|Shuffling Chairs on a Sinking Ship
|January 17, 2018
Shuffling chairs on a sinking ship
TORONTO - Today, Premier Wynne’s Liberal government suffers blows with the loss
of key veterans in Cabinet, as she announces replacements to try and keep
the ship afloat.
“Premier Wynne’s cabinet remains bloated despite the fact that her key ministers
don’t want to run again,” said Ontario PC Deputy Leader Steve Clark. “Wynne has
made this cabinet the largest in the country, has the privilege of overseeing
a record of scandal, mismanagement, and waste, and the largest debt of any
province or state in the world.”
Here are some highlights from the updated but same tired and bloated Liberal
Nathalie Des Rosiers, who represents one of the most urban ridings in the province,
will take over as Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. At first glance,
her riding of Ottawa-Vanier appears to have neither natural resources or forestry;
Helena Jaczek, who was unable to answer simple questions about where the money
was coming from for a massive government announcement, will now take over as
chair of the bloated cabinet. Under her watch, the Liberals let massive cost overruns
at SAMS become a debacle, which makes this move questionable;
Eleanor McMahon, whose only job at Tourism seemed to be handing out cheques,
will now be responsible for controlling the government’s purse strings,
and the millions of dollars of partisan self-congratulatory ads they will run leading up
to the election;
Indira Naidoo-Harris will now not only get to oversee skyrocketing child care costs
but get the additional responsibility of picking and choosing which schools her
government will close if they cling to power.
Mitzie Hunter, who as Minister of Education didn’t know how many schools her
government was set to close, will now take over as the Chief Apologist for
the longest college strike in Ontario’s history.
Harinder Malhi will take over as Minister of Status of Women. Interestingly, she’s
been an opponent of the sex-ed curriculum.
Daiene Vernile takes over the reins at Tourism, Culture, and Sport. The former
broadcaster spent her career in front of the camera, this will make the plethora of
“buy-your-vote” announcements she is certainly about to start making ready for
Steven Del Duca has been moved away from the impending Carillion scandal.
Despite the fact he oversaw the ridiculous contract, he will not have to wear
the fall-out of the 6,000 jobs at risk. This certainly will be a relief for him
and his Liberal Party leadership ambitions. Yasir Naqvi can’t be quite as excited
Hopefully, Kathryn McGarry, a Waterloo Region MPP, will be more effective
at delivering all-day two-way GO to the community. We all remember when
a previous Liberal Minister of Transportation promised it would be completed by
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|Conservatives Call on Liberals to Explain James Kabarebe Meeting
|Conservatives Call on Liberals to Explain James Kabarebe Meeting
January 16, 2018
OTTAWA, ON – Following a report this week in Montreal’s La Presse on the meeting
between the Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan, and his Rwandan
counterpart, James Kabarebe, Conservatives are questioning whether or not
the Liberal government was aware that Mr. Kabarebe is facing serious allegations
related to both his actions during the Rwandan Civil War and in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo.
“Conservatives are questioning why an individual facing such serious allegations
received an audience with a member of Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet,” said James
Bezan, Shadow Minister for National Defence.
James Kabarebe has been accused of playing a role in human rights abuses
committed in Rwanda before, during and after the genocide, as well as contributing
to abuses in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
“Minister Sajjan refused to answer media questions about whether or not he knew
about the accusations facing Mr. Kabarebe. It is imperative to know whether
the Minister raised the issue of human rights, including the use of sexual violence as
a weapon of war, with Mr. Kabarebe last November,” said Bezan.
The Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, also known as the Sergei
Magnitsky Law, was recently introduced and passed by Conservatives.
This legislation enables the Government of Canada to sanction any foreign officials
who have committed gross human rights violations. This law also gives
the Government of Canada the authority to deny entry to Canada to those
“Conservatives have given the government the tools it needs to properly screen,
and deny entry to, gross human rights offenders. The ongoing failure to fully use
our Magnitsky Law proves once again that Justin Trudeau and the Liberal
government are all talk and no action when it comes to standing up to human rights
violators,” concluded Bezan.
