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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

CATHY McLEOD -- Parliament in final days


We are in the final days before the House of Commons rises for the summer break and the Liberals are determined to push through four priority pieces of legislation.


As the Official Opposition, we are concerned about these bills being rushed without proper analysis and debate, especially C-10, which would reform the Broadcasting Act, as I discussed last month. 


The other pieces are C-6 (the conversion therapy ban), C-12 (the net-zero emissions bill), and C-30 (budget commitments), which the Liberals enacted a time allocation motion on yesterday to limit discussion. This passed, supported by the Bloc, which means a couple more stages and C-30 goes to the Senate. 


The urgency is, if the Liberals call a fall election, then unpassed legislation dies on the floor . . . and they want a few legislative victories in their hats. 


If the Liberals don’t call an election for fall, we hope Parliament will return to more normal sittings with all 338 MPs present. 


While the hybrid model was functional for the pandemic, it did present challenges, and it’s time to get back to normal legislative processes.



WORKING TOGETHER -- Sipping sweet success


Photo courtesy Kamloops This Week

Cousins Taylor Minten and Jasmin Falk-Hurst set up a lemonade stand to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Society. 


Two fundraising cousins got quite a surprise when a Trans Mountain pipeline worker stopped by and donated $500 for a glass of lemonade. Taylor Minten, 13, and Jasmin Falk-Hurt, 11, decided to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Society in honour of their grandmother, Marilyn VanDongen, who was diagnosed in 2016. 


They were noticed by Derek Pickford, driving home from work on the pipeline expansion, who donated $500. He came back with 120 Surerus Murphy Joint Venture coworkers the next day and over $5000 in donations. It’s only one of $210,000 in donations to Kamloops and area from employees working on the TMX project, raised mostly through 50/50 draws and recycling returns. 


What a stellar example of Working Together!


Counting down to annual Canada Day flag draw


Canadians are a patriotic people and proud to fly our nation’s colours in the form of a Canada flag. 


To celebrate Canada Day, I do an annual draw before July 1 to give constituents a chance to win a beautiful, large size, high-quality Canada flag. 


Send your name, address, phone and email to to get your name in this year’s draw. 


My office will contact the lucky winners.


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