September 12, 2013
On Thursday, Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced eight new additions to the Canadian Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) Most Wanted list.
Our Conservative Government is committed to helping keep our streets and communities safe. Almost 40 per cent of the individuals added to the CBSA’s Most Wanted list have been captured since the program’s inception in 2011.
This list has proven itself to be an effective tool against Canada’s most dangerous criminals, engaging the public to help law enforcement locate individuals who are illegally in Canada.
The eight new additions are all persons who are inadmissible to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. A Canada-wide warrant for their arrest has been issued.
Members of the public should not try to apprehend these individuals. Anyone with information should contact the CBSA Border Watch Toll-free Line at 1-888-502-9060.
Our Conservative Government is taking decisive action to crack down on dangerous criminals.
The CBSA’s Most Wanted list can be found here [http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/wc-cg/menu-eng.html].
September 11, 2013
On Wednesday, Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Minister of National Revenue, announced our Conservative Government’s latest measures to help combat tax cheats by cracking down on the Canadian black market and their use of electronic suppression of sales (ESS) software.
The use of ESS software hurts Canadian businesses that play by the rules in favour of those who refuse to comply with Canada’s tax laws.
That’s why our Conservative Government continues to support hardworking Canadians and crack down on tax cheats.
Our Economic Action Plan 2013 introduced tougher penalties for companies that use software to suppress sales records. When these businesses cheat we all lose.
Helping ensure a level playing field is essential for Canada to continue on its path of economic growth and helps keep taxes low for everyone.
Canadians can count on our Conservative Government to crack down on tax cheats and support law-abiding Canadian businesses and taxpayers.
September 09, 2013
On Monday, Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, announced that our Conservative Government is freezing Employment Insurance (EI) rates for the next three years.
Our Government understands that supporting economic growth and job creation is a top priority for Canadians. Since the depth of the global recession, our Government’s policies have helped the Canadian economy create over one million net new jobs, the best job creation record in the G7.
We’re building on that success by freezing the EI rates that employers and employees pay for the next three years. This move is expected to keep $660 million in the pockets of job creators and hard-working Canadians in 2014 alone.
This tax relief will also help create jobs and will support continued economic growth.
Our Government’s efforts stand in stark contrast with the NDP and Liberals, both of whom support instituting a 45-day work year for EI. This move would cost taxpayers $4 billion per year and increase EI premiums by 35%.
Keeping taxes low is just one of the ways our Conservative Government is delivering real results on behalf of hard-working Canadians.
August 29, 2013
On Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced our Conservative Government’s plan to introduce comprehensive legislation to help better protect children from dangerous sexual predators.
Since 2006, our Conservative Government has introduced a broad range of actions to better protect Canadian communities from sexual offenders who target children. This fall, we will build on that strong record by introducing new legislative amendments to further protect our children.
These new amendments include:
- increasing penalties for criminals who commit sexual acts against children
- ending sentence discounts for multiple child sexual offences
Through these new amendments, our Conservative Government is delivering on its commitment to hold dangerous criminals accountable and enhance the rights of victims.
August 29, 2013
After wasting no time in announcing his policy to legalize marijuana,Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said Canadians will have to wait two more years to hear anything from him about creating jobs and economic growth.
Speaking in Prince Edward Island Justin Trudeau refused to put forward any ideas to create jobs even though he acknowledged “people want to know right now and they’re impatient to know”. (Justin Trudeau, Canadian Press, August 28, 2013)
Our Conservative Government understands that the number one priority for Canadians is jobs and economic growth – not legalizing marijuana. That is why we are focused on implementing our Economic Action Plan which has helped created nearly a million net new jobs since the depths of the global recession – the best job creation record in the G7.
Justin Trudeau’s judgement was already in question after advocating for the legalization of marijuana and admitting to smoking marijuana as a Member of Parliament. His decision to put his ill advised marijuana policy two years ahead of any economic policy is just more proof that he lacks the judgement to be Prime Minister and is in over his head.
Justin Trudeau needs to explain why he thinks Canadians can wait longer for a job than they can for a joint.
August 23, 2013
This week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made his eighth annual tour of Canada’s North. The Prime Minister made stops in Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Northern Quebec, and made a series of announcements outlining our Conservative Government’s plan to promote economic development and safeguard Canadian sovereignty.
August 20, 2013
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced support for a new skills training program, focused on the mining sector, in the Northwest Territories and in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut.
The North’s rapidly growing mining industry is creating demand for local skilled workers. This program will help Aboriginal participants acquire the skills necessary to find work in the rapidly expanding mining industry.
The training is being delivered by the Northwest Territories Mine Training Society in 11 communities and on three mine sites across the Territories and the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut, including Hay River. This 25-month program will train 400 Aboriginal participants in essential mining sector skills.
Skills training programs such as these are taking place across the country. They are helping our workforce take advantage of jobs in industries that will create economic growth and help us secure our long-term prosperity.
August 16, 2013
On Friday, Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, welcomed Canada’s first permanent residents under the new Federal Skilled Trades Program.
