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    Rona AmbroseI was proud to announce our Government's investment in the University of Alberta, to support Canadian innovation, prosperity and job creation. U of A, TEC Edmonton and Innovate Calgary will receive $6 million in funding through the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program. These resources will help entrepreneurs develop their business plans and find new markets for products and services. It was an inspiring day, and a great opportunity to learn about the cutting edge innovation taking place in Canada.
    11 hours ago | Alberta, Edmonton—Spruce Grove
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    Patrick BrownPleased to speak at Watno Dur Awards in Etobicoke with my unofficial brothers @MinTimUppal & balgosal… http://t.co/Y8pQJUXViI
    12 hours ago | Ontario, Okanagan—Coquihalla
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    Patrick BrownPleased to speak 30 Cambridge PCs this evening with my colleague @GaryGoodyearMP #PCPO #PCLDR #Onpoli http://t.co/Zv92nHrRk2
    15 hours ago | Ontario, Okanagan—Coquihalla
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    Jim PrenticeIt was a great honour to be sworn in as a member of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly on Monday, November 17th, along with my trusted colleagues Gordon Dirks, the Minister of Education, Stephen Mandel, the Minister of Health, and Mike Ellis, the new MLA for Calgary West. With the first week of session completed, our government is looking forward to the work there is to be done. We will continue to maintain focus on our commitment to sound fiscal principles, ending entitlements and restoring public trust, maximizing the value of our natural resources, establishing our province as an environmental leader, respecting property rights and enhancing Albertans’ quality of life.
    16 hours ago | Alberta, Calgary Centre-North
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    Mark WarawaOn the 4th Saturday of every November, we join Ukrainians in recognizing this dark chapter of their history. Since 2003, Canada has officially recognized the Holodomor for what it was – genocide an acknowledgment now shared by 23 other countries around the world. The annual commemoration of this horrific event not only pays tribute to the innocent lives lost, but serves as a strong reminder of the duty that Canada has to stand up for a prosperous, free and independent Ukraine. Vechnaya Pamyat. Slava Ukraini.
    16 hours ago | British Columbia, Langley
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    16 hours ago | British Columbia, Delta—Richmond East
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    17 hours ago | British Columbia, New Westminster—Coquitlam
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    Nina GrewalIt was a pleasure to meet with Heather and Marcy from the Fraser Heights Community Association and hear their concerns about railway noise pollution and Canada Post mailbox break-ins.
    18 hours ago | British Columbia, Fleetwood—Port Kells
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    Joan CrockattAt the Canadian Energy Summit in Calgary today with Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford. This event is billed as a way to help "forge a better understanding of energy issues in order to optimally shape the energy sector for the benefit of all Canadians." A decade ago, you rarely heard social license and energy industry mentioned in the same sentence. Today, the message from our government is that market diversification must be in lock step with environmental performance and community engagement.
    19 hours ago | Alberta, Calgary Centre
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    Gary GoodyearWaterloo Region Crime Prevention Council is in the midst of their 30DaysofThink! Raising awareness of safe social media practices by asking 5 key questions before you hit "send": Is it True? Helpful? Inspiring? Necessary? Kind? http://www.preventingcrime.ca/think
    19 hours ago | Ontario, Cambridge
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    Patrick BrownMapleview Community Church's youth group is issuing the local @WDDTHere challenge in Barrie! #WDDTH #TheStudentLife http://t.co/COreGhj8SI
    20 hours ago | Ontario, Okanagan—Coquihalla
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    20 hours ago | Ontario, Ajax—Pickering
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    Nina Grewal#FlashbackFriday: Last year, our government introduced Bill C-13, Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act. This legislation (now at Second Reading in the Senate) would make it a criminal offence to distribute intimate images without the consent of the person depicted. Cyberbullying is an issue that affects us all and demands that Canadians work together to put an end to it. Our government is taking clear action to tackle cyberbullying.
