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May 19, 2020 | No Comments

Seniors being left behind

Seniors built this country.

Sadly, seniors have been left behind during this crisis. 

They’ve paid their dues and now we must ensure that they have the support they need. 

To the Liberal government however they’ve been an afterthought.

One issue that seniors here in Edmonton Griesbach have been facing is a disruption in their mail deliveries. 

Mail delivery is an essential service especially for seniors. 

Yet, for weeks Canada Post was refusing to deliver and sort mail to a seniors’ living facility here in our community. 

In “virtual Parliament” I asked Liberal ministers what was being done about this issue and where else disruptions where occurring.

See the full video below. 

I’ll continue working to ensure seniors receive essential services throughout this pandemic.  

As always if you’re in need of federal assistance please reach out to me, I’m here to help you. 

Please contact my office at (780) 495-3261 or by e-mail at kerry.diotte@parl.gc.ca.

Gun owners planning legal challenge to the Liberals’ “sloppy” gun ban

The federal government’s assault weapons ban, announced last week, is loaded with sloppy language and strange omissions say some gun owners and dealers.

The ban, that was announced in response to the recent Nova Scotia shooting rampage, prohibits the use or sale of hundreds of different semi-automatic rifles and some large calibre guns as well.

Jason Smith, who ranches near Eckville, says until last week’s ban he carried a semi-automatic rifle in his tractor or his truck every day to keep coyotes and other predators from eating his bison calves and deer fawns. He says it was simply the best tool for the job.

“Well it feeds your kids,” explained Smith of his livelihood. “You know there isn’t enough money in farming that you can lose ten per cent of your calf crop to coyotes and predators. Every calf matters.”

Each bison calf is worth about $2,000 dollars and every year he has close calls with losing them to coyotes and cougars. He says the firearm ban is too broad.

“I’m all for stopping gun violence, but my guns are not used in gun violence,” said Smith. “It’s stolen weapons, it’s weapons coming across the border. We need to concentrate on the criminals, not the law-abiding citizens.”

(Read the full column by Bill Macfarlane CTV News Calgary 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 4 weeks. 

 

 

 

In the news

  • Biden says he’d cancel Keystone XL pipeline permit if elected. Link
  • Sunday: Alberta reports 39 new COVID-19 cases, one additional death. Link
  • World to Canada: You’re raising your carbon tax during a global pandemic? Link
  • Legal groups eye suing government to roll back COVID-19 restrictions. Link
  • 14th resident at Intercare Brentwood Care Centre dies from COVID-19. Link
  • Gunter: At least Jason Kenney’s taking a stand on China. Link
  • Edmonton man challenges $1,200 COVID-19 ticket over demonstration at legislature. Link
  • Murphy: Was it code? The PM’s bizarre announcement on the carbon tax hike. Link
  • Lilley: Trudeau scoffs at questions about hundreds of millions in fraudulent payments. Link

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Thanks so much. Stay healthy!

E-mail:
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Phone:
(780) 495-3261

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

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May 18, 2020 | No Comments

76th anniversary of Sürgünlik

Today marks the 76th anniversary of Sürgünlik. In 1944 Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin forcibly deported more than 200,000 innocent Crimean Tatar men, women and children from their ancestral homes in Crimea to Central Asia and Siberia. Locked in cattle cars thousands of people perished during the journey.

Yet, the Crimean Tatar people persevered and after the fall of the Soviet Union returned to their homeland in Ukraine.

Today once again, the Crimean Tatar people are under threat following Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.  

We must never forget the genocide against the Crimean Tatar people and never forget that Crimea is part of a free Ukraine.

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May 15, 2020 | No Comments

This is National Nursing Week

We’ve been marking National Nursing Week for 35 years in Canada.
But this year feels remarkably different than others.
Throughout this crisis Canadian nurses have continued to give us excellent care and keep us safe.
To all the nurses across Canada thank you.

This is National Nursing Week

We've been marking National Nursing Week for 35 years in Canada. But this year feels remarkably different than others. Throughout this crisis Canadian nurses have continued to give us excellent care and keep us safe. To all the nurses across Canada thank you.

Posted by Kerry Diotte on Friday, May 15, 2020

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May 14, 2020 | No Comments

I asked the government what’s being done to ensure Canadians especially seniors continue to receive their mail

Questioning the government about mail deliveries to seniors' living complexes in my riding of Edmonton Griesbach

I asked the government what's being done to ensure Canadians especially seniors continue to receive their mail.

