In the spirit of giving, I decided to try a new take on the old jingle bells tune. I wanted to give the Liberals a figurative lump of coal for a few of the ways that they’ve been naughty this year.
The Liberal government’s plan to rehabilitate ISIS fighters who return to Canada is misguided and points to their perverse priorities.
Our former Conservative government took strong action to combat terrorism and keep Canadians safe. It’s troubling that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government doesn’t share the same priorities.
The so-called rights of terrorists should never be placed above the rights and security of law-abiding Canadian citizens.
An ISIS fighter should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law if they return to Canada.
That’s why Conservatives put forward the following motion in the House of Commons:
That the House:
(a) condemn the horrific acts committed by ISIS;
(b) acknowledge that individuals who joined ISIS fighters are complicit in these horrific acts and pose a danger to Canadians;
(c) call on the government to bring to justice and prosecute any ISIS fighter returning to Canada; and insist that the government make the security and protection of Canadians its priority, rather than the reintegration of ISIS fighters, or the unnecessary financial payout to a convicted terrorist, like Omar Khadr.
Shamefully, Liberals voted against our motion.
What’s worse, Liberals are offering ISIS fighters taxpayer-funded reintegration training. Meanwhile, they are clawing back on the benefits and allowances available to Canadian Armed Forces members who are injured in the line of duty.
Conservative have called – and will continue to call – on the Liberal government to enforce measures that hold terrorists accountable for their crimes and to take strong action to keep law-abiding Canadian citizens safe.
An ISIS fighter should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law if they return to Canada, not offered taxpayer-funded reintegration training.
It’s time that Morneau stops trying to change the channel, apologizes to Canadians, and starts following the rules that apply to all Members of Parliament.
And this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is unveiling the details of his plan to hike taxes on local business.
Today in the House of Commons, I reminded the Liberal government that Canadian small businesses are the heartbeat of our economy, that they should be respected for the jobs and opportunities they create in our communities.
Today, I asked the Minister of Public Services and Procurement when she would stop blaming others and clean up this mess.
This day pays tribute to the contributions of seniors who have helped build our country and who continue to make valuable contributions in our communities.
It’s also a chance to celebrate the seniors who have positively impacted your life.
Happy National Seniors Day!
We had a lot of fun doorknocking today in the Rosslyn area of my riding of Edmonton Griesbach.
We met lots of nice folks and had great conversations.
Thanks again to all the volunteers!
By KERRY DIOTTE
Member of Parliament
If you look up the definition in a dictionary of “giving back to the community” it should be accompanied by a picture of the Northlands organization beside the entry.
The not-for-profit agricultural society, located in my federal riding of Edmonton Griesbach, has been giving back to our community for longer than Edmonton has been a city.
There’s hardly a better example of the good work this organization does than Monday Morning Magic whereby children with special needs (and their friends and parents) get the run of the K-Days fair midway for free along with snacks, entertainment and more. It’s in cooperation with the rides company, North American Midway.
This year’s Monday Morning Magic was hampered by a downpour but Northlands officials and volunteers simply adapted and worked a little magic indoors where kids were treated to performances by the top dogs of Canine Stars.
There were mascots galore along with princesses, cartoon characters members of the Edmonton Eskimos football team and lots of men and women in uniform — all there to bring smiles to the faces of the excited kids on the 40th anniversary of this annual event.
A big tip of the hat to everyone who made this event a success that brought on so many smiles. A special thanks to Northlands and the volunteers who came out to help this year. They’re part of the hundreds and hundreds of loyal Northlands volunteers. I honestly don’t know what our community would do without them.