My colleagues and I returned to Ottawa this week. We continue to face a number of disappointing decisions from the Liberal Government and hope to continue holding them to account this winter.
Trudeau’s Illegal Vacation
The Ethics Commissioner found that the Prime Minister violated four counts of the Conflict of Interest Act for his illegal vacation on the private island of the Aga Khan. This is the first time a sitting Prime Minister has ever been found guilty of breaking federal law. It is completely unacceptable.
The Prime Minister thinks by apologizing that the issue will go away. For an apology to be real, there must be a sincere effort to make amends. We are calling on the Prime Minister to pay back Canadian tax payers the $200,000 it cost all of us so he could take an illegal vacation.
BC NDP Pipeline Interference
The BC NDP has thumbed their nose at the rule of law, scientific evidence, and the confederation of Canada this week by maneuvering to block the Trans Mountain Pipeline that had been duly approved by the National Energy Board. Conservatives believe that the independent, scientific, evidenced-based decision making process that the Trans Mountain Expansion project went through clearly showed that the pipeline could be expanded safely. The permit to expand this pipeline can be revoked if the proponent violates 1 of 157 conditions.
The Prime Minister has yet challenge BC’s Government regarding this attack on our economy the laws that govern our country. We are calling on him to stand up for Canadian jobs and to stand up for Canada’s rule of law.
Canada Summer Jobs Program – Trudeau Values Test
A hot button issue in our riding and across the country is the Liberal decision to force Canada Summer Jobs Program applicants to sign an attestation letter that they share similar values to Justin Trudeau.
This has had many faith groups who operate non-profits, summer camps, homeless shelters, and much more feeling conflicted between applying for the support they need and abandoning their principles.
It is not appropriate for the Prime Minister to force his values on others who act within the law. His government is being taken to court over these actions. In addition, my colleague and former Minister responsible for the program, Diane Finley, has started an E-petition. You may wish to check it out and share with your network. https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1434
As a co-chair on the Alberta Rural Crime Taskforce, I have been meeting with stakeholders on the very serious and growing issue over the past few months. The scope of the issue is quite large, with our focus being on four key areas; crime prevention, criminal investigations, criminal prosecution, and punishment.
I held a public meeting last weekend in Innisfail that was well attended by legislators at all three levels of government, RCMP members, and citizens at large. I look forward to future discussions on the issue as we seek out some solutions to rural crime in Alberta.
My next town hall will be on February 20th at the Eagle Hill Community Hall from 7-9 p.m. I look forward to hearing what the community members have to say.
Sincerely your Member of Parliament,
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