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Conservative Caucus’ Alberta Jobs Taskforce to address growing jobs crisis

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Ottawa, October 3, 2016 – Today, members of the Conservative Alberta Caucus were on hand to announce the launch of the Alberta Jobs Taskforce in response to the growing jobs crisis in the province of Alberta,where since the beginning of 2015, the number of Albertans out of work has nearly doubled to 200,000.

The announcement, made by the Hon. Michelle Rempel, MP for Calgary-Nose Hill and Matt Jeneroux, MP for Edmonton Riverbend, positions the Alberta Jobs Taskforce as a collaborative approach in finding real solutions to the very real jobs crisis in Alberta and offers a viable solution to the Liberal government’s failure to put forward a targeted jobs plan for Albertans.

Over the coming weeks, the Taskforce will collect information from everyday Albertans, employers, small businesses, social assistance organizations, workers and other stakeholders – all of whom are affected by the current jobs crisis and have valuable insight and ideas to share. The Taskforce will produce a report containing tangible policy solutions and budget requests, all while drawing attention to an unemployment problem that is of growing national concern.

“The unemployment rate in Calgary is the highest in the country. I will not be wasting any time to work with my constituents on developing a plan that gets them back to work. I am hosting my first Alberta Jobs Taskforce roundtable on Friday, October 14th from 10am to noon at the McKenzie Towne Hall (40 McKenzie Towne Blvd SE, Calgary). Whether unemployed or underemployed, I invite anyone to come and share with me their stories and ideas” said Tom Kmiec, MP for Calgary Shepard.

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Jeff Park

Constituency Assistant

Telephone (403) 462-7871

E-mail: tom.kmiec.c1@parl.gc.ca

 

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Motion introduced in Parliament to formally recognize genocide against the Kurds

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OTTAWA, ON, September 28, 2016 - Tom Kmiec, Member of Parliament for Calgary Shepard, today tabled a motion to officially recognize the 1988 Anfal campaign against the Kurds as a genocide. These murders directed by Saddam Hussein resulted in the deaths of up to 182,000 Kurds and included the one-day massacre of 5,000 Kurds in Halabja by chemical weapons.

“Given that the Kurdish people were systematically targeted for extermination based on their ethnicity, there can be no question that this qualifies as genocide,” Kmiec says. “Canada has a long tradition of standing up for persecuted people and condemning atrocities such as this.” In 2008, Parliament recognized the Ukrainian Holodomor as genocide, as well as formally acknowledging the Armenian genocide in 2004.

The government of Iraq, in addition to the parliaments of the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Norway, has formally recognized the Anfal campaign.

Tom Kmiec is the chair of the Parliamentary Friends of the Kurds, an all-parties caucus dedicated to cultivating dialogue and forming stronger parliamentary ties with the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq.

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For further information:

Jeff Park

Constituency Assistant

(403) 462-7871, tom.kmiec.c1@parl.gc.ca

 

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Close to 35,000 Canadians sign petition calling on Liberal Government to support oil and gas industry

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Yesterday I joined colleagues Shannon Stubbs and John Barlow to present petition e-216 signed by 34,537 Canadians from across the country, calling on the Liberal government to support the oil and gas industry, new pipelines across Canada, and hundreds of thousands of employed and unemployed oil workers. We were also joined by Mark Scholz, President of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) and David Lefebvre, Director General of the Quebec Oil and Gas Association.

The hardship experienced by those in the oilpatch was echoed by Bernard Hancock, an oil and gas worker struggling to stay employed while others continue to be out of work in the downturn. Bernard gave a heartfelt statement on the need for the Liberal government to support new pipelines.

MP Tom Kmiec endorses Maxime Bernier for CPC leadership

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I have spent the better part of the last two months talking to members in my riding and to supporters about the federal conservative leadership race. I heard back from hundreds of them who provided me with feedback and outlined the types of qualities as well as ideas they wanted to see a new federal conservative leader to promote.
Nearly one year ago, I posted my thoughts on the conservative leadership. I strongly believed then and do now that the next leader of the conservative party needs to also lead the conservative movement, and that means promoting new and fresh ideas.
That’s why I am endorsing Maxime Bernier for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and will be joining his campaign team as Co-Chair for Alberta.
We differentiate ourselves from the Liberals and the New Democrats by our focus on grassroots but also on our ability to develop big, fresh new ideas. In 2019, Canadians won’t vote for us because we are cool or fashionable – they will only vote for us if we offer them a better set of ideas to improve their daily lives. We will earn their votes by convincing them that we do have their best interests in mind and that we believe our ideas will make Canada even greater than it is now.
Maxime is the only candidate for the conservative leadership offering bold, new free market ideas that energize our grassroots and give us a fighting chance in 2019. Maxime is an advocate of free markets, promotes popular capitalism and defends the interest of the taxpayer.
Maxime is a conservative by conviction, not opportunism.
I got into politics because I believe the battle of ideas is worth having. The price of caring about issues is eternal vigilance and activism. Balancing budgets, reducing taxes, open and accountable government, expanding free trade, pro-family tax policies and ending corporate welfare are not just good ideas because they fit a conservative worldview. They are good ideas because they allow for the greatest opportunity for individuals to make their own choices, choose their own path and achieve their own dreams.
Maxime has a proven record of articulating free market principles, expanding the reach of our ideas to new people and defending conservative values. He will unite our party, defend the constitution and run a strong electoral campaign of ideas in 2019.
As former Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier said, Canada is free and freedom is our nationality.
With Maxime as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada we can ensure that free market ideas, fairness, respect and the unity of our movement are core parts of our refreshed conservative identity.
Let’s get it done.
Tom Kmiec, MP for Calgary Shepard

MP Tom Kmiec supports the Kidney March in fight against kidney disease

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Ottawa, September 9, 2016 – Today, Tom Kmiec, Member of Parliament for Calgary Shepard, is joining the Kidney March for a third year in a row as a volunteer and crew member behind the weekend-long event, to support those marching against kidney disease.

