Riding Update – Winter Break
January 25, 2019
I always look forward to returning to the Yellowhead riding and this winter break is no exception. I had the opportunity to spend some time with family and getting caught up with meetings, phone calls, correspondence and attending events.
Upon my return to the riding on December 15th, I spent most of the month in meetings with constituents and organizations to discuss various issues such as the Trans Mountain Pipeline, CN, Mountain Pine Beetle…
On the 17th I was in the riding office and on the 18th I met with constituents in Rocky Mountain House.
On the 19th I drove to Edmonton to attend an oil and gas rally with our Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer and the next day I met with Westmoreland Coal before returning to Edson.
On December 21st I hosted an Open House – Christmas gathering in my Edson office. Thanks to everyone who took the time to come in. It was quite a turn-out. Later that evening I attended a Christmas party in Jasper.
On the 22nd, I attended ‘Save the Pipeline Rally in Edson. I was proud to see and participate in this well attended gathering.
From December 23rd to 26th I was at home and from December 27th to January 4th, I toured Vancouver Island to view the massive damage done due to the strong winds.
From January 7th to 9th, I was in Edson, the 10th in Hinton and the 11th back in Edson.
On January 12th, as part of the Canada Parliamentary 2019 Delegation, I flew to Vancouver to meet with the Vancouver Consul General for Taiwan where we discussed trade and other relations before flying that evening to Taipei where we attended a briefing at the Canadian Trade Office. While in Taipei we had numerous meetings with legislators, senior officials and Canadian diplomats stationed there. Our experience in Taipei gave us a better understanding of the dynamics of Canada’s relationship with Taiwan. We returned on January 20th.
On the 22nd I headed to Edmonton for an open house with stakeholders regarding labour issues and returned to Edson on the 23rd.
On January 25th, I was proud to be a torch bearer in the MNP Canada Winter Games Torch Relay in Leduc. Immediately following the event, I headed to the airport for a flight back to Ottawa for the Conservative Winter Caucus Retreat. We spent the week-end in meetings, bringing forward and discussing a wide range of issues as we prepared for the reopening of Parliament on Monday, January 28th.
Look for my update next Friday on the happenings of Parliament.
To my constituents:
Just a reminder that winter weather can be unforgiving especially for those of us that have to drive. On the 21st of December, I witnessed a vehicle lose control and roll into a ditch. As the elderly gentleman was injured, I assisted him, along with others, until the ambulance arrived.
On the 23rd of January I once again, witnessed an east bound vehicle on Highway 16 roll and go into a ditch. I stopped and thankfully he was not injured. On both days, I did not realize the roads were bad or icy but when I went to assist in both situations, they were!
Complacency is dangerous to all! Folks you take care out there and drive according to the weather conditions. Be safe!
P.S. The Canada Winter Games start on February 15th in Red Deer.