I want to thank the many of you for your emails to me on taxing health and dental benefits. The Official Opposition completely agrees that such a tax is not only detrimental to hardworking families that rely on employer-provided health and dental benefits, but also simply represents an increased tax grab by the current government.
As 2017 unfolds Albertans remain concerned with the many uncertainties that exist in their everyday lives. It is my hope that when the calendar closes on this year the future will become a little more clear.
Parliament resumed sitting on January 30th and will now be in session until mid June. 2017 will be an exciting year on many fronts.
2017 will be a milestone year in Canadian history as our country celebrates its’150th birthday.
Planning for the sesquicentennial anniversary (let’s call it Canada 150) began in 2012, under the previous Conservative government, with the mandate to build our nation and celebrate our history. Celebrations that will inspire Canadians to get involved have been planned.
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation at special events and activities that are being planned across the country. From local and community events to national celebrations in 2017, there will be plenty of ways to get involved and celebrate all that makes us who we are as a country. More excitement to come, stay tuned!
Summer is coming to a close which means routines are going back to normal not only for all the students but also for me as your MP. The time in Calgary and in the riding has given me a chance to speak with a great number of you and I appreciate input on your concerns and counsel. You can be assured that I will be taking your feedback with me to Ottawa as the new session of Parliament begins.
The summer provides an opportunity for families to spend time together. As we begin to close in on back to school time, I wanted to take a moment to report to the constituents of Calgary Signal Hill on an issue that will have a dramatic impact on your pay cheque. As you may be aware, the Minister of Finance recently announced changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) that will result in a significant hike in payroll taxes for business, and mandatory payroll deductions for employees.
The first session of the 42nd Parliament in the House of Commons’ wrapped up at the end of June which concluded my inaugural session as your MP for Calgary Signal Hill. In our parliamentary system, the official Opposition reflects the premise that a delicate balance must be maintained between permitting elected governments to govern and legislate effectively, and ensuring that power is exercised with care and with respect for those with other views. As the official opposition, we work to ensure that legislation is carefully considered, and that differing views on important initiatives are publicly expressed and defended, so since being sworn in, the House of Commons has been very lively as we have debated many important issues from the budget (the largest deficit in recent history) to the very sensitive issue around medical assistance in dying (MAID). To ensure that I was reflecting the opinions of my constituents with regard to MAID, I requested your feedback and based my vote, not on my own personal ideas, rather on the overwhelming response that I received from you. Parliamentary decorum has been tested as a result of these emotional issues contrary to the promise of ‘sunny ways’ in the House.
As you may be aware, Bill C-14, regarding Medical Assistance in Dying, was recently passed in the House of Commons. As your MP, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you how I voted, and the reasons why.