WEEKLY UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 28
As this is one of the busiest shopping weekends before Christmas, I wanted to encourage you wherever possible to buy from stores that create jobs here and support our communities.
MP Motz was in Ottawa this week to take on the Liberals – representing the needs of the riding and calling out Liberal mismanagement. In particular, he attended two Public Safety and National Security meetings.
Justin Trudeau, Minister Patty Hadju and the Liberal government refused to give details or a timeline on when vaccinations would begin for Canadians since the US and UK had already announced timelines and targets starting in December 2020.
Prime Minister Trudeau retreated back to his cottage to begin daily press briefing once again. This is concerning since often other MPs bring forward real, important and unavoidable issues in the House of Commons – which is the seat of our government. That the concerns of Canadians seem to be of secondary concern only highlights the Liberals’ approach of ensuring they can keep the spotlight on themselves, regardless of the consequences.
Liberals introduced two Bills into Parliament (neither are COVID related or to help our economy rebound)
Bill C-11: A Bill to improve consumer privacy by replacing the current legislation with new legislation on the handling and care of consumers’ information. This legislation would also create a Tribunal to hear cases identified by the Privacy Commissioner for penalties on companies for violating the privacy laws. The Privacy Commissioner is only able to “name-and-shame” companies that are responsible for data breaches and loss of information that causes harm to consumers.
Bill C-12: This Bill to reach Canada’s net-zero emissions targets by 2050 has been described as a plan to make a plan. It requires the setting of national emission reduction targets to be set for 2030, 2035, 2040, 2045 and 2050, requires those plans and results to be tabled in Parliament, creates another advisory group for the Minister, requires the Minister of Finance to table an annual report on financial risks on climate change, and for the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development to examine the reports at least once every 5 years. Ironically, in 2015 the Liberals attacked the Conservative government for having an emissions reduction timeline of …. 2050.
ECONOMY AND AGRICULTURE
The federal government finally relaunched the commercial rent subsidy for small and medium businesses on Monday. The new program – promised in September – addresses many of the issues raised by Conservative MPs and small business owners in June when the Liberals launched the first program. Critically this new program does not require the landlord to agree to the program – which limited access to the previous program. To apply, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-rent-subsidy.html
The Liberal government’s program to support commercial rent for large companies appears to have been ineffective. After five months, the program has only had two recipients, and one of those companies was delisted from the stock exchange shortly after and has filed for bankruptcy protections. Gateway Casino & Gaming received $200 M from the federal program.
HEALTH & COVID
Canadian numbers continue to grow – with Alberta declaring a public health emergency and many provinces introducing or re-introducing measures to prevent further spread. Canada will likely pass 350,000 cases this week. For perspective, at the end of October Canada had 235,000 cases. November saw a 67% increase across Canada.
Canada has contracts will all three vaccines that appear to work against COVID. Unfortunately, we do not have the right to MAKE a vaccine. Countries like the US, UK and Australia all have the right to make the vaccines to grow and deliver them as quickly as possible – vaccinations for many will start in December. Conservative MPs, media and experts have warned that if Canada cannot make its own vaccines it will be stuck waiting down the line for doses while other countries vaccinate. https://www.macleans.ca/society/health/covid-vaccines-when-will-canada-approve-one-when-will-you-get-it/
Trudeau has no answers on COVID vaccine. Ontario – who had recently announced they were expecting vaccine deliveries in early 2021, announced that they are no longer sure when they will get them. The Trudeau Liberals were pressed repeatedly this week for the plan to deliver vaccine, who would be prioritized first, and when the process would start. On a call with Premiers, the Prime Minister still could not answer the questions. Months of planning and billions in spending for vaccines and they still don’t have a timeline to deliver it. https://globalnews.ca/news/7487423/coronavirus-vaccine-rollout-trudeau-premiers/
On Friday, November 27 (8 months, 14 days) the Liberal government (Retired) Major-General Dany Fortin to lead the planning of vaccine delivery. https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/top-general-to-lead-canada-s-vaccine-rollout-with-goal-to-immunize-millions-by-september-pm-1.5207122
SECURITY & BORDERS
Minister Blair appeared before the Public Safety Committee seeking approval of his departmental budgets. His answers – or more pointedly, the lack of answers – were deeply disturbing and only highlighted that the accountability and willingness of this government to provide answers to Canadians is desperately lacking. Blair did manage to blame Stephen Harper eight times for the many failures under his leadership. A program review from 10 years ago by a government that left office over 5 years ago is not why crime is higher, gangs, criminals and overdoses are rampant, the justice system is failing and the RCMP has lost the confidence of many Canadians.
The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP) is a group of Members of Parliament who review the actions, decisions, funding, and operations of Canada’s national security and intelligence teams. The 2019 report that was published earlier this year is a redacted version of the real report (that is only available to individuals with top secret clearance). The report outlined a lack of diversity in our national security and intelligence teams, our border teams’ work on national security and intelligence, and the significant amount of foreign influence and interference in Canada. The report can be found here
Bastarache Report: Justice Michel Bastarache, a retired federal court Justice, presented his public findings into harassment and abuse of women in the RCMP over the last 30 to 40 years. Justice Bastarache will be at Public Safety Committee next week to discuss the report and its findings. Warning – this report is not for the faint of heart and could be disturbing. The report was part of the settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit against the RCMP by women who faced repeated harassment and assault while on the job. More than 3,000 cases were presented, with more than 2,000 requiring compensation for pain, suffering and loss of opportunity.
Quebec Mosque shooter has sentence reduced: The man who entered a Quebec City mosque with firearms and killed six unarmed people in prayer and wounded six more, was originally sentenced to 5 concurrent life sentences (25 years) plus an extra 15 years for the 6th murder since the Judge said 25 years was not enough given the racism and hatred that fueled the attack. The Quebec Court of Appeals overturned that decision and reduced his sentence to 25 years and eligible for parole after those 25 years by striking down consecutive sentences in Canada as unconstitutional. Consecutive sentences were introduced by the previous conservative government to address heinous crimes where a killer with many victims was given the same sentence as someone who killed once. Consecutive and concurrent (serving multiple sentences simultaneously) are at the discretion of the sentencing judge. Conservative Justice Shadow Minister Rob Moore immediately called for the Liberal government to appeal the decision.
CORRUPTION & SCANDALS
Another Liberal MP has been (loosely) connected to criminal actions. MP Majid Jowhari took donations from and hosted Alireza Onghaei who was accused by Canadian security Intelligence Service (CSIS) of aiding Iran to circumvent sanctions by flowing money through his company in Canada. Jowhari – who represents Richmond Hill, Ontario – has been connected to the Iranian regime previously by a defected Iranian intelligence officer who was later assassinated, and for suggesting that Iran had an elected government (Iran’s government is headed by an undemocratic government with Supreme Leader Ali Kamenei).
WEEKLY UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 8 – 17
C-9, a Bill to implement changes to the wage subsidy program and create a new commercial rent assistance program continues rapidly through the House of Commons. Introduced on November 2, the Bill was approved through the House in 4 days and is now making its way through the Senate. While the Liberals have claimed repeatedly they needed to ram legislation through without due process, C-9 is proof that MPs can and will work together to make programs that Canadians need in the crisis. It demonstrates (again) that many of the arguments used by Trudeau and the Liberals to block democratic process do not hold up under scrutiny. C-9 remains the only Bill before Parliament related to the COVID pandemic and the only one introduced since September. It is expected to be passed through the Senate next week.
Former Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes released a book on her time as a Member of Parliament, noting that she felt unable to expression her opinions due to opinions and input being suppressed under Trudeau Liberal regime. Caesar-Chavannes’ resignation came close in time to Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation over the Prime Minister’s efforts to interfere in a criminal prosecution of SNC Lavalin. Caesar-Chavannes noted in a recent interview that “I think, at the end of the day, the commonality was there was this sense of if you speak up and you push back, you will get pushed aside or you will get thrown out (of caucus).”
HEALTH & COVID
Canada’s COVID numbers continued to climb with more than 4,000 new cases every day this week and over 5,500 yesterday. In fact, every day this week has recorded a new high number of new cases since the crisis began in March. In response to the growing crisis, the Prime Minister asked Premiers to act but was unwilling to suggest a course of action for Canada.
Pfizer (US company) and BioNTech (German company) announced it will seek expedited approval of the vaccine in the EU and the US following successful completions of health trials over 43,000 patients (half getting the vaccine, half getting a placebo). The vaccine is said to be 90% effective in preventing individuals from getting COVID-19. Canada has an agreement with Pfizer for 100 M doses of the vaccine, however the US and EU both have agreements, and Pfizer has moved to file in those countries already. Experts have noted there are still a number of steps needed before Canadians get vaccinated.
Health Minister Patty Hadju told Members of Parliament that she did not have the time to answer questions from MPs on the government’s response to COVID and her billions in past and future spending. Ministers are required to seek approval for the year’s expenditures and adjusted program spending from Parliament. The Minister’s testimony was delayed when the Liberals scheduled a vote at the same time as her already-scheduled testimony. She declined to extend her time at Committee or to re-schedule. While there is no doubt that the Health Minister and her officials are very busy right now and have been for a while, no Minister should ever hold themselves above the democracy of our country. Our rules and democratic process are most essential in a crisis, not something to be dismissed at any time.
Corruption and Scandals
Long time Liberal MP Yasmin Ratansi was caught employing a family member (her sister) in her constituency office, in contravention of House of Commons’ rules and standard ethical behaviour of public officials. Ratansi and her sister went to great lengths to hide her real identity, going by a different name and telling other staff not to tell anyone she was working there. Ratansi has been forced to resign as a Liberal MP and is now sitting as an Independent alongside former Liberal Marwan Tabara (who has been charged with assault and harassment). Conservative MP and Ethics Critic Michael Barrett has called for her to fully repay the misappropriated funds.
Canadians learned that all records of payments to members of the Prime Minister’s family to speak at WE events – totalling over $250,000 since 2015 – were destroyed by the company who employed them. The Speaker’s Bureau destroyed all records that were ordered by Parliament to be presented to the Finance Committee in August. Trudeau and the Liberals have gone to extensive lengths to hide details of the payments: One day before documents were ordered to be tabled to Parliament, the Prime Minister used his authority to prorogue (suspend) Parliament and suggested that the MPs could get those records when Parliament resumed. Now that the records have been destroyed, it raises even more questions about what the Prime Minister wanted to hide – so much so that he suspended our democratic government and now the company may have destroyed legal contracts and agreements. (NOTE: CRA is not fond of companies who destroy their records, which you are required to keep for at least 6 years). This is yet another example of how there are one set of rules for Liberal insiders, and another set for everyday Canadians.
ECONOMY & AGRICULTURE
With the pending confirmation of Joe Biden as the next President of the United States, Alberta faces renewed challenges. Biden opposes the Keystone XL pipeline, continuing the policies of the Obama administration that blocked the Keystone project for nearly a decade while supporting a massive expansion of oil production, drilling and fracking. The potential for more legal uncertainty for Canadian energy projects would only cause greater challenges at a time when Canada needs to revive its economy by restoring our resource sector.
The Murder Hornet has been found in BC, north of its first detected locations in Washington State in the US. The Murder Hornet preys on honeybees and wipes out colonies of bees that are critical pollinators for farmers. The spread of murder hornets could present new challenges for farmers in our communities if they are able to spread east of the Rockies.
SECURITY & BORDERS
Alberta launched its own Firearms consultation this week led by Medicine Hat MLA Michaela Glasglo on the federal firearms confiscation program banning standard hunting and sport shooting rifles. A federal firearms consultation lead by Minister Bill Blair received over 130,000 response with over 80 % opposing a ban, including a majority of firearms owners, non-firearms owners, men, women, rural, urban, and across nearly every age demographic. Having studied illegal firearms, crime and gangs as a police office and now as an MP, I believe the most compelling information against a firearms ban remains:
During a period of increased legal, licenced firearms ownership, there was also a reduction in crime and shootings. Government statistics and academic research show there is little correlation between criminal shootings and firearms ownership.
Police services across the country have reported their crime gun tracing – with many reporting that the vast majority of firearms are smuggled from the US, and the majority of crime guns are handguns. Results vary by region – with places like Winnipeg and Saskatoon having many crime guns stolen from legal owners, or homemade firearms like ghost guns, zip guns, or guns made from bike parts.
Canada announced special measures to support Hong Kong refugees seeking to flee the oppression of the Communist Chinese regime. The government announced it would provide new work permits for students and young people seeking to come to Canada with a pathway to permanent residency. The announcement did not make any mention of the Uyghurs whose oppression and persecution has been declared a genocide. The Uyghurs are being pressed into slave camps and forced labour.
Canada’s Intelligence Service, CSIS, is again warning of under-cover state agents of the Chinese communist regime targeting Canada’s Chinese community in an effort to silence critics of their oppressive rule. China has been running its “Operation Fox Hunt” for 6 years to target ethno-Chinese and threaten family members still in China if Canadians and citizens of other countries do not comply. In the US, the FBI has charged eight people with conspiracy as part of Operation Fox Hunt in their attempts to intimidate a Chinese citizen into returning to China by threatening his wife and children. CSIS is declining to comment on how many Canadians have been targeted by China. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-csis-warns-chinas-operation-fox-hunt-is-targeting-canadas-chinese/
WEEKLY UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 1 – 6
Next week is Remembrance Day where we honour the sacrifice of the women and men of our Canadian Forces. This year has made it challenging for traditional ceremonies to gather together and show our support for our troops, our veterans and our current Military and their families. I encourage you to attend ceremonies if it is safe to do so or stand on your front doorstep to observe a minute of silence in honour of our fallen heroes and women and men who have and continue to serve in our armed services.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole spoke to business leaders in Toronto about a vision for Canada that could help all Canadians prosper, not just the rich and those with well-placed friends in Liberal circles. See his speech here – on how we can build back stronger, smarter and more inclusive.
