Thank you all for that tremendous welcome.
And thank you Lisa for that generous introduction.
It’s great to be here in Winnipeg.
It’s especially great to be with you with this hardworking, dedicated, principled and enthusiastic Conservative Caucus.
And I want to give a special shout out and thank you to our House leadership team.
To our Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt.
Our House Leader Candice Bergen.
Our Quebec Political Lieutenant Alain Rayes.
Our Deputy House Leader Chris Warkentin.
Our Whip Mark Strahl, be kind to the Whip.
Our Deputy Whip John Brassard.
And our Caucus-Party Liaison Diane Finley.
Thanks very much to our House Leadership Team
And of course our Caucus chair David Sweet
And at the Senate, Leaders Larry Smith and Yonah Martin, Whips Don Plett and Jean-Guy Dagenais, and Senate Caucus Chair David Wells.
Thank you to all of you for being here as well.
So, it’s been a great summer… I’ve had a lot of fun. I’ve made it to every region of this beautiful country. I’ve eaten more hot dogs and hamburgers than I care to admit… I’ve even started to believe some of the things that Jill has been talking about, this whole exercise thing that… she may be on to something.
But it’s been such a great summer because I have had the opportunity to meet so many great Canadians from Coast to Coast, every corner of our great nation. Some who have been dedicated supporters for a while, some who are just brand new to politics, and many more who are just growing sick and tired of Liberal policies that make their lives harder every single day.
Now if you’ve been doing the same thing, you’ve probably been hearing a lot of the same things I’ve been hearing. When you talk to people about the Trudeau government, they’re getting more and more upset. And it’s just not our supporters. It’s just not Conservatives that have stuck with our party throughout the year.
But what’s happening now is that we’re meeting people – we’re meeting people all the time – who say they voted for the Liberals, and now they’re coming to us to tell us they wished they hadn’t.
Now what’s has got them so upset?
Well, for starters there’s the problem on the border, the tent cities, the thousands of people who are illegally crossing.
Then there’s the problem on the border, the tent cities, the thousands of people who are walking in and claiming refugee status.
Canadians are telling us that they are angry that this crisis has been going on since January, and still the Liberals have done nothing to stop the flow of illegal border crossings.
They are angry that people are taking advantage of our generous system.
Canadians are proud to do our share to help the world’s most vulnerable and offer protection to those facing persecution and violence.
But I have been to upstate New York and I’ve been to North Dakota. Those places are safe.
Yet, on Trudeau’s watch, thousands have walked in – encouraged by his irresponsible comments that everyone will be welcomed, when he knows it’s not true.
We already have backlogs growing and you know, it’s not fair and compassionate to the hundreds of thousands of people facing real persecution and violence in refugee camps around the world who now have to wait longer because of Trudeau’s irresponsible actions.
People were also outraged that the Liberal government chose to give a $10.5 million payout to Omar Khadr. A decision they made on their own.
$10.5 million and an apology.
When we get back to Ottawa, we’ll be asking the Liberals about that, too.
But most of all, we’ve been hearing from another group of Canadians…
We’ve been hearing from the very people that Justin Trudeau said he was going to help. The very people that he claimed to work for. They’re feeling mad, they’re feeling betrayed and they’re feeling like they were lied to.
They believed that he was going to be the great defender of the middle class, a message he sold so well…
And yet he’s hurting the very people he claimed to help.
He’s raising payroll taxes making it more expensive for employers to hire people and retain their staff.
He cancelled tax breaks that hardworking Canadians need.
He’s imposing a carbon tax that will raise the cost of everything and kill jobs across the country.
Just when you need a stiff drink to cope with all the Liberal tax hikes, you realize that they’ve raised taxes on beer and wine too.
After two years in power, Justin Trudeau hurts the very people he says he wants to help.
THIS IS THE LIE OF THE LEFT
The Liberals think they hold a monopoly on compassion, tell me what is compassionate about what he is doing?
They don’t know.
They don’t understand.
And believe me, they don’t care.
