For Immediate Release
OTTAWA—Today, John Nater was formally sworn in as the Member of Parliament for Perth—Wellington. The Office of the Clerk of the House of Commons administered the Oath of Allegiance—a requirement of the Constitution Act, 1867, formerly the British North America Act, 1867.
“It is an honour to serve the people of Perth—Wellington, and I will be accountable to them,” Nater said following the ceremony. “While I was officially sworn in today, I have been working on behalf of the citizens of Perth—Wellington since I was elected on October 19th,” he added.
Nater’s swearing-in will enable him to hire staff and open a constituency office. His Stratford office will be located at 59 Lorne Avenue, Unit A; it will open in the coming weeks. In the New Year, Nater will also open a full-time office in Harriston once construction is complete at the “Old Post Office” on Elora Street.
“My constituents can count on me to be accessible,” Nater stated. “We will listen and respond to their concerns, whether in person, by phone, email or social media.”
Nater’s priorities will be those he outlined in the election campaign.
“I was elected on a platform of keeping taxes low, supporting families and living within our means,” he said. If the government’s policies do these things, I will support them, but if they don’t, I won’t.”
He added: “While I will serve as an Opposition Member of Parliament, I remain committed to working constructively and collaboratively with the Liberal Government on issues that matter to the people of Perth—Wellington.” To that end, Nater’s first act after being sworn in was to write letters to five Cabinet Ministers emphasizing key issues to the people of Perth—Wellington.
Nater has already written to the ministers of Transport; International Trade; Agriculture and Agri-Food; Employment, Workforce Development and Labour; and Finance. “I wrote these letters because it is crucial, right out of the gate, that the government understand some of the issues that most concern us in Perth—Wellington,” Nater explained.
For more information on the swearing-in process visit House of Commons Procedure and Practice.
Nater was elected to Parliament on October 19, 2015.