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Moncton, New Brunswick
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Responsible, compassionate, and thoughtful, Lisa Raitt’s life changed when she first met Stephen Harper, who inspired her to run in the former riding of Halton in 2008 and then asked Lisa to serve in his Cabinet immediately after being elected to the House of Commons. She was most recently  re-elected to serve as the Member of Parliament for Milton. 

Previously, Ms. Raitt served as Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Minister of Labour and Minister of Transport and following the 2015 federal election, the finance critic for the Official Opposition.

Prior to her election to the House of Commons, Lisa was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Port Authority (TPA). She had previously served as the TPA’s general counsel and harbourmaster.

Lisa is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Guelph.  She earned her law degree from Osgoode Hall at York University, specializing in intellectual property, commercial litigation and shipping arbitration.

Lisa is an active member of her community and has volunteered for many worthwhile organizations including the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and various Mental Health initiatives across Canada. As Minister of Labour, Lisa helped launch Bell’s Let’s Talk, starting a nationwide conversation about mental health.

Lisa is married to Bruce Wood and the mother of two boys who are actively involved with many sports organizations in their family hometown of Milton, Ontario.

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Lisa Raitt: The bad news budget

March 25, 2017



I’ve found something good in Justin Trudeau's budget.

It gives me a chance to highlight the Liberal priorities and contrast them with what my priorities will be as Prime Minister.

You already know the Liberal budget raises taxes and makes life harder for families, but did you know:

  • It increases the cost of taking public transit by scrapping the Public Transit Tax Credit;
  • It adds a 13% tax on ride-sharing services like Uber;
  • Employment Insurance premiums are going up, which means more money off your paycheque;
  • It adds more than $26 billion to our debt this year, despite promises of “only” $10 billion deficits;

Be a part of the movement dedicated to ending Justin Trudeau’s time in office and achieving a Conservative Victory in 2019!

In less than a 1.5 years, Justin Trudeau has taken our balanced budget and plunged our country into a deficit hole tens of billions of dollars deep – and he’s determined to continue digging.

That means our kids, and their kids, will be paying for his mistakes long after he’s been removed from office.

Here’s the contrast: My tax plan removes all income tax from the first $15,000 you, and every Canadian worker, earns. That’s an average of $500 less in taxes for every single Canadian worker.

Justin Trudeau is focused on raising your taxes. I will lower them, helping you hold on to more of your own money. That’s the difference between Liberal and Conservative priorities.

I am the only leadership candidate who was in Cabinet and on the government committee that cut spending and balanced the books - all while providing tax relief to Canadians. It can be done. I have done it and I will do it again.

Join my team and together we will achieve Victory in 2019.

Thank you,

Lisa Raitt

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