I work with a team of 4 people to help constituents with all manner of problems and opportunities. We have a constituency assistant in each of our offices in Truro and Amherst; an administrative assistant in Ottawa; and an executive assistant.Different services are provided by different levels of government. The Federal Government has responsibility for national programs. These include:
- Canada Child Benefit – how much could you benefit?
- Employment Insurance
- Canada Pension
- Canada Pension Disability
- Citizenship and Immigration
- ACOA funding applications
- Parole Board of Canada
- Old Age Security
- Revenue Canada
- Veterans Affairs
- Export Development Corporation
To find out if you may qualify for government benefits or programs, try the Benefits Finder.
For assistance with the following, please contact your Provincial M.L.A’s office:
- Birth Certificates
- Prescription Drug Benefits
- Social Assistance
- Hunting and Fishing Licenses
- Land Registry
- Snow Removal
- Worker’s Compensation Board
● Jamie Ballie – Cumberland South ● Karen Lynn Casey – Colchester North ● Terry Farrell – Cumberland North
● Larry Harrison – Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley ● Lenore Zann – Truro
For assistance with the following, please contact your Municipal office:
- Parks and recreation
- Garbage Disposal
- Property Taxes
- Snow Removal
- Social Services
- Roads other than major highways
My role in Parliament
There is no training course for being a Member of Parliament. Members create legislation — statutory law — that, once in force, applies to all Canadians. These laws may be interpreted and applied by the various levels of Court in Canada.
As an M.P., my primary role is to advocate for my constituents. I want to make sure that our riding gets its fair share of Federal resources. I regularly meet with Ministers of the Government to ask that issues directly affecting my constituents be given careful consideration.
I am also here to ensure that the best qualities of the people of Cumberland-Colchester — kindness, fairness and practicality — are brought to bear on decisions made by the Federal Government. Our constituents have much to offer Canada and the world, and it is part of my job to make sure that Canada and the world know it!
As Chair of the Standing Committee on Health, I am responsible for chairing meetings of the Committee studying issues related to the programs of Health Canada and its agencies, and more broadly, health topics important to Canadians. The Committee reports to Parliament; the Committee does not make laws but may report to Parliament and recommend changes to the laws of Canada.