We’re just one month away from the summer, and the warm weather couldn’t come any sooner! This May, and my team and I were out at events across Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill, and my colleagues and I worked hard to hold this government to account in Ottawa.
From attending Doors Open events at community organizations in Richmond Hill, to celebrating the Alzheimer Society of York Region on the renewal of their Artwell Project in Aurora, to hosting a Town Hall to discuss the future of Canada, to demanding answers from the government on political interference in the Admiral Norman trial, here are just a few of the highlights in case you missed them!
What happened this month in Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill
Doors Open Ontario 2019
On May 11th, community organizations across Richmond Hill participated in Doors Open Ontario 2019 and welcomed people throughout York Region, Ontario and Canada to experience the cultural, religious, historic and athletic excellence our community has to offer. I was pleased to visit The Richmond Hill Hindu Temple and St. Mary & St. Joseph Coptic Orthodox Church where I received fabulous tours to explore the stories inside and learn about all they do for our community.
And, mark your calendar for August 17 for Doors Open Aurora! You can find out more about which organizations are participating here: https://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/en/aurora
I also had the opportunity to give a Member’s Statement in the House of Commons to highlight all of the incredible organizations participating in Doors Open across Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill. Watch the clip here!
Celebrating the Artwell Project with Alzheimer Society of York Region
I was proud to congratulate the Alzheimer Society of York Region and the McMichael Art Gallery on the renewal of the Artwell Project through the New Horizons for Seniors program. This is an incredible project that allows those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias access personal stories and long-term memories through art and helps promote their well-being.
The Richmond Hill Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast
People of all faiths gathered to enjoy a delicious meal, great conversation, song and prayer at the Richmond Hill Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together to celebrate and strengthen the diversity that makes our community and our country so great.
Iftar with York Regional Police & Al Nadwa Educational Islamic Centre
I had the pleasure of attending York Region Police and Al Nadwa Educational Islamic Centre’s Annual Community Iftar. It was great to see our community come together to break fast during Ramadan and celebrate our shared Canadian values.
Coffee & Conversation: The Future of Canada & Federal Priorities for 2019
Many thanks to all who joined us at our Coffee & Conversation Town Hall to discuss the future of Canada and what our federal priorities should be for 2019. It was a pleasure to welcome my colleague Alice Wong, MP for Richmond Centre (BC) and Shadow Minister for Seniors to discuss with residents what they believe our federal priorities should be for seniors, immigration and more.
In the House of Commons
The Rule of Law, Political Interference, and Admiral Norman
This month, I had several opportunities to hold the Prime Minister and his cabinet to account as we continue to witness political interference in the Vice-Admiral Mark Norman trial. Earlier this month, the charge against Norman for breach of trust was stayed – but the staying of the charge doesn’t mean that the issues surrounding the handling of Vice-Admiral Norman’s trial is closed. Canadians still have questions about whether the process to lay charges against the Admiral was just and if the rule of law upheld free from political interference.
Click here to read my article on the Norman trial.
Questions in the House
On May 1st, MP Andrew Leslie resigned as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and stated he would testify against the Government in the case of Admiral Norman. On May 6th and May 7th, I asked the Prime Minister what his office is hiding that is so damaging that MP Leslie had to resign in order to testify. I also asked what was preventing the Prime Minister from providing the requested, unredacted documents pertinent to the case. Watch my May 6th question here and my May 7th question here.
The Prime Minister has proven a pattern of political interference against people of principle when they stand in his way. It is time to restore Canadian’s confidence in the highest office in the country. I asked the Prime Minister when he will realize that he can’t use his position to attack those, like Admiral Norman, who stand up for what is right. Watch my question here.
Committee of the Whole –Minister of National Defence & Norman
In accordance with the National Defence Act, Members of the Canadian Armed Forces must be free from real or perceived partisanship and political engagement. So as Canadians we must ask why then, did the Minister of National Defence and the Prime Minister make public statements presuming Norman to be guilty in 2017 before having his day in court? I had the opportunity to ask this and many other questions to the Minister of National Defence in a Committee of the Whole meeting on May 15th, 2019. The Minister’s actions call into question his understanding of his sworn obligation and jeopardizing the democratic governance of our military. Watch my questions to the Minister here.
Statement in the House – MacDonald Laurier Institute’s Assessment of the Liberal Government
The MacDonald Laurier Institute’s released a report on their assessment of this Liberal government. The report severely criticizes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s actions on foreign policy, from his disastrous trip to India to an escalating diplomatic and trade crisis in China. The Institute states that this Prime Minister “holds the security of Canadian citizens and the country’s sovereignty in near total disregard.” Canada needs a Prime Minister who understands the complexity of these turbulent times.
These are just a few of the many opportunities I had to hold the government to account in May. To see all of my questions in the House, visit my website here.
It was great to be in Medicine Hat this month to visit my friend and colleague MP Glen Motz (Medicine Hat—Cardston—Warner) to speak at his Fireside Chat on Canada’s Economic and National Security. I met with Albertans who are concerned that this Prime Minister is not taking Canada’s economic and national security seriously. We discussed 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 ensure Canadians are getting ahead, not just getting by. I also had the opportunity to take a tour of Qinetiq, a leading edge solutions company for research, innovation and provides services for unmanned vehicles and defence targeting systems for our Canadian Armed Forces. Last but not least, I had the privilege to learn more about the British Commonwealth No.34 Flying Training School that trained many pilots for the Allied Air Forces during WWII from April 8, 1941 to November 17, 1944.
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.