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Implementation of a Foreign Agent Registry
September 28, 2023
All lobbyists who advocate on behalf of a third party to the federal government must register – it is common sense to require those doing paid work for foreign governments to do the same.
Conservatives believe paid agents of foreign governments should have to be registered to protect our democratic institutions and Canadians, particularly those in diaspora communities, from being targeted by hostile foreign entities.
Conservatives have been calling for this measure for years, and last year Justin Trudeau’s senior bureaucrats also recommended it.
We still have no date, timeline, or certainty on when a registry might be established.
Canadians need protection from foreign interference, not more Liberal delays.
C-234: Exempting Canadian Farmers from the Carbon Tax
September 18, 2023
A recent report from the independent Parliamentary Budget Officer shows that the Liberal carbon tax on natural gas and propane will cost farmers $978 million by 2030.
Farmers are bearing the brunt of that effect, with the costs of grain drying and barn heating increasing, but we can see it rippling out to all Canadians already.
From the farmer who is taxed to grow the food, the trucker who transports it, the store that sells it, and the family that buys it, the carbon tax is harming all Canadians.
As the cost-of-living crisis continues to grow and record high inflation remains a high concern, financial burdens on families, seniors, and young people are worsening.
Conservatives want to exempt farmers from the carbon tax to lessen the burden that all Canadians are facing. Our previous attempt with Bill C-206 made it to the Senate in 2021 but died when Prime Minister Trudeau called an election. Now, Conservative Bill C-234 has passed the House of Commons and is currently before the Senate.
Together with my colleagues, I will continue to stand for Canadian farmers and their families, and will prioritize axing the Trudeau-NDP carbon tax to bring down the cost of food, gas, and heat for Canadians.
Bill C-314: MAiD for Mental Illness Alone
March 31, 2023
Recent polls say that two-thirds of Canadians feel that Canada is broken. One of our society’s pillars they feel is broken is our health care system. Canadians used to be proud of our universal, world-class, cutting-edge health care system. Now, people wait hours for emergency care and months for specialist appointments.
When asked whether patients suffering from a mental illness should be considered eligible for MAiD, Dr. Tyler Black told the Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying 2 years ago that it is up to the patient to consider all the information and “make the best decision they can.” Yet, I question how a choice can be truly free when there is no accessible alternative.
Dr. Jitender Sareen, from the Association of Chairs of Psychiatry, said in December 2022 that “We’re in the middle of an opioid epidemic. And we’re in the middle of a mental health pandemic. Post-COVID, wait times for access to treatment are the highest ever.” We can’t pretend patients have a free choice between MAiD and treatment when treatment is so inaccessible.
With no consensus on pivotal questions as “Can this person be cured,” it is unacceptable to assume they cannot. Providing MAiD to a person suffering solely from a mental illness is an irreversible reaction to a condition we do not know is incurable.
This lack of consensus alone should be enough to say definitively that no – expanding MAiD is not a responsible choice. Instead, let’s fix our healthcare system. Let’s see this government deliver on its forgotten promise to fund a Canada Mental Health Transfer. Let’s give hope for a better tomorrow and the support needed to live through today.
Bill C-21: Firearm Regulations
June 21, 2022
Building a safer Canada is a top priority to me as a member of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security. However, Bill C-21 ignores the root causes of gun violence and causes harm to law-abiding citizens who wish to participate in recreational activities such as hunting, Airsoft, and sport shooting.
In a recent Public Safety Committee study on gang violence, we found that the main issues we should be addressing are preventing the flow of illegal guns across the border and improving our ability to trace the source of firearms used in crime. You can find a video clip where I brought up these points in the House of Commons under the Video Gallery tab on my website.
On June 9, Conservatives proposed that the sections of the Bill which would garner unanimous consent, such as provisions to assist victims of domestic violence and to issue harsher penalties for gun smugglers, should be split from the rest of the Bill and voted on separately. But the Liberals voted against this motion, unwilling to put what is best for Canadians ahead of their political agenda.
I will continue to advocate for common sense firearm regulations that will target the real issues, such as the smuggling of illegal weapons into Canada and gang violence.
Conservative Party Leadership Race
June 18, 2022
Now is the time to rebuild our country and restore our freedoms.
I am proud to endorse Pierre Poilievre as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada because I believe he is the leader Canadians need.
Pierre was first elected in 2004 and has been serving in the Ottawa area ever since. From 2013 onward, he has held ministerial positions in finance, industry, and employment, and the economy is one of his top priorities as leader.
One way he proposes to tackle inflation is by implementing a ‘pay-as-you-go’ law, requiring any dollar spent by the government to be matched by a dollar cut somewhere else.
He also is a big proponent of fast-tracking the recognition of foreign credentials, so that skilled immigrants, such as doctors and nurses, can begin working here sooner.
