October Community News

Fall is here and the House of Commons has resumed sitting again. At the start of every new session, I find myself grateful to the residents of Calgary Forest Lawn for sending me here to represent your interests. 

We are also starting this session with our newly elected Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre. The issues we are focused on for the session are the priorities I heard from my constituents throughout the summer – runaway inflation, jobs, taxation (led by double carbon taxation), deficits/debt and the continuing war on Canada’s farmers and oil and gas industry.

If there are other issues that you think we should be addressing, please email me. The Conservative caucus is very united behind our new leader and we are working hard to hold this government to account on these crucial issues. Pierre Poilievre is fairly well known in Calgary as he grew up here and attended the University of Calgary and he spoke at my Stampede Breakfast in July. However, I am still looking forward to introducing him to Calgary Forest Lawn residents over the coming months and laying out a common sense Conservative plan for the future. 

In your service,
Jasraj Singh Hallan
Member of Parliament
Calgary Forest Lawn
Hurricane Fiona Relief Fund If you are looking to help victims of Hurricane Fiona in Atlantic Canada, you can donate to the Red Cross here.

“The Canadian Red Cross is working to get help to people in and around affected areas as quickly as possible and provide humanitarian assistance for new needs as they arise. Money raised will enable the Red Cross to carry out relief, recovery, resiliency and risk reduction activities in and beyond the region at the individual and community levels.The Government of Canada will match donations made to the Hurricane Fiona in Canada Appeal by Canadians and corporations up to October 23, 2022.”
We Have Moved! For years, the constituents of Calgary Forest Lawn have been coming to 525 – 28 St SE for help navigating the federal government.  Our new location is 2912 Memorial Drive SE, #220. Don’t worry if you go to the old office by mistake, we’ve only moved across Memorial for a little more space.  We look forward to seeing you soon!
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, abortion, animal rights, oil and gas emissions, fertilizer emissions, immigration from Afghanistan, Middle-East peace, immigration delays, universal basic income, Ukraine refugees, airport delays, ArriveCan requirements, cost-of-living, passport delays, religion and politics, public service compensation, Rogers/Shaw merger, credit card surcharges, handgun import laws, provincial policing, dental care, carbon tax, natural health products, censorship, clinical trials, privacy laws, environmental protection laws, quarantine requirements, old-growth forests, plasma purchasing, medical assistance in dying, firearms laws, luxury taxes, healthcare delivery, wildfires, racism, nuclear treaties, ocean health, political leadership, labour shortages, housing costs, food costs, Emergencies Act and internet hate.  Due to the volume of mail and the variety of issues, we appreciate your patience in awaiting a response.
All That Jas Podcast 

The All That Jas Podcast returned from a summer break this past month.

Our first guests were Anila Lee Yuen, President and CEO of the Centre for Newcomers. The CFN is based in Calgary Forest Lawn and they do a lot of great work helping newcomers settle in Calgary, with a wide variety of services. I thought we had a great conversation, give it a listen and let me know what you think. 

I also talked to my colleague MP Todd Doherty who represents Cariboo-Prince George about his efforts to bring about the 988 Suicide Hotline. He had very personal reasons for his work on this and thanks to a bipartisan effort, he was successful. 

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.

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCryuIRLdoAsv6EhEPhomS3g
Google https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS8xOTI2MTg4LnJzcw?sa=X&ved=0CAMQ4aUDahcKEwj4qeq4–b1AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQNQ
Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/0ipU8dwqjQg7UA3BfTExni
Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/all-that-jas-podcast/id1608037143
Carbon Taxation and Canada’s Food Supply
My colleagues and I have focused most of our questions in the House of Commons over the last couple of weeks on the Trudeau Liberals commitment to triple the carbon tax, add a second carbon tax (Clean Fuel Standard) and raise other payroll taxes.

My perspective on this is that many families in Calgary Forest Lawn are already struggling, particularly after a rough 2 1/2 years of the pandemic with many layoffs affecting constituents. Adding more taxes at such a precarious time is a mistake.

The NDP-Liberals mostly do not provide an answer or deflect into other irrelevant issues but they still insist that a carbon tax will lower Canada’s emissions. The fact that emissions have never gone down even once during the last seven years (not including the first year of pandemic) tells Canadians that the NDP-Liberal strategy is out of touch with our needs.
Canada’s inflation rate cools to 7%, but food prices are still climbing (CBC)

Inflation has slowed ever so slightly last month but it is still at 7%. Most of that decrease from previous months was because the price of gasoline came down a bit, not because of anything the federal government did to help ease the pressure on Canadians.

In fact, most of the NDP-Liberal strategy seems to be “wait and see.” In other words, they are just going to wait and see if the problem solves itself rather than doing anything to help Canadians. Prices increasing by 7% in addition to all the other taxes and fee increases that the Trudeau government is adding to your energy and inevitably your grocery bill is very worrying and that is why we are so focused on this crucial issue.

Unfortunately, the really tough times will start as the Bank of Canada is forced to raise interest rates to try and keep the inflation rate in check.
ArriveCan Needs to Go! (Update – Victory) 

Finally, after months of pressure from the Conservative Opposition, the NDP-Liberal government has announced the end of border restrictions and made the use of the ArriveCan app optional. This move takes effect on October 1.The NDP-Liberals border policies were never guided by science but politics. I am glad they have finally come to their senses and Canadians can now travel freely without needless restrictions and slowdowns.
Calgary Forest Lawn Youth Advisory Council – Apply Today

Calgary Forest Lawn Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a non-partisan youth council set up through my office. The council was established in 2019 by students and young professionals across the Greater Calgary Area. YAC is an outlet for young people with informed perspectives to discuss the broader implications of policy issues facing Canada and find policy solutions. It provides me with a different perspective to understand how policy issues are affecting young people and what solutions they are looking towards. Apply here.
Grants & Funding
My 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 Bank
If you need help getting back to work, try accessing the jobs being listed on the government website, visit www.jobbank.gc.ca 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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