Member Of Parliament for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan

Addressing Foreign Affairs Issues

I was honoured to be asked by our new party leader to serve as the Deputy Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. In a rapidly changing world, there are many important issues in this area which I will be working on — issues like the rising global ambition and influence of China, escalating threats from North Korea, ongoing challenges presented by terrorist groups such as Daesh/ISIS, and the continuing threat presented by the Putin regime’s aggression.

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Feds throw wrench for credit unions

Most Albertans would have heard of Servus Credit Union — we have a number of branches right here in Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan. Many of you have accounts with one of our local credit unions, or benefit in some way from their activity in the community. Credit unions are an important part of the economy in communities across our province and across the country.

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Members’ Bills debated

Most of our time in Parliament is spent debating bills proposed by the government. However, we also spend an hour a day debating bills proposed by individual Members of Parliament (MPs), called Private Members’ Bills (PMBs), which can be on many different types of subjects, although they cannot require the government to spend money.

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You can speak ill of the dead

It is not the normal thing in politics to speak ill of the dead. However, there are some cases in which it is not only fair, but necessary, to criticize someone’s record in order to ensure that their actions are not repeated. I would never consider it proper to revel in someone’s death; however, nor is it proper to ignore their deeds in life.

 

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New carbon tax is a bad idea

The madness of the U.S. presidential election continues, with every passing day bringing out a new and previously unimagined low point. In the midst of the madness, though, it’s worth occasionally pausing and taking a look at the policy ideas that the candidates are proposing. These ideas are ultimately what Americans — and, in a significant sense, Canadians — will have to live with.

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Reflecting on doctor-assisted euthanasia

I recently watched the film Me Before You. It is a well-acted romantic drama about a quadriplegic and his caregiver who fall in love. (Romance movies aren’t normally my thing, but this job does involve spending right to 10 hours on a plane most weeks). The disabled man in this film had decided to pursue euthanasia, before meeting his young female caregiver. He ultimately decides to follow through on that decision, despite her pleas to reverse course. He tragically chooses to take his life right at the moment when he has most clearly shown both his capacity for joy and his ability to positively impact his surroundings. Everyone except him sees the value in his life — and his death comes across as bitingly pointless.

 

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Electoral system needs changes

A couple weeks ago, I hosted a series of roundtables on potential changes to Canada’s electoral system. The Liberal government has said that they intend to change the way Canadians vote. The discussions that we are having here in Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan are hopefully going to influence the national discussion, so thank you to all those who attended and participated.

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Canada should stay out of AIIB

During a recent visit to China, the PM announced his intention to bring Canada into the Chinese-controlled Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). This is an extremely bad idea.

China is an influential global player. Canada cannot ignore China, and we should seek collaboration in ways that advance Canadian values and Canadian interests. But we should also be cautious and strategic when dealing with a foreign government that has a very different set of values and interests.

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