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July 12, 2021 | No Comments

Fighting for Alberta’s place in Canada

This past year has been tough.

We’ve been locked down, businesses have closed and we’ve lost loved ones. It’s been a year of headache and heartache.

But as we begin to return to normal we need to make sure that leadership takes us in the right direction.

We need a government in Ottawa to support our interests and our future prosperity.

Under Trudeau’s leadership, Ottawa has failed to support Alberta. We need better from Ottawa!

Alberta has long been the fiscal engine that has powered Canada.

Since 1967 Albertans have contributed more than $600 billion to the rest of Canada.

But now we’re in hard times (made worse by Ottawa). At every step of the way, the Trudeau Liberals have hamstrung our economic development.

They’ve gone out of their way to prevent us from exporting our largest resource. Even former NDP Premier Rachel Notley called these Trudeau policies “a stampede of stupid.”

We need a government in Ottawa that’s committed to Alberta’s recovery and future prosperity.

Canada is made of 10 provinces and three territories, too often Trudeau forgets that.

I’m proposing meaningful action to improve national unity and ensure equalization fairness, such as:

1. Removing the per person payout cap.

2. Lowering the revenue decline threshold so that it’s triggered at 3% rather than the current 5%.

3. Lowering the resource revenue decline threshold so that it’s triggered at 40% rather than the current 50%.

4. Making these changes retroactive to 2015.

The equalization rebate will mean provinces that have given more than their fair share during difficult times are compensated.

Albertans deserve to be treated fairly.

What’s not to understand (and abhor) about ‘burn it all down’?

By: REX MURPHY
National Post

“Burn it all down.”

Just to set the stage: Two Catholic churches had been burned down, when the executive director and long-time member of the BC Civil Liberties Association blasted “Burn it all down” over her Twitter feed. Burn it all down, hardly a placatory, peace-seeking message to the province or its people from the BCCLA.

What responsible body, what person leading a responsible body, would think or utter such a thing; an urging, a provocation to the arson of holy buildings, a total arson of all churches, during a time of civil sorrow and anger?

Does “burn it all down” sound like a reasonable call to action from any group or organization? Anytime? From a civil rights organization, it is immensely discordant. And during an extremely tense and deeply emotional time it is dangerously irresponsible. Many more churches indeed, have burned down since.

(Read the full article online at the link below)

 

 

 

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A new playground has been built at St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School

Thanks to all the volunteers — including teachers and school trustees from Edmonton Catholic School Division — building the amazing playground at St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School in our federal riding of Edmonton Griesbach. Thanks also to all who donated to make it happen. Enjoy this video showcasing everyone’s hard work.

I’m proud to support Sport Central

I was glad to attend the Sport Central Volunteer and Supporter BBQ. Lots of people support this amazing organization including Sportsnet journalist Mark Spector. If you’ve got sporting goods — especially bicycles — Sport Central will recycle them for people in need. Thanks for all the good work your organization does. Golfers might want to support their upcoming golf tournament.

In the news

— Finance Department defies precedent, says it can delay law that eases tax burden for small businesses. Link

— Judge slaps down Trudeau government for denying summer job grants to Christian university. Link

— What ‘burn it all down’ church-hating extremists need to hear. Link

— American commentator concerned about church burnings in Canada. Link

— Ontario’s grade 9 math curriculum will include “decolonial” and “anti-racist” approach. Link

— Discrimination Approved for Conservatives on Campus. Link

— For Canadian Jews, the history of hatred repeats itself. Link

— Trudeau’s inability to stand against China is a stain on Canada. Link

 

You said it

—  [On church fires] “Arson is arson.” — Duncan H.  

— “If a retail place of business requires that I wear a mask, I will. I carry one with me, but I do not automatically put it on to enter a business.” — Pat S.

—  “I will wear a mask if the shop owner is uncomfortable with me mask less.” — Irene A.

Last week’s straw poll results 

Last week I asked folks if they’ll voluntarily wear masks in retail outlets after the mandatory masking rule has ended.

The majority said they wouldn’t. 

Whatever you choose to do, please keep safety in mind.    

A big thanks to everyone who took part. 

 

Have your say

Are you planning on travelling outside of Edmonton this summer?

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?

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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July 12, 2021 | No Comments

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July 9, 2021 | No Comments

Summer Survey

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July 7, 2021 | No Comments

The Liberals are going after free speech

The hallmark of a free society is the ability to freely speak your mind.

It doesn’t matter whether your views are popular or not.

You have the right to speak, write and express yourself.

French philosopher Voltaire’s view on freedom of speech is famously described as:

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

Justin Trudeau and his Liberals don’t share that sentiment.

Instead, they are pursuing a campaign to severely limit the ways Canadians can express themselves.

First, there is Bill C-10. This legislation would give the government the ability to regulate your content on the internet.

