, the federal budget confirmed that transfers will total $19.2 in 2014-15 - a whopping 76% increase from under the previous Liberal government.

For additional key measures and more information, please visit ActionPlan.gc.ca


February 5, 2014


Belleville, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings is pleased to support the Canada and the United States Intergovernmental Agreement under the longstanding Canada-U.S. Tax Convention.

``After extensive consultations, I am pleased Canada and the United States has signed an Intergovernmental Agreement under the current Canada-U.S. Tax Convention.`` said Daryl Kramp, M.P. ``Without an agreement in place, obligations to comply with FATCA would have been unilaterally and automatically imposed on Canadian financial institutions and their clients as of July 1, 2014. Today's agreement addresses concerns.``

In March 2010, the U.S. enacted the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). FATCA would require non-U.S. financial institutions to report to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) accounts held by U.S. taxpayers. Failure to comply with FATCA could subject a financial institution or its account holders to certain sanctions including special U.S. withholding taxes on payments to them from the U.S.

FATCA has raised a number of concerns in Canada-among both dual Canada-U.S. citizens and Canadian financial institutions. One key concern was that the reporting obligations in respect of accounts in Canada would compel Canadian financial institutions to report information on account holders who are U.S. residents and U.S. citizens (including U.S. citizens who are residents or citizens of Canada) directly to the IRS, thus potentially violating Canadian privacy laws.

Under the agreement, financial institutions in Canada will not report any information directly to the IRS. Rather, relevant information on accounts held by U.S. residents and U.S. citizens (including U.S. citizens who are residents or citizens of Canada) will be reported to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The CRA will then exchange the information with the IRS through the existing provisions and safeguards of the Canada-U.S. Tax Convention. This is consistent with Canada's privacy laws.

The IRS will provide the CRA with enhanced and increased information on certain accounts of Canadian residents held at U.S. financial institutions.

Significant exemptions and relief have been obtained. For instance, certain accounts are exempt from FATCA and will not be reportable. These include Registered Retirement Savings Plans, Registered Retirement Income Funds, Registered Disability Savings Plans, Tax-Free Savings Accounts, and others. In addition, smaller deposit-taking institutions, such as credit unions, with assets of less than $175 million will be exempt.
The 30 percent FATCA withholding tax will not apply to clients of Canadian financial institutions, and can apply to a Canadian financial institution only if the financial institution is in significant and long-term non-compliance with its obligations under the agreement.

The agreement is consistent with Canada's support for recent G-8 and G-20 commitments intended to fight tax evasion globally and to improve tax fairness. In September 2013, G-20 Leaders committed to automatic exchange of tax information as the new global standard and endorsed a proposal by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to develop a global model for the automatic exchange of tax information. They also signaled an intention to begin exchanging information automatically on tax matters among G-20 members by the end of 2015.

"Canada engaged in lengthy negotiations with the U.S. government to address our concerns and, as a result, significant exemptions and other relief were obtained." Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance

"This is strictly a tax information-sharing agreement. This agreement will not impose any U.S. taxes or penalties on U.S. citizens or U.S. residents holding accounts in Canada. The CRA does not collect the U.S. tax liability of a Canadian citizen if the individual was a Canadian citizen at the time the liability arose. This includes dual Canada-U.S. citizens. That will not change under this agreement." Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Minister of National Revenue

For more information, please visit http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-018-eng.asp

February 5, 2014

Kramp Supports Special Olympics Canada

Belleville, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings is pleased to support Special Olympics Canada with an ongoing additional $1 million in annual funding. This will bring the organization's annual funding from Sport Canada to more than $2.8 million.

``I am proud to support Special Olympics Canada. Through sport we can help enrich the lives of Canadians with intellectual disabilities.`` said Daryl Kramp, M.P. ``Athletes of all ages and abilities can benefit and enjoy life from the training, coaching, and competition opportunities.``

More than 3,000 year-round Special Olympics programs benefit almost 37,000 athletes across Canada. Special Olympics Canada is supported by more than 17,000 volunteers, including 13,000 trained coaches. The 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games will be held July 8 to 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games will feature 11 sports, making them the largest Canadian Games ever.

"I am more than pleased to provide this additional funding, which will help see that our Special Olympics athletes get all the support they need to excel in their sport and achieve their dreams. I congratulate Special Olympics Canada and commend this organization on its continued efforts on behalf of Special Olympics athletes across the country." Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)

"The stable funding announced today will allow Special Olympics to grow and benefit an increasing number of Canadians. I am proud that our Government is committed to providing opportunities for Canadians of all ages and all abilities to engage in sport and physical activity and to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle." Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance

"Special Olympics Canada is thrilled with today's announcement by Minister Gosal. The commitment to provide this funding on an ongoing basis allows Special Olympics Canada and the 12 provincial and territorial chapters to deliver sport programs to even more Canadians with an intellectual disability. The support of our federal government is integral to the ability and success of Special Olympics to positively impact the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport. We thank them for their support on behalf of our athletes and their families, our volunteers, and our coaches." Sharon Bollenbach, Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics Canada

For information, please visit, Sport Canada Special Olympics Canada Special Olympics Canada Summer Games

February 5, 2014

Kramp Supports Government Changes To Cell Tower Placement Rules

Belleville, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings believes Canadians deserve to have a say in how new cell tower locations are identified in their communities. As wireless services have rapidly increased in demand by the consumer, the placement for the increasing number of cell towers has become an even more divisive issue.

"I have listened to the concerns of local residents, businesses and Municipalities regarding the placement of new cell towers and I believe it is essential that our communities be the centre of the process to determine the location of a new tower.`` said Daryl Kramp, M.P. ``Working with the Minister of Industry these new rules will give home owners and municipal governments a better say in the placement of new cell towers."

The changes guiding the installation of new antenna towers will include requirements that companies:
- consult communities on all commercial tower installations, regardless of height;
- build any tower within three years of consulting with communities; and
- ensure home owners are well informed of upcoming consultations.

The improvements will also strengthen federal communications with the public on tower siting procedures, including new online resources on the process, and new reporting mechanisms to track tower issues and report back to communities. These measures build on our Government's current tower sharing policies that require companies to first look at sharing existing tower infrastructure, whenever they can, to reduce the number of new towers needed in each community.

Under the existing cell tower siting policy; a company is only required to consult the community when it plans to build an antenna tower taller than 15 metres; before any company can build a new cell tower, it is required to look at alternatives like whether there is an existing tower in the same area that it can share and all antenna towers, no matter the height, location or power, have to satisfy Industry Canada's technical requirements and comply with Health Canada's rules to ensure the safety of Canadians.

``Rest assured, I along with my colleagues of our Government will work to deliver more choice, lower prices and better services in the wireless sector for all Canadians. We will continue to work with the wireless sector in the weeks ahead on ways to more effectively balance the concerns of local communities.`` added Daryl Kramp, M.P.


Daryl Kramp, MP
In the House of Commons - February 5, 2014

Mr. Daryl Kramp (Prince Edward—Hastings, CPC): Mr. Speaker, on this side of the House, we have taken decisive action to put families first by cutting taxes an incredible 160 times. That means over $3,000 more every year for the average Canadian family because of our government.

Sadly, the New Democrats want to play Big Brother when it comes to consumer needs. Their plan includes creating more bureaucracy, a whole department to monitor and dictate what is best for Canadians. Not only that, but the NDP has voted against all of the following consumer-protection measures since 2006.

The New Democrats voted, against protecting consumers with new credit card rules that will require consent for credit-limit increases; against bringing in a code of conduct for the credit and debit card industry to help small businesses deal with unfair practices; against requiring greater disclosures of mortgage repayment charges; against making mortgage insurance more transparent and understandable; and against banning unsolicited credit card cheques.

While the opposition parties vote against measures to help consumers, our government has acted and will deliver for Canadians.


Daryl Kramp, MP
In the House of Commons - February 4, 2014

Mr. Daryl Kramp (Prince Edward—Hastings, CPC): Mr. Speaker, today I will be splitting my time with the hon. member for Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke.

I am definitely pleased to rise today and speak against the motion before us.

There is no question that our national security agencies operate in a dynamic, complex and now a global environment. The demands on them are great as they carry out their responsibilities to protect Canadian life and property from those who would seek to harm us.

Our government recognizes that robust mechanisms to review national security activities are critical in maintaining the trust of Canadians. I am pleased to say that robust review does exist in the current environment.

Since CSIS was created, review of its activities to ensure compliance with the law has been at the very forefront of its entire operations. The Security Intelligence Review Committee was created at the same time as CSIS, not later, recognizing that it had that obligation. It has been reviewing CSIS activities since its inception.

Ensuring that CSIS remains accountable for its actions has always been a key consideration. The committee provides an external review mechanism that is at arm's-length from any government, past, present and future. It is important to note that.

The committee plays an important role in ensuring independent review of CSIS activities by carrying out three key functions: first, it verifies that it is satisfied with the annual report prepared by the CSIS director; second, by conducting reviews of CSIS activities to ensure that it complies with legislation, policies and ministerial directions; and, third, by investigating all complaints in regard to CSIS activities.

Make no mistake, this type of review is vital. It helps ensure that all Canadians know that CSIS conducts its activities legally and in conformity with the policies and the directions received. Such review is essential. It is critical to ensuring Canadians that the activities of an organization such as CSIS, that must conduct its activities away from the public eye, are nonetheless scrutinized to ensure compliance with Canadian law and respect for rights.

SIRC does open a window into these activities for us. Is it a wide open window? Of course not. There is certain information and sensitivities that are required to protect the nation, its annual reports, for instance. These reports provide Parliament and the Canadian public with a broad understanding of CSIS operations.

The most recent report tabled last fall spoke to the CSIS activities, to address the increasingly complex dimensions of the national security threats that it must face. The report details findings and recommendations, shedding light on CSIS activities for both members of the House and all Canadians.

Another point of note in the recent report is that CSIS continues to work collaboratively with SIRC and strives to continuously address the committee's findings and its recommendations. They are not working in isolation. They are working in tandem and in co-operation.

Another issue addressed by SIRC and of interest to concerned Canadians is how CSIS and Communications Security Establishment Canada work together.

Attention Students,
Please use this link for information of the Forum for Young Canadians for your consideration.

Hope to see you in Ottawa!
Daryl Kramp, M.P.


January 29, 2014

Kramp Supports Legislation to Make the One-for-One Rule Law

Belleville, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings supports the introduction of the Red Tape Reduction Act in Parliament to enshrine the One-for-One Rule in law.
``As a strong supporter of business, I believe the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan can increase Canadian competitiveness and free business to innovate, grow and create jobs.`` said Daryl Kramp, M.P. ``Our Red Tape Reduction Action Plan is currently the most ambitious red tape-cutting initiative in the world and underscores Canada's reputation as one of the best places in the world to do business and invest.``
This fulfills a commitment made in the Government of Canada's October 2012 Red Tape Reduction Action Plan and reaffirmed in the October 2013 Speech from the Throne.
Making the One-for-One Rule law will help permanently control the growth of federal regulatory red tape. Under the One-for-One Rule, for every new regulation added that imposes an administrative burden on business, one must be removed.
During its first year of implementation, the One-for-One Rule provided a successful, system-wide control on regulatory red tape impacting business. It is estimated that the application of the One-for-One Rule in 2012-2013 will save businesses 98,000 hours per year in time spent dealing with regulatory red tape.
As of December 12, 2013, under the One-for-One Rule, the Government had reduced administrative burden by almost $20 million and achieved a net reduction of 19 regulations.
"Our Government is committed to reducing the red tape burden on small and medium-sized businesses. Canada is the first country in the world to give the One-for-One Rule the added muscle of legislation. The Rule has already saved Canadian businesses nearly $20 million in administrative burden costs and thousands of hours in time that businesses spend on dealing with regulatory red tape." Tony Clement
, President of the Treasury Board



Belleville, Ontario, January 22, 2014 – Loyalist College is proud to announce that the newly constructed Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre has earned LEED® Silver Certification from the Canada Green Building Council in recognition of the College’s achievements in energy-efficient design, construction and operation.

“Environmental sustainability is a priority for Loyalist, and we are delighted to receive LEED Silver Certification,” said Loyalist College President Maureen Piercy. “In addition to minimizing the College’s environmental impact through green building in the Skills Centre, we promote prudent and creative management of our social, economic and environmental resources. Our goal is to provide leadership in sustainability, and help to educate our students, staff, and communities to make a positive difference today and in the future.”

The 121,800 square-foot Skills Centre features 50,950 square feet of re-purposed ‘green’ space, and an additional 70,850 square feet of new, flexible space for teaching, laboratories, shops, research labs and classrooms. The new space is linked to the repurposed space with a beautiful Link Lounge, which features a living wall. After years of advocacy by area manufacturers and economic development partners, the multi-use facility was built in 2010-11 with a $16.6 Million investment from the provincial and federal governments. To equip and complete the Skills Centre, and to establish additional student awards, the Campaign for Loyalist College was introduced in June 2012 and has since raised $5.5 Million toward a goal of $6 Million. Today, the Skills Centre is a technology and trades training centre of choice for Southeastern Ontario, offering a wide range of full-time programs and apprenticeships.

