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By: Trevor Bacon On: February 03, 2018 In: General Comments: 0

SEPTEMBER 2018

Since January 2017 over 30 000 individuals have illegally crossed the border into Canada from safe spaces like upstate New York and claim asylum. The federal government’s lack of response to this issue is concerning. The government’s temporary solutions have put strain on provincial social welfare programs and will cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

As a result of this, on July 11th I called for an emergency meeting of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration in order to review the adequacy of the government’s response to the increased number of asylum seekers.

During the emergency meeting the government informed us that they intend to house the illegal asylum seekers in hotels but failed to provide the projected cost of this plan. They also failed to provide any long-term sustainable solutions, leaving myself and Canadians with many unanswered questions.

Canadians expect our immigration system to be fair and compassionate. It is not fair, nor compassionate, when individuals are forced to live in homeless shelters, university dormitories and hotels because the government has compromised the integrity of our immigration system. I will continue to fight for issues that matter to you and your family. Please let me know your thoughts on this, or any other issue at: michelle.rempel@parl.gc.ca

Michelle.Rempel@parl.gc.ca / 403-216-7777 / 115 – 70  Country Hills Landing N.W. Calgary, AB T3K5P3

 

JULY 2018

I have always supported energy industry workers, their families, and the construction of critical and environmentally sustainable infrastructure like pipelines.

Since the government announcement about purchasing the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, I have heard from many Canadians who are skeptical about this decision to create a Crown Corporation for an initial cost of $4.5 billion.

Ownership of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline was never the impediment to seeing the expansion happen. We are still missing a plan as to how exactly the expansion will happen and what the final cost to Canadians will now be. What we have instead is 7 billion dollars of private investment that Kinder Morgan was prepared to put into the Canadian economy off the table. The risk with respect to the project has not decreased because those that oppose the project will continue to oppose it, the B.C. government will continue to stand in the way, and the court cases will continue to cause delays.

That is why I have been calling on the government to use its existing power to advance this project. Solutions could include using section 92(10)(c) of the Constitution Act and declare the construction of this pipeline a benefit to all Canadians, and expediting the judicial challenges. These are options that exist today that would allow private investment to stay in Canada and would aid in the construction of the new pipeline.
I would like to hear your thoughts on this issue. Please send me an email at michelle.rempel@parl.gc.ca

 

JUNE 2018

Canada has experienced a record number of illegal border crossings since 2017. The influx of border crossings and the Prime Minister’s failure to manage a planned immigration system is putting a strain on social services across several provinces. Government analysis shows that wait times for asylum claims could now hit up to 11 years. These consequences of the illegal border crossings are expected to cost taxpayers approximately $2.9 billion to support claimants in the interim, this is in addition to the projected federal deficit of $18.6 billion.

On April 24th I introduced an Opposition Day motion calling on the Government to put forward a plan to manage Canada’s borders. However, the Government voted down this motion, and instead will continue to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to deal with their inability to manage Canada’s immigration system.

We need to ensure that when the world’s most vulnerable come to Canada, they are given access to resources and resettlement services to successfully integrate into our social and economic fabric. This is an issue that needs to be addressed, as it is likely to worsen in the upcoming summer months. I’d like to hear your opinion on this issue at michelle.rempel@parl.gc.ca.

 

MAY 2018

The provincial governments in Alberta and British Columbia were recently engaged in a trade dispute which originated following the BC government’s announcement of new regulations that include restrictions on the transportation of energy products from Alberta. These changes could impact the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline – a vital infrastructure project for all Canadians.

Justin Trudeau has the power, right now, to put an end to this trade dispute. He can invoke the federal government’s authority in section 92(10)(c) of the Constitution Act  and declare the construction of this pipeline a benefit to all Canadians – which it is.

My colleague in the Alberta Legislature, Prasad Panda, created a petition which I have sponsored calling on the federal government use Section 92.10(c) of the Constitution Act to declare, via the Parliament of Canada, that the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline project is for the general advantage of Canada. Together we are asking the Prime Minister to show leadership, put an end to costly trade disputes, and support Alberta energy workers and their families by ensuring this pipeline is constructed. You can find a link to the official parliamentary petition at www.Use92.ca

 

APRIL 2018

The federal government presented Canadians with a budget at the end of February. The federal government is projected to borrow $18 billion this year alone which brings new deficit spending to $60 billion over the last three years. The budget also projects that Canada’s “Real GDP growth” will decline from 3.0 in 2017, to 1.6 in 2019.

