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!
Spring seems to have been a long time in coming, but my team and I were very busy in March. This month was full of community events in the riding, and holding this government to account in the House of Commons.
From demanding this government be open and transparent with Canadians about the SNC-Lavalin scandal in the House, to hosting a Policy and Playtime Town Hall to discuss federal priorities with local families, to attending community events in Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill and across Canada, here are just a few of the highlights in case you missed them!
In Ottawa: Fighting for Canadians to hear the truth, #LetHerSpeak and marathon voting
This month, the SNC-Lavalin scandal continued to unfold. The Prime Minister stated his continued attempts to get a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) were in the interest of protecting 9,000 jobs. But it wasn’t about jobs as SNC-Lavalin said these jobs would not be lost. The Justice Committee also released Jody Wilson-Raybould’s recorded phone call with former Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, where he stated “[Trudeau] is gonna find a way to get it done one way or another. So he is in that kinda mood…”
The former Attorney General said in her phone call to Wernick, “this is not about saving jobs – this is about interfering with one of our fundamental institutions – this is like breaching a constitutional principle of prosecutorial independence”. The former Clerk responded, “Well I don’t think [Trudeau] sees it as that…”
Democracy is fragile, and once a government starts messing with the checks and balances in our executive, legislative and judiciary branches then our democracy begins to fail. As Members of Parliament, we have a responsibility to ensure Canadians have all the facts to get to the truth because it is Canadians who ensure that we have a democracy. We owe it to Canadians to do our job in the Opposition to hold this government to account.
Questions in the House
Prime Minister Trudeau promised Canadians an open and transparent government. Canadians deserve to hear the former Attorney General’s complete testimony. I asked the Prime Minister to #LetHerSpeak before the Justice Committee. Click here to watch my question.
The former Treasury Board President has lost confidence in this Prime Minister. I lost confidence in this Prime Minister. He has undermined our rule of law and has decided Canadians don’t need to hear the truth. I asked the Prime Minister what he is trying to cover-up. Watch my question by clicking here.
Resignations are piling up outside the Prime Minister’s door. We know there is more to be heard on the SNC-Lavalin scandal and Canadians deserve the whole story. I asked the Prime Minister why he is continues to cover up the truth. Click here to watch my question.
Marathon Votes – Fighting for Canadians to hear the truth about SNC-Lavalin
My Conservative colleagues and I were marathon-voting Wednesday March 27th into the early morning hours on Friday March 29th to pressure this government to end the cover-up on the SNC-Lavalin scandal.
Watch my Facebook Live session with Pierre Poilievre, Shadow Minister of Finance here where we discuss why this marathon vote was so important.
What happened this month in Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill
Policy and Playtime for Parents and Tots
I invited families from the riding to join me at our Policy and Playtime for Parents and Tots Town Hall to have conversations on how a new federal government under Andrew Scheer will make life more affordable for Canadian families. Local parents shared their concerns with me about the challenges to our tax system, the increasing amount of income taxes they pay per year, and how we tackle climate change with real, proportional and achievable approaches that aren’t just a Carbon Tax.
Celebrating Nowruz in Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill
I was thrilled to celebrate Norwuz with residents of Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill and bring greetings on behalf of our leader Andrew Scheer at Michael Parsa’s 3rd Annual Nowruz Gala to wish everyone a very happy Nowruz.
Free Tax Services for Constituents
I was pleased to once again offer free income-tax filing services for low-income residents that live in Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill. We filed income taxes for over 30 constituents for the 2018 tax period. Don’t forget – the tax filing deadline for 2018 is Tuesday April 30th, 2019! To find our more information on how to file, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/taxes/income-tax/personal-income-tax/doing-your-taxes.html
Visiting MHI Canada Aerospace Inc
This month I had the opportunity to visit the teams at MHI Canada Aerospace Inc and Jenoptik in Mississauga to have important conversations on increasing aircraft manufacturing and maintenance opportunities in Canada. It is clear that to achieve long term growth and success for Canada’s aerospace industry; we must combine industry innovation and strong federal support to create a comprehensive industrial strategy.
Touring British Columbia
I had the privilege once again to travel to Vancouver Island and the mainland to visit with the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces in my role as Shadow Minister of Global Security. From touring CFB Esquimalt’s Fleet Maintenance Facility, HMCS Vancouver frigate and HMCS Chicoutimi submarine, to visiting 19 Wing Comox (my first posting as an Air Force Logistics Officer!) to see how industry and defence are working together to support our Air Force, to stopping by Seaspan in Vancouver with my friend MP Alice Wong (Richmond Centre, BC) to see how their shipbuilding operations help ensure Canada’s navy is supported with state of the art ships, it was a packed three days to learn from our Canadian Armed Forces and defence industry on how we can work to improve our military capabilities.
I also had the opportunity to travel to Edmonton to visit my friends and colleagues MP Ziad Aboultaif (Edmonton Manning), MP Matt Jeneroux (Edmonton Riverbend), MP Kerry Doitte (Edmonton-Griesbach), and MP Michael Cooper (St. Albert—Edmonton). I celebrated Women of Aviation week at the Alberta Aviation Museum, attended the grand-opening of Elevate Aviation’s new Learning Centre, visited the Somali Canadian Women and Children’s Association, and participated in an Economic and Global Security Roundtable to discuss the challenges around Canada’s trade relationships, national security, and inability to meet defence commitments.
Upcoming Event – Town Hall Sunday April 7th
Many of my constituents have expressed their concern with the changing nature of Canada’s employment landscape. More Canadians are precariously employed than ever before – and it’s not just about having multiple part-time jobs. Our government’s definition of precarious employment ignores the critical issues surrounding contract work – lack of benefits, no minimum hours per week, and employer non-responsibility. The stress of employment instability not only affects someone’s financial health, but also their mental and physical health. It is unacceptable for this government’s Finance Minister to tell Canadians they should get used to precarious employment and prepare for job instability to be the status-quo in Canada.
Our economic security is dependent upon a government that defines the right priorities and strong federal leadership that delivers on them. I invite you to join me to have these critical conversations and provide your feedback on this key priority for Canada in 2019.
Let us know you’re coming by registering at www.leonaalleslevmp.ca/upcoming-events/
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.