Open Letter to the Editor
The Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, the Honourable Andrew Scheer, announced on March 6th, the next step in his plan to make life more affordable for Canadians.
A Conservative government, led by Andrew Scheer, will remove the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from home heating and energy bills, which will save the average Canadian household $107 per year.
“It’s hard enough to get ahead these days without the government taking money out of your pocket,” Scheer said. “Heating your home in the winter isn’t a luxury for Canadians. It is a necessity. We don’t tax other basic necessities like groceries and we shouldn’t be taxing home heating.”
The Conservative leader emphasized that under his plan Canadians will not only save the cost of the federal tax on their home heating and energy bills, they will also save hundreds of dollars more each year after he cancels Justin Trudeau’s Carbon Tax.
“His Carbon Tax will increase the cost of everyday essentials like gasoline, groceries, and home heating and make life more expensive for everyone. As Prime Minister, I will put this money back in the pockets of Canadians where it belongs,” Scheer said.
“Canada should have a government that helps people achieve their dreams, not a government that stands in the way,” Scheer said. “My plan to remove the GST from home heating and energy bills is just one of the ways that a Conservative government will help Canadians get ahead.”
Overseeing, or overbearing?
At the January 21st Council meeting, a proposal was made to amend the Port Perry Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) governing by-law without any supporting information.
Contrary to the language of the Municipal Act, staff had been told (by whom is not clear) to move toward directly appointing BIA board members, eliminating the electoral process for the membership. This extraordinary action was said to be prompted by problems with communications and bad relations among various parties.
After a mass resignation of BIA board members in 2016, volunteer members stepped in. They faced a significant financial deficit and governance issues, including the loss of some important records. Although they did not always receive full support from the Township, they resolved these problems, largely without due thanks. A critical summary of financial concerns was presented to Township staff in December 2016, with further explanation sent to Council in May 2017. The work to restore the BIA's status and credibility was done collegially, respectfully, and with every effort to be open and accurate, including a presentation to Council in December 2017. The Mayor is well aware of all these issues.
Our BIA members pay a special levy for improvements to the downtown business district. Flowers, benches, Christmas lights, and street cleanups are just a few examples benefiting local businesses, residents and visitors. The BIA and the Township have regularly interfaced successfully; for instance, in arranging special events downtown. If any misunderstanding is suspected, it is incumbent on both parties to recognize and repair it. However, some of the language used towards the BIA board, in the January 21st meeting, was accusatory, even authoritarian.
The Township may have oversight of the BIA, but it cannot arbitrarily change the rules to put “the right people” on a local board. Our business owners and their landlords deserve better. Our democracy demands it.
Founding Member of the BIA
Justin Trudeau must resign Sheer
The Honourable Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, issued the following statement after hearing the testimony of former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould:
“Justin Trudeau simply cannot continue to govern this great nation now that Canadians know what he has done. That is why I am calling on Justin Trudeau to resign. Further, the RCMP must immediately open an investigation, if it has not already done so, into the numerous examples of obstruction of justice the former Attorney General detailed in her testimony.
“The testimony Canadians have just heard from the former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould tells the story of a Prime Minister who has lost the moral authority to govern. A Prime Minister who allows his partisan political motivations to overrule his duty to uphold the rule of law. A Prime Minister who doesn’t know where the Liberal Party ends and where the Government of Canada begins. And a Prime Minister who has allowed a systemic culture of corruption to take root in his office and those of his most senior cabinet and public service colleagues.
“I listened carefully to the testimony of the former Attorney General, and like Canadians, I was sickened and appalled by her story of inappropriate, and frankly illegal pressure brought to bear on her by the highest officials of Justin Trudeau’s government. All to let a Liberal-connected corporation off the hook on corruption charges.
“Before Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, Canadians knew Justin Trudeau had engineered an unwanted, sustained, and co-ordinated attempt to get Ms. Wilson-Raybould to change her mind and stop the criminal trial of SNC-Lavalin. Today, thanks to Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, we now know just how intense those efforts were: ten meetings and ten phone calls involving eleven senior government officials, relentlessly targeting Ms. Wilson-Raybould, over a four month period, with the sole objective of bullying her into bending the law to benefit a well-connected corporation.
“The details are as shocking as they are corrupt: multiple veiled threats to her job, if she didn’t bow to their demands; urgings to consider the consequences, on election results and shareholder value, above judicial due process; and reminders from Justin Trudeau to his Attorney General about his own electoral prospects, should she allow SNC-Lavalin’s trial to proceed.
“As Ms. Wilson-Raybould has so clearly articulated, the people Canadians entrusted to protect the integrity of our very nation were instead only protecting themselves and their friends.
“Mr. Trudeau can no longer, in good standing and with a clear conscience, lead this great nation.
“Canada should be a country where we are all equal under the law. Where nobody, regardless of wealth, status, or political connections, is above the law. I believe we can be that country again.”