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Welcome

Thank you for visiting my Web site.  As the Member of Parliament for Battlefords-Lloydminster, I am proud to serve as your representative in Ottawa.  As part of keeping in touch with my constituents I invite you to read my regular Report from Parliament.

My staff and I are committed to providing the best possible service to every constituent.  I hope you find the site both interesting and informative and please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


IN THE NEWS.....

$59 Million in Road Improvements for Battlefords-Lloydminster Area in 2010

December 10, 2010 - Transportation links for motorists, shippers and the envergy sector are improved thanks to more than $59 million in road work - including about 100 km on Highway 40 - that took place during the 2010 construction season in the Battlefords - Lloydminster area in Saskatchewan.

"Our improved highways are vital to our families and communities," said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Member of Parliament for Battlefords - Lloydminster.  "Our government understands the importance of supporting infrastructure projects that create jobs, stimulate the economy and improve the quality of life throughout Saskatchewan."  read more

Bill to Repeal the Long-Gun Registry Narrowly Defeated

OTTAWA, Ontario - September 23, 2010 - Liberals and NDP Members of Parliament have once again betrayed their constituents and have broken their promises, says Battlefords-Lloydminster MP, Gerry Ritz.  Rural NDP members who promised during the past election to vote to end the long-gun registry voted with the Liberals and Bloc on a Motion to defeat the bill to scrap the long-gun registry by a margin of 151 to 153.  read more

Rural Canadians' Guide to Programs and Services

This is a guide of Government of Canada programs and services, put together especially for Canadians in rural and remote communities.  In addition to a short description of each program or service, there is also a point of contact where Canadians can go for information by telephone, fax, email or internet.

The programs and services are divided into two sections: the first section focuses on national/regional initiatives; the second section provides information specifically for Northern Canada.  They have been listed alphabetically under the main federal department responsible for the program or service.

Click on the image for a PDF version of the guide or contact our constituency office to obtain a hardcopy.

Governments Act to Help Prairie Farmers Restore Cropland

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, July 8, 2010 - Help is on the way for prairie farmers dealing with excess moisture and flooding through the largest and fastest AgriRecovery relief package to date.  The governments of Canada, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba, will make up to $450 million available to help farmers take immediate steps to protect and restore damaged cropland.

"Farmers are resilient when dealing with weather, but recent record flooding has proved difficult to navigate," said federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.  read more

AgriRecovery aids livestock producers facing drought

LLOYDMINSTER, Alberta - May 31, 2010 - Livestock producers in Alberta and Saskatchewan facing two years of drought will receive funding from federal and provincial governments to buy feed while damaged pastures recover.  Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz joined Jack Hayden, Alberta Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, and Bob Bjornerud, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister, to make the announcement today in Lloydminster.  read more

Leading the Way on Jobs and Growth

OTTAWA, Ontario - March 04, 2010 - The Conservative Government's 2010 Action Plan focused on job creation and growth to support Canada's economic recovery.  The budget also included a disciplined long-term plan to return to balanced budgets.

"We are in stage two of our Economic Action Plan.  The focus is shifted from stimulus, to job creation and long term growth," says Ritz.  "We are already seeing the success of our plan with the creation of 135,000 new jobs since July 2009, the launch of 16,000 infrastructure projects and a 5% GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2009."  read more

Government of Canada Celebrated the Torch Relay with the Communities of North Battleford and Lloydminster

Battlefords - Lloydminster, January 12, 2010 - The Arrival of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic torch lit up the communities of North Battleford and Lloydminster today as local Member of Parliament Gerry Ritz presented the two cities with a commemorative plaque for welcoming the Olympic flame in their community.

"The Olympics are a great demonstration of world class athletic competition," said Ritz.  "The torch relay is a unique event that allows families in rural communities like ours to get involved and excited about the upcoming winter games.  Go! Canada! Go!"  read more

New Citizenship Study Guide to Help Newcomers and Canadians Better Understand Canada

Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship can be downloaded or ordered from the CIC website.

Citizenship applicants can contact the CIC Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100 if they have any questions.

