December 14, 2020

Justin jacks up crippling carbon tax

Last Friday afternoon on the last sitting day of Parliament before Christmas, Justin Trudeau announced a massive increase of the carbon tax — so much for Liberal transparency.

Under Trudeau’s new plan, the Liberals are going to raise the carbon tax from $50 a tonne they promised in the last election to a whopping $170 a tonne by 2030. That will translate to an additional 37.57 cents per litre to the cost of gas. 

It’ll make groceries even more expensive then they already are. It’ll increase the cost of heating your house. And it’ll hurt businesses, especially here in Alberta.

In the last election — only a year ago — the Liberals promised not to raise the carbon tax. This move is the latest example of the litany of Liberal broken promises.

Canadians who are already struggling due to the pandemic, cannot afford to be punished every time they drive to work, heat their homes or put food on the table. This latest Liberal tax grab is kicking Canadians when they’re down. 

 

I called for fairness for immigration applicants

 

I spoke in the “virtual” House of Commons calling on the Liberals to ensure immigration applications filed by paper are treated similarly to ones received online. As usual, the Liberals didn’t answer my question.

Alberta government announces new stronger public health measures

The Alberta government announced mandatory, province-wide restrictions saying it hopes the measures will slow the spread of COVID-19. Find out more at the link below. 

 

 

 

It’s time for Canada to stand up to China, and stand up for freedom — Erin O’Toole

For two years, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor will have been held hostage in China simply for being Canadian.

While Canadians are rightfully concerned about the fate of our two wrongfully imprisoned citizens, China’s hostage diplomacy has awoken the Canadian public to a far larger reality. A realignment in geopolitics has taken place over the last 40 years, and Canada has been late to heed its warnings.

For 40 years the great opening of China’s free market has not gone as we had hoped. And for the past 30 years, since tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square, the Western world has chosen to hope that things would get better.

To this day, every business, public or private, remains subject to the strategic objectives of the Chinese state. This may not have been a big deal when China produced mainly low-tech goods like shoes and toothbrushes, but it has dramatic implications today as Chinese tech firms export facial recognition technology and surveillance drones. All Chinese firms are required by law to collaborate with Chinese intelligence agencies. Yes, that includes mining TikTok videos and feel-good apps for data. And it certainly concerns Huawei building our digital future.

(Read the full article by Federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole, in the National Post at the link below)

 

 

 

Supporting the Salvation Army 

I was at Edmonton’s Londonderry Mall raising funds for the Salvation Army with volunteers Helen Penczek and Ed Skaley. This worthy charity is needed more than ever this year.

In the news

Last week’s straw poll results 

Last week I asked folks if they’ll join me in getting a vaccine when they’re eventually available.

The clear majority said they’ll get a vaccine.

Remember, vaccines will only be available after undergoing rigorous safety tests by Health Canada.

Vaccines aren’t mandatory in Canada. However, they’re an important public health tool.

A big thanks to everyone who took part.

 

Have your say

The Liberals have announced they’re going to hike the carbon tax to $170 a tonne. 

Do you support the Liberals’ massive carbon tax hike? 

Have your say in my new unofficial poll. I’ll publish the results in next week’s e-newsletter. 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest news on COVID-19 

 

You can find up-to-date information from Alberta Public Health or the Public Health Agency of Canada

Alberta Public Health can also be reached by phone at 811.

Benefits available for Canadians

There are programs available to help you and your family. 

 

 

 

 

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