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    Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.
    Dec 24, 2015 4:06 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    The Calgary Skyview Conservative Association is hosting a Christmas Open House this Sunday. Drop by to have a drink and celebrate the Christmas and holiday season with the community. All are welcome.
    Dec 16, 2015 1:42 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast

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    Friends, it has been a pleasure and an honour to serve as your Member of Parliament. I have enjoyed the chance to meet with so many of you to discuss your concerns and represent you in the House of Commons. Although I no longer hold public office, I will continue to advocate for important issues in Calgary Skyview. I will stay involved in matters like foreign credential recognition, social and financial integration for immigrants, and building unity among the many people of this diverse riding. Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to serve. Cheers, Devinder Shory
    Oct 20, 2015 9:26 am | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    I want to thank all the volunteers for all the time, hard work and effort you contributed to our campaign. It has been an inspiring past 11 weeks. #teamshory
    Oct 19, 2015 7:20 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    3 Hours Remain-If you need help with where you vote: call 587-333-7501
    Oct 19, 2015 3:09 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    The day is almost half over and we encourage you to get out and vote. The lines are not very long right now, so get out and vote before the evening rush. Remember to vote CONSERVATIVE on the ballot in order to protect our economy and keep your taxes low. Call our office at 587-333-7501 if you need assistance or have any questions. Thank you for your support.
    Oct 19, 2015 12:07 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Oct 19, 2015 6:55 am | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Polling Opens in 15 min! Stop by on your way to work to avoid the lines tonight. Don't know where to vote? Call us at 587 333 7501
    Oct 19, 2015 6:18 am | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Dear Friends, Thank you to all of my friends, family, supporters, and volunteers who have worked so hard to get us this far. Now we need your help to keep Calgary Skyview Conservative by getting out and voting. Tomorrow is election day. If you have not already voted in the advanced polls, please make sure that you go to your correct polling station and vote early. Please note, there is only one federal conservative party, I am the Conservative Party of Canada candidate, NOT the Progressive Canadian Party Candidate. Do not be fooled by Najeeb Butt's confusing party name! If you do not know your polling station, go to: http://www.elections.ca/scripts/vis/FindED?L=e&PAGEID=20 type in your postal code, press enter, then click on "Where do I Vote" on the right side of the page. With your help, we can keep Canada a low tax, pro-jobs and pro-growth country with balanced budgets. Please vote!
    Oct 18, 2015 7:32 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Oct 17, 2015 8:10 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Oct 17, 2015 8:09 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    The Endorsements are In: National Post, Globe and Mail, and the Sun Chain Support Conservatives Check out these endorsements for the Conservatives and our sound economic stewardship, practical priorities for Canada, and solid record on making life better for Canadians: National Post: http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/national-post-view-our-choice-for-government “Canada is one of the world’s great democracies; it needs a serious leader and thoughtful policies. We believe the Conservative Party of Canada have proven that it is best able to form the level-headed and clear-eyed government that this country needs and deserves.” “Our economy is in good shape — better than most of our fellow democracies. The budget is balanced. The country is, unusually for this fractious federation, broadly at peace with itself. Only a country as prosperous, free and secure as Canada would take such accomplishments for granted — and that’s exactly what too many of us have done.” “In contrast, the opposition parties’ policies, though not radical or dangerous, would move us in the wrong direction — and would indeed undo some of the good the Tories have already done.” “While the Liberal leader has held his own, both in the debates and on the campaign trail, he remains one of the least qualified people to be seriously considered for the role of head of government in the modern history of the Westminster parliamentary system.” Globe and Mail: “The key issue of the election should have been the economy and the financial health of Canadians. On that score, the Conservative Party has a solid record.” The Sun Chain: http://www.torontosun.com/2015/10/15/our-choice-is-clear----stephen-harper “We urge you to vote for the leader and party you believe is best qualified to lead Canada. On that basis, we endorse Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives.” “Harper successfully led Canada through the worst recession since the Great Depression, emerging in better shape than almost any other developed country” “He is the only national party leader who understands that in order to maintain its prosperity, Canada must be able to trade with the world and get its resources, including oil and natural gas, to domestic and international markets.”