Posted by Kerry Diotte on Thursday, May 14, 2020

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May 11, 2020 | No Comments

CERB needs improvements

I’ve been proud to support programs that have helped Canadians during this crisis.

Through no fault of their own millions of Canadians have found themselves out of work and forced to stay home.

The government must be there for Canadians who are struggling.

However, the government’s response to this crisis has often needed major improvements and we Official Opposition MPs have insisted on changes that improved government legislation.

Many folks I’ve talked to have spoken of serious problems with the programs that’ve been created to help them.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has several serious failings.

Right now, if someone makes $1,001 a month they’re no longer eligible for the $2000 monthly benefit.

So, a person who earns $1,001 receives $1,999 less a month than someone who earns $1,000 and is also eligible for the $2,000 benefit. 

When the economy begins to re-open many Canadians could be worse off because they choose to work. 

That’s not right. No Canadian should be punished for going to work.

I’m calling for the program to be more flexible and sensible by allowing Canadians to increase their income earned without losing the entire benefit.

This way, Canadians wouldn’t be penalized for working. Yet, those who are unable to work still get the support they need.

If you’ve had issues with any of the government’s support programs please let me know.

By sharing your experiences, I can raise these concerns in Parliament and push to see Liberals change these programs for the better so you and others could get the benefits you deserve, and not be left to fall through the cracks.

Please contact my office at (780) 495-3261 or by e-mail at kerry.diotte@parl.gc.ca.

Columnist derides the “useless” Liberal gun ban

Last weekend I said there was one word — useless — to describe the ban on what the federal Liberals like to call “assault rifles.”

Let me add another: chaotic.

Banning legal gun owners from possessing certain models of firearms would not have prevented any of the mass killings in recent Canadian history — Ecole Polytechnique, the Quebec City mosque or last month in Nova Scotia.

That makes the ban useless.

Nor will the ban announced by the Trudeau government prevent bank heists or drug gang turf wars, because the ban only impacts legit owners and legit owners are not the source of crime.

But the ban is worse than useless. It’s almost impossible to comprehend.

(Read the full column 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 4 weeks. 

 

 

 

In the news

  • Alberta reports 96 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday; 70% of total cases now recovered. Link
  • Deficit reduction will have to wait for the economic recovery, federal officials say. Link 
  • Rex Murphy: Only the Greens and separatists could find ‘opportunity’ in a pandemic. Link
  • O’Toole vows to put ‘caveats’ on One China policy, urges ‘reckoning’ over coronavirus. Link 
  • RCMP Officer: Banned guns are “not assault rifles or military weapons.” Link
  • If ‘oil is dead’ so is our economy. Link 
  • GOLDSTEIN: Our leaders fretted about racism more than COVID-19. Link
  • MALCOLM: Trudeau’s briefings highlight a problem with journalism in Canada. Link
  • Canada needs its oil and natural gas industry more than ever. 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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May 11, 2020 | No Comments

CERB needs improvements

I’ve been proud to support programs that have helped Canadians during this crisis.

Through no fault of their own millions of Canadians have found themselves out of work and forced to stay home.

The government must be there for Canadians who are struggling.

However, the government’s response to this crisis has often needed major improvements and we Official Opposition MPs have insisted on changes that improved government legislation.

Many folks I’ve talked to have spoken of serious problems with the programs that’ve been created to help them.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has several serious failings.

Right now, if someone makes $1,001 a month they’re no longer eligible for the $2000 monthly benefit.

So, a person who earns $1,001 receives $1,999 less a month than someone who earns $1,000 and is also eligible for the $2,000 benefit. 

When the economy begins to re-open many Canadians could be worse off because they choose to work. 

That’s not right. No Canadian should be punished for going to work.

I’m calling for the program to be more flexible and sensible by allowing Canadians to increase their income earned without losing the entire benefit.

This way, Canadians wouldn’t be penalized for working. Yet, those who are unable to work still get the support they need.

If you’ve had issues with any of the government’s support programs please let me know.

By sharing your experiences, I can raise these concerns in Parliament and push to see Liberals change these programs for the better so you and others could get the benefits you deserve, and not be left to fall through the cracks.

Please contact my office at (780) 495-3261 or by e-mail at kerry.diotte@parl.gc.ca.

Columnist derides the “useless” Liberal gun ban

Last weekend I said there was one word — useless — to describe the ban on what the federal Liberals like to call “assault rifles.”

Let me add another: chaotic.

Banning legal gun owners from possessing certain models of firearms would not have prevented any of the mass killings in recent Canadian history — Ecole Polytechnique, the Quebec City mosque or last month in Nova Scotia.

That makes the ban useless.

