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The “woke” mob is now going after the ultimate anti-fascist

The recent desecration of Winston Churchill’s statue in Edmonton’s Sir Winston Churchill Square with blood-red paint is alarming and disgusting. 

Churchill was the British leader in charge when Britain and its allies, including Canada, defeated the fascist Nazis. 

He was a war veteran himself, a Nobel-prize-winning writer, noted historian, prolific painter and social reformer who championed workers’ social security and prison reform. 

I’d guess the person(s) who performed this illegal act of vandalism chose to ignore all of that to focus on some of Churchill’s imperfect actions during imperfect and different times — gauging his legacy by 2021 moralistic/woke standards. 

But we must remember history, celebrate the good and learn from the bad. We must not take a lesson from Marxists and other leftists who want to re-write history or wipe it out. 

We must never tolerate or excuse destruction of public property. We must always condemn that unequivocally and punish those responsible. Destruction of public property isn’t petty. It’s a Criminal Code violation.

Watch my video below:

 

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I’ll be hosting a lucky subscriber of my e-newsletter this summer for lunch. 

We’ll have a chance to talk directly about the issues that matter most to  you.  

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The Liberals are failing to provide answers on our border 

Justin Trudeau has constantly been wrong about the border.

Early on, when the pandemic first started, we Conservatives called for the government to shut down flights from COVID hotspots, but we were called intolerant and even racist for suggesting that.

Thankfully, common sense eventually prevailed. 

Yet, even as deadly new variants developed in certain countries, the Liberals delayed the implementation of reasonable precautions.

Now as things begin to improve, the Liberals don’t have a plan to reopen the land border with the United States.

The border is essential. The United States is our largest trading partner and the border closure directly affects many of my constituents. 

Yet, despite the significant drop in COVID-19 cases and mass vaccinations now finally here in Canada, our land border remains closed.

It’s actually harder right now to drive to Montana than it’s to fly to Europe. 

Even worse, the Liberals have failed to be transparent about the process.

This lack of transparency hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Canadian businesses are increasingly frustrated as they’re unable to plan for the future. 

Our American partners are also frustrated. Democratic Congressmen Brian Higgins went so far as to say, “there’s no other way to say it: another month’s delay is b***s***.”

It’s essential that the government immediately lays out a clear and transparent plan for the safe reopening of the border.

Canadians need that certainty! 

How Bill C-10 interferes with your rights to freedom of expression

Watch my friend and colleague Pierre Poilievre MP speak out against the Liberals’ Bill C-10.  

Tell me your most memorable K-Days story

You know that Edmonton’s historic non-profit volunteer organization Northlands is folding after 142 years in service. It produced several major annual events, the biggest one being the K-Days Exhibition. 

Scores of Edmontonians have participated in the annual party known as 
K-Days each year. I’d love to hear about your favourite, funniest, fondest or craziest K-Days story.

Send them to me and I might highlight your story in an upcoming e-newsletter. 

You can reach me at: kerry.diotte@parl.gc.ca

 

In the news

— The far-left and the elites hate Canada. Link

— Woke totalitarianism behind defacing of Churchill statue. Link

— Jason Kenney lashes out at “wokeness” after Winston Churchill statue defaced. Link

— Canada’s COVID-19 lockdowns have lost all touch with reality. Link

— Cutting honours programs and keeping smart kids down proves the silliness of ‘inclusivity.’ Link

— Fildebrandt, Western Standard retract, apologize for Kenney restaurant story: ‘Should not have been published.’ Link

— Trudeau’s hotel quarantine violates freedoms, but the court says it’s justified. Link

— Penticton joins Victoria in cancelling Canada Day activities. Link

— Mismatch of Adam Vaughan vs. Pierre Poilievre. Link

— House of Commons issues first formal rebuke to non-MP in nearly 110 years over Winnipeg lab docs. Link

You said it

—  “Northlands was a very important part of Edmonton and community for many, many years. I would like to see it given back to the great people of this city! Very sad that this has even happened! Can this decision be reversed?” — Dianne M.  