Learn more about Pierre's plan for a stronger Canada here: Pierre Poilievre Leadership Campaign (pierre4pm.ca)
February 16, 2022
Throughout the pandemic, and especially in these last few months, Mr. Trudeau has been very divisive. He often says “we are in this together” but in the same breath he belittles those who disagree with him. “They take up space” he said of those who disagree with vaccine mandates. “This leads us as leaders and as a country to make a choice; do we tolerate them?” He is speaking of his fellow Canadian citizens!
Earlier in the pandemic Mr. Trudeau promised readily available vaccines “for everyone who chooses to take one” but during the recent election campaign he shifted to a much more adversarial tone. One of his own caucus members said recently, “I can't help but notice with regret that both the tone and the policies of my government have changed drastically since the last election campaign. It went from a more positive approach to one that stigmatizes and divides people” (Quote from Liberal MP Joël Lightbound in his press conference on February 8, 2022).
In my opinion, this is not how a leader pulls a nation together; this, unfortunately, is a leader attempting to divide Canadians for political gain.
The Conservative Party maintains that vaccines are the best tool for fighting the spread of the COVID19 virus, but that ultimately people must be free to make their own health decisions. People who feel stigmatized and cornered will protest. This tone and method was entirely preventable.
On Monday (February 14), our Conservative members introduced a motion to call on the government to table a plan for the lifting of all federal mandates and restrictions and to table that plan by the end of the month. The Liberal and NDP members voted down that motion down, and an hour later, Mr. Trudeau, invoked the Emergencies Act. Countries like Sweden, Norway, Ireland, the UK, Spain and Denmark are removing restrictions and mandates, even though they have a lower vaccination rate than Canada, and Mr. Trudeau is doing nothing of the sort. We need a plan, and we need a leader who will be a leader for all Canadians.
End All Mandates
On an Opposition Day, motions put forward by an opposition party are debated and put to a vote. Friday, February 11, 2022, the Conservative Party of Canada tabled the following motion for immediate debate:
That, given that provinces are lifting COIVD-19 restrictions and that Dr. Theresa Tam has said that all existing public health measures need to be “re-evaluated” so that we can “get back to some normalcy”, the House call on the government to table a plan for the lifting of all federal mandates and restrictions, and to table that plan by February 28, 2022.
Monday, February 14, the Liberals voted this motion down, continuing to refuse to show leadership by releasing a concrete plan on when mandates will be rolled back.
The Conservative Party will continue to call on the government to release a plan on giving Canadians their freedoms back and ensure that no additional mandates are implemented. It is encouraging to see Provinces across the country following the science and advice of health experts by beginning to remove mandates.
Open the Borders
I have spoken to many residents of Langley—Aldergrove who are increasingly frustrated with the federal government’s rules around re-entry into Canada. They dutifully get their PCR tests abroad (sometimes at great expense and inconvenience), they present the negative results before getting on a plane and again when on arrival in Canada and are then told they must subject themselves to yet one more test. Surely there is a better way, even as we follow the advice of our public health officers.
Last Friday, February 11, 2022, the Conservative Party of Canada tabled the following motion for immediate debate:
That, given that provinces are lifting COVID-19 restrictions and that Dr. Theresa Tam has said that all existing public health measures need to be “re-evaluated” so that we can “get back to some normalcy”, the House calls on the government to table a plan for the lifting of all federal mandates and restrictions, and to table that plan by February 28, 2022.
Monday, February 14, the Liberals voted this motion down, continuing to refuse to show leadership by releasing a concrete plan on when mandates will be rolled back. The Conservative Party will continue to call on the government to release a plan on giving Canadians their freedoms back and ensure that no additional mandates are implemented. It is encouraging to see Provinces across the country following the science and advice of health experts by beginning to remove mandates.
We are seeing the highest inflation rates of the last 30 years. This is worrisome. The Trudeau government has said time and again that today’s inflation is just a temporary problem created by covid-related supply chain disruptions. Tell that to the many young families in Langley and Aldergrove, and indeed across this country, who are giving up the dream of ever buying their first home. For them inflation is a real problem.
I’ve spoken about the challenges of house price inflation in the House recently:
Debate on the Speech from the Throne: We’ve heard the Minister of Finance and others on the front bench say that today’s inflation is global and transitory, not just a Canadian problem. What’s that supposed to mean? It’s not much comfort to people like Alison in my riding to say today’s inflation is transitory, caused by pandemic-related supply chain disruptions. House price inflation at the rate of 25% per annum doesn't sound temporary to a young family who is willing to bid $100K over asking price and still being outbid, not once or twice, but ten times over a period of a year.
During question period: Madame speaker Canada’s economy needs to improve productivity and for that we need to grow our workforce with more highly skilled immigrants and more people with the skills, training and knowledge that employers require, but here is the problem. People cannot afford to live in some economic-generating cities because out-of-control housing inflation. When will this government take concrete steps to curb inflation, increase the housing supply, and get Canada back into a leadership role in the G7?
Our Finance Shadow Minister, Pierre Poilievre, has pointed out that inflation hurts poor families and young people just starting out the most. It is ironic that this Liberal government who have been claiming to advocate for the middle class “and those striving to join it” should be downplaying the risks of inflation that are hurting this group of Canadians the hardest.