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Erin O’Toole’s victory speech

What an honour. Thank you so much.

Thank you to my friends – Leslyn Lewis,
Derek Sloan, and of course to the
Honourable Peter MacKay.

Thank you for stepping up for our country.
Congratulations for the campaigns you
have run, for the ideas you have put
forward, and for the Canadians you have
recruited to our cause.

Thank you for putting your name on the
ballot. For leaving your families for weeks to
travel all over this great country – whether
on the ground or in a room of your house
on hours of Zoom calls.

Thank you for talking to Canadians about
our country, our party and ideas for a
stronger future.

Thank you for valuing the grassroots
members of our movement.

I want to thank my incredible campaign
team from coast to coast to coast! We
have built an incredible team of passionate
and patriotic Canadians. Your hard work led
to this victory.

I also want to thank the volunteers for
Peter, Leslyn and Derek. You worked
incredibly hard and I look forward to all of
us working together to build a stronger
country with more opportunity for our
children and grandchildren.

I would also like to thank Andrew and Jill
Scheer and your family for your service and
dedication to our party and our country. We
will continue to work together for
Canadians.

And of course I want to thank my wife,
Rebecca, our children Mollie and Jack and
all of my family and friends here tonight or
watching at home for your love, advice and
patience these nine months.

Most of all, thank you to the tens of
thousands of Canadians from coast to
coast to coast who voted for me.

You put your faith in me to lead this historic
party and I am honoured and humbled. I
promise you, I will not let you down.

Today, you have given me a clear mission:
To unite our party.
To champion our conservative principles.
To show Canadians what we know so well
– that Justin Trudeau and his team are
failing our great country.
We must continue to point out Liberal
failings and corruption BUT we also must
show Canadians our vision for a stronger,
prosperous and more united Canada.
Canada can – and must – do better and
Conservatives will work hard to earn the
trust and confidence of Canadians in the
next election.

Friends, now the real work begins. We
could be into an election campaign as soon
as this fall. But as more than 260,000
passionate Conservatives have already
shown in this record breaking leadership
amidst a pandemic – the Conservative Party
will be ready for the next election. And we
will win the next election.

To the millions of Canadians that I am
meeting tonight for the first time…

Hello, I’m Erin O’Toole….
You are going to be seeing and hearing a
lot from me in the coming weeks. I want you
to know that I am here to fight for you and
your families.

Like millions of Canadians, Rebecca and I
have been juggling a lot of jobs lately. With
our kids at home, COVID has made us
appreciate teachers more than ever before.

My mother, who passed away when I was
9, was a teacher. And, throughout my life, I
have wished she was here to give me
advice. Right now, I wish she were here to
see her child succeed. But, I know she is
here tonight because I can see her in my
daughter who shares her name.

Thankfully, I have had my stepmother – also
a teacher – to guide me to this very day. I
am thankful she and my Dad are here with
me tonight. My father John, inspired me into
public service.

But like many teenagers, especially those
who have lost a parent, I gave my dad a
hard time growing up.
He worked at General Motors for over 30
years, which brought us from Ste. Therese
QC to Bowmanville, Ontario – to my home
in the Toronto area.

After high school I joined the military to gain
discipline and to serve the country. It
deepened my love for Canada and defines
who I am today.

I served as a navigator on Sea King
helicopters and sailed with our Navy out of
Halifax. It was in Halifax where I met
Rebecca, the love of my life.

Today, Rebecca and I are both navigating
raising our amazing children Mollie and
Jack – and 5 days ago we celebrated 20
years of marriage…

I have spent my entire adult life trying to
serve Canada and its people. Soon, I will
be asking Canadians for the chance to
serve as Prime Minister so we can get our
country back on track. I love this country
and I am very worried about the course we
are on.

When I launched my campaign in Calgary
in January, I said that the stakes were high.

They are even higher today.

Our country is currently facing its most
serious economic challenges since the
Great Depression. Capital and jobs have
been leaving Canada and large deficits
were being run BEFORE the COVID crisis
led to record debt and deficits.

Our country is more divided than it has ever
been in my lifetime. People are losing faith
in Canada because of the ideological and
out of touch policies from the Liberals.

