Pages tagged "Federal Priorities"

  • Federal Priorities

    Your voice in Ottawa

    When speaking in Ottawa, I focus on two main areas – the priorities of my constituency and the responsibilities associated with my Shadow Minister role. My Shadow Minister role is the particular policy area that I am assigned by our leader, who divides up roles in order to ensure that we have different members of our Conservative team looking at every issue facing the country.

    For my constituency, top priorities are the energy sector, pipelines, jobs and opportunity, taxation, and immigration. In particular, my constituency benefits most directly from the "downstream" part of the energy sector. We have Canada's Industrial Heartland, where workers convert extracted energy products into usable fuels and manufactured goods. I advocate for our Industrial Heartland, as well as for the Energy Sector in general – especially for the construction of pipelines. Pipelines are the cleanest and safest way to transport fuel that everyone needs and continues to use. If we do not make use of Canada's energy resources, then we will be dependent on other countries, with lower environmental standards and that often do not share our values.

    I currently serve as the Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism and for Canada-China Relations. These two important roles respond to large and growing conversations happening at the national level.

    As Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism, I seek to advance and defend a conservative vision of multiculturalism rooted in pluralism and freedom. We are blessed to live in a country where people of all different backgrounds have generally been able to hold and practice their beliefs according to their own conscience. We must defend that heritage. Conservatives defend a rich and deep multiculturalism rooted in respect for our fundamental freedoms, and that defends diversity of practice and diversity of thought. We also seek to defend and advance equality of opportunity – believing that people of all ethnicities, faiths, and backgrounds should have an equal shot at accessing the opportunities that this country has to offer.

    As Shadow Minister for Canada-China Relations, I lead our party's efforts to persuade the government to revise their misguided policy towards China. While people around the world are waking up to the threat presented by China's government, Liberals have been asleep at the switch, and have been pursuing a policy of appeasement. With multiple Canadians detained, growing threats to our cyber-security, and the regime in Beijing ignoring fundamental human rights and international law in so many different areas, it's time for Canada to take a more serious and thoughtful approach. We need to work with our allies to respond to Chinese government aggression and put in place new laws to better protect Canada from foreign interference.

    In addition to these areas, I have been active in debates about human rights, about foreign affairs, about immigration, and about the need to recognize and defend human dignity.