He's not taking any time off. Kenora MP Bob Nault recently returned from a pair of National Caucus meetings, to meet with Liberal MP's from across the province.
At the National Rural Caucus meeting in New Brunswick, Nault says that the group of leaders discussed strategies to resolve numerous topics that impact the Kenora riding. Nault cited high-speed internet access, consistent cell service, public safety when it comes to remote airports and major highways, and improving health care services.
Another hot-topic for the Caucus meetings was infrastructure budgets in smaller municipalities. Nault spoke about the need to “get it right.”
“In the summer, the meetings are to reflect together about what we're hearing from our constituents. We still have a lot of work to do as a government to 'get it right' with certain issues. We think that a lot of smaller communities are having issues funding infrastructure improvements, and we need to find a way to finance those. They can't afford big infrastructure projects in the smaller communities. We're putting the work in,” he said.
Following another National Caucus in British Columbia, Nault noted that the group spoke about strategies regarding NAFTA. He noted that the softwood lumber industry still has work to be done, when it comes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, and duties imposed by the United States.
“In Northwestern Ontario and throughout Canada, we recognize the vital importance of the softwood lumber industry as it provides thousands of jobs. Earlier this year, the federal government invested close to $1 billion in support of the forestry industry to combat unfair duties imposed by the United States. I look forward to continuing to work to ensure the softwood lumber industry thrives in our riding,” he said.
Nault noted that in the meetings, recent changes to tax-reforms were also discussed. Nault also noted that he will be in Ottawa next week for the return of Parliament.