Now, the Liberals have drafted more legislation to drastically curtail free expression.

Concerns have been raised that their latest legislation, Bill C-36, will put a chill on free speech and be open to abuse.

The problem is the legislation is based on poorly defined subjective terms.

This won’t solve the problem of hate speech, it will just infringe on the rights of Canadians.

Hate speech is already a crime in Canada and cases of it should be directed to the courts.

Burning down religious institutions is unacceptable

Over the last several weeks, scores of religious institutions have been vandalized and several have even been burnt down.

This is an unacceptable hate crime.

Freedom of religion is a fundamental right that all Canadians enjoy.

Whether it’s a mosque, synagogue, temple or church they’re sacred spaces that one can never justify destroying.

Yet, far too many on the radical left are doing just that.

For example, Harsha Walia the executive director of the BC Civil Liberties Association, recently tweeted to “burn it all down.”

Yet, Walia wasn’t alone. Scores of left-wing activists from across Canada are advocating for the destruction of churches.

More needs to be done to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

The residential school system was wrong.

We need to seriously work on improving our relationship and the living standards for Indigenous Canadians.

However, burning down churches isn’t and can’t be part of that process of reconciliation.

As the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations Perry Bellegarde has said:

“To burn things down is not our way…our way is to build relationships and come together.”

Let’s all do that.

I handed out water to beat the heat

With temperatures soaring and officials issuing health warnings, I headed to Edmonton’s inner city to hand out ice-cold water.

Thanks to our constituency office staffer Josh Hui for the video.

Win a lunch with your MP

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

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.

To be considered all you have to do is subscribe to my e-newsletter.

I’ll be drawing the winner in late July.

If you’re reading this, you’re likely already a subscriber. But please share this contest and link with a friend or family member. They can subscribe at: kerrydiotte.com/newsletter-subscription/

In the news

— Canada’s Bill C-10 ‘Orwellian:’ Senator. Link

— Bill C-10 was just the tip of the iceberg. Link

— Canadian Voices: Un-woke and Un-heard. Link

— Trudeau silence on police killing questioned. Link

— Vandals target Calgary churches. Link

— Columnist blasts church burnings as sacrilege. Link

— Politicians seem afraid to condemn arsonists. Link

— Alberta premier promises security funding for churches. Link

— Vandals boast about their crime. Link

— NDP MP offended by Happy Canada Day email. Link

— Chinese vaccine documents embarrass Trudeau. Link

— Facebook plays Big Brother (really). Link

— Trudeau Liberals play at journalism. Link

— Conrad Black gives a history lesson. Link

— Columnist says feds sowing confusion over COVID. Link

— Left-wing activist under fire for ‘burn it all down’ tweet. Link

 

You said it

—  “We really need something to celebrate. It has been a terrible year and a half. We have been locked down, not able to hug our grandchildren
not able to celebrate weddings or hold funerals. Not able to mingle with our friends and family. I’m praying we win the cup.” — Ellen G.

— “Please please please…in the next election can we focus on building Canada up, not tearing it down.” — Irene A.

—  [on burning down churches] “Seems to me vandalizing or destroying ANY structure for protest is unacceptable and criminal.” —  Preston B.

Last week’s straw poll results 

Last week I asked folks if they were supporting the Habs for a Canadian team victory.

The vast majority some 83% said they were supporting the Montreal Canadians.

It’s been a tough first three games. However, it’s not over yet.

A big thanks to everyone who took part.

 

Have your say

Alberta lifted all COVID restrictions on July 1. Will you continue to wear a mask in retail outlets?

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?

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 30, 2021 | No Comments

Happy Canada Day!

Canada Day is a time to reflect on and celebrate the true north strong and free. I sincerely wish you a happy Canada Day. Enjoy this video produced by our local constituency office staffer Josh Hui.

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June 29, 2021 | No Comments

Handing out Water to Beat the Heat

With temperatures soaring and officials issuing health warnings, I headed to Edmonton’s inner city to hand out ice-cold water. Thanks to our constituency office staffer Josh Hui for the video.

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June 28, 2021 | No Comments

Let’s celebrate Canada

Canada is our home and I’m proud to call myself Canadian. 

We’re consistently listed as one of the best countries in the world to live in.

Canadians are renowned for our friendliness. 

We have a history of defending world peace and fighting for justice. Whether in the First World War, Second World War or the Cold War, Canada stood on guard for thee.

There is much to celebrate this Canada Day.

As we celebrate let’s also remember where we have failed to live up to the principles we hold dear.

Residential schools, stand out as the worst failing in Canadian history. What occurred in those schools was wrong.

We need to continue to work with Indigenous Canadians to reconcile and foster a relationship of co-operation and partnership within Canada.   

Canada isn’t a perfect country — no country is perfect.