MP Motz was in Ottawa this week for his rotation in the House of Commons in-person sittings. You can see his questions and comments on supporting the Energy Sector, the need for a new direction because Canada is not OK, and how we owe many of our freedoms to Veterans.
Amazon-owned Whole Foods banned its employees from wearing Poppies as part of Canada’s national day of Remembrance. This position brought unanimous denouncement from political leaders across Canada.
MP Motz grilled Public Safety Minister Bill Blair on the failed policies of the Liberals as crime continues to climb across Canada, shootings and gang violence rise, smuggling and drug overdoses increase, and the justice system falters under the burden of backlogs and COVID work stoppages.
There was a Bloc Motion calling on Justin Trudeau to apologize for his father invoking the War Measures Act in Quebec during the terrorism attacks during the 1970s separatist crisis. Conservatives, including MP Motz, voted against this motion because this is not the time for blatant political attacks, defeating the motion.
ALBERTA & WEST
Canada added 83,600 jobs according to Statistics Canada in October, the lowest amount since the recovery began in May. In contrast, 378,000 jobs were added in September and averaged 395,000 per month for six months. Alberta’s employment levels remain the farthest from pre-COVID levels (February 2020).
WEEKLY UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 26-30
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s motion to improve effectiveness and inclusion of COVID small business supports and programs passed this week, halting the CRA’s audit of every company who received the wage subsidy. Despite Liberal MPs voting against the motion, all opposition parties (Conservatives, NDP, Bloc and Greens) voted for it.
Liberals tabled an Act in Parliament to address some of the problems identified in the commercial rent and wage subsidy programs. Many of these changes were sought by Conservatives, small businesses, Chambers of Commerce and non-profits/charities for the last 6 months.
The new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy for companies, non-profits and charities will extend support until June 2021 providing support directly to companies and landlords, rather than requiring landlords to opt-in for companies to qualify. The rent support will be on a sliding scale based on the decline in revenues up to 65% of eligible expenses. Claims can be made retroactively from September 27. Organizations forced to close by public health orders will be eligible for an additional 25% top up for a maximum support of 90% of rent.
The new Wage Subsidy program will be extended until June 2021, providing support up to 65% of wages until December 2020, and an undetermined level of support in the new year.
The Parliamentary Budget Officer, an independent public servant who provides budget and financial analysis to Members of Parliament and the public, blasted the Liberals for a lack of information and transparency on their pandemic spending. The Liberals have borrowed record levels of funds and spent billions but refuse to reveal details or account for the funding. Given several cases of the Liberals using money to help their friends (WE Scandal, former Liberal MP Frank Baylis) and the former Finance Minister resigning during a national scandal, the Liberals need to come clean on how they are spending our money.
Liberals tabled a significant revision of the Broadcasting Act to require online platforms like Netflix to make certain levels of investments in Canadian content and contain certain levels of Canadian content as is the case for television. The Bill also calls for programming to meet the needs of all communities in Canada including Indigenous communities and languages, racialized communities, diverse ethnocultural backgrounds, different socioeconomic statuses, abilities and disabilities, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions and ages. It would do this through new regulatory powers, new enforcement powers, penalties and permitting processes.
HEALTH & COVID
Canada surpassed 10,000 deaths from COVID, from over 253,000 cases, the majority of which are in Quebec (6,400+), Ontario (3,200+). Parts of Canada this week had new record levels of new COVID infections.
Conservative MP and Advisor to the CPC Leader on Mental Health, Todd Doherty, introduced a call for a three-digit national support line for suicide. Over the last year, many suicide help lines have reported very large increases in calls for assistance. Doherty has proposed 9-8-8 for the support line.
Conservative MP Matt Jeneroux’s Bill to create longer paid leave from work for grieving families was debated in the House this week. The Bill would provide time for families who lose a loved one time to recover and heal before having to return to work. The Bill mirrors one he introduced in Alberta as an MLA that provides extended leave for Albertans today. This new Bill would extend protections to federally regulated industries across Canada.
SECURITY & BORDERS
Liberal Minister for Public Safety this week suggested that the Liberals acted quickly and put in border screening measures as early as January 22. This appears to be an attempt to re-write history. A week later, public health officials testified they were still working on details of screening returning flights. In February and early March, the Liberal Health Minister suggested that border closures were ineffective to fight viruses because viruses “don’t follow borders”. In March, the last flight to leave Italy during its massive COVID outbreak landed in Toronto and there was no screening or checks of passengers as they left the plane. In May, provinces and cities began assigning their public health officials to screen returning flights because there was STILL no screening at airports. We can all accept that facing a first-of-its kind threat, mistakes have been made. But attempting to cover-up mistakes and denying they happened hurts our recovery and undermines our democratic institutions.
Minister Blair struggled trying to explain his firearms ban. Conservatives and Bloc questioned his methods and decisions. While Blair claims to not ban any shotguns, more than 60 shotguns have been prohibited since May 1, 2020. While he claims to have banned military assault rifles, he forgets these have been banned for decades in Canada. Among the firearms ban is hundreds of single shot rifles, break-open hunting rifles, and bolt action rifles.
WEEKLY UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 26-30
MP Motz is travelling to Ottawa to participate in Parliament next week.
Parliament is not dealing with any COVID-focused legislation. The Government has several Bills before Parliament including: sexual assault training for Judges (C-3); declaring Sept 30 the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (C-5); Conversion Therapy (C-6); Euthanasia (C-7); and changes to the Citizenship Oath (C-8). While all worthwhile debates, none of them are aligned with the claims the Liberals are focused only on COVID.
The Bloc Quebecois introduced a motion calling on Justin Trudeau to apologize for his father’s decision to unleash the military during 1970 when Quebec separatists were launching terror attacks and bombings. Trudeau (Junior) has said he will not apologize for that – which might be a first for him.
Toronto held two by-elections this week that raised some eyebrows for many. While the Liberals were able to hold on to two seats that have almost always voted Liberal (Toronto Centre hasn’t voted anything but Liberal in 27 years, York Centre vote Liberal every election except 1 in the last 50 years), it was very close. Liberals narrowly beat the Greens in Toronto Centre and won by 3.9% in York Centre over the Conservatives.
ALBERTA & WEST
Justin Trudeau once again fanned the flames of Western discontent. After years of decisions that hurt the West, he suggested on Edmonton radio that the problem was Jason Kenney and the Alberta government. Since 2015, the Liberals have cancelled three pipelines, destroyed over 100,000 jobs in the energy sector, banned tankers on the West Coast, refused to discuss or change federal equalization and support programs, implemented a plastics ban, created political barriers for our agriculture sector, and blamed hunters and sport shooters for shootings by criminals and gangs. It is not Alberta creating the problems in Canada – it is the Liberals.
The Saskatchewan Party gained a historic fourth majority mandate. What was notable was that in many rural regions, the second place party was the separatist Buffalo Party. This only shows that western anger and frustrations are real – and the Liberal denials of it are purely for political and partisan purposes.
Economy & Finance
Liberal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said the Liberals would continue spending significantly in the near future and would not be adopting new measurements for keeping debt and deficits under control. The Liberals promised deficits under $10 billion per year and a balanced budget by 2019. Instead they spent $80 B and never came close to a balanced budget despite a strong economy and higher taxes. They moved to a fiscal anchor of debt-to-GDP ratio and promised to keep it around 31%. Because of the pandemic, it has risen significantly. Freeland defended worrying about debt, suggesting “it’s a poor general who fights the last war”. Unfortunately for us, it is likely that Canadians will be paying for Liberal mismanagement for generations to come. Canada is projected to have a $343 Billion deficit this year – and pass $1.2 trillion in debt. To put it in perspective, paying down debt at $10 Billion per year (in addition to the tens of billions in interest payments) would take more than a century (assuming that a Trudeau-like government is never elected).
HEALTH & COVID
Conservatives were successful in passing a motion that compelled the Liberal government to produce materials and documents related to the COVID response, following a refusal by Liberal Ministers to be transparent and explain their decisions that included many patronage contracts, and unacceptable delays in responding to the pandemic. Liberals have continued their filibusters to block any study at committees in Parliament.
CORRUPTION & SCANDAL
Former Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner was made Counsel General in Boston. Liberals have made a number of partisan appointments to embassies around the World including former Ministers Stephane Dion (Germany), John McCallum (fired from China), Dominic Barton (China), Ralph Goodale (UK) and David McNaughton (US).
The Ethics Commissioner dropped one investigation into former Minister of Finance Bill Morneau: His failure to pay the full cost of his trip to Kenya to visit the WE charity sites. While the Commissioner noted he believed Bill Morneau thought he had paid the full costs of his trip and would drop that investigation, the Ethics Commissioner is commitment to investigating Morneau’s efforts to push for WE to receive $43 M in government funding to administer the Canada Student Service Grant program.
SECURITY & BORDERS
For a third time in a month, Liberals were caught providing quarantine exemptions for rich, top-level executives. United Parcel Service’s US executive was given a 3-day exemption to travel to Canada, meet with staff and return to the US by Foreign Affairs Minister Champagne. Over the last few months, nearly 200 exemptions to top-tier executives have been handed out by the Liberals. In contrast, many couples and families continue to fight to be re-united.
Tensions have decreased with more RCMP officers dispatched to Nova Scotia to deal with the dispute between First Nations and non-Indigenous commercial fisheries. This week Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller blamed RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, prompting the Assembly of First Nations to called for her to be fired. Trudeau has said he would stand by his pick for Commissioner (but he has been known to say that shortly before throwing people under the bus – examples: Bill Morneau, Stephane Dion, John McCallum, and Jody Wilson-Raybould).
Liberals announced increased targets of 1.2 M more new immigrants to Canada between 2021 and 2023. Which will be challenging with borders closed. The Liberal plan failed to deal with the massive backlogs in processing, significant questions around the family reunification program, potential screening and control measures during COVID, and questions around employment since our economy is already on rocky ground.
Canada uniformly condemned the attack on a Church in Nice, France by Muslim extremists this week. It is the third such attack in the country in recent months. The attack is reported to be in response to the publication of a controversial picture of Mohammed in the newspapers – a picture first published by a satirical paper Charlie Hebdo that resulted in a terrorist attack in 2011.
WEEKLY UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 18-23
ME before WE: Liberals dispel any questions of their corruption
The Liberal government confirmed its corruption this week when they put the interests of their leader and their party ahead of democracy, transparency and the interests of Canadians. The Liberals decided to risk it all as they were ordered by Parliament to release documents on misappropriated spending – documents that they had censored out before proroguing Parliament to interrupt previous investigations. They declared that our Conservative motion to create an Anti-Corruption Committee to continue the investigation would be a motion of confidence in the government. The NDP blinked – and voted not to have an election – allowing the Liberals to continue to cover-up how they tried to funnel tens of millions of taxpayers’ dollars directly to their well-connected friends, the Kielburger brothers. During a pandemic and rising COVID infections, the Trudeau Liberals put their political interests and cover ups ahead of the needs of Canadians, making it clear they would rather continue to cover up and risk greater spread of COVID than answer any questions. Their endless filibusters and off-topic questions only show that they are more focused on covering up their scandals and helping their friends than helping Canadians.
ONLINE RUMOURS (Internment Camps)
Several people have written into our office about “internment camps” being created by the Trudeau Liberals. The rumors stem from a purported “leak” from a ‘member of the Liberal Party Strategic Planning Committee.’ In this day and age, it is critical to always remember that not everything you see online or in an email is accurate, and each of us has a duty to ensure the veracity of information that we share and pass on. While the federal government is setting up voluntary quarantine facilities for incoming international travelers who do not have a suitable plan for quarantining, there is no truth that the government is setting up “internment camps”. With the number of questionable policies and actions by Liberals over the past few years, it is understandable why this far fetched policy might be considered something the Liberals might consider, but it is not accurate. There are many reports out there of online actors from countries like Iran, China, and Russia who are seeking to undermine our democracy, create civil strife and damage our country. I encourage people to check if something is accurate before they share it, forward it or repeat it.
CORRUPTION & SCANDALS
This week was full of revelations of even more corruption in the Liberal government:
- A former Liberal staffer raised serious concerns about the political interference on judicial appointments. Judges need to be independent and appointed based on merit. The Liberal government has been involving party insiders, partisan researchers, MPs and Cabinet Ministers in the process. This level of political involvement in judicial appointments was eliminated under the previous Conservative government – but apparently revived by the Liberals.
- Former Liberal MP Frank Baylis was in the news over a $237 M contract given to his company to produce ventilators. The contract was given to a company that produces brake parts – who then subcontracted 100% of the work to the Liberal insider’s company Baylis Medical. The Prime Ministers response – that the government doesn’t control which subcontractors are engaged – seems clear to be nothing more than getting their hands caught in the cookie jar. The Liberals and their friends seem quite gifted at that.
- NDP MP Brian Masse was fined by the Elections Canada Commissioner for the use of public funds to promote himself during the 2019 election. Masse purchased three billboards in August before the election began using taxpayer funding – and they were left up during the election period. This would have been allowed if Masse had accounted for the costs in his election budget.
- Justin Trudeau’s press secretary was fined $250 for failing to disclose a material change in his assets. Alex Welland stated he failed to report an increase in assets in a timely fashion. The Ethics Commissioner noted the fine has been paid.
