fOREIGN AFFAIRS & iNTERNATIONAL TRADE
Canada’s foreign policy is dependent upon our ability to maintain diplomatic relations with other countries. Foreign policy is about international relationships – and Canada has never been more alone.
Canadians are distressed as they witness a pattern of undiplomatic behavior as shown by our Prime Minister’s India trip and inability to alleviate tensions with China and our Foreign Affairs Minister’s flippant diplomacy by tweet.
Foreign policy is complex and as a mid-size power, Canada must understand not only what our values are, but also what is at stake in our economic, trade and foreign relationships. Canada must have a comprehensive and informed foreign policy that balances our values with sovereignty, economic security and international alliances.
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.
Assessing the real cost of selling Canada
June 17, 2020
Canada must be clear-eyed about the implications of foreign takeovers of Canadian companies, not only during the current pandemic but in the long term in the new post-COVID-19 world.
A dramatic reduction in share-prices and the market value of critical resource and tech companies has been a major economic consequence of the temporary measures imposed to protect public health. While many nations are focused on weathering the pandemic, other global powers are using the downturn to further their long-term objectives.
Canada is an attractive target...
February 3, 2020
Reviewing Canada’s position on the world stage
On January 8th, 2020, our country was devastated to learn that Ukraine International Flight 752 had been shot down with 176 victims, of whom 57 were Canadians. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to all who are suffering from this devastating tragedy. As Canada mourns the loss of the men, women, and children whose lives were abruptly cut short, we struggle to understand how such a terrible occurrence could happen. The Iranian government has taken responsibility for shooting down Flight 752, adding that it was unintentional. The current Liberal Government has stated its focus is on closure, transparency, accountability, and justice, including compensation...
June 8, 2019
MP’s June Report – Defending Canada’s Arctic Sovereignty and Nation Building for the Future
In 1867, Canada embarked on a great nation building project. We united as a country and built a railway that connected the country from east to west, bringing security and opportunity to what has become a vital heartland of our nation. It wasn’t easy. It took great leadership, courage and sacrifice – but much of the economic success Canada enjoys today would not have been possible...
July 25, 2019
Canada in the World – Defence & our NATO Alliance
May 7, 2019 – We are at an unprecedented time of global instability. International alliances are being questioned, trade negotiations are being challenged, and there is a shift in power dynamics on the global stage. So, what does this mean for Canada and where does Canada stand?
That is precisely what I would like to explore with you at the Town Hall I am hosting on June 10 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library. We will focus on Canada’s military past, Canada’s current role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and what our government should focus on to prepare for the future.
In addition to my role as your Member of Parliament, I was recently elected as Chair of the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association (NATO PA). I lead the Canadian parliamentarians on this association to represent...
February 9, 2019
February 2019 MP’s Report: New Year, New Roles
February 9, 2018 – I have learned over the years that service takes many forms.
I began my career serving as an Air Force Officer in the Royal Canadian Armed Forces. I was proud to serve my country as an Officer, and in 2015 you gave me the opportunity to serve my country again, but this time as your Member of Parliament. A few months in to my term, I was honoured to have been asked to serve as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement.
As Parliamentary Secretary I enjoyed every minute...
May 25, 2018
Young Leaders Poland Youth Forum
WARSAW – We are here today to exchange ideas and experiences from someone like me, a Canadian Member of Parliament, with all of you – the bright young minds and future leaders from across Poland.
I am in Warsaw because I am leading the Canadian delegation of the NATO Parliamentary Association, and we have bunch of meetings, but truth be told, I am more excited to be here with you today! One of my key priorities...
June 29, 2017
Leksand, Sweden Delegation Visit
AURORA – Good morning everyone!
It is a privilege to be here today as the other Federal Government of Canada representative for Aurora – yes, Aurora has two! – to welcome our municipal delegation from Leksand, Sweden on the occasion of your visit the Town of Aurora.
Canada and Sweden have much in common. We share similar values and passions, – not the least of which...