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Canadians are concerned about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia

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What should I tell Justin Trudeau for you?

As your Member of Parliament, I need and value your feedback. 

If you could tell Prime Minister Justin Trudeau something, what would it be?

Seriously.

Tell me what key issues are most important to you. Tell me your priorities so I can fight for them on your behalf in Ottawa.

Take this quick two-minutes survey at the link below.

Hearing from you is vital so I can focus on issues that truly matter for our community. 

Thanks for taking the time to do this. 

Send your friends the link to do the survey too! 

 

 

 

 

The Liberals will fight hard for Line 5. Where was their fight for Keystone?  

The headline of a recent Canadian Press column paraphrases Liberal Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan and reads “Line 5 ‘very different’ from Keystone XL and Canada will fight hard for it.”

Now it’s great to hear that the Liberal government is finally willing to defend a major energy project. The Line 5 pipeline is important and we should fight for it.  

It’s the main oil supply for Ontario and Quebec and moving oil via a pipeline is the safest and most economical way to do it. 

Yet, where was this determination when the American’s axed Keystone XL? 

When that important project was cancelled all the federal government did was say they were ‘disappointed.’ Beyond that there was nothing but crickets.

We now know that it wasn’t that the Liberal government can’t fight hard, they deliberately choose not to — to the detriment of Canadians across the country but especially here in the West.

Minister O’Regan has one thing right though. Line 5 is very different than Keystone XL. That difference is how he and the Liberal government is treating them. 

Expect to see this very valuable tax guide for you in your mailbox

If you live in my federal riding of Edmonton Griesbach look for this tax guide arriving in your mailbox. It contains a lot of tips to save you money this tax season.

 

Let’s celebrate strong women

Let’s all celebrate the achievements of women and girls all around the world.

We’re all sad to hear of the death of Walter Gretzky. I wanted to share this great Malcom Mayes cartoon from The Edmonton Journal.

Edmonton child predator released back in our community for the third time

By LISA MACGREGOR
Global News

“Michael Cooper, MP for St. Albert-Edmonton, thinks we need to look at ways to strengthen criminal laws and mandatory jail time to keep repeat offenders like Larsen in prison.

“It keeps happening because, unfortunately, our laws are not keeping dangerous criminals behind bars — that’s really the bottom line. It is a revolving door,” Cooper said.

“Unless you’re designated a dangerous offender or subject to a long-term supervision order, the fact is far too many individuals who are dangerous are let out onto the street.”

Cooper said being designated a dangerous offender has a high threshold.

“Fewer than 1,000 offenders have been designated as a dangerous offender since 1978, even though 90 per cent of dangerous offenders are sex offenders. Right now, it is a Criminal Code offence if you, for example, breach a term of bail but it is not a Criminal Code offence if you breach a term of your parole. That needs to change.” Cooper said.

“I am hearing a lot of frustration from the public who see this as a revolving door, and rightfully so. Any offender who targets a child is a threat to all children in our community, and it speaks to the need to strengthen our criminal justice system to hold these types of offenders accountable.”

(Read the whole article by Lisa MacGregor, Global News at the link below)

 

 

 

I’m working to support human rights for all people around the world 

I was pleased to meet with members of the Oromo community from Edmonton and across Canada to discuss their ongoing concerns with the treatment of the Oromo in Ethiopia.

Small-scale concerts at Northlands are a possibility this summer 

I had an excellent discussion with Trixstar president Mike Anderson regarding his company’s desire to hold small-scale concerts this summer at the former Northlands Park while paying close attention to COVID health measure protocols.

In the news

      • MPs unanimously vote to issue summons for Craig and Marc Kielburger to testify at ethics committee. Link
      • Erin O’Toole: Canada needs to deepen ties with the world’s largest democracy, India. Link
      • Sajjan knew about Vance allegations since 2018: former military ombudsman. Link
      • Is the Trudeau Government “the worst Canadian government ever?” Link
      • Canada is not a racist country, nor are its institutions. Link
      • Trudeau’s carbon taxes — big costs and broken promises. Link
      • Feds spent quarter-billion dollars on ventilators that didn’t work. Link
      • Why are the Liberals standing up for Line 5 but not Keystone XL? Link
      • New definition of hate to be included in Liberal bill that might also revive contentious hate speech law. Link
      • The cult of the woke and its illiberal dogma. Link

 

You said it

  • “I feel that Trudeau will not want a spring election because he has an excellent chance of losing. Canadians are aware of the scandals that he caused, and the poor decisions he made for Canada.” —  Mary P.
  • “Hosting an election during this pandemic is not a healthy exercise. Anyone who pushes for this result will be penalized at the voting station.” —  Don G.
  • “Time to overhaul the laws for violent crimes.” —  Dan B.

