January has been a busy month in our community and at our Conservative caucus meeting in British Columbia.
At caucus we discussed important issues: the Liberal’s plan to make applicants for the Canada Summer Jobs program sign an oath agreeing with the Prime Minister’s beliefs, the rush to legalize marijuana and free trade negotiations with the United States. These are the issues I have been hearing about lately from people in Markham-Unionville.
I held my 2nd Annual New Year’s Levee which was a tremendous success. Thank you to the 300 constituents and many participants who joined me. There was delicious food, great entertainment and I had a chance to chat with many of you.
The Orthodox Christian community celebrated Christmas; I was pleased to join celebrations in our community’s Churches. I travelled to India, the world’s largest democracy. I met with the country’s Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as my counterparts from across the world.
Alarming numbers were made public about the increase in drug impaired driving accidents by York Region Police. Impaired by drug charges are up 21 per cent from 2016, and 90 per cent from 2015. In Parliament, I spoke against both marijuana bills and was a strong advocate against legalization. I will continue to advocate for keeping this drug out of our community plazas, off our streets and out of our schools.
The Conservative House Leadership and Trade Shadow Ministers travelled to the United States to advocate for Canadian interests in protecting our trade relationship. Conservatives presented a unified front with the government because we believe this issue goes beyond partisan politics. 1-in-5 jobs are depending on Canada getting this right.
This month we saw Prime Minister Trudeau invite Omar Khadr’s former brother-in-law to his office. This raises serious questions about who meets with our country’s top elected officials especially after it was revealed the man was facing 15 charges. This is an honour usually reserved for heads of state, religious leaders and remarkable citizens.
The Prime Minister has been feeling the backlash across the country at town halls as he is asked tough questions. One of the most memorable has been “What does it feel like to be the first Prime Minister in history to have violated Canadian law?” When asked about Canada’s national security he cited his experience as a club bouncer as a qualification to answer the question. Unbelievable!
As always should you require any assistance please do not hesitate in reaching out to my office.
Member of Parliament for Markham-Unionville