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario was on campus to help celebrate the LEED certification, along with Daryl Kramp, MP for Prince Edward-Hastings, and other dignitaries.

“We congratulate Loyalist College for earning the LEED certification for the Skills Centre, demonstrating its commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Minister of State Gary Goodyear. “Our Government is pleased to have contributed to providing Loyalist College students and researchers with the facilities they need to be global leaders in their fields.”

“I am proud to extend a sincere congratulations to our community college, Loyalist, for receiving the LEED certification,” said Daryl Kramp, M.P. “I believe in supporting our youth and through our Government’s investment for our Skills Centre we can provide the means for their future studies and endeavours to a better society and a cleaner environment.”

“Congratulations to Loyalist College’s Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre on earning LEED Silver certification,” said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council. “Creating sustainable environments for learning is important. This facility also includes space for demonstrating local partnerships in the areas of manufacturing, skilled trades, biofood and biosciences, emphasizing the interconnected and multi-dimensional nature of sustainability to future generations of professionals.”

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is a national not-for-profit organization committed to the advancement of green building and sustainable community development practices in Canada. The CaGBC is the license holder for the LEED green building rating system in Canada. LEED certification is based upon six criteria, including: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation and design.

Loyalist College prepares students for a rewarding career by combining rigorous academic standards with hands-on training from industry experts. Programs range from apprenticeships and certificates to diplomas and post-graduate studies. Loyalist offers 65 full-time programs and 77 university transfer agreements around the world. The best testament to the College’s value is from students, 96 percent of whom say they would recommend Loyalist to a friend. Loyalist is committed to helping students find great jobs, as well as supporting and enhancing the economic and social development of all individuals in its communities


December 10, 2013

Canada Summer Jobs Application Deadline January 31, 2014

Belleville, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings is proud to support Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) for our youth. Canada Summer Jobs has provided job opportunities to over 260 000 students since it began in 2007. In 2014 alone, Canada Summer Jobs is expected to provide job opportunities to approximately 35 000 students.

"If you have hired a student in the past, you know how helpful it can be for your organization to have summer help." added Daryl Kramp, M.P. "If you have not hired a student before, I encourage you to consider applying for CSJ funding to hire a student for next summer."

CSJ provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses to create summer jobs for full-time students (15 to 30 years old) who intend to return to their studies in the next school year. It helps students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful, now and in the future, while earning money for the upcoming school year.

This year, applications will be available online beginning December 2, 2013, and must be submitted by January 31, 2014. These new timelines mean that successful employers will be notified sooner and have more time to recruit students.

More information about Canada Summer Jobs is available on the Service Canada web site.


December 5, 2013

The Canada Day Challenge

The Canada Day Challenge is a contest offered by our Government of Canada that invites youth from 8 to 18 years old to submit poster designs, digital photographs, and pieces of creative writing inspired by the theme–Canada: Strong and Free. Participants have a chance to win great prizes, including an invitation to attend the country’s biggest party, Canada Day 2014 on Parliament Hill.

I encourage youth of our community to participate in the Canada Day Challenge. This is an opportunity for them to explore Canada’s history, culture, and identity and to discover what makes our country a truly special place to live. Entries will be accepted until February 15, 2014. To learn more about this year’s contest, visit www.challenge.pch.gc.ca.

Best of luck!

Daryl Kramp, MP

December 2, 2013


Tyendinaga, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, participated in a ceremony today marking the completion of the resurface/refurbish of the Third Concession (Casey & Melrose) 12 km.

As part of the Government's Economic Action Plan 2012, the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) supported the Township of Tyendinaga with an investment of up to $105,000.

"I am committed to continue to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for our local communities which are demonstrated by investments in communities like Tyendinaga." said Daryl Kramp, M.P. "When we improve infrastructure such as this one, we are strengthening our communities, and by strengthening our communities, we are building a prosperous community."

The national Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund provides $150 million over two years for repairs and improvements to existing public community infrastructure. The Fund is being delivered by regional development agencies across Canada.

Created in 2009, FedDev Ontario supports the southern Ontario economy by building on the region's strengths and creating opportunities for jobs and economic growth. In Budget 2013, the Government of Canada demonstrated its continued commitment to workers, families and communities in southern Ontario with the renewal of FedDev Ontario. Economic Action Plan 2013 provides $920 million over five years for the Agency, starting on April 1, 2014. As part of the renewal, FedDev Ontario will be allocating $200 million over five years for a new Advanced Manufacturing Fund in Ontario. To learn more, please visit www.FedDevOntario.gc.ca or call 1-866-593-5505.

In Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government of Canada indicated it will be moving forward with the new Building Canada plan, the largest long-term federal commitment to Canadian infrastructure in our nation's history: $53 billion over the next 10 years.

"I, along with my colleagues of our Government remains focused on what Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and their personal financial security." added Daryl Kramp, M.P.

November 21, 2013

Kramp Kick-Starts Canadian Entrepreneurship With
New Build in Canada Innovation Program Call for Proposals

Belleville, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, is pleased to announce the fourth Call for Proposals for the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP).

“One of my top priorities is to help create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for local businesses,” said Daryl Kramp, M.P. “Our job as a government is to fuel that spirit and drive in Canada, and this new Call for Proposals will help kick-start Canadian businesses to get their innovative products and services from the lab to the marketplace.”

The BCIP was launched in 2010 as a pilot program to connect Canadian companies with federal departments and agencies that have a need for innovative products and services. By selling to the federal government, businesses can demonstrate the value of their products and services, and potentially generate future sales to non-government customers in Canada, and around the world.

To build on the early success of this pilot program, Economic Action Plan 2012 allocated additional funding for three years, starting in 2013. As of 2016, $40 million will be permanently dedicated to the BCIP annually. In February 2013, the Jenkins report recommended making the program permanent, in order to more effectively provide incentives for solving operational problems identified by federal departments.
The fourth Call for Proposals, which includes a military component, is currently available on Buyandsell.gc.ca/tenders. Suppliers have until January 7, 2014, to submit their proposals.

For more information about the program, please consult the backgrounder below, or visit the BCIP web page.


Build in Canada Innovation Program

The Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) is a procurement program that was created as a pilot in 2010 and has now been made permanent to bolster innovation in Canada’s business sector, and to help companies bridge the pre-commercialization gap for their innovative products and services.
The program provides the opportunity for innovators to:
• sell their pre-commercialized goods and services to the Government of Canada through an open, transparent, competitive and fair procurement process;
• connect with potential clients in federal government departments and showcase their innovations to them;
• get feedback on the use of their innovations in an operational setting before taking them to market; and
• enter the marketplace with a successful application of their innovations.
Whether or not innovators are successful in being awarded a contract, they will also:
• find out how to sell to the Government of Canada;
• learn more about opportunities for supplying innovative goods and services to the Government of Canada; and
• improve their understanding of how to do business with the Government of Canada.
Building on the early success of this pilot program, Economic Action Plan 2012 allocated additional funding for three years, starting in 2013. As of 2016, $40 million will be permanently dedicated to the BCIP annually. The program also now includes a military procurement component.
The BCIP has two complementary objectives. The first is to identify Canadian innovations to test within federal operations in order to support businesses as they move their innovations to commercialization. The second builds on current efforts by the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Strategic Engagement (OSME-SE) to improve small and medium enterprises’ (SME) access to federal procurement activities, and enables companies to showcase innovative products and services to potential government users.
The BCIP targets innovations in five key areas:
• environment;
• safety and security;
• health;
• enabling technologies; and
• the new military component—protecting the soldier.
The value of contracts under the program’s standard components will continue to be up to $500,000. Under the new military component, innovations could be eligible for contracts of up to $1 million.
A new Call for Proposals is available on Buyandsell.gc.ca/tenders and suppliers have until January 7, 2014, to submit proposals related to the opportunity to test innovative products and services.
For more information about the program, please visit the BCIP web page.

November 15, 2013

Kramp Ensures Canada's Gas Tax Fund Helping Prince Edward-Hastings

Second installment of annual $2-billion transfer available for municipal infrastructur

Belleville, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, is pleased to announce that the second installment of Canada's Gas Tax Fund for 2013 is being made available to Prince Edward-Hastings.

"Our Government is proud to invest in important infrastructure projects, as we focus on creating jobs, promoting growth, and building strong, prosperous communities across Canada," said Daryl Kramp, M.P. "I am proud to support economic growth across Prince Edward-Hastings by supporting local infrastructure priorities through the federal Gas Tax Fund."

Bancroft 117,731.00
Belleville 2,995,168.00
Carlow/Mayo 29,141.00
Centre Hastings 134,541.00
Deseronto 55,951.00
Faraday 48,405.00
Hastings Highlands 123,712.00
Limerick 11,166.00
Madoc 63,467.00
Marmora & Lake 120,001.00
Prince Edward County 1,564,180.00
Stirling 15,453.00
Stirling-Rawdon 150,492.00
Tudor & Cashel 20,920.00
Tweed 172,209.00
Tyendinaga 124,847.00
Wollaston 22,393.00

Funding can currently be spent in the following areas:
Drinking water
Wastewater infrastructure
Public transit
Community energy systems
Solid waste management
Local roads

Canada's Gas Tax Fund provides long-term funding to help municipalities build and revitalize their local infrastructure. Funding is provided up front, twice a year and the Government of Ontario, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the City of Toronto administer the program across the province. Projects are chosen by local governments and support the local infrastructure priorities of each community.
The Government of Canada has made the $2 billion a year in funding under the Gas Tax Fund permanent. As announced in Economic Action Plan 2013, the program is now indexed at 2 per cent per year, with increases to be applied in $100 million increments, starting in 2014. From 2014-2015 to 2023-24, this represents $21.8 billion in flexible, long-term funding for municipal infrastructure.

November 8, 2013

House of Commons: Question by MP Kramp to the Hon. Minister of Status of Women, Kellie Leitch:

"Mr. Speaker, this week we learned that the leader of the Liberal Party insulted women across this country and across all party lines in an invitation to women only event in Toronto. Sadly, the invitation implies that women are only concerned with pressing issues like their favourite virtues. Well, how demeaning.

Personally, as the father of three daughters, I can say that all members on this side of the House believe, every issue and all issues are women's issues.

Could the Minister of Status of Women update the House on our government's actions to create jobs for not only women, but for all Canadians?"

November 7, 2013

Kramp Proud to Support Priority Hiring for Injured Veterans

Belleville, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings is proud to announce new legislation intended to provide medically released Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) who were injured in service to Canada the top level of priority consideration for job openings in the public service.

"I am a strong advocate for our Veterans and today we continue to support our Veterans in their need." said Daryl Kramp, M.P.

"Medically released Veterans have made a significant sacrifice in their service to Canada and they have the skills, training and experience that make them ideal candidates to continue strengthening Canada through public service," said Minister Fantino. "I am delighted to confirm that the Harper Government is getting Canada's priorities right and leading by example by improving employment opportunities for Veterans."

Every year, many military members transition out of the Canadian Armed Forces. For those Canadian Armed Forces members who cannot deploy and meet the demands of operations, finding meaningful employment is a key factor in making a successful transition to civilian life.

"On behalf of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, I welcome this additional support for Regular Force and Reserve Force members who have sacrificed so much for our country," said the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence. "The goal of Canadian Armed Forces support and care is to retain as many members as possible. However, this change will provide meaningful employment options to members of the Canadian Armed Forces who are medically released."

When a position becomes open in the public service, different groups have different levels of access. In spring 2014, when the legislation is expected to come into force, those Regular Force and Reserve Force members who are medically released from the Canadian Armed Forces for service-related reasons will receive a statutory priority for a period of five years. This will provide Veterans with the highest level of priority consideration for public service positions, above all other groups, in recognition of their sacrifices and service to Canada.

Those full-time Regular or Reserve Force Veterans who release for non-service-related medical reasons will continue to receive their existing level of priority. However, the duration of their access will be increased from two to five years, allowing them a longer period of priority entitlement for positions.

Veterans who will make use of this measure must qualify for the positions they are seeking. The changes will apply to medically released Veterans who received a priority entitlement on or after April 1, 2012.

"The leadership skills, experience and expertise that our personnel develop in uniform is second to none, and makes them an invaluable asset to any new organization they choose to join," said Shaun Francis, Chair of the True Patriot Love Foundation. "We are proud of our ongoing partnership with the Government of Canada to ensure that soldiers, sailors and air personnel can continue to build on the incredible commitment they have already shown to Canada."

In addition to the proposed legislative and regulatory changes, the Government of Canada continues to work with corporate Canada to help Veterans find new opportunities to successfully make the transition from military to civilian life. Partnering with corporate Canada allows Veterans to put the training and skills acquired during their service to good use in the civilian workforce.