    Oct 17, 2015 6:57 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Helping Canadians Qualify for Available Jobs When I speak with constituents in Calgary Skyview, their number one concern is jobs for themselves and for their children. My fellow Conservatives and I know how important employment is, both for income and for people’s dignity. We have made job creation through low taxes and international trade our highest priority, doing everything we can to make Canada a friendly economic environment for job-creating businesses. However, we also recognize the challenge faced by employers finding too few workers trained for the available position, and the challenge of graduates going into a workforce where demand for their skills and education has maxed out. To address this skills imbalance, we have taken many measures: • investing more in student loans, • investing in cooperation between business/industry associations and post-secondary institutions to tailor education for available jobs, • introducing the Helmets to Hardhats partnership with Canada’s Building Trades unions to help Veterans and Reservists with exclusive access to jobs and training opportunities in parts of the private sector, • making job related examination fees eligible for the Tuition Tax Credit, • and introducing the Canada Jobs Grant in cooperation with the Provinces to help employers pay to train or retrain workers for available positions. My fellow Conservatives and I want you to succeed economically, so we have worked hard to make it as easy as possible for companies to create jobs and train workers. If re-elected, I will continue to create a job-friendly economy, with opportunities for you and your children.
    Oct 17, 2015 6:06 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Making it Easier for Families to Reconnect: Parent and Grandparent Super Visas http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/supervisa.asp#cn-cont Moving to a new country can involve culture shock, language barriers, and a lack of connections to friends and family, as well as all of the opportunities which Canada provides. My fellow Conservatives and I recognize the challenges newcomers face, so took determined and reasonable measures to aid family reunification, to bring in family supports for immigrants. In addition to slashing the backlog for family class immigrants in the citizenship and immigration system, we introduced an efficient new alternative to full immigration. On December 19, 2011 we introduced the Super Visa program, a multiple entry visa which is valid for ten years and allows parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to visit for up to two years on initial entry. This program allows family to come and visit without placing a burden on Canadian taxpayers, since the families agree to cover all of their expenses. It is no surprise that the program has proven very popular already. If re-elected, I will continue to support policies and programs which keep families together as conveniently as possible without creating a strain on our immigration system or social safety net.
    Oct 17, 2015 9:49 am | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Making Life Easier for Canadian Families Families are the fundamental unit of Canadian society. They produce and nurture the next generation of Canadians, our future workers, voters, and customers. My fellow Conservatives and I have consistently implemented pro-family policies and measures to make starting a family more affordable. In 2006 we brought in the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit to help parents cover the cost of sports activities. Likewise, in 2011 we brought in the Children’s Arts Tax Credit to help parents pay for artistic, cultural, recreational and developmental activities. In 2007 we introduced the Registered Disability Savings Plan to help parents pay for the unforeseen. We even brought in the Adoption Expense Tax Credit in 2013 to help couples who are struggling to start a family. With respect to lower income Canadians, we introduced the Working Income Tax Benefit to help lower income Canadians get past the “welfare wall” and get back into the workforce to provide for their families. In 2007 we brought in the Child Tax Credit, then rolled it into the Universal Child Care Benefit. Unlike the NDP who are promising a massively expensive subsidized day care, we believe that parents know how to spend their own money, so expanded the UCCB to $1,920 per year per child under the age of 6, and $720 per year per child between 6 and 17. If re-elected, I will continue to recognize that parents, not bureaucrats, are responsible for raising their children, so continue to direct pro-family tax policies straight to parents.
    Oct 16, 2015 1:47 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Helping Newcomers Work in Their Fields: Foreign Credential Recognition When I came to Canada, I thought that I would be able to start practicing law right away. After all, I was trained in a Commonwealth country with Common Law heritage, had been practicing in Punjab for years already, and had good English skills. Instead, it took me nine years of low end jobs to feed my family while re-qualifying to practice in Alberta. This experience convinced me to run for office to fix the foreign credential recognition problem, to get qualified foreign trained newcomers on their feet and working in their fields as soon as possible. My fellow Conservatives listened; together we established the Foreign Credential Referral Office. We worked with the Provinces to create the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications. And we launched the Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Pilot Project which provides affordable loans to immigrants re-qualifying in Canada so that they can focus on their programs instead of scrambling to feed their families. This pilot project has been a great success, with over 2000 loans lent, a less than 1% default rate, and a 47% increase in full time employment for the borrowers. If re-elected, my fellow Conservatives and I will make the Foreign Recognition Program permanent and increase its funding to help skilled immigrants integrate and thrive economically.
