Open Letter to Canadians
September 3, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Red Deer – Mountain View, AB
“If there are candidates who don’t support it (climate change plan)—or any other part of Canada’s Recovery Plan—they won’t be sitting in the caucus of a future Conservative government.” – Erin O’Toole, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, August 29, 2021
If your Member of Parliament (MP) is unable to question anything that the leader of their respective party does, publishes or stands for, what is the purpose of having that MP in your riding?
Do you want to elect someone who is beholden to the party narrative and is unwilling to support your interests? Or would it be prudent to elect someone who is willing to stand up for you, your family and your community regardless of what the issue is or what level of government the issue applies to?
I have been asked how I would be an effective MP as a member of a small political party. Here’s how:
- Use 135-B Press Conference Room and the National Press Theatre on a regular basis to bring national attention to issues impacting residents of Red Deer-Mountain View, specifically through the use of professionals in the fields of tax, economics, health care, Charter Rights, and others.
- As a member of a small political party focused on individual liberties, I am not beholden to the party, the leader or a specific narrative. This can be seen through the work I’ve done to date.
- I have committed to hold monthly in person town hall meetings within the riding to ensure I am learning from residents in order to effectively advocate on your behalf.
- I will work to build coalitions with other MPs who also promote smaller government and increased individual liberties in an effort to grow the freedom movement across Canada.
- Challenge decisions made by other levels of government that impact your Charter Rights and Freedoms including lockdowns, mandatory vaccines, vaccine passports and others.
- Work with all levels of government to reduce the size and scope of government, based on your ideas from town hall meetings, because you know what’s best for you and your family.
Candidate for Red Deer – Mountain View, AB
There’s no free lunch.. But an O’Toole Conservative Government will pay for half of yours
News Release from The Conservative Party of Canada
Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, released his plan to introduce a Dine and Discover program to support the tourism and hospitality sectors.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disastrous effect on Canada’s tourism and hospitality sectors,” said O’Toole. “A Conservative government will act quickly to recover the one million jobs lost during the pandemic and help these businesses get back on their feet.”
Through Canada’s Recovery Plan, a Conservative government will introduce a Dine and Discover program to encourage Canadians to support these hard-hit sectors. This initiative will:
- Provide a 50 per cent rebate for food and non-alcoholic drinks purchased for dine-in from Monday to Wednesday for one month, once it is safe to do so, pumping nearly $1 billion into these sectors.
- Launch the Explore and Support Canada initiative with a 15 per cent tax credit for vacation expenses of up to $1,000 per person to encourage Canadians to vacation in Canada in 2022, helping the tourism sector get back on its feet.
- Eliminate the Liberal escalator tax on alcohol.
“We will help Canadians deal with the rising cost of living, while supporting those who work in our hospitality sector,” said O’Toole.
If you don’t care about securing support for Canada’s tourism and hospitality sectors, you have three parties to choose from in this election. If you do, then there is only one choice – Canada’s Conservatives.
To get Canadians back to work, the federal government needs to focus on helping the hardest-hit sectors, including the hospitality and tourism sectors. To support these sectors, Canada’s Conservatives will introduce a new Dine and Discover program.
“Dine”: Restaurant refund initiative
Once it is safe to do so, Canada’s Conservatives will support the recovery of the restaurant sector by providing a 50 per cent rebate for food and non-alcoholic drinks purchased for dine-in service from Monday to Wednesday.
Modelled on a similar program in the United Kingdom, this initiative will encourage Canadians to get back into restaurants on days of the week when restaurants tend to have excess capacity.
The customer will immediately receive the rebate, which will appear directly on the bill. Businesses will receive their rebate from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) within days of submitting the claim through a CRA portal similar, to that used for emergency business supports.
There will be no limit on the number of times that an individual customer may use the program, but the program would cover a maximum meal cost of $35 per patron per visit. The program will apply to a wide range of establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, pubs, bars, coffee shops, and canteens.
This will support workers by injecting nearly $1 billion into the restaurant, hospitality, and tourism industries.
“Discover”: Explore and Support Canada initiative
Canada’s Conservatives will establish an Explore and Support Canada initiative to encourage Canadians to support the recovery of the Canadian tourism and hospitality sectors. Conservatives will create a refundable 15 per cent tax credit for vacation expenses of up to $1,000 per person for Canadians to vacation in Canada in 2022.
For a couple, this would mean savings of up to $300 on their next family trip if they vacation in Canada.
Eligible expenses would include:
- Accommodations, including hotels, motels, and other short-term rentals;
- Restaurant meals, including delivery fees and tips;
- Entry fees to attractions, parks, cultural events, museums, festivals, sporting events, and other attractions; and
- Travel, including car rentals, RV rentals, bus rides, taxi rides, airfare, tolls, and parking.
This program will benefit Canadian workers in hotels, restaurants, airlines, festivals, museums, and a wide range of businesses in the tourism and hospitality industries.
This will support workers by injecting over $1.5 billion into these sectors.
- Restaurants employ 1.2 million Canadians and contribute $95 billion to GDP.
- The Canadian tourism industry supports 1.8 million jobs and contributes $102 billion to GDP.
- About 533,000 workers in the tourism industry lost their jobs in 2020.
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