February 2022 News
Canada stands in solidarity with Ukraine | Feb 24, 2022
Together with millions of Canadians and the Ukrainian community in Canada, we condemn Putin’s actions. Putin’s contemptible aggression and invasion of Ukraine is unacceptable. His attack on the Ukrainian people and their democratically elected government is despicable. Conservatives stand ready to defend the rules-based international order against these grievous violations of international law.
This week, the Prime Minister invoked the Emergencies Act to end various protests. Instead of supporting a Conservative motion to create a plan that would end COVID-19 restrictions and allow for peaceful resolution, the Prime Minister is escalating matters.
Clarification | Feb 15, 2022
It has come to our attention that there is a post going around stating Chris didn’t support the Conservative’s motion asking the Liberal government for a plan to start lifting the mandates and restrictions.
To clarify, the image shows he voted YES for the Conservative motion. Also shown is the voting records showing party votes.
Meeting with CASA | Feb 15, 2022
Students are very much the future of our nation. This morning I had an enjoyable and constructive conversation with the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA). We discussed many elements of post-secondary students’ lives and challenges. Mental health support, student loans and grants, accessibility to education for indigenous peoples and international students’ experience here in Canada were some of the main subjects we covered.
Thank you to Duncan Walsh and Kordell Wajtaszek for such a helpful meeting.
Another Carbon Tax Increase | Feb 12, 2022
Just a heads up, the carbon tax will be going up again in April. Prepare your home budget and tax return accordingly. Residents in Ontario can claim the climate action incentive with their income tax return. It probably won’t cover all the costs of the carbon tax as it keeps increasing. You may also qualify for a 10% supplement if you are a resident of a small or rural community. Beginning in July 2022, amounts will be paid on a quarterly basis.
Just moments ago, I asked the Prime Minister when he will listen to Canadians, end mandates, and re-open the economy? Members of his own Caucus are calling him out for his divisive tactics and for using the pandemic for political gain. These protests and the consequences fall squarely on the lap of the Prime Minister.
Today, it was my honour to rise in the House to introduce legislation to amend the Income Tax Act to allow tradespersons to claim travel expenses for work at least 120 kilometers from their residence in the same manner that self-employed individuals can claim.
Canada shed 200,100 jobs, the most since January 2021, and the jobless rate jumped to 6.5% from 6.0% in December, Statistics Canada said. Analysts surveyed by Reuters had expected a loss of 117,500 jobs and the unemployment rate to rise to 6.2%.
Ottawa, ON: Last night, the Conservative Caucus voted to initiate a Leadership race to determine the next Leader of the Conservative Party. I look forward to hearing from the people of Essex as they share their vision of a Conservative Leader that would represent them well, in opposition and into the next federal election.
Back to Work!! | Feb 3, 2022
It was good to finally be back to committee business last night!
Thank you to Brian Kingston, President of Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association for being a witness on the International Trade Committee. Your input was extremely important as we take on the topic of Electric Vehicles and Canada-US trade relations!!
Meeting with Dairy Farmers of Ontario | Feb 1, 2022
On the agenda for my meeting with the Dairy Farmers of Ontario was the lack of clarity on the compensation for dairy farmers promised by the Liberal government as a result of the CUSMA deal, importing illegal US dairy at the border, and the fact that Canadian Dairy should be part of any national school food program! Thank you to Vicky Morrison, John Wynands, Roger Boerse, Erik Tremblay and Heather MacGregor for a productive meeting on dairy!