Veterans Affairs Canada's supports and services offer the right care at the right time to achieve the best results for Veterans and their families. Find out more at veterans.gc.ca.

November 6, 2013


Belleville, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings was honoured to stand in the House of Commons to congratulate the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment upon their 150th years of service to our country.

Provided below is my Statement on November 4, 2013 taken from our House of Commons Debates.

Statements By Members

November 4th, 2013 / 2:05 p.m.

Daryl Kramp Prince Edward-Hastings, ON

"Mr. Speaker, I am honoured today to recognize the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment as it celebrates 150 years of service to king, queen and country. On October 26, I had the honour to join serving and retired members of the famed Hasty Pees at their special anniversary event.
The Prince Edward regiment was authorized on February 6, 1863. The regiment won an unprecedented 32 battle honours in World War II, making it the most decorated Canadian regiment of the entire Second World War. Since then, Hasty Pees have served in harm's way in Bosnia and Afghanistan, to name but a few. The spirit of the regiment, made in a toast from a regimental officer, summed it up to me when he said, "I love my country and I serve it in the Regiment. Duty, honour and discipline give life meaning, and there is no greater honour I'd rather have than to be called a Hasty P."
As a former cadet with the regiment, I say congratulations to the Hasty P's. As they approach Remembrance Day, let us all be eternally thankful. Lest we forget. "


November 6, 2013


BELLEVILLE, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, today called on the local community to take action to prevent cyber and sexual violence against women and girls.

"Violence against women and girls has devastating and far-reaching effects on the community," said Daryl Kramp, M.P. "The projects supported by this call for proposals will reduce violence against women in Prince Edward-Hastings and reach out to those who have been affected by such violence. I, along with my colleagues of our Government support grassroots initiatives like these, which improve safety for women where they live and work."

"Recent high-profile cases have made cyberviolence and sexual violence against women and girls top-of-mind concerns for Canadians," said Minister Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women. "Our Government is taking action by supporting projects at the local level to help prevent these forms of violence against women and girls."

Our Government will be funding these new projects through a Status of Women Canada call for proposals entitled Cyber and Sexual Violence: Helping Communities Respond.

Applications by organizations will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time on December 1st, 2013. For more information on the call for proposals and eligibility requirements, please visit women.gc.ca.

In addition to this new call for proposals, our Government recently announced in the Speech from the Throne its intention to introduce legislation that will give police and prosecutors new tools to address cyberbullying. This legislation will also create a new criminal offence prohibiting the non-consensual distribution of intimate images.

Since 2007, our Government has funded more than $62 million for projects to end violence against women and girls through the Women's Program at Status of Women Canada. Government of Canada support for community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, supporting more than 600 projects across the country.

November 5, 2013


Belleville, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, is pleased to announce that the Government of Canada is now accepting funding applications for the second phase of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program.

"I am pleased to support recreational fishing which contributes significantly to family time and economically for our local communities," said Daryl Kramp, M.P. "As outlined in Economic Action Plan 2013, I proudly favour the restoration and rebuilding of recreational fisheries habitat for future generations."

The Government of Canada is making $10 million available over two years to support conservation activities through partnerships with local groups who will undertake a variety of projects to restore recreational fisheries habitat. Approximately 100 projects were approved for up to $6.4 million in funding, in the first round of applications this summer.

DFO will accept applications for funding from November 4 to December 18, 2013. Additional program information as well as the application form and guidelines are available on the Department's web site at: www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/habitat/rfcpp-ppcpr/index-eng.asp.

Recreational fishing contributes significantly to the Canadian economy. In 2010, anglers generated $8.3 billion to local economies, an increase of 10% over 2005. A 2010 survey found that over 3.3 million adult anglers participated in a variety of recreational fishing activities in Canada, essentially the same number as in 2005. Anglers fished for over 43 million days. Almost 93% of activity occurred in fresh water. Canadian non-resident and foreign anglers made over two million trips within Canada in 2010.


October 24, 2013


OTTAWA, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings is honoured to be elected as Chair of the Standing Committee of Public Safety and National Security by Members of all Parties today.

The Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security is responsible for one of the largest departmental portfolios, including close to 140 statures administered by the Department of Public Safety and its Agencies.

Under the direction of its Chairs, the Committee considers a number of Socio-Legal Studies and Bills pertaining to criminal law, corrections, terrorism, border security, policing and law enforcement, crime prevention and emergency management.

"I have long believed one of the prime responsibilities of government is to provide for the health and safety of its citizens." said Daryl Kramp, M.P. "As Chair, I am entrusted with the responsibility of directing this important committee that impacts all Canadians. I look forward to working effectively to ensuring the safety and security of all citizens."

October 24, 2013


OTTAWA, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, helped launch the new Conservative Housing and Construction Caucus on Parliament Hill and joined as a permanent member.
"The housing industry is a key driver of our local economy. When our housing sector is healthy and succeeding, it means good paying jobs and spin-off benefits for all of Prince Edward-Hastings, not to mention quality and affordable homes for our families," said Daryl Kramp, M.P. "As a Member of the new Conservative Housing Caucus, I look forward to ensuring that the needs of employers and workers in the Prince Edward-Hastings housing sector are strongly represented in Ottawa."

Having a strong and vibrant housing industry is critical in order to ensure Canada's long-term economic prosperity. Canada's housing industry is a major contributor to a healthy and strong Canadian economy and a strong local economy in Prince Edward-Hastings.

The single biggest investment most Canadian households will ever make is in their home. In fact, it is estimated that a house, on average, is worth 40% of a family's assets, which is the equivalency of their pensions, insurances and investments combined. From an industry perspective, according to Canadian Homebuilders Association (CHBA), total spending on residential construction and renovations totals over $113 billion dollars annually and the construction industry helps employ over 850,00 Canadians; with many more employed in related finance and insurance careers. Overall, the housing market accounts for around 20% of Canada's GDP.

The housing industry matters; and the new Conservative Housing and Construction Caucus will exist to work with employers, workers, advocacy organizations and stakeholders to represent and advocate for policies and legislation that promotes a healthy and vibrant housing industry in Canada. This creates an exciting new opportunity for representatives of the housing sector in Prince Edward-Hastings to have their voices heard on Parliament Hill

October 11, 2013


Belleville, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings today called on constituents across the riding to celebrate October 11, 2013 as the International Day of the Girl during Women's History Month. This year's Women's History Month theme is Canadian Women Pioneers: Inspiring Change through ongoing leadership.

"By providing girls with access to education and skills, they will be the key to Canada's long-term prosperity. They will play a crucial role in the health of our communities," said Daryl Kramp, M.P. "Our Government's number one priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. Empowering girls and young women to succeed in all sectors of our economy helps to grow and diversify our national economy."

I encourage all Canadians to celebrate the International Day of the Girl by being inspired by girls who are blazing new trails across Canada and around the world," said Minister Leitch. "This day helps promote equal treatment and opportunities for girls worldwide in areas such as law, nutrition, health care and education."

On March 24, 2011, the House of Commons gave its unanimous support to Canada leading a campaign at the United Nations for designating an International Day of the Girl. Canada led the international community to campaign for this initiative which was formally adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 19, 2011. The first International Day of the Girl was commemorated across the world in 2012.

Canadians are encouraged to take an active role in celebrating International Day of the Girl. Activities are taking place across the country. They can attend these events, organize their own or send this International Day of the Girl e-postcard to celebrate the girls and young women in their communities. For more information on International Day of the Girl, please visit www.dayofthegirl.gc.ca.


October 8, 2013


Tyendinaga Territory - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced support for the Tsi Kionhnheht Ne Onkwawenna Language Circle (TKNOLC) to develop Mohawk language-learning tools.

"Community-based learning initiatives are important, as they contribute greatly to the preservation and revitalization of Aboriginal languages," said Mr. Kramp. "With this support, we are helping develop invaluable learning tools that will benefit Mohawk communities today and for generations to come."

This investment will allow the TKNOLC to hold two sessions with 12 fluent elders and 20 second-language speakers from seven Mohawk communities. During the sessions, various cultural topics will be discussed and recorded, including family roles, health, and wellness. An audio CD covering idioms, phrases, and frequently used words in the Mohawk language, as well as a lexicon, will be created from these recordings. The final product will be distributed to the Mohawk Nation through schools, libraries, and language programs.

"First Nations, Inuit, and Métis languages are an integral part of our country's identity, and our Government recognizes their importance for Aboriginal communities and for all Canadians," said Minister Glover. "We are pleased to support this initiative that will increase the knowledge and use of the Mohawk language by community members."

"The lack of mother-tongue speakers of Kanyenke'ha (Mohawk language) affects our language revitalization initiatives, and this project will document that part of the spoken language that is only heard when fluent speakers are engaged in informal communicative situations. Adequate knowledge and appropriate use of this part of an oral language is an important indicator of communicative competence. A metaphor is not simply a figure of speech, but rather it shapes the way we think, act, and interact," said Callie Hill, Executive Director, TKNOLC. "We are very grateful for the support from Canadian Heritage to complete this project, which will support language revitalization efforts across the Mohawk Nation."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $43,080 through the Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI) of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Aboriginal Peoples' Program. The objective of ALI is to support community-based language projects that contribute to the revitalization and preservation of Aboriginal languages and increase their use in community settings.

October 2, 2013


BELLEVILLE, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings supports Cyber Security and wishes to convey to constituents what we can do to stay cyber safe.

Cyber security matters to everyone, every day. We often hear stories about how vulnerable computers are to viruses, how we all need to protect our personal information online, and how internet fraudsters continue to target the vulnerable. With one false click of a mouse, we can lose money, assets, even our very identities. It all might seem overwhelming, but there are many quick and easy things we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones online.

For that reason, the Government of Canada created GetCyberSafe.ca, a one-stop resource with information about online risks and the simple steps we can take to protect ourselves and our devices. There, you will find key tips on staying safe online.

We can all benefit from being safer online.

October 1, 2013


BELLEVILLE, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings today encouraged constituents across the riding to celebrate Women's History Month 2013. The theme for 2013 is Canadian Women Pioneers: Inspiring Change Through Ongoing Leadership.

"It is incredibly important to educate Canadians about the tremendous accomplishments made by women throughout our history," said Daryl Kramp, M.P. "Women are an untapped resource that will help close the skills gap in Canada allowing us to grow and diversify our national economy."

"With Canada's women pioneers being profiled this year, we hope young women across the country will be inspired by their stories - who they are, what they have done, and the paths they followed to success," said Minister Leitch. "We also hope they will consider opportunities in every field including careers in science, technology and trades, and in sectors from natural resources to construction."

Throughout October 2013, Women's History Month is highlighting Canadian women as pioneers in many fields of endeavour. Despite the fact that women now represent nearly half the Canadian workforce, they continue to be under-represented in many fields of endeavour and sectors of the economy.

As part of Women's History Month, Canadians are invited to send their reflections on women pioneers in their community, workplaces, or schools. Some of these reflections will be posted on our web site during the month of October. For more information, please visit www.women.gc.ca.

Women's History Month is celebrated each year throughout October and includes the commemoration of the "Persons case", when on October 18, 1929, women were first legally recognized as "persons" under Canadian law.

Canada will also celebrate the second International Day of the Girl on October 11th. This international day promotes equal treatment and opportunities for girls around the world in areas such as law, nutrition, health care, education, training, and freedom from violence and abuse.

September 27, 2013


Belleville, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings supports the additional new legislation that will be introduced this fall to better protect children against child sexual exploitation in Canada and abroad.

"As a Father and Grandfather, I am a strong advocate for safer communities." said Daryl Kramp, M.P. "With the additional new legislation, we have taken further steps to protect the vulnerable in our society. "

The proposed amendments to Canadian law include:
" New notification requirements for offenders on the National Sex Offender Registry who travel outside of Canada; and,
" Better information-sharing measures between the police and border security to keep track of travelling sex offenders.

Furthermore, new legislation will also be introduced to establish a publicly accessible national database that contains information on high-risk child sex offenders who have been subject to public notification by the provinces and territories. These reforms build on the proposed measures announced on August 29, 2013 - which will also be introduced this fall - that would strengthen penalties against child predators.


Strengthening Measures Against Child Exploitation

Sadly, children continue to be particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation. In 2011, children accounted for approximately half (44 per cent) of all victims of police-reported sexual assaults in Canada. There are also longstanding concerns about Canadian sex offenders who travel abroad. Internationally, approximately one million children are exploited by sex tourists and traffickers each year.

Our Government is committed to helping ensure that communities are protected from sex offenders, particularly those who prey on the young. To this end, on September 16, 2013, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the Government's intent to introduce legislation this fall that will better protect children from sexual exploitation in Canada and abroad.

The legislation to be introduced will include proposed amendments that require registered child offenders to provide detailed information to National Sex Offender Registry officials when they are travelling outside of Canada. Having details of travel plans will help prevent and investigate sexual offences by Canadians overseas. Information-sharing between border officials and Registry Officials will ensure that both sides are appropriately alerted regarding the travel of high-risk child sex offenders.