Violence erupted in Nova Scotia over growing tensions between indigenous and non-indigenous lobster fishers. A First Nations fishery building was burned down, boats were being attacked and burned, and other confrontations have stemmed from the decision of the Sipekne’katik First Nation to start up a ‘modest-living’ lobster fishery ahead of the regular commercial season. A 1999 Supreme Court decision affirmed the right of First Nations to a ‘moderate livelihood’ fishing outside of legal fishing seasons. Licenced, non-Indigenous lobster fishers claim that Indigenous fishing is depleting the lobster and there will be none left when the next season comes back. A former senior Department of Fisheries and Oceans official noted that the Liberals have been warned about the growing tensions and declined to do anything to address the situation. Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan – who is from Nova Scotia – had calls to act in 2019 by members of the fisheries. See the story here: https://www.journalpioneer.com/news/canada/retired-dfo-area-chief-blames-fisheries-crisis-on-minister-511552/
Conservative Shadow Minister for Health Michelle Rempel Garner pushed for more information from the Liberals on their response to COVID. A Conservative motion called for the federal departments and agencies to table relevant documents pertaining to their decisions including wearing masks, claims that COVID does not spread person-to-person, personal protective equipment, vaccines and rapid testing. The Conservatives want clarity on testing and testing supplies, procurement of emergency supplies, vaccines and delivery to Canadians, federal and provincial health guidelines and advice, current stock of personal protective equipment, and border closure decisions. We have asked the government to work with Opposition MPs on this issue, however to date, the Liberals have resisted releasing information, suggesting it was too much work to provide information to Parliament.
Despite Conservatives and provinces being successful in pushing the Liberals to get rapid tests approved, Canada is far behind other countries. US and European authorities approved rapid testing in March and April. The Liberals have finally approved five rapid tests since Parliament resumed in September after Conservatives pushed them daily to get them approved. To date, Canada has received 100,000 out of 20 M (half a per cent) that are being distributed to provinces. Canada is expecting approximately 8.5 M tests by the end of the year and 11.5 M in 2021.
On Friday, the US Federal Drug Administration announced the approval of the first COVID drug: Veklury (aka – remdesivir). This drug is an IV anti-viral for individuals who have been hospitalized because of COVID and was initially authorized on an emergency basis. It has now been approved for use in the US for individual over 12 years old and over a certain height. It works by inhibiting a substance that the virus uses to make copies of itself.
SECURITY | BORDERS
The Canada-US border closure to non-essential travel was extended until November 21. This was not an unexpected announcement given growth in COVID cases in Canada and continued surges across parts of the US. Additionally, with the US election coming on November 3, changes or extensions on the border will likely be subject to whoever wins the election.
Alberta leading border screening project: Select international essential service travellers returning to Canada at Calgary International Airport and travellers entering at the Coutts, AB crossing will be able to quarantine for 24-48 hours by taking a test upon arrival and receiving a negative test result. Anyone who tests positive will need to quarantine and those who are not eligible for the program must undertake the current process of a mandatory 14-day quarantine. This pilot project could demonstrate why rapid testing is critical and the delays by the Liberals to get them approved have hurt our fight against this virus and hurt our economic recovery.
Nova Scotia Public Inquiry to mass shooting finally announced: After more than six months, the federal government and the government of Nova Scotia have finally launched a public inquiry into the mass shooting that took place on April 18 and 19. In July, the federal government was backtracked from a closed-door inquiry. That inquiry – which included former Liberal Minister Anne McLellan, met with planned protests by victims’ families and communities. McLellan resigned from the inquiry when it was made a public one. Despite no inquiry, the Liberals used the mass shooting to impose a firearm ban on legal and licenced owners. Media reports to date have shown that the shooter was not licenced to own a firearm and reportedly smuggled firearms up from the US.
Canada’s newest arctic patrol vessel – the Harry DeWolf – broke down just two and half months after it was delivered by Irving Shipbuilding to the Royal Canadian Navy. The Ship has returned to port for repairs to its communications systems and freshwater generators.
The International Crisis Group who employed Michael Kovrig called for his release before the UN Security Council (China is a permanent member of the Council). The call was supported by the German and UK Ambassadors. Mr. Kovrig is one of the two Michaels from Canada that China has questionably detained on espionage charges – and offered to release if Canada would release Huawei CFO Meng Wenzhou who was arrested in Vancouver on an international warrant. The Michaels were denied diplomatic access from December to October and have been in detention for nearly 2 years.
Canada’s Parliamentary Committee on human rights tabled a report on Wednesday calling China’s treatment of Uyghurs – an ethnic minority that speaks a Turkic dialect – was genocide under the United Nations definitions of the term and that China should face sanctions under Canadian laws. The Chinese Uyghurs have been rounded up into labour camps, “re-education” facilities and into forced labour (some of which makes products for sale in Canada). Conservatives including Michelle Rempel Garner and Garnett Genuis have been pushing for action against this massive oppression and subjugation of people in China. Beijing has responded with additional warnings and threats. A study into the issue in 2018 under the Liberal majority resulted in a news release but no formal report or recommendations.
COVID – Canada’s numbers and Travel Bans
Canada has been listed under a European travel ban due to Canada’s climbing COVID numbers. While Canada’s numbers are better than the US, Our World in Data Website shows Canada’s performance is well behind countries who took decisive and quick action on screening, testing and implementing travel restrictions. Compared to European counties and other allies, Canada’s second wave is larger per capita than those countries. Canada has performed better than Italy, UK and France who have the highest numbers in the region. However, countries who implemented effective medical screening of passengers returning from China in January and February have significantly lower community spread (such as Australia, Taiwan and New Zealand).
WEEKLY UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 17
Liberals are working day and night to prevent the release of documents on the WE Scandal that were promised to Parliament but blocked when the Prime Minister Prorogued the House the day before the documents were to be delivered. It is believed that un-redacted documents would demonstrate that Liberal Ministers directed senior public servants to give a $545 M student volunteer grant program to their friends at ME-to-WE who had promoted Justin Trudeau and paid his family members $500,000 to speak at events. Liberals have blocked three different committees. Conservatives will be working with other parties to create a Special Anti-Corruption Committee – similar to the one created after the Liberal Ad Scam in 2004.
The Ethics Commissioner is investigating Justin Trudeau’s third ethics and conflict of interest act violation as well as former Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s third investigation related to the WE Scandal. Morneau resigned over his roll in the WE Scandal, shortly before the Elections Commissioner named him for violating the Elections Act by using his Cabinet position to promote Liberal candidates in 2019.
This week Canadians became eligible to apply for the new Canada Recovery Benefit (replacing the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for those who do not qualify for EI). The launch of the program was rocky as many Canadians were unable to access the online portals and call in numbers were log-jammed. To apply and see details about the program, click on this link: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html
New COVID rent relief program that finally addresses issues raised since June by Conservative MPs, small businesses and advocacy group will help small businesses, charities and non-profits to pay for rent in October. Applications for the program will not be available until legislation is passed (it has not yet been made public yet). The government admits rent relief won’t likely be available until late November. Rent relief programs for businesses were promised in April, but the program only launched in June and required landlords to agree participate (many did not). More to follow.
Suncor in Alberta and Husky Energy project in Newfoundland have recently laid off thousands of workers because of the global pandemic and the lack of clear regulatory environment to return to work post-pandemic. Liberal rhetoric and actions show that they are not there for Canadians like energy workers when it counts. The Liberals have made billions available for “green” energy jobs, but declined to help workers on projects like the West White Rose project out east. Clearly when Justin Trudeau says he is there for Canadians, he is not talking about all Canadians. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/o-regan-husky-equity-1.5765074
The Bank of Canada is slowing down its emergency programs: Three programs designed to ensure that financial firms have access to cash to lend out to credit-worthy companies and individuals who needed it. For example, the Bank purchased billions of insured mortgages from lenders, in addition to buying government debt and printing billions per week. The Bank of Canada’s has taken on more than $350 billion in debt since the start of the Pandemic. https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/bank-of-canada-1.5764790
Months after the Premiers launched a joint small nuclear reactor energy project to make modular, small nuclear reactors a potential zero emission source of energy for small communities, the Liberal government launched their own plan to support the same industry. Instead of joining with Premiers and bringing Canadians together, the Liberals continue to create division even with new technologies that could reduce emissions and create jobs.
Communist regime in China has been funding language training in BC in exchange for information on local authorities and politicians according to Globe and Mail expose. This suggests that certain education organizations are being funded in part to gather information for the Chinese regime. Recently, news reports emerged that China’s private sector had collected extensive information on particular public leaders around the world including in Canada. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-beijing-used-influence-over-bc-schools-to-push-its-agenda-and-keep/
The Chinese envoy continued his threats against Canada for acting in our own defence and interests this week. The envoy told our government to stay out of democracy protests and issues in Hong King, and when Canada offered refugee status for people fleeing oppression, China’s envoy suggested Canadians in China and Hong Kong could face repercussions. This blunt and direct threat was met with silence from the Liberals but not from Conservative leader, Erin O’Toole. https://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2020/10/15/chinese-envoy-warns-canada-against-granting-asylum-to-hong-kong-protesters/#.X4ikitBKiUm
The height of Irony this week, China was elected to the United Nation’s Human Rights Council along side Russia and Cuba. This came the same week that their internment camps of Uyghers were declared a genocide. These Uyghers have been imprisoned, placed into forced labour camps and forced into “red-education” facilities.
After the government announced they had approved rapid testing for COVID in Canada after Conservatives MPs pressed them on failing to approve one for six months, Canadians still do not have access to rapid tests. The tests would allow parents to check that their children don’t have the illness, make sure workers aren’t sick, reduce contract tracing, testing backlogs and more issues facing Canadians right now. This past week Ontario and Quebec both set record numbers for infections.
The Liberals brought in sanctions against Belarus officials over “gross human rights violations” committed by the current regime. The sanctions freezes assets in Canada, prohibits certain business dealings and arms exports, and limits or bans financial assistance or services from providing services to Belarus nationals. The Liberal government has yet to bring in the same measures against China despite the genocide of people in their country, detention of Canadians and illegitimate trade barriers to Canadian products.
The Liberals have re-tendered the contract to develop a buyback and collection program for firearms banned since May 1. The proposal was originally tendered in August but cancelled after no companies bid on the project. The proposal would have the project completed by March 2021, which would suggest a buyback program would not start until at least March 2021. Amnesty for those who own a firearm that was prohibited is until April 2022. Retailers, manufacturers, and user groups are suing the government over the ban with support of democracy and rights groups.
Conservatives continue to press to uncover the truth about the Liberals WE Scandal. The Liberals have so far blocked motions in the House, then at the Finance and Ethics Committees. They have filibustered (speaking as long as possible to waste the Committee’s time and prevent Members from undertaking their work) and have gone so far as to unilaterally end meetings by cutting off the internet connection. As a result, the Conservatives will be moving for a Special Anti-Corruption Committee to look into their corrupt dealings and finally compel the government to reveal the truth.
WEEKLY UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 12 – HAPPY THANKSGIVING
MP Motz was in Ottawa this week to participate in the House of Commons. He returned to the Standing Committee of Public Safety and National Security and worked to restore previous studies into safety concerns that were cancelled when Justin Trudeau prorogued Parliament. In particular, MP Motz presented two proposals that all Opposition MPs supported including calling Public Safety Minister Bill Blair to Committee to address his mandate (something traditionally done at the first meeting, but the Liberal Minister has avoided to-date) and presenting a call for the Committee to look into rising crime rates, violence and shootings in nearly every community across Canada.
PLASTICS BAN: Ottawa branched out from their attacks on oil to include the manufacturing sector. In the middle of a health pandemic that has seen a return to use of plastic bags, plastic knives and forks to allow companies to meet strict health guidelines, the Liberals announced they would ban these products by 2022. While the decrease of emissions and reduction of plastics in our oceans is a worthy cause, plastics are used in renewable energy, vehicle manufacturing, health and medical devices, food protection and in some cases are required by federal or provincial regulations to ensure healthy and sanitary conditions in companies. This move could put $20 billion in investments and nearly half a million jobs in Canada at risk.
COMMERCIAL RENT PROGRAM: The government finally announced a replacement program for its deeply flawed rent subsidy program. The new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy provides up to 65% rent and mortgage relief for companies, charities and non-profits that have seen a revenue drop (with the promise of a scaled approach – with greater revenue declines, higher supports). Any organizations ordered to close due to COVID could be eligible for an additional 25% (raising the total amount of rent subsidy to 90%). However, everyone will have to wait as this new program will require legislation that has not been tabled in Parliament.
CASINO BAILOUT: MP Pierre Poilievre, the Conservative Finance Critic, called out the government for providing a $200 M bailout to a failing casino that was in deep financial distress . Gateway Casinos and Entertainment received $200 M from the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility in July. You can see the discussion here.
INFRASTRUCTURE: MP Motz rose in the House this week to press the Liberals to get infrastructure funding for small and rural communities out the door – not just promise to do it. Many communities across Alberta have shovel-ready projects that are in need of federal support and could have a lasting impact on Canadians’ quality of life and economic opportunity. See the question and answer here.
WESTERN ALIENATION: In the House this week, MP Motz compelled the Liberals to end their oppression of Western Canada. The Liberals ignored calls from MPs, Premiers and other Canadians to include and address Western Alienation in the Speech from the Throne. The Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs gave an answer.
CARBON TAXES: Canada’s Parliamentary Budget office is warning of the potential costs of the Liberal’s environmental plan to meet our carbon reductions through taxes alone. The report notes that Canada’s $30 per tonne carbon tax will have to increase to between $67 and $289 per tonne to achieve the Liberals’ targets.
COVID: Canada’s rates of COVID continued to climb this week and experts have suggested that many parts of the country have entered the second wave. Our National Capital Region has hit record levels of infections. I encourage all Canadians to be vigilant and careful – especially this weekend – to ensure we are not inadvertently transmitting this illness to those with compromised immune systems. Be responsible and take care of one another.
Canada’s Early Warning System for Health Pandemics: It could have informed Canadians of the threat of COVID but was shut down in late 2019 by the Liberals. This early warning system represented 20% of global health pandemic intelligence. While Liberals described the system as vital, they refuse to answer why it was shuttered on their watch. The promise of an independent review appears to many to be another attempt to cover up mistakes and mismanagement behind closed doors. Conservatives will continue to press for better answers as to why Canada’s pandemic warning system was shut down and why Liberals seem to favour information from China over Canadian experts.
