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February 15, 2020 | No Comments

Tell Trudeau to stop illegal blockades

 

By KERRY DIOTTE
Member of Parliament
Edmonton Griesbach

Notorious English punk band, The Sex Pistols had a venomous anti-establishment hit in 1976 titled “Anarchy in the U.K.” 

Flash forward a few decades. We’ve got the real thing — right here and right now. Welcome to Anarchy in Canada.

Our country’s national passenger railway system has ground to a halt due to a handful of radicals who are staging illegal blockades to protest the planned Coastal GasLink pipeline in British Columbia, part of a $40-billion LNG project that would see clean Canadian natural gas shipped to China to help that country stop burning coal. 

That’s a project that’s been approved by regulators after extensive consultation and has the enthusiastic support of the vast majority of indigenous people eager to reap its rich financial benefits. It also has the support of B.C.’s NDP government, an entity not usually enamoured of the energy industry.

But here’s the rub. A handful (but not all) of the British Columbia Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs oppose it. So, now a cascading series of protests are plaguing this country, the biggest by Mohawks near Belleville, Ont. that has shut down passenger train service and severely disrupted freight traffic.

Lost in the emotion amid these blockades is the fact that the majority of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs actually support the pipeline. Observers have noted only five of 13 hereditary chiefs oppose the Gaslink pipeline. And the validity of two of these opposing chiefs’ titles are in dispute given accusations two females chiefs had their chiefs’ titles stripped and given to men due to the women’s support for the pipeline.

Roads nation-wide have been illegally blocked, as has the B.C. Legislature on the day of the provincial speech from the Throne. Ports have been shut down too.

There are court orders in place calling for an end to blockades, yet there’s little or no action to stop this ongoing insanity that’s disrupting people’s lives, keeping them away from work and costing the nation’s economy hundreds of millions of dollars.

And where has our prime minister been in all of this — our virtue-signaller-in-chief?

Well, Justin Trudeau has been largely tied up gallivanting around Africa kissing up to politicians in hopes of winning what he finds more important — a seat for Canada on the United Nations Security Council. The expression, “fiddling while Rome burns” comes to mind.

Trudeau has done nothing to end this. He says there’s a need only to “dialogue” with protesters even as there are dire warnings disrupted train service will lead to shortages of propane, chlorine to treat our tap water, de-icing fluid for airliners and even food.

“We are not a country where politicians can order the police to do something, we are a country that has confidence in its police forces and allows them to do their work in scope of these blockade,” the virtue-signalling Trudeau said with a straight face, knowing full well he indeed has the authority to order an end to this mayhem.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, meanwhile, expressed views that I guarantee resonate with 95% of average, common-sense Canadians. “I believe it’s time for the law to be enforced,” said Scheer. “We have court orders,” he said. “We have court injunctions. They need to be respected. “We cannot allow a small number of activists to hold our economy hostage and threaten thousands of jobs.”

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney agreed, noting Indigenous people along the route of the proposed B.C. pipeline want the jobs and prosperity that comes with them. “All of their livelihoods are being disrupted by an angry fringe,” he said. “I think Canadians are losing patience with this. I know Indigenous people are.”

Hard-core activists are leaping on the protest bandwagon to spout Marxist, anti-capitalist venom. One such radical bunch has a home at, itsgoingdown.org. That website boldly promotes the Twitter hashtag #ShutDownCanada and breathlessly details illegal acts of sabotage against railroads.

The website boasts: “We chose rail because it has a long history aiding in the colonization and confederation of Turtle Island and the displacement and death of Indigenous people … F- – k the state. F- – k the colonial courts. It’s time to stand up and shut sh-t down.” These are the kind of people who are being emboldened by Trudeau’s wimpy, irresponsible lack of leadership.

What’s especially galling is many in the mass media are giving an almost unquestioning platform to so-called experts who are anti-capitalist, anti-oil and gas activists. As a former journalist of 30 years I can’t stomach the lack of balance.

