Andrew Scheer Statement on Canadian Forces Snowbirds Crash

Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, issued the following statement on the crash of a Canadian Forces Snowbirds aircraft near Kamloops, BC: “On behalf of the entire Conservative caucus, I would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds team member who died in today’s tragic crash.  We wish the injured member a speedy recovery and would like to thank emergency personnel in Kamloops. “As we await more details from the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces officials, our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Snowbirds family and all British Columbians. “The Snowbirds have been traveling across the country for the past few weeks lifting Canadians’ spirits as part of Operation Inspiration.  This is a tragic end to a tour that has brought much needed joy to so many.”

The Conservative Case for Parliamentary Democracy

Ottawa, ON – Today, Conservative members of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, Blake Richards, John Brassard, Eric Duncan and Corey Tochor published a report outlining the Conservative case for parliamentary democracy and calling on the Trudeau government to restore normal Parliamentary sittings.“There has been a tremendous amount of uncertainty over the past few months.  One thing though is abundantly clear – Justin Trudeau is letting Canadians down,” said MP Richards.“Justin Trudeau has made it clear that he would like to permanently replace Parliament with press conferences.  He wants an audience, not an Opposition,” said MP Brassard.  “That is absolutely unacceptable.  In a democratic country like Canada, Parliament is an essential service and its role must be fully restored.”Conservatives have repeatedly demonstrated how oversight and accountability get better results for Canadians.  Members of Parliament need to be able to ask tough questions and hold the Liberals accountable when they make bad decisions.“Legislatures across the country and Parliaments around the world are planning to resume regular sittings as they ease their respective health restrictions,” said MP Duncan.  “Hundreds of thousands of Canadians are falling through the cracks because of unnecessarily rigid government programs.  They need our help.”“The Trudeau Liberals are spending hundreds of billions of dollars and are now refusing to provide an economic update,” said MP Tochor.  “Canadian taxpayers deserve to know how the government is spending their money and what the plan is to safely restart our economy.”Conservatives will strongly resist any effort to exploit the pandemic as a cover to implement a permanent virtual Parliament, with its reduced ability to hold a government accountable, gravely undermining our democracy.

James Cumming Responds to Government’s CEBA Changes

Edmonton, AB – Today, James Cumming, Conservative Shadow Minister for Small Business and Export Promotion, issued the following statement regarding the Trudeau government’s decision to expand the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account:“Canada’s Conservatives are committed to helping Canadian business owners and workers through these trying times. Last month, after the Liberal government introduced the Canada Emergency Business Account, Conservatives put forward two practical, common sense proposals to help fix the program’s senseless rules that excluded many deserving businesses. These included removing the requirement to have a business account to qualify for the CEBA, as well as expanding the eligibility criteria for the CEBA, so more small businesses qualify for the $40,000 loan.“Today, the Liberal government announced that they are implementing one of our proposed changes, expanding the eligibility criteria to allow more small businesses – including sole proprietors, and dividend earners – to apply for the CEBA. This change will allow small businesses, such as the family-run business that typically has little cash to cushion catastrophic surprises like the COVID-19 shutdown, to get the support that they desperately need.“While this change will help some small businesses that have been let down by the Trudeau government’s non-sensical barriers to qualify for support, Conservatives are still calling on the government to make the CEBA more accessible to businesses by removing the requirement to have a business account.“Canada’s Conservatives will continue to put forward practical, common sense solutions to fix the Trudeau government’s programs, so that no small business falls through the cracks.”

Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, issues statement to celebrate Vesak

Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, issued the following statement on Vesak: “Today, Buddhists in Canada and around the world will commemorate the birth, enlightenment, and the passing of Buddha.  “As the most important day in Buddhism, the community would normally celebrate by going to pray at the temple, and meditate upon Buddha’s teachings of kindness, generosity, peace and compassion. This year’s gatherings will look different due to the pandemic but I hope that those participating will still be able to connect with their loved ones in a safe and appropriate way. “Canadians are fortunate to live in a country that respects human rights including the beliefs of others, and lets everyone realize their potential. Canada continues to be a beacon of religious freedom and a land of refuge for people of all cultural origins. “On behalf Canada’s Conservatives, I thank all Canadians of the Buddhist community for their contributions, and I send my best wishes to everyone celebrating Vesak!”  -30- For more information, please contact: Julie Pham (613) 947-9932 [email protected]

Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, issues statement on Journey to Freedom Day

OTTAWA, ON –The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, issued the following statement on Journey to Freedom Day: “Today marks the sixth Journey to Freedom Day, when we commemorate the thousands of Vietnamese boat people who fled a violent communist takeover and found peace and freedom in Canada. “After the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, countless Vietnamese people fled communism and left behind their war-torn country in boats, unsure of their destination or future. Bravely facing perilous waters, thousands of these refugees lost their lives at sea from starvation, pirates, and deadly storms, but it did not break their courage to find a new home. “It was under the previous Conservative government that the Journey to Freedom Day Act was passed, championed by the Honourable Senator Thanh Hai Ngo, the first Senator of Vietnamese descent. Canada’s compassionate response and humanitarian aid in welcoming over 120,000 Vietnamese refugees, resulted in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees awarding Canada with the Nansen Refugee Award. This marked the only time in history that the prestigious medal was awarded to an entire nation. “After successfully resettling refugees in all ten provinces and two territories, today Canada is proud to be home to one of the largest Vietnamese diasporas. Canadians of Vietnamese descent have contributed tremendously to our country in all aspects of life – raising families, building businesses, and serving as professionals, first responders, clergy, and in many other capacities. “On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I am proud to commemorate this day.”  -30- For more information, please contact: Julie Pham (613) 947-9932 [email protected]

The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, issues statement on Journey to Freedom Day

OTTAWA, ON –The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, issued the following statement on Journey to Freedom Day: “Today marks the sixth Journey to Freedom Day, when we commemorate the thousands of Vietnamese boat people who fled a violent communist takeover and found peace and freedom in Canada. “After the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, countless Vietnamese people fled communism and left behind their war-torn country in boats, unsure of their destination or future. Bravely facing perilous waters, thousands of these refugees lost their lives at sea from starvation, pirates, and deadly storms, but it did not break their courage to find a new home. “It was under the previous Conservative government that the Journey to Freedom Day Act was passed, championed by the Honourable Senator Thanh Hai Ngo, the first Senator of Vietnamese descent. Canada’s compassionate response and humanitarian aid in welcoming over 120,000 Vietnamese refugees, resulted in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees awarding Canada with the Nansen Refugee Award. This marked the only time in history that the prestigious medal was awarded to an entire nation. “After successfully resettling refugees in all ten provinces and two territories, today Canada is proud to be home to one of the largest Vietnamese diasporas. Canadians of Vietnamese descent have contributed tremendously to our country in all aspects of life – raising families, building businesses, and serving as professionals, first responders, clergy, and in many other capacities. “On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I am proud to commemorate this day.”  -30- For more information, please contact: Julie Pham (613) 947-9932 [email protected]

Statement from the Conservative Party’s Leadership Election Organizing Committee on resuming the 2020 Leadership

The Conservative Party of Canada’s Leadership Election Organizing Committee (LEOC) met today to discuss the resumption of the 2020 Leadership Election. On March 26, the LEOC suspended the race due to the impact COVID-19 related health guidelines and government mandated closures were having on key processes needed to complete the race.The LEOC took the time over the course of that suspension to re-evaluate the timeline needed to complete the race, and has concluded the Leadership Election can resume with adjustments to accommodate current circumstances, effective immediately. The membership deadline of May 15 will remain unchanged. The process will proceed with mail ballots, as required by the Party Constitution, and all ballots will need to be completed and received by August 21.  The result will be announced as soon as those ballots can be properly processed and examined by scrutineers while respecting any health guidelines in place at that time.The safety and health of volunteers has been top of mind for the LEOC, and while the date to announce a new leader will be largely dependent on what health guidelines and government orders are in place in August, the LEOC has committed to monitoring the situation closely, and will look to confirm the announcement details in the coming weeks.

