As your Member of Parliament, I need and value your feedback.
If you could tell Prime Minister Justin Trudeau something, what would it be?
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
“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.
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!
Mail (postage free):
Kerry Diotte, MP
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6