Conservatives condemn Putin’s invasion of Ukraine

Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Candice Bergen, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition issued the following statement on Putin’s invasion of Ukraine: “The Conservative Party of Canada stands in solidarity with Ukraine and its people. “Together with millions of Canadians and the Ukrainian community in Canada, we condemn Putin’s actions. “Putin’s contemptible aggression and invasion of Ukraine is unacceptable. His attack on the Ukrainian people and their democratically elected government is despicable. “Autocrats like Putin should and will be judged harshly. Conservatives stand ready to defend the rules-based international order against these grievous violations of international law.”

Conservatives Celebrate Canada’s Agriculture Day

Ottawa, ON – John Barlow, Conservative Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Agri-Food and Food Security, Dave Epp, Conservative Deputy Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Agri-Food and Food Security, and Richard Lehoux, Conservative Deputy Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Agri-Food and Food Security, today released the following statement celebrating Canada’s Agriculture Day: “Today we celebrate Canada’s Agriculture Day, a day to recognize our farmers, ranchers, producers and processors across the country. “When it comes to productivity, Canadian agriculture has always punched above its weight and modern Canadian agriculture has incredible potential. One in eight jobs in Canada is directly related to agriculture, and food production is by far the largest manufacturing employer in the country supporting more than 250,000 jobs. “Without compromise, farmers worked to ensure Canadians could have world-class food on their kitchen tables throughout the pandemic. Our agriculture producers are an integral part of our economy and are essential to our food security. If this pandemic has revealed anything, it is the absolute need to prioritize our agriculture and food supply chains. “It is fundamental the Liberals develop policies that work for our agriculture sector — not against it — to allow farmers and processors to do what they do best: to innovate, be stewards of the environment, continue being champions of animal care and provide sustainable, safe, reliable and healthy food products to Canadians and customers around the world. “As Conservatives, we believe in rewarding hard work and success, rather than burdening farm families and agri-food businesses with punitive taxes and red tape. We want to ensure generations to come will be able to carry on Canada’s family farm model. Let us recognize the important work farmers do and ensure their voices are heard in Ottawa. “Conservatives know Canada produces the best quality food in the world. Period. It’s safe, it’s affordable, and it’s sustainable. Today, we send our thanks to all our farmers, ranchers, producers and processors for your passion and commitment. Thank you for feeding our families. Conservatives will continue to be your voice in Ottawa.”

Justin Trudeau’s record-high inflation means higher prices for essentials

Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Candice Bergen, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition, released the following statement on a Statistics Canada report warning that inflation reached 5.1 per cent: “For the first time since September 1991, prices are up 5.1 per cent compared to a year ago. Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast are feeling the damage Justin Trudeau has inflicted on our economy, resulting in skyrocketing inflation and the cost of living crisis. “Groceries are costing families $1000 more this year. Rents in many cities are skyrocketing by double digits and homeownership is out of reach for millions of families as prices are up a record 28 per cent in just one year. “More Canadians are struggling to make ends meet, young people are giving up on homeownership, and nearly half of all Canadians are worried about their financial security this year. “The high-tax, high-debt, mandate and lockdown agenda of the Trudeau Liberals set the stage for inflation, and the never-ending lockdowns and mandates are worsening supply chain challenges. “Conservatives will continue to be the voice for Canadians looking for relief from the cost of living crisis. We need to get spending under control, end the lockdowns and mandates, and resolve the supply chain backlogs. While Justin Trudeau continues to offer hollow words and empty promises, Conservatives will continue to fight for resolutions to the challenges Canadians are facing.”

