It’s Time to Get Back to Work

I am eager to return to the essential work that is done in Parliament for the people of Battle River—Crowfoot. Unfortunately, Members of Parliament must wait till November 22nd because of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s delay tactics.


While delay tactics, corruption, and his disdain for taking responsibility for his actions are nothing new for Justin Trudeau, this past summer’s election call shows that unless Canadians give him what he wants, dissenting voices are not welcome. His refusal to recall Parliament shows the contempt he has for democracy and those who don’t blindly follow his agenda.


These delay tactics also accomplish something not widely reported; they delay the constituting of Parliamentary Committees, likely until the new year. For those who follow House of Commons proceedings closely, they will know that it is in committees where much of the work of Parliament gets done.


This is also where the Official Opposition is able to most effectively hold the Liberal Government to account. This includes holding the Government accountable for their conduct, studying important issues, and ensuring that all legislation is carefully reviewed. In the last Parliament, I saw how important committees were through my work on both the Ethics and Public Safety Committees.


The basis of Prime Minister Trudeau's summer election call was a so-called parliamentary roadblock. However, up until the election, the Liberals had not lost a confidence vote, had continued Bloc & NDP support, on top of the fact that the Government controls the legislative agenda. The lies and manipulation don’t appear to be stopping as Canadians ultimately are having their voices silenced. And proof that Canadians didn’t want an election was the close to identical makeup of Parliament and a near-record low voter turnout. It is the height of hypocrisy that urgency was claimed during the election and now he delays the return of Canada’s Parliament.


We are seeing firsthand that Canadians are faced with a pervasive threat of rapid inflation; due to the unhindered printing of money coupled with the Government’s overspending… unfortunately, our economy is stumbling, and industries like agriculture and energy are last on the list of priorities, even though these industries helped build Canada.


Trudeau’s attitude is indicative of his priorities. In the midst of a pandemic and with economic turmoil brewing, the Prime Minister is missing in action.


I am fighting for you, and know that whether Parliament is back in session or not, Canada’s Conservatives and I will do everything we can to hold Justin Trudeau and the Liberals to account for their fiscal recklessness, the absurd decision of calling an election during a pandemic, poor judgement, and their outright corruption.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding this column you are encouraged to write Damien at 4945-50th Street, Camrose, Alberta, T4V 1P9, call 780.608.4600, text 403.575.5625, or e-mail damien.kurek@parl.gc.ca. You can also stay up to date with what Damien is up to by following him on social media @dckurek.


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