We just emerged from the largest health
crisis in our history.

Premiers across our country have shown
real leadership amid the COVID-19 crisis.
They were looking out for you. Justin
Trudeau, Bill Morneau and the Liberals
showed – once again – that even amid a
national crisis – they were more interested
in looking after their friends.

We can rebuild our great country – while
protecting Canadians from the ongoing
threat of COVID-19.

We can get Canadians back to work, be
proud of the things we grow, build and
produce in Canada again. We must have a
government that will keep us safe, and
ensure that we are never ill-prepared again.

To do that, we need a leader with real-world
experience and someone who is not afraid
to make the tough decisions.

A leader who cares more about keeping
Canadians safe and united than about his
personal image and the interests of his
friends.

We need a leader who puts Canadians first
and will stand up for Canada and our
interests in a challenging world where we
have lost the respect of our friends and
allies.

The world still needs more Canada, it just
needs less Justin Trudeau.

Why should I be that leader?

Because I believe that:
Whether you are black, white, brown or
from any race or creed.
Whether you are LGBT or straight.
Whether you are an Indigenous Canadian
or have joined the Canadian family 5 weeks
ago or 5 generations ago.
Whether you are doing well, or barely
getting by.
Whether you worship on Fridays,
Saturdays, Sundays, or not at all.
You are an important part of Canada and
you have a home in the Conservative Party
of Canada!

Maybe you have voted for a different party
your whole life, or have never voted at all.
Maybe you feel that as a union member you
should not vote for our party.

Maybe you feel let down by politicians.
Maybe your family came here for “better”
but you are still waiting for “fair” treatment.
Maybe you run a small business and work
all day only to be called a tax cheat by your
government.

It is time for many Liberal and NDP voters
to socially distance themselves from these
out of touch parties.

Its time for more Canadians to look at the
Conservative Party again.

If you want the opportunity to work hard to
provide for your family – you should be
voting Conservative.

If you want to stop insiders getting ahead
while you are falling back – you should be
voting Conservative.

If you are proud of what we produce in this
country – whether it is the resources in the
ground or the ideas in our heads – you
should be voting Conservative.

And if you believe deeply – like I do – that
the Canadian Ethics Commissioner needs
to stop working overtime – you should be
voting Conservative!

Justin Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh claim to
stand up for working families, but they fail
them time and time again.

Canada needs serious leadership for these
challenging times.

To keep Canadians safe and prepared for
the future.

To rebuild our economy.

To navigate our way out of record Liberal
deficits before they put our social programs
at risk.

To ensure that we rebuild stronger, more
self-reliant, and more resilient, so we are
better prepared for future waves of COVID-
19 and other threats.

To restore Canada’s place in a tough world,
earning back the respect that Trudeau has
lost on the world stage.

That is what Conservatives stand for.
Doing what is right even when it is not what
is easy. That is what Canadians stand for.

Its the same sense of duty that kept our
healthcare workers and PSWs helping our
sick in the early weeks of the pandemic
when they were worried about risks to
themselves and their families.

That same feeling when a family helps
newcomers to Canada by opening up their
own home and letting them get their start
with help from family or friends in their
community even when it makes things
challenging.

That same feeling our soldiers must have
felt at the bottom of Vimy Ridge more than
a century ago.

It’s a belief in what Canada can be.

It’s a belief in the hope and opportunity that
Canada represents.

My fellow Canadians.

My name is Erin O’Toole.

I believe in this country and I am running to
serve you as Prime Minister.

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Have your say

The independent Parliamentary Budget Officer has warned that under the Liberals our national debt may be more than a trillion dollars this fiscal year.

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Congratulations to my friend Erin O’Toole the new leader of the Conservatives

I’ve worked beside Erin in Parliament for five years and I know he has what it takes to get Canada back on track.  

Canada is the best country in the world and we Conservatives have a principled vision to make it stronger, more prosperous and united. 

I’ve long supported Erin. Erin checks all the boxes for me: Military veteran; successful lawyer; well-respected Harper cabinet minister; devoted family man; has a good heart and backbone and is a down-to-earth nice guy.