And I think that realization is starting to sink in all across the country.
Higher taxes help no one.
If they knew,
If they understood,
If they cared,
They wouldn’t be raising those payroll taxes, making it harder for businesses to retain their staff or hire new employees.
And if they knew,
If they understood,
If they cared,
The Liberals would not be punishing local businesses and their employees with crippling new taxes.
Trudeau wants to make local businesses pay more, regardless of their bottom line or the workers they’ll be forced to lay off.
We’re not talking multi-national corporations here. In fact, they’re left protected.
We’re talking about the mom-and-pop businesses that sustain our communities. The cashier working at the hardware store down the street. Or the college kid who just got his first job with the local landscaper.
Hurting small-business job creators is dangerous to the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Canadians.
And look at what the Liberals say. Justin Trudeau actually said that he believes that “small businesses are actually just ways for wealthier Canadians to save on their taxes.”
That was his direct quote.
Now I have no doubt that Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau move in the kind of circles where lots of people do that.
But we talk to and we fight for the plumbers, the mechanics, the grocery store owners, the farmers, the ranchers who just want to create jobs in their community and save for their families.
So you tell me what’s fair about a landscaper who can’t hire more workers when these tax changes come into effect because his tax burden is too heavy?
You tell me what’s fair for the college students who couldn’t find work in the summer because local businesses aren’t offering any new positions?
What’s compassionate about the mechanic who has to cancel expansion plans because business is about to become more expensive?
Well, you’re right, there is nothing fair about it and there is nothing compassionate about it and Conservatives will fight this every step of the way.
These are good people, hardworking people, these are honest people who being by demonized by Justin Trudeau’s Liberals just to pay for their out of control spending.
These are the people that create jobs and stimulate the economy.
I talked to so men and women on the farm who are in the combine at 6am and run it to midnight trying to get crops off before the frost hits.
Families who live above the pizza shop that they opened years ago.
Can you imagine the shock of the mechanic who wakes up early to get to work, hours before his employees, hours before the 5 people who have jobs thanks to the risk he’s taken and the hard work he’s putting in, only to be told at the end of the day, that the Liberals think he’s a tax cheat?
And then as he’s sitting around the dinner table, he opens up the newspaper, and reads that the new taxes he’s paying are going to bail out big companies like Bombardier. That is shameful. That’s not right.
Perhaps the fancy socks, magazine covers, and private islands have clouded Trudeau’s judgement or caused him to forget.
But we know that the liberal policies that he is proposing are hurting the very people he claims to help
New entrants into the workforce. Young Canadians. New Canadians who have come to Canada for the hope and opportunity that we provide.
Now, our job from now until the 2019 election and beyond, is to convince Canadians that there is a better way. We need to bring our positive message to all Canadians.
The Conservative party has always been the party of prosperity. The party that celebrates success and wants all Canadians to share in it. The party that understands that there is more to society than just government.
The party that knows that free people making free decisions grows an economy and makes a country stronger.
The party that rejects the politics of envy and refuses to pit one group of Canadians against another.
Now, it’s going to take a lot of hard work but I know I can count on all of you, the best and most hardworking people on Parliament Hill. I’m counting on your support, your talent and wisdom to help us get the job done.
We know that what we do benefits the lives of all Canadians. We know that we just don’t lower taxes so we can get a favourable opinion piece from the Financial Post or balance the budget so that we like to see black ink on the ledger books.
We cut taxes so families have more money at the end of the month to spend on their priorities; to invest in their children’s education; to make much needed improvement to their homes.
We balance the budget so that future generations of Canadians don’t have to pay more interest payments on the debt the Trudeau Liberals are racking up today. That’s why we do what we do!
So as we go back to Ottawa, the Liberals can continue to listen and take their cues from the cocktail circuits and the Hollywood elites and billionaire CEOS.
We will take ours from the soccer fields, the legion halls, and the grocery stores, the local businesses who create jobs and opportunities because that’s who we are, and that’s who we’re fighting for!!
So let’s get to work!