Statement from Conservative Party President Scott Lamb on postponing November 2020 Policy Convention

  Party members will be consulted on their preferred path forward “The Conservative Party’s National Council met Thursday night to discuss options around holding the party’s Policy Convention in November. After considering several factors, it was unanimously decided to postpone the convention, with a new date to be approved later by the Council. “Among the options the party could consider are holding it later in 2021, or, if health guidelines don’t allow for a gathering as sizable as our convention, the possibility of hosting a virtual convention, as many other organizations are planning to do. However, before any decision is taken, party members will be canvassed through a survey to help National Council determine how and when they’d prefer to proceed with a convention. “The decision to postpone was not one taken lightly, and to ensure it was the prudent decision to make we considered a number of items. Factors such as the deadline for Conservative leadership votes to be received makes it logistically difficult to hold delegate selection meetings as our focus during the summer will be getting ballots out to members and ensuring every eligible ballot is received by HQ, cast and counted. “Also, with the election of a new leader to be announced after August 21, a new convention date will give our new leader more time to provide direction for the party and guidance in convention planning. “Additionally, National Council recognizes that attending conventions are a significant expense for many party members and felt holding the convention at a future date would better reflect the realities of the significant economic downturn in Canada. “Finally, and very importantly, we are unable to predict what sort of travel and gathering restrictions could still be in place by November 2020 for conventions of our size that typically attract thousands of delegates and other guests, so choosing to postpone now rather than pushing the decision later ensures minimum impact for our members and the party. “National Council will always act in the best interests of the party and our members, and part of that is to consider and plan for all contingencies – so this made the decision necessary. We will start our outreach in the coming weeks to begin gathering members’ views.”

Auditor General of Canada Confirms Investigation into the Liberal Government’s Infrastructure Plan

Luc Berthold, Conservative Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Communities, issued the following statement after receiving confirmation from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada that they will conduct an audit of the Liberal government’s Investing in Canada Plan: “Yesterday, I was pleased to receive a letter from Sylvain Ricard, the Interim Auditor General of Canada, confirming that his office will conduct an audit of the Liberals’ Investing in Canada Plan. Last month, Conservatives passed a motion in the House of Commons calling on the Auditor General to investigate the Liberals’ $186.7 billion infrastructure plan, given their lack of transparency and accountability to Canadians. “The Liberals’ record on infrastructure is abysmal. In 2015, Justin Trudeau promised to run small, temporary deficits in order to invest in infrastructure that would grow the economy, but Canadians now know that was not true. Multiple reports from the Parliamentary Budget Officer have also shown what lengths the Liberals will go to hide how their announced infrastructure funding has actually been used. “I am pleased that the Auditor General has respected the will of Parliament and agreed to conduct this important audit, which Liberal Members of Parliament tried to block. Canada’s Conservatives will continue to use our strengthened Opposition to ensure that the government is transparent and accountable to Canadians.”

Conservative Statement on Huawei and Canada’s 5G Network

Pierre Paul-Hus, Conservative Shadow Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Glen Motz Associate Shadow Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued the following statement today regarding Huawei and Canada’s 5G network: “For months the Trudeau Liberals have ignored Canada’s security agencies and refused to take a position on Huawei and its possible participation in Canada’s 5G network for purely partisan political reasons.  This has put Canada offside with our G7 allies and threatens the future of Five Eyes intelligence sharing. “On the same day a major telecommunications company announced their intention to launch a 5G network in Canada later this year using Huawei Technologies, the United States charged Huawei with 16 counts, including ‘conspiracy to steal trade secrets’.  This should concern all Canadians. “Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government must take immediate action to protect our national security and Canadians’ privacy and ban Huawei from Canada’s 5G network.”