Statement from Member of Parliament Michelle Ferreri on the rising of the House of Commons for the summer.

June 29th, 2023


Peterborough, Ontario — Michelle Ferreri, Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha and Conservative Shadow Minister for Families, Children and Social Development, released the following statement regarding the summer rising of the House of Commons:

“With the House of Commons rising on June 22nd, 2023, I thought the residents of Peterborough—Kawartha would appreciate a report on the 2022-2023 Federal Parliament session.

“This session, I worked to elevate the concerns of Peterborough—Kawartha. I had 199 interventions in the House of Commons; these interventions included questioning the government on the cost-of-living crisis, rising interest rates, inflationary spending; calling on Justin Trudeau to end his punitive carbon tax and invest in solutions that help our climate, the lack of housing, particularly affordable housing, a push for jail not bail for violent repeat offenders, and accessibility to treatment and recovery for those managing addiction and mental disorders. 

“During committee work, I had over 400 interventions and highlighted some incredible work of the residents of Peterborough—Kawartha.

“Working with my colleagues on the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities to award Peterborough resident Rachel Quilty as the recipient of the 2023 edition of the Centennial Flame Research Award. 

“Rachel Quilty’s special work of interest is Capable Con – an event that brings together organizations within the accessibility community. 

“The Centennial Flame Research Award is granted to a Canadian with a disability to enable them to conduct research and prepare a report on the contributions of one or more persons with disabilities to the public life of Canada or the activities of Parliament, with a monetary prize of $7,500.

“During my work on the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, we released two critical reports with tangible recommendations to the government of Canada:

Report 7 – Time to Listen to Survivors: Taking Action Towards Creating a Safe Sport Environment for All Athletes in Canada calls on the government of Canada to establish an independent national public inquiry into maltreatment in sports in Canada.

Report 6 – A Step-by-Step Approach to Supporting the Mental Health of Young Women and Girls in Canada provides 18 recommendations to the government of Canada from data collection and research, engagement, prevention, supporting resources for practitioners, and education of self-regulation. I was proud to bring experts to testify on the study, including Jordanna McLaren and Brittany McMillan from Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, Dr. Rakesh Jetly, Psychiatrist from the MEHRIT Centre Dr. Stuart Shanker, and Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services Executive Director Amber Crowe.

“This Parliament, I was also tasked as the critic to bill C-35, An Act respecting early learning and child care in Canada. I worked diligently to amplify the voices of parents, caregivers and operators who are left without access to childcare while recognizing those who do have access to the program are benefiting. 

“It is an honour to represent Peterborough—Kawartha, and I hope to see many of you this summer. Our constituency office is open to serve you with all federal government needs, including EI, OAS, CPP, Veterans Affairs, Immigration, passports, and CRA.

“Please reach out anytime to or call 705-745-2108″


To see the full summary of the 2022-2023 sitting of the House of Commons: CLICK HERE.