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Order Declaring an Amnesty Period
July 23, 2014 - Law-abiding owners of CZ 858 or Swiss Arms family of rifles are now able to fully use their property.

Deadline nears for Enabling Accessibility Funding submissions
July 9, 2014 - August 1, 2014 is the deadline to apply for funding through the Enabling Accessibility Fund.

MP Jim Hillyer Highlights Canada’s Most Ambitious Pro-Trade Plan in History
June 24, 2014 - Creating jobs and opportunities for hard-working Canadians.

Construction of Crossings Ice Complex
June 24, 2014 - Project being made possible thanks to partnership between the Governments of Canada and Alberta and the City of Lethbridge.

Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa's Law)
June 20, 2014 - Amendments to the Food and Drugs Act Vanessa’s Law (Bill C-17) passed Third Reading.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program Reformed
June 20, 2014 - A comprehensive overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program was announced today.

Conditions imposed on Northern Gateway Plan
June 18, 2014 - The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today issued the following statement outlining the Government of Canada’s decision after the Joint Review Panel’s independent review of the Northern Gateway Pipelines proposal to construct and operate two parallel pipelines to transport crude oil between Bruderheim, Alberta and Kitimat, British Columbia.

Abortion Still A Topic For Debate
June 5, 2014 - Neither the constitution, the charter, nor the Supreme Court has ever declared abortion to be a right at all, let alone an unlimited right from conception to birth, nor has any Parliament declared it to be a right.

Historic day for Canada!
June 4, 2014 - For the first time in Canada’s history, the buying of sexual services will be illegal.

CN transporting record levels of Canadian grain
June 4, 2014 - CN transporting record levels of Canadian grain.

University of Lethbridge Spring Convocation 2014
May 30, 2014 - As your Member of Parliament, I am pleased to extend sincere congratulations to the University of Lethbridge Class of 2014 on behalf of the Government of Canada and the constituents of Southern Alberta.

Three Great Online Resources for Youth
May 23, 2014 - The Government of Canada has developed three great resources to help our youth connect to the Parliament of Canada and develop money management skills.

Interesting Article
April 25, 2014 -  Robocall probe ends -- but not for critics.

Condolence Book for Hon. Jim Flaherty available at MP Hillyer office
April 17, 2014 - In memory of the late Hon. Jim Flaherty, Canada’s former Minister of Finance, Lethbridge Member of Parliament Jim Hillyer is encouraging area residents to sign a Book of Condolence.

Nobleford Senior Centre Meet and Greet
April 16, 2014 - I traveled to Nobleford to meet with constituents at the Senior Centre. It was a privilege to speak with men and women who have worked hard, raised families, and contributed to the success of this great nation.

Noble Central School Grade 6 Canadian Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremony
April 16, 2014 - Canada is in good hands thanks to the future leaders of Noble Central School’s Grade 6 class. 

Statement on the sudden passing of Hon. Jim Flaherty
April 10, 2014 - It is with deep sadness that I acknowledge the sudden passing of my colleague Hon. Jim Flaherty, Canada’s former Minister of Finance.

Standing with the People of Ukraine
April 10, 2014 - I, boldly support Prime Minister Stephen Harper and our Government’s steadfast condemnation of Russian action in Crimea.

Canada Remembers the Capture of Vimy Ridge at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France
April 9, 2014 - Minister Fantino pays tribute to Canadians who fought during the First World War.

CPA Meeting
April 8, 2014 - While attending Canadian Police Association (CPA) General Meeting/Legislative Conference in Ottawa, Lethbridge Police Association President Cst. Tom Kramer and Representative Cst. Marc Gaumont joined me, to discuss current criminal justice and law enforcement issues. I am proud to work with CPA and Lethbridge Police Association members as we strive to keep our communities safe.

Canadian Citizenship Ceremony
April 5, 2014 - In celebration of Law Day, I had the opportunity to attend several citizenship ceremonies at the Lethbridge Court House.  As I watched our newest citizens swear allegiance to the Queen, affirm to observe the laws of the land and fulfill their new duties as Canadian citizens, I was thankful for the privileges we enjoy in our country.

