Cathay Wagantall, M.P.
 
 
 
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This is no ordinary summer 
 

I hope this note finds you well.
 
This has been a spring and summer unlike any we've experienced. For over four months now, the people of Yorkton--Melville have been asked to sacrifice their usual way of life, their entrepreneurial spirit and, in many cases, their livelihood. As we begin the process of recovering and rebuilding, you deserve a federal government that respects you and our way of life. It remains an honour to represent you and to hold the Liberal government to account for the decisions they're making.

Since the last election, my Conservative colleagues and I have been working hard and getting results for Canadians – from families to seniors, students to working Canadians, farms to small businesses and more. It’s certainly been a challenge, and after many conversations with residents here in Yorkton—Melville, I know there is still a long way to go. That’s why we’re forging ahead.

Our Opposition has been holding Justin Trudeau accountable for his failed policies since Day 1. In late 2019, we got straight to work by creating the Special Committee on Canada-China Relations to review Justin Trudeau’s relationship with Beijing. We stood in solidarity with elected band councils and the Wet’suwet’en and held Trudeau to account for his weak leadership on the illegal rail blockades. And, we ensured that the Auditor General will review the Liberals’ failed infrastructure program.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our focus shifted to ensuring the health and safety of Canadians and getting everyone the support they need. We called for the mandatory quarantine of all travellers and stronger border measures. We also proposed constructive solutions to fix many of the Liberals’ pandemic aid programs, like increasing the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) from 10% to 75%.

We also announced our Conservative proposal to make the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) more flexible and generous, called the Back to Work Bonus (read more about this later in this newsletter). Under this plan, Canadians who lost their job through no fault of their own during the pandemic will continue to receive their full $2,000 CERB. In addition, those who are transitioning back to work and make between $1,000 and $5,000 per month would qualify for the gradually phased-out CERB top-up.

Finally, after Trudeau shamefully shut down Parliament, Conservatives stood up for democracy and demanded its full return – the only political party to do so. I encourage you to sign the official House of Commons petition I have sponsored, e-2629, which calls for a full return of Parliament while respecting public health guidelines.
 
Justin Trudeau’s weak leadership has let Canadians down. He has no plan to restart our economy or to prepare for a potential second wave of the pandemic. As the strongest official opposition in Canada's history, Canada’s Conservatives will continue to hold Justin Trudeau accountable during the COVID-19 hybrid committee this summer, ensuring every single Canadian continues to get the help they need.
 
I wish you a safe, healthy, and prosperous summer.
 
Yours sincerely,

Cathay Wagantall
Member of Parliament
Yorkton--Melville
 
A note for our nation's finest
 

One of the most sobering and gratifying roles I have as your Member of Parliament is my work on behalf of our veterans from both the Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

These people voluntarily chose to take on a career that put them in harm’s way. They realized merely reporting for work meant the possibility of injury or death in the line of duty. They knew they could see or experience horrors they’d never forget.

I have travelled across Canada meeting with veterans one-on-one. We have met at Legion events, in town halls, during special remembrances, on walks, runs and rallies. We’ve communicated through email, social media, conference calls and, yes, Zoom meetings. How fortunate I am to call many of them my friends, my family and my heroes. Our heroes.
 
I stand for and with all veterans, but today I do so for our serving police and police force veterans; specifically RCMP members and their families in our riding of Yorkton–Melville, Saskatchewan.

RCMP members face work-related injuries, the need for constant vigilance, the mental and physical impact of dealing with break-ins, rural crimes, sex-trafficking, drug trafficking, gangs, domestic violence, drunk driving, breaking parole, and so, so much more.

But there is an added burden they and their families should never have to face. As you know, the Prime Minister recently stated there is systemic racism within the RCMP. With that statement he called every member of our police forces a racist. Each serving and past member of our police forces now bears the burden of that betrayal.

Yes, some members should be disciplined, even dismissed, for racist behavior. Yes, all institutions must continually face proper scrutiny (although our current government has gone to great lengths to diminish that same scrutiny of its own actions).

Commissioner Lucki has noted, “In any given year we [the RCMP] have close to three million calls for service, and in 99.9 per cent of those calls, there is no use of force applied.” And so, I believe the vast majority of our police men and women need to hear the following from me:

I want those who serve to keep us safe to know I’m thankful they’re there. I want them to know they have my trust and confidence. I do not want them to lose morale. I want them to be safe while serving to keep us safe. And I want their families to know they are in my prayers.
 
- Cathay
 
Have Your Say
 
Overall, do you feel the local RCMP in our riding are doing their best to keep you safe and protect our communities?
 
Join me for a Facebook Live Town Hall!
 
I'm looking forward to answering your questions at my first Facebook Live Town Hall. Submit your questions in advance to cathay.wagantall.a4@parl.gc.ca, or ask them live on Wednesday, July 22 from 7pm-8pm CST at www.facebook.com/CathayWagantallMP. I'm looking forward to joining you!
 
Note: You do not require a Facebook account to watch the live town hall.
 
Conservatives propose Back to Work Bonus
 
Canada's economic recovery depends on getting workers and local businesses the help they need. Conservatives are proposing to make the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) more flexible and generous with the Back to Work Bonus.
 
Under our Conservative proposal, you will keep your $2,000 benefit if you are earning less than $1,000 per month. If you are earning over $1,000 per month but less than $5,000 per month, you qualify for the Back to Work Bonus. The CERB top-up will be gradually phased out (50 cents for every dollar earned over $1,000), so that it always pays to work.
 
