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The headline of a recent Canadian Press column paraphrases Liberal Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan and reads “Line 5 ‘very different’ from Keystone XL and Canada will fight hard for it.”
Now it’s great to hear that the Liberal government is finally willing to defend a major energy project. The Line 5 pipeline is important and we should fight for it.
It’s the main oil supply for Ontario and Quebec and moving oil via a pipeline is the safest and most economical way to do it.
Yet, where was this determination when the American’s axed Keystone XL?
When that important project was cancelled all the federal government did was say they were ‘disappointed.’ Beyond that there was nothing but crickets.
We now know that it wasn’t that the Liberal government can’t fight hard, they deliberately choose not to — to the detriment of Canadians across the country but especially here in the West.
Minister O’Regan has one thing right though. Line 5 is very different than Keystone XL. That difference is how he and the Liberal government is treating them.
If you live in my federal riding of Edmonton Griesbach look for this tax guide arriving in your mailbox. It contains a lot of tips to save you money this tax season.
Let’s all celebrate the achievements of women and girls all around the world.
We’re all sad to hear of the death of Walter Gretzky. I wanted to share this great Malcom Mayes cartoon from The Edmonton Journal.
“Michael Cooper, MP for St. Albert-Edmonton, thinks we need to look at ways to strengthen criminal laws and mandatory jail time to keep repeat offenders like Larsen in prison.
“It keeps happening because, unfortunately, our laws are not keeping dangerous criminals behind bars — that’s really the bottom line. It is a revolving door,” Cooper said.
“Unless you’re designated a dangerous offender or subject to a long-term supervision order, the fact is far too many individuals who are dangerous are let out onto the street.”
Cooper said being designated a dangerous offender has a high threshold.
“Fewer than 1,000 offenders have been designated as a dangerous offender since 1978, even though 90 per cent of dangerous offenders are sex offenders. Right now, it is a Criminal Code offence if you, for example, breach a term of bail but it is not a Criminal Code offence if you breach a term of your parole. That needs to change.” Cooper said.
“I am hearing a lot of frustration from the public who see this as a revolving door, and rightfully so. Any offender who targets a child is a threat to all children in our community, and it speaks to the need to strengthen our criminal justice system to hold these types of offenders accountable.”
(Read the whole article by Lisa MacGregor, Global News at the link below)
I was pleased to meet with members of the Oromo community from Edmonton and across Canada to discuss their ongoing concerns with the treatment of the Oromo in Ethiopia.
I had an excellent discussion with Trixstar president Mike Anderson regarding his company’s desire to hold small-scale concerts this summer at the former Northlands Park while paying close attention to COVID health measure protocols.
In my last e-newsletter, I asked folks if they thought the Liberals were going to call a spring election.
People were divided on the issue but a slim majority said yes.
A big thanks to everyone who took part.
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