The Year in Review – A look back at 2018
Welcome to 2019!
At this time of year most people often take the time to reflect on the past year and look to the year ahead with anticipation. As politicians, we do the same albeit from a specific viewpoint.
When looking back at 2018 there were quite a few significant happenings. Some of these brought us together as a nation, like the outstanding performance of our athletes at the winter Olympics in PyeongChang bringing home 29 medals or the sad story of the of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. There were definitely highs and lows and hopefully there were more of the latter. Here are a few of the key events that touched our country in 2018: the Winter Olympics in China, the historic flooding in new Brunswick and the worst forest fire season on record in British Columbia, the terrible van attack and shooting attacks in Toronto, the massive layoffs in the oil and gas sector in Alberta and the recent announcement of the closure of the GM plant in Oshawa, and of course the legalization of marijuana.
When it comes to the Canadian federal political scene there were quite a few happenings that also affected our country: Justin Trudeau’s disastrous trip to India, the liberal government’s decision to burden taxpayers with the multibillion dollar purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline, their unacceptable restrictions placed on organization who wanted to apply for a Canada Summer Jobs Grant for students. There was also the Prime Minister’s crumbling relationship with the United States, the burdensome tariffs placed on the steel and aluminum industry, and the bad handling of the NAFTA re-negotiation that has hurt our country in so many ways. And let’s not forget about the government’s ineptitude when it comes to dealing with illegal border crossing.
There were a few good things that happened politically though – the successful ratification and implementation of the Canada Europe Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) – it should be noted however that both of these agreement were actually negotiated by the Conservative Government under Stephen Harper.
All in all 2018 was somewhat turbulent. And the liberal government did not do much to help the average Canadian get ahead.
And now as the saying goes, it’s a new year and time for a new beginning. While sitting as opposition in Ottawa, it is my (our) duty to represent you and to hold the government to account. The Conservatives under the smart leadership of Andrew Scheer will continue to do just that. We will not sit back while Justin Trudeau and his government continue to create an environment that is bad for all Canadians, bad for businesses and bad for the future of this country.
Over the next number of months, and leading up to the next federal election in October of this year, we (sic) will challenge the government on bad legislation and practices. We will also be presenting alternatives so that we can put more tax dollars back into your pocket where they belong, better legislation and processes so that businesses of all sizes can grow and succeed, better justice reforms that protect the innocent, better immigration reform that strengthens what it means to be Canadian, and we will start the repair work that needs to be done with the international community so that Canada will once again be considered a strong and preferred partner.
As I attend the multitude of events throughout all of the communities in Niagara West, I look forward as I always do, to meeting as many residents as possible and to hearing first hand how I, as your representative in Ottawa can better share your voice. And as always, you are always welcome to email, call or write to me at my office and follow me on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).
Let’s work together to make 2019 a great year!