Coaldale Chamber of Commerce Awards Evening
March 22, 2014 - Rita Gensorek was recognized as the Chamber’s ‘Special Tribute Award’ recipient during the business organization’s 2013 awards banquet.

Touring Maple Leaf Foods Plant
March 21, 2014 - I was invited to tour the Maple Leaf Foods plant which processes thousands of hogs per day.

Ending the War in Afghanistan
March 12, 2014 -  Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan formally ended today.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Event
March 3, 2014 - I was invited to attend the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Councils (NSERC) Powering the Economy: The Science Behind Energy Generation science kiosk event. This event provides the opportunity to personally meet some of our leading researchers and learn more about how their discoveries are advancing knowledge and contributing to building a vibrant innovation economy.

Nature Centre Reopens with Week-Long Celebration
February 20, 2014 - The newly renovated and expanded Helen Schuler Nature Centre will reopen to the public on Thursday, February 27, with an action-packed week of expanded hours, facility tours, special programs and an exhibit called “The World Under Your Feet!”

World Day of Social Justice
February 20, 2014 - It is on occasions such as the World Day of Social Justice that we appreciate the irrevocable freedoms and liberties we enjoy here in Canada.

Government of Canada Launches On-Line Consultations to Seek Views on Criminal Code Prostitution-Related Offences
February 20, 2014 - Yesterday, our Government launched an online consultation with respect to Canada’s prostitution laws and the Supreme Court decision in the matter of Bedford v. Attorney General of Canada.

MP Hillyer Expresses Condolences on the Passing of Lethbridge City Councillor, Wade Galloway
February 20, 2014 - On behalf of the Government of Canada and the constituents of Lethbridge, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Wade Galloway.

Valentines to Veterans
February 14, 2014 - In celebration of Valentines Day, I presented Veterans around the riding with valentines cards that were handcrafted by our students. In total, over 10,000 valentines were distributed to Veterans in over 1,200 care facilities. This is such an important cause in showing our appreciation for the service and sacrifice made by our Veterans. Those I met today were deeply touched by this gesture of respect!

Consulting with Lethbridge Veterans
February 8, 2014 - I held a meeting at the Lethbridge Legion with our local veterans. Some of the topics discussed included recent office closures, financial compensation, rehabilitation/employment, support for families, and the Veteran Affairs Canada budget. I found the meeting to be incredibly insightful and intend on bringing what was shared back to caucus.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces a historic agreement to reform the First Nations education system
February 7, 2014 - MP Jim Hillyer attends Prime Minsiter Stephen Harper's announcement to reform the First Nations education system.

Pre-Budget Meeting
January 23, 2014 - I met with local business, academic and community leaders to discuss priorities and to find the best ways to strengthen Canada’s economy. All of the ideas brought forward during this consultation will be brought to the finance Minister and taken into account when devising our federal budget.

MP Hillyer seeks Chamber input for Budget 2014
January 23, 2014 -  MP Hillyer is asking constituents for their input and ideas on what should be included in the 2014 federal budget.

Round table with the Honourable Dr. Kellie Leitch
January 11, 2014 -  I hosted the Honourable Dr. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Status of Women meeting with the Lethbridge Electoral District and Lethbridge Women Entrepreneurs in two separate round tables. Thank you to all those who attended and provided discussion.

NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN MILK RIVER
December 18, 2013 - affordable housing options will soon be available for seniors in Milk River.

Celebrate Canada funding deadline January 15
December 12, 2013 -  Member of Parliament Jim Hillyer reminds municipalities and local organizations that the deadline to apply for Celebrate Canada funding is January 15, 2014.

Canada Summer Jobs for Canadian Youth
December 12, 2013 -  Canada Summer Jobs will create thousands of job opportunities for students across the country, helping them gain the skills and experience, while earning money for the upcoming school year. 

Christmas Sharing Campaign hosted by MP Hillyer underway
November 28, 2013 -  The MP's office is now collecting contributions of non-perishable food items, along with new socks and warm winter accessories including, mittens, hats, and scarves for children, teens, and adults. 

Jim Hillyer Celebrates Government of Canada Investment in Research Excellence
November 18, 2013 -  Our government remains committed to attracting and retaining the world’s best researchers, creating jobs and strengthening Canada’s economy. 

