November Community News

Lest We Forget 

It is that time of year when we reflect on the sacrifices of those who gave their lives in defence of our country. They fought for freedom so that we may enjoy the peace we have today. 

We take the time on November 11 to pause and remember those sacrifices. We may also reflect on the wars around the world that continue to rage and how fortunate we are to be in Canada. I plan to reflect from the service at Legion 286 here in Calgary Forest Lawn which I have attended for the last several years. 

In other developments, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre has asked me to take on the role of Shadow Minister for Finance and Middle Class Prosperity. It is a great honour and responsibility to take on this role of leading the Conservative charge on finances and the economy in the House of Commons. 

We post videos on social media and my YouTube channel regularly, please pass along your thoughts on how I am doing. 

In your service,
Jasraj Singh Hallan
Member of Parliament
Calgary Forest Lawn

The rate of inflation continues to ravage family budgets. My inbox fills up every day with stories from individuals and families who are struggling to keep up. Both workers and seniors on a fixed income are struggling equally with increased costs of literally everything. 

Every day in the House of Commons we plead with the NDP-Liberals to stop raising our taxes, particularly the tripling of the carbon tax, but our pleas are falling on deaf ears. Sadly, the standard Trudeau response is that inflation is not as bad in Canada as it is elsewhere so suck it up.
From The Mailbox 
Here is a list of issues that I have received correspondence on from Calgary Forest Lawn constituents over the last month – inflation, NEXUS delays, sports funding, Iran protests, valour decorations, disability supports, digital privacy, conscience rights, support for chronic diseases, cancer screening, nuclear power, war in Ukraine, passenger rail, passport delays, copyright laws, royalty laws, fur farming, housing, plastic pollution, CBC funding, Truth & Reconciliation, resource extraction, climate change, privacy laws, censorship, digital IDs, COVID rules, agricultural practices, fish farming, herbicides, Juno Beach development, military recruitment, credit card fees, Hockey Canada, education, sports funding, immigration delays,  horse slaughter, LNG exports, immigration from Afghanistan, party leadership, universal basic income, Middle-East peace, voting reform, ArriveCan app, cost-of-living, Rogers/Shaw merger, provincial policing, dental care, carbon tax, firearms laws, short-term loans, disability benefits, housing costs, food costs, and medical assistance in dying (MAID).  Due to the volume of mail and the variety of issues, we appreciate your patience in awaiting a response.
All That Jas Podcast 
We had a great month at The All That Jas Podcast this past month.

Gurpreet Lail from Enserva (formerly the Petroleum Services Assoc of Canada shared her thoughts on the state of the energy industry today.  

I also talked to my colleagues MPs Jaime Schmale (The Blueprint podcast) and Richard Bragdon. We talked about many things but carbon taxation and the fact that the Liberals have never met a carbon reduction target despite their radical approach. 

It is my goal to bring you interesting and relevant conversations so please let us know your thoughts, in the comment sections or by email. And please leave a review. Have an idea for a guest that you think would be fantastic? Send that over too.
Happy Diwali & Bandi Chhor Divas!Happy Diwali & Bandi Chhor Divas! On this day, Shri Guru Hargobind Singh Ji was released from a Mughal prison. The Guru was allowed to take with him as many kings that could hold onto the Guru’s “chola.” This day is a celebration of when “right” prevailed over “wrong.” Diwali is celebrated by Hindus and marks the return of Lord Ram from exile.
Canada’s Annual deficit is $90.2 Billion!

The NDP-Liberal government ran a $90.2 Billion deficit last year. While that number is lower than some expected, it is still one of the highest peacetime deficits in Canadian history.

This is a Prime Minister who in 2015 promised to just run a “small” deficit ($10B) and then proceeded to run it up to $30B from a balanced budget. The national debt has ballooned to almost $1.3 Trillion.In fact, PM Trudeau has added more has added more to Canada’s debt than all previous governments combined.

“This ever-increasing debt is one of the reasons why public debt charges are now one of the largest single line items in the federal budget. For 2021/2022, it cost Canada $24.5 billion just to pay the interest on its federal debt — a figure that is expected to grow considerably as interest rates as expected to continue their climb from the rock-bottom figures that have dominated for much of the last decade.”
Many constituents wrote to me in the past year about the Juno Beach Centre in Normandy, France.  It is Canada’s World War II museum and cultural centre and honours the 45,000 Canadians who lost their lives during War II, of which 5,500 were killed during the Battle of Normandy and 381 on D-Day. Many Canadians felt that special site deserved to be protected, but it was being threatened with a proposed condominium development. In time for Remembrance Day, I can report today that through the efforts of the Canadian and French (national, regional and local levels) governments, an agreement has been reached to avoid any development in the area for the next 99 years.  Further and ongoing efforts seek to make that a permanent assurance.
Grants & FundingMy office fields many calls about whether how to access funding from the federal government. You can find grants and funding by using this handy online tool provided by the Government of Canada.  Funding is available in many categories and is continually adjusted as the federal government’s policy priorities change.  Click here.
Which Benefits Are You Eligible For?The Benefits Finder tool allows you to determine what benefits you may be entitled to by answering a few easy questions.  After completing the quick multiple-choice questions, your possible benefits are short-listed and additional information is provided.  Many federal-provincial programs are also incorporated into the search results. Link here.
Canada Job BankIf you need help getting back to work, try accessing the jobs being listed on the government website, visit to see the latest opportunities.  Hundreds of jobs are listed that are in our community and they offer Canadians with a wide variety of work experiences. 
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