Panelists on TV and radio have been afforded a generous platform to spew a steady barrage of accusations about Canadian society peppered with emotive phrases like “colonialism,” “European invaders” and more.

One woman interviewed by the CBC said the following controversial blanket statement and wasn’t even challenged by the interviewer for it: “The oil industry is a contributing factor to the missing and murdered aboriginal women.”

Trudeau and his Liberals insist dialogue, not enforcing the law, is the key. But here’s the burning question: Why? Why is there a necessity to dialogue with activists in Belleville, Ont. about the situation thousands of kilometres away in B.C. whereby there’s already a legal court order to allow the project and stop the blockade there? 

Trudeau dispatched his Indigenous services minister to “dialogue” with Ontario Mowhawks — who are blockading train service —  presumably about the fact they don’t agree with the court decision in the Wet’suwet’en case. The “dialogue” seemed more like the minister begging for protesters to please stop disrupting train service.

Canadians can be forgiven if they’re tired of hearing Trudeau talking about dialogue when this nation is in crisis. They want and deserve action. Their blood is beginning to boil — and Trudeau has done nothing but give them all a cold shoulder and his trademark smarmy, morally righteous sneer.

If you’d like to send a strong personal message to Trudeau, I’ve put together a very popular on-line petition you can sign. Please do so and share it on social media and with friends. Please go here: https://www.kerrydiotte.com/blog/

Don’t ever think that speaking up doesn’t help. If every Canadian who’s enraged by this situation speaks out, even this incompetent, globe-trotting prime minister will be forced to take action.

I am an anti-Christ
I am an anarchist
Don’t know what I want
But I know how to get it
I want to destroy the passerby …

– Anarchy in the U.K., The Sex Pistols

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February 14, 2020 | No Comments

TELL PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU TO STOP THE ILLEGAL BLOCKADES

 

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February 4, 2020 | No Comments

Liberals can’t be trusted on free speech issue

By KERRY DIOTTE
Member of Parliament
Edmonton Griesbach

 

 

“I don’t approve of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

 

This famous quote sums up French philosopher Voltaire’s view on freedom of speech.

 

Clearly Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberals don’t share those noble sentiments.

 

They’ve long been criticized for spending more than $1.2 billion annually on CBC that critics feel is decidedly sympathetic to this federal government.

 

Grits have also been lambasted for a scheme to hand other media $600 million in cash including the ultra-Liberal-leaning Toronto Star. That creates a clear conflict of interest and endangers the sacred principle of objective reporting.

 

Recently the country was rocked by news the Trudeau government was planning to mandate that all media outlets be licensed. That alarmed free speech advocates including pundits and Official Opposition Conservative politicians.

 

The news came out of the mouth of Trudeau’s Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault, a Quebec Member of Parliament who was, in his previous career, a militant climate-change activist.

 

This same man first made headlines when he climbed 340 meters up Toronto’s CN Tower in 2001 with a British activist to unfurl a banner that read: “Canada and Bush Climate Killers” referring to the then- U.S. president. Guilbeault, who was 31 years old at the time, was arrested.

 

His newest controversy came during a CTV interview about a report called “Canada’s Communications Future: Time To Act.”

 

That report was compiled by a panel of independent broadcast experts and included a recommendation that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) or yet another regulatory body control licensing of all companies creating “audio, audiovisual, and alphanumeric news content.”

 

Guilbeault was discussing media outlets and how they would be licensed based on their size when he said quite plainly: “We would ask that they have a licence, yes.”

 

After those plans created a firestorm, there was a quick reversal.

 

Within a day he was vehemently denying that was the government’s plan saying “some people were confused.” Ugh, no kidding? But who “confused” them?

 

When Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer led off Question Period with an attack on this “Orwellian” notion of licensing and controlling media, Trudeau was quickly back-pedalling bigtime.

 

Said Trudeau: “I want to be unequivocal: We will not impose licensing requirements on news organizations nor will we regulate news content.”

 

Given the prime minister’s previous record of being truth-challenged, Canadians could be forgiven if they’re still not convinced the Liberals won’t pull other tricks out of the bag to endanger free speech.

