Many constituents have written to me concerned about the pay hike that Members of Parliament automatically received Apr. 1, 2021. I also share those concerns.
Many people feel that, in the middle of an emergency, the last thing that needs to be done is to increase the pay of politicians.
The pay hike was set up by the Liberals and automatically occurs without a vote in the House of Commons.
As incredible as it sounds, there’s no way I can stop receiving it.
As such there’s the next best thing. I’ll be donating the money I get in this pay hike to charities and organizations in Edmonton that have a good track record of helping folks in our community.
This way the money goes to good causes.
This is exactly what I did the last time we were forced to take an automatic pay raise.
But the idea that the Liberals would continue to raise the pay of federal MPs when so many Canadians are struggling is plainly offensive to taxpayers.
By BRIAN LILLEY
The Public Health Agency of Canada was woefully unprepared for the arrival and impact of COVID-19 in Canada, according to an audit by Canada’s auditor general.
The agency failed to look at the potential spread of the virus in assessing risk and failed to properly ensure compliance with quarantine rules to contain the spread.
This audit shows PHAC was neither even though responding to pandemics response was the overarching goal of the organization at its inception in 2006.
“We found that the agency’s Global Public Health Intelligence Network did not issue an alert to provide early warning when the virus was first reported,” the audit states, noting that subscribers would have received an email, a lower level of communication than an alert. Essentially, a network designed to alert Canadian officials, and international partners, didn’t do its job.
(Read the full article by Brian Lilley, Toronto Sun at the link below.)
The taxpayer-funded CBC is making a very poor decision by cancelling a popular national radio show called Vinyl Tap by legendary musician Randy Bachman.
Please sign the petition below and let’s fight back against this affront by CBC to a Canadian cultural icon.
I’ll send a letter to CBC on behalf of everyone who signs this petition.
I’ve seen firsthand the great work the Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area do for children in our community so I hope the Calgary chapter can find the volunteers they need shortly.
The Edmonton chapter is also looking for volunteers. If you’re interested or know someone who is, you should reach out to them.
You can find out more here.
In my last e-newsletter, I asked what people thought about the plans to lower the voting age to 16 introduced by former Green Party leader, MP Elizabeth May.
There was a large turnout and a clear majority. Of those surveyed 96% said they opposed lowering the voting age to 16.
As your Member of Parliament, I’ll continue to support keeping the voting age at 18.
A big thanks to everyone who took part.
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.
There are programs available to help you and your family during this COVID pandemic.
You can share it here.
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I’m always eager to hear from you. Do you have beefs? Bouquets? Suggestions?
Drop me a note to 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!
Mail (postage free):
Kerry Diotte, MP
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6