HUAWEI: UK MPs – only a few weeks after the British government banned all Huawei products from their 5G networks – condemned Huawei for ”clear evidence of collusion” in the British House of Commons. While the Liberals did condemn China’s tactics of “hostage diplomacy”, they have not yet moved to ban Huawei after several years of “review”. Britain has gone so far as to order all Huawei equipment out of the networks by 2027 to protect their economic security.
FOREIGN AID: Promised foreign aid has come to a near standstill as a $1.5 Billion aid program for international assistance and loans for other countries has only committed $120,000 in three years. Foreign aid reduces suffering and poverty, as well as reduces chances for radicalization by extremists. Overall, foreign aid spending saves money by reducing security problems in the future and by eliminating future financial aid crisis. To date, our government has only spent 0.000008% of that funding. See more here
JUDGES: MP Motz spoke in support of Bill C-3 to require judges to undertake and continue training in sexual assault and harassment to help reduce stigma and barriers to Canadians seeking justice. Only a small fraction of cases are ever brought to police – and a small percentage of that prosecuted. Most sexual assaults never see any jail time. Conservatives will be looking to add parole judges to this regime as well. See the full speech here.
BORDER RESTRICTIONS: Last Friday, the Liberals finally announced they would allow families and people in committed relationships to reunite. For many months, many families and couples were split apart because non-Canadians and non-residents (even if they lived in Canada for years) were being denied entry into Canada to re-unite with loved ones. These easing of restrictions should not put Canadians in jeopardy as the standard health protocols of individuals entering Canada will still be required. However, it is baffling why it took seven months, thousands of emails, and numerous appeals from Opposition MPs to force the Liberals to do the right thing.
JUSTICE SYSTEM: Confidence in our justice system continues to drop. Ottawa’s mismanagement of the RCMP has slowly eroded the police’s ability to do their jobs effectively with inability to fill positions, lack of equipment, and cultural challenges. Alberta is now joining many other cities and provinces in re-thinking whether they would keep the RCMP as their provincial police or look at forming a new police force.
Liberal Members were once again attempting to disrupt Parliamentary proceedings this week. After spending days calling for Opposition MPs to expedite government legislation, the Liberals shut down the work of two committees to avoid votes that would open investigations into their corruption and practices related to the WE Scandal as well as other Liberal-friendly hand outs.
WEEKLY UPDATE FOR September 29 – October 2
Speech From the Throne
In August, the Prime Minister suspended Parliament in order to avoid investigation into his repeat scandals, corruption and assistance to insiders. However he claimed it was to address Canada’s pandemic and prepare for the next phase of recovery. The Speech from the Throne did not deliver what was promised and by all accounts, failed to meet expectations. Where there should have been a plan, there was a promise of more spending, higher taxes, social engineering, and empty Liberal platitudes. Canadians in search of help today found no answers on support programs, small business assistance or advancing the needs of key industries. Most importantly, the request to acknowledge and commit to address Western Alienation was ignored – and even mocked – by Trudeau.
A major part of the 2008 Economic Crisis recovery was effective investment in industry. Our community leaders know this –it can create important jobs for blue collar workers and get the economy moving. It also improves Canada’s key systems that deliver water, improve trade and support our communities. Unfortunately, few details were available. This week the Liberals announced they would allocate $10 Billion from the Infrastructure Bank of Canada towards rural broadband, clean energy projects, building retrofits and western irrigation for agriculture. While promising, this Liberal “Bank” has had $35 Billion in assets for years and has approved one Canadian project – a rail project in Montreal that Trudeau personally supported and announced. The Infrastructure Bank is intended to leverage private sector investments to advance infrastructure. It seems unlikely to help small communities that are most in need of financing to advance their projects.
COMMUNITY: Suicides in Medicine Hat
Our community is facing an unprecedented male suicide crisis. One is too many. Every person matters. You matter. Do not lose hope. You are not alone. I understand the struggles. Tell someone, help one another. Reach out to me directly – we can figure things out together.
SMALL BIZ: Commercial Rent Program Ends
The program to support small businesses by reducing their rent came to an end this week. The program was deeply flawed from the start, giving landlords the option of participating or not, having a complicated structure and taking months to get started. It was also wrapped in a scandal as Trudeau’s top advisor’s husband worked for the company that won the contract to administer the program. The Parliamentary Budget Officer noted the program was massively undersubscribed and the Liberals refused recommended changes from Conservatives, small business owners, and provinces.
SMALL BIZ: Small Business Grants Increased by $600 M for Canada
Liberals announced they would increase the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund delivered by Regional Development Agencies (Western Diversification for Alberta). Only a portion of this funding will be available to Western Diversification and some funding may be delivered through Community Futures and Community Foundation organizations. Stay tuned for more.
SUPPORT: Changes to CERB
A Bill introduced to provide three new programs to support Canadians with COVID had full support of all parties – but Members wanted to review it and suggest edits. The Liberals – refusing to listen to anyone (even some of their own MPs) would not allow debate, study, witnesses or edits to their Bill. Like every other time this has happened during COVID, there is likely to be problems that could have been fixed up front – but a stubborn Liberal government refused to listen. Again.
Programs details are here: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#individuals
Canada Recovery Benefit – As Canadians transition from CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit), they will be moved onto Employment Insurance or a new $500 per week benefit called the Canada Recovery Benefit. The program will require Canadians to apply and sign an attestation to qualify, try to find work, and not turn down reasonable offers of employment.
Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit – This program will provide up to two weeks of support for anyone forced into isolation, diagnosed with COVID, awaiting test results or exposed to the illness.
Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit – This program will provide up to 26 weeks of paid support for Canadians who are caring for a child or senior who must isolate, has COVID, or are unable to go to their normal daycare or support.
PARLIAMENT: Erin O’Toole from COVID
New Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole returned to Parliament after his isolation and recovery from COVID. He took the opportunity to address the challenges facing everyday Canadians that the Liberals are ignoring. See the Speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wonVEfNQGrs
PARLIAMENT: Liberals Trying to Dodge on Scandals, Shut Down Parliament
Since Parliament returned, the Liberals have worked to postpone any investigation into their corruption and scandals. At first, they attempted to postpone Committees doing substantial work until the New Year . When that failed, they have attempted to derail and block studies into serious issues. This week, Liberals shut down a committee to block reviews into yet another corruption scandal – this one involving former Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido who has been implicated in money laundering and violating Canada’s ethics laws. The Liberals have attempted to block the resumption of examining the corruption of Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau and the WE Scandal. They have repeatedly blocked debate and study of serious recovery efforts and have refused to address issues from all regions of the country instead of just their supporters. History will not be kind to this dark part of our democracy.
PRIVACY: Liberals to Tax, Censor Websites and Social Media
Liberal Minister Steven Guilbeault is continuing his crusade to implement government censorship and taxation of social media and websites. University of Ottawa Law Professor Michael Geist, a well-known user-rights and digital law expert, has eviscerated the proposal that would see Canada effectively reverse our position on open internet and government censorship of Canadians. The taxes would apply to platforms and sites that share “Canadian content” such as CBC news and other Canadian content. China, Russia, North Korea and Iran are part of a small list of countries around the World that censor online content in this way.
FIREARMS: Mounties Unions comes out against Gun Bans
The Canadian Coalition of Firearms Rights created a video – which includes numerous experts talking about the misleading and erroneous direction of the firearms ban. At the 28-minute mark of the video, Vice President for the National Police Federation, who represents the RCMP notes that, “If you don’t deal with the criminal, you aren’t dealing with the problem.” [MP Motz’s appears at 26 minute mark!] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc8W-sRRqdk&feature=youtu.be
ECONOMY: Canada’s Debt
The Parliamentary Budget Officer says Canada will reach $1.45 trillion in debt in 2020-21, not including the recent measures announced. By this time next year, the Liberals could triple Canada’s debt in just five years and put major transfers and social programs at risk. When the Liberals came into power, Canada had $612 B in debt and a balanced budget. In five years, the Liberals have never come close to a balanced budget, have increased taxes every year, and now risk increasing our debt levels to close to 100% of our GDP (after promising to keep debt at about 30-33% of GDP). Despite all this spending, Canada has the highest unemployment in the G7, the country is highly divided regionally, crime has grown every year, and most families are struggling to make ends meet.
HEALTH: Home Test Kits Finally Approved – expect delivery in a few months
After demands from my colleague Michelle Rempel Garner to approve home test kits that individuals can buy and use to determine if they have COVID, the Liberals announced they had finally approved one at-home test kit. The kit in question was put on the market in March by the manufacturer Abbott Laboratories and has been approved for months in most of Europe and the US. The approval – and promise to buy millions of them this week – only means that Canadians will have to wait months before they are available. The first deliveries aren’t expected before December 2020, with most being delivered in 2021.
WEEKLY UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 12 – SEPTEMBER 19
Friday September 18 is Military Families Appreciation Day
Our community is home to the largest military base in Canada – CFB Suffield. It is important to remember that our military play a critical role for Canada – responding to disasters and pandemics in Canada, as well as fighting terrorism and oppression abroad. Our men and women would not be able to serve without the support of their families. Mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, children and siblings work to support our women and men in uniform when they are called to serve. We owe a debt to our military, and their families. On Military Families Appreciation Day, we say thank you to the many families who pay a price – so that others can serve.
Take a minute to say thank you to families, past and present, who have been there for our women and men during – and after – their service.
AROUND THE RIDING
PARLIAMENT: Parliament to Return with only a few MPs in person
Parliament is set to return next week with many MPs representing their communities virtually. Conservatives will be rotating their MPs attendance in Ottawa. I will continue to be a voice for our communities needs whether it is in person or online.
HEALTH: Suicide Crisis in Medicine Hat
My constituency, particularly the Medicine Hat area, is facing an unprecedented male suicide crisis. One loss of life is too many. You matter – do not lose hope. You are not alone. Tell someone and help one another. Reach out to me directly – and we can figure things out together.
COMMUNITY: Participate in Smile Cookie Week to Support Mustard Seed in Medicine Hat
I stopped by Tim Horton’s to get my Smile Cookies this week. 100% of sales support local charities across Canada until September 20th. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to get out and buy a few cookies to support The Mustard Seed in Medicine Hat. They provide support and resources for those in our community experiencing poverty and homelessness.
ECONOMY: Media Reports Liberals were slow to response to COVID Pandemic
Media highlighted this week that the Liberals were slow to respond to warnings from officials in December and January on the threat that COVID posed. Liberals continued to downplay the threat until mid-March even as other countries took action. Canada now has the highest unemployment of the G7 – with Alberta having a rate of nearly 13% unemployment.
ECONOMY: US Cancels Tariffs on Canadian Aluminum
US tariffs on Canadian Aluminum were cancelled by the US administration the same day they were planned to start.
ECONOMY: Major Newfoundland Oil and Gas Project suspended, workers laid off
Newfoundland’s White Rose Project run by Husky Energy was 60% complete when it was suspended in March due to COVID-19. The project has now been suspended indefinitely pending a review. The move puts thousands of jobs in jeopardy. This is yet another energy project fleeing Canada.
JOBS: Liberals Cut jobs from Agriculture, Western Development, Veterans Departments
According to a report by the Parliamentary Budget Officer, the Liberals reduced staff at Agriculture Canada, Veterans Affairs and Western Diversification even while other departments have grown. It paints a clear picture of priorities: The Liberals are not serious about addressing massive Veteran Affairs backlogs, challenges facing farmers or supporting the Western Economy.
BORDERS: Canada – US Border Closure to continue to Oct 21, Conservatives call compassionate rules
On September 18, Canada announced the extension of the Canada-US border closures to October 21 in response to growing numbers of infections in Canada and surging numbers across the US. Conservatives have called for more compassionate treatment of families while ensuring Canadians are not put at risk – including allowing common-law and engaged couples to reunite.
SECURITY: More Evidence of Threat posed by Communist Regime in China
Evidence is growing that Canada is a target – not a partner – for the communist regime in China. This week two articles highlighted on my social media showed that China’s military and government employ “private” companies in China to gather information and intelligence about key figures in Canada. Chinese state-controlled companies like Huawei are used to help that work. A report by Huawei Canada highlighting potentially supportive media, academic and political figures was shared through Huawei to Chinese military and intelligence officials in their country. It demonstrates that the Liberal appeasement strategy failed. Liberals have yet to announce anything about their review of Huawei.
SECURITY: Security and Intelligence Committee to investigate Global Affairs, Cyber Defences in Canada
The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP) will investigate the security and intelligence work of the Department of Global Affairs as part of its ongoing review of federal government. Additionally, the NSICOP will conduct an in-depth review of Canada’s framework and activities to defend our networks from cyber attacks. NSICOP provides their reports to the Prime Minister as well as a redacted report to Parliament that removes classified national security and intelligence information.
HEALTH CARE: Premiers seek more transfers to provinces for health care, not more federal government bureaucracy
In response to Liberals’ leaks to the media, Premiers met in Ottawa to call on the federal government to increase provincial transfers to deal with health care challenges and economic recovery. Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Quebec Premier Legault and Manitoba Premier Pallister said creating more federal government programs would not help speed health care delivery or economic recovery and asked for any new funding to flow through the provinces.
FIREARMS: 5,000 come to Ottawa for Peaceful Rally of Firearms Owners
The Coalition for Canadian Firearms Rights (CCFR) led a rally in Ottawa last weekend drawing over 5,000 people to Parliament Hill to oppose the crack down on law-abiding hunters, farmers and sport shooters. The rally peacefully gave voice to many people who enjoy sport shooting and feel they have been blamed by the Liberals for the gang-related shooting across Canada despite no connection between legal firearms ownership and gang/crime related shootings.
