Happy new year, Mr. Speaker.
It is an honour to deliver the very first member's statement in our new House of Commons. I am optimistic about what we can accomplish here.
In Centre Block, MPs implemented transfers for early learning and child care. I believe this House should support provinces in building universally accessible child care across Canada. In Centre Block, MPs passed the Canada Health Act. I am optimistic this House will finally add prescription drugs and dental treatment to our public health care system. In Centre Block, MPs adopted public pensions and child benefits. I hope this House will continue to expand these social programs toward guaranteeing every Canadian a minimum level of income and a decent standard of living.
The workers who built this chamber did a great job. Now it is our job to deliver for working Canadians.