I will be hosting a Town Hall meeting to discuss the budget, and other issues of concern on April 12, at 7:00 PM at the BP Church in Beddington Heights (16 Bermuda Drive NW).

An RSVP is not required to attend but is appreciated. You can RSVP by sending an email to Michelle.Rempel@parl.gc.ca or by calling 403-216-7777.

 

MARCH 2018

As a part of my budget consultations, I have heard from many in our community about what priorities they have for the federal budget.

Of those who have contacted me so far, the prevailing concern of many continues to be the increasing deficit, higher taxes, and the need for sound economic policy that creates good jobs. In addition, I have heard from seniors who, as the cost of living continues to increase, are desperate for support and from students who are struggling with debt and in need of future employment prospects.

I share your concerns and will continue to advocate for our community in this latest federal budget. If you have not yet contacted me with your comments and priorities for the federal budget, please do so quickly.

You can submit your comments to me directly by writing michelle.rempel@parl.gc.ca or by sending me a postage free letter to my Calgary office.

Thank you as always for your feedback and comments.

Michelle.Rempel@parl.gc.ca      403-216-7777     #115 – 70  Country Hills Landing N.W. T3K5P3

FEBRUARY 2018

In December, I introduced a private members bill to define “bestiality” in the Criminal Code. This bill responds to the 2016 R. v. D.L.W. Supreme Court ruling that  upheld the acquittal of a British Columbia man who was charged with bestiality after compelling the family dog to sexually abuse his 16-year-old stepdaughter. Lawyers for the man argued that the 1954 bestiality law only included penetration of an animal. The Supreme Court justices agreed, saying it would be inappropriate for courts to expand that definition beyond what was intended by the politicians who drafted the original law.

The Supreme Court has clearly indicated that this is a legal grey area that can only be corrected by legislation. I am disturbed that the government has not yet corrected this glaring void in our criminal code.

I believe this to be a non-partisan issue that is clearly needed to keep both humans and animals safe. The current law is reflective of an archaic understanding of sex, and the change that I am seeking to make with my bill both reflects the language of the Supreme Court ruling, and frankly is a no-brainer.

I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on this, or any other, issue. You can contact me by writing Michelle.Rempel@parl.gc.ca or at 115-70 Country Hills Landing N.W., T3K2L2.

 

JANUARY 2018

As 2018 begins, my focus remains on policy that creates jobs and ensures economic growth here at home. With that in mind, I invite you to contact me with your thoughts about the upcoming federal budget.

As a part of my annual pre-budget consultation, I would like to hear from small businesses, non-profit groups, industry organizations, community groups and individuals in our community. Your feedback on what you would like to see included in the upcoming federal budget will be the basis for my submission to the Minister of Finance.

You can submit your comments to me directly by writing michelle.rempel@parl.gc.ca or by sending me a postage free letter to my Calgary office.

Thank you in advance for your feedback and comments.

Michelle.Rempel@parl.gc.ca      403-216-7777     #115 – 70  Country Hills Landing N.W. T3K5P3

 

DECEMBER 2017

At the end of October, the federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau presented the Fall Economic Statement to the House of Commons. This update confirmed that the government is borrowing large amounts of money to pay for their spending. The update shows that the federal government has borrowed $20 billion this year. I am deeply concerned about the level of deficit spending we are seeing in Ottawa and I am also troubled by the government’s desire to raise taxes on Canadians.

Early in January I will be conducting my annual pre-budget consultation with our community. I encourage you to contact me with your thoughts and feedback about the next budget. I will be submitting the views of our community directly to the Minister of Finance.

I will continue to work hard for you in Ottawa and ensure that this government is answering the tough questions of how they will help our community with their economic policies.

I would also like to extend to you and your family  my best wishes for a wonderful New Year, a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

 

NOVEMBER 2017

Small businesses are vital to the Canadian economy.  Business owners work hard and have often sacrificed a great deal in order to become successful. That is why I am deeply concerned about the small business tax increases that the Federal Government has proposed. Any changes to Canada’s tax system must ensure that small businesses are given every opportunity to grow, create good paying jobs, and contribute to our economy. With those principles in mind, I have supported legislation in the past, and will continue to support legislation in the future, that lowers taxes for small and medium-sized businesses, reduces government red tape, and allows entrepreneurs to create jobs.