— “Keep up all of your good work. Please don’t let [the PM] run roughshod over parliament” — Philip S.

—  “If it wasn’t for Churchill’s actions in the 40’s we would all be speaking German today.” — Quinn D.

Last week’s straw poll results 

Last week I asked folks what they thought about the plans to close Northlands after 142 years in service. 

Most people who responded thought it was bad news for Edmonton.  

A big thanks to everyone who took part and left comments. 

 

Have your say

Are you planning to participate in public gatherings this summer when Alberta Health gives the green light? 

I’ll post 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?

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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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June 18, 2021 | No Comments

A message from Sir Winston Churchill Square

I visited Sir Winston Churchill Square after Churchill’s statue was defaced. Our history must be celebrated and learned from. This cancel culture must stop.

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June 14, 2021 | No Comments

Closure of Northlands leaves hole in Edmonton’s heart

By KERRY DIOTTE
Member of Parliament

There was some very big and sad news this week that barely made headlines in this era of the diminishing quality of mainstream journalism.

After 142 years, the non-profit volunteer organization Northlands announced it’s folding.

The closure of Northlands leaves a hole in the heart of Edmonton — literally and figuratively.

The beginning of the end of the operation began when the City of Edmonton struck a deal to build a downtown arena for the Edmonton Oilers and owner Daryl Katz that saw the team move out of Northlands’ Coliseum after playing the last game there in spring 2016.

For decades, the community organization thrived, putting on major events at the Coliseum including concerts and Oilers hockey. 

Powered by thousands of volunteers and staff over the years, Northlands also produced Edmonton’s K-Days parade, the K-Days exhibition, Farm Fair International, Canadian Finals Rodeo and other sports and cultural events at its massive 200-acre north-side campus.

It also ran the very successful Northlands Park racetrack and the Edmonton Expo Centre.

(Read the full column at the link below)

 

 

 

I’ve written to Trudeau demanding he doesn’t censor online speech

Several hundred constituents have taken the time to sign my petition calling on the government to abandon Bill C-10, the Liberals’ “censorship bill.” 

Bill C-10 poses a real risk to the rights of Canadians. 

Canada is a free society and in a free society people need to have the freedom to access the internet without government censorship. 

This Liberal bill is nothing short of an assault on free expression.

As a long-time journalist and free speech advocate, the idea of Trudeau’s political appointees having a say on what Canadians can say online is outrageous.

That’s why I created a petition for Canadians to show their opposition to online censorship.

As promised I’ve written a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister Steven Guilbeault.

A big thanks for everyone who took the time to sign the petition.  

 

Liberals use ‘secret law making’ to rush through Bill C-10 

By ANJA KARADEGLIJA
National Post

The House of Commons heritage committee has been accused of “secret law-making” as it rushes to pass the controversial C-10 broadcasting bill.

The bill, which critics say impacts free speech, was subject to additional amendments at the committee on Thursday and Friday — but those changes to the legislation won’t be released to the public until at least next week.

“I find it shocking and deeply troubling that the committee is proceeding with clause-by-clause by voting on amendments that have not been made public, are not subject to debate, and there are no experts available to answer questions,” said University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist. Geist, a vocal critic of the bill, said that process amounts to secret law-making.

(Read the full column at the link below)

 

 

 

Win a lunch with your Member of Parliament 

Talking with you and hearing your feedback is the most important part of my job as your Member of Parliament.

I’ll be hosting one lucky subscriber of my e-newsletter this summer for lunch. 

We’ll have a chance to talk directly about the issues that matter most to  you.  

To be considered all you have to do is subscribe to my e-newsletter and be a constituent of Edmonton Griesbach. 

I’ll be drawing the winner later this summer.  

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The Liberals need to stop wasting your money 

Justin Trudeau and his Liberals are spending your tax money at an alarming rate.

I detailed some of the low-lights when I spoke in the virtual House of Commons about the Liberals’ proposed budget known as Bill C-30 (the budget implementation bill).

Check out my speech above. 