Scenic Drive the new North to South Connection for Lethbridge residents
November 8, 2013 - Official grand opening ceremony today for Scenic Drive North.

Federal Prostitution Reform
October 31, 2013 -  I want to know YOUR opinion on federal prostitution reform. Click on the link to complete a short survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JimHillyer

Surplus budget to be tabled in 2015
October 28, 2013 - Parliamentary Budget Officer's recent report predicts that we will balance the budget ahead of schedule and with a larger than predicted surplus.  

Canada introduces the first-ever stand-alone resolution on child early & forced marriage
October 24, 2013 -  On Thursday, October 24, Canada introduced the first-ever stand-alone resolution on child, early and forced marriage at the United Nations General Assembly. 

Blankets for Canada Celebrates their 15th Anniversary
October 24, 2013 -  Today, I sent my sincere congratulations to the Blankets for Canada Society on their 15th anniversary. 

Lethbridge Chamber Hands Out 2013 Business of the Year Awards
October 23, 2013 -  I invite all those in the Lethbridge riding to join me in applauding those recognized at the Business of the Year Awards and by thanking all entrepreneurs for the enormous contributions they make to Canada’s continued success.

Calling All Budding Young Artists
July 16, 2013 -  Lethbridge MP Jim Hillyer is sending out a call to all budding artists to design artwork that will appear on the front page of his Christmas mail out! 

MP hosts ag minister at round table
June 27, 2013 -  Federal Agricultural Minister Gerry Ritz, far right, discusses supply management issues with Henry Doeve, while MP Jim Hillyer, seated, speaks with Joe Kleinsasser from the Cardston area.

MP joins High River flood relief project
June 27, 2013 - MP Jim Hillyer, has joined the outreach effort spearheaded by Corrina Lee of Lethbridge to ease the burden for the 12,000-plus residents of High River who have been displaced by the devastating flood.  

MP meets with Premier Redford, municipal leaders
June 21, 2013 - While the Oldman River continued to rise through the Lethbridge river valley, Member of Parliament Jim Hillyer met with Premier Alison Redford.

City Declares Flood Emergency Following Heavy Rain and Storms
June 20, 2013 -  Lethbridge Fire and District Chief Ryan Brian Cornforth announced at 12:30, Thursday that a flood warning for the Oldman River and surrounding area has been issued due to plans to increase releases from the Oldman Reservoir throughout the day. 

CASA Opens Its Doors to the Arts Community
May 14, 2013 - The City of Lethbridge, Allied Arts Council and the University of Lethbridge are excited to announce the Grand Opening of CASA.

Bridging the Labour Gap
May 3, 2013 -  As part of its plan for jobs, growth and long-term prosperity, the Government is moving forward with a three-point plan to address challenges in connecting Canadians with available jobs. 

Bridging the Labour Gap
May 3, 2013 - As part of its plan for jobs, growth and long-term prosperity, the Government is moving forward with a three-point plan to address challenges in connecting Canadians with available jobs.

MP Hillyer ski injury recovery continues
April 17, 2013 - Following reconstructive surgery, Lethbridge Member of Parliament Jim Hillyer, is slowly recovering from a ski accident.

2013 Economic Action Plan
March 21, 2013 -

International Women's Week underway
March 7, 2013 -  Working Together: Engaging Men to End Violence against Women is the national theme as we celebrate International Women’s Week 2013.

CIIF Grant funds Cardston pool renovations
March 2, 2013 - Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Cardston’s Community Infrastructure.

First Nation’s naming ceremony honours MP
February 2, 2013 - ‘Api Stamiik’ or ‘protector of the people’ is the indigenous name given Lethbridge Member of Parliament Jim Hillyer.

Lethbridge MP announces improvement funding for Coaldale Curling Rink
February 1, 2013 - Coaldale Granite Club members applauded loudly upon learning of a $96,500 grant to update the town's curling rink.

Coutts’ benefits from CIIF funding program
January 27, 2013 - Repairs to the roof and the replacement of ceiling tiles will create a more energy efficient Community Centre.

Picture Butte Lion’s Aquatic Centre rehab on tap
January 22, 2013 - A federal investment of $125,300 will support upgrades to the Lion's Aquatic Centre in Picture Butte.

