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April 27, 2016 | No Comments

Do you want an exciting summer job? An opportunity to exercise your creative muscles?

Position Title: Creative summer intern
Language Requirements: English, French is an asset
Effective Date: June 6, 2016

Essential Qualifications
• Good skills at photography, videography, basic video editing and graphic design
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
• Effective interpersonal skills, judgment, discretion, initiative, professionalism and team spirit

General Responsibility
The office of Kerry Diotte, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Griesbach, is looking for a summer intern to help develop and carry out creative projects, and also assist in the day-to-day tasks of a political office.  This paid internship is a unique opportunity to learn about politics and develop your creative skills.  The ideal candidate may be a student, or recent graduate looking to gain experience in a political office.  Interested candidates may apply before June 30, 2016 by sending their CV and creative project sample to Jen Gray at Kerry.Diotte.C1@parl.gc.ca.

Please feel free to forward this opportunity to interested individuals.

NB. All applications will be held in confidence and only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Creative Summer Internship

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April 20, 2016 | No Comments

A tribute to my friend Ted Marianix – Join #TeamFight to #endMS

Today in the House of Commons, I remembered and paid tribute to my friend Ted Marianix.

May is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. I invite everyone to join #TeamFight to #endMS.

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April 12, 2016 | No Comments

Standing up for Edmontonian and Canadian taxpayers – Budget debate on April 11, 2016

The Liberal government’s budget is a real disappointment for Canadians who were looking for real action to create jobs and long-term economic prosperity.

The Liberal budget has no plan for jobs, borrows $29.4 billion and raises taxes on hard-working Canadians.

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April 9, 2016 | No Comments

Remembering the Battle of Vimy Ridge

April 9th commemorates the immense sacrifices made by Canadians during WWI at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

The victory at Vimy Ridge marked the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Armed Forces fought together as a unit.

From their sacrifice a new and enduring Canadian identity was born.

While it was a remarkable victory, it came at the expense of thousands of lives.

Lest we forget.

 

The Battle of Vimy Ridge

 

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March 25, 2016 | No Comments

Happy Easter from Edmonton Griesbach Member of Parliament Kerry Diotte

 

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March 11, 2016 | No Comments

OFFICE OPEN HOUSE …you are invited!

Office Open House Invite

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March 4, 2016 | No Comments

Celebrating Edmonton Griesbach veteran Paul Lefaivre’s accomplishments

It was a pleasure today to present Edmonton Griesbach constituent Paul Lefaivre, 92, with a congratulatory certificate for his recent award. Paul was awarded France’s National Order of the Legion of Honour, that country’s highest decoration, established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. Paul is a D-Day vet and was in the Royal Canadian Navy.

I first met him more than 20 years ago when I interviewed him for an Edmonton Sun feature story I wrote on D-Day. We then got to know each other very well when we sailed to Europe on the QE2 in 1994 as part of a commemorative trip for veterans returning to the shores of Normandy.

With so many veterans aboard the ship, there was no end to the great material for news columns that I filed daily to the newspaper. Congrats on your award, Paul. And thanks for your service to this country.

Paul Lefaivre

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February 18, 2016 | No Comments

Speaking up for rank-and-file workers

This week, I stood in the House of Commons to reaffirm our Conservative commitment to hard-working Canadians.

When our party was in power, we passed a law to allow workers to have a secret ballot when voting on whether or not to form a union.

We also passed a law that guaranteed more fiscal transparency in union books.

With the proposed Bill C-4, the Liberal government will repeal those good laws.

We believe that this is detrimental to hard-working Canadian union members, and we have heard that from the rank-and-file members themselves.

Check out the video. What do you think about this issue? I would love to hear your opinions.

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February 11, 2016 | No Comments

Justin Trudeau: Like father, like son

By KERRY DIOTTE

Like father, like son.

Daddy dearest, Pierre Elliott Trudeau (P.E.T.), crippled Alberta’s energy industry in the early 1980s with his National Energy Program, now his “sunny ways” son Justin is following in his father’s infamous footsteps.

Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

Albertans and Canadians have a right to be plenty peeved with the newly elected Liberals’ snub of the energy industry – a kick in the teeth to the people who feed their families from it.

Trudeau junior set the tone early in his term as prime minister. Where was his first major foreign trip after the October 19 election? None other than Paris, France, with more than 300 of his best friends — to attend a summit on global climate change.

That’s where he hobnobbed with Hollywood celebrities and posed for selfies as our unemployment rate soared in energy-producing provinces and thousands of Canadians were being laid off from their livelihoods.

In Paris, Trudeau lite even posed for pictures and had a chat with House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey (who plays the role of a U.S. president in a fictitious political drama). That encounter had a colleague of mine chuckling cynically. “It would be tempting to stand up in Question Period to ask Justin how his bilateral talks with President Underwood went,” quipped my colleague.

Each day, when I look across the House of Commons floor at the ruling party and hear their rhetoric about climate change and alternative energy I cringe.

Canadians could be forgiven for thinking they elected the Green Party. Heck these Grits are greener than Kermit the Frog.

The Liberal spin on why they’re not standing up for proposed pipelines and for the families fed by them? Well, they claim, Conservatives are to blame. Now how can that be?

In their distorted world view, Liberals claim Canada, under Conservatives, didn’t do enough to prove we can develop energy (including oil sands) in a sustainable way to get public support for pipelines.

Grits chirp that Canada must do more to prove we’re developing our resources and pipelines in sustainable sunny ways, saying it as if all our previous pipelines were built with no consultation or environmental safeguards. It’s downright disheartening. No, let me correct that. Actually, it’s sickening.

So they come up with concepts such as having to have “social licence” to proceed with new ones. They talk about the need to get buy-in from each and every stakeholder on such projects.

Yet they conveniently forget that Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline through British Columbia (B.C.) was duly approved in June 2014 subject to a whopping 209 conditions recommended by the National Energy Board, as well as an understanding that further talks with aboriginal communities would continue.

The approval came after copious amounts of hearings and input. But Pierre Trudeau junior scuttled all of that good work by arbitrarily declaring he and his fellow Grits won’t allow overseas shipping of Alberta’s diluted bitumen to occur off the coast of B.C.

So much for the value of studies and public hearings. What then does Justin and company expect to accomplish by having even longer public consultations on future pipelines like Energy East?

The bottom line is these greener-than-green Grits, just don’t like the oil and gas industry and they just don’t care about the good jobs and wealth it creates for Canadians.

Like Democratic President Barack Obama, they don’t want to be seen to be supporting anything that promotes fossil fuels, so their stated desire to add increased public consultations on future pipelines is nothing but a stalling-tactic ruse.

As an Edmontonian, an Albertan and a Canadian, I’m livid with this. It’s just not right. It’s a disservice to all of us and there will be a steep price to be paid. As Trudeau and his coherts deride oil-bearing tankers, it will be our economy that will continue to tank.

This unicorn-vision of the world has to stop. Kermit the muppet has famously croaked, “It’s not easy being green.” But the amiable amphibian obviously isn’t a Liberal, ̕cause being green seems to come naturally to them.

If you think the federal Liberals should stop pandering to the professional climate change activists and start standing up for sustainable and safe pipelines, fire off a note to me.

I’ll personally see that your message gets forwarded straight to the Prime Minister’s Office. Click here.

The only hope we have to restore some balance and sanity to this sad situation is to speak up loudly. As an elected Official Opposition Member, I’ll continue to do so, but I need your help.

Again, if you want to tell Justin and his cronies to stand up for new pipelines and the good jobs they provide to Canadian families, click here.

I’m counting on you to voice your views. It’s vital you do so. Stand up for our country. Canada’s very future is at stake.

 

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February 8, 2016 | No Comments

Hypothermic Half Marathon

Kudos to those involved in the Hypothermic Half Marathon that started and finished in my riding of Edmonton Griesbach, at Highlands Golf Course.

As Member of Parliament, I was glad to bring an official greeting and meet participants and other good folks. Thanks to the major sponsors, organizers and volunteers for this popular event. And, bonus to runners; It was waaaay warmer today than in past years.

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