The Kidney March is a three-day, 100-kilometre walk through beautiful Kananaskis Country that helps raise funds and allows the Kidney Foundation of Canada to contribute funding to research, organ transplant programs, and services for those with chronic kidney conditions. The Kidney March organization is a few thousand dollars shy from its 2016 fundraising goal and each year it uses the money it collects to fund kidney research projects in Canada.

A 2-time Kidney Marcher and past board member with the Kidney Foundation of Canada's southern Alberta chapter, MP Kmiec explained his continued support for those suffering from kidney disease: “My two oldest kids, Maximilian and Jolie, were both born with a condition called Alport syndrome; ‎a rare, degenerative and chronic kidney disease, and the Kidney March is helping put kidney disease on the map in a big way.”

MP Kmiec’s involvement with the Kidney March highlights his continued effort on the issue of kidney disease and organ donation in Canada. Earlier this year, he denounced the Liberal government for voting down private member’s bill C-223, An Act to establish the Canadian Organ Donor Registry and to coordinate as well as promote organ and tissue donation throughout Canada, which would have established a national strategy on organ and tissue to tackle Canada’s poor organ donation rates and improve coordination between provinces.

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Telephone: (613) 222-1603

 

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Beginning of Session Open House

With Parliament resuming in a few weeks, I want to know what you think about the current issues Canadians are facing. On Friday, September 30th, from 3-7pm, I am hosting an open house at my constituency office, located at 2784 Glenmore Trail SE.

I invite you all to come and share with me your concerns for your community and the country, so that I can better stand up for your interests. This open house will also give you a chance to meet with your neighbours and see the office if you have not been there yet.

 

Another great Calgary Stampede

Having served several thousand pancakes at various Stampede events around the city, I can say that it was great to see so many of you throughout the last ten days. I hope that you enjoyed celebrating Calgary’s western heritage and the dedicated and hardworking spirit of Albertans as much as I did!

Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement of my work as a Member of Parliament. I look forward to seeing you next year at Stampede 2017!

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In your service, 

Tom 

MP Tom Kmiec denounces Liberal government for voting down Canadian Organ Donor Registry Act

 

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Ottawa, June 15, 2016 – Today, Tom Kmiec, Member of Parliament for Calgary Shepard, denounced the Liberal government for voting down private member’s bill C-223, An Act to establish the Canadian Organ Donor Registry and to coordinate as well as promote organ and tissue donation throughout Canada. The move will prevent the bill from being put forth to the Standing Committee on Health to be further studied and hear from witnesses.

The private member’s bill by Ziad Aboultaif, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Manning, details a national strategy on organ and tissue donation that would improve coordination of the actions being done in the different provinces, and lays out nine further points for a national strategy that would go after the structural issues and bottlenecks in the system.

 “Given that my two oldest kids, Maximilian and Jolie, were both born with a condition called Alport syndrome; ‎a rare, degenerative and chronic kidney disease, ‎this issue hits close to home. I will never stop advocating for public policy improvements that make the lives of organ recipients and donors better.” said Mr. Kmiec in a statement. ‎Mr. Kmiec added: "I want to thank the small contingent of Liberal members who voted for this Bill as well as the New Democrats."

Canada’s organ donation rate is among the world’s worst. More than 90% of Canadians support organ and tissue donation in theory, but less than 25% have made plans to donate. While some provinces have a large percentage of citizens having indicated they wish to be organ and tissue donors, others have very few, far below the national average.

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For further information contact:

Jeff Park

Constituency Assistant

Telephone (403) 462-7871

E-mail: tom.kmiec.c1@parl.gc.ca

 

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Speaking in support of the Canadian Organ Donor Registry Act

Today I spoke on Private Member’s Bill C-223, An Act to establish the Canadian Organ Donor Registry and to coordinate and promote organ and tissue donation throughout Canada, tabled by my colleague Ziad Aboultaif.

This is an issue I am passionate about from first-hand experience. My two oldest kids, Maximilian and Jolie, were both born with a condition called Alport syndrome, a chronic degenerative kidney disease. My wife, Evangeline, is also affected.

Like for many of you, this issue hits close to home and I will never stop advocating for public policy improvements that make the lives of organ recipients and donors better.

Canada’s organ donation rate is among the world’s worst. More than 90% of Canadians support organ and tissue donation in theory, but less than 25% have made plans to donate. While some provinces have a large percentage of citizens having indicated they wish to be organ and tissue donors, others have very few, far below the national average.

Working together we can make a small change that can save many Canadian lives. This proposed law would improve coordination, end bottlenecks and kick-off a national organ and tissue donation conversation.