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Covid-19 Update

March 16, 2020

Dear Constituents,

Out of caution, The House of Commons adopted a motion that parliament remain suspended until April 20th. This measure is a precaution to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19. As schools, community centres, and other large events have shut down, I have made the decision that my office will be closed for in-person interactions.

My staff and myself will continue to serve the constituents of Niagara West, and we will continue to deliver all services over the telephone or via email.

I cannot stress the importance of reminding people not to panic,

More March 16th, 2020

Dean speaks on NAFTA 2.0 (USMCA) Agreement

Mr. Dean Allison (Niagara West, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I am rising today to speak on a subject that I have been involved in, especially in my previous role as the shadow minister for international trade and also as a passionate supporter of free trade.

    I am well acquainted with the benefits of trade with the United States. I represent a southern Ontario riding that is very close to the border. We have many successful companies in Niagara West that do a significant amount of business not only with the United States but throughout the world. I personally met those business owners and operators, and their companies are world class and full of potential.

More January 31st, 2020

Recognizing HoC Staff

Mr. Speaker, as we close out this session and go into another election, we often celebrate the contributions of MPs who have decided to retire from this place.

It is also important to take some time to acknowledge the incredible work done by people who serve around the parliamentary precinct. That is why I would like to recognize Marguerite Charlebois.Marguerite has worked in the parliamentary restaurant since January 21, 1981, close to four decades. She will be retiring at the end of this week. Imagine trying to manage all of the different political parties, people and personalities and making sure they end up in the right place and at the right table so their conversations are kept private as much as possible.

More June 19th, 2019

The Carbon Tax

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister pretends he has a plan for the environment. He says his carbon tax will achieve the carbon emissions reduction targets under the Paris accord. However, his own government figures confirm that this is simply not true.

Just last week, the Parliamentary Budget Officer released a new report, which found that the Liberal carbon tax would have to increase to $102 per tonne to achieve Canada’s Paris accord climate targets. That is five times more expensive than it is today. This means that Canadians would pay more for groceries and home heating, and it would add 23ยข per litre to the cost of gas.Saying things louder about carbon tax does not make them true,

More June 17th, 2019

Bill C100

Madam Speaker, the minister is talking about ratification. I would ask her to talk in a little more detail about what that may look like here in Canada, given what is going on in the U.S. right now.

The Democrats do not seem that eager to move forward with ratification. What is the thought process of the government when it comes to ratification? Is this something we are looking at doing before we leave here for the summer? Given the fact that we are here for only two more weeks, it does not sound like we are in lockstep with the U.S.

Is it something the government would consider calling Parliament back in the summertime to ratify?

More June 11th, 2019

CUSMA Trade Agreement

Madam Speaker, as has been mentioned before by my colleague from the NDP, I would caution the government to move prudently on this.

We have already seen the Democrats not wanting to give Mr. Trump any kind of victory. Therefore, we have not seen a lot of co-operation from the U.S. If we get too far ahead of ourselves regarding ratification, that could be an issue. Therefore, I would echo the comments of my colleague from the NDP that as a result of the uncertainty we see in the U.S., we need to be cautious as we move forward with ratification.

The government’s legislation aims to implement the Canada-United States agreement.

More June 11th, 2019