Under his leadership, we’re going remove the corrupt Liberals from power. 

I’d also like to thank Leslyn Lewis, Peter Mackay and Derek Sloan for running. All Canadians have a place with us Conservatives and it was great to hear and debate different ideas.

Watch Erin’s victory speech

I love many of the lines from Erin O’Toole’s speech last night after winning our Conservative leadership race. Watch the video below or read the text here.

Burgers to Beat MS day was August 20!

Two dollars from every Teen Burger that was purchased from an A&W on Thursday, August 20 was donated to the MS Society of Canada. A big thanks for all the folks who supported this worthy cause. Together we can find a cure for MS. 

Black Ribbon day

Sunday, August 23 was Black Ribbon day, a time to remember the millions of innocent victims of the evil Nazi and Communist regimes.

Last week’s straw poll results 

Last week I asked folks if they supported a vote of non-confidence in the Trudeau led Liberal government due to his most recent ethical failures.

Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey.

People unanimously voted in favour of a vote of non-confidence.  

Have your say

The independent Parliamentary Budget Officer has warned that under the Liberals our national debt may be more than a trillion dollars this fiscal year.

Are you worried about the massive debt load the Liberals are leaving to future Canadians?  

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 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. 

 

 

 

In the news

  • SNC-Lavalin has landed more than 100 government contracts since Trudeau ethics controversy. Link
  • Trudeau prorogues Parliament — and another Liberal promise is broken. Link
  • Edmonton city councillor Nickel facing sanction hearing for violating code of conduct. Link
  • Pierre Poilievre responds to Bill Morneau resignation: ‘there is no policy difference.’ Link
  • Trudeau signals big changes are on the horizon. Link
  • We need recovery, not decarbonization. Link
  • Freeland touts the myths of green energy. 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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August 24, 2020 | No Comments

Conservative Leader Erin O’toole’s victory speech

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What an honour. Thank you so much.

Thank you to my friends – Leslyn Lewis,
Derek Sloan, and of course to the
Honourable Peter MacKay.

Thank you for stepping up for our country.
Congratulations for the campaigns you
have run, for the ideas you have put
forward, and for the Canadians you have
recruited to our cause.

Thank you for putting your name on the
ballot. For leaving your families for weeks to
travel all over this great country – whether
on the ground or in a room of your house
on hours of Zoom calls.

Thank you for talking to Canadians about
our country, our party and ideas for a
stronger future.

Thank you for valuing the grassroots
members of our movement.

I want to thank my incredible campaign
team from coast to coast to coast! We
have built an incredible team of passionate
and patriotic Canadians. Your hard work led
to this victory.

I also want to thank the volunteers for
Peter, Leslyn and Derek. You worked
incredibly hard and I look forward to all of
us working together to build a stronger
country with more opportunity for our
children and grandchildren.

I would also like to thank Andrew and Jill
Scheer and your family for your service and
dedication to our party and our country. We
will continue to work together for
Canadians.

And of course I want to thank my wife,
Rebecca, our children Mollie and Jack and
all of my family and friends here tonight or
watching at home for your love, advice and
patience these nine months.

Most of all, thank you to the tens of
thousands of Canadians from coast to
coast to coast who voted for me.

You put your faith in me to lead this historic
party and I am honoured and humbled. I
promise you, I will not let you down.

Today, you have given me a clear mission:
To unite our party.
To champion our conservative principles.
To show Canadians what we know so well
– that Justin Trudeau and his team are
failing our great country.
We must continue to point out Liberal
failings and corruption BUT we also must
show Canadians our vision for a stronger,
prosperous and more united Canada.
Canada can – and must – do better and
Conservatives will work hard to earn the
trust and confidence of Canadians in the
next election.

Friends, now the real work begins. We
could be into an election campaign as soon
as this fall. But as more than 260,000
passionate Conservatives have already
shown in this record breaking leadership
amidst a pandemic – the Conservative Party
will be ready for the next election. And we
will win the next election.

To the millions of Canadians that I am
meeting tonight for the first time…

Hello, I’m Erin O’Toole….
You are going to be seeing and hearing a
lot from me in the coming weeks. I want you
to know that I am here to fight for you and
your families.

