Your Monthly Update – April 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!

Spring is here and we hope you are just excited about the warm weather as my team and I are! April was an exciting month full of community events in the riding, and holding the Prime Minister and his Cabinet to account in Ottawa.

From hosting a town hall on precarious employment, to meeting with local students and attending community events across Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill, to continuing to challenge the government on the SNC-Lavalin scandal and Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s trial in Ottawa, to speaking to Canadians about the importance of foreign policy and defence, here are just a few of the highlights in case you missed them!

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

Town Hall on Employment in Canada: Shifting and Uncertain

I was pleased to host a Town Hall on Employment in Canada: Shifting and Uncertain to discuss the changing nature of Canada’s employment landscape. I spoke with residents and business owners about their concerns about the changing nature of employment. It is not only about the quantity of jobs, but also about the quality. There is no commonly accepted definition of precarious employment. Instead, it typically exhibits symptoms such as low pay, variable work hours, no benefits, no sick pay, etc. The lack of a clear, objective definition prevents the collection of concrete statistics to determine the extent of precarious employment and to develop a framework to reduce workplace insecurity.

During the Town Hall, we explored several policy areas that might improve both the quality and the quantity of jobs for Canadians. Suggestions include:

  1. Reward Companies that have a high percentage of full time Employees. This could be done by offering a lower EI premium than that of companies who have a higher ratio of part time to full time.
  1. Reward Companies that have comprehensive benefit and pension packages for all their workers. This could be provided through incentives or an overall lower corporate tax rate.
  1. Reward Companies that provide career development and training programs. This could be provided through lower EI premiums or other incentives.

The stress of employment instability not only affects someone’s financial health, but also their mental and physical health, and that of their family. To reduce precarious employment, it is critical we begin collecting relevant, robust data that will allow the federal government to create comprehensive tax reforms and policies. The federal government must define a legal and policy framework that fosters increased economic security, and positions Canadians to get ahead, and not just get by.

Aurora Chamber Home & Living Show

My team and I were thrilled to host a booth at the Aurora Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Home and Living Show to meet with residents to discuss their federal priorities, highlight services my constituency office offers to the community, and answer any questions they had. As always, the Aurora Chamber of Commerce hosted a fabulous Home & Living Show that gave local businesses the opportunity to showcase all that they have to offer to residents in Aurora and across York Region!

Talking with Students in Our Community

One of my favourite things to do as a Member of Parliament is meet with youth and discuss with them the role of our federal government. This month, I had the privilege of visiting St. Andrew’s College grade 11 and 12 students, and Our Lady of Hope grade 8 students to discuss my role as a Member of Parliament, the machinery of our federal government, and most importantly, answer questions and listen to their concerns so I can best represent our local youth in Ottawa. It was wonderful to see so many students engaged in Canada’s democratic process! Well done to all who participated.

Visiting York Regional Police Headquarters

It was a pleasure to meet with York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe and his team to check-in and learn more about their current programs and services. We discussed the complexities and federal government challenges of implementing Cannabis legislation, concerns around illegal drugs and money laundering, and the many other programs and services they continue to provide so our community stays safe.

Celebrating Seniors with Richmond Hill Indoor Lawn Bowling Club

This month I had the opportunity to highlight Richmond Hill Indoor Lawn Bowling Club’s (RHILBC)successful New Horizons for Seniors Program grant that will help fund their Fitness for Seniors program! This program will better facilitate the participation of seniors and people with physical disabilities in Lawn Bowling by providing new equipment that will remove barriers to play. It will also help to ensure seniors have the opportunity to lead and participate in local activities that promote an active lifestyle and ensure their well-being. Many thanks to Deputy Mayor of Richmond Hill, Joe DiPaola for joining us at this special community event, and to Rick Mitchell and his team at the RHILBC for all they do in our community!

In the House of Commons

Member’s Statement

The Prime Minister is sending a clear message – those who speak truth and stand on principle have no place in the Liberal Party. I have said before that I did not leave the Liberal Party, but that they left me, and now they have cast the former Attorney General and the former Treasury Board President to the curb. Watch my Member’s Statement in the House here.

Questions in the House

The Prime Minister has hired powerful lawyers at the taxpayer’s expense to protect himself in a potential RCMP investigation, yet he refuses to indemnify Vice-Admiral Norman to ensure he receives a fair trial. Watch my question asking when the Prime Minister will indemnify Admiral Norman here.

We know from the SNC scandal that this Prime Minister will politically interfere to protect his friends and stop at nothing to destroy anyone in his way. He refuses to comply with court orders to provide documents that will ensure Admiral Norman receives a fair trial. If the Prime Minister can prevent a distinguished Admiral from getting a fair trial – no one is safe. Watch my question in the House here.

The Prime Minister has threatened the Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Scheer, with a defamation lawsuit in an effort to turn the page on SNC, but instead he is just adding fuel to the fire. This lawsuit isn’t a threat, but rather a means to the truth. Watch me ask the Prime Minister when Canadians will finally hear the whole truth when the Prime Minister is called to testify in a court of law. Watch my question in the House here.

The Prime Minister continues to do everything to politically interfere in Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s court case. Watch my video in the House here as I ask the Prime Minister when he will indemnify Admiral Norman and provide court-ordered documents that will ensure he receives a fair trial.

Touring Winnipeg

It was great to be in Winnipeg this month to visit my friends and colleagues MP James Bezan (Selkirk—Interlake—Eastman) and MP Candice Bergen (Portage—Lisgar) and take a tour of Winnipeg, Manitoba! I met with Winnipeg’s Yazidi community to talk about how to achieve a fair, orderly and compassionate immigration system, stopped by De Luca’s Italian restaurant to try some of their secret recipes, visited with PGW Defence to learn about how their leading edge riffle company is supplying our military and other countries around the world, and spoke at several Town Halls to discuss the importance of comprehensive foreign and defence policy, ensuring Canada’s competitiveness in the global market, regaining the trust of Canadians and nation building to make a better Canada for today and tomorrow.  – don’t like this.

I also had a day packed with all things aerospace as I toured manufacturing facilities for Boeing Aviation, General Electric Aviation, Standard Aero, Magellan Aerospace, and Cormer Aerospace and Defence. It is critical to highlight the importance of our aerospace industry not only to Manitoba but to Canada.  Conservatives are committed to an aerospace and space strategy so that Canada can once again regain the leadership position in this industry that it held in the past.

I also had the privilege to go back to my high school, St. John’s Ravenscourt and meet with their grade 8 and 12 students to discuss how our federal government works, my role as an MP, and policy relating to foreign affairs, defence and security, and international relations. It was wonderful to meet with engaged youth that I am confident will grow into the bold leaders our country will need for the future.

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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