Last week’s straw poll results 

In my last e-newsletter, I asked folks if they thought the Liberals were going to call a spring election. 

People were divided on the issue but a slim majority said yes. 

A big thanks to everyone who took part.

 

Latest news on COVID-19 

 

You can find up-to-date information from Alberta Health Services or the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Alberta Health Services can also be reached by phone at 811. 

Benefits available for Canadians

There are programs available to help you and your family during this COVID pandemic. 

 

 

 

 

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I want to hear from you 

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

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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!

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Phone:
(780) 495-3261

Mail (postage free): 
Kerry Diotte, MP 
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

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March 8, 2021 | No Comments

Today is International Women’s Day

Let’s all celebrate the achievements of women and girls all around the world.

 

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I need your feedback for this important survey

As your Member of Parliament, I need and value your feedback. What issues are most important to
you? What priorities would you like me to fight for in Ottawa on your behalf?

Hearing from you is vital so I can focus on issues that truly matter for our community.

Additionally, I have surveys in my weekly newsletters. You can subscribe to them at www.kerrydiotte.com/newsletter-subscription/ 

 

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March 1, 2021 | No Comments

Erin talks carbon tax and Liberal COVID blunders in CTV interview

Great interview of Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole on CTV’s Question Period. Click on the link above to watch the full video on CTV. Be patient. There are three short commercials before the interview.

I presented petitions against Liberal gun laws and the carbon tax

I presented petitions signed by constituents rightly concerned with the Liberals new firearms regulations and their carbon tax.The U.K. is short-changing thousands of British-Canadian pensioners 

 

I was glad to join a group on a virtual meeting fighting for fair pensions for British-Canadians. These so-called frozen pensions aren’t indexed to the cost of living. Thousands of British-Canadians — including some of my constituents — are short-changed a great deal of money and some are living in poverty. Britain refuses to “uprate” pensions for many of citizens living abroad even if those people have paid National Insurance contributions all of their lives. The meeting included Parliamentarians from the U.K. and Canada and was chaired by British Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale. There’s still no solution to correct this but I’m glad to continue fighting for fairness for these folks.

I met with Credit Union officials to hear their thoughts on the financial economy

Excellent virtual meeting with reps of the Canadian Credit Union Association. Credit unions have been front and centre helping clients through these trying COVID times. 

Canada trails dozens of other nations on vaccinations

As much as Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government boast about all the vaccines they’ve ordered for Canada the truth is their record of actually getting vaccines to people is abysmal. On the most recent list, dozens of other countries big and small have vaccinated more people than Canada thus saving lives. 

Janice Sarich death is a loss for our community

I’m very sad to hear the shocking news of the untimely death by cancer of my friend, former provincial Conservative MLA Janice Sarich who was just 62 years old. 

She was just diagnosed with and aggressive form of cancer just three weeks ago.

My deepest condolences to her husband Steve and to all who loved her. 

She was always willing to support me in my political endeavours and we enjoyed getting together at numerous events in and around my federal riding of Edmonton Griesbach, especially functions with the vibrant Ukrainian community of which she was an integral part. 

Indeed this photo with Janice, Coun. Jon Dziadyk, me and former premier Ed Stelmach was taken at the 2018 Ukrainian Festival (U-Fest) at Borden Park.

I’ll miss her, as will many others.

In the news

  • Jordan Peterson: Become the Fool to overcome the most meagre of circumstances. Link
  • Trudeau makes Canada ‘vaccine pirate,’ stealing from poor nations. Link
  • Air travellers are a convenient scapegoat for Trudeau. Link
  • Turmoil in the toy patch – Mr. Potato Head ‘brand’ no more. Link
  • Vaccine ‘passports’ in the works in Quebec, says minister, despite concerns globally and from Trudeau. Link
  • Liberal MP introduces private member’s bill to study universal basic income in Canada. Link
  • Small businesses in Prairies taking on $180K in debt on average, new report says. Link
  • Limited exemptions granted to some B.C. religious groups for in-person worship. Link

You said it

  • “We should not only push for relocation of the games from Beijing but if that doesn’t pass than there should be a total boycott of the games by all western nations…” —  LaVerne K.
  • “The “genocide” statement should be extended to include the widespread persecution of Chinese Christians.” —  Daniel D.
  • “I am loyal to the NDP, but I do appreciate your hard work in the community.” —  D. K.