Like millions of Canadians, Rebecca and I
have been juggling a lot of jobs lately. With
our kids at home, COVID has made us
appreciate teachers more than ever before.

My mother, who passed away when I was
9, was a teacher. And, throughout my life, I
have wished she was here to give me
advice. Right now, I wish she were here to
see her child succeed. But, I know she is
here tonight because I can see her in my
daughter who shares her name.

Thankfully, I have had my stepmother – also
a teacher – to guide me to this very day. I
am thankful she and my Dad are here with
me tonight. My father John, inspired me into
public service.

But like many teenagers, especially those
who have lost a parent, I gave my dad a
hard time growing up.
He worked at General Motors for over 30
years, which brought us from Ste. Therese
QC to Bowmanville, Ontario – to my home
in the Toronto area.

After high school I joined the military to gain
discipline and to serve the country. It
deepened my love for Canada and defines
who I am today.

I served as a navigator on Sea King
helicopters and sailed with our Navy out of
Halifax. It was in Halifax where I met
Rebecca, the love of my life.

Today, Rebecca and I are both navigating
raising our amazing children Mollie and
Jack – and 5 days ago we celebrated 20
years of marriage…

I have spent my entire adult life trying to
serve Canada and its people. Soon, I will
be asking Canadians for the chance to
serve as Prime Minister so we can get our
country back on track. I love this country
and I am very worried about the course we
are on.

When I launched my campaign in Calgary
in January, I said that the stakes were high.

They are even higher today.

Our country is currently facing its most
serious economic challenges since the
Great Depression. Capital and jobs have
been leaving Canada and large deficits
were being run BEFORE the COVID crisis
led to record debt and deficits.

Our country is more divided than it has ever
been in my lifetime. People are losing faith
in Canada because of the ideological and
out of touch policies from the Liberals.

We just emerged from the largest health
crisis in our history.

Premiers across our country have shown
real leadership amid the COVID-19 crisis.
They were looking out for you. Justin
Trudeau, Bill Morneau and the Liberals
showed – once again – that even amid a
national crisis – they were more interested
in looking after their friends.

We can rebuild our great country – while
protecting Canadians from the ongoing
threat of COVID-19.

We can get Canadians back to work, be
proud of the things we grow, build and
produce in Canada again. We must have a
government that will keep us safe, and
ensure that we are never ill-prepared again.

To do that, we need a leader with real-world
experience and someone who is not afraid
to make the tough decisions.

A leader who cares more about keeping
Canadians safe and united than about his
personal image and the interests of his
friends.

We need a leader who puts Canadians first
and will stand up for Canada and our
interests in a challenging world where we
have lost the respect of our friends and
allies.

The world still needs more Canada, it just
needs less Justin Trudeau.

Why should I be that leader?

Because I believe that:
Whether you are black, white, brown or
from any race or creed.
Whether you are LGBT or straight.
Whether you are an Indigenous Canadian
or have joined the Canadian family 5 weeks
ago or 5 generations ago.
Whether you are doing well, or barely
getting by.
Whether you worship on Fridays,
Saturdays, Sundays, or not at all.
You are an important part of Canada and
you have a home in the Conservative Party
of Canada!

Maybe you have voted for a different party
your whole life, or have never voted at all.
Maybe you feel that as a union member you
should not vote for our party.

Maybe you feel let down by politicians.
Maybe your family came here for “better”
but you are still waiting for “fair” treatment.
Maybe you run a small business and work
all day only to be called a tax cheat by your
government.

It is time for many Liberal and NDP voters
to socially distance themselves from these
out of touch parties.

Its time for more Canadians to look at the
Conservative Party again.

If you want the opportunity to work hard to
provide for your family – you should be
voting Conservative.

If you want to stop insiders getting ahead
while you are falling back – you should be
voting Conservative.

If you are proud of what we produce in this
country – whether it is the resources in the
ground or the ideas in our heads – you
should be voting Conservative.

And if you believe deeply – like I do – that
the Canadian Ethics Commissioner needs
to stop working overtime – you should be
voting Conservative!