Furthermore, new legislation will also be introduced to authorize the establishment of a national publicly accessible database of high-risk child sex offenders who are already subject to public notification by the provinces and territories. The database will be administered by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

These amendments would build on the proposed measures announced by Prime Minister Harper on August 29, 2013, which would provide stricter sentences for sexual predators. Together, these reforms would strengthen penalties for child offenders, improve their accountability and increase information about convicted offenders.

The implementation of these measures would be undertaken in consultation with law enforcement officials and the provinces and territories, given their shared responsibility for the administration of criminal justice matters and policing. They would also be consulted regarding high-risk child sex offenders that would be included in a new national public database.

Since 2006, our Government has taken action to better protect children, including:

  • Putting in place, through the Safe Streets and Communities Act, new mandatory minimum penalties for seven existing Criminal Code sexual offences, including assault, assault with a weapon, and aggravated assault (where the child is under 16 years);
  • Making it illegal for anyone to provide sexually explicit material to a child for the purpose of facilitating the commission of an offence against that child - this process is often referred to as "grooming";
  • Making it illegal to use computers or other means of telecommunications to agree or make arrangements with another person to commit an offence against a child;
  • Strengthening the sex offender registry;
  • Increasing the age of protection - the age at which a young person can legally consent to sexual activity - from 14 to 16 years of age;
  • Putting in place legislation to make the reporting of child pornography by Internet Service Providers mandatory; and,
  • Strengthening the sentencing and monitoring of dangerous offenders.

Broader measures that our Government has taken to help young victims of crime include:
" Providing over $10 million for new or enhanced Child Advocacy Centres (CAC) since 2010. So far, CAC projects have been funded in 20 cities or municipalities across Canada. Teams of professionals at these centres help young victims and witnesses cope with the trauma they've experienced and to navigate the criminal justice system;
" Launching GetCyberSafe.gc.ca, the Government of Canada's public awareness website on online safety. The site contains information for parents on how to protect their children from people who go online with the purpose of exploiting, manipulating or abusing children;
" Joining the Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online in June 2013. The goal of the Global Alliance is to strengthen international efforts to fight Internet predators and child abuse images online. It focuses on identifying and helping victims, prosecuting offenders, increasing public awareness and reducing the availability of child pornography online;
" Consulting with the public and stakeholders to better understand the various views of what rights should be recognized and protected by a federal Victims Bill of Rights. These consultations are critical in identifying and recognizing how to better entrench the rights of victims into a single law at the federal level, as part of the Government's commitment to victims of crime; and,
" Allocating more than $120 million since 2006 to respond to the needs of victims of crime through programs and initiatives delivered by the Department of Justice Canada.

September 10, 2013

Kramp Encourages Canadians to Support Their Communities
and Take Full Advantage of Tax Benefits

Belleville, ON - Today, Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, encouraged Canadians to support their local communities and take advantage of the Harper Government's tax relief measures, including the Volunteer Firefighters' Tax Credit, and the newly introduced First-time Donor's Super Credit.

"Our Government is committed to supporting our communities and providing Canadians with tax relief measures that will allow them to keep more of their hard earned money," said Daryl Kramp, M.P. "These tax credits have been put in place to foster generosity and recognize those who give to their community."

Volunteer firefighters play an essential role in their communities, ensuring the health and safety of their fellow citizens. In 2011, the Harper Government introduced the Volunteer Firefighters' Tax Credit to recognize their dedication and service to Canadian communities.

The Volunteer Firefighters' Tax Credit is a non-refundable tax credit available to certain volunteer firefighters who serve at least 200 hours per year at one or more fire departments beginning on January 1, 2011. Services that make up those 200 hours include responding to and being on call for firefighting and other emergencies, attending meetings at the fire department, and taking courses in preventing and putting out fires. When eligible firefighters claim the credit, they can reduce the amount of income tax they have to pay by as much as $450.

"Our Government is always trying to make life a little easier for Canadians who work hard and play by the rules. For those who go above and beyond the call of duty, such as our volunteer firefighters, we want to recognize their extraordinary service," said Daryl Kramp, M.P. "I am proud that our Government is providing tax relief to so many volunteer firefighters right here in Prince Edward-Hastings and across the country."

In response to the Tax Incentives for Charitable Giving in Canada, a report of the Standing Committee on Finance, the First-time Donor's Super Credit was introduced to encourage new donors to give to charity. This new credit will make donating to a charity more attractive for Canadians who are making donations for the first time ever or for the first time since 2007.

Monetary donations made by first-time donors after March 20, 2013 now qualify for the first-time donor's super credit. Individuals qualify as first-time donors if neither they nor their spouse or common-law partner has claimed the charitable donation tax credit since 2007.

The First-time Donor's Super Credit provides an extra 25% credit in addition to the charitable donation tax credit. This means that donors can get a 40% federal credit for donations of money of $200 or less, and a 54% federal credit for the portion of donations over $200, up to $1,000. This is in addition to the provincial credit.

The Volunteer Firefighters' Tax Credit and the First-time Donor's Super Credit are part of the Harper Government's strong record of providing tax relief to Canadians. Thanks to these efforts the average family of four now receives more than $3,200 annually in extra tax savings. The federal tax burden for all Canadians is now the lowest it's been in half a century.

More information about the First-time Donor's Super Credit is available on the CRA Web site or the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan Web site.

For more information about the Volunteer Firefighters' Tax Credit, go to www.cra.gc.ca/firefighter.

Donate wisely by researching registered Canadian charities using the CRA's Charities Listings before you donate. For more information about donating to charities, go to www.cra.gc.ca/donors.

September 5, 2013


Belleville, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings stands with The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today, as he welcomes the World Economic Forum's 2013-2014 Global Competitiveness Report, which shows that Canada remains in the global vanguard in creating the conditions required for economic and business success, including a strong financial system.

"For the sixth consecutive year, the World Economic Forum has ranked Canada's banking system as the soundest in the world." said Daryl Kramp, M.P. "Our financial institutions are sound and well capitalized." As Minister Flaherty states, "Canada actively supports the global financial reform agenda, and on Basel III implementation our major banks already meet the key capital requirements, a full six years ahead of schedule."

Canada's world-class financial services sector and strong economic fundamentals have served Canadians and businesses well in weathering the worst of the 2008-2009 global financial and economic crisis and its after-effects.

The World Economic Forum also ranked Canada as one of the best in the world at minimizing the number of procedures required of entrepreneurs to start their own businesses.


August 19, 2013

Kramp Stands with Ministers Fast and Ritz for Canadian Farmers

Belleville, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament stands with the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, regarding the U.S. Country of Origin Labelling (COOL).
"I look forward to the establishment of a World Trade Organization compliance panel on U.S. Country of Origin Labelling." said Daryl Kramp, M.P. "Our Canadian cattle and hog producers should freely compete in the United States market without hindrance of unfair measures."

The Ministers' statement is as follows:

"Following through on its commitment to stand up for Canadian livestock producers by pursuing all options available to resolve this dispute, our government requested today the establishment of a World Trade Organization compliance panel on U.S. Country of Origin Labelling. "We had hoped to avoid having to again resort to the WTO to resolve this matter. However, despite consistent rulings by the WTO, the U.S. government continues its unfair trade practices, which are severely damaging to Canadian industry and jobs.

"Canada considers that the United States has failed to bring its COOL measure into conformity with its WTO obligations. We believe that the recent amendments to the COOL measure will further hinder the ability of Canadian cattle and hog producers to freely compete in the U.S. market. "Our government, with the full support and active engagement of the Canadian industry, will continue to fight against this unfair treatment, which is also hurting U.S. industry and consumers. We continue to consult with stakeholders as we pursue a fair resolution of this issue. To respect Canada's WTO obligations, our government will not act on retaliatory measures until the WTO authorizes us to do so."

August 19, 2013


Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings today issued the following statement to mark the 71st anniversary of the Battle of Dieppe:

"Let us remember and honour our fallen Canadian soldiers and allies as we mark the 71st anniversary of the Battle of Dieppe." "And may we also thank our serving Canadian Armed Forces as our comrades continue to serve, strong and free."

August 1, 2013


Belleville, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings is proud of our Government's announcement today.

"I am a long standing advocate for increased competition to serve Canadians." said Daryl Kramp, M.P.

Our Government has introduced new policies to increase competition in our telecommunications industry since 2008. The result has been greater choices at lower prices for Canadians. In fact, our actions have driven down the average cost of wireless services by nearly 20%.

I believe that Canadian families work hard for their money, and they want their government to make decisions that will help them keep more of it. Protecting consumers and increasing competition in the wireless market are priorities for Canadians and our Conservative Government.

Our policy has been clear and remains unchanged: greater competition and liberalized investment has meant more choices at lower prices for Canadian families. Industry, consumer groups and everyday Canadians - contributed to this policy.

Rest assured, I along with my colleagues of our Government are committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for Canadian consumers. Prince Edward-Hastings and all regions of Canada should benefit from competitive market forces, which is why more progress must be made. We will continue to stay the course by ensuring Canadians benefit from a competitive telecommunications industry.

July 22, 2013

Kramp Supports Our Seniors

Belleville, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings announced today federal funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) for the County of Hastings Manor.

"I am pleased to support programs such as the New Horizons for Seniors which help ensure seniors maintain a high quality of life and continue as active, participating members of their communities." said Daryl Kramp, M.P. "The residents of Hastings Manor will enjoy and benefit greatly from the Fitness Centre."

"We are thrilled with today's announcement," said Warden Rick Phillips. "These funds will help our residents improve their health through exercise and increased social interactions," added Phillips.

"Without the support of our Daryl Kramp, our M.P., today's announcement would not have been possible and we want to publicly express our appreciation for his efforts," stated Phillips.

The County of Hastings in Belleville will receive $24,986. for its project to purchase fitness equipment to supporting social participation and inclusion of seniors by creating a Resident Fitness Centre for seniors.


July 9, 2013




Belleville, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings proudly marks more than a decade of service in Afghanistan of the unveiling the Afghanistan Memorial Vigil on Parliament Hill.

"I am honoured to be involved with The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil, a dedication of remembrance to the service of our Canadian soldiers." said Daryl Kramp, M.P. "Our thoughts and prayers are with our courageous men and women in uniform whom give of themselves both nationally and internationally is a testament to all mankind."

"The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil represents more than a decade of dedication and sacrifice of the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces," said Minister MacKay. "These sacrifices of our forces have been instrumental in preventing Afghanistan from again becoming a haven for terrorists, have brought stability and security to Afghans, and have allowed them to develop and rebuild their country. We thank our Canadian Armed Forces for their steadfast service, and we thank their families and friends-and all Canadians-who supported the troops in our mission in Afghanistan."

"This memorial reflects the bravery, dedication and valour of the fallen from our mission in Afghanistan. The faces you see etched here are of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in combating terrorism, promoting peace, and creating a more secure environment for Afghans," said Lieutenant-General Beare. "With this vigil we remember and pay tribute to the fallen, we honour their families and we thank all Canadian Armed Forces members who served, and continue to serve, in Canada's military engagement in Afghanistan."

The Memorial Vigil comprises 190 plaques representing 201 fallen: 158 Canadian Armed Forces members, one Canadian diplomat, one Canadian civilian contractor, one Canadian journalist, and 40 United States Armed Forces members who were under Canadian command. The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil first will be displayed on Parliament Hill throughout the summer. Over the course of the next two years it will travel across Canada to provincial capitals and selected major urban centres and CAF bases. It will also travel to Washington, DC.

In partnership with our whole-of-government partners, Afghan government and international allies, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces continue to make positive, effective and lasting differences in the lives of the Afghan people while contributing to international peace and security.

Friday, July 5, 2013

MP Kramp: Announces Changes to Employment Insurance for incarcerated individuals

Belleville, Ontario July 5, 2013 — Daryl Kramp Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today highlighted modifications to the Employment Insurance Act that remove preferential access to Employment Insurance benefits for convicted criminals. Bill C-316, introduced by Richard Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo–Prince George in British Columbia, received Royal Assent on June 26, 2013.

“Employment Insurance is meant to support Canadians who lose their jobs through no fault of their own while they look for work or upgrade their skills,” said Kramp. “This bill removes preferential treatment for convicted felons, and returns them to the same rules as law-abiding citizens.”

Individuals who are incarcerated are not entitled to receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while detained. However, under the current legislation, claimants can have their EI qualifying and/or benefit periods extended beyond the usual 52 weeks for each week they are confined in a jail, penitentiary or similar institution. The result is that prisoners have greater access to EI benefits.

As of June 30, 2013, individuals who are incarcerated and found guilty of an offence for which they are being detained will no longer be able to benefit from these extensions. Individuals not found guilty of the charges for which they were held will continue to benefit from the extensions as provided under the current provisions. However, to prove they were not found guilty, these individuals will have to wait for the outcome of their judicial proceedings before requesting an extension of their qualifying and/or benefit period.