Despite a global pandemic, the private sector created almost 330,000 new jobs in May. Canada's recovery will be driven by Canadians' hard work and entrepreneurial spirit. Canada needs to be firing on all cylinders, and the Back to Work Bonus is just one way we believe you and your family can get ahead.
 
Conservatives call for criminal investigation into PM's 'WE' Scandal
 
While residents and businesses here in Yorkton--Melville are focused on our economic recovery and getting back on their feet after these difficult times, Justin Trudeau is continuing to let Canadians down.
 
At a time when Canadians are looking for a helping hand and are relying on their government to make responsible decisions for the future, Justin Trudeau's poor judgement has placed him under his third ethics investigation in three years.

Justin Trudeau awarded a $900 million sole-source contract to 'WE' - a charity with close ties to the Liberal Party - after it had paid his family almost $300,000 to appear at its events.

Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau failed to recuse themselves from Cabinet's decision to award WE the nearly $1 billion contract, despite them both having close family ties to the charity. It’s clear that a criminal investigation is warranted. Conservatives have written to the RCMP to encourage them to pursue this case. Parliament must also be recalled so we can get to the bottom of this.
 
Conservatives are calling for all of the documents related to the contract to be made public. Every single Cabinet Minster must answer for their part in approving this massive contract. The Ethics Commissioner, the Finance Committee, and the Government Operations Committee must all accelerate their investigations into this case. The Ethics Committee must reconvene to hear from witnesses. In addition, the Auditor General and the Procurement Ombudsman must investigate.
 
This is the third ethics scandal Justin Trudeau has faced in the last three years. The first, when he was found guilty of accepting a paid vacation to a luxury island. And the second, when he was found guilty for his involvement in the SNC-Lavalin Corruption Scandal.

Canadians deserve answers, and the Prime Minister and Liberal government must be held accountable. Conservatives will not rest until Canadians have answers.
 
Attention Employers: Benefit more from the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
 
I would like to clarify an important but little-known detail about the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). Eligible small businesses and employees benefit from the 'deeming rule' contained within CEWS, resulting in higher levels of financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
I find it disappointing that the Liberals have failed to be upfront about this information for so long. Small businesses are the engine of our economy and trust their federal government to be clear about the support that is available to them during these uncertain times.

The CEWS was established to assist businesses experiencing sharp declines in income during the pandemic. A 75 percent wage subsidy is provided for employers that report a decline in eligible revenue of 15 percent in March 2020; or 30 percent in April, May, or June 2020 when compared to baseline revenue from the corresponding period last year. According to the ‘deeming rule,’ a business that qualifies for one or more periods of CEWS support will automatically qualify for the following period, no matter its revenue at that point.

For example, an eligible business with a 15 percent drop in revenue in March 2020 (when compared to March 2019) would qualify for the CEWS. Even though the required reduction in revenue for April 2020 rises to 30 percent, the business would not have to redetermine its eligibility for that claim period — it would automatically continue to receive the CEWS in April because of the ’deeming rule.’ Each eligible employer receives an extra month of support, no matter their income. This is good news for our small businesses and the staff they employ.

The ‘deeming rule’ only applies to one period (one month) immediately following the period(s) that the employer qualifies for, and does not continue indefinitely. After this period of automatic eligibility, employers would have to redetermine their eligibility if they wish to claim an additional period of CEWS assistance.

I was concerned to learn that many businesses were previously unaware of the rule, and I hope that the Liberal government will do more to communicate with employers going forward. Small business owners don’t ask for much from their government. However, what they do need is forthright and clear information about the supports that are available to them when times are tough. The Liberals’ communication on CEWS has been convoluted and ever-changing since the start of this crisis.

While it is unclear what further changes will be made to the CEWS as the recovery continues, the program has recently been extended to December 2020. You can learn more about the CEWS at https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy.html.
 
 
Pink Flag Days illustrate alarming impact of Sex-Selective Abortion in Canada
On July 11th, Langley, BC's Christ Covenant Church took part in a 'pink flag' display organized by We Need a Law. Each pink flag represents a girl lost to abortion in Canada. Canada remains the only country other than North Korea without any limits on abortion - including sex-selective abortion. I introduced my private member's bill, C-233, the Sex Selective Abortion Act to prohibit a medical practitioner from performing an abortion if the reason is the sex of the pre-born child. You can learn more about my bill, as well as print and sign the petition, at cathaywagantall.ca/c233.
 
 
 
 
 
We Need A Law organizes many 'pink' and 'pink and blue flag' displays across the country every year. Each flag represents a child lost to abortion in Canada. If you would like more information on how to host a flag display in your community, please contact my office.
 
Connecting with Constituents
 
 
Agriculture producers from throughout the riding joined John Barlow, MP, Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Agri-food and me on March 3rd. I'm grateful to John for making the trek all the way to Yorkton from his constituency in Alberta.
 
I met with the Yorkton Chamber of Commerce Policy Committee on March 3rd to discuss challenges currently facing businesses in our area.
 
 
 
Thanks to Kimberly Merriam of Parkland College in Yorkton and her Women's and Gender Studies class for inviting me to speak to my experiences and political path, and for some excellent discussion on my Private Member's Bill, the Sex Selective Abortion Act
 
Thanks to Mr. Haider, staff and the Grade 4, 5 and 6 students at St. Paul's School in Yorkton for inviting me into their school on March 4th. We had a wonderful question and answer session as part of CIVIX Rep Day.
 
 
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Cathay Wagantall, M.P.
Suite 746, Confederation Building
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
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