Conservatives call for a plan to end all federal mandates and restrictions

Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Candice Bergen, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition, released the following statement on the Conservative Opposition Day motion calling on the Liberals to table a plan to lift all federal mandates and restrictions: “Canadians urgently need a plan to get us out of the pandemic. They can’t be expected to live with these restrictions indefinitely. They are noticing Justin Trudeau’s indifference, and they’ve had enough. “For two years, Canadians have been living with COVID-19 restrictions. Two years of lockdowns. Of not being able to visit loved ones. Of not being able to travel. Two years of isolation that has inflamed Canada’s mental health crisis, and hurt Canada’s vulnerable populations. “When it comes to lockdowns and mandates, we are seeing the evidence and public health advice change. Last week, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Doctor Theresa Tam, said that all existing public health measures needed to be ‘re-evaluated’ so that we can ‘get back to some normalcy.’ “Just this week, we’ve seen two Liberal MPs saying what Conservatives have been saying for a year: the Prime Minister needs to depoliticize the pandemic and follow the science. They also stated that Justin Trudeau decided to use the pandemic to wedge, divide, and stigmatize Canadians. “Countries like Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Israel, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Spain and Denmark are all removing restrictions and mandates, despite having lower vaccination rates than Canada. “Canadians just want their lives back. Conservatives are calling on the Trudeau government to follow the evidence; follow the science, and table a plan to quickly end all federal mandates and restrictions. Canadians deserve a plan — it’s time the Prime Minister gave them one.”

MP Rempel Garner tables the Encouraging Growth of the Cryptoasset Sector Act

Ottawa, ON – Today, the Hon. Michelle Rempel Garner, Member of Parliament for Calgary Nose Hill, released the following statement after tabling her Private Member’s Bill, Bill C-249, the Encouraging Growth of the Cryptoasset Sector Act: “Cryptoassets are digital assets that are secured by means of cryptographic systems, including the blockchain system, that do not rely on a central authority and are based on algorithms agreed to by the majority of users. Innovation in cryptoassets has the power to transform the economy and many other areas of society. “Canada should be attracting billions of dollars of investment in this fast-growing industry. However, we’ve seen Canada lose cryptoasset talent, innovators, and business to other leading jurisdictions like the European Union and the United States. “Right now, we’re seeing government officials start to regularly discuss and set policy related to cryptoassets. At the same time, many officials aren’t deeply familiar with what cryptoassets are, or how they function. “This means we need to ensure the expertise of cryptoasset innovators and practitioners leads the way. They need to tell us what they need, or don’t need. My bill requires the Minister of Finance to formally ensure that cryptoasset experts are leading voices in policy development. It also requires her to develop a framework using their expertise that would ensure Canada remains an attractive place to attract and retain investment and talent, while protecting those who work with crypto assets. Rather than prescribing any particular policy, this bill creates a mechanism to formally engage the expertise of cryptoasset talent in policy development. This effort is the first of its kind in Canada and is overdue. “Cryptoasset policy should focus on lowering barriers to entry into the sector, while protecting those working in the space, and minimizing the administrative burden and promoting innovation. These things only happen if cryptoasset innovators are driving policy and have a framework to encourage growth and investment. This is what we need to encourage the cryptoasset sector to grow.” Visit www.empowercrypto.ca to learn more about the Encouraging Growth of the Cryptoasset Sector Act, to share your feedback, and to add your voice.

MP Morantz tables the Supporting Canadian Charities Act

Ottawa, ON – Marty Morantz, Member of Parliament for Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia—Headingley, this week introduced Bill C-240, the Supporting Canadian Charities Act. During COVID-19 many charities have continued to step up and provide much-needed services to those in need including food banks, homeless shelters, and those providing counselling. There are other charities that have had to suspend or limit their operations, including children’s programs, disability programs, and many others. “Many Canadian charities are struggling to raise much-needed funds during this pandemic,” said Morantz. “Their traditional fundraisers aren’t an option, and many of their traditional donors can no longer afford to make a monthly donation. All this is leaving charities across Canada struggling.” This legislation will help charities by waiving the capital gains tax on an arm’s length sale of private shares or real estate when the proceeds of the sale are donated to a charity. According to reports tabled at the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector, Bill C-240 will generate up to $200 million a year in new donations and help charities offer their much-needed services. This legislation will empower Canadians to decide where their money should go and choose the charities, large or small, that make a difference in their communities. “This common-sense legislation is a way to help struggling charities and allow Canadians to give back,” said Morantz. “My hope is that all parties can work together to pass this important legislation.”