 

Tell me your most memorable K-Days story

You know that Edmonton’s historic non-profit volunteer organization Northlands is folding after 142 years in service. It produced several major annual events, the biggest one being the K-Days Exhibition. 

Scores of Edmontonians have participated in the annual party known as 
K-Days each year. I’d love to hear about your favourite, funniest, fondest or craziest K-Days story.

Send them to me and I might highlight your story in an upcoming e-newsletter. 

You can reach me at: kerry.diotte@parl.gc.ca

 

In the news

— Ex-Journal writer and now Trudeau-appointed senator makes reasonable argument to keep historical names. Link

— Celebrate Canada’s history — don’t appease the woke mob. Link

— Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson ‘could be persuaded’ to run for federal Liberals in Edmonton Centre, say some Alberta insiders. Link

— Liberals should focus on ending the pandemic, not curtailing free speech. Link

— With Merkel leaving, Trudeau positions himself as new ‘Dean’ of G-7. Link

— Newborn daughter’s death inspires MP’s bill on bereavement leave for parents. Link

— Ethics committee calls for sweeping reforms in wake of WE Charity scandal. Link

You said it

—  “Almost everything in the grocery stores does cost more with less amounts in the packages and containers.” Cheryl M.  

— “Kerry, keep fighting for us just as we are fighting to stay afloat. Just as my grandparents that came here 120 years ago never give up.” — Ken P.

—  “We need to have lower prices that people can afford.” —  Allen M.

Last week’s straw poll results 

Last week I asked folks if they had noticed they were paying more for groceries. 

The vast majority said they’ve noticed an increase of prices. 

A big thanks to everyone who took part.

 

Have your say

Edmonton’s historic non-profit volunteer organization Northlands is folding after 142 years in service. Do you think this is good news or bad news for Edmonton?

I’ll post 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. 

 

 

 

 

Share this valuable e-newsletter with a friend or post it on social media

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 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!

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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June 14, 2021 | No Comments

I’ve written to Trudeau demanding he doesn’t censor online speech

Several hundred constituents have taken the time to sign my petition calling on the government to abandon Bill C-10, the Liberals’ “censorship bill.” 

Bill C-10 poses a real risk to the rights of Canadians. 

Canada is a free society and in a free society people need to have the freedom to access the internet without government censorship. 

This Liberal bill is nothing short of an assault on free expression.

As a long-time journalist and free speech advocate, the idea of Trudeau’s political appointees having a say on what Canadians can say online is outrageous.

That’s why I created a petition for Canadians to show their opposition to online censorship.

As promised I’ve written a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister Steven Guilbeault.

A big thanks for everyone who took the time to sign the petition.  

 

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June 14, 2021 | No Comments

Win a lunch with your Member of Parliament

Talking with you and hearing your feedback is the most important part of my job as your Member of Parliament.

I’ll be hosting one lucky subscriber of my e-newsletter this summer for lunch. 

We’ll have a chance to talk directly about the issues that matter most to  you.  

To be considered all you have to do is subscribe to my e-newsletter and be a constituent of Edmonton Griesbach. 

I’ll be drawing the winner later this summer.  

If you know anyone who may be interested they can subscribe at: kerrydiotte.com/newsletter-subscription/

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June 14, 2021 | No Comments

Closure of Northlands leaves hole in Edmonton’s heart

By KERRY DIOTTE

Member of Parliament

There was some very big and sad news this week that barely made headlines in this era of the diminishing quality of mainstream journalism.

 

After 142 years, the non-profit volunteer organization Northlands announced it’s folding.

 

The closure of Northlands leaves a hole in the heart of Edmonton — literally and figuratively.

 

The beginning of the end of the operation began when the City of Edmonton struck a deal to build a downtown arena for the Edmonton Oilers and owner Daryl Katz that saw the team move out of Northlands’ Coliseum after playing the last game there in spring 2016.

 

For decades, the community organization thrived, putting on major events at the Coliseum including concerts and Oilers hockey. 

