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October 1, 2020 | No Comments

National Seniors Day

October 1 is National Seniors Day.
However, this year is different because of COVID-19.
Seniors in particular have been affected.
Due to the outbreak seniors have faced serious challenges to their mobility and mental health.
So, on this National Seniors Day, let’s all reach out to seniors in our community.
If you’re a senior and you need help, there are great local organizations that can help you.
If you’re a senior in need, volunteers at Drive Happiness Edmonton can deliver food and medication.
Phone: (780) 424-5438
Website: www.drivehappiness.ca
Seniors’ Centre Without Walls is also a great resource where people can call and interact with others from the comfort of their own home.
Phone: (780) 395-2626
Website: www.edmontonsouthsidepcn.ca/cl…/seniors-centre-without-walls

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September 28, 2020 | No Comments

Liberals’ throne speech misses the mark

 

After shutting down Parliament for more than a month, the throne speech Justin Trudeau created ignored the big issues Canadians are facing. 

It’s now clear that Trudeau’s reason for proroguing parliament was just a political game to shut down the committees investigating his latest ethics scandal — the WE Charity affair.

At a time when folks need substance and sincerity, the prime minister offered meaningless platitudes that failed Canadians.  

For example, Trudeau’s speech failed to increase health care transfers.

Despite all the premiers desperately requesting more health funding, the throne speech gave them nothing. 

It failed to help the energy industry. 

With thousands of energy workers unemployed and the energy industry facing tough times, the government offered no assistance to one of the largest sectors of our economy. 

Is this what the prime minister meant when he previously called for “phasing out” the oil industry?

And it failed to answer why Canada is so far behind our allies in testing. 

Germany, Britain and others have myriad of tests available — some are even available at home.

Yet, here in Canada people are lining up for hours to get a test and even then, some are unable to get tested.

Canadians deserve better. 

On the last Sunday of September we honour the police and peace officers who have fallen in the line of duty.

Let us never forget the sacrifices of those who proudly serve our communities.

NDP tail to wag Liberal dog

EDITORIAL
Toronto Sun

Hold on to your wallets, Canada.

Having worked out a deal to increase unemployment benefits and paid sick leave provisions for people unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says he can now see supporting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for three more years.

(Read the full Editorial, Toronto Sun here)

Last week’s straw poll results 

Last week I asked folks for their thoughts on whether 630 CHED should cancel the Ryan Jespersen show as city councillor Mike Nickel suggested or should everyone just let bygones be bygones?

The talk show controversy surrounds Jespersen using derogatory terms towards Nickel’s staff which includes folks who are visible minorities.

He called them “chimpanzees” on his radio show. After apologizing on air for the comment, a member of the public corresponded with Jespersen via text message and Jespersen once again used the chimpanzee insult.

On Twitter, Nickel wrote: “I thought the matter closed after the apology … A citizen has come forward with private text messages they had with Mr. Jespersen, after the apology, showing the derogatory insult still being used. @630CHED sponsors and listeners must demand immediate change.”

People were divided on the topic. Overall 45% of those surveyed thought the show should be canceled while 42% wanted to let bygones be bygones and 12% weren’t sure. 

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

It has since been reported that 630 CHED has fired Jespersen. 

See the results below. 

 

Have your say

Critics of Edmonton’s bike lane program say that the plans are unrealistic and poorly thought out. 

What are your thoughts?  Do you think the city’s bike lane plans have gone too far?  

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

      • Canada’s quickly deteriorating fiscal situation. Link
      • Trudeau Wins Tentative Support From Social-Democratic Leader. Link
      • To galvanize the nation, Justin Trudeau tries the Winger Speech — glib, compelling, meaningless. Link
      • Trudeau’s televised address wasn’t just unnecessary. It was bizarre. Link
      • Dwayne Mandrusiak unceremoniously let go by Edmonton Football Club after 49 years. Link
      • Calgary-made whisky named best in the world by annual Whisky Bible. Link

 

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September 28, 2020 | No Comments

Have your say

Critics of Edmonton’s bike lane program say that the plans are unrealistic and poorly thought out. 

What are your thoughts?  

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September 21, 2020 | No Comments

The border closure has been extended

 

Our border with the United States will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least October 21, 2020. 

Have your say on talk show controversy

 

 

I’m interested in your opinion on this issue.

Recently 630 CHED talk show host Ryan Jespersen went on the air to call fiscal conservative city councillor Mike Nickel “a joke,” and said the folks doing Mike’s social media postings were “chimpanzees.”

Those two folks are visible minorities. Nickel complained and Jespersen later apologized on air.

After that, Nickel says a member of the public corresponded with Jespersen via text message and Jespersen once again used the chimpanzee insult depicting a primate with a typewriter.

