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Photos for March 2017

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Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau enter the House of Commons for Morneau’s presentation of the 2017 budget March 22.

Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose, talks to reporters on Parliament Hill following the tabling of the government’s 2017 budget. “Conservatives are the voice of taxpayers and we won’t stay silent while Justin Trudeau nickel and dimes Canadians to death,” she said. “The Liberal Government’s budget raises taxes on families, businesses, workers and students.”

NDP leader Tom Mulcair reacts to the Liberal government’s 2017 budget March 22. “Budgets are about choices and unfortunately Liberals have chosen tax breaks for wealthy CEOs and giveaways to large corporations over helping the unemployed, veterans, and Indigenous children”, said Tom Mulcair.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson came to Ottawa for the release of the federal budget March 22. He praised the Liberal government’s investment in affordable housing, saying it will “move the needle” on homelessness in Edmonton.

Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society reacts to the federal government’s Liberal budget, tabled in the House of Commons March 22. “There’s nothing new in the budget for First Nations children and their families, in child welfare, or their implementation of the Jordan’s Principle, even though they’ve been found out of compliance with legal orders to stop that inequality,” she said. “It’s a moral issue: is Canada so broke that the finance minister and the Prime Minister have made a deliberate choice to discriminate against little kids?”

The funeral for Archbishop Terence Finlay, the 10th Anglican bishop of Toronto, was held at St. James Cathedral in Toronto March 25th. He passed away March 20 at the age of 79. He had cancer. Following his retirement in 2004, Finlay was the Primate’s Envoy on Residential Schools to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Among the honorary pall bearers at his funeral were Premier Kathleen Wynne and former governor-general Adrienne Clarkson. Also in attendance was Elizabeth Dowdeswell, the lieutenant-governor of Ontario, “The Anglican” newspaper reported.

Senator Don Meredith, a Pentecostal pastor from Richmond Hill, Ont., has so far refused to resign the seat he has held since 2010 as the senate ethics committee ponders whether to try and expel him, the Toronto Star reported March 23. Meredith, 52 has said he is extremely sorry for what he calls his “moral failure” over his two-year sexual relationship with a teenager.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says his 2017 budget will “create jobs and invest in our communities,” as well as “ensure our success in the economy of the future.” He made the comments in the House of Commons March 7 in announcing he will introduce the 2017 budget on March 22.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was among scores of people who braved freezing rain to take part in the Care Canada Walk In Her Shoes event on Parliament Hill March 7. “We are walking for our sisters and our friends,” she said. CARE Canada’s Walk In Her Shoes challenge invites Canadians to walk in solidarity with women worldwide and raise funds to help break the cycle of poverty.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked International Women’s Day March 8 by announcing $650 million over three years for reproductive health and rights around the world. The money is to support projects that provide sex education, strengthen reproductive health services, and support family planning and contraceptives. In a news release, REAL Women of Canada called the grant “bizarre” and said it is “a colossal waste of taxpayers’ money and will do little to change the lives of women in developing countries.” REAL Women of Canada is a socially conservative pro-family advocacy group founded in 1983.

Sharon Johnston, wife of Governor General David Johnston, received an Honourary Inspiration Award at the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health’s annual awards gala in Ottawa on March 3. The award recognizes her advocacy for those living with mental illness. Over the past six years, Johnston has added her voice to reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness and visited many organizations with innovative mental health practices, programs, services and research projects across Canada.
Actor Michael J. Fox is among the winners of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards to be honoured at a National Arts Centre ceremony in Ottawa June 29. The award recognizes the excellence and career achievement of Canadian performing artists, including actors, filmmakers, directors and musicians. Fox has received numerous humanitarian awards and has become an outspoken and inspiring advocate for people living with Parkinson’s. Born in Edmonton, Fox is best known for popular film and TV roles including Family Ties, the Back to the Future trilogy, Spin City, Rescue Me and The Good Wife.

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson is retiring as Canada’s top mountie June 30 after almost 40 years of police service. In his letter of resignation March 6, Paulson acknowledged the RCMP has “serious challenges and work ahead,” including “historical yet persistent harassment claims.” Last October, Paulson apologized to all women in the force who had been bullied or harassed. The government also set aside $100 million in compensation.

Louise Arbour, former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, has been appointed as the United Nations special representative of the secretary-general for international migration. Since 2004, Arbour has held senior positions at the United Nations, including that of high commissioner for human rights, and is a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy and of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty.

At the age of 29, Karina Gould, the Liberal MP for Burlington, ON, is the youngest female cabinet minister in the history of Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Gould as Minister of Democratic Institutions in January, replacing Maryam Monsef, who became Minister of Status of Women of Canada.