Starting Jan 1, 2016, Albertans will be paying at least $6 Billion to the provincial NDP gov’t, in the form of a Carbon Tax—on gasoline, heating, & virtually every product purchased—but the premier never even hinted at this during the election! I am very proud of our PC caucus, who presented many well-researched, common-sense amendments, including an making it an accountable, Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax--which ensured the strength of the Tourism Industry & protected our forestry sector--with supports to help small businesses become leaders in addressing their carbon emissions. However, the gov’t used its majority once again to solely decide on the redistribution of wealth according to the NDP world view (their phrase, not ours).
To meet community newsletter deadlines, I submitted this article on June 10. At that time, the law of the land regarding Assisted Dying was extremely unclear. The Supreme Court made a ruling over a year ago stipulating that the federal gov’t must provide legislation--& the provincial gov’t must supply regulations--before June 8. Both the Liberals in Ottawa, & the NDP in Edmonton, failed to do either of those things. In my four terms of serving as your elected official, I have never seen such a legislative mess. Many suggest that it was a travesty of democracy that the NDP dedicated a mere 6 hours—in the last three days of our scheduled spring session—to this life & death issue. With humility, I have been told that I was the strongest voice to oppose the manner in which the NDP used its majority to slam this motion through the legislature. The speech I delivered (on what we used to refer to as “assisted suicide” or “euthanasia”) is the most passionate that I have delivered in the in all of my 12 years as your elected representative. I am very interested in your feedback on this crucial issue.
Our women & men in uniform literally put their lives on the line every day, in order that we may enjoy our freedom in this country. I was humbled to be asked by the armed forces--& the Calgary Health Trust--to lead a group of military representatives in an expedition to honour those who return from their missions with not only physical injuries, but emotional trauma as well. At the time of this writing, I was scheduled to bring a group of soldiers to the summit of Mt Buller—100 years to the month after the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Buller—who valiantly served the PPCLI.