The Barrie Examiner

What an incredible honour the residents of Barrie-Innisfil have given me to be their representative in Ottawa. It has been a whirlwind making the transition from candidate to Member of Parliament.

Being an MP literally begins the night of the election. Phone calls from residents started the very next morning – all while I worked on finding an office location, hiring staff and driving back and forth to Ottawa for orientation and caucus meetings.

In a few short weeks it all culminated in being sworn in as the first Member of Parliament for Barrie-Innisfil, being named urban affairs critic and giving my first speech in the House of Commons.

To put into context how incredible the privilege is to serve, I heard that of the almost 100 million people who have ever lived in Canada, in the history of our country, less than 4,000 people have been an MP.

As you walk the halls of Parliament, seeing the reminders of those who came before, you feel an immense sense of pride. In spite of the wide range of emotions one feels from being a new MP on the hill, I am focused on the work.

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I have been really impressed with our Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose and the teamwork within our caucus. We are a strong opposition, holding the government to account and positioned to be a government in waiting.

In Ottawa, a huge issue facing Canadians in the coming months is the government’s plan to change the way Canadians elect our representatives.

While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will “consult” with Canadians, it remains unclear which proposed system, of a number of choices, the Liberals will try to move to.

Our position has been made very clear and I think it reflects how most people feel. If the system by which we elect our government since Confederation is to be changed, it should be decided by a majority of Canadians, not by a government which was only given 39.5% support in the last federal election.

It shouldn’t surprise you that the Liberals will try to tilt electoral reform in their favour to stay in power for a long time. In Ontario, we have all seen how absolute power corrupts absolutely. The tax and spend regime at Queen’s Park has piled on debt and driven business out of our province.

With Premier Kathleen Wynne’s top staffers now manning the fort at the PMO, we cannot afford to head down the same path.

A decision to change our system rests with the people of Canada!

If you agree that a change to our electoral system should only be made by you and a majority of Canadians in a national referendum, visit petitions.parl.gc.ca and add your name to petition # e-48.

From my family to yours, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous new year.