On Twitter, Nickel wrote: “I thought the matter closed after the apology … A citizen has come forward with private text messages they had with Mr. Jespersen, after the apology, showing the derogatory insult still being used. @630CHED sponsors and listeners must demand immediate change.”

I’m interested in your feedback. Should 630 CHED cancel the Ryan Jespersen show as Nickel suggests or should everyone just let bygones be bygones?

 

 

 

 

 

Need to contact the police? Call #377!

Need to report a crime to the Edmonton Police Service that’s NOT an emergency situation? Call #377 from your mobile device!

Imagine if the government had shut borders earlier

By LICIA CORBELLA
Calgary Herald

“The reason we needed to spend so much to rescue the incomes of Canadians and their businesses is because the Liberals ignored military intelligence and let thousands of people come here from China after we knew there was a pandemic there, including 2,000 people from the most infected region of China,” points out Poilievre, the finance critic for the Opposition Conservatives in this minority Parliament.

“So if that didn’t happen, we would be like Taiwan, which has had, I think, seven deaths and they haven’t had to lock down their economy. They closed their borders rather than closing their economy,” he says. Taiwan, with a population of 23.8 million people, has, indeed, only had seven deaths from the coronavirus for a rate of just 0.3 per million citizens.

By contrast, Canada, with a population of 37.8 million has had 9,205 deaths or 243 deaths per million population.

The CBC revealed in April that the Trudeau government had received military intelligence in early January showing that there was a viral outbreak in China that was a real risk to Canada. Clearly, that intelligence was ignored.

Poilievre can be seen in a YouTube video, that has been viewed 1.8 million times, questioning Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland on whether she and the Liberal cabinet saw that military intelligence and she repeatedly refused to answer.

(Read the full article by Licia Corbella, Calgary Herald here)

Last week’s straw poll results 

Last week I asked folks if they thought the Trudeau Liberals have an ethics problem.

People unanimously said they were concerned.

See the results below. 

 


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

  • Freeland, Vance and several federal officials barred from official dealings with ex-ambassador. Link
  • Don’t fall for Trudeau’s green energy schemes. Link
  • Trudeau government promises Greta Thunberg two billion trees, plants zero. Link
  • It’s time to defend – not defund – our police services. Link
  • Poilievre wants us to imagine how much better we’d be had borders been shut earlier. Link
  • When China gets up to no good, Canada must do more than wag a finger. Link
  • Erin O’Toole calls for rapid COVID-19 testing after his family experiences hours-long wait. Link

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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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September 21, 2020 | No Comments

Have your say on talk show controversy

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September 15, 2020 | No Comments

It’s clear that the Liberals failed to prepare Canada for COVID-19

Liberal Health Minister Patty Hajdu has claimed that she was fully briefed about the dangers COVID-19 posed to Canada as early as December.

Yet, despite the grave threat she waited three whole months before taking any action!

Acting during those crucial early months could’ve saved countless lives. Instead that time was wasted!

Despite knowing the danger, the Liberals were claiming that the risks of COVID-19 were low up until March 15.

In early February when we Conservatives were calling for the border to be closed to affected areas — as other countries were doing — the Liberals refused.

Hajdu said on February 17: “The long-term implications of shutting down borders is they’re not very effective at controlling disease. In fact, they’re not very effective at all.” It was even claimed that closing borders to COVID-19 hotspots was racist.

It wasn’t till March 16 that the Liberals did a U-turn and finally closed our borders to international travel.

This was a crucial step, but it should’ve been taken sooner.

The Liberal failure to act is even more shocking when it’s clear they were briefed about the danger of COVID-19.

The Canadian Military briefed the government on January 17 and allied intelligence had clearly indicated the severity of the threat.

There have also been reports from current and former staff of Health Canada who’ve said experienced scientists’ voices weren’t being heard in first few weeks of the outbreak. To make matters worse the Liberals in May 2019 had even canceled the program that was designed to gather intelligence and provide early warning of global pandemics.

Evidence shows that countries that took the risks seriously from the get-go — like Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand — have had dramatically better outcomes than countries that failed to act early.

If only our government had done the same. 

Media bias has never been more clear

Green activists slam Trudeau’s renewable energy plan

By DAVID STAPLES
Edmonton Journal

It’s no surprise to see conservatives upset about Justin Trudeau’s new “Just Recovery” plan to spend mega-billions on green energy.

After all, the plan will plunge a country already drowning in debt so deep that we’ll likely smash our head on the bottom of the pool.

Trudeau’s green dream scheme is getting major input from Gerald Butts and Bruce Lourie, two of the same green gurus who more than a decade ago helped concoct a costly Ontario solar and wind energy build. That scheme,according to Ontario’s auditor general, led to more frequent power outages, doubled consumer electricity prices in one decade, and will add an extra $170 billion for Ontario electricity consumers by 2032.

