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VOLUME 3   ISSUE 8
ON THE HILL 

As you will see further along I have had another couple of busy weeks both in Saskatoon and in Ottawa. 

I had another very interesting and informative meeting with my Youth Advisory Board.  They are all so enthusiastic and have many good ideas. 

It was an honour to speak at the Circle Drive Alliance Church celebrating Volunteer Appreciation Week.  The Church offers a great variety of programs that are all run by volunteers.  Quite an accomplishment!

I also brought greetings to the Hindu community of Saskatoon at their spiritual gathering.  As I told them in my remarks, one of the benefits of being a Member of Parliament is that you get to attend many varied events and you learn things that you might not otherwise know.  It was a very nice time with that community and the two Swamis visiting from Toronto.

Finally, I recently sent out a flyer regarding Budget 2018 and the deficit.  The response has been amazing.  I haven’t had a chance to go through them all yet but there are well over 300.  I appreciate your input regardless of whether you agree or disagree.

As always, if you require assistance with a Federal issue please don’t hesitate to get in touch with my office.

Kevin Waugh, MP
Saskatoon-Grasswood

NEWS FROM THE HILL 
Canadians stand in support of the people of Toronto as they come together to support families impacted by this tragedy. The stories of bravery, selflessness, and kindness that have emerged have been an inspiration to an entire nation.

Above:  Our Conservative staff on Parliament Hill stood in a show of solidarity in honour of the Humboldt Broncos.  The tragic Humboldt Broncos bus accident has deeply affected all Canadians and has touched people around the world.  

Above:  It was good to meet with members of the Saskatoon Police Association in my Ottawa office.  Harry LeRoux,  Dean Pringle (President),  Bill Bergeron and Devon Racicot.  We discussed a number of topics that are of major concern to police forces nationwide.

Above:  The Canada-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group Annual General Meeting.  The purpose of the Group is to work for a greater friendship and goodwill between parliamentarians of Canada and Israel and serve to further cooperation between both countries.
ECONOMIC AND FISCAL OUTLOOK - APRIL 2018

This week the Parliamentary Budget Officer tabled his Economic and Fiscal Outlook – April 2018. The report finds that the Liberals’ carbon tax will reduce GDP by $10 billion per year by 2022 and that this year’s deficit will be $22 billion – almost four times what Justin Trudeau promised.  In addition, interest on the national debt will rise to almost $40 billion by 2022, an increase of nearly two-thirds from last year and much higher than Minister Morneau promised.

 

Conservatives understand that every penny over $10 billion in deficit spending is a broken promise; that Justin Trudeau is raising taxes on middle class Canadians to pay for his out-of-control spending; and that every time Justin Trudeau gives with one hand, he takes more with the other.  To view the entire report please click here.  

TRUDEAU HAS FAILED TO BE HONEST ABOUT ATWAL AFFAIR
Justin Trudeau’s National Security Advisor debunked the PM's theory that rogue elements in the Indian government were behind Jaspal Atwal’s presence in India.
Trudeau's national security advisor, Daniel Jean appeared before the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security to deliver the non-classified information that was given to the media during Trudeau's India trip.  He claimed that it was his decision to brief the media in order to "debunk misinformation" that the RCMP, CSIS and High Commission knew about Atwal, had advised PMO against inviting him and that the PMO had ignored their advice.  Mr. Jean also confirmed that the coordinated effort to sabotage the Prime Minister's reputation was not orchestrated by the Indian government.  This means that Justin Trudeau lied to Canadians when he accused the Indian government of planting Atwal at his events.  

Conservatives will continue to call for Justin Trudeau to apologize to Canadians and the Indian government for his lies.
JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS FAILING CANADIANS
Not only has the Prime Minister failed to champion important projects like Trans Mountain, he is actually making matters worse by imposing policies that harm the Canadian energy sector, like the carbon tax and new regulations that penalize Canadian oil exports.

Considering the Prime Minister's track record of failure, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Kinder Morgan is now suspending work on the Trans Mountain Expansion project.

 

Canadians deserve a government that will get the job done. 
CANADA RELAXES RESTRICTIONS FOR IMMIGRANTS WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Canada’s long standing policy has been to restrict entry to people with serious medical issues and those who pose a threat to public safety and public health in Canada.  This is because these migrants would be a net drain on our social welfare programs and public health care system.  But now - the Trudeau Liberals want to open Canada’s doors, and our hospitals, to the world’s sickest immigrants. 
Starting June 1, Canada will welcome newcomers who pose an excessive demand on health and social services. 
And they didn’t consider the consequences of an open invitation to people with serious illnesses around the world.  This will have a serious impact on health care spending.  But the Liberals don't care, since health care is administered by the provinces.

This is a reckless change.

