Your Monthly Update: February 2019 in Review

Each month, I send an email to constituents providing an update on what I have been working in Ottawa and in the Riding. See my monthly update below!

I thought you might be interested in what my team and I have been up to this last month. February was a busy month in the riding full of community events, and in Ottawa as we witness challenges to the foundation of our democracy in the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

From holding the government to account on the budget deficit, the SNC-Lavalin and Vice-Admiral Norman affairs in the House of Commons, to hosting a Roundtable and a Town Hall on Taxes, Tariffs and Canada’s competitiveness, to attending community events across Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill, here are just a few of the highlights below in case you missed them!

In Ottawa: SNC-Lavalin, the deficit, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, the National Defence Act, and more…

SNC-Lavalin

Canadians must remember that the principle and foundation of Canada’s democracy is the separation of the executive and judiciary, ensuring that our justice system is free from political interference and that we are all equal under the law. As with any scandal things are never as they appear on the surface, and the SNC-Lavalin affair is no exception. The Prime Minister is seeking to claim the moral high ground convincing us there is “nothing to see here”. We must not be taken in by this deception for this issue is as serious as they come.

Read my MP’s Report on the SNC-Lavalin scandal in the Auroran here: https://leonaalleslevmp.ca/2019/03/14/march-2019-mps-report-snc-lavalin/

The evidence in the SNC-Lavalin scandal is mounting and the Prime Ministers responses are not adding up. I asked if the Prime Minister fired the former Attorney General for defending the independence of the Canadian judiciary. Watch my question here: https://leonaalleslevmp.ca/multimedia/video-gallery/

I also had the opportunity to ask if any current or former Cabinet Minister or staff were contacted by the RCMP on the SNC-Lavalin affair.  Watch my question here: https://leonaalleslevmp.ca/multimedia/video-gallery/

I spoke on the Conservative Opposition Day Motion calling on the Prime Minister to testify under oath at Parliamentary Committee on the SNC-Lavalin affair. Canadians deserve to know the truth. Watch my speech in the House here: https://leonaalleslevmp.ca/multimedia/video-gallery/

I know what it’s like to trust the Prime Minister and have that trust broken. That’s why I left the Liberal party. Canadians have had their trust in the Prime Minister broken. That’s why I asked in the House, will this Prime Minister resign? Watch my question here: https://leonaalleslevmp.ca/multimedia/video-gallery/

Member’s Statement: The broken promise of a balanced budget in 2019

I had the opportunity to make an important statement about the hardships the Liberal government’s deficit is creating for families, and the job cuts, higher taxes and pension risks the forecasted $31 billion deficit will create for Canadians tomorrow. Watch my question here: https://leonaalleslevmp.ca/multimedia/video-gallery/

The Vice-Admiral Norman case and An Act to amend the National Defence Act

I asked the government what their plan is to bring Canadians who have committed terrorist acts for ISIS to justice. Watch my question here: https://leonaalleslevmp.ca/multimedia/video-gallery/

I attended a National Defence Committee meeting to question the Minister of National Defence on operational budget spending in regards to the indemnification of Vice-Admiral Norman. Watch my questions to the Minister here: https://leonaalleslevmp.ca/multimedia/video-gallery/

I had the privilege to speak to Bill C-77, An Act to amend the National Defence Act to protect victims of military offences, like Vice-Admiral Norman. Watch my speech during the Third Reading here: https://leonaalleslevmp.ca/multimedia/video-gallery/

What happened this month in Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill

I was pleased to host a Roundtable and a Town Hall on Taxes, Trade and Canada’s Competitiveness to speak with local business leaders and constituents about the state of Canada’s tax structure, trade relations and ability to compete in the global market. Both residents and business leaders in our community shared their concerns about Canada’s unfair and unbalanced tax system, challenges to international trade relationships, jobs and foreign capital leaving Canada, punitive national security tariffs, and a deficit that risks increased taxes to Canadians.  All that I met with agree that Canada needs “Comprehensive Tax Reform” to fundamentally review and modernize both corporate and personal tax structures.

Community Events

Over February, I had the opportunity to attend several events happening here in Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill! From celebrating Black History Month with York Regional Police, to enjoying the Canadian winter at the Richmond Hill Winter Carnival, to welcoming the Chaldean Catholic Community Church to Richmond Hill, to wishing constituents a Happy Lunar New Year at Mon Sheong, to attending the Toronto Maple Leafs Military Appreciation Night to honour members of our Canadian Armed Forces, to meeting with my Youth Council to advise me on how I can best represent youth in Ottawa, it was wonderful to meet with residents across the riding and see the incredible work each organization does to strengthen ties in our community and across Canada!

Touring Hamilton

I also had the opportunity to visit my friend and colleague, MP David Sweet in Hamilton.  It was a busy day meeting with residents, touring Hamilton Airport to learn about their critical service in getting people and goods to market, speaking on 900 CHML radio show about the current state of affairs in Ottawa, meeting with small business owners and Veterans, and seeing first-hand how punishing national security tariffs are affecting steel fabrication companies like Walters Group.

Visit to Kelowna

I had the privilege to travel to beautiful British Columbia with Member of Parliament James Bezan (MB), to visit our Members of Parliament Dan Albas (BC), and Mel Arnold (BC) in Kelowna! I had a comprehensive and informative tour of KF Aerospace, visited the Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna, attended a presentation by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, visited the cyber-security company Two Hat, saw incredible performances by Kelowna’s Dolyna Ukranian Dancers, and spoke at a Town Hall on Global Security to discuss with British Columbians the pressing challenges facing Canada’s diplomatic, economic and national security.

Free Income Tax Filing Services

Once again, I am pleased to offer free income tax filing services for low-income residents living in Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill. This program is supported by Canada Revenue Agency’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.

To be eligible, residents must have a simple tax return, earn under $30,000 as an individual or earn under $47,000 with dependents, and live in the Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill riding.

Date March 19th—21st
Time 10:00am—4:00pm
Location Constituency Office of MP Leona Alleslev
12820 Yonge St., Suite 202
Richmond Hill, ON

***FILING SERVICES ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY***

To book an appointment or to find out if you are eligible to receive free tax filing services, contact my constituency office at 905-773-8358.

You can also find more information on eligibility criteria at by clicking here.

And don’t forget! The tax filing deadline for 2018 is Tuesday April 30th, 2019.

As always, do not hesitate to contact me by email: Leona.Alleslev@parl.gc.ca, by phone: 905-773-8358, or drop by my constituency office at 12820 Yonge St., suite 202 in Richmond Hill. My team and I are always here to help.

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