CENTRAL NOVA REPORT BY PETER MACKAY
Canadians from all parts of this great country have come together to support our Olympic and Paralympic athletes as they compete in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Accordingly, their achievements – at home and around the world – are an enormous source of pride for all Canadians.
Our Conservative government is proud to be the single largest investor in amateur sport in Canada. Research consistently indicates that sports and recreation play an important role in our personal health and quality of life. That is why our government offers continued support for community-based programs like ParticipACTION, to help promote active and healthy lifestyles among all Canadians. Locally, we can see that commitment in our government’s support for facilities like the Pictou County Wellness Centre, and numerous other arenas and centres around Central Nova.
In all, our government invests nearly $200 million annually in Canada’s sport organizations and athletes. Through our support for targeted measures like the Own the Podium initiative, we are helping provide the necessary support to high-performance Canadian athletes to compete on the international stage. Our investments are providing Canadian athletes with access to cutting-edge sport science and research, a world-class training environment and some of the best coaching in the world. Our government also invests $28 million a year in direct funding to Canadian athletes to help with the costs of living and training expenses, as well as post-secondary education.
We have delivered record support for our Winter Games athletes with a 20 per cent increase in funding for winter sports over the last four-year winter sport cycle. In turn, the participation of our Canadian athletes in the 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games serves as an opportunity to promote our culture and our values of openness, equality and fair play, as well as an opportunity to affirm Canada’s reputation as a leading sport nation.
Nova Scotians can be particularly proud of the contributions of athletes like Sidney Crosby and Alexandra Duckworth, who both represented our province with tremendous honour.
I would like to congratulate each and every one of our competing athletes for their success in reaching this incredible milestone. Their dedication and drive, which has brought them to 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, has already made Canadians across the country very proud.
Peter MacKay is MP for Central Nova and federal Justice Minister