Lethbridge County Airport receives funding
January 17, 2013 - The Lethbridge County Airport is receiving $410,637 through the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP)...

School readiness focus of Aboriginal Head Start Urban program
January 14, 2013 - Education is a key building block for success, and it is understood that investing in the education of young Aboriginals is an investment in Canada’s future.

Raymond arena scores upgrade funds
January 14, 2013 - A $124,000 Government of Canada investment will breathe new life into the   Town of Raymond’s ice arena, ensuring the community’s sport facility continues to operate to the highest standard.

MP Hillyer hosting federal pre-budget forums
January 11, 2013 - In advance of the federal government’s 2013-budget preparations, Member of Parliament Jim Hillyer, will seek public input on the best ways to strengthen Canada’s economy.

NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN MILK RIVER
January 1, 2013 - affordable housing options will soon be available for seniors in Milk River.

Parliamentary summer guide recruitment underway
November 26, 2012 - The Library of Parliament has begun its recruitment process for Parliamentary Guides, searching for bilingual, full-time university students from across the country to participate in an unforgettable program next summer.

Opokaa’sin Society receives funding
November 15, 2012 - The Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Society (OEIS) will develop Blackfoot language learning resources for young children.

Action taken to end violence on campuses
November 14, 2012 - The YWCA Lethbridge and District is receiving $195,892 in federal government funding for a project targeting students at the University of Lethbridge in southern Alberta.

Jim joins Movember men's health cause
November 8, 2012 - Jim Hillyer has joined the fight for men’s health.

The Screening Handbook: Tools and Resoureces for Volunteers
October 18, 2012 - The 2012 edition of the Screening Handbook: Tools and Resources for the Voluntary Sector has been launched. 

Separating economic fact from fiction
September 7, 2012 - The media, politicians and even economists have us believing that economic principles are much too complex to be understood, and that we must therefore trust the experts. 

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recipients named
August 22, 2012 - Thirty outstanding Southern Albertans, recognized for dedication of service to peers, community and to Canada, have been named recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Boundary re-distribution proposal raises concerns for County of Warner and Cardston County
August 3, 2012 - Through The Fair Representation Act passed in House of Commons in December 2011, Alberta will have, six more federal ridings than in previous years, (totalling 34 ridings) when the 2015 federal election is called.

Sod Turning Kicks Off Construction of Scenic Drive North Extension
June 29, 2012 - This afternoon, MP Jim Hillyer, Mayor Rajko Dodic, MLA Greg Weadick and other political dignitaries celebrated the beginning of construction on the extension of Scenic Drive North.

Anticipation building as new Community Arts Centre takes shape
June 29, 2012 - With construction on time, on budget and now halfway to completion, the City of Lethbridge held a briefing and tour of the $20.7-million facility for federal, provincial and municipal officials.

GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTES $476K FOR STUDENT SUMMER JOBS
May 23, 2012 - Through Canada Summer Jobs, the Government of Canada is helping employers in Southern Alberta create summer job opportunities for students, while strengthening our community’s economy.

Proposal call for New Horizons for seniors projects
May 14, 2012 - The 2012–2013 call for proposals for community-based projects under the New Horizons for Seniors Program launched on May 8, 2012 for all provinces and territories.

Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal deadline
March 26, 2012 - Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal candidate nomination deadline is March 31.

Government unveils Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal
February 27, 2012 - Lethbridge Member of Parliament Jim Hillyer accepting nominations.

Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy accepting applications for fall session
February 23, 2012 - Applications for the 16th annual Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy, to be held November 4 to 9, 2012, are now being accepted.

Safety equipment improvement slated for the Lethbridge County Airport.
February 22, 2012 - A critical piece of safety equipment for use at the Lethbridge County Airport can now be purchased thanks to a $209,014 federal government grant.

Chinook Country Tourism gets funding boost
February 21, 2012 - An injection of $165,000 in federal funding will enhance how tourism operators promote southern Alberta as a destination of choice for travellers.

Public's input sought in pre-budget consultations
February 3, 2012 - ....a series of pre-budget consultations throughout the riding to provide an opportunity for constituents to voice their priorities....

Canada Summer Jobs 2012 funding available
February 1, 2012 - Lethbridge MP Jim Hillyer is encouraging employers to apply for funding through the Canada Summer Jobs 2012 initiative ...

