Dear friends,

January was a busy but exciting month for our riding. It was the first time in our history that a sitting Prime Minister has visited Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook. Not only was I proud to host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a Town Hall in Sackville, I was proud of my constituents and the good but tough questions they asked him. I would like to thank all who attended, my staff, the volunteers and the people at Sackville High School who made the event possible – thank you!

Earlier last month I was pleased to join the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development at St. Joseph’s Children Centre to announce a $35-million bilateral agreement with the province to make child care more accessible for families by creating more than 1,000 new daycare spaces. I am proud that with the federal contribution 550 more children will receive the maximum child-care subsidy because the province can now increase the family income eligibility threshold from $25,000 to $35,000. I am proud of this initiative because more spaces and more subsidies in our riding mean more support for families.

With the leadership of Nancy Smithers, Nova Scotia Organics has been producing organic vitamins, minerals, supplements and snacks for 21 years. Last month, I was happy to tour their facility in Lawrencetown and get behind the scenes of their products. While there, I was proud to hear that through ACOA’s Business Development Program, NS Organics has received a $430,815 repayable contribution to implement a marketing plan to increase their sales to international markets. I am always impressed by the number of businesses in our riding that touch markets and communities around the world. NS Organics is no exception and I wish them all the best going forward.

In the coming weeks I plan to meet with our active seniors groups, volunteer firefighters and of course my youth council. If you or someone you know is between 15-24 years old and interested in learning more about our riding, please contact our office – it’s not too late to join!

Finally, I would like to invite everyone to a community skate on family day!

• February 19 (Family Day), 11-1pm at the Sackville Arena

(91 First Lake Dr, Lower Sackville, NS B4C 2S8)

It will be a chance to enjoy some light exercise and meet other families in our riding. There will of course be chili, hot chocolate and treats to warm us up as well. I look forward to seeing you there!

With our shortest days behind us, I am looking forward to returning to Ottawa so that I can continue my work of representing the people of Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook in the House of Commons.

Sincerely,

Darrell J. Samson, M.P.

As always, if you would like to hear more about the work I do both in Ottawa and in the riding , please tune in to 105.9 Seaside FM and 97.5 FM Community Radio in Sackville every Thursday for updates!

Visit me online at:

– Website: dsamson.liberal.ca

– Facebook: www.facebook.com/darrellsamsonliberal

– Twitter: @darrellsamson

– Email: darrell.samson@parl.gc.ca

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Pat has grown up in East Hants, having called Milford, and now Enfield home. He graduated from the journalism program at Holland College in 2001, and has spent time at newspapers in NL and Alberton and Summerside, PEI before becoming a reporter/photographer at The Weekly Press/The Laker in October 2008. He has a rescue kitty named Asha that is much loved—and spoiled. Pat is also our "social engagement guru." Check him out on twitter!