Justin Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh claim to
stand up for working families, but they fail
them time and time again.

Canada needs serious leadership for these
challenging times.

To keep Canadians safe and prepared for
the future.

To rebuild our economy.

To navigate our way out of record Liberal
deficits before they put our social programs
at risk.

To ensure that we rebuild stronger, more
self-reliant, and more resilient, so we are
better prepared for future waves of COVID-
19 and other threats.

To restore Canada’s place in a tough world,
earning back the respect that Trudeau has
lost on the world stage.

That is what Conservatives stand for.
Doing what is right even when it is not what
is easy. That is what Canadians stand for.

Its the same sense of duty that kept our
healthcare workers and PSWs helping our
sick in the early weeks of the pandemic
when they were worried about risks to
themselves and their families.

That same feeling when a family helps
newcomers to Canada by opening up their
own home and letting them get their start
with help from family or friends in their
community even when it makes things
challenging.

That same feeling our soldiers must have
felt at the bottom of Vimy Ridge more than
a century ago.

It’s a belief in what Canada can be.

It’s a belief in the hope and opportunity that
Canada represents.

My fellow Canadians.

My name is Erin O’Toole.

I believe in this country and I am running to
serve you as Prime Minister.

 

 

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August 23, 2020 | No Comments

Black Ribbon Day

Today is Black Ribbon Day, a time to remember the millions of innocent victims of the evil Nazi and Communist regimes.

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August 20, 2020 | No Comments

August 20 is Burgers to Beat MS Day!

Together we can find a cure for MS. Buy a Teen Burger from an A&W Canada on Thursday, August 20 and $2 from each…

Posted by Kerry Diotte on Thursday, August 20, 2020

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August 18, 2020 | No Comments

The Liberals’ scandal-plagued finance minister resigns

The Trudeau government is in chaos.

The Finance Minister Bill Morneau resigned yesterday, after failing to cover-up his unlawful actions. 

And now Justin Trudeau has prorogued Parliament in a blatant attempt to make Canadians forget about his corruption.

Yet, if Morneau’s breach of the ethics laws are a cause for resignation, why isn’t Justin Trudeau following suit? 

In 2015 Trudeau promised that he was going to lead “an open, honest government that is accountable to Canadians, lives up to the highest ethical standards… and applies the utmost care and prudence in the handling of public funds.”

He’s broken that promise. 

Already, Trudeau has been found guilty twice of breaking the law. The WE Charity scandal is his third investigation and is an open-and-shut case. 

This fits a pattern of Liberal entitlement that fails to respect Canadians. 

Throwing civil servants or even the finance minister under the bus won’t hide the fact that the prime minister granted a multimillion-dollar sole-source contract to an organization that had paid his family more than half a million dollars.

Canadians deserve better.  

The Canada-US border closure has been extended 

The government has announced that our border with the United States will continue to be closed to all non-essential travel until at least September 21, 2020.

As your Member of Parliament, I support the restriction of non-essential travelers into Canada from COVID-19 hotspots. 

However, the government needs to inform Canadians how they’ll determine when it’s safe to reopen the border and how they’ll ensure the health and safety of Canadians during a future easing of border restrictions. 

WE secretly lobbied the Liberals 43 times prior to their sweetheart multimillion-dollar deal 

By CHRISTOPHER NARDI
National Post

The WE organization lobbied no less than six different ministers’ offices and federal departments a total of 43 times in the six months leading up to the end of the deal with the government to administer the Canada Student Service Grant.

The information, suddenly disclosed by WE Charity in the federal Commissioner of Lobbying’s public registry on Thursday, shows the previously unknown extent to which the Toronto-based organization lobbied the federal government leading up to the signing of a $543.5 million contribution agreement.

“It’s an incredible coincidence that your organization has suddenly registered to lobby, all of these months after all the lobbying happened,” Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre said to WE Charity executives testifying during a Finance committee meeting Thursday.

(Read the full column by Christopher Nardi, National Post here)

Commemorating the 75 anniversary of the end of the Second World War 

August 15 marked 75 years since the end of the Second World War.

On August 15, 1945, the Empire of Japan surrendered.

