Dear Fellow Canadian,
Reflecting on the “Nasty Numbers” below, you may be concerned about the economic health of our great country. Instead of just worrying, why not join the upcoming “Things That Matter” Webinar on “Rebuilding the Economy”, with Finance Critic Ed Fast and Financial Planner Ian Mellor?
Join us at 7pm PT on Thursday, May 13th by registering here. This event rides hard on the heels of our recent episode with Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole – “On Leadership.” If you missed past events, click here to view Erin’s remarks and other episodes.
If you’d like to help spread the word about this event, please relay this invitation to others in our riding.
With best regards,
Some “Nasty Numbers”
Like me, you may be vexed that our debt now exceeds One Trillion Dollars. a 1 followed by 12 zero’s: $1,000,000,000,000. Based on our population of 38,243,251, including Permanent Residents, each man, woman, and child in Canada owes $26,340 in Federal Debt. This is apart from debt of other governments and personal debt. Based on the Government’s own projections, Canada is on track by 2025 to owe $40 billion in debt service charges, if interest rates continue at their historical low. The amount we Canadians pay in taxes to cover interest expenses is set nearly to double within five years. Ouch.
(West Vancouver, BC, Ap 26, 2021) – John Weston, candidate for Canada's Conservatives in West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country, will host the next Prime Minister of Canada, the Honourable Erin O'Toole, at a special riding event. John's "Things That Matter" webinar series regularly hosts some of the country's leading experts as it relates to the priorities of the people of the riding. Mr. O'Toole will take part in a special episode on "Leadership", and will detail the importance of strong representation as well as outline how the Conservatives’ goal to secure the future through Canada's Recovery Plan will help Canadians across the country, including in West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country.
John Weston has a proud record of representing the people of West Vancouver –Sunshine Coast – Sea to Sky Country and is ready to serve again. The "Things That Matter" webinar series allows residents to help provide insights on how they can be better represented, and help John be a highly effective Member of Parliament.
"Leadership is ultimately what will define Canada's destiny as we confront the most challenging times our country has ever seen," said Weston. "Erin has devoted his life to public service, and I invite you to meet him and bring your questions on Zoom, and participate with us in defining the "Things That Matter"."
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Dear Fellow Canadian,
Erin O’Toole, Leader of the Conservative Party, brings a unique perspective in his dedication to Canadians as a leader in both the private and public sector experience at a time when we need desperately to look beyond the COVID-19 horizon to a Canada that is successful in post-pandemic recovery.
“How can we rebuild an economy when government intervenes more and more each day, in our lives and pocketbooks?” Asks Erin O’Toole. “How can we stand up for freedom, democracy, and the rule of law abroad without first securing our democratic principles at home?”
As potentially Canada’s next Prime Minister, Erin honours our riding with a digital visit. Please register at this link to join us at 6pm PT Thursday, April 29th. This fifth episode of our “Things That Matter” Series promises you a chance to pose questions and participate. I’m very excited to host him virtually in our riding and to have you, as valued members of our community, join us.
Candidate for Member of Parliament
West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast -Sea to Sky Country
(West Vancouver, April 19, 2021) – John Weston, Former Member of Parliament for West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky Country has been officially acclaimed to represent the Conservative Party of Canada as its candidate in the next Federal Election. “I’m grateful for the honour to represent my Party once again. My campaign began long before the nomination,” said Weston. ”In the upcoming campaign, Canada’s Conservatives will present our plan to secure the future by focusing on jobs, accountability, mental health, stockpiling essential medical products, and balancing the budget over the next decade. We will also showcase our comprehensive environment plan to reduce emissions while creating jobs and growing the economy.”
"British Columbians and especially the people of my riding know the importance of Canada's relations with the Pacific Rim. Ripples from the shore of China quickly become economic and human rights tsunamis on our western shores. Having spent a decade in Taiwan and China myself, I’m delighted to welcome as guests Foreign Affairs Critic Michael Chong & author Jonathan Manthorpe to our upcoming webinar, the latest episode in our ‘Things That Matter’ series.” People can register for this “Managing Our Foreign Affairs” webinar at johnweston4mp.ca “As cynical as it is, I believe Justin Trudeau is manoeuvring Canadians into an election this June. That’s why I’m working now to ensure we do our part to end Canada’s current crushing experience of woeful, bad judgment in the Prime Minister’s Office. We have so much good to accomplish together!” For more information on John Weston’s campaign, visit the website johnweston4mp.ca and Weston’s social media platforms. - 30 -
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John Weston, March 22, 2021
I was a delegate at the Conservative Convention whose delegates stumbled on a land mine last Friday. I confess I didn’t have a chance to read the resolution, Section A-2340 “Environmental Principles”, until afterwards and I did not vote on the matter.
It’s an example of horrible drafting, sweeping in such a large variety of statements that anyone who looked closely could find something offensive in the 276-word resolution, composed of 13 separate pronouncements, any one of which could have stood on its own as a proposition worthy of debate at a national convention.
Putting a large number of statements together in a resolution, from the self-evident to the controversial, is classic bad drafting. As Obama wrote in Audacity of Hope, the practice invites disaster as voters who oppose one of the controversial statements is deemed to oppose the self-evident ones as well.
