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March 24, 2015 - To celebrate Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary, the Royal Canadian Mint is inviting Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast to design the 5-cent, 10-cent, 25-cent, one-dollar and two-dollar coins that will circulate in 2017.

March 19, 2015 - Governments of Canada and Alberta are working together to build new affordable housing units for low-income seniors in Raymond.

Federal Investment to Expand Winter Wheat Acreage
March 17, 2015 - investment of $1 million to the Alberta Wheat Commission to develop an innovative, low-cost way to increase winter wheat production in western Canada.

Federal Investment to Expand Winter Wheat Acreage
March 17, 2015 - investment of $1 million to the Alberta Wheat Commission to develop an innovative, low-cost way to increase winter wheat production in western Canada.

Federal Investment to Expand Winter Wheat Acreage
March 17, 2015 - investment of $1 million to the Alberta Wheat Commission to develop an innovative, low-cost way to increase winter wheat production in western Canada.

50th Anniversary of Canada’s national flag Feb. 15
February 12, 2015 - Sunday, February 15, I invite Canadians in Southern Alberta to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our national flag

Harper Government Growing Markets for Canada's Canola Industry
January 14, 2015 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of up to $9.5 million to the Canola Council of Canada

Hillyer tables C-644 - enhanced parole legislation
January 2, 2015 - Act to create a new offence for the breach of conditions of conditional release

Would you like to be a House of Commons Page?
October 9, 2014 -

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on ISIL
October 8, 2014 - ISIL – has been carrying out a campaign of unspeakable atrocities against innocent children, women and men, as well as religious minorities in Iraq.

Anniversary of the Battle of Britain
September 19, 2014 - On the Anniversary of the Battle of Britain we honour and commemorate the members of the Air Force who fought and died during the battle.

President of Ukraine visits Canada
September 18, 2014 - Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, made his first official visit to Canada.

National Day of Service
September 11, 2014 - In memory of 9-11, Prime Minister Harper has asked us all to come together through charitable activities and community service, in order to remember the lives that were lost and to pay tribute to the great courage and sacrifice of so many during those events.

75th Anniversary of WW2
September 10, 2014 - Seventy-Five years ago, Canadians answered the call to defend freedom, democracy and the rule of law in the Second World War.

International Literacy Day
September 8, 2014 - Today we recognize the crucial role literacy plays in the improvement of individuals and societies not only at home but around the world.

Lethbridge joins the Tour of Alberta Cycling Race
September 2, 2014 - Lethbridge had joined the race as a new host community in the Tour of Alberta, Canada’s largest professional cycling race and one of Alberta’s biggest international sporting events.  

Christmas Comes Early for Budding Arts
August 29, 2014 - Last years Christmas Drawing Contest was so successful that Lethbridge MP Jim Hillyer is sending out another call to all budding artists to design artwork for the front page of his Christmas mail out!

Bringing Lethbridge Home Celebration
August 26, 2014 - We have great reason to celebrate the ‘Bring Lethbridge Home’ initiatives which have reduced Lethbridge’s homeless numbers substantially.

Supporting Canadian Grain Farmers
August 25, 2014 - Our Government is committed to strengthening Canad's supply chain system and supporting the continued growth of our resource economy.

Unveiling of the CTO Plaques
August 22, 2014 - MP Jim Hillyer joined Mayor Chris Spearman for the unveiling of the CTO Plaque at Lethbridge Galt Museum. This Plaque is one of the "100 Plaques to Remember 100 Years - CTO Project" unveiled across Canada by the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association.  The CTO Project was funded with a grant from the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund to recognise the internment of Canadians 100 years ago.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

January 1, 2014 - In memory of the tragedy of 9-11, Prime Minister Harper issued Canada to come together through charitable activities and community service, in order to remember the lives that were lost and to pay tribute to the great courage and sacrifice of so many during those events.

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.

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! 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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

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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Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux attends Honour House's "A Night for Heroes" Gala
Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, today delivered remarks at "A Night for Heroes" Gala hosted by Honour House

Speaking Notes for the Honourable Gail Shea, P.C., M.P., Minister of Fisheries and Oceans at a number of Infrastructure Funding Announcements
Thank you Randy. Good morning everyone. It's a pleasure to be back in beautiful British Columbia. I want to begin by thanking my colleagues Randy Kamp, who has been my Parliamentary Secretary the entire time I have been Minister, and Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows - Maple Ridge - Mission, as well as John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver, Sunshine Coast and Sea-to-Sky Country.

Government of Canada funds innovative family law projects in British Columbia
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Peter MacKay today announced funding of over $230,000 to the Justice Education Society of British Columbia for two innovative projects that will help Canadian families deal with complex issues related to divorce or separation and further enhance the efficiency of the family justice system in British Columbia and beyond.

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