dEMOCRACY AND GOVERNING
Canadians expect their federal leaders to hold themselves to a high ethical standard. They are entrusted with preserving the public good, managing our tax dollars and representing us on the world stage. They must have elected officials that reflect our values of honour and integrity.
Canadians were shocked to hear the explosive testimony of former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould on the SNC-Lavalin affair earlier this year. Her story was one of inappropriate, and potentially illegal pressure placed on her by the Prime Minister and his top officials – all to let a connected corporation off the hook on corruption charges.
Not only has the Prime Minister and his office been rocked by the SNC scandal, but there are also questions that remain over the breach of trust charge levelled against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, who was only doing his job to ensure the Royal Canadian Navy received a desperately needed supply ship.
The Prime Minister is failing to meet the obligations of his high office. If he will not stand up to protect the rule of law, the fundamental nature of our democracy is compromised.
I encourage you to click through the links below to see what I have been doing as the Member of Parliament to ensure this important federal priority is heard in the riding and in Ottawa.
July 20, 2020
From WE to “ME, ME, ME”: How the Liberals are eroding Canada’s democracy
To simply call it a scandal fails to capture the true seriousness of the issue. The concerns surrounding the award of a $910 million contract to the WE Charity represent neither a mistake nor an oversight. The matter must not be discounted as a minor infraction nor viewed in isolation. The WE Charity contract award highlights serious failings of this government on many fronts.
First, it represents a failure of Canada’s federal procurement process. As a former government procurement officer, I was trained extensively in the government procurement laws and processes, as well as the related authorities and responsibilities. The contract procedure is comprehensive and designed...
June 18, 2020
Canada’s Fragile Democracy
The global pandemic has shifted the way we work, live, and interact with each other on all levels. It has given us the opportunity to view ourselves and our country in a new light. We have an increased appreciation for things that before we might have taken for granted. While in other areas things we viewed as subtle cracks we are beginning to see them for the graver challenges they are. Canada’s democracy is one of them. Canadians are proud of our democracy, but it may be one of those fundamental elements that “we don’t know what we’ve got until its gone”.
Parliament has not been in session...
March 14, 2019
As with any scandal things are never as they appear on the surface and the SNC-Lavalin affair is no exception.
The Prime Minister is seeking to claim the moral high ground convincing us there is “nothing to see here”. We must not be taken in by this deception for this issue is as serious as they come.
In an attempt to argue their actions were within the law, the Prime Minister, some Cabinet Ministers, Prime Minister’s Office staff, and the Clerk of the Privy Council have claimed...
May 28, 2019
Letter to the Editor – In defence of democracy: Justin Trudeau accused again of interfering in criminal investigation
Our democracy continues to be shaken as we have once again witnessed Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government’s attempt to tip the scales of justice and work to destroy people who have stood for what’s right and in defence of the rule of law.
Mark Norman served as Canada’s Vice Chief of the Defence Staff. He was charged with one count of breach of trust for allegedly leaking sensitive documents related to the procurement of a supply ship for the Royal Canadian Navy.
The Crown recently stayed its charge against...