    Oct 16, 2015 8:56 am | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Setting the Pace for Trade in the 21st Century: the Trans-Pacific Partnership The world needs more Canada, more of our goods, more of our services, and more of our culture! But how do we get these to foreign markets when they want to protect their own industries and keep out foreign competition? Enter the Free Trade Agreement. My fellow Conservatives and I know that the most effective way to help Canadian businesses compete and thrive on the international trade stage is to sign bi-lateral and multilateral free trade agreements with as many countries as we can. As I mentioned earlier, we Conservatives have boosted the number of countries with whom we have trade agreements from 14 to 44 over our time in office. And we are not stopping there. Just last week, we announced the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. This agreement will give Canadian goods and services access to a vast new market, since it covers 40% of the world economy and over 800 million customers. It also modernizes trade rules for the whole Pacific Rim. It will be open to other countries which want to join later after seeing its success. With one in five jobs tied directly to exports, agreements like TPP are the single best way of growing our economy. Unlike Tom Mulcair, who is promising to scrap it, and unlike Justin Trudeau, who is waffling, I will vote to ratify and implement the TPP to create new jobs for Canadians.
    Oct 15, 2015 3:27 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Helping Newcomers Thrive and Prosper: Increasing Settlement Services I always say that whether you flew here, drove here, sailed here, or were born here, Canada welcomes you with open arms if you work hard and follow the rules. So how do you learn the rules? How do you integrate, thrive, and prosper in your new homeland? My fellow Conservatives and I want you to succeed both socially and economically, so we tripled the funding for settlement services to teach newcomers the language, customs, and culture of Canada, while helping them find a job if they do not already have one. Compare this to the Liberal record of frozen funding for thirteen years. We also made it easier for newcomers to learn what it means to be Canadian, to embrace the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. We launched the Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship guide for those applying for citizenship. It clearly sets out Canada’s commitment to the rule of law, political and economic freedom, representative government, and equality before and under the law. Immigrants need to know what to expect when coming to Canada, and what Canada expects of them, so my fellow Conservatives and I stepped up and set it out clearly. As an immigrant myself, and as an MP, I see both sides and know what needs to be done. If re-elected, I will continue to help newcomers integrate and thrive in Canada both economically and socially. I will continue to help immigrants understand what it means to be Canadian and how to enjoy their rights and responsibilities.
    Oct 15, 2015 10:28 am | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Creating Jobs for Canadians by Expanding our Exports Canada is a nation of traders. We were founded on the fur trade, flourished through commerce with Britain and the United States, and confederated to form a free trade zone between the colonies. Conservatives remember this proud heritage and know that fostering international trade is the single best way to grow our economy. We know that over one in five jobs is tied directly to exports. So we have worked very hard to sign and implement new trade treaties. Unlike the Liberals who signed only three trade agreements in thirteen years, and unlike the protectionist NDP who see any free trade as a threat to their union bosses, my fellow Conservatives and I tripled the number of countries with which we have free trade agreements from 14 to 44. We brought in numerous bilateral air transport agreements, foreign investment protection agreements, and science and technology agreements. For example, our agreement with Korea will boost our economy by $1.7 billion, and our agreement with the European Union will boost our economy by $12 billion annually, the equivalent of 80,000 new jobs. If re-elected, I will continue to push hard for new trade agreements to open markets to Canadian goods and services, thus creating more jobs for hard-working Canadians.
