Member Of Parliament for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan

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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Electoral Reform Round Tables

Our office team and I work hard to ensure that we are consulting you, our constituents, on a regular basis. One of the ways that we do this is through constituent roundtables. When constituents write to our office to express an opinion about an issue, they will often receive a subsequent invitation to attend a roundtable discussion about that issue. This gives a group of people interested in a topic an opportunity to bounce ideas off each other; and it gives me an opportunity to learn from them.

 

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Electoral Reform Roundtables

Our office team and I work hard to ensure that we are consulting you, our constituents, on a regular basis. One of the ways that we do this is through constituent roundtables. When constituents write to our office to express an opinion about an issue, they will often receive a subsequent invitation to attend a roundtable discussion about that issue. This gives a group of people interested in a topic an opportunity to bounce ideas off each other; and it gives me an opportunity to learn from them.

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Reflecting on Israel journey

This column is about a recent Parliamentary mission to Israel. However, before I get to that, a couple unrelated housekeeping notes:

I will be hosting a number of policy roundtable discussions over the summer. If you are interested in participating, please contact my office as soon as possible. In general, given the Parliamentary recess, summer is a good time to reach out if you’d like to get together or discuss specific issues or concerns.

 

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Reflecting on identities and violence

Since my last column, we have witnessed the biggest mass shooting of civilians by a single gunman in North American history. I’d like to share a few thoughts on those events.

Here are the basic facts: On June 12, one “gunperson” killed 49 people and injured 53 others at a gay club in Orlando, during a Latin Night (most of the victims were Hispanic). The shooter was a 29 year old who pledged allegiance to Daesh/ISIS. According to many reports, he may also have been gay himself.

 

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MP Garnett Genuis Disagrees with Ontario Court of Appeal decision against Trinity Western University

30 June 2016 - Ottawa

Member of Parliament Garnett Genuis, MP for Sherwood Park - Fort Saskatchewan & Official Opposition Deputy Critic for Human Rights and Religious Freedom, expressed disagreement with yesterday's decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal that effectively enables the Law Society of Upper Canada to discriminate against law students from Trinity Western University.

 

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Saying no to changed anthem lyrics

O Canada. What’s in a name — would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?

 That’s precisely one of the debates we’re having in Parliament right now.

A Liberal MP has proposed a private member’s bill to change a line of O Canada, from “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command,” so as to ostensibly make the anthem “gender neutral.”

How important is that line?

 

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Trudeau incident from MP’s view

It’s the question I keep getting asked: Was I there for “#Elbowgate,” the infamous ruckus that occurred on the floor of the House of Commons on May 18, when the prime minister “got physical” with other members?

Yes, I was there, and this is a good opportunity to share some of the larger context for that event.

 

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Reflecting on Fort Mac wildfires

Recent events in northern Alberta have given me renewed occasion to reflect on the kind of nation we are. The response to these tragic fires, both here in Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan and across the country, has left me moved and inspired.

There has been a political response to these fires, of course, and so far, there’s been a general consensus about the kind of response we need to have. I’ve been pleased to give the federal government credit in cases where it is due, such as for their decision to match Red Cross donations, and for their provision of logistical support to the Alberta government as requested.

 

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Assisted suicide debate continues

Parliament is currently debating the challenging and highly-charged issue of assisted suicide and euthanasia. The government has proposed Bill C-14 — a bill which they are trying to push through quickly in order to meet the Supreme Court-imposed deadline of June 6. It is unfortunate that we have such little time to deal with this. The government could have, and should have, introduced legislation much earlier. Nonetheless, we have to deal with the situation that we now face.

 

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