Last week’s straw poll results 

In my last e-newsletter, I asked folks if they thought Canada should push to move the 2022 Olympics from China due to its gross human rights abuses. 

The vast majority voted to move the Olympics. 

A big thanks to everyone who took part.

Have your say

Do you think the Liberals are going to call a spring 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 Health Services or the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Alberta Health Services can also be reached by phone at 811. 

Benefits available for Canadians

There are programs available to help you and your family during this COVID pandemic. 

 

 

 

 

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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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I presented petitions against Liberal gun laws and the carbon tax

I presented petitions signed by constituents rightly concerned with the Liberals new firearms regulations and their carbon tax.

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February 25, 2021 | No Comments

Black Muslim woman threatened at Edmonton transit station

This is unacceptable.
No member of our community should be threatened with violence or harassed.
Canada, is a democratic and tolerant country, where people of all faiths, ethnicities and beliefs are welcome.
It’s unacceptable for people to espouse hatred or use violence against anyone for their religious beliefs or skin colour.
The Muslim community has a long and important history here in Edmonton. My riding of Edmonton Griesbach in fact is home to the oldest mosque in Canada, the Al Rashid mosque that was built in 1938.
My condolences go out to the victim of this incident.
 
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Please share your COVID-19 experiences with me

COVID-19 has caused thousands of deaths in Canada.

It’s an enormous national tragedy.

Have you lost a relative or a loved one to this terrible disease?

Would you be willing to share your experience with me about having lost someone to COVID?

This is not for publication but it’s a way to share what your friend or loved one went through when COVID struck them.

Please email me at kerry.diotte@parl.gc.ca or call my office to set up a convenient time for you to talk to me at (780) 495-3261.

If you have lost a loved one to COVID you have my deepest sympathies.

 

 

 

We need to get Canada working again

On Feb. 22 I had the chance to give a speech in the virtual House of Commons where I called out the Justin Trudeau Liberal government on their poor record on standing up for our energy industry and for their failure to get enough vaccines purchased and delivered to Canadians. 

Madam Speaker, from coast to coast to coast Canadians are struggling. They are struggling both with a pandemic that has cost far too many people their lives and with an economy in deep trouble. These two crises have hit working Canadians very hard. Lives and livelihoods have been lost. Despite this all, Canadians are persevering, as we know they can. Through adversity, they are getting the job done. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Liberal government.

(See my full speech at the link below)

 

 

 

Communist China is committing genocide

Erin O’Toole MP
Leader of the Canada’s Conservatives 

“Around the world, we have solemnly uttered the phrase ‘never again,’ but it falls flat without action.
 
Never again demands action before more atrocities are committed. We cannot say never again and turn a blind eye to government coordinated rape, torture, indoctrination, and forced sterilization.
 
We cannot remain silent. Silence only helps those who commit crimes against humanity, never the victims.
 
Today, Canada’s Conservatives are calling on the Parliament of Canada to recognize that genocide is currently being carried out by the People’s Republic of China against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims.
 
We are calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to officially adopt this position. We are calling for an end to silence.
 
Canada may be a small country in terms of population, but we are a towering giant when it comes to our commitment to human rights. And right now, over a million people half a world away need us to use that voice.”

(The Conservative Opposition Day motion can be found at the link below.)

 

 

 

I voted in favour of this motion on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.

Many seniors struggle with loneliness. The pandemic has only made it worse

By PIA ARANETA
Global News

“Maria Sardelis moved into a retirement home in Ottawa last October to take care of her 98-year-old mother.

Her mother was diagnosed with COVID-19 and for two weeks, Sardelis would take her blood pressure, feed her and give her medication left by the door. 

With Sardelis taking on the role of a nurse, other residents and staff were less likely to get infected, she says.

“What would happen if I wasn’t (there)? What’s happening to all those other people that don’t have someone?” she says. 