IN THE COMMUNITY 
SASKATOON-GRASSWOOD YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD
Our Saskatoon-Grasswood Youth Advisory Board is a non-partisan community link between the youth of Saskatoon-Grasswood and Federal Government representatives and it shows that our constituency cares about our young people and it gives youth a place to discuss issues that matter to them.  It provides an opportunity to grow, learn and contribute to society - resulting in a better future for all Canadians!  Our community can benefit from our youths expertise, enthusiasm and pride.  At our latest meeting we had great conversation around the topics of legalization of marijuana, rising government debt and the carbon tax.  This is a great group of youth that truly want to make a difference in their community!
PRESENTING A PETITION ON BEHALF OF SASKATOON RESIDENTS
I presented a petition on behalf of Saskatoon residents who are concerned regarding the new application requirements for the Canada Summer Jobs program.

Groups applying for 2018 funding were required to endorse an attestation by checking a box, indicating their affirmation of certain beliefs held by the current government, described by many as a “values test.” Such a values test contravenes the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees the freedom of religion and conscience, of thought, belief, opinion and expression, as well as “equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination”.

It is no coincidence that the number of rejections has spiked due to the controversial attestation.

This leaves hundreds of programs across the country vulnerable. These groups must now consider modifying or cancelling programs, while others will be forced to launch emergency fundraising campaigns. It is disheartening to think that this whole situation could have been avoided.
Above:  Lal Khan Malik, National President Ahmadiyya Muslim jama’at and the Saskatoon congregation spent some time with Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench to offer their support and express their sympathies.

Above:  I was pleased to join Circle Drive Alliance Church saluting Volunteer Week in Canada.  Thank you Pastor Eldon Boldt for inviting me to speak on volunteerism in our great country. 12.7 million Canadians volunteer.  That’s 1 out of 3 people!  We thank the 540 volunteers at Circle Drive Alliance who makes this a wonderful worship community in Saskatoon. We all have busy lifestyles, but reach out and thank those who give their time, so many others can enjoy.

Above Left:  Pastors Murray and Glenda Lees of Humboldt offered prayers at the Saskatoon Prayer Breakfast. 
Above Right:  I had a great time at the movie 'Because of Gracia'.  Chris Massaglia, played the lead actor Chase Morgan.   It's the story of four teenage seniors in their final year of high school and the life altering decisions that they have to make.  Congratulations, Tom Simes of Saskatoon for your work directing this movie.  
Above:  I was pleased to bring greetings at the BAPS’s spiritual gathering in the presence of Pujya Haripriya Swamiji and Pujya Anandsetu Swamiji in Saskatoon. What amazing and inspirational thoughts shared about unity, morally, ethical and addiction free life.  Thank you for your warm welcome!
Above Left:  SaskAbilities held their 68th Annual General Meeting.  Andy Livingston accepted his 2nd term as President.  The Saskatchewan Abilities Council has been a staple in the province since its inception in 1950.  Their focus on ability has guided much of what they do as an organization, helping us support countless children, youth and adults experiencing disability to enhance their independence and participation in the community.
Above Right:  I met with Brittany Ford, Crystal Daschner and Cathi Crook of The Body Shop.  The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International launched a campaign to end cosmetic animal testing.  They are putting their support behind an amendment to the Food and Drug Act (S-214), known as The Cruelty Free Cosmetics bill.  
NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY 
SASKATCHEWAN VOLUNTEER MEDAL RECIPIENTS
Saskatchewan enjoys a rich history of volunteerism, rooted deep in our province’s collective past, from neighbours helping neighbours during the formative years following Saskatchewan’s founding, and continuing today in many different endeavours.  The Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal was established in 1995 to recognize the extraordinary work done by volunteers across the province.  

This years Volunteer medal recipients are;
Michelle Al-Katib, Community Leader, White City
Mal Barber, Business Owner, Weyburn
Scott Boyes, Public Servant, La Ronge
Robert Dumur, Business Owner, Pasqua Lake
Shirley Frydenlund, Community Builder, Allan
Audrey Heit, Retired Special Care Aide, Kindersley
Paul Jaspar, Chartered Professional Accountant, Saskatoon
Helene Kesten, Social Worker, Regina
Eugene Paquin, Retired Educator, Saskatoon
Vincent Somogyi, Farmer, Willowbrook