For more information on EI benefits, visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca/ei.

July 2, 2013


Deseronto, ON – Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings is proud to support community projects through our federal Government of Canada’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

As part of the Government’s Economic Action Plan 2012, Daryl Kramp today announced $80,000. in federal funding for the revitalization of Centennial Park in Deseronto.

“I am honoured to see our community of Deseronto benefit from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund,” said Daryl Kramp, M.P. “This investment will help create jobs and growth and will support the prosperity of Deseronto for years to come.” “Residents of all ages will benefit from these improvements to Centennial Park.”

“On behalf of Deseronto Council, employees, residents and visitors, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the generous contribution received from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. This contribution of funds is a significant step in realizing the projects fundraising goals to result in the creation of a park and play space for all people of this community to explore and enjoy, one that enriches the quality of life for our youth, residents and visitors alike, and preserves it for future generations.” Norman J. Clark, Deseronto Mayor.

The Government of Canada, through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, is demonstrating its continued support for communities across Canada.

June 18, 2013


Belleville, ON – Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, is encouraging local angling, fishing and conservation groups to get their applications in for the newly established Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program.

As outlined in Economic Action Plan 2013, Fisheries and Oceans Canada will make $10 million available over two years to support conservation activities through partnerships with local groups who will undertake a variety of projects to restore and protect recreational fisheries habitat.

“Recreational fishing is not only a cherished pastime for our communities, but also an important economic activity which attracts thousands of visitors from around the world and contributes to our economy every year,” said Daryl Kramp, M.P.

“The program will support the sustainability and ongoing productivity of Canada’s recreational fisheries by bringing like-minded partners together and pooling their resources to support the common goal of conserving and protecting Canada’s recreational fisheries. The partnership approach will make the most of joint resources, allowing results that would not otherwise be possible.”

The Government is now accepting applications for projects to be undertaken over the next two years. Additional information about the program and application forms is available on the Department’s website at: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/habitat/rfcpp-ppcpr/index-eng.asp.

I, along with my colleagues of Government, remain focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister, that Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and of course, their personal financial security.

June 14, 2013

MP Kramp Invests in Projects to Support Canadian Seniors

PICTON, Ontario, June 14, 2013 – Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward–Hastings made an announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors).

“I, along with my colleagues of our government recognize the diversity of skills, knowledge and experience that seniors contribute to our society and the economy,” said Daryl Kramp MP. “Through initiatives such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program, I am proud to help ensure that our seniors maintain a high quality of life and continue as active, participating members of their communities.”

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Hastings and Prince Edwards Branch will receive $23,750. for its project to support social participation and inclusion of seniors by providing seniors hoarding support through counseling and maintenance by peer support groups led by seniors.

“The funding from New Horizons for Seniors will give the Canadian Mental Health Association, Hastings and Prince Edward Branch the flexibility to work with seniors who struggle both with the issue of hoarding and poverty, to remain in their homes safely, with dignity.” said Sandi Sidsworth, Exec. Dir. CMHA Hastings and Prince Edward Branch.

Since its beginning, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded more than 12,200 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. This year, the Government of Canada will provide more than $33 million in funding for approximately 1,750 community projects.

The call for proposals will close on July 5, 2013. Organizations may receive up to $25,000 in funding per year and must address one or more of the program’s five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance.

For more information and to apply for funding, visit seniors.gc.ca.


June 11, 2013

Kramp Welcomes New Programs to Support Canada's History

Belleville, ON – Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings welcomes today a series of new measures introduced to help promote Canadian history, including the first ever Government of Canada History Awards by colleague, The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

"Each and every one of us are proud of our heritage and as Canadians our history is the mainstay of our civilization. `` said Daryl Kramp, M.P. ``With these new measures our history will provide additional accessibility to all Canadians and our children can learn from the past and build on our achievements to the united, strong, and free Canada we know today."

A Canada History Fund will connect youth to their history through the first ever Government of Canada History Awards, which will honour outstanding students and teachers who show an interest in celebrating Canadian history. The awards will be administered by Canada's History, an independent national organization with a mandate to make our nation’s past relevant and accessible to all Canadians. The Harper Government will partner with the Historica-Dominion Institute to create two new Heritage Minutes per year between now and Canada's 150th birthday in 2017. Existing programs at Canadian Heritage will be strengthened to improve access to funding for local organizations that wish to promote Canadian history in their communities, including local museums and youth groups.

"History teaches us how we got to where we are as a country, along with a sense of where we are headed. These new measures give Canadians important new tools to discuss and debate those lessons from our past. We at the Historica-Dominion Institute fully support these important initiatives," said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President of the Historica-Dominion Institute.

"With so many significant anniversaries in the coming years, the historical community has a unique opportunity to change a whole generation of Canadians' attitudes toward their past in much the same way Expo 67 transformed our view of Canadian arts and culture," said Deborah Morrison, CEO and President of Canada's History. "The Canada History Fund will provide us with the resources we need to seize that opportunity—to create new content and actively engage young Canadians in the telling of our stories."

"Canadian history is all around us. However it is rarely taught in schools; it is not seen, not heard, and is forgotten by most Canadians. These new measures will greatly help bring our history alive," said John G. McAvity, Executive Director of the Canadian Museums Association. "This includes not just formal or academic history, but more importantly the stories of Canada, pleasant and unpleasant as they are, of everyday Canadians, whether it is found in our art, artifacts, or documents."

The total investment, funded from existing resources, is $12 million annually. To learn more about what the Government of Canada is doing to enhance Canadians' access to their history and a description of all of the measures announced today, visit www.canadianheritage.gc.ca.


June 7, 2013

MP Kramp supports improvements to Centre Hastings community infrastructure

Centre Hastings, ON - Across the country, community centres, cultural centres, ice rinks, swimming pools, and other community projects will soon be improved thanks to support from our Government of Canada’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

As part of the Government’s Economic Action Plan 2012, Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, today announced $42,250. in federal funding for Moira Lake Revitalization under the Fund.

“I am proud to see my community benefit from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund,” said Daryl Kramp, M.P. “This investment will help create jobs and growth and will support the prosperity of Centre Hastings for years to come.” ``Rest assured, I will continue to support our community by improving facilities such as this one to help boost local economic activity and maintain a high quality of life for our residents of all ages.”

Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, the Government of Canada has committed to supporting communities and creating jobs through repairs and improvements to existing community facilities over the next two years.

June 3, 2013

Kramp Commends the Passing of Bill S-213 to Commemorate
Veterans of the Korean War

Belleville, ON – Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings joined with The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs to commend the passing of Bill S-213: An Act Respecting a National Day of Remembrance to Honour Canadian Veterans of the Korean War. Once the Act receives Royal Assent, Korean War Veterans Day will be observed each year on July 27.

“As we mark the Year of the Korean War Veteran and the 60th anniversary of the Armistice, this Act will serve as a lasting legacy to Canadian Veterans of the Korean War,” said Minister Blaney. “Commemorating July 27 as Korean War Veterans Day will recognize the tremendous contributions of the more than 26,000 Canadians who bravely fought to uphold freedom during the Korean War, and the 516 brave Canadians who gave their lives in service.”

“Korean War Veterans Day will serve as a lasting reminder of the significant role Canadians played in the Korean War,” said Daryl Kramp, M.P. “Designating July 27th as Korean War Veterans Day will ensure the sacrifices of our Veterans are remembered for generations to come.”

The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, and the active fighting ended on July 27, 1953, with the signing of the Korea Armistice Agreement. Approximately 7,000 Canadians continued to serve in the tense theatre of operations between the signing of the Armistice and the end of 1955, with some Canadian troops remaining until 1957.

“Canadian Veterans of the Korean War are extremely honoured by this recognition,” said John Bishop, National President of the Korea Veterans Association of Canada. “The values for which they fought are the same values Canada continues to defend throughout the world today. Their sacrifices were not made in vain—South Korea is a vibrant nation today as a result. We applaud the Harper Government for demonstrating an unwavering devotion to Veterans through this milestone initiative.”

The names of the 516 Canadians who died in service during the war, including the nearly 400 who are buried in the Republic of Korea, are inscribed in the Korean War Book of Remembrance, which is on display in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

2013 is the Year of the Korean War Veteran—Canada proudly remembers the heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to uphold freedom, democracy and the rule of law. For more information on the Korean War, visit veterans.gc.ca.



May 18, 2013

MP Kramp announces Federal Government investment
in Glanmore National Historic Site

BELLEVILLE, Ontario - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament (Prince Edward-Hastings), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced an investment from the Government of Canada in the Corporation of the City of Belleville for improvements at the Glanmore National Historic Site.

“The Glanmore National Historic Site is a local treasure that helps preserve Belleville’s heritage and history,” said Mr. Kramp. “Today’s investment will assist the museum with its careful work to ensure that its collections will be well maintained for years to come.”

This investment will contribute to the preservation and relocation of various collections and artifacts belonging to the Glanmore National Historic Site. Originally built as a private residence in 1882-1883, Glanmore was designated a National Historic Site in 1969 and opened its doors as a museum in 1973. The museum houses and preserves historical objects from the Belleville region, including numerous personal and decorative items that belonged to the site’s original residents, Mr. and Mrs. J.P.C. Phillips, who played a significant role in the area’s early economic development and social life.

“Our Government is proud to support the preservation of the Glanmore Historic Site’s precious artifacts, which hark back to a unique time and place in our country’s cultural heritage,” said Minister Moore. “By investing in museums like this one, our Government is supporting the economy and the cultural vitality of our communities.”

"The City of Belleville, and more specifically the Glanmore National Historic Site, have been the beneficiaries of ongoing critical funding support from the Government of Canada's Department of Heritage. This latest funding from the Government of Canada will help us gain intellectual control of our priceless collection at Glanmore - it will help us clean, stabilize and properly store objects therefore extending their life. We want to thank the Department of Heritage and M.P. Daryl Kramp for their ongoing support of Heritage in Belleville" says Mark Fluhrer, Director recreation, Culture & Community Services for the city of Belleville.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $17,300 through the Museums Assistance Program. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.

May 17, 2013

Government of Canada supports Improvements to Tweed's Community Infrastructure
MP Daryl Kramp Celebrates Local Benefits of the
Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund in Ontario

Tweed, Ontario - Across the country, community centres, cultural centres, ice rinks, swimming pools, and other community projects will soon be improved thanks to support from the Government of Canada's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

As part of the Government's Economic Action Plan 2012, Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, today announced $38,578 in federal funding to the Kiwanis Club of Tweed Inc. for renovations and improvements to the Tweed Kiwanis Pavillion under the Fund.

"I am proud to see my community benefit from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund," said MP Kramp. "This investment will help create jobs and growth and will support the prosperity of Tweed and the area for years to come."

"The Kiwanis Club of Tweed is pleased to be approved for funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF)" said Wayne Kay President of the Kiwanis Club. Funding will be used to upgrade and improve the Tweed Kiwanis Pavilion, one of two pavilions operating and available to the public in Ontario and, the only functional lakeside pavilion. Renovations and improvement will assure ongoing availability. The facility and adjoining grounds are open to public including family, community, social and recreational events and activity. The Kiwanis Pavilion has an access ramp and is available for rental by groups, organizations and individuals. Improvements will extend use and availability of the facility earlier in the spring and later in the fall of the year."

Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, the Government of Canada has committed to supporting communities and creating jobs through repairs and improvements to existing community facilities over the next two years.

May 1, 2013

MP Kramp welcomes Temporary Foreign Worker Program reforms

Belleville, ON -The Government of Canada is taking quick and decisive action to address concerns about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and ensure that Canadians are always at the front of the hiring line. The announcement was made today by Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government has been conducting a review of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to make sure that Canadians are considered first for available jobs," said MP Kramp. "We are now ready to put in place changes that will reform the Temporary Foreign Worker Program."

Stemming from the ongoing review of the TFWP, and as announced in Canada's Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government is introducing legislative, regulatory and administrative changes that will:

  • effective immediately, require employers to pay temporary foreign workers at the prevailing wage by removing the existing wage flexibility;
    effective immediately, temporarily suspend the Accelerated Labour Market Opinion process;
  • increase the Government's authority to suspend and revoke work permits and Labour Market Opinions (LMOs) if the program is being misused;
    add questions to employer LMO applications to ensure that TFWP is not used to facilitate outsourcing of Canadian jobs;
  • ensure employers who rely on temporary foreign workers have a firm plan in place to transition to a Canadian workforce over time through the LMO process;
  • introduce fees for employers for the processing of LMOs and increase the fees for work permits so that the taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the costs; and identify English and French as the only languages that can be used as a job requirement.

The Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program and other primary agricultural occupations will be subject to the reform that will increase the Government's authority to suspend and revoke work permits and LMOs if they are being misused. However, they will be unaffected by the remaining reforms, as there are proven acute labour shortages in this industry and the unfilled jobs are truly temporary.

