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July 29, 2020 | No Comments

Handing out water to folks in the inner city

Street Water

With temperatures in Edmonton hitting 30C+ constituency office intern Josh Hui and I decided to hand out bottled water to folks in the inner city, many of whom are living on the streets.

Posted by Kerry Diotte on Tuesday, July 28, 2020

With temperatures in Edmonton hitting 30C+ constituency office intern Josh Hui and I decided to hand out bottled water to folks in the inner city, many of whom are living on the streets.

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July 28, 2020 | No Comments

Today is world hepatitis day

By raising awareness of hepatitis we can help identify the millions of people around the world who are undiagnosed.
We still have a lot of work to do to accomplish this goal.
But today we’re a step closer to achieving it.

Today is world hepatitis day

Today is world hepatitis day. By raising awareness of hepatitis we can help identify the millions of people around the world who are undiagnosed. We still have a lot of work to do to accomplish this goal. But today we're a step closer to achieving it.

Posted by Kerry Diotte on Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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July 27, 2020 | No Comments

Honouring Korean War veterans

Today marks the 67 anniversary of the armistice that ended open military conflict in Korea.
More than 26,000 Canadians served in Korea, 516 of whom lost their lives.
We must never forget their sacrifices and their legacy of a free, democratic and prosperous South Korea.
Lest we forget.

 
 
 
 
 
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July 27, 2020 | No Comments

Bill Morneau needs to resign

The WE scandal continues to lay bare the failures of the Liberal government. 

Every day more information comes out showing just how shady the decision to award nearly a billion dollars of your money to a Liberal friendly organization truly was.  

We now know, that not only did the prime minister not recuse himself despite close personal ties — including hundreds of thousand dollars of payouts to close family members — the minister of finance also had conflicts that he failed to disclose. 

Bill Morneau’s daughter works for the charity and he somehow “forgot” to repay $41,000 for a luxurious WE trip. How someone forgets about $41,000 I don’t know. 

Trust me. Every Member of Parliament of every political stripe knows that taking this exotic, all-expenses paid $41,000 trip is a breach of ethics rules.

Yet, Morneau took the trip and only repaid the $41,000 on the day he was set to testify about it. 

To add insult to injury he also took part in the decision to hand WE a nearly billion-dollar contract in clear violation of the conflict of interest law. 

However you look at this, Morneau is either corrupt or incompetent — perhaps both. Either way he needs to resign!

The Oromo community peacefully protests

Glad to attend and give a speech to a peaceful rally at the Alberta Legislature attended by hundreds of people with the Oromo Community —  many of whom live in my riding of Edmonton Griesbach.

The Liberals fail to answer questions

The Liberals continue to dodge key questions from the Official Opposition and others.

In this official request for information, I asked them how many civil servants have been working on the COVID-19 response, how many have been working from home and how many have been laid off or put on leave.

Yet, in typical Liberal fashion, they fail to respond to any of these key questions. It’s a slap in the face to taxpayers and all Canadians.

Last week’s straw poll results 

Last week I asked folks views on whether it was wrong for Prime Minister Trudeau and his Liberal government to hire the WE Charity organization to distribute nearly one billion dollars of taxpayers’ money given that Trudeau and his family have close personal and/or financial ties to the charity?

Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey.

Here’s what you had to say. 

Have your say on the Edmonton Football Team’s new name

The management of the Edmonton Football Team has decided to change the team’s name.

Have your say on the new name in my unofficial straw poll. I’ll publish results of the informal poll in my e-newsletter and forward them to the team.

Latest news on COVID-19 

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

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

 

 

 

Benefits for Canadians

There are programs available to help you and your family. 

Remember: The way the government set up CERB you need to reapply every four weeks. 

 

 

 

In the news

  • Editorial: Trudeau believes he’s special. Link
  • John Ivison: As the WE scandal rises, Bill Morneau can feel himself sinking. Link
  • Kathryn Marshall: The governor general should step down so the Queen doesn’t have to fire her. Link
  • Rex Murphy: Canada’s two most powerful men, blinded by their entitlement. Link
  • Why I’m leaving the National Post. Link
  • Morneau’s ME to WE trip of a lifetime to cost him big time. Link
  • Conservatives call for a 2nd Morneau ethics probe as they demand his resignation. Link

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I want to hear from you 

I’m always eager to hear from you. Do you have beefs? Bouquets? Suggestions?

