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April 30, 2019 | No Comments

Retraction to MP Kerry Diotte

April 30, 2019

 

NEWS RELEASE

 

Newspaper apologizes to Edmonton Griesbach Conservative MP

 

A libel lawsuit brought against the University of Alberta student publication The Gateway by Edmonton Griesbach Member of Parliament Kerry Diotte has been settled.

The settlement came after the newspaper agreed to publish a full retraction and apology for publishing two articles that referred to Diotte as “a racist.”

“I’m glad that my lawyer and theirs could come to a mutually agreeable solution without a protracted court fight,” said Diotte, a former journalist and an ex-national director of the Canadian Association of Journalists.

“I’m a strong believer in free speech but it’s important to remember there are legal lines that can’t be crossed,” he said.

“Those legal lines against libel apply whether you’re a mainstream journalist, a blogger or a commentator on Twitter.”

The Member of Parliament, elected in 2015, says he now considers the issue resolved and does not intend to make further public comments on it.

 

Below is the text of The Gateway’s full retraction and apology:

 

Apology and retraction to Kerry Diotte, Member of Parliament

On November 3, 2018 and November 5, 2018, the University of Alberta Gateway newspaper published articles online about Edmonton-Griesbach Member of Parliament Kerry Diotte that described him as “a racist.”

That characterization of Mr. Diotte is false, damaging to his reputation, and caused Mr. Diotte and his family unwarranted embarrassment.

The Gateway sincerely and wholeheartedly apologizes to Mr. Diotte for this wrongful characterization and retracts the offending articles.

 

https://www.thegatewayonline.ca/2019/04/apology-and-retraction-to-kerry-diotte-member-of-parliament/

 

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April 29, 2019 | No Comments

Kerry Diotte Ukraine election Column

I learned some lessons from the April 21 presidential election in Kyiv, Ukraine.

It gave me a front-row seat to history by being an official observer of that election featuring a runoff between two candidates.

I participated along with scores of others in a mission sponsored by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

I was teamed up monitoring polls in Kyiv with Miguel Santos, a lawyer from Portugal and former Member of Parliament in that country.

Essentially we were part of a very large operation that monitored the vote. We did our part by visiting numerous polls in Kyiv, most of which were in schools that were empty on the Sunday election day.

The election itself was not a cliff-hanger. It was a runoff between Ukraine TV star and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky who handily defeated incumbent Petro Poroshenko. 

Ukrainians were in the mood for change and Zelensky wound up scooping nearly three quarters of all the votes cast.

One lesson for me was that the voting — from what our OSCE observers witnessed — seemed as smooth and likely even better organized than I’ve seen at polls in Canada.

The polls my colleague and I visited had well-organized officials who were welcoming and well-prepared for the task at hand.

A comprehensive report on the entire mission will be released soon by the OSCE.

But the key lesson I learned was just how dedicated people were about voting.

Several of the polls we visited were held on the third floor of schools that didn’t have elevators. That’s not exactly an ideal situation for easy accessibility.

But, unlike Canada, the Ukrainian system offered voters a chance to have their ballot and a ballot box delivered to them.

It didn’t seem to be something people were taking advantage of that much. 

But I did witness several elderly people using canes and crutches to climb the stairs in order to go vote in person. 

That kind of determination is admirable.

I believe it shows that people who have not had the luxury of a lifetime with a truly democratic system have a deep appreciation of it — likely deeper than many Canadians have.

I think Canadians could learn a lesson from this.

Canadians who can’t be bothered to even vote should keep the Ukrainian example in mind next time there’s an election in this country. (For those who aren’t paying attention our federal election is due to take place Oct. 21).

We’re truly lucky to live in a democracy that has never fallen into any form of tyranny.

That sentiment of the true value of democracy has been reinforced by my recent trip to Ukraine. There, they get it.

(Comments? Email Kerry at kerry.diotte@parl.gc.ca)

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April 19, 2019 | No Comments

Happy Easter

Easter marks the renewal of spring after a long winter.

It’s also a time for friends and families to come together.

Regardless of your beliefs, I wish everyone a happy Easter.

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April 15, 2019 | No Comments

Justin Trudeau VS the Truth

Dishonest Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau has a serious problem being honest with Canadians. No amount of him trying to change the channel, shift blame, or spreading fear and division changes this. This October, Canadians don’t need to put up with it any more.

Posted by Andrew Scheer on Saturday, April 13, 2019

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April 9, 2019 | No Comments

Remembering Vimy Ridge

On this day 102 years ago, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps stormed Vimy Ridge. By April 12, after four days of heavy fighting, the Canadians Corps held the ridge and captured more than 4,000 prisoners. This important victory, earned Canadian soldiers a reputation as a formidable and an effective army.

This also marked the first time that all four Canadian divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force would fight together as one unit composed of Canadians from coast to coast to coast. This was a defining moment in Canadian history and helped forge our nation.

Yet, this came at a huge cost, 3,598 Canadians lost their lives and 7,000 were wounded during the battle. Lest we forget.

 

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March 21, 2019 | No Comments

The 2019 Liberal budget is a cover-up!

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February 28, 2019 | No Comments

TELL JUSTIN TRUDEAU TO RESIGN!

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February 28, 2019 | No Comments

Glad to meet and support the good people who are in Ottawa today with the truck convoy supporting pipelines. Proud of these amazing Canadians who are standing up for the oil and gas industry that’s vital for the wealth and prosperity of the whole nation.

 

 

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February 25, 2019 | No Comments

The Liberals break their promise to balance the budget

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February 15, 2019 | No Comments

Happy Flag Day

 

Today, in 1965 our maple leaf flag was officially unfurled as the national flag of Canada.

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