The results of these changes will strengthen and improve the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to support our economic recovery and growth, and ensure that more employers hire Canadians before hiring temporary foreign workers. However, when skills shortages are acute, the Program is an important short term, last resort for businesses so that they can continue to grow and contribute to Canada's prosperity.

As part of the ongoing review of the TFWP, the Government will seek input from Canadians on further changes to ensure that the Program is working in the best interests of Canadian workers and businesses. Cross-Canada consultations will be held over the coming months with businesses, industry and trade organizations, unions and others on additional changes to the TFW Program.


For Immediate Release: April 30, 2013

Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament Commends Canadian Rotarians' Fundraising to make Polio History

Belleville, Ontario - Today, Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings joined the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, with Rotary in Canada to celebrate the final tally of $2.27 million raised by Canadian Rotarians in support of the global effort to eradicate polio. The Harper Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have agreed to match this initiative dollar for dollar.

"Canada's deep commitment to eradicating polio has meant that hundreds of millions of children have been immunized, often in remote, impoverished, and very insecure regions of the world," said Daryl Kramp."Together we can eliminate the polio virus and I look forward to working with constituents on this important goal."

In September 2012 the Harper Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation agreed to match dollar-for-dollar donations by Canadian Rotarians to the Pennies and More for Polio initiative until March 1, 2013, to a maximum of $1 million. This cap was lifted in February to match the total amount of funds raised through the initiative by Canadian Rotarians. All three partners will provide their contributions directly to the World Health organization's Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Last week at the Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Minister Fantino announced that the Harper Government will invest $250 million over the next six years to support global polio eradication. This commitment will help eradicate this disease in the few pockets where it still remains a health challenge. This historic commitment will include opportunities for Canadian engagement in polio eradication.

"I applaud Canadians for their generosity and encourage them to continue to support the goal of eradicating polio," said Minister Fantino. ''The real winners of this campaign are children, as the funds collected will help ensure that children are protected from this devastating disease."

The government's Economic Action Plan 2013 affirms Canada's commitment to international development investments such as immunization. The new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development will maintain the mandate of poverty alleviation, and will ensure greater efficiency, accountability, and focus to continue to improve the lives of people in need around the world.


For immediate release: April 26, 2013


Bancroft, ON – Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings announced he met with Officials on Friday in town as weather conditions began to deteriorate in North Hastings and is currently keeping apprised on the situation.

I understand that the Town of Bancroft is keeping under the State of Emergency but pleased to hear there seems to be some stability with water levels.

We are relieved that Hastings St. was reopened to all traffic yesterday and businesses can carry on as normal.
The Town of Bancroft has opened a reception area for residents in case assistance is required.

I understand that the Emergency Management Team has and is working hard and cooperatively to ensure the safety of our residents.
I would like to praise the great cooperation between all Municipal Staff, OPP, Fire Department and other emergency providers to ensure our residents and businesses were provided with sandbags, assistance, etc.

I remain vigilant as water is moving very quickly and there are still some areas of concern in Carlow Mayo, Hastings Highland and Bancroft.

Our community leaders and volunteers are to be commended for their quick response to this urgent situation.

For Emergency, please contact:
Bancroft: www.bancroft.ca or 613-332-3331,
Carlow Mayo: www.carlowmayo.ca or 613-332-1760,
Hastings Highland: www.hastingshighlands.ca or 613-338-2811
Moose 97.7FM : www.moosefm.com/chms/news/9771 for updates.


April 26, 2013

Residents and Businesses in the Quinte-Loyalist Area Now Have Improved High-Speed Internet Access

Belleville, Ontario- Today, officials gathered to celebrate improved access to wireless high-speed Internet services for more than 80,000 residents and businesses in Eastern Ontario as part of the launch of the Quinte-Loyalist zone of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network.

The wireless network, built by Xplornet Communications, covers a 7,000-square-km region that includes all of Prince Edward County, most of the southern half of Hastings and Lennox and Addington Counties, a westerly portion of Frontenac County and a small portion of Northumberland County. Twenty-six new towers and 36 existing structures are being used to deliver the improved wireless broadband services.

"High-Speed Internet access enables residents, businesses and institutions to access information, services and opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach. This service launch is truly a significant milestone to be celebrated throughout the region," said Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince-Edward Hastings, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. "Our government is proud to support this project that will spur innovation, encourage economic development and improve the quality of life in Eastern Ontario."

"Through this investment in broadband service, the new Ontario government is strengthening rural communities," said the Honourable Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Rural Affairs. "This will give residents access to modern, high-speed Internet services and help leverage investments in rural communities that will create jobs for our families."

"Improving broadband access is one of the keys to unlocking the enormous economic potential of our region," said Rick Phillips, Chair of the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus (EOWC). "Today's launch is a significant stepping stone towards our goal of providing higher speeds and bandwidth to at least 95 per cent of homes in Eastern Ontario."

"Expanding broadband across this large and populous part of the region is an important achievement for EORN, which continues to progress on schedule and on budget," said David Burton, Chair of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN).

"We are very pleased to have completed such an important broadband project for the residents and businesses of this region, and to have completed on time, and under budget," said Sue Good, Vice President Dealer Sales Xplornet Communication Inc. "Our mission is to make the transformational power of real, high-speed internet available to every Canadian regardless of where they live. We are excited to have been part of achieving that goal right here."

The Quinte-Loyalist zone is the largest local access zone to be built as part of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network. Once the entire network is completed, it will improve high speed access throughout the nearly 50,000 square kilometres of Eastern Ontario, a region encompassing the counties of Hastings, Peterborough, Renfrew, Northumberland, Haliburton, Frontenac, Lanark, Prince Edward, Lennox and Addington, the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, as well as the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The governments of Canada and Ontario have each committed up to one-third of total eligible costs of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network, to a maximum contribution of $55 million each. EOWC Inc. is contributing $10 million and private sector partners are providing the remaining funding toward the project.

Funding from the Government of Canada is being provided through the Building Canada Fund - Major Infrastructure Component, which targets larger, strategic projects of national or regional significance.

Canada's Economic Action Plan 2013 is delivering a New Building Canada Plan to build roads, bridges, subways, commuter rail, and other public infrastructure in cooperation with provinces, territories, and municipalities. Thanks to the Government of Canada's leadership and our strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries throughout the recovery with more than 898,000 net new jobs created since July 2009. The New Building Canada Plan, combined with other federal infrastructure investments, will support Canada's infrastructure advantage, a key enabler of economic growth and job creation.

Since 2003, Ontario has invested approximately $75 billion in infrastructure. Building modern, efficient infrastructure has created or preserved close to 100,000 jobs each year, on average, making Ontario's economy more productive and improving quality of life, now and in the future.

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Media Link: EORN now online in Quinte-Loyalist Zone


April 22, 2013

Attention Poets of Prince Edward-Hastings!: MP Kramp invites you to submit nominations for Canada's Next Parliamentary Poet Laureate

Ottawa, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings wishes to notify his constituents that The Parliament of Canada issued today a call for nominations to begin the search for Canada's sixth Parliamentary Poet Laureate.

The role of the Parliamentary Poet Laureate is to promote the importance and value of poetry among all Canadians. Pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, the Poet Laureate may perform the following duties: compose poetry, including for use in Parliament on occasions of state, sponsor poetry readings, advise the Parliamentary Librarian on the Library's collection and acquisitions to enrich the collection's cultural holdings, and perform related duties at the request of the Speaker of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Commons, or the Parliamentary Librarian. The Poet Laureate holds office for a maximum of two years.

"I know there are a number of very good poets in our Riding", said Mr. Kramp. "I hope that local residents will participate in nominating these talented individuals".

The deadline for nominations is July 3, 2013. Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee, chaired by the Parliamentary Librarian. Following, the names of three candidates will be presented to the Honourable Noël A. Kinsella, Speaker of the Senate, and the Honourable Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons, for final selection. The new Poet Laureate will be named in December 2013 to coincide with the end of the term of the present Poet Laureate.

For more information on the Poet Laureate and the nomination process, please visit the Parliament of Canada Web site at www.parl.gc.ca/poet. You may also contact the Library of Parliament Information Service at 613-992-4793 or 1-866-599-4999.


April 22, 2013


Belleville, ON - Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, Daryl Kramp, welcomes the consultations with businesses on the Canada Job Grant, an Economic Action Plan 2013, launched by Prime Minister Harper on Friday. This is an initiative that will create jobs by transforming the way Canadians receive skills training.

"The Canada Job Grant will be a tremendous help to local employers and job seekers. It will give them the control they need to provide and receive the training required for successful employment.", said Mr. Kramp.

Training in Canada is not sufficiently balanced to the skills employers require or to the jobs that are available. There are too many jobs that go unfilled in Canada because employers can't find workers with the right skills. At the same time, there are still too many Canadians looking for work.

The Canada Job Grant will transform the way Canadians receive training. Canadians who have an offer for a new job or a better job may qualify for up to $15,000 or more to learn new skills to accept the new or better job, from a $5,000 maximum federal contribution and matching contributions from an employer and province or territory.

A series of consultations will now take place with stakeholder groups such as employer associations, educational institutions and labour organizations on the design of the Canada Job Grant.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

MP Kramp: Green Municipal Fund Grant for Belleville builds greener future for citizens

April 22, 2013, Belleville, ON - Member of Parliament Daryl Kramp, representative of Prince Edward Hastings, and Karen Leibovici, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and councillor for the City of Edmonton, Alberta, today announced a Green Municipal FundTM (GMF) grant for the City of Belleville. The city, in collaboration with 2255718 Ontario Inc., put the $106,420 in funding toward a site assessment and remediation plan so that the site of the former Bakelite manufacturing facility can be returned to productive use.

"As an advocate for a cleaner environment, I am very pleased to have been able to assist in this project for the betterment of our community", said Mr. Kramp. "In my collaborations with the City of Belleville and Osprey Shores, I have found the local company to be very professional and an asset to the City and our entire region. This project will help build a greener future for our citizens."

"The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments," said Leibovici. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."

The City of Belleville and 2255718 Ontario are conducting a Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) and preparing a remediation plan for the former Bakelite chemical manufacturing property. The 91-acre site on Bay of Quinte is located in a priority redevelopment area for the city. Redevelopment options include mixed residential development and public use, including an extension of the Bayshore Trail section of the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail.

2255718 Ontario, the property owner, identified a range of contaminants of concern in the updated ESA Phase 1. The current initiative will include a Phase 2 ESA, the development of a remedial action plan, as well as sharing of knowledge acquired and lessons learned. The Phase 2 ESA will inventory the types, locations and quantities of contaminants in soil, sediment, groundwater and surface water. The data will support the development of a remedial action and risk management plan that meets requirements of the Ministry of the Environment.

2255718 Ontario will also develop ecology manuals and an interactive website for public education. With these resources, the city will share lessons learned about the newly-engineered berm that will encapsulate 39,000 cubic metres of contaminated soil and rehabilitate the West Marsh wetland as the new Osprey Shores development. Returning the site to productive use will improve soil and water quality, ensure quality of life, revitalize a priority area, and generate additional property tax revenue that will more than repay the city's $35,000 cash contribution to the initiative.

"Council considers the former Bakelite property to be a signature Brownfield site given its size and prime waterfront location," said Mayor Neil Ellis. "The City's support is already reflected in approvals that have been granted under the funding programs of the City's Brownfields Community Improvement Plan to help in the site's redevelopment potential. The City is pleased that this GMF funding will further serve to assist in the environmental remediation and future development of this parcel of land."

The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund . The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.


Thursday, April 18, 2013

MP Kramp welcomes unveiling of new honour for Bomber Command Veterans

Belleville, ON - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings welcomes the official unveiling, this week, by Defense Minister Peter MacKay of a new medal to honour Second World War Veterans of Bomber Command.

"Bomber Command Veterans in my riding and from across Canada served with exceptional distinction and courage during the War and deserve to have their own special honour", said MP Kramp. "

Veterans who have the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and served at least one day with Bomber Command, regardless of their rank or the role they played are eligible for the new bar.

Loved ones of a deceased eligible veteran may also apply to receive the bar.

Approximately 50,000 Canadians served with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and Royal Air Force (RAF) in Bomber Command operations over occupied Europe and was one of our country's most significant contributions during the Second World War.

"I invite Bomber Command Veterans or their loved ones to contact my office if they are interested in learning how to obtain this special honour", said Mr. Kramp.

Those interested in more information may also call Veterans Affairs at 1- 866-522-2122


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

NDP MP's derogatory comments regarding contribution of veterans angers Prince Edward-Hastings MP Daryl Kramp


Ottawa: Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward Hastings, stood in the House of Commons on April 15th and made the following statement:

" Mr. Speaker, colleagues from all sides know that it is rare when I stand and am personally critical of individuals in the House.

However, as a result of an online article by the member for Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, I received significant outrage in my riding. As the son of a veteran, I was deeply dismayed to hear the member praise communism and mock the contribution of our veterans.

The NDP leader tried to downplay the article when he said not to forget that it was written years ago. Then the NDP member for Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie further defended his article in saying that it is a text in which he has no problem and that he still thinks like that.