 

Don’t forget, this is the same PM who once adamantly denied there was any veracity to the blockbuster SNC-Lavalin scandal after it was first reported by the Globe and Mail. Trudeau told this Pinocchio-style, nose-grower when he said, “The allegations in the Globe story are false.” Ultimately, the parliamentary ethics commissioner ruled those allegations to be absolutely true.

 

Trudeau himself muddied the waters on the news medias’ licensing issue by saying he wants to make sure people in Canada have access to “diverse, high-quality and credible news.” Call me cynical, but I don’t want Justin Trudeau and his Liberals deciding what news or news outlet is credible or not.

 

Rex Murphy wrote a thought-provoking column in the National Post highlighting another incident that continues to draw flak from critics who see it as a shocking attack on free speech.

 

Murphy’s column detailed how Ezra Levant of Rebel News Network wrote a book critical of Trudeau and his Liberals and sold it during the fall election, in part by advertising it on a billboard and lawn signs.

 

For that, Levant was summoned by authorities and grilled by investigators from the office of the commissioner of Canada Elections alleging he’d contravened the Canada Elections Act.

 

Murphy wryly remarked: “For the unwary, it is a feature of publishing a book that it be advertised, and, surprisingly, even a book criticizing a government … Can anybody give the name of any other book, ever, which has been the subject of an investigation by the Commissioner of Canada Elections?”

 

Despite Trudeau’s dubious platitudes extolling his heart-felt support of free speech, many Canadians are still nervous about the Liberals’ intentions. Telling the truth is not their strong suit.

 

Remember those Liberal promises of teeny, tiny deficits and a balanced federal budget by 2019?

 

Do you recall Trudeau’s key campaign platform of 2015 when he said the election that year was the last one Canada would ever have under the system of first past the post?

 

People still remember Trudeau once famously admitted he admires China’s “basic dictatorship.” And we all know how dictatorships deal with the free press.

 

This issue of free speech is vitally important. It’s particularly important to me. I was a journalist for three decades and was a national director of the Canadian Association of Journalists, an organization dedicated to improving the news media and defending free speech.

 

But Canadians who are nervous about Liberal plans regarding free speech in the traditional media or online should know Conservatives have their back.

 

There’s nothing more sacred than free speech in a democracy. It’s something Canadians fought and died for and must always be defended vigorously.

 

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January 30, 2020 | No Comments

Canada Summer Jobs applications are now open.

Canada Summer Jobs applications are now open. I encourage Edmonton Griesbach employers and charities to apply to the this program. Let’s help young Canadians gain valuable experience.

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs.html

 

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January 29, 2020 | No Comments

Please watch my comments on the commemoration of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752

Commemoration of Ukraine Airlines Flight PS752

Please watch my comments on the commemoration of Ukraine Airlines Flight PS752.

Posted by Kerry Diotte on Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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January 29, 2020 | No Comments

After four years the Liberals still haven’t fixed phoenix

I asked this Order Paper question to the Justin Trudeau federal Liberal government and got this bad news: After four years the Liberals still haven’t fixed this mess.

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January 29, 2020 | No Comments

It’s Bell’s Let’s Talk Day. Together we can end the stigma.

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January 27, 2020 | No Comments

Wishing everyone a happy New Year for 2020 the year of the Rat.

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January 27, 2020 | No Comments

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz.

Between 1940 and 1945 more than a million people were deported to Auschwitz, almost all of whom were murdered by the Nazis as part of their systemic attempt to destroy the Jewish people.

In total the holocaust claimed the lives of more than six million Jews and other peoples.

Today, as anti-Semitic attacks continue and appallingly increase, we must never forget the horrors of the holocaust.

Never again.

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January 24, 2020 | No Comments

I want to hear from you.

I want to hear from you.

I want to know what issues are important to you. You can reach me at kerry.diotte@parl.gc.ca or write me a letter postage free to Kerry Diotte, Member of Parliament, House of Commons OTTAWA.

Posted by Kerry Diotte on Friday, January 24, 2020

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