Congratulations to all of the 2017 recipients on receiving this honour as some of Saskatchewan’s best volunteers!
FIRE IN THE KITCHEN COOK OFF
The Saskatchewan Professional Fire Fighter's Association (SPFFA) is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual FIRE in the Kitchen Cook Off!  On Saturday May 5, 2018 they are bringing the very best Fire Fighter, Paramedic and 911 Dispatcher Chefs to Saskatoon for this unique fundraiser in support of the SPFFA Burn Fund.
In 1974 the SPFFA established the Burn Fund as a registered non-profit charity. Our main purpose is to raise and distribute funds to help Saskatchewan burn patients and their families with treatment, care and rehabilitation.  
Ticket sales end April 30, 2018.
One organ donor can save up to eight lives and one tissue donor can enhance the lives of 75 people.
  • In Saskatchewan, about 70 people are waiting for a kidney transplant and more than 80 are waiting for a cornea transplant.
  • In 2016, there were 14 multi-organ donors and 39 cornea donors in our province; 29 people received a kidney transplant; and 58 cornea transplants were performed.
  • The first transplant in Saskatchewan, a kidney, took place just over 50 years ago on December 10, 1963, and over 800 kidney transplants have been performed in our province since.
  • Saskatchewan has the largest surgical bone donation program in Canada. Most donated bone comes from hip replacement surgery and is used in many surgical procedures that require bone grafts.
  • Age doesn't matter: Canada's oldest organ donor was 93.
  • Donation will only be considered after every effort has been made to save your life.
ENABLING ACCESSIBILITY FUND
APPLICATION DEADLINE - MAY 24, 2018
The 2018 Enabling Accessibility Fund is open for not-for-profit and Indigenous organizations, municipalities and territorial governments to apply for funding for retrofit, renovation or new construction projects of accessible facilities or venues for concepts (CFC) for mid-sized projects.

Eligible applicants have until May 24, 2018, to submit their project concept application.
For more information please click here
DON'T FORGET TO FILE YOUR TAXES
Make sure you are claiming everything you qualify for this tax season. Download the Tax Guide for submitting your claim for 2017.
2017 INCOME TAX AND BENEFIT GUIDE
Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world. When you join MS Walk, you join our country’s collective effort to help improve the lives of Canadians affected by MS. The dollars you raise are invested in world-leading MS research happening right here in Canada. It’s an exciting time for MS research, and your fundraising will help improve the quality of life of Canadians affected by MS today, and those who may receive a diagnosis tomorrow.  Bring your family and friends together to share in the start/finish-line activities, team awards ceremonies and amazing stories from people living with MS!
Sunday, April 29th
Archibald Arena - 1410 Windsor Street
Check in time:  8:30 am
Start time:  10:00 am
Route Length:  3 km or 6 km
To register click here
UNDER OUR SKIN - THE UNTOLD STORY OF LYME DISEASE
A chilling tale of microbes, medicine and money, this Oscar shortlisted film has changed the landscape of the Lyme epidemic, bringing unprecedented awareness in an engaging and accessible way. The definitive record of the Lyme controversy, UNDER OUR SKIN exposes a hidden story of medical and scientific malfeasance and neglect.  As official case numbers explode and hundreds of thousands of people around the world go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, the film is as relevant and timely as ever.
May 7th - 7:00 pm
Scotiabank Theatre - 347 2nd Avenue South
Admission by donation
Brought to you by the Saskatchewan Lyme Disease Association
IT'S A BOY!
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has safely delivered a son weighing 8lbs 7oz. This is the third child for the royal couple. The baby is Queen Elizabeth II’s sixth great-grandchild and fifth in line to the throne, after grandfather Prince Charles, father Prince William and the two older siblings. Welcome to the world Royal baby No. 3!
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DAYS
To help you dispose of your household hazardous wastes, the City coordinates Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days between April and November. On the dates listed below, a temporary site is set up in Lot C, at SaskTel Centre (101 - 3515 Thatcher Avenue), for residents of Saskatoon to drop-off their household hazardous waste materials for recycling or safe disposal. 

Hours:  8:00 am to 2:30 pm.
May 27 (Sunday)
June 16
July 14
August 18
September 8
October 28 (Sunday)
November 17
THOUGHT OF THE DAY

Free trade has always been an important issue for Canadians; indeed, as a country, Canada has ratified Free Trade Agreements with many other international partners, including the United States, South Korea, and the European Union. These deals have contributed enormously to Canadian economic productivity and have brought opportunities to millions of Canadian workers and consumers.  However, despite Canada`s openness to free trade at the international level, significant barriers to free trade exist internally at the interprovincial level.  Following the Supreme Court of Canada`s decision in the case of Gerard Comeau, we have discovered that Canadian consumers may not be allowed to even simply transport cases of beer across provincial boundaries.  In response to these unfair restrictions, Justin Trudeau has made no moves to modify the Canadian Free Trade Agreement which was signed by his government in 2017.  Within the current internal trade framework, $50 to $130 billion in potential growth to Canada’s GDP is lost due to restrictions which hurt both Canadian businesses and consumers.  As a result, the economic potential of Canada is stifled by these barriers which prevent Canadians from transporting goods and conducting business within their own country.  However, Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government have remained passive on this issue, to the detriment of Canadians who simply seek the freedom to work and transport legal goods across provinces without being penalized for it.  The Liberals have shown themselves to be unwilling to negotiate trade disputes between Alberta and British Columbia concerning the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, and so unsurprisingly, they have also demonstrated that they are reluctant to take concrete steps towards ensuring that goods such as beer and liquor are allowed to pass freely across provinces.  It is absurd that Canadians should benefit from free trade internationally, but not have the same kind of opportunities domestically.  Conservatives recognize the importance of this issue; Justin Trudeau, on the other hand, evidently does not.

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