One of the component pronouncements ought not even to have been in there: “We recognize climate change is real.” Anyone who goes outside knows it. The statement is so self-evident that Leader Erin O’Toole stated it as a truism in his speech later that day.
I believe climate change is real. I belong to a Party with conservation at its core. While delegates voted against the compendious statement called Section A-2340, most Party members understand the gravity of climate change and are committed to doing something to combat it. If that weren’t true, Erin O’Toole would not be the Party’s Leader and I would not be seeking the Party’s nomination to run in the next election.
No one's talking about it but the Conservative Convention did pass a separate resolution to enhance the environment: "The Conservative Party supports the legislated emissions caps to reduce smog-causing pollutants such as nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide, and volatile organic compounds, ground-level ozone and particulate matter. We support stringent vehicle fuel efficiency and exhaust emission standards and the adoption of a pan-Canadian low carbon aluminium purchasing policy."
O’Toole’s commitment to this subject is one reason why I’m running again. What Canadians and especially young Canadians want to know is what are we going to do about it and why our plan is better than what Liberals will do.
More than ever, I hope you’ll attend and promote the next session of “Things That Matter”, at 7pm PT, on Wednesday, March 31st. It happens to be right on point: “Enhancing Our Environment”. You won’t be surprised I will express support for a robust environmental policy that firmly addresses climate change. My guest panellists include Tory Shadow Environment Critic and MP Dan Albas; world-renowned environmental engineer David Bromley, and ZoAnn Morten, Program Coordinator for DFO’s Streamkeepers and Founding member of the North Shore Streamkeepers.
John Weston, March 15, 2021
English philosopher Edmund Burke said, “Evil happens when good people do nothing.” On the one hand, we owe it to our children and grandchildren - Indigenous people would say, to seven generations - to ensure we take steps today that create a secure future for tomorrow. That means, protecting our liberty and our prosperity from forces that would do us harm.
It also means acknowledging our forebearers, people who sacrificed to get us where we are today. In this respect, I can’t help but think of what my late Dad went through, as a prisoner in WW II. He was captured in Singapore, tortured, starved, and subjected to every jungle disease you could imagine. At one point, a doctor removed his appendix using only a razor blade. After being liberated, on the way home to see his fiancée for the first time in years, he wrote this, in a letter I treasure, to this day:
I have asked myself why I should be treated as I have been in these long past 5 years - have I sinned, or offended that I must first go through Hell before achieving happiness…
People like my Dad didn’t necessarily know what they were getting into when they committed to protect our freedoms. They couldn’t make sense of things that happened to them. But one thing’s for sure. They would have expected us, the beneficiaries of their sacrifice, to hold up our part of the bargain.
Last Thursday, we heard from three leaders in their area of expertise, persons who have dedicated their lives to protecting our way of life: Cal Chrustie, former RCMP Senior Operations Officer for Transnational Organized Crime; Bob Young, former Head of CSIS for BC; and Stephen Day, Commanding Officer of Canada’s elite Special Forces Unit JTF2.
If I had to select one theme from what we heard from those three powerful speakers, it was a focus on self-sufficiency and how we as everyday Canadians can help ourselves. We learned something of our deficiencies in awareness of global threats, both by leaders and the average citizen. Our speakers suggested we as Canadians need to demand more of our politicians. This was a good warning for me as I get ready to pursue the nomination of my party to run for M.P. in West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky Country.
The record of the event will be posted this week at johnweston4mp.ca/events. The next event in the “Things That Matter” Series - “Enhancing Our Environment and Fisheries” - runs at 7 pm, Wednesday, March 31st. You can register for free at johnweston4mp.ca/events.
John Weston, Jan 14, 2021
The world recently observed the anniversary of the Iranian Government’scatastrophic downing of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752). All onboard lost their lives, including many of Persian background.
Canadian-Iranians around the country counted family members and friends among the victims. I particularly felt the hurt among friends on Vancouver's North Shore, where I live. My family and I offer our sincere condolences to those affected by this tragedy.
Having served for seven years as the first-ever Canadian GovernmentLiaison to the Canadian-Iranian Community, the event made me wonder if it's time for the Government of Canada to bring that position back.
People of Persian background form an important cultural, social, financial, and human component of Canadian society, especially on the North Shore. They also have needs that differ from those of all other Canadians.
For good reason, Canada in 2012 severed diplomatic relations with Iran. As a result, there are no embassies between the two countries and no easy way for Canadian-Iranians to take up typical tasks performed by diplomats. They have to go through intermediary “protector” powers.
Canadians of Iranian background, therefore, have uncommon difficulties in arranging travel between their former home country and Canada. They have special problems in conducting trade, investment, and the transfer of money.
Families and friends of the victims of Flight 752 are still seeking justice a year after the tragedy. Some do not know where to turn for representation in Ottawa. The Office of Government Liaison to the Canadian-IranianPeople could serve well in these circumstances.
To my friends in the Canadian-Iranian Community, I encourage you never to give up in your pursuit of justice and never to forsake the hope for democracy in Iran. I know you’ll always cherish the loved ones you lost. I sincerely hope their lives have not been lost in vain.
Lawyer John Weston served as the Member of Parliament for WestVancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky Country and as the first-ever Canadian Government Liaison to the Canadian-Iranian Community from 2008-2015.
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