For More Information:
Office of James Bezan
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|Ontario PC Party Sets Historical Membership Record
|January 13, 2018
Ontario PC Party sets historical membership record
The party is now more than 200,000 members strong
Earlier this year, the Ontario PC Party set the record for the highest membership
totals of any party in Ontario’s history. As of January 10, 2018, the Ontario PC
Party had 200,224 members, and this number continues to grow.
“The Ontario PC Party is now composed of over 200,000 members who are excited
and ready to help elect an Ontario PC government that will get Ontario back on
track,” said Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown. “Only a few years ago, our party
had an unimpressive 12,000 members. Since that time, our party has grown in
every corner and community of the province and pulled off historic by-election
Since Patrick Brown has become Leader, the Ontario PC Party has won five
by-elections, including winning two historically Liberal seats in Scarborough-Rouge
River and Sault Ste. Marie.
“When Patrick Brown became Leader in 2015 he committed to grow the Party to
over 100,000 members. We’ve doubled that goal,” said Rick Dykstra, Ontario PC
In particular, there has been remarkable growth for the Party in the Greater
Toronto Area. For example, the riding of Mississauga East-Cooksville previously had
only 40 members, while today the riding has over 6,000. Markham—Thornhill had
just under 60 members, and today the riding has over 5,300.
“These are members who are looking forward to hitting the pavement, knocking on
doors, and spreading the Ontario PC Party’s positive message of change
and defeating the untrustworthy Wynne Liberals,” added Dykstra.
The Ontario PC Party’s record membership numbers are in stark comparison to
the Ontario Liberal Party’s, who presently have only 18,000 members.
“The Ontario PC Party is going to continue to work hard every single day to bring
the change that is desperately needed at Queen’s Park,” concluded Brown.
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|Trudeau Should be Standing up to Trump and Protecting Canada’s Immigration System
|Trudeau Should be Standing up to Trump and Protecting Canada’s Immigration
January 8, 2018
Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Shadow Minister for Immigration,
Refugees, and Citizenship, today issued the following statement in response to
the United States’ decision to end the Temporary Protected Status program for
nearly 200,000 Salvadorans:
“Canada is an open and welcoming country. Canadians expect our immigration
system to operate with strong processes in place that allow for intake in an orderly,
planned, and safe manner, and that ensures successful integration into Canadian
“Unfortunately, the Trudeau government continues to abdicate responsibility in
protecting the integrity of our immigration system. Not only have the Liberals failed
to close the loophole in the Safe Third Country Agreement, which incentivizes
people to illegally cross Canada’s borders in order to claim asylum,
but the Immigration and Refugee Board has processed only 5% of the claims by
those who crossed into Canada last year. This has led to a ballooning in wait times
for refugee hearings, which will result in asylum seekers waiting years in Canada
before they complete the asylum process. Additionally, the government has
amassed a deportations backlog of foreign nationals found to be inadmissible to
“The Liberal government has failed to take appropriate steps to manage illegal
border crossings since the beginning. Neither the millions spent on winterized
trailers to house asylum seekers, nor deploying Liberal backbench MPs South of
the border are effective or long-term solutions. Instead of turning a blind eye to
today’s announcement by the US, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should be standing
up to President Trump and protecting Canada’s immigration system by closing
the loophole in the Safe Third Country Agreement.”
For More Information:
Office of Michelle Rempel
|More..||Posted: Jan 08, 2018
|Today, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Catholics Will Be Celebrating Christmas
|The Hon. Andrew Scheer , Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, issues statement for
Christmas as celebrated by Eastern Orthodox Christians, Oriental Orthodox
Christians, and Eastern Catholics
OTTAWA – January 7, 2018
The Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of Canada’s Conservatives,
the Hon. Andrew Scheer, issued the following statement to celebrate Christmas:
“Today, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Catholics will be
“It is a day of celebration and rejoicing in the birth of Jesus Christ. Families
and friends will get together and attend religious services.
“We are so fortunate to live here in Canada, a country that defends the freedom of
all its citizens to practice their religion in safety and peace.
“Although this is a joyous occasion, it is important for us to remember those of
the Christian faith who continue to face persecution, particularly in the Middle East
today. Sadly, Christians in the Middle East are victims of terrorism because of their
religious beliefs. This is unacceptable.
