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At the opening of every new session of Parliament, the Prime Minister is given the unique opportunity to share his vision for Canada and what he and his government aim to accomplish over the coming years.

This roadmap comes in the form of a Speech from the Throne delivered by the Queen’s representative, the Governor General.

As ministers, policy writers, and advisors are undoubtedly working on this speech right now, I would like to offer some thoughts as to what I believe should be prioritized and communicated in this anticipated plan for Canada.

Though the Speech from the Throne signals a fresh start, it is imperative that it stays anchored in the core principles of our parliamentary democracy and stays true to the fundamental role of the federal government.

Namely, the federal government should focus on four primary things: keeping the country united; ensuring Canadians are kept safe and secure; facilitating an environment of economic prosperity; and advancing Canada’s place on the world stage.

Firstly, in his throne speech, the Prime Minister should outline his plan for creating a united Canada. As Publilius Syrus famously said, “where there is unity there is always victory.”

If we wish to step into our full potential as a country, we must stand united. Mr. Trudeau must stop pitting one region against another; one religion against another; and one people group against another. We must unite around our common identity as Canadians and our inherent worth as people, while simultaneously honouring and celebrating the uniquenesses that exist among us.

Secondly, safety and security should be top of mind for the Prime Minister.

The government must ensure our borders are secured and Canadians are kept safe from security threats at home and abroad.

Cybersecurity threats are real and severe. Canada must bolster its online security systems and take a realistic approach when dealing with foreign actors that have proven to be untrustworthy in the past.

The Chinese government poses a grave threat, especially through its reach into Beijing-based telecommunications company, Huawei.

Canada should join with its Five Eyes intelligence alliance partners and place significant limitations on Huawei’s access to Canada or ban the telecommunications giant altogether.

Increased investment in the Canadian Armed Forces is a must. We need to ensure that adequate and appropriate military equipment is procured.

These men and women stand on the front lines of defense and they must have equipment that is safe and effective.

For example, used fighter jets won’t cut it!

Misogyny and sexual misconduct within the Canadian Military must be addressed.

It’s time for Mr. Trudeau and his cabinet to stop making excuses, take responsibility for the role they’ve played in the current cover-up and clean things up. The brave women who have come forward with their stories deserve this much at least.

While we must be on guard against foreign threats, we also need to be aware of the many dangers within our own country.

Human trafficking is tragically rampant in Canada and any Prime Minister who claims to care about the most vulnerable must not overlook this grave situation. A plan must be put in place to keep young women and girls safe from predators.

Thirdly, Mr. Trudeau must return to a balanced budget and demonstrate fiscal responsibility. It is undeniable that our economy is currently standing on fragile footing as the country is shouldering unprecedented debt levels.

As a consequence of the Canadian government spending more than any other G20 country in its pandemic response, our deficit has reached epic proportions, and inflation rates are getting dangerously high.

As a result, the cost of living is rising and the number of people living in poverty is growing because of it.

We need to get government spending under control and stop borrowing what we don’t have.

We need to invest in the revenue-generating sectors of our economy and get Canadians back to work.

Unleashing the power of our workforce is the only shot we have at rebooting our economic engine.

Canadians are incredibly creative, inventive, and entrepreneurial. We need to reward innovation and stop penalizing those who are successful and bring jobs and growth into our economy.

This government needs to let Canadians thrive by reducing red tape and regulation and getting out of the way.

It should go without saying, but unfortunately it must be stated explicitly: the government needs to commit to the development of Canada’s energy sector.

Canada has been blessed with the third largest oil reserve in the world, plus we adhere to the highest environmental regulations on the planet, and we respect human rights.

Even while we transition to alternative energy sources, the need for oil and gas still exists.

When we refuse to develop Canada’s industry, it simply means we must bring oil and gas in from places like Saudi Arabia, where there are zero environmental standards and human rights are abysmal.

In other words, by neglecting our industry, Prime Minister Trudeau has an opportunity to support Canada’s ethically sourced oil, or he can use taxpayer’s money to support a foreign dictator and purchase unethical blood oil that was produced with zero regard for the environment.

The fact that Mr. Trudeau has appointed a former environmental activist who has been arrested for his anti-oil and gas antics is certainly alarming.

Fourthly, after giving careful attention to the local affairs of our country, we can once again look to have a respectable presence on the world stage. It is undeniable that Canada has taken a backseat when it comes to forming alliances in security, trade, and intelligence. This is largely a result of our failure to take a stand within our own country. If we are not defenders of freedom and democracy within our own borders, then how can we export these values globally?

The only way this country can propel forward with strength is by standing united. This is the preeminent role of any national leader — that the people he serves stay united under a national banner. If Prime Minister Trudeau genuinely wants this country to succeed, he must adjust course and stop stoking the fire of animosity between Canadians.

In light of Remembrance Day on November 11th, when we will pause to remember and pay tribute to the men and women who have served this country, I cannot help but feel an incredible responsibility to preserve the very principles on which Canada is founded in order to honour the sacrifices made by Canada’s veterans.

We must continue to stand united as Canadians in defense of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law.

The speech from the Throne should align itself accordingly.

Dear Lethbridge constituents:

From the bottom of my heart, I wish to say thank you for once again trusting me to be your voice in Ottawa. This is a weighty role deserving of hard work, dedication, a listening ear, and dogged determination to fight for the things that serve our region best. I am committed to doing these things to the best of my ability.

During the election, my team and I were committed to knocking on as many doors as possible in order to hear from you and learn more about your concerns and hopes for our community.

Overwhelmingly, I heard from you that this election was senseless and largely unwanted. Some of you were frustrated, some were grieved, and others were outright angry.

