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November 8, 2020 | No Comments

Today is Aboriginal Veterans Day

On Aboriginal Veterans Day let’s all commemorate and remember the heroic Indigenous Canadians who have served our country in uniform.
Alexander Decoteau was one of those heroes. Decoteau was from Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan and later moved to Edmonton. Joining the Edmonton police force in 1909, Decoteau was Canada’s first Indigenous Canadian police officer. He was also chosen to represent Canada in the 1912 Olympic games.
In 1916 Decoteau enlisted into the Army and served in Edmonton’s own 49th battalion. Decoteau was killed in action on October 30, 1917. He was one of the over 4,000 Canadians killed in the battle of Passchendaele.
 
Lest we forget.
 
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The Liberals have failed in their COVID response

Canada needs rapid COVID testing now!

I presented a petition on behalf of the Canadian Oromo community

Aid to Humanity charity fundraiser was a big success 

Glad to support Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in their event on Saturday. They collected 200 boxes of food and raised $1,000 for a local food bank. God bless all the generous donors and volunteers.

Last week’s straw poll results 

Last week I asked folks what they thought about halting travel from COVID hotspots at the beginning of the pandemic.  

Most people thought the borders should have been closed early. 

A big thanks to everyone who took part in the survey.

Have your say

Who do you think will win the U.S. presidential election?

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. 

 

 

 

In the news

  • Federal auditor general says her office needs extra $31M to fulfill its government watchdog mandate. Link
  • Trudeau defends free speech as long as it’s not offensive. Link
  • Trudeau’s ‘watch your tongues’ advice is offensive on many levels. Link
  • Coliseum demolition pegged for the ‘short term’ as part of Northlands site redevelopment into transit villages. Link
  • Twitter censors satirical ‘Weekend at Biden’s’ meme, creator speaks out. Link
  • Former Alberta Health Services CEO Vickie Kaminski says she resigned due to NDP political interference. Link
  • Parks Canada to review “colonialist” and offensive historical plaques. Link
  • MPs vote to open investigation into federal COVID-19 response. Link
  • $285 waffles, $412 hot towels, $23,000 catering on Trudeau’s luxurious private jet. Link

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

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Thanks so much. Stay healthy!

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Phone:
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Kerry Diotte, MP 
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

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The Liberals have failed in their COVID response

 

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Stay safe this Halloween 

Tomorrow is Halloween — as if 2020 wasn’t scary enough. 

Alberta Public Health has offered useful COVID-19 guidelines to celebrate safely.  

Check out these guidelines at the link below and have a safe Halloween! 

 

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Canada needs rapid COVID testing now!

Today, in Question Period I asked when will Canada catch up to other countries on rapid testing.

 

 

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October 28, 2020 | No Comments

Today, I presented a petition in the House of Commons on behalf of the Canadian Oromo community in Edmonton

 

 

They’re concerned about ongoing human rights violations in Ethiopia.

As the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Griesbach I’ll always champion universal human rights for all people.

Petition to the House of Commons

Whereas:

  • On June 29, 2020, Hachalu Hundessa, the celebrated young Oromo musician and human rights activist, was assassinated, unleashing an avalanche of unprecedented violence;
  • Government forces descended on mourners, killing and arresting protestors who came out to express their rage;
  • They arrested leaders and members of Oromo opposition parties, Oromo traditional elders, youth leaders, scholars, journalists and other civilians;
  • Government shut down the Internet and Oromo independent media such as Oromo Media Network;
  • Since then, state-sponsored atrocities have escalated, hundreds were killed and tens of thousands were imprisoned;
  • Political prisoners contracted COVID-19 and suffered from strange illnesses but were denied treatment and access to lawyers.
  • This adds to the ongoing merciless killing, beating, jailing, and raping of innocent civilians under the indefinite Martial Law; and
  • Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, members of U.S. Congress and parliaments of European nations have expressed deep concerns.