    Oct 14, 2015 1:58 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Stopping the Exploitation of Immigrants: Cracking Down on Human Trafficking Canada is a land of opportunity. Immigrants come from around the world to make a better life for themselves and contribute to their new homeland. However, some bad actors see newcomers as targets for sex slavery and forced labour. My fellow Conservatives and I – especially Joy Smith – tackled this problem head on, passing the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act which imposed mandatory minimum sentences on convicted human smugglers and holds ship owners and operators to account for use of their ships in human smuggling operations. Not only did we crack down on the perpetrators of human trafficking, we took solid steps to help the victims of these crimes. We allowed CIC to issue Temporary Resident Permits for 180 days for victims to help them get on their feet and recover from their ordeal without fearing immediate deportation. If re-elected, I will continue to take a hard line against modern day slavers while ensuring that Canada has compassion on their victims.
    Oct 14, 2015 9:00 am | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Later this evening I will be appearing on Radio Sursangam 94.7 tonight starting at 9 PM. Please tune in and share your views through comments and likes .......
    Oct 13, 2015 4:15 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Building Canada: Conservative Achievements in Infrastructure Along with protecting your rights to life, liberty, and property, and defending the country, building infrastructure is one of the main functions of government. The responsibility is split between municipal, provincial, and federal levels, but works best when those three work in concert. My Conservative colleagues and I take this responsibility seriously, so have taken many steps to fund infrastructure construction and upkeep in Canada. To list just a few examples: • we made the Gas Tax Transfer to municipalities permanent, thus providing towns all across Canada with an essential revenue stream to fund essential projects; • We provided $5.5 billion in timely, targeted, and temporary funding in 2009 to infrastructure projects in response to the 2008 Recession; • We introduced the New Building Canada Plan budgeting $53 billion over 10 years for infrastructure projects across Canada: 32.3 billion through the Community Improvement Fund, $14 billion through the New Building Canada Fund, $1.25 billion through a renewed P3 Canada Fund (Private-Public Partnership), and $6 billion delivered as federal support to the provinces, territories, and municipalities; • And from 2007 to 2015 we directed over $202.5 million in funding for infrastructure projects in Calgary Northeast; • In fact, overall federal investment in Calgary Northeast totalled $287.5 million across all departments. If re-elected, I will continue to work with my colleagues to spend responsibly on building and maintaining vital infrastructure across Canada.
    Oct 13, 2015 1:03 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Today I had the opportunity to go on RED FM 106.7 highlight my record in this riding, the plans and policies for the future and benefits of a continued Conservative government for Calgary Skyview. Although Mr. Kang chose not to participate, I appreciated the discussion with the other candidate in a forum that reaches a wide audience through radio.
    Oct 13, 2015 12:28 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Rescuing Files form Limbo: Conservative Achievements in CIC Backlog Reduction http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/publications/action-plan.asp How is it fair to let people apply to a program, take their money, then sit on their file for eight years? Sadly, this was the case with many immigration applications when the Liberals left office in 2006. For example, in 2002 the total backlog for permanent residents was 690,000. By 2006 it was 850,000, and by 2009 it was 1,000,000. Through our Conservative immigration action plan, we stopped the growth of the backlog, turned it around, and have cut it in half. As to Canadian citizenship applications, my Private Member’s Bill which became Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act brings the processing time for citizenship applications down to less than a year and contributes to reducing the backlog by more than 80%. My fellow Conservatives and I believe that Canada’s citizenship and immigration system should be understandable, transparent, and timely. If re-elected, I will continue to work diligently to reduce and eliminate the backlog in immigration and citizenship applications.
    Oct 13, 2015 9:55 am | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Oct 13, 2015 8:56 am | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Please Tune in to listen to The Candidates' Panel Discussion (Calgary-Skyview Federal Riding) Tuesday at 10.00 AM (MT) in #GoodMorningCalgary at REDFM 106.7 ??????-??????? ?? ????? ????????? ?? ???? ?????? ????? ????? ???? ???? ??? ??. ??. 106.7 '?? ??????? ????? 10 ??? (?????? ???? ??????) .
    Oct 13, 2015 8:55 am | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Took some time out from getting out the vote to enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner with some of our volunteers.
    Oct 12, 2015 8:17 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    I enjoyed an excellent meeting today with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Calgary. It's great to see so many committed and loyal supporters and voter who have been friends for many years.
