Summer is finally here! This June and July, my team and I have been engaged in Ottawa holding the government to account in Ottawa and in our community meeting with constituents to discuss their federal priorities as we head towards October 2019.
From meeting with Canada Summer Jobs students across the riding, to hosting our 2nd Annual Celebrating Canada Through Community BBQ, to challenging the Prime Minister’s ability to implement sound foreign policy and fix our strained relationships with China and the U.S., to questioning the cost of the Carbon Tax to Canadians – we wanted to share with a few of the highlights in case you missed them!
What happened in Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill
As a Member of Parliament, it is my duty to speak with constituents about their federal priorities and understand the top issues and concerns for residents of Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill. Many of you have been in touch with my office, requesting more in-depth information of recent events and issues facing the country. In response, this past June our team provided newsletters to highlight the top priorities and address key concerns many of you have expressed.
I encourage you to click on each of the newsletters below for more information on the following topics:
- Canada’s Economic Resilience
- Comprehensive Tax Reform
- Combatting Climate Change
- Canada’s Trade & Competitiveness
- Canada’s Foreign Policy
- Precarious Employment
- Canada’s Arctic Sovereignty
- Charges Against Vice-Admiral Norman
- Nation-building: Positioning Canada for the Future
- Fighting for Democracy & the Truth on SNC-Lavalin
Aurora Street Festival
On June 2nd, I hosted a booth at the Aurora Chamber of Commerce’s Street Festival. It was a great afternoon meeting constituents and discussing their federal priorities with them!
Light on the Hill Community Picnic
On June 22nd, I visited Light on the Hill Church in Richmond Hill for their Annual Community Celebration. It was a wonderful afternoon full of activities for kids, great food, and even better company!
Canada Day Celebrations
On Canada Day we come together to celebrate who we are as Canadians and the values we share as nation. I was thrilled to walk in the Aurora Canada Day Parade, host a booth at the Aurora Community Zone, and visit the Richmond Hill Canada Day Festival to celebrate all that we are here at home, what we bring to the world and unite with our community to imagine a bold vision for what our country can become.
Visiting Canada Summer Jobs Students
I also had the opportunity to meet with the incredible Canada Summer Jobs students at Alzheimer Society of York Region and Kerry’s Place! These students are working hard to support the critical services each organization provides while gaining important skills related to their field of study. I am proud to support important programs like Canada Summer Jobs which both supports our local organizations and ensures our local youth have the opportunity to succeed in their future careers!
2nd Annual Celebrating Canada Through Community BBQ
Many thanks to all who joined us at our 2nd Annual Celebrating Canada Through Community BBQ in July! It was a great day full of live music from James Marrin and the Midnight Riders and Louisa and the Planets provided by Music Aurora, entertainment for kids, informational booths from local organizations, great food and even better company! Many thanks to all who joined us and to all who participated – AFRY, York Regional Police, Canadian Forces, St. John’s Ambulance York Region, Yellow Brick House, Girl Guides of Canada, Richmond Hill Fire & Emergency Services, Seneca College, the Aurora Cultural Centre, Simply BBQ and Krafy Kids!
To see more of what my team and I were up to in the community, follow my Facebook page by clicking here!
Questions in the House of Commons
Our Prime Minister continues to show weakness in the face of China as three Canadians remain detained in Chinese prisons and China’s bans on Canadian canola, soy and pork continue to cause detrimental impacts to our economy. I questioned the government on tensions with China on June 7th, June 12th, June 13th, June 17th, and June 18th. Click the dates to see my questions on Youtube!
The Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) confirmed that in order to meet the Paris Accord reduction targets, the carbon tax must drastically increase – driving up the cost of fuel, heating and groceries for Canadians. Canada’s approach to combatting climate change must be balanced and realistic to protect our environment and grow our economy. Watch my question on this issue here.
Member’s Statement on Foreign Policy
This Prime Minister continues to further erode Canada’s reputation with disastrous foreign policy – and there is much at stake. Canada faces complex challenges to our trade relations, defence policy, and diplomatic relationships at home and abroad. We need a Prime Minister who understands that diplomacy, foreign relations, international trade and strengthening our economy are inextricably linked. See my Member’s Statement on this issue here.
It was great to be in Calgary in July to visit my friend and colleague MP Stephanie Kusie for Calgary Midnapore (AB). I had the opportunity to visit Calgary International Airport to meet with the team at WestJet to discuss all things Canadian aviation and attend events at the Calgary Stampede to celebrate all things Western Canada!
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.