 

 

Three Communities Benefit from Federal-Provincial Infrastructure Funding

ST. WALBURG, Saskatchewan - September 25, 2009 - The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are delivering investments to upgrade water treatment facilities and roads in the communities of St. Walburg, Vibank, and the Rural Municipality of Beaver River.  Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Member of Parliament for Battlefords-Lloydminster and Jeremy Harrison, Minister of Saskatchewan Municipal Affairs, announced the project today.  read more

Liberals Try to Block Aid for Farmers

OTTAWA, Ontario - September 25, 2009 - Canada's Conservative Government passed vital tax measures to help drought-stricken farmers last week despite the fact that Liberal Members of Parliament tried to block the initiative.  read more

Long Gun Registry Information Misuse

OTTAWA, Ontario - September 24, 2009 - Battlefords-Lloydminster MP Hon. Gerry Ritz and the Conservative Government have warned for years about the misuse of private information collected through the long-gun registry.  Today it was revealed that personal information was wrongly given to a private polling company without the Government's knowledge.  read more

Government of Canada to Help Saskatchewan Livestock Producers Affected by Drought

OTTAWA, Ontario - July 22, 2009 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced livestock producers in Saskatchewan in drought affected areas will be eligible for tax deferrals on breeding livestock sold due to drought in 2009.

"Our Government understands the strain that many livestock producers are facing due to a cool, dry spring in some parts of Saskatchewan," said Minister Ritz.  "We will continue to put farmers first to make sure they have the programs and assistance needed to overcome these challenges and continue to drive the Canadian economy."  read more

Government of Canada Invests in Historic Buildings and Infrastructure at Fort Battleford National Historic Site

BATTLEFORD, Saskatchewan - June 25, 2009 - The Government of Canada is making smart investments to improve historic buildings and infrastructure at Fort Battleford National Historic Site.  On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Agriculture Minister and MP for Battlefords - Lloydminster Gerry Ritz today announced funding for two projects that will see the stabilization of the five historic buildings and the restoration of a historic landscape.

"Fort Battleford is a cornerstone of our community and this Government is making sure these historic treasures are maintained while also creating jobs and encouraging tourism," said Minister Ritz.  "This funding will ensure that families across Battleford and Canada can continue to visit and enjoy our rich heritage."  read more

Legislative Changes Granting More Support for Allied Veterans and Their Families Receives Royal Assent

OTTAWA, Ontario - June 18, 2009 - Amendments to the War Veterans Allowance Act extending benefits to Allied veterans received Royal Assent today.  Her Excellency the Governor General of Canada assented to a Bill which enables Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) to extend benefits to low-income Allied Veterans of the Second World War and the Korean War.  Family members may also receive benefits.  read more

Canada and Saskatchewan Invest to Expand Post-Secondary Education Research Capacity

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan - June 12, 2009 - The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are teaming up to invest more than $118 million in 21 projects at post-secondary institutions throughout Saskatchewan.  The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), and the Honourable Rob Norris, Saskatchewan Minister of Advance Education, Employment and Labour, made the annoucement today in Saskatoon.  read more

Harper Government Invests In Cutting Edge Science and Innovation to Help Canadian Farmers

LACOMBE, Alberta - May 29, 2009 - The Government of Canada is helping Canadian farmers turn new ideas and technologies into viable market opportunities.  The Growing Canadian Agri-Innovations Program will invest $158 million to support industry-led innovation initiatives that help get new agricultural products into the marketplace and improve agricultural processes.  read more

Proposed Improvements to Loans Act Will Give Farmers Better Access to Credit

OTTAWA, Ontario - May 04, 2009 - Canadian farmers who are finding it difficult to obtain loans due to the tightening of global credit markets can count on the Government of Canada.  Today, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz introduced new legislation to guarantee an estimated $1 billion in loans over the next five years to Canadian farm families and cooperatives, most of which will go to farmers and cooperatives who were previously ineligible.  read more

Government of Canada Invests in North Battleford Theatre

NORTH BATTLEFORD, Saskatchewan - May 02, 2009 - The Government of Canada and Saskatchewan are partnering to deliver $14 million for a North Battleford performance theatre that will be part of a new multiplex facility.  Federal Agriculture Minister and MP for Battlefords-Lloydminster, Gerry Ritz, and Minister of Municipal Affairs for Saskatchewan, Bill Hutchinson, today announced the funding for North Battleford and the signing of the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund Agreement are part of our ongoing commitment to inject economic stimulus into our economy, support job creation, and provide for safer and healthier communities.  read more

Motion to Ban Replacement Workers Struck Down

OTTAWA, Ontario - April 30, 2009 - Battlefords-Lloydminster MP, Gerry Ritz once again stood up for Canadians and voted against M-294, a motion that seeks to ban replacement workers.  Similar to previous votes, MP Gerry Ritz continues to advocate against this type of legislation.  read more

Soft on Crime NDP Opposes Will of Rural Voters

OTTAWA, Ontario - April 24, 2009 - NDP Members of Parliament have betrayed their constituents and broken their promises, says Battlefords-Lloydminster MP, Gerry Ritz.  Rural NDP members who promised during the past election to vote to end the long-gun registry voted with the Bloc and Liberals on a Motion that will make law abiding citizens criminals just because they own a long-gun and go hunting.  read more