CRIME: Gang and Crime related shootings continue to grow, despite ban
Major urban centres continue to report rising numbers of shootings and homicides using firearms. Police and Statistics Canada have noted that increased shootings are related to gangs. As the shootings continue, it is clear that the Liberal firearms ban has had no effect on criminals. As predicted.
ENVIRONMENT: Zero for 2 Billion
Even by accident, you would think the Liberals would have managed to plant a few trees this year. Media this week reported that the Liberals – after promising to plant 2 billion trees over 10 years – after close to one year in office, have not planted one single tree. As noted, when Justin Trudeau made this promise, the private sector plants more than 600 million seedlings each year.
CORRUPTION by Liberals
The repeat and endless scandals of the Liberals continue unabated. Quick highlights from this week:
Several weeks after Justin Trudeau told the media and Canadians he would consult Opposition Leaders on the Speech from the Throne, he has yet to consult anyone. It seems obvious his consultation with anyone outside his inner circle will be merely window dressing.
Former Liberal MP Raj Grewal charged by RCMP for several criminal code violations including Breach of Trust by a Public Official. The former MP for Brampton, ON resigned after massive gambling debts became public. Grewal is alleged to have solicited $6 M in funds through “deceit, falsehoods, and other fraudulent means in connection with his duties of office as a Member of Parliament” for his personal benefit. He is also under investigation by the Ethics Commissioner for accepting payments for helping a CEO connect with high ranking officials in exchange for paying him for “legal services”.
Former Liberal campaigner and Trudeau’s hand-picked Ambassador to the US, David McNaughton, was sanctioned this week by the Ethics Commissioner for violating the Conflict of Interest Laws. McNaughton met with numerous senior Liberals and government officials regarding his current employer Palantir in violation of the law. The result was that nine senior officials including Ministers Freeland and Bains have been ordered to stop meeting with Mr. McNaughton.
Former Finance Minister Bill Morneau was sanctioned by Elections Canada for inappropriately using resources from his office to promote Liberal candidates and the Liberal party. He remains under investigation for the WE Scandal by the Ethics Commissioner (his third investigation).
WEEKLY UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 7 – SEPTEMBER 11
Liberals Knew About COVID and did Nothing
Liberal Health Minister Patty Hadju told Canadians she was fully briefed on the COVID threat in December but did nothing to advise colleagues or protect Canadians. As late as March 9th she was refusing to act because the “health risk is low to Canadians.” Canadians who have lost their jobs, lost their businesses, have lost loved ones and family members want to know why the Liberals did nothing to protect Canadians from this virus that has now shuttered our society and economy for six months.
Former Liberal MP Raj Grewal formally charged by RCMP
Former Liberal MP Raj Grewal was charged by RCMP with breach of trust and fraud over $5,000. Grewal is accused of obtaining personal loans through the use of his office as an MP and misuse of his office budget (which is tax payer money).
Grewal’s actions are one of many scandals linked to Liberal MPs. Three MPs have been implicated with violence and harassment of women, Cabinet Ministers have been investigated by the RCMP including Justin Trudeau (who blocked the investigation by refusing to release Cabinet information). Numerous other investigations might have been initiated but never publicized including the actions of Trudeau and others on trying to interfere in the SNC Lavalin criminal court case, Morneau’s tabling legislation that raised the stocks he owned in his family business.
Today is the 19th year since one of the worst terrorism attacks in history. In the attack 24 Canadians were killed among the nearly 3,000 who died in the World Trade Center towers, the pentagon or on of the flights that were crashed. Canadians across the country responded – with support through charities, by housing people from the US and other countries for extended periods who were on flights that landed in Canada, and by heading to the crash site. Canada’s first responders – including police, paramedics, and fire fighters – as well as medical professionals went to NYC to help. Trades men and women like crane operators lined up at the border to go down to help. Never was there a clearer sign of our alliance and partnership with the US than on that day. Let us never forget that the price of freedom is vigilance, the price to fight hate and violence is community and justice.
New Shadow Cabinet
Erin O’Toole announced his new Shadow Cabinet on Tuesday, September 8 including many of those MPs who supported him during his campaign. The West has been strongly represented in the new Shadow Cabinet including new Deputy Leader Candice Bergen, party WHIP Blake Richards, Caucus Liaison Tim Uppal and National Chair Tom Kmiec. 21 Western MPs are among the 43 MPs named to the Opposition team including 9 from Alberta.
I look forward to working with our new Leader, leadership team and Shadow Cabinet to fight the corrupt, scandal and misinformation from the Liberals.
Concerns raised on Trudeau’s Spending Plans, Fiscal Management
In the same week that the Parliamentary Budget Officer announced that Canada has 1 (maybe 2) years to get fiscal management back on track to avoid a debt crisis like the mid-1990s (which resulted in deep program cuts, 30% cut to federal government workers, and large cuts to provincial transfers), senior current and previous public servants raised concerns as well as some Liberals raising concerns that the “spending at unprecedented scales” promised by recent leaked stories will trample our economy, force taxes higher and increase the gap between East and Western provinces. One senior public servant said “There is a state of discouragement [over lack of spending controls] that I have not seen in 25 years in Ottawa.” https://nationalpost.com/opinion/john-ivison-trudeaus-literally-frightening-spending-plan-has-some-liberals-bureaucrats-very-worried
Senior public servants reporting to the media about their concerns is likely because their advice and warnings are being ignored – and they know this government only responds to the media, not to expert opinions. It is another clear signal of incompetence and mismanagement from the Liberal government that you and I will be paying for a long time.
WE Charity Scandal Continues
On September 9th, Kielburger brothers Marc and Craig, founders of the embattled WE Charity announced the winding down of their Canadian operations and liquidation of their Canadian real estate holdings. The brothers cited the financial strain imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the loss of corporate sponsorships due to the scandal over the failed Canada Student Service Grant project. As well, both Kielburger brothers will step down from their positions in the organization as soon as a new board of governors can be installed. The net proceeds from the sell-off of the charity’s sizeable real estate portfolio will be put into an endowment to fund ongoing projects around the world. Conservatives continue to call on WE Charity to release the documents pertaining to its secret arrangement with the Trudeau Liberals and the proposed channelling of over $900 million of taxpayers’ dollars directly to the pockets of the Kielburgers.
Bill Morneau Convicted of Breaking Elections Law
The Commissioner of Elections announced its findings stemming from an investigation into Bill Morneau’s actions as Finance Minister during the 2019 federal election. The Commissioner found that Morneau improperly used his Ministerial resources and position as a Minister of the Crown to promote Liberal election candidates at Finance department events in Oakville and Dufferin-Caledon. This latest report comes on the heels of Morneau’s “resignation” as Finance Minister over his deep involvement in the WE Charity scandal. As a result of the findings, Morneau must pay a fine of $300 and as post links to the Commissioner’s judgement on his personal website and/or social media accounts for a period of 30 days.
China Brings Pressure Against MPs meeting Pro-Democracy Hong Kong Leaders
Chinese embassy officials have attempted to interfere in Canada’s Members of Parliament meeting with pro-democracy leaders from Hong Kong and dissidents of the Communist state who have wrongfully imprisoned millions of religious worshippers in China and attempted to impose dictatorial rule over Hong Kong through forced submission and national security laws. The Chinese Embassy – who has threatened Canada with economic retaliation if the Liberal government did not follow their demands – has called MPs to demand they not need with the Dalai Lama – the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people who were conquered and oppressed by the Chinese communist regime. Similarly, they attempt to block MPs from meeting with Taiwanese government officials as “meddling in China’s internal affairs” since China has claimed Taiwan as part of their country.
Trade Tribunal Investigating Liberals Awarding Communist Controlled company with Embassy security contract
NucTech, a communist China state-owned company, was awarded the winning contract by Public Services and Procurement Canada over Canadian companies to provide X-Ray scanners at all Canadian Embassies. This would allow for Chinese state employees – who can be coerced or forced into facilitating security and intelligence work – to gain access to our embassies with on-premise workers to install the machines and potentially remote access to software. It raises significant concerns that this was not flagged as a security risk. It is especially troubling when several Canadian companies and one American company was not awarded the contract, especially since a Calgary firm Kprime submitted a significantly lower big ($1.4 M lower). Nuctech has been named a threat by the US National Security Council because of its extensive presence at ports, airports and border crossings in Europe.
The Canadian International Trade Tribunal has opened an inquiry into the process and decision based on a complaint from Kprime that the Government of Canada did not follow its own process appropriately. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Phillipe Champagne (who is responsible for Canadian Embassies) asked Deloitte to review the process and decision. Deloitte is not a national security expert and would not be able to look into the security aspects. Champagne made national news recently when it was revealed he owed more than $1.2 M to China’s state bank for his London, UK apartment.
WEEKLY UPDATE FOR AUGUST 29 – SEPTEMBER 5
New Conservative Leader O’Toole Announces his House Leadership Team
Erin O’Toole announced his Leadership team to help hold the corrupt Liberals to account and advance the needs of Canadians. Erin will be working closely with Deputy Conservative Leader and Western MP Candice Bergen, a former Conservative Minister and Opposition House Leader. Gerard Deltell, a Quebec MP, takes over from Bergen as the House Leader supported by Deputy House Leader Karen Vecchio from Ontario. Long time Alberta MP Blake Richards will be the Conservative WHIP in charge of Caucus discipline and Alex Ruff, a new MP from Ontario, will serve as Deputy Whip. Edmonton MP Tim Uppal will serve as National Caucus Liaison and Ontario MP Eric Duncan will organize Question Period.
O’Toole Vows to Repay Taxpayers for Government Assistance
Erin O’Toole has followed through on his promise to return the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy that the Conservative Party received for its workers during the pandemic. Liberals, NDP, Greens and Conservative parties all applied for and received the benefit. O’Toole has also called on the other party leaders to commit to repaying the taxpayer subsidy.
Conservatives Narrow the gap with Liberals
Following the largest leadership race in Canadian history, Conservatives have pulled nearly even with the Liberal as Trudeau’s support continues to plummet in the face of numerous scandals, slow response to the COVID pandemic, and his plan to impose his ideological views on Canadians. Abacus Data now shows Conservatives at 31% while the Liberals are at 33% nationally. Conservatives are leading in the Prairies, tied in Ontario, sit 7% back in BC and 9 % behind in the Atlantic regions.
Private Firm Hired to Investigate Harassment claims against Governor General Payette
Trudeau’s signature appointment – Governor General Julie Payette – will be investigated by an Ottawa firm specializing in workplace conflict management. It will review the accusations that Payette belittled people, publicly humiliated members of the public service, was verbally abusive reducing many to tears, and created a toxic workplace. This week, Justin Trudeau came to her defence, calling her an “excellent” Governor General which angered current and former employees who have brought the complaints against Payette.
Trudeau’s “Remaking Canada” Means Pain for Alberta, West
Justin Trudeau has signalled he will double down on his policies that have damaged the economy in the West and alienated many Canadians by confirming his environmental commitments as part of the Speech from the Throne. He is expected to draw on the failed Liberal policies in Ontario that created havoc by massively subsidizing unreliable energy sources like wind and solar, drove up massive debts, and simultaneously caused energy prices to skyrocket. Canadians support a greener, better country that protects our air, water and land. But few people would call these good policies – higher prices, less reliable energy sources, and a negative impact on the business environment driving out investments.
Trudeau’s actions on the environment have not reduced emissions but have raised massive new taxes and increased costs. Instead of getting tough on big polluters, he gave special deals to Liberal insiders to continue polluting without penalty. Without an energy sector, there is no one to invest in the renewable energy sector and commercialize technologies that reduce emissions.
At the end of the day, these are the policies that have driven out investments, companies, jobs and alienated Western Canada. All this does is reinforce that Trudeau doesn’t care about much of anything west of Toronto.
Concerns from Senior Public Servants, some Liberals, over Trudeau’s “literally frightening” spending plans
Senior public servants have told media sources that they are deeply concerned about the fiscal management of this country with Trudeau at the helm. With the appointment of Chrystia Freeland as Finance Minister, senior public servants are confidentially telling media that Canadians should be worried. The level of spending during the pandemic is unprecedented, and now the Liberals are looking to use it as an excuse to drive up more debt and create even bigger government. Senior public servants likely know the lessons of history – when massive debt and deficits pile up, the federal public service and the provinces are usually the first ones to see cuts.
Health Canada Considering at-home screen tests approval after previously rejecting them
Health Canada said in June 2020 they would not be approving at home COVID test kits for fear they would be inaccurate and could cause extra fear. The ensuing backlash from public health experts who said this could help detect many undetected positive patients helped change the position of officials. Like almost every other position that Liberals have taken during this pandemic, they have been slow to act to help Canadians. The same Minister who said “no” to home testing kits, also flip-flopped on the use of masks, border closures, airport screenings, and now test kits.
Liberals sign vaccine agreements (Finally!)
As you may have noted last week, the Liberals were slower than many comparable countries to secure vaccine from reliable companies. It was only when there were rampant news reports of Liberals falling behind other developed countries like US, Australia, UK and the EU that the Liberals began to act. This week they announced an agreement with Novavax for 86 M doses (behind UK, India, Czech Republic, South Africa and Japan) and Johnson & Johnson (which is only at Phase 1&2 on their vaccine – potentially further behind than many). Canada announced it was working on a deal with AstraZeneca – which is thought to be the farthest along – but didn’t have a deal yet (AstraZeneca has pledged 400 M doses already to the EU countries, UK and US – putting Canada well back in the line). AstraZeneca could begin delivery of their vaccines by late 2020.
Canada has deals in place with Pfizer and Moderna as well. With these agreements, Canada has contracts for different vaccine types that can deliver a potential treatment and immunity for COVID. Likely Canada will be behind Europe and the US.