July 31, 2013
On Wednesday, Statistics Canada announced that Canada’s economy grew again this past May, meaning the Canadian economy has experienced five consecutive months of growth.
July 30, 2013
Today, the NDP called for the Government to cave to the demands of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers in their ongoing contract negotiations with the Government.
- Today, the NDP showed that – yet again – they support their big public sector union bosses, rather than Canadian taxpayers.
- The NDP and their union bosses oppose a fair and reasonable Government offer that respects the interests of both taxpayers and union members.
- In supporting the union’s position, the NDP demonstrates why Canadians will never trust them to negotiate with public sector unions on their behalf.
The Foreign Service is a well paid and highly sought after posting. In addition to salaries that often go into six figures, foreign services workers enjoy generous benefits worth tens of thousands of dollars per individual. Some examples of these benefits include:
- Shipment of Private Motor Vehicle – each employee posted abroad is entitled to ship one private motor vehicle to the post for the purposes of “family conveyance”.
- Foreign Service Incentive Allowance – an allowance recognizing the disutility and disincentives resulting from service outside Canada.
- Vacation Travel Assistance – provides an allowance for an employee and each of the dependents assigned to the mission to visit Canada or vacation away from the mission.
- Day Care Assistance – an allowance to assist single or working parents with the costs of enrolling children in accredited daycare or day-nursery institutions.
- Education Assistance at a Lycée in Canada- financial assistance to career foreign service employees while serving in Canada in enrolling their dependent children in a lycée inCanada.
- Education Allowances – An education allowance is provided to employees assigned outside Canada who incur costs necessary to obtain education for dependent children up to and including the school year of the 21st birthday.
July 30, 2013
“Nearly seven years after Liberal leadership candidates – including sitting Liberal MP Hedy Fry – accepted hundreds of thousands in illegal political donations disguised as loans, it is absolutely shameful that these delinquent Liberals are about to get let off the hook by Elections Canada.
There is no indication that Elections Canada took all steps available to them to get to the bottom of this matter including questioning the contributors, questioning the Liberal leadership candidates, and examining whether proper documentation was prepared for these loans.
Elections Canada could compel all documentation, and if necessary seek the appropriate court orders.
This is the second time that Elections Canada has let an opposition party get away with accepting illegal donations, as the NDP were assessed no penalty for accepting illegal donations from their union bosses.
Instead of letting Liberal leadership candidates off the hook for hundreds of thousands in illegal donations, it is time for Elections Canada to launch a thorough and proper investigation to preserve the integrity of our electoral system.”
July 30, 2013
On Tuesday, Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga–Streetsville, outlined our Conservative Government’s plan to increase Canadian manufacturing exports.
Canadian manufacturers employ nearly 1.8 million Canadians in sectors as diverse as aerospace, shipbuilding, food processing and the automotive industry.
Since 2006, our Government has enacted a number of measures aimed at supporting Canadian manufacturers, including:
- cutting taxes
- making Canada the first tariff-free zone for manufacturers in the G20
- reducing unnecessary red tape.
We’re building on that record of success by working hard to open new markets for Canada’s world-class manufacturers. By opening new markets, we can help create new jobs and new sources of prosperity for workers and families across Canada.
Our Conservative Government is helping Canada’s manufacturing sector succeed in the global economy.
July 30, 2013
Political loans that go unpaid are illegal donations.
Senior Liberal insiders continue to be in violation of election law for refusing to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal donations disguised as loans from their 2006 Liberal leadership campaign.
Now, after seven-years of leniency, Elections Canada is letting these delinquent Liberals off the hook.
Liberals are not the only ones to have accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal donations, only to get off scot-free. The NDP accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in big union donations and Elections Canada failed to hold them to account with fines or penalties.
Political loans shouldn’t be a loop-hole to allow politicians to take hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal donations. Canadians are expected to pay back loans under strict rules. The same rule should apply to politicians.
July 25, 2013
Justin Trudeau has announced one of his very first policy positions as leader of the Liberal Party – that marijuana should be legalized in Canada. Justin said to reporters yesterday “I’m actually not in favour of decriminalizing cannabis. I’m in favour of legalizing it.”
July 12, 2013
On behalf of the National Council and the National Convention Committee, I am pleased to announce our 2013 National Convention has been rescheduled for October 31 to November 2 in Calgary, Alberta, at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park.
July 09, 2013
Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, unveiled the Afghanistan Memorial Vigil. The Memorial Vigil stands as a testament to the bravery, dedication and valour of the fallen from our mission in Afghanistan.
July 02, 2013
On Tuesday, Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism announced that Canada’s new and more secure 10-year ePassport is available to Canadians.
June 27, 2013
On Thursday, the Québec Court of Appeal sided with our Conservative Government and ruled unanimously that the remaining data from the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry must be destroyed.
June 27, 2013
On Thursday, Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, and Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Associate Minister of National Defence, held a ceremony in Ottawa to welcome the arrival of the Canadian Armed Forces’ first new CH-147F Chinook helicopter.
June 22, 2013
It is with deep regret that I inform you that due to the serious situation in Calgary we have made the decision to postpone the Conservative Party’s National Convention scheduled for this coming week.