February 22, 2021

Please share your COVID-19 experiences with me

COVID-19 has caused thousands of deaths in Canada.

It’s an enormous national tragedy.

Have you lost a relative or a loved one to this terrible disease?

Would you be willing to share your experience with me about having lost someone to COVID?

This is not for publication but it’s a way to share what your friend or loved one went through when COVID struck them.

Please email me at kerry.diotte@parl.gc.ca or call my office to set up a convenient time for you to talk to me at (780) 495-3261.

If you have lost a loved one to COVID you have my deepest sympathies.

 

 

 

We need to get Canada working again

On Feb. 22 I had the chance to give a speech in the virtual House of Commons where I called out the Justin Trudeau Liberal government on their poor record on standing up for our energy industry and for their failure to get enough vaccines purchased and delivered to Canadians. 

Madam Speaker, from coast to coast to coast Canadians are struggling. They are struggling both with a pandemic that has cost far too many people their lives and with an economy in deep trouble. These two crises have hit working Canadians very hard. Lives and livelihoods have been lost. Despite this all, Canadians are persevering, as we know they can. Through adversity, they are getting the job done. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Liberal government.

(See my full speech at the link below)

 

 

 

Communist China is committing genocide

Erin O’Toole MP
Leader of the Canada’s Conservatives 

“Around the world, we have solemnly uttered the phrase ‘never again,’ but it falls flat without action.
 
Never again demands action before more atrocities are committed. We cannot say never again and turn a blind eye to government coordinated rape, torture, indoctrination, and forced sterilization.
 
We cannot remain silent. Silence only helps those who commit crimes against humanity, never the victims.
 
Today, Canada’s Conservatives are calling on the Parliament of Canada to recognize that genocide is currently being carried out by the People’s Republic of China against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims.
 
We are calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to officially adopt this position. We are calling for an end to silence.
 
Canada may be a small country in terms of population, but we are a towering giant when it comes to our commitment to human rights. And right now, over a million people half a world away need us to use that voice.”

(The Conservative Opposition Day motion can be found at the link below.)

 

 

 

I voted in favour of this motion on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.

Many seniors struggle with loneliness. The pandemic has only made it worse

By PIA ARANETA
Global News

“Maria Sardelis moved into a retirement home in Ottawa last October to take care of her 98-year-old mother.

Her mother was diagnosed with COVID-19 and for two weeks, Sardelis would take her blood pressure, feed her and give her medication left by the door. 

With Sardelis taking on the role of a nurse, other residents and staff were less likely to get infected, she says.

“What would happen if I wasn’t (there)? What’s happening to all those other people that don’t have someone?” she says. 

Seniors were lonely long before the COVID-19 pandemic, experts say, but isolation and ageism may have exacerbated the problem. 

The pandemic now means seniors can’t connect with friends or family members, whether that be seniors in independent living situations or in care facilities.”

(Read the full article by Pia Araneta, Global News at the link below.)

 

 

 

There is help here in our community. The Seniors’ Centre Without Walls is a great resource where people can call and interact with others from the comfort of their own home. You can contact them by phone at (780) 395-2626. Please share this resource with anyone who might need it.

 

 

 

 

 

The Liberals new gun rules make no sense

By SHANNON STUBBS MP and RICHARD MARTEL MP
Conservative Members of Parliament

“It is disappointing that during a pandemic, Justin Trudeau is focused on his own re-election and advancing the Liberals’ ideological agenda instead of helping Canadians get vaccines. 

Just recently, the Liberals voted against and defeated Bill C-238, a Conservative bill that would have imposed tougher sentences for criminals smuggling or who are found in possession of illegal firearms. The Trudeau Liberals’ decision to vote against this bill shows they are not serious about stopping dangerous criminals from getting their hands on illegal guns.

The reality is, the vast majority of gun crimes are committed with illegally obtained firearms. Taking firearms away from law-abiding citizens does nothing to stop dangerous criminals and gangs who obtain their guns illegally.

Instead of targeting law-abiding Canadians and firearm retailers, the government should be investing in police anti-gang and gun units and the CBSA to provide law enforcement with the resources they need to stop illegal smuggling operations and get dangerous criminals and gangs off the streets.

Conservatives have, and will always, support common-sense firearms policies that keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals.

We are calling on the Trudeau Liberals to ensure that Canada’s firearms legislation is based on evidence, not on ideology, and respects the rights of Canadians.”

 

In the news

You said it

Last week’s straw poll results 

In my last e-newsletter, I asked folks if they agreed with some voices that called for cancelling singing the national anthem prior to sporting events.

The vast majority voted to continue proudly singing O Canada.

As your Member of Parliament, I’ll always vote to protect important traditions like singing the national anthem. 

A big thanks to everyone who took part.

Have your say

There have been many credible reports that have shown evidence that the People’s Republic of China is committing genocide against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims. In light of this evidence do you believe Canada should advocate moving the 2022 Olympics out of China?     

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 during this COVID pandemic. 

 

 

 

 

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