The formal consultation on the Federal Government’s proposals closed on October 02, 2017 but, if you would like to learn more about the proposed changes please visit my website www.MichelleRempel.ca.

In order to hear directly from those in our community on this issue I held a Town Hall Meeting at the end of September that was attended by over 300 individuals. Due to the short notice of the event I was unable to advertise the meeting via billboard signs and apologize if you were not aware of the event. The overwhelming majority of the individuals who attended, and who have contacted me through my office, are opposed to the proposed changes.

Now that the consultation period has closed the debate shifts to Parliament. Please continue to send me your feedback and suggestions on this topic as we debate these changes.

I have also sponsored an online petition which you can access via: www.e1239.ca

Thank you to those who have contacted me on this issue already. I will continue to bring the voices of small business owners in our community forward as the debate proceeds.

 

OCTOBER 2017

As I look towards the fall sitting of Parliament I am reminded of the needs many in our community are facing and the numerous issues of importance that Parliament will be debating soon. I will continue to work hard on your behalf as your voice in the House of Commons.

My focus continues to be on policy and legislation that will improve our economy, create jobs and provide assistance and opportunities for those who need it most. In addition, I will continue to work in my role as Opposition Shadow Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

As the Federal Government begins to unveil its plans and priorities for this session, it is important for me to hear from members of our community about issues of importance to them and their perspective and opinion on legislation being debated in Parliament.

I want to provide you with a list of the various ways you can provide me with your comments and keep informed about what is happening in Ottawa:

Email: Michelle.Rempel@parl.gc.ca
Phone: 403-216-7777
Facebook: Facebook.com/MichelleRempelMP
Twitter: @MichelleRempel
Website: MichelleRempel.ca
Instagram: MichelleRempel
Youtube: MichelleRempel
Mail: 201-1318 Centre Street N.E., T2E2R7

I will be announcing plans for my next Town Hall meeting in the near future as well.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve our community and I look forward to hearing from many of you over the coming months.

 

SEPTEMBER 2017

I have had the opportunity to connect with many members of our community over the last few weeks and I have heard about issues that are important to you. I remain focused on advocating for policy that creates jobs and helps the individuals in our community that need it most. I will continue to work hard on your behalf when the fall session of Parliament begins later this month.

I also wanted to take the opportunity to update you on my efforts as the Critic for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. I have been closely following recent reports regarding the draft copy of the Liberal’s new citizenship guide. Citizenship guides tell the story of Canada to people who want to help our country grow and prosper. I am particularly concerned that the draft copy tells newcomers that it is only “voluntary” to respect human rights in Canada. Human rights are enshrined in our laws and are something we should expect from every Canadian. This should be made clear in our citizenship guide. It was also very concerning to hear that the draft copy has removed mention of female genital mutilation (FGM) from the guide. Given the troubling reports in the media of Canadians impacted by FGM practices, I have called on the government to acknowledge the growing trend of FGM and inform Canadians of the steps they will take to protect victims from this practice.

I continue to work with the Yazidi community in Canada to push the government to act when intervention is necessary. On August 3rd, Yazidi communities in Canada will commemorate the genocide of the Yazidi people in Northern Iraq. I hope that on this day, Canadians across the country will take a moment to reflect on the atrocities committed and what more we can do to help. As you may know, I have been working with the Yazidi community since appointed to my Critic position, to help bring to light the plight of their people and ensure that Yazidi refugees could come to Canada after surviving genocide at the hands of ISIS. I look forward to continuing my work with the Yazidi community and pushing the government to act when persecuted groups are in need of our help.

As always please do not hesitate to contact me about any issue.

403-216-7777
Michelle.Rempel@parl.gc.ca
201-1318 Centre Street N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E2R7
www.MichelleRempel.ca

AUGUST 2017

Calgary Nose Hill Canada 150 Award

Do you know someone who has made a significant difference in our community?

In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, I am proud to announce the Calgary Nose Hill Canada 150 Awards to recognize residents who work tirelessly to make our community a great place to live. Nominations for this recognition are open to deserving individuals including teachers, artists, athletes, researchers, coaches, entrepreneurs, emergency responders, community volunteers, and anyone who makes a contribution to our community.

If you know someone who is deserving of this award, please nominate them for consideration. Nominations will be reviewed by an independent volunteer panel who will recommend recipients. To respect the privacy of nominees, we will be keeping nominations confidential and request that nominators do the same. Please note that to be eligible, a nominee must be an individual who resides, or has volunteered, within the boundaries of the Calgary Nose Hill electoral district.

