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Time to grow up.

Canadians, including senior members of the Liberal caucus, are speaking loud and clear. Canadians are looking for pandemic leadership. Canadians are standing up right now, grabbing this moment in our history, because they know there is something fundamentally wrong when a Prime Minister refuses to listen.

Countries around the world are changing direction, but here in Canada our Prime Minister resorts to playground antics and calling people names. If ever there was a time for inspired leadership, it is now. Will the Prime Minister grow up? Will he do his job? Will he listen to Canadians?

This week, Trudeau walked out of QP during my question. If you missed the exchange, you can check it out here: 

On Monday, February 14, Members of Parliament were given the opportunity to support a Conservative motion calling for a concrete plan showing Canadians a roadmap out of COVID-19 restrictions and mandates.
While Conservatives and Bloc MPs supported this motion, Liberal and NDP members defeated it. Liberals are telling Canadians they don’t want to put any effort in to a plan or path forward, instead they are focusing on dividing Canadians with inflammatory rhetoric.
I have not supported federal mandates and continue to call on the government to release a concrete plan on when mandates will be eliminated. We know Canadians do not support this, and will continue to demand better for our country, businesses and families who want to see an end to Federal mandates.

The Emergencies Act

And what happens next?


On February 14th Trudeau invoked the never before used Emergencies Act.

There are four types of emergencies listed in the Emergencies Act: a public welfare emergency, a public order emergency, an international emergency, and a war emergency. In this case, the government has declared a public order emergency.

The Liberals declared a public order emergency to deal with the current protests. A public order emergency, “means an emergency that arises from threats to the security of Canada and that is so serious as to be a national emergency (Part II, 16).”

The emergency declaration is considered effective the date that it is issued, but there must be a motion of confirmation in the House within seven days. 

Once the motion is brought forward in Parliament, the House will consider and debate the motion without interruption. Once the House is ready for the question of the motion, the Speaker will put the motion to a vote. 

If the House votes against the motion, the declaration of emergency is revoked effective the day of the negative vote.

What about the vote?

Although the Act is effective as soon as it is issued, within 7 days it must be put before Parliament. The Liberals brought the motion to the House on Wednesday February 16, and the debate will take place until Monday Feb. 21. NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh, has already announced the NDP will support the Liberals in Parliament for their emergency declaration.

Conservatives have been challenging the Liberal government’s invocation of the Emergencies Act. There is no justification of the invoking the act which has massive repercussions and is an unprecedented overreach of power. 

Unless the NDP change their perspective on this Act, as indicated by their Leader, they will support the Liberal motion for it's continuation for 30 days and it will likely pass with majority support. 

What are the next steps?

As mentioned, as MPs we will be given the opportunity to debate and vote on this Act within seven days. If it passes, Parliament can also reconsider a declaration of emergency fully or a portion of it, if a motion is brought forward in the House of Commons with the signatures of 20 members of the House of Commons or 10 members of the Senate. Parliament must consider this motion within 3 days (59(1)). The motion cannot be debated for more than 10 hours and, upon expiry, the Speaker will put the motion to a vote. If the motion is passed, the declaration of emergency and its accompanying powers is revoked.

Final thoughts

We have a Liberal government which continues to disrespect Parliament. Trudeau took The Speaker to court rather than hand over documents ordered by Parliament, has collapsed debate on important legislation, filibustered committees to avoid answering serious questions, shut down Parliament during a health crisis, interfered in a criminal investigation into SNC Lavalin and has given itself the power to rule by decree. 

There is a lot of broken trust between Canadians and the government when it comes to whether or not there is confidence in the Liberal's ability to use legislation properly and not abuse their authority.

Parliament exists to challenge, to question, to reflect, to analyze and to make laws better. We need to protect our democracy by protecting our democratic institutions. That is what we will do. While our opportunities are limited as Opposition, we will use all the tools in our tool belt - we will continue to ask the tough question, demand for transparency and I will vote against implementing the Emergencies Act.
Trudeau has not justified why the Emergencies Act is needed. This falls squarely at his feet as a leadership failure of his government. Here’s what you can do 

A Vote of Confidence

How it works

I have been receiving a number of emails from constituents asking for a non-confidence vote, or asking the Governor General to intervene on a matter of no confidence. As always, I appreciate each one of your emails.  It is important I hear from my constituents, and your advocacy on this topic has been heard loud and clear. I want to clarify what a vote of confidence is and when they happen for those of you interested. 

The Governor General doesn’t have powers to unilaterally remove the Prime Minister. She can, at the request of the majority of the House of Commons, dissolve parliament and issue writs (call an election), if the majority of Members of Parliament state they have lost confidence in the Prime Minister to govern. This is done through what is called a vote of confidence in the House of Commons.

Confidence votes exist to ensure the Prime Minister and his Cabinet are accountable to the House of Commons. The convention of confidence provides that if the government is defeated in the House on a confidence question, then the government is expected to resign or seek the dissolution of Parliament in order for a general election to be held. 

The vote on the Throne Speech for example, which took place just two weeks ago, was a vote of confidence in the Government. Conservatives, including myself, voted no. The NDP and Bloc supported the government and the Liberals survived a vote of confidence earlier this month. There have been several other votes of confidence since the election, and Conservatives were the only party to vote against.

Conservatives have voted against every confidence motion since the start of the parliamentary session and confidence votes will appear before the House on a regular basis, including Bill C-8 and once the budget is tabled. 

Conservatives are on side, however, Liberals only need the support of one other party to survive a confidence vote, and either the Bloc and NDP have supported the Liberals on every matter of confidence.

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