This offensive article diminishes what Canadian soldiers fought and died to defend in the world war. On their behalf, the member and the Leader of the Opposition need to apologize for their anti-veteran, anti-military, anti-Canadian and indefensible statements.

I ask the member if he still thinks like that?"



April 2, 2013

MP Kramp : Contract Award Represents an Important Contribution to the Economy in the Belleville area

Belleville, Ontario, April 2nd, 2013 - On behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, is pleased to announce that the Government of Canada has awarded a contract to Airborne Systems Canada Ltd. of Belleville, Ontario.

This contract award provides for the acquisition of 600 T-11 parachutes and required spare components and is worth an estimated $3.6 million, over one year, until March 31, 2014.

"The Harper Government is focused on jobs, growth, and long-term economic prosperity," said Minister Ambrose. "We are creating and sustaining defence and security industry jobs to help grow the Canadian economy while ensuring that the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces have the equipment they need to complete their missions both at home and abroad."

"Our Government of Canada is committed to acquiring the equipment necessary for the Canadian Armed Forces, at the best value for Canadians, with the greatest benefits for Canadian companies and workers," said Mr. Kramp. "This contract award represents an important contribution to the economy in the Belleville area and will sustain work for 35 employees at the company's facilities over the next year."

The T-11 parachutes will replace the CT-1 parachutes currently used by the Canadian Armed Forces. The T-11 Parachute System is authorized and certified for use on the C-17 (Globemaster), C130J (Hercules) and CH-147 (Chinook) aircraft-the primary air mobility transport assets currently in use by the Canadian Armed Forces.

"Our Government remains focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister, that Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and of course, their personal financial security," added Minister Ambrose.


Gardener Stevenson being awarded Veteran's Affairs Commendation
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Photo: Scotties Tournament of Hearts on March 5th


"We will remain focused on what matters to Canadians—jobs and economic growth, and ensuring Canada’s economic advantage today will translate into the long-term prosperity of tomorrow."

- The Honourable Jim Flaherty,
Minister of Finance

March 21, 2013


Belleville, ON: Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, Daryl Kramp, welcomes the new federal budget - Economic Action Plan 2013 - and its continued focus on job creation, economic growth, and long-term prosperity as good news for Prince Edward-Hastings. The Plan, which will see Canada return to balanced budgets in 2015, keeps federal taxes at their lowest level in 50 years.

"While Canada has the best job creation record among all G-7 countries since the worst of the global recession with over 950,000 net new jobs, we recognize that the global economy remains very challenging," said MP Kramp. "In Economic Action Plan 2013, our Conservative government remains squarely focused on the number one priority of Canadians, with a forward-looking plan to help create jobs and grow the economy in Ontario and across Canada."

MP Kramp outlined that Economic Action Plan 2013 includes key measures to strengthen Canada's economy, including:

  • Increased skills and training support, including the new $15,000 Canada Job Grant, to help more Canadians find high-quality, well-paying jobs;
  • Tax breaks for manufacturers who buy new machinery and equipment to stay competitive, and an extended 'hiring credit' for small businesses who create jobs;
  • A record $70 billion federal investment in infrastructure across Canada, including roads, bridges, subways, rail lines, and ports;
  • Major investments in research and technology;
  • New tax relief for Canadians who give to charity, adopt a child, or rely on homecare services;
  • Elimination of 'import tax' tariffs on everyday items Canadian families buy, like baby clothing, sports gear, and exercise equipment;
  • And much more.

Economic Action Plan 2013 also confirmed the Conservative government's continued all-time record support for hospitals, schools, and other important health and social services in Ontario. In fact, in 2013-14, federal transfer support to Ontario will be almost $9 billion higher than under the former federal Liberal government.

"I'm pleased that a number of initiatives in this Budget will be directly beneficial to local residents", said MP Kramp. "For instance, The Canada Job Grant will provide significant opportunities at Loyalist College and give local residents the training and help they need to find the job they want. For local businesses, the renewal of the Eastern Ontario Development Program will continue to promote entrepreneurs and small businesses in this area. Our Government also remains committed to strengthening our social safety net and this is made evident by the $1.25 billion investment in affordable housing."

For more information on Canada's Economic Action Plan 2013, please go to www.budget.gc.ca



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March 1, 2013


Statement in the House of Commons
February 25th, 2013






September 9, 2012

MP Kramp presents thirty-three residents of Prince Edward-Hastings with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals.

Belleville, Ontario - Thirty-three residents from Prince Edward-Hastings were presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on September 9th, by Member of Parliament, Daryl Kramp, on behalf of Governor General David Johnston, in recognition of their outstanding service to their communities and Canada.

Medals were presented at a formal ceremony and reception at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Belleville this afternoon.

"So many of residents of Prince Edward-Hastings have given so much of themselves to others and to our country. Today I was honoured to present thirty-three of these wonderful people with a the Queen's Jubilee medal.", said Mr. Kramp. "Every one of them are so deserving and I thank them all for their dedication and service."

The Diamond Jubilee Medal was created by the Government of Canada as part of year-long celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

There were approximately 100 people in attendance at the ceremonies, which included nominators and family members of the recipients.

Once the medals had been presented, the crowd enjoyed a slice of cake decorated with the Canadian crest of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee.

The list of recipients of the medal are as follows:

Col. Joseph Aitcheson, (Ret'd)
Lt. Commander (NL) Lisa Allen
Mr. Don Ash
Mr. Ronald Bain
Sgt. Stephen Best
Mr. Lloyd Churchill
Dr. Bruce Cronk, M.D.
Mr. Don Demeza
Mr. Kenzo Dezono
Mr. Philip Etter
Mr. Orland French
Ms. Mary Hanley
CWO James Hemlin, (Ret'd)
Mr. Arthur Hollands
WO Robert Lane
Lt. (N) John Lilje
Ms. Chris MacDonald
Provincial Constable Trevor MacLean
Mr. Roy Matacheskie
Dr. Ruth Mathieson
Mr. Dan McCaw
Mr. Melvyn Plewes
Capt. Robert Ryan
Mr. Brian Scott
Lt. Col. "Skip" Simpson, (Ret'd)
Rev. Bradley Smith
Rev. Dr. William Smith
Ms. Pam Smith
Ms. Shirley Stone
Mr. Boyd Sullivan
Ms. Mona Tummon-Lyon
Mr. Albert Vader
Lt. Col. Robert Wigmore (Ret'd)

House of Commons Question Period June 7, 2012

MP Kramp, discussing the CRA's successes in combating the problem of
offshore tax evasion.

A Message to Constituents Regarding The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal:

Thank you for your letters in response to the announcement from the Governor General of Canada regarding The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
I appreciate receiving your documents, nominating an individual whom upon perusal is well deserving of the honour. Unfortunately, due to the limited allocation of medals attributed to Members of Parliament, I am not in a position to accept further applications. Please note recommendations can also be made through Senators, Provincial and Territorial Premiers, Lieutenant Governors and Territorial Commissioners. You may wish to visit the Governor General of Canada's website www.gg.ca for further information.

Thank you again for your nominations. Please accept my Best Wishes for good health, happiness and future endeavours.

Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament
Prince Edward-Hastings


Statement in the House of Commons:
April 2, 2012

"Mr Speaker - The sport of hockey is one of the cornerstones of our Canadian heritage and nowhere is it more evident than in our small villages and towns.

I am proud to represent a riding where there have been so many successes related to the great game of hockey.
This year alone! My own community of Centre Hastings won an unprecedented 3 Ontario Minor Hockey Championships and the village of Stirling-Rawdon added one more to build upon their many past successes.

Only last week I stood here and congratulated the towns of Stirling-Rawdon and Bancroft on making it to the top 15 communities in the 2012 Kraft Hockeyville competition with Stirling-Rawdon going on to make it to the top five.
Led by organizer like Cindy Brandt and a great team of volunteers they continued to demonstrate the community's astonishing spirit and passion for the game of hockey.

Now I am absolutely thrilled and excited to congratulate Stirling-Rawdon on the announcement Saturday evening that they had won the Hockeyville competition!

I ask all Canadians and my colleagues here in Parliament to please join me in congratulating Stirling -Rawdon on being named "Hockeyville Canada" and representing the ultimate in community spirit and love for the great game of hockey!"




Investing in Canada's Infrastructure
Statement in the House of Commons: Thursday, October 27, 2011


"If You Ate Today, Thank a Farmer!"






Celebrating the unveiling of the Canada Mint Poppy Coin (October 2010)

October 25, 2010



Photos by Aaron Bell



Warrior's Day in Coe Hill

Investing in jobs and tourism in North Hastings


Celebrating project completion at Bird's Creek Community Centre



MP Kramp presenting cheque to Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance for $20,000

Photo: MP Daryl Kramp celebrates beginning of
Deseronto Community Centre expansion
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Click here to watch the CPAC special "In the Riding with Daryl Kramp". Description of video from the CPAC website, "CPAC's Martin Stringer followed Conservative MP Daryl Kramp for a day as he went about his riding business."



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January 9, 2014
Kramp Provides Taxpayer Relief For Businesses Affected By Power Outages Due To Severe Weather Conditions in Ontario

December 17, 2013
Kramp Promotes Good Cyber Safety Practices Over The Holidays

December 17, 2013
Kramp Believes in Making Smart Toy Choices This Holiday Shopping Season

December 10, 2013
Kramp believes in charities

December 10, 2013
Kramp supports Agricultural Growth Act

December 9, 2013
Kramp announces new tool to assist local businesses

December 9, 2013
Kramp, Chair of GOPAC Canada Endorses the Worldwide Movement to Deem Grand Corruption a Crime Against Humanity On International Anti-Corruption Day

December 6, 2013
Kramp supports new law to protect patients

October 25, 2013
Help for Local Businesses Gets Even Closer

October 1 , 2013
Kramp honours seniors

September 27, 2013
Kramp Supports sports for youth

September 9, 2013
Kramp Supports Job Creation with Three-Year Freeze
of Employment Insurance Premium Rates

September 9, 2013
Kramp Believes in Results as Canadian Families Benefit from Our Government's Low-Tax Plan

August 27, 2013
MP Kramp believes in providing Canadian families with back-to-school tax relief

June 7, 2013
MP Kramp supports improvements to Centre Hastings community infrastructure

June 7, 2013
Kramp Supports Assistance to Help Improve Accessibility for People with Disabilities

June 3, 2013
Kramp Welcomes Support for Youth-Led Anti-bullying Project

May 30, 2013
MP Kramp welcomes full market access for Canadian beef exports to Chile

March 21, 2013
Deadline for nominations for the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards extended to April 15th

March 20, 2013
MP Kramp congratulates constituent, Gardener Stevenson, on being awarded Commendation

March 8, 2013
Federal government taking action to end violence against women MP Kramp calls on Canadians to Celebrate International Women's Day

March 8, 2013
MP Kramp congratulates Rotarians for their leadership in global effort to eradicate polio

March 4 , 2013
MP Kramp applauds Government's support for Action Canada's Fellowship Program

March 1 , 2013
MP Kramp welcomes Government support for hockey rink defibrillators

March 1 , 2013
Canada and Ontario invest in Crowe River Bridge Improvements

February 7, 2013
MP Kramp encourages constituents to nominate outstanding educators for PM Awards

February 7, 2013
Federal Government provided tax relief to 1.6 million public transit users in 2011.

February 5, 2013
Opportunities to expand for Canadian Beef Market

January 15, 2013
Member of Parliament Kramp applauds Government's investment in Honouring Graves of War of 1812 Veterans.

January 14, 2013
Government of Canada supports improvements to Bancroft's community infrastructure

January 11, 2013
Government of Canada supports manufacturing in Belleville

January 10, 2013
MP Kramp supports private sector investment in the arts

January 9, 2013
MP Kramp confirms Veterans Affairs Canada will mark 2013 as the Year of the Korean War Veteran

January 8, 2013
Government of Canada supports improvements to Belleville's Community Infrastructure

January 2, 2013
MP Kramp encourages constitutents to take advantage of new tax credit for family caregivers

January 2, 2013
MP Kramp encourages nominations for the PM Volunteer Awards

January 2, 2013
MP Kramp encourages local organizations to apply for funding for Canada Day celebrations and activities

November 28 , 2012
MP Kramp calls on constituents to help end violence against women and girls.