Conservative motion successful to end unfair disadvantage for Saskatchewan

Ottawa, ON — Kevin Waugh, Conservative Member of Parliament for Saskatoon—Grasswood, and Chair of the Conservative Saskatchewan Regional Caucus, and Warren Steinley, Conservative Member of Parliament for Regina-Lewvan and Shadow Minister for Prairie Economic Development, issued the following statement on the passing of today’s Conservative Opposition Day Motion to amend section 24 of the Saskatchewan Act: “The success of today’s motion is welcome news to the people of Saskatchewan. Conservatives have said from the beginning that we will always respect the jurisdiction of our provinces and their right to amend their respective constitutions. “This is the second time Conservatives have asked the Liberal government to remove a longstanding deal imposed by a former federal government to give CP Rail a permanent tax exemption in Saskatchewan. “Today, the voice of Saskatchewan could no longer be ignored. The debate we brought forward resulted in the successful commitment by the Government of Canada to remove this unprecedented tax exemption that was granted before Saskatchewan became a part of Canada and has allowed a big profitable company to pass the tax burden to Saskatchewan citizens for more than a century. “We look forward to supporting efforts that ensure this commitment is carried out by the Trudeau Liberal government, and we will ensure the voices of the people of Saskatchewan are respected. “Conservatives will always be on Saskatchewan’s side, and we will be a voice for all Canadians.”

Trudeau must fire candidate charged with sexual assault

Ottawa, ON – The Conservative Party National Campaign today released the following statement on Justin Trudeau’s candidate in Spadina—Fort York: “Last night, media reported that Justin Trudeau’s candidate in Spadina—Fort York was charged with sexual assault in 2019 – a fact that Justin Trudeau, the Liberal Party of Canada, and the candidate hid from Canadians. “This pattern of cover-ups by Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party must stop. Once again Canadians are left wondering how they can trust the Liberals. “Justin Trudeau must do the right thing and immediately fire this candidate and confirm that if elected, this candidate will not sit in the Liberal Caucus.”

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole shares plan to support parents

Ottawa, ON – Today, the Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, shared his plan to support parents. “The last thing I want new and expecting parents to worry about is their income or how they’re going to pay for essentials like cribs, car seats, and clothes when Justin Trudeau is driving up the cost of everything,” said O’Toole. “Canada’s Conservatives have a plan to help these parents keep more of their income and get relief when they need it most for these new costs.” Through Canada’s Recovery Plan, a Conservative government will: -- Improve Canada’s existing maternity and parental leave programs to allow new parents to earn and keep up to $1,000 per month without the government clawing back their maternity or parental leave. -- Provide expecting parents with the Canada Child Benefit starting in the seventh month of pregnancy to help them purchase essentials as they prepare for the arrival of their baby. -- Create a National Adoption Strategy that will include more generous benefits for adoptive parents, including an expanded EI benefit and an increase to the Adoption Expense Tax Credit from $15,000 to $20,000. “Making life more affordable for Canadians and ensuring our maternity and parental leave programs work for families in today’s modern workforce will remain top priorities for a Conservative government,” said O’Toole. “Only Canada’s Conservatives have a plan to secure the future for new and expecting Canadian families.”

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole announces plan to support grieving parents

Vancouver, BC – Today, the Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, announced his plan to support parents experiencing the trauma of a miscarriage, stillbirth, or loss of a child. “Every year, thousands of Canadian parents struggle with the loss of a child, but our current benefits system does not provide the proper support for grieving parents,” said O’Toole. “Canada’s Conservatives will end the stigma and ensure parents have access to the financial support and time they need to mourn.” Currently, employment insurance parental benefits end immediately following the death of a child. A Conservative government will reform this to extend EI parental leave for at least eight weeks following the death of a child, ensuring that parents are not abruptly cut off from their benefits. Canada’s Conservatives will also provide up to eight weeks of paid leave from employment in the event of a stillbirth. To promote healing and family wellness, a Conservative government will also provide parents with three days of paid bereavement leave in the event of a miscarriage. “We will be there for grieving parents when they need us most,” said O’Toole. “Only Canada’s Conservatives have a plan to support families and secure the future.”


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