Despite witnessing a heightened level of division and animosity in this constituency and across the country, I still gathered threads of hope and optimism for what our future could hold.

I felt there was a strong desire for this nation to be united and at peace. I heard from many of you that you want Canada to be a more devout champion of freedom here at home and around the world.

With the recent return of the two Michaels from being imprisoned in China, I can’t help but sense a yearning in the Canadian people for us to stand up once again to those who would attempt to mistreat our fellowman for political or economic advantage.

John Diefenbaker famously said,“We must vigilantly stand on guard within our own borders for human rights and fundamental freedoms which are our proud heritage…we cannot take for granted the continuance and maintenance of those rights and freedoms.”

As I take my seat in Canada’s 44th Parliament, I am committed now, more than ever, to take a stand for what have historically been known as Canadian principles.

I will defend your right to speak freely, to express yourselves appropriately without reprisal, and your freedom of conscience and belief.

I will work to form tighter relations with our allies in defence of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law.

I will advocate for policies and laws that limit the size of government so that you can live your lives without excessive state intervention and keep more of the money you work hard to earn.

I take my election result as a mandate from you to stand up for these principles.

As a member of the Official Opposition, I will push the government toward greater fiscal responsibility, accountability, and transparency; and a higher standard of ethics.

My role in opposition is to challenge the government to be the very best it can be for the Canadian people.

It is a position I deem valuable and a role I do not take lightly.

Even though I am your elected representative, it is my firm belief that you are the ones who are going to turn things around in this country. I continue to believe the power to change truly lies with the people, not with the government. I have said it before, and I will say it again, it is Canadians who are the problem-solvers, the solution-makers, and the wealth-generators, not the government.

I recognize there has been a shift in power in recent years.

More power and control is in the hands of government than with the people. This is an error, and it must be rectified. In a democracy, it is the people who are to hold the levers of power.

I will continue partnering with you to bring stability and prosperity to the riding of Lethbridge.

Together, we can work to make our community the very best it can be. We can unleash the potential that exists here for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. We have the power to build something great!

It is with great humility and gratitude that I will once again take my seat in the House of Commons in the coming weeks. Thank you for this tremendous honour!

Regardless of who you voted for or the political stripe you wear, my team and I remain committed to serving you.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

In his 1984 State of the Union Address, Ronald Reagan decreed, “Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time, that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free; we kept the faith.” It was a profound declaration of hope, responsibility, and vision. It also set the tone for one of the most economically prosperous periods in American history.

While the statement is from decades past, the principle and clarion call remains just as pertinent today as when it was first spoken.

It is very easy to become overwhelmed by the pressing issues of the day. There is so much going on in the world right now that it takes a tremendous amount of energy just to manage the pressures of each day to move on to the next, but I find it helpful to step back every now and then to gain perspective.

Since the founding of this nation, Canadians have overcome a tremendous number of challenges. They have encountered wars, a depression, extreme weather, difficult lands, disease, division, and pandemics. But one thing I want to note: we have always kept on keeping on! We have pushed onward and continued to persevere.

The spirit in the Canadian people is strong and enduring.

There is an understanding that we are constantly building for a more secure and prosperous future for the generations that will come after us. Though we are living in the here and now, we are dreamers and creators; we invent, and we restore.

Although many Canadians are still struggling to make it through this pandemic, I know we are going to come out stronger on the other side.

When circumstances become unstable and our worlds get thrown upside down, there are always opportunists ready to take advantage of an unfortunate situation. We have seen governments try to step in as the saviour while simultaneously taking away certain freedoms that have always served us well.

Instead of imploring a sense of courage, stability, and peace, the current leader of our country has stoked the flames of division, fear, and worry.

When Mr. Trudeau should have been planning our recovery, he was instead planning for an election in the hopes of capitalizing on a spike in the polls, all the while declaring Canadians needed to have a say in the way forward.

No doubt, he will get his wish. Canadians are going to have their say on September 20, and I wonder if Mr. Trudeau will be surprised at the response he gets.

While he is focused on exacerbating the division that exists in this country, Canadians are looking to secure the future.

While Mr. Trudeau is hoping Canadians will put their trust in government, they are putting their trust in each other—in the longstanding strength and ingenuity of their fellow man.

It is Canadians who are the problem solvers, the solution makers, and the wealth-generators in this country, not the government.

Yes, we must get through these final stages of the pandemic, but we need to start building again. We need to get back to work, and get our economy roaring once more. We possess an inordinate amount of potential within this nation. We need to unleash it.

Canadians deserve a leader who sees where the strength and value of this country lies—with the people.

Amid every struggle is an incredible opportunity to overcome and grow in character and resolve. As much as this is true for the individual, it is also true for Canada as a nation.

This is a time for choosing. What kind of Canada do we wish to have, not only tomorrow, but in years to come?

In this election, we have the opportunity to secure a vibrant future for Canada.

My team and I have knocked on more than 15,000 doors and what I’m hearing again and again is that Canadians do not want the government to spend reckless amounts of money and weigh our country down with debt and high taxes.

Instead, they want a government that will focus on unleashing the potential of the Canadian people by getting rid of regulation and creating an environment for economic growth and prosperity. They want hope!

People elect Conservatives because they expect us to develop policy that will grow the economy and create jobs.

They expect us to budget within our means, stand up for victims, care for families, advocate for seniors, support our veterans, lower taxes, and deliver services with excellence.

They expect us to do all of this while being mindful of the cost and size of government.

People elect Conservatives because they expect us to be principled, hard-working, and compassionate—to be true public servants.

It has been a tremendous honour to serve the constituents of Lethbridge for nearly six years and it would be my great privilege to continue serving as the Member of Parliament. On September 20, I’m asking for your vote.

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