Youth Minister Bardish Chagger Lied to Canadians
Youth Minister Bardish Chagger testified before Parliament’s Finance Committee regarding the $912 M sole-sourced contract for WE Companies / Charities as the Minister responsible. Redacted documents clearly show that Chagger lied to Parliament and to Canadians: When she said she did not steer or direct the program, or meet with the Kielburgers, both were lies.
MP Charlie Angus, the NDP Ethics Critic, has stated he cannot see how she can remain in Cabinet given her testimony and the evidence against her. She is the third member of Cabinet caught breaking the rules and misleading Canadians after Bill Morneau – the former Minister and MP who resigned of his accepting free travel – and Justin Trudeau.
The number of times that Liberal Ministers have been caught lying seems to suggest that Chagger isn’t likely to step down. Here are a few examples of misleading statements and deceitful conduct of the Liberals:
* Ralph Goodale former Public Safety Minister – Told Canadians that he couldn’t discuss the Prime Minister’s India Trip due to National Security concerns (which he later said never existed).
* Current Public Safety Minister Bill Blair – Said he supported a full inquiry into the Nova Scotia Shooting, then approved a private investigation (he was forced to reverse due to public outcry); after banning 56 shotguns, said he didn’t ban any shotguns; said that he was working with the US government to change the Safe Third Party Agreement when he hadn’t even met them yet; suggested that legalizing marijuana would eliminate the black market; and said that “the gun lobby” was spreading misinformation when firearms owners were actually just discussing the facts.
* Patty Hadju, Health Minister and former Employment Minister – Imposed the values test on Canada Summer Jobs applicants; told Canadians on March 9th that border closure wasn’t necessary and the risk of COVID coming to Canada was low, just before Canada reported a COVID outbreak and closed its borders.
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister – Lied to Canadians about the costs of his vacation to a billionaire’s private island that cost nearly $250,000 and broke several ethics laws; refused to say how may times he had worn blackface; said he was “doing his job” when he attempted to push former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to interfere in a criminal case (SNC-Lavalin); fired Jody Wilson Raybould as Attorney General when she refused to cooperate; repeatedly referred to Kristy Duncan as a Nobel prize winning scientist despite that not being true; and now the WE Charity scandal.
* Bill Morneau – forgot to report to the Ethics Commissioner that he owned a French Villa through a shell corporation in France; tabled a Bill that would change pension management in Canada – which boosted the stock value of his personal stock holdings; and was forced to repay $41,000 of free travel he accepted from WE Charity in contravention of our Ethics and Conflict of Interest Laws (he would later try to divert public funds to WE Charity through the Canada Student Service Grant program – breaking the Ethical laws once again).
* Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs – Was caught diverting lobster quotas to a family member’s company against the recommendations of the public service.
* Harjit Sajan, Minister of National Defence – After he made a claim to have helped develop a critical military operation in Afghanistan, he was forced to retract the claim.
* Diane Lebouthillier, Minister for the Canada Revenue Agency – After removing Diabetics from disability programs and tax credit she lied to Parliament and Diabetics organizations around the country saying that no changes had been made to the program. In fact, her department removed Type 1 Diabetes from disability programs.
WEEKLY UPDATE FOR AUGUST 21-28
New Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole
Due to COVID-19, the Conservative Leadership race was forced to move to online and use a mail-in voting process. These changes raised concern that the number of people who signed-up and voted might drop. Canadians demonstrated how ready they are for a new government with record breaking numbers of people joining the Conservative Party (almost 270,000) and voting in a Canadian leadership race with nearly 175,000 votes cast.
Erin O’Toole won the Leadership, sweeping almost all provinces on the third ballot. On day one, Erin hit the ground running, and started work as promised. Our Conservative Team has rallied behind our new Leader – a united opposition to Trudeau’s division, corruption, taxes and mismanagement.
Another surprise in the Conservative Leadership race to most media (and the Liberals) was the strong campaign of Leslyn Lewis – from an unknown to a strong campaign that attracted many voters (and nearly had her reach the final ballot). On the second ballot – which ultimately knocked her out of the race – Lewis won four provinces (BC, SK, AB, and MB) and two territories. Lewis has committed to run in the next election under Erin O’Toole’s leadership and will add another strong voice to our Conservative team.
Erin O’Toole’s First Press Conference as Leader
New Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole took to the helm on Day One – ready to lead – as he promised during his campaign. After naming his key staff, he held a press conference that had many journalists and Ottawa insiders buzzing. Words like “authentic”, “strong” and “clear” were used frequently.
Erin laid out a clear message and objectives as Leader of the Conservative Party. He wants to bring hope back for Canadians who are struggling, fight for what they need, and what could help families across the country. He wants more Canadians to see themselves in the Conservative party; he wants to put Canada back on the path to prosperity; and he wants Conservatives to be a strong voice for Canadian unity. In fact, the first issue he raised with Justin Trudeau on a call was Western Alienation, pushing Trudeau to make it a major part of his Speech from the Throne in September. That is a message that I believe all Canadians can get behind.
You can see Erin’s full press conference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgC7A_7226I
Liberals have been slow to sign vaccine agreements – Putting Canadians well down the list when a vaccine is available
As highlighted in Maclean’s magazine<https://www.macleans.ca/society/health/how-canada-has-bungled-the-covid-19-endgame/>, Professor Amir Attaran notes the Liberals have badly bungled the management of the COVID pandemic in Canada, often reacting too slowly to issues and challenges. He noted that Canada is well behind other countries in signing supply deals for one of the seven vaccines currently in the final phases of testing (phase 3 clinical trials). Countries including the US, Australia, UK, and much of Europe have signed deals and supply agreements putting them ahead of us in the line for vaccine doses. Trudeau and the Liberals opted to go with China-based and communist party controlled CanSino Biologics and the Chinese Military Academy of Sciences. To no one’s surprise, the vaccine was held back by the Communist Chinese government and – just this week – the agreement was cancelled by China. Canada now has no agreement for vaccines, and we are at the back of the line for getting suppliers. It is possible that many other countries will be vaccinating their citizens and removing lockdowns while Canada watches – waiting for our supplies that could come much later.
Trudeau Announces $2 B for return to school (just days before school restarts)
While Provinces swimming in debt no doubt welcomed the announcement that the Liberal government would provide support for back to school costs ($1 B for the Fall, $1 B in January), it came far too late to do much good. School Boards have finalized back-to-school plans based on their current budgets and established provincial guidelines already. Most teachers have been back at school getting ready. Just before Albertan children and teens head to school, the announcement of more funding would have been much more useful a month ago when schools, parents and teachers were planning. Alberta will receive up to $263 M based on the number of school aged children in the province who go to school. If parents opt to keep their children home from school (for those who might have the ability or option) the federal government will deduct money from the provincial funding.
Trudeau explained the funding was late because he knew there was a lot of anxiety about the return to school. This only shows how out of touch Trudeau is – acting only days before school starts doesn’t help with anxieties of teachers, parents or students – but it does get Justin in the news. The Liberals continue to spend lots of your money to look good but moving too slowly to really help Canadians continues.
Canada has its’ worst Quarter in Canadian history
On August 28, Statistics Canada reported our economic output for the second quarter of 2020 dropped to 38.7%. Since Canada began tracking quarterly GDP, this is the largest drop in our history. It demonstrates that our economy requires significant direction and leadership to rebound. Canada will be facing record levels of debt, deficits, layoffs, bankruptcies, and business closures. Canada will need strong leadership to move forward against these challenges and to make sure that all Canadians are better off in 12 months than they are today.
Chinese Actions against Canada Continues
Canada’s relationship with China has deteriorated significantly under the Trudeau’s appeasement strategy. Trudeau and his Ministers refused to denounce China after it held back information about the pandemic from other countries in January and February (during this time China used front groups to siphon protective equipment out of Canada and send it back to China). Our foreign Minister (who was found to have a $1.2 M mortgage to China’s government owned bank) refused to use the name of Taiwan to keep chinese communist party members happy – the democratic island nation just off the coast of China continues to be suppressed by the communist regime. Liberals have not been able to get either Michael Spavor or Michael Korvig – who were illegally detained in China – free from their trumped-up charges and inhumane prison conditions. China has and continues to actively hack Canadian federal government departments and agencies, as well as provinces, health care providers, private companies to sabotage and steal intellectual property, research, and corporate information.
And the communist Chinese regime has blocked or illegitimately held many Canadian exports including beef, pork and grains to economically harm Canada in attempts to force their views on another country. This in response to the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, Chief Financial Officer for Huawei, wanted in the US for violating international and US trade sanctions and wire fraud.
Through all of this, the “review” of the use of Huawei in Canada’s 5G mobile networks continues – is well into year 3. All Canadian telecommunications companies have pushed ahead without Huawei equipment – a ban by default rather than the Liberals having the courage to stand up for Canadian economic independence against communist Chinese aggressions.
Another Day, A New Liberal Scandal
This past week an audit of Environment Canada’s contracts found significant irregularities in $176.6 M in spending. Among the issues identified over a two-year period included awarding eight untendered contracts to a favoured vendor with each slightly below the allowable limit to avoid a competition. By breaking up one large contract to eight separate ones, it avoids a competition where the insider could lose. In another case, a contractor began work before a contract tender was even put out to other bidders competitors. Nearly half (18 of 40) randomly audited contracts were lacking essential documents to demonstrate the outcomes and verify that the process was fair and appropriate.
The Minister during this time – Catherine McKenna – was one of the Cabinet Ministers who in 2019 voted to increase the contract non-competition limit from $25,000 to $40,000. Since that time, she has been moved to the Infrastructure file where earlier this year the Auditor General noted that her department was unable or unwilling to provide information on over 20,000 infrastructure projects the government has funded.
The Ombudsman for Procurement who found these issues at Environment Canada is also investigating a group of contracts provided across several departments to the WE companies that appear to violate the rules.
WE Scandal Developments – Conservatives Still Hunting for the Truth
With Justin Trudeau proroguing Parliament to avoid investigations into his WE Scandal, Conservative MPs are continuing to work to uncover the truth. This week the independent, non-partisan lawyer for the House of Commons raised concerns over the release of information to the House of Commons by several departments. The 5,000 pages released by the Liberals arrived heavily redacted which eliminated the opportunity for the independent House of Commons legal team to verify and review information to ensure nothing was being concealed from Parliament. It is just another in a long line of measures taken by the Liberals to conceal the truth to Canadians.
Conservatives also asked the Speaker’s Bureau to release this week information ordered released by Parliament regarding payments to Trudeau family members to speak at WE / Me-to-WE events. Originally, Parliament sought the information by July 31, but granted the Speaker’s Bureau an extension to August 19. It seems too coincidental that Parliament was prorogued August 18 by Trudeau – blocking the release of that information. While the Speaker’s Bureau has no requirement to comply with the request now that Parliament is not sitting, it is almost certain that Parliament will be compelling that information as soon as Parliament resumes.
Update: Canada Student Services Grants
It appears that the Liberal promise to provide money to students who performed hours of volunteer working during the pandemic is all but dead. This program was the heart of the $912 M scandal involving the WE Charity / Companies to provide grants to students. Trudeau and his former Finance Minister were caught attempting to rig the system to give their friends at WE (who employ members of both Trudeau’s and former Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s families) to a sole sourced contract. It appears now that they are no longer seeking to implement the program since the money isn’t going to their friends anymore.
It should be noted that there was always a simple solution to help students: the Canada Summer Jobs Program. It provides jobs for students at or above minimum wage working for non-profits and charities to deliver valuable services to those in need or who need help. Each year the program has more demand for funding than funding available.
Implementation of Firearms Law changes delayed two more years
Bill C-71 was pushed through Parliament in June 2019 by Liberal MPs who said it would address gang violence on our street, despite obvious issues and no evidence it would impact anyone other than law-abiding firearms owners. The Bill imposed additional rules on legal firearms owners, while making unsubstantiated promises of improving background checks and mental health reviews on firearms license applications. The problem was that the Bill never explained how background checks would be improved or explain how it would improve mental health background checks with no legal authority to access confidential medical records. With most firearms licence applicants reporting that their references were never even contacted to verify information, it seems unlikely that more background information will stop criminals with illegal firearms.
The Liberals have announced it will take until 2022 to get regulations, administration and money in place to implement this new law. It sounds more and more like the Liberals have realized that – as was pointed out to them time and again – this law will do nothing to protect Canadians from criminals, illegal firearms, shootings or gangs.
Changes to Drug Possession Prosecutions
Canadians arrested on minor drug possession charges will no longer be facing criminal code prosecution but may be diverted into health treatment. Public prosecutors have new orders from the independent head of public prosecutions to divert simple possession (meaning an amount intended for personal use) away from criminal courts and into health treatment.
This follows the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police advocating to end criminal prosecutions of simple possession of an illicit substance. These prosecutions do nothing to reduce crime or serve the public good, but they do take resources away from addressing real criminals (like the drug dealers). Police are on the front line in dealing with addiction and it often means addicts end up arrested for possession and in jail, instead of in treatment.
Addiction is a major driver for crime – including the massive rural crime wave. The Liberals have done virtually nothing to combat drug trafficking or addiction crisis that has struck Canada. Lack of leadership from the Liberals has been replaced by action from police and prosecutors. If the Liberals stopped concentrating on taking guns away from hunters, farmers and sport shooters, maybe they could start addressing the crime and drug crisis in our country.
Week ending Aug 21
CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT EXTENDED, REPLACEMENTS ANNOUNCED
The Liberals announced a 4-week extension of CERB this week, providing 4 more weeks of coverage for Canadians on the program. The program should run until September 28 now, with many Canadians being moved to Employment Insurance (EI) or new programs to cover anyone else. To make more Canadians eligible for EI, the Liberals will lower the threshold for 1 year for the number of hours that had to be worked (down to 120 hours or roughly 3-4 weeks employment). They announced their intention to create 3 new programs for Canadians – the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) to cover anyone who is still not eligible for EI, the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit to cover 2 weeks sick leave for anyone who gets COVID and doesn’t already have paid sick leave, and the Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit for those who have to stay home and care for children or others due to the COVID crisis. All the details can be found here: https://glenmotzmp.com/cerb-extended/
While these programs use the name “Recovery”, six months into the pandemic we are still without a national recovery plan while many of the provinces already have plans in placed and are helping to get people back to work. It is yet another example of the Trudeau Liberals – consumed by their own scandals and ethical problems – have been painfully slow to respond to the needs of Canadians and demonstrate leadership.