    20 hours ago | British Columbia, Fleetwood—Port Kells
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    Nina Grewal#FlashbackFriday announcing Federal Support for Seniors with the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors. “Elder abuse is a sensitive issue, but we must bring it out into the open, so that we can effectively deal with it. Canadian Seniors need our help in the fight against elder abuse. By educating people, including seniors, on the signs and symptoms of elder abuse, we are empowering communities to stand up and stop it.”
    20 hours ago | British Columbia, Fleetwood—Port Kells
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    Steven FletcherMy interview with the Ottawa Citizen
    20 hours ago | Manitoba, Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia
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    Kelly BlockMy colleague, MP Bernard Trottier, made the following statement in the House of Commons today. I echo his statement. (For context, the photos are screenshots of the event as posted on the MP's website.) "Mr. Speaker, the website for the member for Halifax is promoting an event which describes NATO's Ukrainian assurance measures as “schemes to use Ukraine as a battering ram and platform on which to foster major aggression against Russia”. I am shocked that a member of this House would promote such an event. It is clear that the NDP is not a mature party and is not suited to lead a G7 country. It is absolutely shameful that the NDP would give voice to those who accuse NATO of aggression against Russia after Vladimir Putin annexed sovereign Ukrainian territory. Under the leadership of our Prime Minister, Canada is standing up to Putin. As the PM stated, “whether it takes five months or fifty years, we’re not going to drop the subject until Ukrainian territory is returned to Ukrainians”. The member for Halifax and the NDP need to explain why this event is being publicized on her website."
    21 hours ago | Saskatchewan, Nunavut
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    Leona AglukkaqIt was great meeting with members from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities yesterday in Ottawa.
    21 hours ago | Territories (yk, nt, nu), Nunavut
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    22 hours ago | Saskatchewan, Nunavut
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    Kerry-Lynne FindlayRetweeted David Akin (@davidakin): #NewsNOW in Delta, BC: Revenue Min @KerryLynneFindl speaks to business leaders.
    22 hours ago | British Columbia, Delta—Richmond East
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    Harold AlbrechtToday in the House of Commons, I congratulated and thanked Tana Nash of Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council. It was my privilege.
    23 hours ago | Ontario, Kitchener—Conestoga
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    Daryl KrampLooking forward to spending time with family and friends - hope to you see you all out at the many Parades this riding has to offer. Thank you to all volunteers who make this such a special time of year.
    Fri 8:46 am | Ontario, Prince Edward—Hastings
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    Fri 8:35 am | Ontario, Prince Edward—Hastings
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    Kerry-Lynne FindlayRetweeted Alysia MacGrotty (@AlysiaMacGrotty): Federal Gov't commits to improve access to Alaksen National Wildlife Area @KerryLynneFindl @DeltaOptimist #Delta http://t.co/p4bXF21JgR
    Fri 8:11 am | British Columbia, Delta—Richmond East
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    Kerry-Lynne FindlayRetweeted StefanieColeman-Dias (@ColemanDias3Inc): Nov 17 Press Conference I had the privilege of participating in with @WinmarGuelph @KerryLynneFindl @CHBAKevinLee http://t.co/A7Nj6YaLWV
    Fri 8:09 am | British Columbia, Delta—Richmond East
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    Harold AlbrechtI'd like to thank my friend Scott Armstrong for offering me his speaking slot later this morning. I'll be using it to pay tribute to Tana Nash of Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council on the occasion of her national award. Thank you, Scott; for giving me the opportunity to thank Tana!