Let’s continue working together in strengthening Canada — for all Canadians — not tearing it down.

Remembering Edmonton Police Service Const. Ezio Faraone

I was honoured to attend a memorial to mark the anniversary of the tragic death in the line of duty of Edmonton Police Service Const. Ezio Faraone.

Ezio was 33 years old when he was killed June 25, 1990, responding to an armed robbery. Both of the men involved in his murder were sent to prison.

Let’s remember Ezio and all police officers who died in the line of duty.

I voted against Bill C-10 

 

Bill C-10 is a radical bill that will censor your online free speech, spearheaded by a radical minister who was once arrested, charged and convicted after a legendary and dangerous stunt — climbing Toronto’s CN tower.

I had the privilege of giving the final speech about this bill for our Official Opposition Conservatives.

The BQ, NDP and Green Party all voted to support this Big-Brotherly Liberal bill enabling it to pass third reading. Only Conservatives opposed it.

I’m against conversion therapy

Conversion therapy is a harmful practice and should be banned.

That’s why I voted in favour of Bill C-6 during second reading on Oct. 28, 2020.

But there were serious issues with the final bill that the Liberals were unwilling to address.

The Liberals failed to adequately define what, precisely, would be considered “conversion therapy.”

There were valid concerns from legal experts and others that the bill, as written, could jeopardize or even criminalize some conversations with religious leaders and others when counselling someone. Scores of constituents also directly raised those concerns to me.

That’s why I was one of 63 MPs to oppose this flawed Liberal Bill C-6.

Let’s hope these flaws can be addressed in the Senate review of the bill. If they are, I’ll eagerly vote to ban conversion therapy in Canada once and for all.

Win a lunch with your MP

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

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.  

To be considered all you have to do is subscribe to my e-newsletter. 

I’ll be drawing the winner in late July.  

If you’re reading this, you’re likely already a subscriber. But please share this contest and link with a friend or family member. They can subscribe at: kerrydiotte.com/newsletter-subscription/

Try out my Canada Day quiz

1. When did British Columbia become part of Canada?
A) 1871 B) 1869 C) 1876

2. What is Canada’s national summer sport?
A) basketball B) lacrosse C) football

3. Of these Canadians who has won the most Grammy awards? 
A) Celine Dion B) Shania Twain C) David Foster

4. What was the name of the famous Indigenous leader who helped save Canada in the War of 1812?
A) Tecumseh B) Thayendanegea/Joseph Brant C) Tommy Prince

5. Which famous Canadian led the Canadian Corps during the First World War?
A) Sir Douglas Haig B) Harry Crerar C) Sir Arthur Currie

6. The name Canada comes from the Indigenous Huron-Iroquois word Kanata. What does it mean? 
A) a village or settlement B) home C) beaver dam

7. Which city is home to Canada’s first mosque?
A) Edmonton B) Toronto C) Montreal

8. What year did Lord Stanley commission the Stanley Cup? 
A) 1901 B) 1892 C) 1874

You can find the answers at the link below

 

 

 

In the news

— American opinion columnist alarmed about events in Canada. Link

— Cancel Canada Day? The vast majority of Canadians disagree. Link

— Trudeau’s internet censorship laws have no place in a free and open society. Link

— Trudeau suing the House of Commons to keep lab firings secret. Link

— Two more Catholic churches torched in British Columbia. Link

— Canadians should fight COVID tickets, says Justice Centre. Link

— Feds ask court to keep documents related to scientists’ firing under wraps. Link

— Sask. First Nation announces discovery of 751 unmarked graves near former residential school. Link

— Muslim woman knocked unconscious in alleged ‘hate-motivated’ attack in St. Albert; suspect at large. Link

— Edmonton police investigating after pope statue outside local church vandalized. Link

— Celebrate Canada, but not its political leaders or its propensity for self-flagellation. Link

— Heat wave prompts heightened safety measures for seniors in Edmonton. Link

 

You said it

—  [Rembering Const. Faraone] “Me too! Constable Faraone volunteered/coached my niece’s baseball team. The kids were devastated as well as all Edmontonians” — Robbin F.  

— “The restrictions lasted TOO LONG. It’s wonderful to spend time with family and friends again.” — Mary P.

—  “I think Canada Day should be celebrated as a country with another year added. Ever since my younger days, I remember celebrating this day; it was a very important day for everyone.” —  Stan C.

Last week’s straw poll results 

Last week I asked folks if they were planning to participate in public gatherings this summer when Alberta Health gives the green light.

Most people said they would.

Whatever you choose to do this summer, please do so safely.   

A big thanks to everyone who took part. 

 

Have your say

The Montreal Canadians are in the Stanley Cup finals with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Will you be supporting the Habs for a Canadian team victory?  

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.

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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 28, 2021 | No Comments

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