Nor will the ban announced by the Trudeau government prevent bank heists or drug gang turf wars, because the ban only impacts legit owners and legit owners are not the source of crime.

But the ban is worse than useless. It’s almost impossible to comprehend.

(Read the full column 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 4 weeks. 

 

 

 

In the news

  • Alberta reports 96 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday; 70% of total cases now recovered. Link
  • Deficit reduction will have to wait for the economic recovery, federal officials say. Link 
  • Rex Murphy: Only the Greens and separatists could find ‘opportunity’ in a pandemic. Link
  • O’Toole vows to put ‘caveats’ on One China policy, urges ‘reckoning’ over coronavirus. Link 
  • RCMP Officer: Banned guns are “not assault rifles or military weapons.” Link
  • If ‘oil is dead’ so is our economy. Link 
  • GOLDSTEIN: Our leaders fretted about racism more than COVID-19. Link
  • MALCOLM: Trudeau’s briefings highlight a problem with journalism in Canada. Link
  • Canada needs its oil and natural gas industry more than ever. Link

Share this valuable e-newsletter with a friend 

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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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May 8, 2020 | No Comments

Victory in Europe

On May 8, 1945 – seventy-five years ago today – the war in Europe ended.

After six long years of war Nazi Germany was defeated.

Millions of people all around the world united in their fight for freedom.

More than a million Canadians answered the call, while our industry at home furnished the tools for victory.

Yet, that victory over tyranny came at a steep price, more than 45,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders gave their lives and another 55,000 were wounded during the Second World War.

Seventy-five years later the sacrifice of those everyday heroes hasn’t been forgotten, nor should it ever be.
Lest we forget.

 

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May 5, 2020 | No Comments

Law-abiding gun owners please sign

Please click below to sign this official petition. Please like it and share it to spread the word.

“We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Prime Minister to immediately scrap his government’s May 1, 2020, Order in Council decision related to confiscating legally owned firearms and instead pass legislation that will target criminals, stop the smuggling of firearms into Canada, go after those who illegally acquire firearms, and apologize to legal firearms owners in Canada.”

 

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May 5, 2020 | No Comments

Liberation of the Netherlands

Today marks 75 years since the 1st Canadian Army liberated the Netherlands from Nazi tyranny.
We must never forget the service of the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who fought for freedom during the Second World War.
Lest we forget.

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May 4, 2020 | No Comments

Our community is here for you

This crisis has been hard on all of us.

All our lives have been changed.

Folks have lost their jobs and are physically distancing.

Like me, some people are now working from home.

Yet, throughout it all our community hasn’t stopped helping each other.

Community groups continue to offer important services to Edmontonians in need.

If you need assistance there’s help for you.

Crystal Kids Youth Centre continues to do great work helping kids here in our community.

They have a daily food pick-up program for families in need.

Crystal Kids are also hosting daily virtual mentoring, life skills and literacy sessions.

You can contact them at (780) 479-5746 ext. 224 or by e-mail at crystalkids@crystalkids.org.

Drive Happiness is also doing an amazing job delivering food and medication to seniors in need.

They can be reached at (780) 424-5438 or by e-mail at info@drivehappiness.ca.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association also volunteer to help people get groceries, medication and do other errands.

You can reach them at 1 (855) 435-7811 or by e-mail at help@amya.ca.

As senior centres are closing, our community is working to support the social well being of seniors with the Seniors’ Centre Without Walls.

This is a great resource where seniors can call and interact with others from the comfort of their own home.

You can register at (780) 395-2626.

If you’re in need please contact one of these great community organizations. 

As always if you need federal assistance please reach out to me, I’m here to help you.  

E-mail: kerry.diotte@parl.gc.ca

You must reapply for CERB

The way the government designed the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) you must reapply every four weeks.

If you applied for the benefit when it was first announced, you need to reapply to receive the second payment of $2000.

 

 

 

 

Learn more about 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 4 weeks. 

 

 

 

In the news

  • 96 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Alberta on Sunday and 1 more death. Link
  • Alberta launches AB TraceTogether app to improve contact tracing, fight COVID-19 spread. Link
  • They applied for CERB through EI — now they can’t get follow-up payments. Link
  • Lilley: Trudeau lies and subverts democracy to push his anti-gun agenda. Link
  • Canadians who don’t qualify for CERB are getting it anyway — and could face consequences. Link
  • United Front groups in Canada helped Beijing stockpile coronavirus safety supplies. Link
  • David Staples: Dr. Theresa Tam should answer questions about COVID-19 failures or resign. 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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