    Oct 12, 2015 6:57 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Making Life Easier for Job-Creating Businesses Unless you are self-employed, if you are in the private sector, your employer pays corporate taxes. These diminish profits and eat into money which could go to expanding the business and hiring more workers. If corporate taxes are too high, Canadian companies have a hard time competing with foreign companies in lower-tax jurisdictions. Unlike the tax-and-spend NDP who have promised to raise taxes on job-creating businesses, my fellow Conservatives and I know that low corporate taxes equal more productivity and more jobs for Canadians. To that end, since 2006 we have lowered the corporate tax rate at the federal level from 21% to 15%, making ours the lowest overall tax rate in the G7. This means that international businesses will find Canada far more attractive, so set up shop here and hire Canadians. Likewise, we are lowering the small business rate to 9% by 2019, having already cut it from 12% to 11% so far. This puts more money back into the businesses which employ the majority of Canadians. If re-elected, my fellow Conservatives and I will follow through on our plan to lower the small business tax rate so that Canadian companies can continue to create more jobs and compete in the global economy.
    Oct 12, 2015 4:38 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Over the past few days we have noticed that campaign signs from across all parties are being stolen and vandalized in Calgary Skyview. I strongly condemn these actions and encourage supporters from all parties to work together to report any such activities to the Calgary Police, as these are criminal acts and does not serve our democracy well.
    Oct 12, 2015 12:16 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Keeping Criminals out of Canada Canada is a land of opportunity; everyone knows it. Unfortunately, it is not just hard-working immigrants seeking a better life in the free market under the rule of law. All manner of bad actors also see Canada as a place to hide from authorities in their own countries or as a land of targets for their crimes. Unlike the soft-on-crime Liberals, Conservatives do not get all weepy about the root causes of foreign criminals, we find them and send them home. My fellow Conservatives and I passed the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act to protect our immigration system from abuse by bad actors, thus protecting Canadians from their predations and devoting the resources which would go to them to worthier newcomers. This Act removed the right to appeal to the Immigration and Refugee Board’s Appeal Division if they were sentenced to more than six months imprisonment in Canada. It also barred those posing serious humanitarian or national security threats to Canada from applying for humanitarian and compassionate consideration. If re-elected, I will continue to work to ensure that Canada’s immigration system admits good people while keeping out criminals.
    Oct 12, 2015 7:15 am | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Greasing the Wheels of Canada-US Trade: Beyond the Border Canada and the United States enjoy the longest undefended border in the world across which flows $1.4 million worth of goods and services every minute! With such a long border and so much trade come security and regulatory issues which can slow everything down. This is why the Conservative government introduced the Beyond the Border Action Plan in which Canada and the United States cooperate on cargo inspection, security screening, and cross-border law enforcement for a faster flow of goods and people with no compromise on security. Unlike the Liberals who only signed three trade agreements in their last thirteen years of government, and unlike the NDP who opposed almost every trade agreement they saw, my fellow Conservatives and I know that over 40% of our nation’s GDP comes from trade, and that the relationship with the USA makes up most of that. We took the action needed to update and facilitate this relationship for the 21st century, will continue to do so, and will continue to protect Canada’s vital trade infrastructure.
    Oct 11, 2015 9:40 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    We have so many things to be thankful for as Canadians. From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.
    Oct 11, 2015 7:36 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Rewarding Loyalty and Punishing Traitors: the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act Canadian citizenship is a precious privilege for immigrants like me. We work hard to qualify for admission, work hard to integrate and learn the language, and work hard to contribute to Canada through our various talents and abilities. Some of us even demonstrate our loyalty by serving in the Armed Forces of our new homeland. Like many right-thinking Canadians, I thought that such loyalty should be rewarded, so I introduced a private member’s bill which later became the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act to reduce the residency requirement by a year before applying for citizenship for such loyal permanent residents. Like the vast majority of Canadians, according to extensive polling I had done, I believe that those who are so disloyal to Canada that they would attack the country as a whole through terrorism, treason, espionage, or taking up arms against our Armed Forces have effectively renounced their citizenship and have no business being in Canada. The Act allows the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to revoke the citizenship of convicted terrorists, traitors, spies, and those taking up arms against the Canadian Armed Forces after a fair trial with all due process, without leaving anyone stateless. Unlike the soft-on-crime Liberals, my fellow Conservatives and I will continue to take treason, terrorism, and espionage seriously while rewarding loyal newcomers.