Municipalities to receive double Gas Tax funding

OTTAWA, Ontario - April 03, 2009 - Families, farmers and workers in Batllefords-Lloydminster will see faster improvements to roads, bridges, public transit and other infrastructure thanks to a doubling of the Gas Tax transfers to municipalities, says Member of Parliament, Hon. Gerry Ritz.  read more

Afghanistan Mission Online Tools

OTTAWA, Ontario - March 25, 2009 - Online tools designed to give Canadians more information about Canada's mission in Afghanistan are now available.  The e-tools include downloadable videos and photos, an interactive map and social media sites.  They are available at www.afghanistan.gc.caread more

 

Farmers Consulted on Agriculture Flexibility Program

OTTAWA, Ontario - March 04, 2009 - Farmers from across the country will directly impact the design of the Government of Canada's new agricultural flexibility program and other key policies through roundtable discussions with Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz this week.  read more

CWB Must Cooperate Fully With Auditor General - Ritz

OTTAWA, Ontario - February 26, 2009 - Today Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz issued a formal letter to the Canadian Wheat Board asking them to allow the Auditor General to conduct a full audit of all operations.  Minister Ritz made the announcement druing his speech to the Canadian Federation of Agriculture in response to the CWB's loss of nearly $130 million.  read more

Building Communities

OTTAWA - February 20, 2009 - Communities in the riding of Battlefords-Lloydminster and throughout Saskatchewan are benefitting today from $95 million in joint government infrastructure funding announced under the Building Canada Fund.  "I'm pleased that in my constituency over $7.9 million is being invested in five water, road and sewer improvement projects that will not only strengthen infrastructure but also the economy, through job creation, at a time when it's most needed," says Battlefords-Lloydminster MP and Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz.  read more

Canada and Saudi Arabia Agree to Reopen Beef Market

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - February 17, 2009 - Canadian beef exporters will have access to the lucrative Saudi Arabian market for the first time since 2003.  Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz made the announcement today following his meeting with Saudi Arabian Minister of Commerce and Industry Abdullah Bin Ahmed Zeinal Alireza in Riyadh.  read more

Canada Summer Jobs Program 2009

OTTAWA - February 12, 2009 - Regional Minister for Saskatchewan and Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz, would like to remind employers that the Canada Summer Jobs program is now underway.  read more

The Government of Canada Opens Jordanian Market for Beef and Cattle

OTTAWA - February 03, 2009 - The Government of Canada has secured full market access for Canadian beef and cattle exports to Jordan.  International Trade Minister Stockwell Day and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced Jordan's decision to lift the ban imposed in 2003 because of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).  read more

Protecting Canada During a Global Recession

OTTAWA - January 27, 2009 - Battlefords-Lloydminster MP and Agriculture Minister, Hon. Gerry Ritz welcomes Budget 2009: Canada\'s Economic Action Plan, as a bold multi-year stimulus that delivers significant impacts.  read more

 

Government of Canada Invests in New Opportunities for Biofuels and Livestock Sector

OTTAWA - January 23, 2009 - The Government of Canada is creating new economic opportunities in rural Canada by investing $6 million in the Feed Opportunities from the BioFuels Industries (FOBI) research network that will work to develop and harness new market opportunities in the ethanol and livestock sectors.  read more

Cattle and Pork Producers Given More Time to Repay Cash Advances

OTTAWA - January 23, 2009 - Cattle and hog producers facing hard financial times now have until September 30, 2010, to repay cash advances under the Advance Payment Program (APP).  The extension of the repayment deadline for livestock advances was announced today by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.  In addition, the first $100,000 of each producer's advance will continue to be interest-free.  read more

New Market Opportunities in India and Hong Kong for Canadian Farmers

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz concluded, on January 16, a trade mission to India and Hong Kong that successfully created new marketing opportunities for Canadian farmers.  read more

Tax Deferral to Benefit Farmers In Saskatchewan

OTTAWA - December 19, 2008 - The Government of Canada is offering 2008 tax deferrals to producers who have been dealing with drought in designated areas of Saskatchewan.  Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced that producers who resorted to selling off cattle to avoid financial losses due to drought conditions will be eligible for a one-year tax deferral on 2008 income from those stales.  read more

Olympic Torch to Visit Battlefords-Lloydminster

NORTH BATTLEFORD - November 21, 2008 - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister Responsible for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, joined by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced the official route of the Olympic Winter Games Torch Relay today.  read more

Gerry Ritz Attends Opening of Ethanol Facility

BELLE PLAINE - August 08, 2008 - Gerry Ritz with Tim LaFrance and Bill Boyd at the opening of Terra Grain Fuels ethanol plant.

 
 
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