Seniors were lonely long before the COVID-19 pandemic, experts say, but isolation and ageism may have exacerbated the problem. 

The pandemic now means seniors can’t connect with friends or family members, whether that be seniors in independent living situations or in care facilities.”

(Read the full article by Pia Araneta, Global News at the link below.)

 

 

 

There is help here in our community. The Seniors’ Centre Without Walls is a great resource where people can call and interact with others from the comfort of their own home. You can contact them by phone at (780) 395-2626. Please share this resource with anyone who might need it.

 

 

 

 

 

The Liberals new gun rules make no sense

By SHANNON STUBBS MP and RICHARD MARTEL MP
Conservative Members of Parliament

“It is disappointing that during a pandemic, Justin Trudeau is focused on his own re-election and advancing the Liberals’ ideological agenda instead of helping Canadians get vaccines. 

Just recently, the Liberals voted against and defeated Bill C-238, a Conservative bill that would have imposed tougher sentences for criminals smuggling or who are found in possession of illegal firearms. The Trudeau Liberals’ decision to vote against this bill shows they are not serious about stopping dangerous criminals from getting their hands on illegal guns.

The reality is, the vast majority of gun crimes are committed with illegally obtained firearms. Taking firearms away from law-abiding citizens does nothing to stop dangerous criminals and gangs who obtain their guns illegally.

Instead of targeting law-abiding Canadians and firearm retailers, the government should be investing in police anti-gang and gun units and the CBSA to provide law enforcement with the resources they need to stop illegal smuggling operations and get dangerous criminals and gangs off the streets.

Conservatives have, and will always, support common-sense firearms policies that keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals.

We are calling on the Trudeau Liberals to ensure that Canada’s firearms legislation is based on evidence, not on ideology, and respects the rights of Canadians.”

 

In the news

  • Why Canada is falling behind in Covid vaccinations. Link
  • In vow to protect campus free speech, Quebec premier joins ‘war on woke’. Link
  • Liberal MP says it is “hard to have faith” in government’s COVID-19 response. Link
  • Chris Selley: When it comes to China and ‘genocide,’ Trudeau is a panda in the headlights. Link
  • Canada’s Covid Vaccine Failure. Link
  • Edmonton Chinatown business owners ask city for extra security. Link
  • #BoycottZuckerberg: Aussies delete accounts en masse after Facebook blocks news feed. Link
  • As Texas winter storm shows, hurling public money at renewable energy is pure folly. Link
  • Public health officials unable to provide data to justify quarantine facilities. Link
  • Federal Workers paid $819 million to stay home during the pandmic under ‘699’ clause. Link
  • Liberals introduce new bill to relax penalties for drug offences. Link
  • Trudeau’s ‘wilful blindness’ to the evils of Chinese communism. Link
  • Gun owners facing legal complaints can have firearms seized without warrant under new Liberal law. Link
  • Bill Gates: Rich nations should shift entirely to synthetic beef. Link
  • Business Council calls for national push to vaccinate and test Canadians for COVID-19. Link 

You said it

  • “I would like you Kerry Diotte to put pressure on Justin Trudeau to get that critical Keystone XL pipeline built to the United States. —  Tim O.
  • “Are we getting buy oil/gas from “dirty” and/or human rights violating countries at the expense of Canadians? —  Joan K.
  • “Singing the national anthem is a wonderful tradition and should continue.” —  Mary P.

Last week’s straw poll results 

In my last e-newsletter, I asked folks if they agreed with some voices that called for cancelling singing the national anthem prior to sporting events.

The vast majority voted to continue proudly singing O Canada.

As your Member of Parliament, I’ll always vote to protect important traditions like singing the national anthem. 

A big thanks to everyone who took part.

Have your say

There have been many credible reports that have shown evidence that the People’s Republic of China is committing genocide against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims. In light of this evidence do you believe Canada should advocate moving the 2022 Olympics out of 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 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 during this COVID pandemic. 

 

 

 

 

Share this valuable e-newsletter with a friend 

You can share it here.

If you’re not subscribed to this regular e-newsletter, sign up below.

Members of Parliament get the most current, accurate and comprehensive updates regarding the COVID-19 crisis. Want regular highlights of these? Sign up for my e-newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time. Sign up here.

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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February 22, 2021 | No Comments

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