May 2019 Newsletter

U.S. lifts tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum

Last week, the United States announced it will lift tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum that went into effect almost one year ago. While this announcement is good news for Canadian businesses and workers, Justin Trudeau once again signed an agreement that leaves Canadian businesses and workers at risk. According to the new deal, the U.S. can reimpose tariffs if our imports surge “meaningfully” beyond historic volumes. What is concerning is the term “meaningful” which is left undefined. Also concerning is that the Trudeau government once again only secured a deal after Mexico.

Since Tariffs were imposed, the Liberals have failed to provide real support to affected companies, some of which are located in my riding. I met with upset company heads who never received a clear idea of who would receive support, how much or when. The Trudeau government has collected around $2 billion in counter-tariffs, but very little of that has actually gone to support our workers.

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman

Last week Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called on the Prime Minister to conduct a formal public inquiry into the Vice-Admiral Mark Norman affair after Liberal M.P.s on the Defence Committee blocked all attempts to get answers on the Trudeau government’s conduct in the investigation and prosecution. The case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was dropped with prosecutors saying there was “no reasonable prospect of conviction” in this case.

Norman served as Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff until his suspension in January 2017. He wasn’t charged by the RCMP until March 2018. Norman’s defence team alleged that the Prime Minister’s Office was attempting to direct the prosecution. Justin Trudeau used his majority to shut down an investigation, and government officials prevented the full release of documents to Vice-Admiral Norman’s defence counsel for the entire trial. There is overwhelming evidence that the Prime Minister and his government politically interfered in this case and tried to destroy a man who gave his country 38 years of service. The Prime Minister should immediately and personally apologize to Vice-Admiral Norman and his family and conduct a formal, public inquiry into this affair.

New Horizons for Seniors Program accepting Proposals

On May 15, the call for proposals for the New Horizons for Seniors Program 2019-2020 for community-based projects was announced. The NHSP is a federal grant and contributions program that supports projects that help improve the well-being and quality of life of seniors.

Organizations are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding, and organizations that have not received funding in the last five years can apply to receive up to $5,000 in small grant funding.

The application period is closes on June 21, 2019. For more information about eligibility and instructions on how to apply, CLICK HERE.