    Fri 7:41 am | Ontario, Kitchener—Conestoga
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    Laurie HawnPlease remember to wear red today as a sign of support for our Canadian Armed Forces and their families. #SupportOurTroops
    Fri 7:40 am | Alberta, Edmonton Centre
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    Steven FletcherPlease watch this panel discussion I participated in and let me know what you think
    Fri 7:32 am | Manitoba, Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia
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    Steven FletcherHere is my interview with Al Jazeera regarding physician assisted death
    Fri 7:30 am | Manitoba, Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia
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    Fri 7:18 am | Alberta, Edmonton Centre
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    Laurie HawnTomorrow is the day we remember and recognize the terrible genocide of the Holodomor from 1932-33. #Ukraine #Holodomor
    Fri 7:15 am | Alberta, Edmonton Centre
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    Kellie Leitch"Today there has been a story about "unspent" funding for veterans. It is misleading. For decades the government has planned spending through Main Estimates, which ensures that a large estimate of the resources needed is used for allocations. In the case of veteran benefits, if a veteran qualifies they will receive the benefit whether 10 veterans apply one year or whether 10,000 apply. Estimates are based on planning for the 10,000 scenario, so it is normal and actually expected for estimates to be larger than what is actually spent. Bottom line is we are spending more & trying to do things better - Here is my latest speech on how we are making Veterans a priority." -Erin O'Toole, MP for Durham
    Fri 6:54 am | Alberta, Simcoe—Grey
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    Laurie HawnCheck out the latest 24 SEVEN episode! http://youtu.be/-T29FXjwc2M
    Fri 6:48 am | Alberta, Edmonton Centre
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    Harold AlbrechtCongratulations Tana! Our community is grateful for all your good work!
    Fri 6:06 am | Ontario, Kitchener—Conestoga
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    Leanna VillellaMinister Kenney talks careers in the skilled trades at the Building Meaning Project National Roundtable November 20, 2014– Ottawa, Ontario – Employment and Social Development The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, delivered a keynote speech today at the Building Meaning Project National Roundtable organized by Cardus. In his speech, Minister Kenney reiterated that a career in the skilled trades is just as valuable as going to university and getting an academic degree. He explained that employers, unions, educators and governments need to work together in order to make a compelling case to young Canadians for a future in the skilled trades, where more workers will be needed to ensure Canada’s continued economic growth. Minister Kenney outlined the Government’s plan to help Canadians get the skills they need for in-demand jobs in the trades. He highlighted the Government’s initiatives and investments related to skills training and apprenticeships, which include the creation of the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant and the Apprenticeship Completion Grant that together represent $4,000 available to students who go through their apprenticeship programs and the Canada Job Grant, an innovative, employer-driven approach that leads to a guaranteed job in the trades. Quick facts According to the Conference Board of Canada, Ontario is losing out on as much as $24.3 billion in economic activity and $3.7 billion in provincial tax revenues annually because employers cannot find people with the skills they need in their businesses. According to Colleges and Institutes Canada, in less than 10 years, employers will not be able to find qualified candidates for 1.5 million job openings. In the next 10 years, Canada is expected to need 300,000 new workers in the construction sector and 145,000 new workers in the mining sector. Canada will also need another 150,000 new workers in the petroleum sector by 2020. Quotes “The Government of Canada’s top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians. Through measures like the Canada Job Grant, the Canada Apprentice Loan and apprenticeship grants, the Government of Canada is helping Canadians get well-paying jobs and helping employers get the skilled workforce they need. I encourage young people to pursue a future in the skilled trades if they want rewarding, valuable and well-paying careers.” – The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development “While many equate the trades with drudgery, those who work in the trades know it's about opportunities. It affords Canadians the opportunity to earn a great living, to exercise creativity and to achieve their potential buy using both their bodies and their minds. We at Cardus are committed to working with industry, labour, educators and others to make sure Canadians think of the trades as a viable career option. The willingness of Minister Kenney to lend his voice to that project speaks to the critical importance of renewing the place of skilled trades in Canadian economic and social life. We're grateful for his leadership on this important issue.” – Brian Dijkema, Program Director, Work and Economics, Cardus “We are thrilled to support ‘The Building Meaning Project’. CLAC believes in the inherent dignity of work. Raising the stature of work in the trades will not only help the Canadian economy, but also the lives of all Canadians.” – Dick Heinen, Executive Director, Christian Labour Association of Canada "Working in the skilled trades is a lot more than just having a job and a job that takes training to achieve threshold competency, it is joining a fellowship of other men and women who have similar skills and to work together to accomplish things that are simply miraculous. It is not a job in which someone builds a house, a public building or a nuclear power plant—it is building this country.” – Robert Blakely, Director of Canadian Affairs, Canada's Building Trades Unions “Canada faces an enormous economic opportunity on the strength of our thriving construction industry, but that opportunity depends on our ability to grow a robust, inclusive and highly skilled workforce. Building our construction workforce of the future must start with restoring the fundamental dignity of work in the trades, in the eyes of Canadians. Employers play a central role in that endeavor, along with labour unions, educators, governments and parents. That’s why PCA is so pleased to be part of this important project.”
