Canada’s federal election has come to an end, and Canadians have elected a Liberal minority government. No party was able to obtain the 170 seats required to secure a majority government.
Elections Canada reported the following provisional results:
Liberal Party – 159 seats
Conservative Party – 119 seats
Bloc Quebecois – 33 seats
New Democratic Party – 25 seats
Green Party – 2 seats
OSPE is pleased to inform the engineering community that the following four professional engineers will be returning to Parliament Hill:
- Sukh Dhaliwal, P.Eng. (Liberal Party, Surrey-Newton)
- Marilyn Gladu, P.Eng. (Conservative Party, Sarnia-Lambton)
- Omar Alghabra, P.Eng. (Liberal Party, Mississauga Centre)
- Marc Garneau, P.Eng. (Liberal Party, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount)
OSPE believes that having more elected engineers on Parliament Hill will ensure that the voice of the profession is amplified. Engineers are capable leaders that must share their expertise to ensure that sound policy solutions are developed and implemented in the province of Ontario and throughout Canada. OSPE looks forward to working with these and all elected Members of Parliament to ensure that the engineering expertise is at the forefront of evidence-based policy making.
OSPE would like to share some of our advocacy priorities once this new Parliament resumes its session.
- Train engineers for the skills required to succeed in the energy efficiency and green building sector.
- Drive the transformation of engineering education.
- Invest in talent development, knowledge training, and supports for engineers in Ontario.
- Support organizations that implement inclusive design principles and the growth of a diverse workforce to enable economic equity and recovery in Canada.
- Work with the provinces and municipalities to prioritize investment in sustainable infrastructure, including pre-design and design activities.
- Work with provincial and territorial governments towards a sustainable transition, by encouraging the use of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and emissions free technology.
- Invest in Ontario’s Mining Industry to ensure proper clean-up of Ontario’s orphaned and abandoned sites.
- Invest in Ontario’s Mining Infrastructure, including the Ring of Fire.
- Invest in Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) to create jobs in the nuclear energy industry and provide additional sources of low carbon electricity and heat.
Research and Innovation
- Support local manufacturing innovation and production.
- Create a dedicated fund to support Ontario businesses in Research and Development (R&D) activities with a strong focus on local commercialization, including development and protection of Intellectual Property (IP) for Ontario and Canada’s benefit.
- Support the generation, protection, and commercialization of intellectual property (IP) in small to medium enterprises (SMEs).
The following document provides several recommendations that OSPE has put forth to the federal government. We will continue to work with all levels of government to advance the interests of the engineering community.
What do you think about our recommendations? Did we miss any important issues? Let us know in the comments below, contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you’re an OSPE member head over to the ENGage Forum and start a discussion there.