PARLIAMENT SHUT DOWN TO STOP INVESTIGATIONS
Justin Trudeau and his government have been trying to get Canadians to stop paying attention to yet another in a long list of Liberal scandals. This week, Trudeau announced he would prorogue Parliament – which effectively ends any Parliamentary work – until he recalls Parliament in late September. Trudeau and a number of Liberal Ministers were under investigation for their roles in pushing money to WE companies and charities in the form of the Canada Student Services Grant. Opposition MPs, lead by Conservatives, were investigating a number of issues including:
– Ethics Committee investigating why the former Finance Minister and Prime Minister did not recuse themselves from decisions that directly benefit members of their family, as required under the Conflict of Interests Act
– Official Languages Committee: Despite claims that WE was the ONLY organization in Canada who could deliver this program, the WE organization had no Quebec presence and had to outsource its French components
– Finance Committee: Investigation into the numerous lies and misleading statements by the Prime Minister, numerous Ministers claiming that WE was selected by the public service, despite numerous issues raised by the public service about this proposal.
By proroguing Parliament, Justin Trudeau is hoping to put time and space between himself and yet another scandal where again he believes he is above the law. No doubt Trudeau will come out with massive spending promises and big ideas, hoping you forget that he has failed many times to deliver what he promised and has consistently treated tax payers money with little regard.
Unfortunately for Justin Trudeau, the RCMP has begun examining whether they should open an investigation into the issue (RCMP does not confirm or deny that they open investigations), and there are now multiple independent investigations into the issue including the Ethics and Conflict of Interest Commissioner and the Federal Procurement Ombudsman.
MORNEAU RESIGNS, FREELAND MADE FINANCE MINISTER
Bill Morneau was forced to resign on Monday due to his conduct in the WE Scandal where he inappropriately helped push money to his daughter’s employer through the Canada Student Services Grant. Morneau was required by law to recuse himself from involvement or participating in any discussions that might provide an inappropriate benefit to friends, family or himself. Instead, he and his staff met with WE, helped “shape” WE’s proposal to win the administration of this $912 M contract, and voted for it in Cabinet.
The weekend before Morneau’s resignation, Trudeau’s attack machine began leaking stories suggesting Morneau was constantly fighting with Trudeau, and that Trudeau was responsible for many of the big spending COVID relief measures by overruling the Finance Minister’s concerns over rising debt and out of control spending. Prior to these manufactured stories, there was no indication that Morneau had concerns or challenges in spending money (he never balanced the budget in 5 years) and constantly defended raising taxes and increased spending. Morneau suggested he would be stepping down to run for the Secretary of the Organizations for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) – a poor excuse not to admit one’s wrong doing and resign properly.
Chrystia Freeland takes over a troubled economy and dismal fiscal outlook. She has experience as a finance reporter, but no education in finance, commerce or economics. She was the Managing Director and Editor of Consumer News at Reuters – leaving the organization mired in debt, bureaucracy and mismanagement. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/matthewzeitlin/how-chrystia-freeland-hastened-reuters-nexts-demise
WHAT THE WE SCANDAL IS ALL ABOUT
In April, the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced he would create the Canada Student Service Grant to award students who volunteer up to $5,000 towards covering the cost of schools. This in addition to the Canada Emergency Student Benefit that provided up to $1,250 per month for all students who could not work because of COVID-19. What has now been revealed is that immediately after that, ministers including the former Finance Minister and the Prime Minister and their staffs worked behind the scenes to push for WE – a Liberal friendly organization, to receive this funding.
Is WE a Liberal organization?
When Justin Trudeau testified before Parliament that he and the WE Founders were not friends, many MPs were surprised and frankly – insulted. Justin Trudeau has tweeted about his “friends” at WE. WE produced election style video features promoting Justin Trudeau. Trudeau has appeared at numerous WE events. And his family have been paid to appear at WE Days across the country, receiving $500,000. Notably, they only began as paid speakers starting in 2015 – after Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister. Additionally, there are also many other links to WE:
-Bill Morneau has two children directly involved – including one who is a paid employee – of the WE group of companies.
-Katie Telford, Trudeau’s top advisor, helped fundraise hundreds of thousands of dollars for WE
-Minister Seamus O’Regan, Trudeau’s Minister of Natural Resources, also helped fundraise hundreds of thousands of dollars for WE
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Top ranking Liberals took a paid vacation from an organization who is lobbying the government for money? (Just in case you don’t remember, Trudeau’s first Ethics violation was for accepting a paid vacation in 2016 from the Aga Khan, who lobbies the government for international development funding).
Bill Morneau accepted a paid vacation from WE to travel with his wife and family to Kenya to see some of WE’s operations in Africa. Morneau – once he was caught – was forced to re-pay $41,000 in expenses for the vacation and admit that he (again) violated the Ethics and Conflict of Interest Act.
LIES and MORE LIES
When questions were raised about the Liberal government’s handing a $912 M program to a non-profit, Trudeau made numerous claims: WE was recommended by the public service, WE was the only organization who could have delivered the program, and that numerous organizations were considered. First, it is clear from documents released this week to the Finance Committee that the Finance Minister, the Prime Minister’s office all “weighted in” to push for WE to receive the funding and that they would be the only organization considered. Second, the claim that ONLY WE could deliver the program is patently false – and was denounced or contradicted by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (a large public service union), the YMCA/YWCA and the Boys and Girls Club of Canada. Finally, from the testimony by officials before Parliament and from the released documents, it is clear that only WE was ever considered to deliver this program.
The Minister who is responsible for this program – Bardish Chagger – brought forward the proposal with one option – WE Inc. deliver the program. She was asked in Parliament if she had contact with WE prior to her decisions and suggested that she did not. That has been proven false through the release of emails, calls and notes that show multiple contacts to her, her office, and her officials. In short, she lied to Canadians and to Parliament about her role and activities.
WE Inc is a large organization with many different companies and charities that did not register as a Lobbyist in Canada until it was uncovered that they had not registered despite lobbying the government for funding on many occasions, succeeding in attracting over $5.5 M in funds (almost 5 x more than previous governments) since 2015. Their lobbying materials for the $912 M student service grant included photos of Margaret Trudeau (Justin Trudeau’s mother) in their materials – highlighting their close ties to the Trudeau and the Liberals.
Last week, WE Inc. registered its lobbying activities and listed 18 people who worked on connecting with different parts of the federal government. In total, they had 65 registered meetings in the last 18 months with numerous MPs, Ministers, staff and senior public servants. That’s more than major multinationals like General Motors. Of the 18 people listed as lobbying the government, neither of the Kielburger brothers are listed. https://lobbycanada.gc.ca/app/secure/ocl/lrs/do/clntSmmry?clientOrgCorpNumber=367186&sMdKy=1598032520530
Border Closures, Safe Third Country Agreement
In light of the continued challenges of growing infections and spread in the US, Canada and the US announced they were extending the border closure to non-essential travel for an additional 30 days. The Canada-US Border will be closed until September 21st, with another potential extension. The continued challenges and extension of this border closure will likely put a strain on many tourism and travel oriented companies. If you have any questions or issues, please contact our office at 403-528-4698.
The closed border will also mean that couples separated by the Liberal’s rules and failure to recognized certain partnerships or couples will continue to live apart during this time. Despite recognition of family reunification, many couples continue to be separated and unable to travel or live with their significant others due to their citizenship or other issues.
After a recent Court decision that rules the new Safe Third Country agreement and rules with the US was unconstitutional because it prevents people from entering into Canada illegally, and then making a refugee claim, the Liberals (very, very quietly, this afternoon) announced it would be challenging and appealing the Court decision. This follows years where the Liberals defended the ability for people to illegally enter Canada, claim refugee status even though more than “90%” would be deported because they did not meet the threshold for refugee status. The Safe Third Country Agreement states that no one in Canada or the US is fleeing from oppression or dictatorship, and therefore cannot leave from one to the other and claim refugee status (anyone in Canada or the US has access to legal representation and due process).
More Government connections to big hand outs
Last week it was reported that the Prime Minister’s chief of staff Katie Telford had created an ethical screen to avoid any conflicts of interest to her husbands job. Her husband began with MCAP in January and that organization was selected to run the government of Canada’s commercial rent relief program by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. There remains the question of why a Crown Corporation with 2,000 employees couldn’t run it themselves. While his wife’s role likely didn’t hurt things, there is no clear wrong doing here – unlike the WE scandal. The bigger question out of this – why does the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff know to put in an ethics screen for herself, but the Prime Minister with two previous ethical violations did not when it came to a group who employed his mother and brother? There exist clear guidelines for all MPs and Cabinet Ministers on when and how to do this, but Justin Trudeau continues to believe these rules don’t apply to him.
WE can’t say the same for these questionable deals:
A former Liberal MP who runs a medical equipment company received a contract for 10,000 ventilators even though their ventilators have not been approved by Health Canada for medical use in Canada.
A Quebec-based company who refused to disclose who owns the company, received a $113 M contract for medical masks. They have yet to deliver a single mask. They closed their last Canadian factory in 2019 and have offshored the work to other countries – including China. The Liberals called this a “Made-in-Canada” solution – although it appears to be neither a solution nor made in Canada. The company AMD Medical hired a consultant immediately after getting this contract in March: SNC Lavalin.
Using their sweeping powers provided for the pandemic, the Liberals are not revealing the details of the $5.8 Billion in contracts, with as little as 40% being to Canadian companies, to address these pandemic challenges. There would seem to be more dirt to be uncovered from these deals.
Canada Wage Subsidy Changes
The details of the new Canada Wage Subsidy Program, including its end date, are now out and details can be found on our website at www.GlenMotzMP.com/CEWS-Update.
Under the revised program, the wage subsidy will be using a new formula going forward. For the current worker period (called Claim Period 5) for employees who work July 5-Aug 1 or parts of that time, employers will have two options on how to calculate their worker’s subsidy – first, using the original formula of 75% wage subsidy for revenue declines at/ over 30% for the last few months. That formula will be fading out over the next few pay period, and will be replaced by the new formula. That formula provides a base rate (60%) wage subsidy for any organization with a decline of 50% or more over the last three months, and a scaled support of wage subsidy based on your organizations decline in revenues. Over the next few periods, the rate of subsidy will decline until it ends in early October.
Amazon Canada Being Called Before Parliament
Conservative Shadow Minister Michelle Rempel is calling Amazon to appear before Parliament after it was revealed that they were under investigation by the Canada’s Competition Bureau for use of its large market share to undercut or compete with independent sellers. While NDP MP Brian Masse supported the call, Liberal MPs voted to delay calling Amazon – postponing the decision that will almost certainly pass at the next meeting.
Town Halls provides good questions
MP Motz wrapped up his series of regional town halls last week, meeting with residents of Cardston, Cardston County, Magrath, Cypress County and County of Forty Mile. Numerous questions were raised about when borders would re-open, how Canada could recover from this economic downturn, and whether rural and Western communities would be once again passed over by the Liberal programs. MP Motz has now held regional town halls encompassing the entire riding (one of the largest in the country). If you missed it, or have a questions, you can always reach our office at Glen.Motz@Parl.gc.ca or 403-528-4698.
Funding for Irrigation and Water in SE Alberta
The Alberta Government has announced numerous new irrigation and water maintenance funds over the last few weeks covering most of the communities in Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner. Last week, Minister Dreeshin and Minister Hunter announced funding for the following irrigation projects:
- Bow River Irrigation District (Vauxhall area): $1,585,642
- Eastern Irrigation District (Brooks area): $2,418,872
- Leavitt Irrigation District (Cardston area): $40,112
- Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District: $1,098,698
- Magrath Irrigation District: $116,413
- Mountain View Irrigation District $37,391
- Raymond Irrigation District: $271,432
- St. Mary River Irrigation District: $2,651,848
- Taber Irrigation District: $547,532
Liberals quietly increase internet costs for many Canadians
After the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) reduced rental rates for third party internet providers (internet companies that have to rent their access from the big providers like Telus, Shaw, Rogers and Bell), the Liberal Cabinet quietly overruled the decision and increased rental fees. This increase will mean third party providers will have to increase their rates to pay for higher costs, making the big telecommunications companies more profitable (they cleared billions in profits last year) and reducing competition. The Liberals were said to have backed down to the big telecommunications firms when they threated to reduce rural internet plans. Which raises the question – what big companies are actually addressing rural internet gaps? In our communities, there are major break downs and gaps in internet coverage and mobile coverage in rural areas.
Not surprisingly, the Liberals have done very little to fulfill their 25% price reduction guarantee. This promise was called toothless and empty during the last election – yet another in a long line of broken promises from a Liberal government big on promises but unwilling to do the work before or after their commitments to get the job done.
Cyberattacks Cripple CRA online services
Late last week it was revealed that Canada’s CRA had been the subject of a successful cyberattack over the last few months, and that at least 5,000 Canadians had their information accessed or abused. The attackers were known to use the information to make false claims for benefits, redirect payments to new banking accounts, and help siphon money out of Canada’s economy at a time of crisis. By the middle of this week, services had resumed, however many Canadians will be left with compromised accounts and stolen information for many year to come. This is one in a line of cyber attacks, breaches and attacks that have hit CRA, the government of Canada and private industry in recent years and take substantive money out of our economy each year.