Drop me a note at my e-mail address.

Please note our local Edmonton constituency office is currently still open to serve you but it’s by appointment only. We simply ask that you call ahead to book an appointment.

Call or e-mail us and we’ll be happy to serve you.

Thanks so much. Stay healthy!

E-mail:
Kerry.Diotte@parl.gc.ca

Phone:
(780) 495-3261

Mail (postage free): 
Kerry Diotte, MP 
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

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July 24, 2020 | No Comments

Speaking at the Oromo community protest

Oromo Community Peaceful Protest

Glad to attend and give a speech to a peaceful rally at the Alberta Legislature attended by hundreds of people with the Oromo Community – many of whom live in my riding of Edmonton Griesbach.

Posted by Kerry Diotte on Friday, July 24, 2020

Glad to attend and give a speech to a peaceful rally at the Alberta Legislature attended by hundreds of people with the Oromo Community – many of whom live in my riding of Edmonton Griesbach.

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July 21, 2020 | No Comments

The Liberals fail to answer questions

The Liberals continue to dodge key questions from the Official Opposition and others. In this official request for information, I asked them how many civil servants have been working on the COVID-19 response, how many have been working from home and how many have been laid off or put on leave. Yet, in typical Liberal fashion, they fail to respond to any of these key questions. It’s a slap in the face to taxpayers and all Canadians.

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July 21, 2020 | No Comments

Have your say on the Edmonton Football Team’s new name

The management of the Edmonton Football Team has decided to change the team’s name.

Have your say on the new name in my unofficial straw poll. I’ll publish results of the informal poll in my e-newsletter and forward them to the team.

Filed under: General

July 20, 2020 | No Comments

Sport Central has community impact

Edmonton is a city renowned for its community spirit and volunteerism. Sport Central, located in my federal riding of Edmonton Griesbach, is a shining example of that — supplying thousands of underprivileged children with sporting goods. Click on the video to hear their story:

Do you think the Eskimos should change their name?

Last week I asked folks views on whether the Edmonton Eskimos should change their name.

The results are in from my informal straw poll.

Of the 1,606 people who voted, 916 (57%) supported changing the name, 674 (42%) supported keeping the name and 16 (1%) people didn’t know. 

Thanks to everyone who waded into the discussion and who filled out the survey.

Early on the poll was running about 2-1 against changing the name of the Eskimos but gradually the Yes side came up in numbers as word spread that there was an unofficial survey being conducted.

Regardless of the result, it shows me the Eskimos name is certainly a hot topic. 

Personally I believe the Eskimos have done an admirable job in the past of reaching out to Indigenous people in the North and there was certainly not a groundswell from those folks to change the name. In fact the research seemed to show the majority of the Inuit in the West were in favour of keeping the name. 

My friend and former MP for Nunavut, Leona Aglukkaq was opposed to the name change as were several Inuit people who responded to the poll. 

Since I asked the question it’s been reported that the teams management intends to change their name. Those reports have currently not been confirmed by the team. 

Whatever the outcome may be, I hope everyone continues to support our football team as we go for our 15th Grey Cup win this year! 

Straw poll comments

Here are some comments folks left while answering last week’s survey:

“If they don’t change the name I will no longer support the NFL.” — Elysha M.

“I’m Eskimo/Inuk originally from Nunavut. I have no issues with Eskimo.” — Rosemary K. 

“What’s in a name?” as the Bard said. If the team feels a change is justified they should do it — they will still be the best organization in the CFL. Run a contest to let Edmontonians pick something with a closer identification with the city.” — Paul S. 

Have your say

Was it wrong for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government to hire the WE Charity organization to distribute nearly one billion dollars of taxpayers’ money given that Trudeau and his family have close personal and/or financial ties to the charity?

I’ll publish the results of this informal poll in the next e-newsletter. 

The government should impose sanctions against Chinese officials

I’m proud to have added my name to this letter urging the government to impose Magnitsky sanctions against Chinese officials.

Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Minister François-Philippe Champagne,

We, the signatories, call on the Government of Canada to invoke Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law) S.C. 2017, c. 21 against individuals who are directly responsible for the human rights atrocities happening in Tibet, occupied East Turkestan (Xinjiang), and Hong Kong.

As a leader on the international human rights discussion, to invoke Magnitsky sanctions against these officials is a strong and symbolic action that is consistent with how Canada has applied this act in the past.

As suggested by our very own Minister of Foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne:

“Sanctions are an important tool to hold perpetrators of gross human rights violations to account.”

Canada needs to take a strong stance against blatant human rights atrocities and coordinate a multilateral effort amongst countries with shared values to reclaim our leadership on the Global stage.

 

 

 

How the WE scandal rocked the Trudeau government

By BRIAN LILLEY
Sun Media

It’s a scandal like none I’ve seen that has rocked the Trudeau government and spawned at least five investigations into the government actions.

Even CNN has speculated that this could bring down the Trudeau Liberals.

I’m not sure about that but it is a story that keeps on revealing more.

What started out as an attempt to help young people financially by introducing the Canada Student Service Grant has morphed into something else. The allegation is that this contract was just too cozy, that Justin Trudeau and others in his government were simply too close to the people getting a $912 million sole-sourced contract.

Along with giving the government headaches, this saga has shaken one of the biggest charities in the country.

(Read the full column by Brian Lilley, Toronto Sun here)

Latest news on COVID-19 

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

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

 

 

 

Benefits for Canadians

There are programs available to help you and your family. 

Remember: The way the government set up CERB you need to reapply every four weeks. 

 

 

 

In the news

  • WE Charity Moved Millions To Private Kielburger Company. Link
  • How Justin Trudeau’s latest ethics scandal could spell the end of his career. Link
  • Major new pipelines and mines must show path to ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050 to get approved. Link
  • Woke politicians turn their backs on the police. Link
  • Edmonton police hate crimes unit investigating racist graffiti spray painted on Al Rashid Mosque. Link
  • Trudeau government was willing to pay WE Charity up to $43.5M to run student volunteer grant program. Link
  • Price of Edmonton Eskimos’ name change would be sky high. Link

Share this valuable e-newsletter with a friend 

You can share it here.

If you’re not subscribed to this regular e-newsletter, sign up below.

Members of Parliament get the most current, accurate and comprehensive updates regarding the COVID-19 crisis. Want regular highlights of these? Sign up for my e-newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time. Sign up here.

I want to hear from you 

I’m always eager to hear from you. Do you have beefs? Bouquets? Suggestions?

Drop me a note at my e-mail address.

Please note our local Edmonton constituency office is currently still open to serve you but it’s by appointment only. We simply ask that you call ahead to book an appointment.

Call or e-mail us and we’ll be happy to serve you.

Thanks so much. Stay healthy!

E-mail:
Kerry.Diotte@parl.gc.ca

Phone:
(780) 495-3261

Mail (postage free): 
Kerry Diotte, MP 
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

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July 20, 2020 | No Comments

Sport Central has community impact

Edmonton is a city renowned for its community spirit and volunteerism. Sport Central, located in my federal riding of Edmonton Griesbach, is a shining example of that — supplying thousands of underprivileged children with sporting goods. Click on the video to hear their story:

Do you think the Eskimos should change their name?

Last week I asked folks views on whether the Edmonton Eskimos should change their name.

The results are in from my informal straw poll.

Of the 1,606 people who voted, 916 (57%) supported changing the name, 674 (42%) supported keeping the name and 16 (1%) people didn’t know. 

Thanks to everyone who waded into the discussion and who filled out the survey.

Early on the poll was running about 2-1 against changing the name of the Eskimos but gradually the Yes side came up in numbers as word spread that there was an unofficial survey being conducted.

Regardless of the result, it shows me the Eskimos name is certainly a hot topic. 

Personally I believe the Eskimos have done an admirable job in the past of reaching out to Indigenous people in the North and there was certainly not a groundswell from those folks to change the name. In fact the research seemed to show the majority of the Inuit in the West were in favour of keeping the name. 

My friend and former MP for Nunavut, Leona Aglukkaq was opposed to the name change as were several Inuit people who responded to the poll. 

