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“Genuine celebrations are the punctuation marks that make sense of the passage of time; without them, there are no beginning and endings. Life becomes an endless series of Wednesdays.” – David Campbell


It is time to celebrate our amazing community! Lethbridge is not what it is simply by accident. The greatness of our home is the result of the many investments, sacrifices, and compassionate actions taken by normal people who go the extra mile to give back in meaningful ways.


A community is not simply housing and amenities. It is defined by the people who call this place home. In our midst are everyday heroes— individuals who go above and beyond to serve those around them and make a lasting difference.


Among our heroes could be the coach of our child’s soccer team, the farmer who invests passionately in philanthropic endeavours, the woman who sews handcrafted quilts for veterans, the foster parent who loves and cares for those who come from tumultuous environments and have never enjoyed stability, or the young person who takes initiative beyond what is expected of them to lead their peers to accomplish something great.


A community hero could be the non-for-profit organization that applies innovative ideas to solve big problems, or a business that supports its staff to volunteer one day a month to give back to our community.


Creating the time, space, and opportunity to genuinely celebrate these exceptional individuals and organizations helps to unify our community in highlighting the ordinary heroes in our midst. We need to recognize those role models who live among us, and make our community vibrant, prosperous, and enjoyable.

I invite residents of the City and County of Lethbridge to nominate anyone who goes above and beyond to make a positive difference in our community.

The Community Builder Awards will be presented in four categories: youth leader, community leader, not-for-profit leader, and business leader.

Recipients of the 2023 Community Builders Awards will be chosen by a panel of community members and will be honoured at a special ceremony this fall.

If your life has been positively impacted by the investment of someone in our community, please nominate them today! It will only take a moment of your time and could make a world of difference for the person you choose.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, June 16th.


To nominate, you will need to know the following information about the person you are nominating:


- First and last name

- Email address

- Mailing address

- Description of how the nominee has invested in the community and the impact they’ve made.


Together, let’s celebrate those that embody a spirit of generosity and compassion in our community. For more information, and to nominate, please visit RachaelThomas.ca/communitybuilders or contact my office at 403.320.0070.


Let us punctuate the history we are making together by celebrating those people who work towards our common good in their leadership, generosity, gifts, talents, hard work, and unique genius.

Mark Twain once offered “if you tell the truth, you do not have to remember anything.”


To tell the truth means the facts will align and one can live confident and carefree. Mr. Trudeau would benefit from taking this wisdom to heart.


Since February, Mr. Trudeau has tried to defend his inaction considering the damning facts regarding Beijing’s interference in our democracy.


Most recently, we learned that a Beijing diplomat targeted and intimidated my colleague, Michael Chong and his family. Canada’s intelligence agency reported this to the Prime Minister and advised him to inform Mr. Chong, but Mr. Trudeau chose to remain silent and do nothing—for two years! It was not until the media exposed Beijing’s operation that my colleague learned the truth.


To date, the government has refused to expel the Chinese diplomat responsible. This corrupt actor is still at play.


And it gets worse…


At the direction of the Communist Party of China, Beijing billionaires paid hundreds-of-thousands of dollars to the Trudeau Foundation to gain access to the Prime Minister and advance Beijing’s interests.


Over the past few months, with the help of a courageous whistleblower, the main­stream media has brought to light nu­merous intelligence reports that highlight Beijing’s interference in Canada’s elections. These reports were drafted by Canada’s national spy agency (CSIS) and sent to the Prime Minister’s Office leading up to and during the 2019 and 2021 elections.


The Prime Minister claims he has had “many” conversations “over long periods of times, over many years” but refuses to provide a straight answer about when he was briefed concerning Beijing’s interfer­ence and why he chose to do nothing in response.


Canadians deserve to know the truth.


For months, my colleagues and I have tried to get to the bottom of this by asking thoughtful and direct questions in committee and during debate in the House of Commons. On April 14th we had the op­portunity to question the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Katie Telford. She was asked simple questions but refused to give simple answers and opted instead to maintain the cover-up. She did, however, offer something she likely regrets when she stated the Prime Minister “reads everything” and “there is nothing that is ever kept from the Prime Minister.”