    Oct 11, 2015 11:21 am | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    In this final week before election day, in this weekend when advanced polls are open, take some time to reflect on what a privilege it is to live in Canada with all of our freedoms, the rule of law, and free and fair elections. I for one am sincerely grateful to be here with my family in my new homeland. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Oct 11, 2015 11:14 am | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Only a few hours left to vote in today's advance polls. If you don't make it today, make sure to go vote tomorrow or Monday. Here are nine great reasons to vote Conservative. Not sure where to vote? Check Elections Canada at http://www.elections.ca/home.aspx Need a ride to the polls? Give our campaign a call at 587-333-7501
    Oct 10, 2015 4:32 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Going Global: Helping Small Businesses on the International Stage http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2015/03/18/pm-announces-support-open-new-markets-small-and-medium-sized-businesses One of my favourite roles in Ottawa is sitting on the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade. We recently studied the government programs supporting small and medium-sized enterprises as they expand into international markets. We heard from a wide range of SME owners on how best Canada can help them grow and expand. Since SMEs employ over 90% of Canadians, our Conservative Government has prioritized helping them break out of the domestic market and bring high quality Canadian goods and services to the world. As part of our Global Markets Action Plan, we are increasing staffing and resources for Trade Commissioner Services, are providing more options for financing for SMEs, and are working toward doubling the number of SMEs exporting over several years. We are vigorously negotiating free trade deals to lower trade barriers for our SMEs, having tripled the number of countries with whom we have agreements from 14 to 44, doing our part to gain market access for our job creators. If re-elected, I will continue to push for expanded international trade, continue to support Canadian businesses as they break onto the world stage, and will continue to make Canada a friendly environment for our job creators.
    Oct 10, 2015 2:12 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Refugee Reform: Fixing a Badly Broken System After thirteen years of Liberal government, Canada’s refugee system was a mess. Bogus claimants spent decades dodging deportation, appealing time after time, racking up taxpayer bills and wasting precious tribunal time. War criminals lived well and terrorists hid in the woodwork because Canada lacked the laws needed to process and expel them. In stark contrast, my fellow Conservatives and I passed the Balanced Refugee Reform Act in 2010 and the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act to speed up processing, allow bogus claimants to be removed from the system quickly, to make the whole system fairer, and to protect Canada from bad actors trying to get in. We also expanded the resettlement program to take in more legitimate refugees for both government sponsored and privately sponsored spots. Canada is a compassionate and generous country, but we are no fools. If re-elected, I will continue to work to improve our asylum system to aid those in need, reject those who will abuse our generosity, and meet our international commitments.
    Oct 10, 2015 10:19 am | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Cutting Job-Killing Regulation: Reducing Red Tape We all know that taxes are only one cost of doing business; complying with all manner of regulations also slows business down and diverts energy to paperwork. Unlike the Liberals, who believe that bureaucrats know better than businessmen how to run a company, my fellow Conservatives and I believe that onerous red tape gets in the way and sucks up time and resources which could go toward expanding the business and creating jobs. So we launched the Red Tape Reduction Commission to study ways to reduce the bureaucratic overhead on Canadian businesses. We reviewed the Commission’s recommendations, and implemented many of the best ones, like a personal favourite: the one for one rule. Now no new regulation imposing a compliance cost can be made unless another one imposing a compliance cost is scrapped. This allows regulation to adapt to the changing times without growing ever more expensive for hard-working Canadian companies. I understand that small and medium-sized businesses employ over 90% of Canadians, and that reducing red tape will result in more economic activity and more jobs. If re-elected, I will continue to work hard for a business friendly environment for Calgary and all of Canada.
    Oct 09, 2015 5:04 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Oct 09, 2015 4:02 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Open House invitation
    Oct 09, 2015 4:01 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Oct 09, 2015 12:12 pm | Alberta, Calgary Northeast
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    Let me ask you a simple question: Do you agree with over 80% of Canadians from all across the country, from all across the political spectrum, from newcomers and established Canadians alike, that convicted terrorists should lose their citizenship?
    Oct 09, 2015 11:41 am | Alberta, Calgary Northeast

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