The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources and MP for Halton, was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008. Her full biography can be viewed at www.lisaraittmp.com
Oakville.com: Please tell us about your background.
Minister Raitt: Before being elected to the House of Commons in 2008, I served as the president and chief executive officer of the Toronto Port Authority (TPA), and prior to that served as the TPA’s general counsel and harbourmaster. I am a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and hold my Master’s of Science from the University of Guelph. I earned my law degree from Osgoode Hall at York University and was called to the Ontario Bar. As a lawyer, I specialized in the areas of intellectual property, commercial litigation and shipping arbitration. In 2002, I was honored to be invited to become a member of the Canadian chapter of the worldwide Young Presidents’ Organization. I have lived in Halton for many years where I raised my two wonderful boys.
Oakville.com: Can you describe the duties and responsibilities of your Office?
Minister Raitt: As the Member of Parliament for Halton I am responsible for representing the people of Halton in the House of Commons in Ottawa. It is my job to assist people in the riding with Federal Government services including the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, Disability Pensions, Employment Insurance, Passports and issues with the Canada Revenue Agency.
Oakville.com: Please tell us about some of the community events that you are involved with.
Minister Raitt: I have been an active member of my community, volunteering as a fundraiser for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and for my children’s hockey, soccer and gymnastics organizations. Most recently I hosted a community barbecue that raised funds for the Oakville Humane Society.
Oakville.com: What issues are you presently working on that affect the residents of Oakville?
Minister Raitt: I and the conservative government are working hard to implement Canada’s Economic Action Plan. Through this plan we are delivering real results to help take Canadians through the difficulties of the global recession. Right now, here in Oakville, we are benefiting from the timely, targeted and temporary Economic stimulus. More than 80% of the investments in our plan are already being implemented, and we are working hard on implementing the rest. From strengthening the Employment Insurance system to help job seekers who are looking for work, to landmark investments in the roads, bridges, recreation centres and other community infrastructure that families see and use every day, Canada’s Economic Action Plan is working to strengthen Canada. We are also working on delivering for Oakville. Our efforts are helping to turn this economy around. Here at home our government is delivering for the residents of Oakville. The Conservative Government has invested $30,500,000.00 for a new parking facility at the Oakville Go Station, 31,200,000.00 funding for Sheridan College, $500,000.00 for the North Park Sports fields, $5,333,333.00 for the widening of Tremain road, $51,000,000.00 for renewal of the Skyway Wastewater Treatment plant and $250,000,000.00 into improvements to Go Transit system that improve the commute.
Oakville.com: Thank you for your time Minister Raitt.
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