After six long years of war, Canada was once again at peace.

Let us never forget the sacrifices Canadians and our allies paid during this long struggle against the horrors of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.

Lest we forget.

Last week’s straw poll results 

Last week I asked folks their views of Huawei.

Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey.

People overwhelmingly voted to oppose access of our 5G network to Huawei.  

Here’s the breakdown of what you had to say. 

 

Have your say

In the wake of the WE Charity scandal, the Bloc Québécois are demanding that Justin Trudeau, Bill Morneau and Katie Telford — the prime minister’s chief of staff — resign or they’ll call for a fall election. 

Do you support a vote of non-confidence in a Trudeau led Liberal government due to his most recent ethical failures? 

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 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. 

 

 

 

In the news

  • Rex Murphy: Could this actually sink Trudeau? Link
  • ‘We know that this is illegal’: MP Pierre Poilievre grills Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Link
  • Carleton criminology department cuts ties with police, prisons. Link
  • Trudeau’s mishandling of the pandemic begins to show. Link
  • City of Edmonton facing backlash over mandatory mask exemption cards, more than 1,660 doled out in early days. Link
  • Resignation calls revived over WE affair, as PM skips special House sitting. Link
  • Trudeau, Morneau clash over green plans, soaring deficit. Link
  • Bloc leader vows to seek fall election unless Trudeau, Morneau 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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August 18, 2020 | No Comments

Have your say

In the wake of the WE Charity scandal, the Bloc Québécois are demanding that Justin Trudeau, Bill Morneau and Katie Telford — the prime minister’s chief of staff — resign or they’ll call for a fall election. 

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August 10, 2020 | No Comments

Critics say we must learn lessons from socialism and communism

Amid a global pandemic, governments worldwide are supporting their populations by handing out unprecedented amounts of money. Some observers say it’s an indication we need even more government in our lives from now on. We explored that concept by interviewing several people in Edmonton for their input. Here’s our video produced by Edmonton Griesbach riding constituency office intern Josh Hui.

The City of Edmonton is offering mask exemption cards

If you have a medical condition or are otherwise exempt from the new municipal bylaw requiring masks in public places you can acquire a mask exemption card. 

 

 

 

Parents have options for their kids return to school 

By DAVID STAPLES
Edmonton Journal 

Some teachers are fearful about Alberta’s return to school in September during the coronavirus pandemic. Some parents are fearful for their kids.

May I propose a plan to deal with this: How about having teachers and kids who are wary of returning to school opt out of that plan, then have those same teachers teach those same kids online?

Would that make sense?

Thankfully, it seems that it does.

Indeed, it’s such an obvious and elegant solution that school boards across the province are embracing it, including the Edmonton Public Schools, which is responsible for 107,000 of the 750,000 students returning to school.

The school year will be broken up into four quarters. Students will be given the option in each quarter of in-class or online schooling.

“What we decided in preparing our plan is that providing some measure of choice to parents would greatly ease some of the anxiety they may have around returning to school,” says Edmonton Public Schools superintendent Darrel Robertson.

(Read the full column by David Staples, Edmonton Journal here)

Last week’s straw poll results 

Last week I asked folks their views on cancel culture. 

Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey.

Here’s the breakdown of what you had to say. 

Have your say on Huawei 

Do you think the government should ban Communist China-based Huawei from our 5G network? Have your say in my new unofficial poll. I’ll publish the results in next week’s e-newsletter. 

 

 

 

 

 


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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. 

 

 

 

In the news

  • Canada ‘profoundly concerned’ over Chinese death sentence for citizen in drug case. Link
  • Trudeau government paying $84M to firm employing husband of the PM’s chief of staff to manage rent assistance aid program. Link
  • Common sense says Trudeau was in a conflict of interest. Link
  • Time for Liberal government to give up ‘fiction’ that China is our friend, ex-diplomat warns MPs. Link
  • Justin Trudeau must ban Huawei from building Canada’s 5G network, argues Maclean’s columnist. Link
  • Members of Vegas Golden Knights arrange pizza delivery for homeless Edmontonians just outside NHL bubble. Link 

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Kerry Diotte, MP 
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