Montreal Port Strike Impacting Across the Country
The Port of Montreal is among the largest shipping ports in the country and declared a strike last week. This has impacted the ability for Canadian companies to ship their goods overseas, as well as create a backlog of railway shipments as the system piles up. Farmers are understandably upset as this creates yet another shipping and trade issue – one of dozens over the last few years. Despite the massive economic impacts, the Liberal Labour Minister has stated that she will not seek to end the strike through legislation. As a federally regulated industry, it is up the federal government to table back to work legislation to end a strike that impacts many Canadians.
I am pleased to report that as of this morning, August 21, the two sides appear to have reached a tentative agreement that still requires the union to bite to ratify.
Support for Beirut
After the explosion that shocked the world and devasted the city of Beirut, Lebanon, the federal government announced $ 5M in aid to the city and the country. Lebanon – already in the grip of economic depression, and social challenges including nearly a decade of Syrian refugees flooding into the country, had a massive explosion triggered when a fire reached explosive substances that had been storage and never dealt with in their port. The explosion was felt hundreds of miles away, registered on the Earthquake monitoring systems, and has generated a political backlash against politicians and negligent governments. The government’s entire Cabinet resigned under pressure when it was revealed the goods that cause the explosion had been there for many years and no one had taken action to address the danger.
AUGUST 1-7, 2020
WE SCANDAL CONTINUES WITH MANY QUESTIONS, ISSUES ON ETHICAL CONDUCT OF TRUDEAU, MORNEAU; COVID PAYMENT FOR DISABLED CANADIANS COMING AS TRUDEAU ANNOUNCES END OF CERB; VACCINES NOT FROM CHINA BEST WAY FORWARD; COVID TRACING APP AVAILABLE; AMERICAN ALUMINUM TARIFFS ARE BACK; AND MORE
Liberals Announce the end of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
Prime Minister Trudeau announced an end to the Emergency Response Benefit that has supported millions of Canadians during the shut down and pandemic. Anyone on the program since mid-March will be in their final payments now, as the program will wind-up for them near the end of August. Final eligibility for those who began the program later will be completed by the end of September.
The Liberals announced anyone still unemployed would be transferred to the Employment Insurance Program, or to an as of yet unannounced program they promised to bring forward in the future. The Liberals have yet to announce any information about this program or its timeline.
The Conservative plan to wind down the CERB program was clear and announced in June. The revised Conservative program would have seen returning workers who might have reduced hours or lower than expected incomes continue to receive scaled back support based on their earnings, ensuring that no one was worse off returning to work than staying home. The announcement of the end of the CERB program with no clear plan for Canadians demonstrates continued poor leadership from the Liberals.
US to Impose Aluminum Tariffs on Canada
This week America President Trump announced he would re-introduce a 10% tariff on Canadian aluminum to protect Americans suggesting Canada is a national security threat. The federal government has indicated it intends to respond with tariffs of equal value ($3.6 billion) after conducting its due diligence through a 30-day consultation period. The last time aluminum tariffs were imposed, they alos had tariffs on steel.
In May, the Liberals raised many eyebrows when they signed a deal with China’s CanSino Biologics (which partners with a Chinese military research academy) for potential vaccines for study and testing. Since May, the Chinese have refused to allow any vaccine to be exported to Canada, only re-affirming that China and its organization cannot be trusted, and certainly should not be considered a friend, let alone a partner.
Three months later, the Liberals signed an agreement with two American pharmaceuticals Pfizer and Moderna for vaccines that are yet to be approved by Health Canada. Its good that we are finally entering into agreements for potential treatments and vaccines that could help move Canada back towards normalcy, but it remains to be seen when these treatments will be available and where Canada sits in the queue of receiving these vaccines. What is clear is that China should never have been our first choice to obtain potential vaccines.
Government of Canada News Release here: https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-science-economic-development/news/2020/08/government-of-canada-announces-major-steps-in-treating-and-preventing-covid-19-through-vaccines-and-therapies.html
COVID Funding for Canadians with Disabilities
One-time payments to Canadians with disabilities are expected this Fall following the passage of new legislation. The $600 payment will be directly deposited or mailed to recipients who receive the Disability Tax Credit, are on one of the approved program (Canada Pension Plan Disability, Quebec Pension Plan Disability Pension or the Disability Support by Veterans Affairs).
For Seniors with a disability who have already received payments earlier this year, a top up of $100-$300 would be provided (to bring total supports to $600 per person). If you qualify for the Disability Tax Credit, but your certificate expired or you have not re-applied, you can do so before September 25, 2020 to qualify for payments.
Health Canada has introduced a COVID tracing app that would allow you to enter your information and determine if you may have been exposed to the virus. The App was delayed after concerns were raised about the protection of personal information and ensuring that the app did not collect and store significant information on Canadians without their consent. After Conservative MPs asked for the privacy commissioner to review it, a panel of experts on privacy and technology reviewed and made suggestions to improve the app. It is now available for download to your smart phone here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covid-alert.html?&utm_campaign=gc-hc-sc-2021-0024-10653701173&utm_medium=search&utm_source=google-ads-104719809029&utm_content=text-en-451610636601&utm_term=covid%20application
WE Charity scandal continues with unanswered questions, in particular questions about contradictory statements and timelines presented by the Liberal government. After the Prime Minister’s testimony at the Committee, there were only more red flags and questions. Ethically, it is clear the Prime Minister is destined for his third contravention of our ethics laws. The Ethics and Conflict on Interest Acts require Cabinet to avoid advancing the interests of themselves, friends, or family through their positions, and avoid providing preferential access to government. It seems clear that WE – which has enjoyed significant support from the Liberals since 2015 – was the only organization given serious consideration for this $912 M program. With the Prime Minister’s family earning significant money from WE and their various companies, the Prime Minister should never have been anywhere near this organization.
That also holds true for the Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, who was apologetic after being caught in conflict again. Previously, Morneau has been caught failing to disclose his French villa and for advancing legislation that directly increased the value of his family business (who’s stocks he still owned, so money straight into his pocket). Morneau – like Trudeau – has family ties to the WE Charities and WE groups of companies with both of his daughters connected to the groups and his wife being a donor. Morneau – while holding office – also took an expenses paid vacation from WE with his wife and daughter, which is a contravention of the conflict of interest rules. He only repaid the $41,000 in expenses the day before he had to testify before Parliament, after he clearly violated the rules again.
Here are some of the facts we know raise serious issues on the Liberals misleading and erroneous statements:
After Justin Trudeau claimed only WE Charity could deliver the student volunteer grant program, others like YMCA/YWCA and Boys and Girls Club of Canada have stepped up saying they could have helped.
WE Charity could not administer the program nationally – they had no presence in Quebec. WE engaged a public relations firm to manage the Quebec program, who in turn reached out to MPs for suggestions. Conservative MPs noted that the Canada Summer Jobs Program already had all the information and systems needed to deliver these job opportunities.
WE’s convoluted finances and governance raised serious questions about the operations and had very questionable finances and governance. Due diligence would have demonstrated this organization was not in good financial shape and could not be relied on to deliver a program of this scope and scale effectively.
WE Foundation – a separate entity from the well known for-profit ME-to-WE, and WE Charity – was the actual recipient of the grant. This organization’s main purpose is as a real estate holding company as per their documents filed with CRA for charitable status. This organization has no track record in delivering programs.
Nova Scotia Inquiry into Shooting
After the Federal Liberals and Nova Scotia Liberals tried to slip in a behind-closed doors review of the RCMP’s handling of the Nova Scotia shooting, there was significant backlash. Media reports and public outcry which included Conservative and Liberal MPs from Nova Scotia, forced the Liberal governments to do an about face and agree to a full, public inquiry. The inquiry is needed to look into the response of the RCMP to the shooting, why they hadn’t acted sooner since numerous reports suggest the public had reported the shooter’s criminal behaviours, and why measures like alerts and public notices had not been used sooner. Since the shooting we have learned through media persistence of the many crimes of the shooter which included gun and drug smuggling, domestic violence, and building fake police vehicles and uniforms (it is illegal to impersonate an officer). Federal and provincial ministers announced a change to a full public inquiry, and the next day former Liberal MP and Minister Anne McLellan resigned as one of the three inquiry panelists. McLellan had been previously tapped to address the SNC Lavalin scandal and report to the Prime Minister how to avoid these issues in the future.
Firearms Update – Nullification Letters
The RCMP have issued “nullification” letters to rescind legal ownership of the 1,946 models of firearms banned since May 1, 2020. These letters were drafted in a way to ensure firearms owners were not afforded an appeal process that would typically occur due to a revocation of a licence. Normally when a firearms license is revoked, the Chief Firearms Officer must notify the license holder of the appeal mechanism under the Firearms Act (which allows for an appeal through the courts). “Nullification” letters were issued because the firearms were made invalid by Cabinet, not by violations by users under the Act or terms of the license. This nullification only reinforces the key point that Conservative MPs have raised repeatedly – the people being punished and held accountable for the actions of gangs and criminals are legal, law-abiding Canadians who have not broken the law. A responsible government should be focused on people who are a risk to others, not those who are following the law.
The Liberal government is facing court challenges by numerous groups across Canada. Constitutional groups like the Justice Centre for Constitutional Rights have joined with firearms groups in opposing the regulation. See more here: https://www.jccf.ca/justice-centre-to-apply-to-intervene-to-stop-trudeaus-firearm-confiscation/
Remember – if you have a banned firearm keep it locked away during this amnesty period. Support a group that is fighting for your rights!
Conservative Leadership Race
On August 21, Conservative party members will choose a new leader from among the four finalists who include Leslyn Lewis, Peter MacKay, Erin O’Toole, or Derek Sloan. Mail-in ballots should be mailed in as soon as possible to ensure they are received in time to be counted.
$3.3 Billion Funding for COVID Cost
The federal government has made $3.3 Billion available to municipalities, provinces and non-profits to help cover the costs of covid upgrades and measures for schools, charities, and municipalities. The funding provides up to 80% of costs to be covered for things like making schools ready for Fall classes. It also provides up to 100% of costs for territories and Indigenous communities to make the necessary adjustments and upgrades. Alberta government will receive $340 M or roughly 10% of the funding. According to Statistics Canada, Alberta has 11.6% of Canada’s population.
In a separate move, the rural and northern communities will now be able to use the Rural and Northern Infrastructure stream to help fund mobile and broadband communications.
Funding For Irrigation
Provincial Ministers Dreeshin and Hunter were moving across Southern Alberta this week announcing funding for irrigation projects. This included:
- $262,000 to support improving irrigation systems near Brooks to help agriculture in the region. See more here: https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=7298384499F45-FDBA-37BE-C993A9CFCC74D066
- $2.6 M to improve the St. Mary’s river basin irrigation system. See more here: https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=729624EDD53A1-9D87-C5F6-E4D921A514CCDCB1
Bankruptcies Hitting Records, More to Come Experts Warn
The economy may get worse before it gets better according to recent reports. Going into the recession, Canada was seeing a record level of personal bankruptcy cases in late 2019 – hitting levels unseen since 2009 when Canada was at the peak of the global economic recession. Now, with government programs providing support and with many people unable to file due to Court closures during the pandemic, experts warn Canada may see a high number of bankruptcies and consumer protection proposals as we slowly start to reopen.
During the pandemic Canada also saw a record number of large companies filing for bankruptcy protection (22), nearly 4 times the normal amount. May and June saw record numbers of companies with more than $5 M in debt according to the reports – higher than the last economic recession. Some solvency experts have deep concerns that the commercial real estate sector could follow, with most of the bankruptcies right now in energy and retail.
China Continues Attacks on Canadians
China’s most recent threats against Canada continue as the Liberal government refuses to face their bullying tactics with strength, resolve or working with allies to combat their intimidations. Since the pandemic began – a pandemic that China concealed or under-reported – the Communist regime has worked to secretly siphon personal protective equipment out of Canada, detained and held two Canadians in inhumane conditions, issued threats about releasing Meng Hanzwou, the CFO of China’s Huawei communications company, block imports and detained shipments, sold us shipments of faulty, moldy or broken medical equipment, and now has held a potential coronavirus vaccine from being sent to Canada despite an agreement signed between government agencies (it remains unclear why we would ever trust a vaccine developed in China).
In the last week, a Canadian convicted of trying to smuggle drugs was sentenced to death and CSIS has issued new warnings about the attempted recruitment of Canada’s scientists to help advance the communist regimes control over intellectual property.
In response, the Liberals continue their third year of a review of Huawei technologies in our 5G network, despite the military, national security teams and cyber security experts all warning against its use. Canada stands alone in our national security and intelligence allies – New Zealand, Australia, UK and USA have all issued bans on Huawei.
Liberals Caught Lying Again about Mark Norman
A major break through in the case brought against former Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, the second in Command of our military, was when a member of the military testified that senior officers in the military had intentionally evaded using Norman’s name so that they could avoid Access to Information laws (aka – break the law). Norman was charged with leaking information about a Cabinet decision to secure supply ships, something that bothered former Liberal Minister Scott Brison (who was upset after receiving a letter from the Irving company that builds ships in Nova Scotia). In the last few months of the last Conservative government, a sole-source contract was given to a Quebec shipyard to build on a rapid basis new supply ships for the Navy – after both remaining supply ships were damaged beyond repair.
When it was reveal that the military had tried to avoid Access to Information laws, the Information Commissioner launched an investigation. She uncovered evidence of a crime, and turned that over to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who handed to the RCMP to investigate. Since the RCMP conducted the initial investigation in Norman (and laid charges that have since been withdrawn after the case fell apart), the RCMP said they would refer the investigation to the Ontario Provincial Police to avoid any conflict. And then they didn’t.
It is not a small matter for a major, national investigation into corruption to languish for a year while no one investigates. It raises yet more questions – not about the front line officers in the RCMP – but of the top most managers in Ottawa and their level of accountability to Canadians.