This is helpful to know because it points to the fact that the Prime Minister wasn’t ignorant; he wasn’t kept in the dark. Instead, he actively ignored and avoid­ed information, briefings, and warnings from security and intelligence agencies about Beijing’s interference in the 2019 and 2021 elections because it benefitted his political party. According to one intelli­gence document Beijing “employed a sophisticated strategy to seek the return of a minority Liberal government” in 2021.


The concerns regarding Beijing’s interfer­ence range from distorting public opinion through disinformation campaigns, dis­rupting the voting process through hacking attempts, funneling ille­gal money to Liberal candidates, and plac­ing interns chosen and paid for by Beijing businesses in political offices.


Further, reports show that many Chinese Canadian citizens were pressured by an apparent Beijing representative to vote for a particular candidate or conform to certain political views.


During this period of uncertain­ty and insecurity, the government’s response is alarming. The Liberals have attempted numerous times to obstruct witnesses from testifying at committee. Rather than choosing “sunny ways”, they have provided convoluted and purposely veiled responses to direct questions. Further, the Liberals filibustered committee for more than 30 hours and continuously resisted calls for a public and fully independent inquiry into Beijing’s interference in our democracy.


My Conser­vative colleagues and I are fighting for a fully independent and public inquiry into Beijing’s interference in our democracy so we can uncover what and when the Liberals knew about this foreign interference.


Instead of a public and transparent process, the Liberals have opted to form a special committee with secret hearings, secret evidence, and secret conclusions – all controlled by Prime Minister Trudeau.


If the government has nothing to hide, why won’t the Prime Minister launch a public inquiry?


Our de­mocracy demands transparency and accountability. We must understand Beijing’s interference as a direct attack on our sovereignty as a nation. We need to shine a light on what transpired and who is responsible.


If only Mr. Trudeau would tell the truth.



Imagine that you have a large wad of hard-earned cash in your right pocket. Then, someone comes up to you, takes the cash out of your pocket, and puts a few spare nickels and dimes back into your left pocket, expecting you to praise them for what they have given you. This is the Liberal government’s budget in a nutshell.

Whether it is putting food on their tables, paying their rent, or fuelling up to drive their kids to school, Canadians are struggling to make ends meet and unfortunately, the government is clueless when it comes to offering solutions.

The Prime Minister has claimed that Canadians are struggling to afford the necessities of life for two reasons: a virus and a dictator (COVID-19 and Putin). He conveniently ignores the impact of his out-of-control spending, astronomical borrowing, and the massive tax hikes he has implemented.

For this budget to be acceptable, it needed to fulfill two simple objectives: no new taxes and less spending.

It did neither.

The Liberal-NDP budget is the government’s failed attempt to fix the problems it created by pouring fuel on the fire.


Canadians had hoped for an economic plan that would create jobs and generate wealth. What the Liberals delivered is nothing more than a spending plan that will continue to chip away at our already-shaky economic standing and drive us further into debt—as a country and as individuals.

The Liberals added more than 40 billion dollars to our national debt, bringing the total to more than 1.1 trillion dollars. This amounts to more than $80,000 per household.

You have likely heard the Liberals brag about their grocery rebate. It is nothing to get excited about! According to Canada’s Food Price Report 2023, a family of four  will spend up to $1,065 more on food this year than last. The government’s rebate will only be $467. A drop in the bucket.


The government cannot replace a healthy economy with government spending, and yet, that seems to be the Prime Minister’s only strategy. This is a budget that patronizes hard-working people, while failing to acknowledge what Canadians are capable of.


A government should look to empower its people with opportunities to advance themselves. Instead, this government looks to shackle and hold them back with debt and a massive slew of red tape.

Imagine what might be possible if the bridles of unnecessary regulatory measures were thrown off and the workers of this country were given the freedom to pursue their passions, take risks, and generate wealth.


We live in a fabulous country with amazing people. We need a government that believes in them!


After eight years under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this budget is just another costly step that will make life more difficult for Canadians. The government is out of touch and Canadians are out of money. I will be voting against this budget.



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