Funding committed to West Lethbridge rec centre
January 26, 2012 - Federal government commits up to $10 million for the construction of the West Lethbridge Leisure Campus Project - Phase 1.

$500,000 for New Métis Scholar Awards at U of L
January 25, 2012 -  University of Lethbridge welcomed members of the Métis Nation of Alberta to campus to jointly announce the creation of a scholarship fund for Métis undergraduate and graduate students.

MP Hillyer hosting federal pre-budget forums
January 23, 2012 - During a series of pre-budget consultation meetings scheduled throughout the Lethbridge riding over the coming weeks, Member of Parliament Jim Hillyer will be seeking the input from area residents and business sectors on what should be included in the upcoming federal budget.

Increased EI parental benefit flexibility available for adoptive parents
January 4, 2012 - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced that parents who commit to adopt children in their care will be able to get Employment Insurance (EI) parental benefits.

Kyoto Fuels Receives $31.4M in ecoENERGY funding
December 21, 2011 - Canada strengthened its position as a clean energy superpower today with a Government of Canada investment that will support the production of biodiesel, sustain job creation and help stimulate the economy.

Helping the less fortunate
December 5, 2011 - This Holiday Season the Office of Jim Hillyer, MP for Lethbridge will be accepting socks, toques, mittens and non perishable food to be donated and distributed by Streets Alive and the Salvation Army.

Symphony welcomes MP Hillyer as guest musician
December 2, 2011 - The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra will welcome Member of Parliament Jim Hillyer as a guest performer during its annual Christmas concert December 17.

Volunteer spirit of SA remarkable
December 2, 2011 - Without the leadership and cooperation of everyone who stepped up to help, the fire fallout ....

MP to tour fire effected Warner County
November 28, 2011 - Jim Hillyer joins Reeve Ross Ford on fire damage assessment tour.......

Hillyer presents Police Exemplary Service Medals
November 18, 2011 - .... honoured to present the Police Exemplary Service Medal to four members of the Lethbridge Regional Police Service.

Turin infrastructure project completion celebrated
November 18, 2011 - Federal, provincial and municipal government officials gathered in the tiny Hamlet of Turin ......

Remembrance Day Remarks – 2011
November 11, 2011 - Canada is a peace loving nation.  It is because we love peace that we have had peace at home.....

Programs assist Lethbridge youth prepare for job market
November 9, 2011 - Local youth who face barriers to employment are now better prepared for future success .....

Marketing freedom legislation will liberate Western grain farmers
October 25, 2011 - Western Canadian wheat and barley farmers will have the freedom to market their grain and will no longer be treated as criminals for selling their own grain after August 1, 2012.

Federal government supports 100th Anniversary of Waterton Park through Legacy Fund
August 22, 2011 - To mark the 100th anniversary of Waterton Lakes National Park, the community association will undertake the restoration and repair of the park’s oldest building, thanks to a $375,000 Government of Canada Legacy Fund grant issued through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program.

Eagle Atrium Unveiling
July 25, 2011 - The Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation will unveil the Atrium for Eagles, a significant new addition to the popular tourist destination, on Monday, July 25.

Jim Hillyer sworn-in as Lethbridge MP
May 20, 2011 - Jim Hillyer, the duly elected Member of Parliament for Lethbridge was sworn in by the Clerk of the House of Commons late Friday afternoon, to officially become the federal representative for the Southern Alberta constituency.

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Statement - Taking The First Nations Financial Transparency Act One Step Further Toward Accountable and Transparent First Nation Governments
The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the following statement today: First Nations, like all Canadians, deserve transparency and accountability from their elected officials.

Canada appalled by Destruction of Jonah's Tomb in Iraq
Government of Canada, Foreign Affairs Trade and Development Canada, Deputy Minister of International Trade, Assistant Deputy Minister Public Affairs, Strategic Communications (Trade)

Statement by Industry Minister James Moore on the Proposed Acquisition of AltaLink by Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Ottawa, July 25, 2014-Industry Minister James Moore made the following statement today on Berkshire Hathaway Energy's application under the Investment Canada Act to acquire control of AltaLink, an electricity transmission company based in Alberta:

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