    Fri 5:59 am | Ontario, Welland
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    Maxime BernierMerci à l’Association Frontière Hors Taxes de m’avoir invité à prendre la parole à leur soirée de gala à Toronto #PME
    Fri 5:46 am | Quebec, Beauce
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    Maxime BernierThank you to the Frontier Duty Free Association for inviting me to speak at their gala event in Toronto #smallbiz
    Fri 5:46 am | Quebec, Beauce

Nov 20th

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    Michelle RempelGreat people seek power for the betterment of their communities, and are willing to create and defend strong policy positions to do so. This week Maclean's Paul Wells sat down with me as part of Maclean's Magazine "Parliamentarian of the Year" awards. You can watch our discussion here http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/paul-wells-in-conversation-with-michelle-rempel/. The question I wish I had more time to respond to was the one put last; (summarized version) "your party received a majority mandate in 2011 and everyone expected things to be completely stable and they weren't so what about that?" Anyone sensible managing the affairs of a nation, much like a captain of a large ship, knows that success in mandate means that eyes are kept on the horizon. Obstacles are to be anticipated, managed, and actioned; keeping your eyes on your destination while never losing sight of the safety and dignity of those you are responsible for. Also, knowing that a one degree course correction can change the direction of your passenger and cargo manifest over time. Incrementalism takes patience; course setting and correction takes will, intelligence, and a firm hand on the tiller. In this, I believe our government has been successful in achieving the mandate it received in 2011. Our budget is on track to balance, we have constantly reviewed the efficacy and efficiency of government programming; increasing funding where justifiable, reducing it where redundant, seeking improvements to the service delivery we provide to Canadians, returning savings to taxpayers, reducing debt, and investing in our future. This is what any good manager, be it in public, private, or not for profit, sectors, does. In the interview I posted above, Mr. Wells asked if It was possible to work with others in the Commons of differing political stripe, or if it is a combative free for all. It's no secret I have respect and friendship with members of the opposition. The NDP MP from Halifax, is a good example. For my own electoral success I sometimes wish she was a lesser parliamentarian; she has firm and articulated view on public policy. In most instances my position is one of fundamental disagreement of her ideology. However, she is infuriatingly competent in communicating the merits of her position. Iron sharpens iron. While we often disagree on the course we need to set to achieve the goal on the horizon, I have found that because of our mutual respect for the position of public trust that we hold; which means conducting research, articulation of position, structure of argument, building coalitions, etc - we can sometimes come together, and sometimes, we can't. But we often understand each other's positions and vision. If I had five more minutes in the above interview on the subject of collaboration in Parliament - I'd say, there will always be disagreement in the development of public policy. That said, in order for there to be dialogue, one needs to articulate a position. This brings me to the current state of the Liberal Party of Canada. I find it a curiosity that the LPC's strategy thus far in this election cycle has be to 1) bank on the manufactured charm of their new leader while 2) trying to disguise his complete ignorance on the state of public affairs in Canada and the Canadian electorate by 3) creating a communications strategy seemingly reliant upon Kardasian-esque tabloid photo spreads. Near to when he jumped into his pool with his clothes on for Chatelaine magazine, he also poo-pooed the need for Canada to take a direct role in the containment of ISIL(beheadings, rape, forced marriages, oppression of minorities, hatred of Canada and its pluralism, intolerance, treating women as subspecies, general barbarism, etc). When his obfuscation