Since I asked the question it’s been reported that the teams management intends to change their name. Those reports have currently not been confirmed by the team. 

Whatever the outcome may be, I hope everyone continues to support our football team as we go for our 15th Grey Cup win this year! 

Straw poll comments

Here are some comments folks left while answering last week’s survey:

“If they don’t change the name I will no longer support the NFL.” — Elysha M.

“I’m Eskimo/Inuk originally from Nunavut. I have no issues with Eskimo.” — Rosemary K. 

“What’s in a name?” as the Bard said. If the team feels a change is justified they should do it — they will still be the best organization in the CFL. Run a contest to let Edmontonians pick something with a closer identification with the city.” — Paul S. 

Have your say

Was it wrong for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government to hire the WE Charity organization to distribute nearly one billion dollars of taxpayers’ money given that Trudeau and his family have close personal and/or financial ties to the charity?

I’ll publish the results of this informal poll in the next e-newsletter. 

The government should impose sanctions against Chinese officials

I’m proud to have added my name to this letter urging the government to impose Magnitsky sanctions against Chinese officials.

Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Minister François-Philippe Champagne,

We, the signatories, call on the Government of Canada to invoke Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law) S.C. 2017, c. 21 against individuals who are directly responsible for the human rights atrocities happening in Tibet, occupied East Turkestan (Xinjiang), and Hong Kong.

As a leader on the international human rights discussion, to invoke Magnitsky sanctions against these officials is a strong and symbolic action that is consistent with how Canada has applied this act in the past.

As suggested by our very own Minister of Foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne:

“Sanctions are an important tool to hold perpetrators of gross human rights violations to account.”

Canada needs to take a strong stance against blatant human rights atrocities and coordinate a multilateral effort amongst countries with shared values to reclaim our leadership on the Global stage.

 

 

 

How the WE scandal rocked the Trudeau government

By BRIAN LILLEY
Sun Media

It’s a scandal like none I’ve seen that has rocked the Trudeau government and spawned at least five investigations into the government actions.

Even CNN has speculated that this could bring down the Trudeau Liberals.

I’m not sure about that but it is a story that keeps on revealing more.

What started out as an attempt to help young people financially by introducing the Canada Student Service Grant has morphed into something else. The allegation is that this contract was just too cozy, that Justin Trudeau and others in his government were simply too close to the people getting a $912 million sole-sourced contract.

Along with giving the government headaches, this saga has shaken one of the biggest charities in the country.

(Read the full column by Brian Lilley, Toronto Sun here)

Latest news on COVID-19 

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

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

 

 

 

Benefits for Canadians

There are programs available to help you and your family. 

Remember: The way the government set up CERB you need to reapply every four weeks. 

 

 

 

In the news

  • WE Charity Moved Millions To Private Kielburger Company. Link
  • How Justin Trudeau’s latest ethics scandal could spell the end of his career. Link
  • Major new pipelines and mines must show path to ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050 to get approved. Link
  • Woke politicians turn their backs on the police. Link
  • Edmonton police hate crimes unit investigating racist graffiti spray painted on Al Rashid Mosque. Link
  • Trudeau government was willing to pay WE Charity up to $43.5M to run student volunteer grant program. Link
  • Price of Edmonton Eskimos’ name change would be sky high. Link

Share this valuable e-newsletter with a friend 

You can share it here.

If you’re not subscribed to this regular e-newsletter, sign up below.

Members of Parliament get the most current, accurate and comprehensive updates regarding the COVID-19 crisis. Want regular highlights of these? Sign up for my e-newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time. Sign up here.

I want to hear from you 

I’m always eager to hear from you. Do you have beefs? Bouquets? Suggestions?

Drop me a note at my e-mail address.

Please note our local Edmonton constituency office is currently still open to serve you but it’s by appointment only. We simply ask that you call ahead to book an appointment.

Call or e-mail us and we’ll be happy to serve you.

Thanks so much. Stay healthy!

E-mail:
Kerry.Diotte@parl.gc.ca

Phone:
(780) 495-3261

Mail (postage free): 
Kerry Diotte, MP 
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

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July 20, 2020 | No Comments

Survey

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