The Speaker’s Dining Room on Parliament Hill was abuzz last week, when CCSTA hosted a range of MPs and parliamentary staff members for a special reception.
The gathering was an opportunity to have discussions about Catholic education in Canada. As part of its vision, CCSTA hosted the reception to build relationships with MPs from across the country, and showcase the how Catholic education remains an integral component to the country’s make up.
Hosted by Deputy Speaker Bruce Stanton, the reception opened up at 5:00 p.m. Mr. Stanton welcomed the group at 5:30 p.m., and then introduced CCSTA Director, Marino Gazzola, who delivered greetings on behalf of CCSTA. He then introduced the next three speakers, who were representing their respective party.
Sault. Ste. Marie MP Terry Sheehan first spoke on behalf of the Liberals.
“A particular thank you goes out to Terry Sheehan who was instrumental in helping organize the day,” explains CCSTA Executive Director Julian Hanlon. “He is a former Catholic School Trustee with the Huron-Superior Catholic School Board and his background and involvement in the Catholic education system showcase how it holds meaning for MPs representing our country.”
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, MP for Niagara Falls, spoke on behalf of the Conservative Party. Cheryl Hardcastle, MP for Windsor—Tecumseh, offered greetings from the NDP Party, as did Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus.
Each speaker addressed the crowd for a few minutes and outlined their knowledge and understanding of the role Catholic education has and does play in Canada.
“All the speakers were very complimentary about the importance of Catholic education,” says Hanlon.
Approximately 30 MPs dropped by and they all recognized the importance of Catholic Education.
Hanlon also extends his gratitude to Deputy Speaker Bruce Stanton for hosting such a successful reception.
“The main purpose of this reception was to build on our existing relationships at Parliament Hill and to make sure everyone understood the impact we are having across the country,” says Hanlon. “We think it did just that.”