 

Powered by thousands of volunteers and staff over the years, Northlands also produced Edmonton’s K-Days parade, the K-Days exhibition, Farm Fair International, Canadian Finals Rodeo and other sports and cultural events at its massive 200-acre north-side campus.

 

It also ran the very successful Northlands Park racetrack and the Edmonton Expo Centre.

 

Now its two marquee events, K-Days and Farmfair International will be handed over to the City of Edmonton to run through its arms-length tourism and events corporation, Explore Edmonton.

 

I was a member of the board of Northlands from 2010 to 2013 while I was a city councillor in Edmonton, so I’ve got a special place in my heart for the organization that operated in my federal riding of Edmonton Griesbach.

 

We had a solid bunch of people on the board from all sorts of fields — business, arts, legal, politics and more. I don’t think I’ve met a better collection of folks who cared more for this city.

 

More importantly I got to meet many of the dedicated volunteers of the organization. The term “salt of the earth” comes to mind. These folks were some of the best, kindest and most community-minded Edmontonians I’ve ever encountered.

 

In my view, the end of Northlands came because it was starved of revenue sources in the wake of events that unfolded with the Katz/Oilers agreements with the City of Edmonton. In a nutshell, the deals city council agreed to didn’t allow for Northlands to compete with the new arena by hosting sports or events. 

 

I was one of only two city councillors who consistently voted against the terms of the downtown arena deal. It’s not that I didn’t like the idea of a new arena being built. It’s because it wasn’t a good financial deal for city taxpayers or for Northlands, a solid, non-profit society that’s older than both Edmonton or the Province of Alberta.

 

I won’t re-litigate the Oilers/City of Edmonton deal. There’s not enough space in this column for that.

 

If you want the inside scoop, read Power Play, a book about the controversial deal co-authored by my former council colleague Linda Sloan McCulloch. You’ll lean my in-depth feelings. I’m quoted in that book plenty: www.uap.ualberta.ca/titles/960-9781772124934-power-play

 

I know there are those who long-accused Northlands of being “an old-boys club.” I think that image might have been well-earned at one time. But it didn’t operate that way when I was there. 

 

Its memorable CEO then was the talented Richard Andersen, a real pro who’d previously been executive VP of the San Diego Padres and GM of its stadium, PETCO Park.

 

Andersen was one of the best executives and promoters I’ve ever seen — and I’ve seen a few.

 

Check out his appearance on the TV show Undercover Boss. It will tell you a lot about the man and the Northlands philosophy. It’s truly worth a heart-warming watch:

 

 

The big question we must ask ourselves is this: Is Edmonton better off now that Northlands is gone?

 

We certainly have a state-of-the-art downtown arena. True. But we’ve also lost a legendary community organization and all of its volunteers. 

 

The massive 200-acre north-side campus that once was alive with events is now virtually empty. A perfectly serviceable arena is shuttered as is the one-lively racetrack and casino (The Spectrum).

 

Just about the only living souls on the site today are folks who are living at homeless shelters set up at The Spectrum and at the former apartments for jockeys.

 

Cynics would say this is what passes for progress.

 

As the member of Parliament for the area I’ve been pushing hard to see solid plans to redevelop this site that’s owned by the City and is known as the Edmonton Exhibition Lands.

 

A well-planned, intelligent development is absolutely critical for the communities surrounding it including Bellevue, Montrose, Eastwood, Parkdale, Cromdale and Virginia Park. The site has huge potential especially since it’s already served by high-speed LRT.

 

You can be rest-assured I’ll continue to make this development a top priority.

 

(Kerry Diotte is a former journalist, Edmonton city councillor and Member of Parliament for Edmonton Griesbach. Do you have comments on this opinion column? E-mail kerry.diotte@parl.gc.ca)

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June 11, 2021 | No Comments

Most Canadians know about the value of money. The Liberals have to learn that too.

 
 

Justin Trudeau and his Liberals are spending our tax money at an alarming rate. I detail some of the low-lights when I spoke in the virtual House of Commons about the Liberals’ proposed budget known as Bill C-30 (the budget implementation bill). Check out my speech here.

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