The deadline to submit nominations is August 31, 2017. All nominations must be emailed to: Michelle.Rempel@parl.gc.ca. For more details on the nomination process, eligibility and to download the Nomination Form, please visit: http://www.michellerempel.ca/canada_150_awards.
403-216-7777
Michelle.Rempel@parl.gc.ca
201-1318 Centre Street N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E2R7
www.MichelleRempel.ca

 

JULY 2017

As your Member of Parliament, I am honoured to serve you and represent our beautiful riding of Calgary Nose Hill while I’m in Ottawa. I believe it is important for Alberta to have a strong voice in the capital and as your MP I will continue to ensure that the voices of our community are always heard.

This Canada Day marks 150 years of Confederation and the birth of our great nation. As we celebrate, we have a chance to reflect on the great country we have become and look towards our bright future. Our country was built by people with strong convictions and commitments to their communities, and Canadians have maintained these traditions. Canadians demonstrate these values today as we draw strengths from our country’s regional, cultural, and linguistic diversity.

As we look forward to the next 150 years, let us use this time to contemplate the Canada we want to shape and leave behind for the next generations. How can we build on Canada’s notable past to build a brilliant future? I encourage all members of our community, and all Canadians to imagine what our country can achieve and work together to reach our goals as we celebrate this Canada Day.

Happy Canada Day!

403-216-7777
Michelle.Rempel@parl.gc.ca
201-1318 Centre Street N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E2R7
www.MichelleRempel.ca

JUNE 2017

There are many important issues I am working on as your representative in Ottawa. While I remain committed to holding the government to account on issues like our economy, getting Alberta workers back to work, and support for families, seniors and young Canadians, the government has other priorities.

Earlier this spring, the Liberal government tabled their legislation on legalizing marijuana. I know there are many in our community who have strong opinions on either side of this issue. As we now have a specific bill before Parliament, my job, as your M.P., is to review the legislation, propose amendments if necessary, and ultimately make a final decision on the final bill before the House. There are many questions that Prime Minister Trudeau has not answered with his current legislation. I will be asking the following questions during debate of the bill:

  • What are the costs of legalization? And does he have any plan to work with municipalities and provinces or will he just download all the responsibility for implementation and enforcement to them?
  • If the age of possession is set at 18, and the medical community says it’s not safe for people under the age of 25, how are our kids protected from the adverse effects?
  • How will he make it safe for kids? How will he make it safe for motorists? How will he make it safe for workplaces?
  • How will the issue of roadside testing be addressed and what direction is being given to police forces across the country to deal with marijuana possession and driving?
  • How will this legalization take the criminal element out of pot sales?

I would appreciate your feedback, questions, and any concerns you have on this issue as Parliament debates this bill. I was pleased to host a Town Hall meeting at the end of April that was attended by over 200 individuals in our community. Many of you shared your thoughts on this issue in addition to others facing our country. It is always useful for me to hear directly from people in our community as I strive to represent you in Ottawa.

One event I would like to bring to your attention is a Canada Day celebration that I will be hosting in honor of Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1st. The event will run from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Edgemont Community Centre and more details can be found on my website www.MichelleRempel.ca

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me about any federal issue.

403-216-7777
Michelle.Rempel@parl.gc.ca
201-1318 Centre Street N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E2R7
www.MichelleRempel.ca

APRIL 2017

As you know, my top priority remains the Alberta economy and jobs crisis here at home. I will continue to work hard on your behalf and demand that this government provide the relief and job creating policies that Albertans need in order to get back to work. That’s why my colleagues and I created the Alberta Jobs Taskforce, in order to listen to Alberta employers and those who are out of work and convey their solutions directly to the federal government. The report, along with the 11 recommendations, is on my website at www.MichelleRempel.ca.

I would also like to bring your attention to two important upcoming events:

1) Town Hall Meeting – April 27th at 7:00 PM at the Berkshire Citadel (222 Sandarac Drive N.W.)

2) Career Services Event – May 13th starting at 9:30 AM at Foothills Alliance Church (333 Edgepark Blvd. N.W.)

For more information on both these events visit my website at www.MichelleRempel.ca
As always you can contact me at my office, about issues important to you, using the contact information below:

403-216-7777
Michelle.Rempel@parl.gc.ca
201-1318 Centre Street N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E2R7
www.MichelleRempel.ca