Following the conclusion of the Parliamentary session, James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman issued the following statement:
“This was an active session in which many of the results will directly impact the people of Manitoba. Unfortunately, Justin Trudeau continues to nickel and dime Canadians from coast-to-coast-coast. Liberals have added new taxes on public transport, alcohol, the tourism industry and small businesses owners in our communities. Conservative will continue to be the voice of the taxpayer. We will not be silent while Justin Trudeau makes life more expensive for Canadians.
“Locally, Conservatives made sure that concerns from our constituents were heard. I questioned the Fisheries Minister, moved a motion at the committee and argued against the Liberals ill-advised decision. The local municipalities and the Manitoba PC government added their voices to remind the Liberals of the essential role of the Coast Guard in our communities. After significant backlash, the Liberals backtracked on their decision to close the Coast Guard Stations in Selkirk, Gimli, and Kenora.
“Unlike, Justin Trudeau Liberals’, Conservatives will always put the safety of our communities as our top priority. Our caucus is deeply concerned about the spike in illegal border crossings near Emerson, MB. Not only is it extremely dangerous for those illegally crossing by foot, it also compromises the integrity of our border. Canada is a safe and welcoming country, but we must also take steps to protect our border and ensure the process for entering our country is consistent and fair for all seeking refuge in Canada.
“I was also quick to voice my concern over Manitoba Criminal Code Review Board’s decision to grant Vince Li an absolute discharge. The Criminal Code Review Board never considered the rights of Tim Mclean’s family.
“On the national level Justin Trudeau continues to disregard our military and Canada’s national security. In addition to selling off a Canadian security intelligence company to China, the Liberals have consistently cut the Department of National Defence budget and made a mess of important procurement projects, including replacing our fighter jets and navy vessels.
“At the end of the session I was proud to be the final witness at the foreign affairs committee for Bill S-226, Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law). I look forward seeing this Bill become law in the fall. Canada must to do its part to protect the victims of human rights abusers and cannot continue to be a safe haven for corrupt foreign officials.
“With approximately two years left in Prime Minister Trudeau’s mandate, Conservatives will continue to work hard to hold the government to account for their out of control spending and naïve approach to our national security. With our new and dynamic leader, Andrew Scheer, our caucus is the government in waiting. Our Conservative caucus is united and looking out for all working people and their families. We are looking forward to putting an end the Liberals’ destructive policies in 2019.”