“Canada’s Conservatives will always stand up for freedom of religion at home
and abroad, and we will continue to be a strong voice for persecuted Christians
around the world.
“The first Christmas marked the humble beginnings of Jesus’ life. He is the perfect
example of servant leadership and sacrificial love, which can universally inspire us
all to serve our communities, and great country.
“And we welcome the rich diversity of belief that comes with our country’s diverse
“On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, please accept my best wishes for a blessed
Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
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|Prime Minister Trudeau Must Appear Before Ethics Committee
|Prime Minister Trudeau Must Appear Before Ethics Committee: Kent
January 5, 2018
OTTAWA, ON – Conservative Shadow Minister for Ethics, the Honourable Peter
Kent, has written to the Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information,
Privacy and Ethics requesting an extraordinary meeting of the Committee on
January 9, 2018 to consider the following motion:
That, the Committee invite the Prime Minister to discuss Commissioner Dawson’s
findings in The Trudeau Report released by the Commissioner’s office
on December 20, 2017, and that this meeting take place either on January 17 or
January 18, 2018.
Canada’s Conservatives believe that the findings in The Trudeau Report clearly
warrant the extension of such an invitation to the Prime Minister.
“Justin Trudeau is the first Canadian Prime Minister to break a federal law while in
office,” said MP Kent. “He must start recognizing that it is the Prime Minister’s
job – nobody else’s – to ensure he is following the law. Yet it seems Justin Trudeau
believes that the rules shouldn’t apply to people like him.”
Conservatives are calling on Justin Trudeau to repay more than $200,000 the Prime
Minister billed taxpayers for his illegal vacation and are also demanding the Prime
Minister come clean and tell Canadians who else he met with when he accepted
this illegal gift.
“Every day Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government are looking more
and more like the Liberal governments of old,” said MP Kent. “Canadians deserve
better than a Prime Minister who believes there is one set of rules for Liberals
and their friends, and another set of rules for everybody else.”
For more information:
Office of the Hon. Peter Kent
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|Tomorrow, Millionaire Hydro One CEO Will Have Earned More in 2018 Than the Average Family Will Earn All Year
|Tomorrow, millionaire Hydro One CEO will have earned more in 2018 than
the average family will earn all year
January 4th, 2018
The millionaire CEO of Hydro One will have already earned as much as the average
Ontario family by Friday – before he even goes for lunch.
After coming under fire for outrageous executive compensation last year, Kathleen
Wynne committed to fixing the problem, a promise she has since broken.
"Hydro disconnections are reaching new record highs every year in Ontario," said
PC Energy Critic Todd Smith. "At the same time, Ontario electricity customers are
still funding millionaire Hydro One executives because Kathleen Wynne has decided
to put Liberal insiders ahead of the people.”
By lunch time on Friday, Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt will have earned $75,000,
equal to Ontario’s median family income, according to Statistics Canada. He earned
$4.5 million in 2017.
“This is the result of Kathleen Wynne’s disastrous handling of Hydro One,” said
Smith. “ From repeatedly raising hydro prices, to a lack of transparency, to getting
Ontario back in the coal business, everything at Hydro One under her watch has
made life more unaffordable for Ontarians.”
“It used to be that if you worked hard, you could build a better life for you
and your family in Ontario. But today, the interests of Kathleen Wynne’s millionaire
insiders are put ahead of the people.”
Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs have committed to reduce electricity prices
and bring transparency back to the energy sector. Some of these commitments
Rebating the government’s portion of Hydro One’s dividend directly to ratepayers
on their hydro bills
Acting to rein in exorbitant executive salaries at Hydro One and OPG
Moving conservation funding to the tax base
Walking away from any committed capacity contracts that have cancellation
Putting an immediate moratorium on any new energy contracts in order to avoid
already scheduled rate increases
Enforcing every Green Energy Act contract to the letter, using any contract
breaches as leverage to renegotiate or exit them whenever feasible and possible
Repealing the Green Energy Act
Removing the Smart Meter Charge from your bill immediately
|More..||Posted: Jan 04, 2018