November 28 , 2012
Increase to annual contribution limit for Tax Free Savings Accounts beneficial to all: MP Kramp

November 26 , 2012
MP Kramp welcomes government's newly revamped international travel website

November 2 , 2012
Kramp supports Bill C-350: An Act to Amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act

October 25, 2012
Member of Parliament Kramp congratulates Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, recognized for their War of 1812 contributions

October 20, 2012
MP Kramp highlights "Small Business Saturday" in Prince Edward-Hastings

October 20, 2012
MP Kramp highlights "Small Business Saturday" in Prince Edward-Hastings

October 18, 2012
Daryl Kramp chosen to lead organization dedicated to fighting global corruption

October 17, 2012
Local Students invited to apply for 2013-2014 House of Commons Page Program

October 17, 2012
Kramp welcomes increased benefits for Veterans and new online "Benefits Browser" tool

October 10 , 2012
MP Kramp supports Bill C-383; The Transboundary Waters Protecion Act

October 4, 2012
MP Kramp welcomes Government's action to help Canadians with rare diseases

September 26, 2012
MP Kramp welcomes new website to help consumers strengthen their financial know-how

September 21, 2012
Member of Parliament Daryl Kramp Announces Funding for Veterans' Day Ceremony in Picton

September 21, 2012
MP Kramp welcomes launch of new 'Helmets to Hardhats' website

September 12, 2012
MP Kramp and VIA Rail Officially Open New Belleville Station

September 11, 2012
Government of Canada launches Call for Proposals to end violence against women and girls

September 11, 2012
Government helps 3000 young Canadians find jobs
MP Kramp invites local organizations to apply for project funding

September 9, 2012
MP Kramp presents thirty-three residents of Prince Edward-Hastings with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals.

September 2 , 2012
Federal Government Supports 12th Annual Warrior's Day in Coe Hill

August 29, 2012
MP Kramp invites local organizations to submit proposals to improve accessibility

August 17, 2012
MP Daryl Kramp welcomes support for parents of critically ill children

August 14, 2012
Health Canada extends public consultation period for Wind Turbine Health Study

August 7, 2012
Government of Canada supports Picton Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades

August 3, 2012
MP Kramp announces community funding to commemorate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

August 3, 2012
Government of Canada announces Student Loan Forgiveness for family doctors and nurses in rural communities

August 2, 2012
Canadians able to keep more earnings while on claim with further EI improvements

July 31, 2012
The Canada/U.S. NEXUS program amends three-year residency requirement

July 10, 2012
Kramp welcomes announcement to recognize prior years of service of CF members who join the public service.

June 27, 2012
MP Kramp welcomes new honour for Veterans of Bomber Command

July 5, 2012
MP Kramp invites local governments and non-profit organizations to apply for new Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund

July 4, 2012
MP Kramp announces EOCFDC Business Loans investment

June 14 , 2012
Another hurdle crossed for Bill C-311: County wine and cider businesses will benefit, says MP Kramp

June 13 , 2012
MP Kramp welcomes restoration of beef market access to Peru

June 13 , 2012
MP Kramp encourages constituents to nominate a Canadian who is making a difference for women and girls

June 6 , 2012
MP Kramp: Government of Canada helps set the stage for girls's success in economy and leadership

May 30, 2012
Opening of 2012 navigation season for canals managed by Parks Canada

May 28, 2012
Kramp no chicken: Steps up to recipe challenge for good cause

May 25, 2012
MP Kramp welcomes new search tool for missing children

May 18, 2012
MP Kramp welcomes initiative to safeguard Canada's fresh water.

May 9, 2012
Govenment of Canada launches Call for Proposals led and inspired by seniors

April 24, 2012
MP Kramp welcomes Government investment in Canada's Youth

April 20, 2012
MP Kramp announces Government investments in 8 seniors projects in Prince Edward-Hastings

April 17, 2012
Government of Canada Stimulates New Flavours at Prince Edward County Wine Processor

April 11, 2012
Deadline to apply for Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy end of April

April 5, 2012
MP Kramp welcomes new Government initiatives which will give Veterans better service

March 30, 2012
MP Kramp: Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity focus of Economic Action Plan 2012

March 28, 2012
MP Kramp congratulates local towns on Kraft Hockeyville Standings

March 13, 2012
Another election promise kept: MP Kramp welcomed final vote in the House of Commons on Bill C-10

March 13, 2012
The Government of Canada improves accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in Prince Edward-Hastings

March 8, 2012
MP Kramp welcomes cattle industry investment announcement

February 24 , 2012
Government of Canada invests in jobs and growth in Belleville

February 1, 2012
MP Kramp welcomes launch of Canada Summer Jobs 2012

February 1, 2012
MP Kramp welcomes Government's support of Canadian Tire Jumpstart

January 25, 2012
South Korean decision to reopen beef market good for local cattle farmers

January 25, 2012
MP Kramp welcomes softwood lumber access agreement extension

December 20, 2011
Government of Canada supports innovative research and development in Prince Edward County

December 5, 2011
MP Kramp encourages constituents to participate in pre-budget consultations

December 2, 2011
Bancroft improves wastewater treatment, protects environment

December 1, 2011
MP Kramp seconds Private Member's Bill which would see end of favoured treatment for convicted criminals

December 1, 2011
Government committed to helping all kids get involved in sport

December 1, 2011
Government investment in clean air makes us breathe easier

November 22, 2011
MP Kramp speaks on Budget Implementation Act in House of Commons

November 22, 2011
Kramp welcomes victory for Canada’s livestock industry

November 14, 2011
Government of Canada supports launch of new PEC business acceleration facility.

November 14, 2011
Investment in online historical dictionary gives Canadians tool to learn more about their country's history

November 14, 2011
Investment provides competitive advantage for the agricultural sector

November 10, 2011
MP Kramp announces new funding for railway crossing improvements

November 10, 2011
MP Kramp announces funding for Glanmore National Historic Site

November 3, 2011
MP Kramp invites local students to apply to Parliamentary Guide Program

November 3, 2011
Recent government funding protects Canadian's health

November 1 , 2011
Copyright legislation balances the needs of creators and users

October 25, 2011
Conservative Government introduces the Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act

October 25, 2011
Federal investment for Quinte Economic Development Commission will provide increased jobs, growth and prosperity

October 21, 2011
Government of Canada Supports Economic Growth in Eastern Ontario

October 12, 2011
MP Kramp welcomes Canada's Enhanced New Veteran's Charter

October 4, 2011
Product safety investment protects Canadians: MP Kramp

September 30, 2011
MP Kramp to local organizations: Call for Proposals for projects which support women now launched

September 29, 2011
MP Kramp: October 1st is National Senior's Day

September 26, 2011
MP Kramp welcomes new market access to Serbia and Malaysia for Canadian sheep and goat industry

September 16, 2011
Government of Canada announces first recipients of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

September 12, 2011
MP Kramp welcomes designation of September 11th as "National Day of Service"

August 24, 2011
Book of Condolence for family of Jack Layton at MP Kramp's office

August 19 , 2011
MP Kramp welcomes restoration of historic designations for Canadian Navy, Army and Air Force.

July 26, 2011
MP Kramp: Federal Government Supports the Macaulay Church Museum

July 25, 2011
Government of Canada supports accessibility for all Canadians

July 21, 2011
New Horizons for Seniors Program Call for Proposals Launched

July 19, 2011
Public input deadline approaching for Pre-Budget Consultation Hearings

July 15, 2011
Federal Government announces second call for proposals to help innovate local businesses

July 14, 2011
MP Kramp welcomes support for Canadian Athletes

July 12, 2011
Government of Canada Supports Seniors

June 30, 2010
Our Government will continue to stand up for men and women in uniform

June 17, 2011
"Canada's Economic Action Plan" a low-tax plan for jobs and growth says MP Kramp in the House of Commons

June 17, 2011
Government Takes Action to Prevent Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System

June 16, 2011
Kramp reintroduces private members bill to amend Criminal Code

June 16, 2011
Kramp reintroduces private members bill to establish Memorial Wall for fallen soldiers and peacekeepers

June 16, 2011
Kramp reintroduces private members bill to establish a national appreciation day

June 14, 2011
MP Kramp reintroduces private members bill to standardize dates

June 7, 2011
Budget delivers on promises made

June 4, 2011
Tweed opens door to new public library

May 31, 2011
Government of Canada investment in The Headland 3-D Centre of Excellence leads to new Loyalist College presence in Prince Edward County

May 30, 2011
System will improve quality of life for those living with Multiple Sclerosis

May 27, 2011
MP Kramp welcomes government support for maternal and child health initiatives

May 27, 2011
MP Kramp: Government legislation fights corruption & supports democratic reform in other countries

May 26, 2011
MP Kramp welcomes launch of new website to protect kids

March 26, 2011
MP Kramp announces funding for the Bancroft Sesquicentennial Project

March 25, 2011
Government of Canada supports seniors in Prince Edward County

March 25, 2011
Government of Canada helps Belleville youth prepare for job market

March 25, 2011
Tweed projects get funding to increase accessibility for people with disabilities

March 25, 2011
Madoc Royal Canadian Legion project gets funding to increase accessibility for people with disabilities

March 25, 2011
Coe Hill project gets funding to increase accessibility for people with disabilities

March 22, 2011
Open Government initiative makes government info more accessible

March 22, 2011
No time for election: Budget focuses on needs of Canadians

March 15, 2011
MP Kramp supports protection of library services

March 14, 2011
Canadian government renews funding for national strategy to fight cancer

March 11, 2011
Government proposes to shorten hold periods for cheques

March 3, 2011
MP Kramp thanks local Firefighters and first responders

February 25, 2011
MP Kramp applauds investment in hog industry

Feb 16, 2011
MP Kramp congratulates award-winning local maple syrup farm in House of Commons

Feb 12, 2011
Strengthening food allergen labelling protects Canadians: Kramp

February 12, 2011
Agriculture Minister Ritz and MP Kramp sit down with farmers in Belleville

February 11, 2011
MP Kramp announces three new small & medium size business investments in Prince Edward-Hastings

MP Kramp applauds Government of Canada's funding for new research on Alzheimer's Disease research

February 3, 2011
MP Kramp applauds Government of Canada support for mother and child health initiatives in developing countries

January 27, 2011
Government of Canada invests in Bancroft area youth

January 25, 2011
Government of Canada invests in Regent Theatre

January 17, 2011
MP Kramp to Local Small & Medium-Sized Businesses: Participate in Online Consultations to Reduce Red Tape

January 12, 2011
Nominate a local individual or group for PM's Volunteer Award

January 5, 2011
Government continues commitment to Veterans and their Families with Announcement of Important Changes to Agent Orange Ex Gratia Payment

January 5, 2011
MP Kramp applauds Government of Canada Announcement of Permanent $10 million Increase to Budget for Canada Summer Jobs Program

December 22, 2010
MP Kramp welcomes passage of bill which ends OAS for prisoners

December 13, 2010
Government of Canada funds program for young offenders with mental health and substance abuse issues

December 13, 2010
Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing in Hastings County

December 13, 2010
Government of Canada supports seniors in Prince Edward-Hastings

December 8, 2010
MP Kramp welcomes government investment to benefit meat processors

December 2, 2010
MP Kramp encourages communities in Prince Edward-Hastings to apply for funding for Canada Day 2011 activities.

December 2, 2010
MP Kramp agrees with new motion to allow consumers to purchase wine direct from the wineries

November 30, 2010
MP Kramp applauds new initiative to support economic growth in Southern Ontario.

November 29, 2010
MP Kramp applauds Youth STEM: New funding initiative to build business innovation in southern Ontario

November 26, 2010
Government investment helps improve water treatment in Prince Edward County

November 23, 2010
MP Kramp welcomes new duty-free access for Canadian beef in European Union Market

November 19, 2010
Township of Stirling-Rawdon celebrates completion of two major infrastructure projects

November 19, 2010
Renovations make Mayo Community Centre safe and accessible

November 19, 2010
MP Kramp Applauds New Legislation to Improve Financial Aid for Canadian Forces Personnel and Veterans

November 18, 2010
MP Kramp wants you to celebrate National Child Day by honouring an outstanding educator

November 15, 2010
MP Kramp honours Operation Red Nose Quinte volunteers

November 10, 2010
Government of Canada and VIA Rail unveil new Belleville station design

November 1, 2010
Government of Canada supports accessibility for all Canadians

November 1, 2010
MP Kramp honours Veteran on ten-dollar bill

October 29, 2010
Government supports our Veterans and local Legion with "Poppy Tax" relief

October 25, 2010
MP Kramp celebrates unveiling of new 25-cent Poppy Coin at Belleville Armouries

October 15, 2010
MP Kramp welcomes new business innovation program for Southern Ontario

October 15, 2010
MP Kramp welcomes Government of Canada's new program to help graduates start innovative businesses

October 12, 2010
Loyalist College receives federal funds to partner with small and medium sized enterprises

October 5, 2010
2010 Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence in Early Childhood Education - It is important to recognize the contributions of teachers

October 5, 2010
MP Kramp announces funding for Maple in the County

October 2 , 2010
Community celebrates new nursery centre playground

September 27, 2010
New Government of Canada Initiative benefits new grads and business

September 23, 2010
MP Kramp welcomes increased support and care for
Veterans and their families

September 22, 2010
MP Kramp looks forward to celebrating seniors on October 1

September 8, 2010
New Belleville bridge honours Veterans

September 5, 2010
Annual Warrior's Day in Coe Hill reaches all ages

August 31, 2010
Construction begins on Eastern Ontario's Broadband Mega Network








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