and lack of fortitude and apparent *NEED TO BE LOVED* led him to completely drop the ball on this file, he sent out a (former?) leadership rival, Order of Canada recipient, Marc Garneau to hold his excrement-filled bag in House of Commons debate. So, can one achieve a mandate and out ride the bumps? Can one do this and work with others of different political stripe? I'd say not always, but sometimes yes, provided one can articulate a policy position and earn a mandate from the electorate to achieve it. This is, of course, is the antithesis of being generally full of unicorns that fart rainbows in one's reactance to commit to a position on an issue. Example: This week, the September-issue-Trudeau!-endorsed candidate for Banff-Airdrie-Cohrane had an unfortunate LPC induced existential crisis. A former employee of the Pembina Institute, this man is on the record saying KXL should be shelved and the energy sector in Canada curtailed. Ideologically, he's likely a better fit Mulcair's NDP or May's Greens. Instead of being true to his left-leaning ideals, for the last few months, he seems to have been been running an apologist campaign; claiming to support the interests of the community while locking his anti-energy sector bias in his metaphorical spare bedroom - nothing to see here, folks. At least the electorate in his riding knows where his opposition candidates, of all political stripe, stand on these issues. This week however, he went off the deep end when he: A) was quoted by a national news network as making comments at a public forum similar to the infamously arrogant "beer and popcorn" statement of #lpc past in relation to tax cuts and benefits for Canadian families; then B) doubled down by claiming the family tax cut proposal our government recently put forward was a "tax avoidance scheme for the wealthy"; then C) When called on his obfuscation, asked for a retraction from the news network that printed the article on the same when; D) An audio recording of his comments had been posted by said news network a day earlier; and then E) claimed it wasn't his voice in an agitated video that harkened of Dion's 'Blair Witch Project' styled post-coalition film So yes, MPs can in theory, work with someone we don't ideologically agree with. However, they should be able to articulate a consistent policy position and be able and willing to defend it. Great people and nations seek power for the betterment of their communities, and are willing to create and defend and fight for ideology to do so. However, people who seek power for powers sake, with no position and platitudes for their vision, are often left as footnotes 1. ----------- 1 -http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/11/18/liberals-want-more-of-your-money-2
    Thu 10:33 pm | Alberta, Calgary Centre-North
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    Patrick BrownGreat night speaking to PC members in Caledon. #PCPO #PCLDR #Onpoli http://t.co/Mfj5QdQPOc
    Thu 7:46 pm | Ontario, Okanagan—Coquihalla
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    Jason KenneySpoke to Cardus's Building Meaning roundtable about value of skilled trades careers: http://is.gd/wbt8qR J’ai pris la parole lors de Cardus table ronde sur la valeur des métiers spécialisés : http://is.gd/X2mTNZ
    Thu 2:33 pm | Alberta, Jeanne-Mance-Viger
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    Kerry-Lynne FindlayRetweeted tartanroots (@tartanroots): @HighlandHistory 1930s
    Thu 2:02 pm | British Columbia, Delta—Richmond East
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    Thu 12:58 pm | British Columbia, Fleetwood—Port Kells
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    Nina GrewalToday I met with Jacques Rwirangira, Vice-President of an organization called Page Rwanda after the International Human Rights subcommittee. The session was on the ‘Aftermath of the Rwanden Crisis.’
    Thu 12:56 pm | British Columbia, Fleetwood—Port Kells
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    Nina GrewalA group of passionate youth were in Centre Block on Parliament Hill today for 'Earth Rangers’ presenting various projects on environmental awareness. I enjoyed their enthusiasm and interest.
    Thu 12:55 pm | British Columbia, Fleetwood—Port Kells

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