Conservatives stake their honour on looking out for taxpayers and fighting for business efficiency, so it’s little wonder they shudder at the thought of what Trudeau might now offer up.

But green and social justice advocates, such as director Jeff Gibbs and producer Ozzie Zehner of Planet of the Humans, the popular documentary on hidden environmental costs of solar, wind and biofuels, also have doubts, though of a different kind, about Trudeau’s plan.

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

Last week’s straw poll results 

Last week I asked folks if they were concerned with the bullying and aggressive actions of Communist China? 

People unanimously said they were concerned.

See the results below. 

 

Have your say

Former Liberal MP Raj Grewal has been charged with fraud and breach of trust. This is one of the many serious ethical breaches that have engulfed the Trudeau Liberals, including multiple times Prime Minister Trudeau has been found guilty of breaking the law. 

Do you think the Trudeau Liberals have an ethics problem? 

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

  • Get ready for the Liberals’ secret new carbon tax. Link
  • Alberta justice minister warns Edmonton and Calgary not to comply with calls to defund the police. Link
  • ‘It is despicable’: Jason Kenney wants to make it a crime to deface police monuments in Canada. Link
  • Former Liberal MP Raj Grewal charged with fraud, breach of trust. Link
  • WE Charity closing operations in Canada, Kielburger brothers to step down. Link
  • The Task Force for Resilient Recovery and the return of the Green Energy Act. Link
  • Bill Morneau fined for promoting Liberal candidates while finance minister. Link

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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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September 14, 2020 | No Comments

Have your say

Former Liberal MP Raj Grewal has been charged with fraud and breach of trust. This is one of the many serious ethical breaches that have engulfed the Trudeau Liberals, including multiple times Prime Minister Trudeau has been found guilty of breaking the law. 

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September 8, 2020 | No Comments

Serving constituents is key to the job of an MP

Serving our local communities is paramount to me as the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Griesbach. Check out our video produced by our constituency office assistant Josh Hui:

I spoke at a pro-democracy rally in support of the Belarus freedom movement

I was honoured to speak outside the Alberta Legislature for a rally supporting people in Belarus fighting for freedom against a corrupt and brutal dictatorship.

 

 

 

 

Vandals desecrate the memorial for a fallen police officer

Just this summer I attended a touching memorial for Const. Ezio Farone at this memorial park. He was killed in the line of duty three decades ago. This is a window into the types of radicals who are successfully pushing politicians to defund our police. In the riding I represent, Edmonton Griesbach, folks want more police officers, not fewer. I hope the person responsible for this desecration is arrested, charged and convicted. Anyone with information or dashcam video from that night is asked to contact police using the non-emergency line at 780-423-4567 or by dialing #377 from a cell phone.

Independent Parliamentary Budget Officer call Liberals spending “unsustainable”

By AMANDA CONNOLLY 
Global News

The federal government has no more than one or two years to rein in the hundreds of billions of dollars in deficits it is wracking up through coronavirus spending, or risk the debt being “unsustainable.”

That’s according to parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux, who spoke with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson about the federal government’s spending ahead of a throne speech on Sept. 23, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said will pitch “ambitious” new programs.

“It’s without a doubt that we cannot afford deficits of over $300 billion for more than just a few years,” said Giroux. “And when I say a few years, I really mean a year or two. Beyond that, it would become unsustainable.

“So if the government has plans for additional spending, it will clearly have to make difficult choices and either raise taxes or reduce other areas of spending. Because it’s clear that we cannot afford to have deficits of that magnitude for even the medium term.”

(Read the full column by Amanda Connolly, Global News here

Last week’s straw poll results 

Last week I asked folks if they support spending $600 million dollars of taxpayers’ money to subsidize “approved” media? 

People unanimously said they didn’t approve. 

See the results below. 

Have your say

Are you concerned with the bullying and aggressive actions of Communist China? 

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 available for Canadians

There are programs available to help you and your family. 

 

 

 

In the news

  • Monuments vandalized in Constable Ezio Faraone Park. Link
  • Report highlights scale of China’s ‘coercive’ diplomacy. Link
  • Former Edmonton city councillor and recreation advocate Bryan Anderson dies at 78. Link
  • Inside David Egan’s plan to revive Edmonton’s Transit Hotel. Link
  • Edmonton area MPs join Belarus supporters calling for Canada to sanction dictators. Link
  • Edmonton Coun. Mike Nickel avoids punishment for code of conduct violations in narrow vote. 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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September 8, 2020 | No Comments

Have your say

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September 4, 2020 | No Comments

A rally for freedom and democracy for Belarus

Honoured to appear and speak with my Conservative colleague Michael Cooper at Alberta Legislature for a rally supporting people in Belarus fighting for freedom against a corrupt and brutal dictatorship.

 

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