We, the undersigned, Oromo Communities members in Canada, call upon the House of Commons to be our voice by calling upon the Canadian government to encourage Ethiopia to:

1. End the unconstitutional Martial Law and withdraw its military from civilian areas;

2. Recognize that Canada’s foreign aid is linked to the respect of human rights;

3. Free all political prisoners without precondition and start dialogue with all opposition parties, especially the targeted Oromo leaders;

4. Commit to independent investigation of Hundessa’s murder and bring perpetrators to justice.

You can see the full petition at here.

 

 
 
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October 26, 2020 | No Comments

The Liberals threaten election in an attempt to cover up scandals

We’re in the middle of a second wave of the pandemic.

No one should want an election right now! 

Yet, last week Justin Trudeau threatened to send Canadians to the polls in an attempt to cover up his latest scandal. 

Canadians learned this summer that the Liberals gave a sole sourced contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars to WE Charity, a Liberal friendly organization. 

WE was so Liberal friendly that not only did the then-Minister of Finance Bill Morneau’s daughter work for them, he’d also “forgotten” to pay off a $41,000 vacation expense.

WE even paid the prime minister’s family hundreds of thousands of dollars.  

Despite this clear conflict of interest neither the prime minister nor minister of finance recused themselves when the government gave WE the sole sourced contract. 

Since, the scandal has come to light, the Liberals have done everything possible to bury it. 

When Parliamentary committees began to investigate, Trudeau prorogued Parliament. 

When documents were requested they were heavily blacked out.

When Parliament resumed Liberal MPs spent hours filibustering to stop an investigation.

MP Wayne Easter, the Liberal chair of the finance committee, has even inappropriately cancelled committee meetings to prevent scrutiny.

And now when Opposition parties call for a committee to investigate the scandal they threaten to call an election. 

There must be something pretty damning in the documents for the Liberals to go to these lengths to prevent Canadians from learning the truth.

Never in Canadian history has a procedural motion to form a committee been declared a matter of confidence. 

Yet, that’s exactly what Trudeau did to try to stop scrutiny. 

Our democratic system, is built on the government being accountable to Parliament. 

For the prime minister to threaten to call an election — during a pandemic — because he doesn’t want scrutiny is completely out of step with the principles of our democracy. 

Happy to tour the new Bissell Centre

Glad to tour the impressive, soon-to-open Bissell Centre Child Care Centre that will serve families in my riding of Edmonton Griesbach. Thanks for all the good work your organization does.

Great to see our cultural heritage prominently displayed   

Cool Year of the Rat mural in Edmonton’s Chinatown.

Help is available to preserve our history  

Library and Archives Canada is providing support for eligible organizations to help maintain our historic documents. 

We have such a proud history here in Edmonton and it’s worth preserving. 

Find out if you’re eligible at the link below.

 

 

 

Stay safe this Halloween 

This Saturday is Halloween — as if 2020 wasn’t scary enough. 

Alberta Public Health has offered useful COVID-19 guidelines to celebrate safely.  

Check out these guidelines at the link below and have a safe Halloween! 

 

 

Last week’s straw poll results 

Last week I asked folks what they thought of the Liberals filibustering the ethics committee to prevent a vote on WE Charity documents. 

Most people thought it was a coverup.

As your Member of Parliament, I’m committed to holding the Liberal government accountable.

A big thanks to everyone who took part in the survey.

Have your say

Should Canada have halted incoming flights many months ago from countries that were COVID hotspots?

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. 

 

 

 

In the news

  • Revoke parking privileges for veterans because they ‘incentivize driving,’ Vancouver council report advises. Link
  • Vancouver approves year-round free parking for veterans over city staff objections. Link
  • Remembering Hamilton’s Corporal Nathan Cirillo 6 years after Ottawa attack. Link
  • Behind Erin O’Toole’s old-school image lies a thoroughly modern Conservative strategy. Link
  • Trudeau’s willingness to opt for nuclear option to avoid awkward questions is troubling. Link
  • MP calls for investigation into Trudeau govt’s $237 MILLION contract to former Liberal MP. Link
  • NP View: A ‘safe space’ for controversial opinions. Link
  • ‘Hate graffiti’ engraved on National War Memorial in Ottawa: police. Link
  • Trudeau Liberals threaten election to keep things hidden. 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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