External Communications

Working for a Member of Parliament who holds a major critic portfolio, a significant portion of work involves media relations. This is important because it allows us to communicate the work that we do to both national and local audiences. I have produced news releases, statements, and media advisories to inform the media of new initiatives, reactions, or reflections.


Examples of my work included in this section:

1. Template Media Advisory provided to all members of caucus.
2. Local media advisory (populated version of template)
3. Statement for National Media: Response to Trudeau’s Announcement at Warsaw NATO Summit
4. Local News Release: Gull Harbour Lighthouses
5. National Media Advisory: Concerned by Lack of Transparency Surrounding UN Peacekeeping
6. National Statement: Canadians Deserve Answers
7. National Statement: Findings of Defence Policy Review
 

MEDIA ADVISORY (Template)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(DATE)

MP (Name) to hold roundtable on defence policy review

(Riding/Town) – MP NAME, Member of Parliament for (RIDING) will be in (Name of town/neighbourhood) to meet with constituents and interested stakeholders. This meeting is part of a national consultation which provides Canadians the opportunity to contribute directly to the government’s defence policy review.

Members of the media are invited to sit in as observes during the consultations. (MP NAME) will be available to answer questions from the media and for a photo opportunity following the event.

EVENT: Roundtable meeting on Canada’s defence policy review.
LOCATION: (INSERT NAME AND ADDRESS OF LOCATION)
DATE: (INSERT DATE)
TIME: (INSERT TIME)

For more information:
Office of MP (NAME)
PHONE
EMAIL

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Media Advisory (Populated)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2016

MP Bezan to hold roundtable on defence policy review

(Selkirk, MB) – James Bezan, Official Opposition Critic for National Defence will be in Winnipeg to meet with constituents and interested stakeholders. This meeting is part of a national consultation which provides Canadians the opportunity to contribute directly to the government’s defence policy review.

MP Bezan will be available to answer questions from the media and for a photo opportunity following the event.

EVENT: Roundtable meeting on Canada’s defence policy review.
LOCATION: Winnipeg Airport Authority (Administration Building), 2000 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3H 1C2
DATE: July 19, 2016
TIME: 3:00PM

For more information:
Office of James Bezan, MP
Phone: 613-992-2032
[email protected]

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STATEMENT: A Repsonse to Trudeau's Announcement at Warsaw

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2016

OTTAWA, ON- James Bezan, Official Opposition Critic for National Defence, issued the following statement in response to the government’s announcements at the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland and from the Prime Minister’s trip to Ukraine:

“We support the signing of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement which was negotiated and concluded by the previous Conservative government. This deal will continue to strengthen the Canada-Ukraine partnership in peace and prosperity. The Ukrainian people continue to face enormous security and economic challenges, and Canada must remain a trusted and steadfast partner during Ukraine’s time of need, instead of moving to normalize and improve relations with Vladimir Putin.

“While we agree that Canada should take a leadership role among our NATO allies, it is shameful that it took repeated pressure from NATO and the United States for the Liberals to finally cave and agree to lead a battalion.

“The previous Conservative initiated Canada’s contribution to NATO assurance measures in Eastern in Europe within 24 hours NATO beginning to implement a series of military measures to reinforce NATO’s collective defence and demonstrate the strength of allied solidarity.

“In addition to providing support to NATO –led missions, the Conservative government was a world leader in providing support to Ukraine, contributing over $500 million in military, economic and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, sanctioned over 270 individuals and entities, and deployed approximately 200 CAF personnel to deliver training and capacity-building programs for Ukrainian troops. Canada can and should do more to support all of our allies in the region.

“It is also disappointing that, despite a personal appeal from Ukraine’s President Poroshenko, Prime Minister Trudeau would not commit to extending Canada’s training mission in Western Ukraine. This training mission is an example of the strong bi-lateral relationship between Canada and Ukraine.

“We remain concerned over the Liberal Foreign Affairs Minister who believes that “It's terribly unfortunate that Canada has to deploy its forces in Latvia instead of having peacekeeping in Africa or in an area of the world where it's much more needed." Prime Minister Trudeau should continue the strong legacy of support for Ukraine initiated by the previous Conservative government and commit to supporting our allies in every way that Canada is able to. He should start by accepting President Poroshenko’s request to extend Canada’s training mission in Ukraine and by supporting my Private Member’s Bill, Bill C-267 (Justice for Sergei Magnitsky Act), to impose further sanctions on foreign officials responsible for gross human rights abuses in Russia and around the world.”

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For more information please contact:
Ben Silverman
Office of James Bezan, MP
Phone: 613-992-2032
[email protected] 


RELEASE:
Gull Harbour Lighthouses Receive Heritage Designation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2016

Selkirk, MB- Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman, James Bezan, is pleased to see that two lighthouses on Lake Winnipeg were recently designated as heritage lighthouses under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act.

“This recognition is a tribute to the early Manitoban pioneers who worked and lived along Lake Winnipeg. Both of these lighthouses helped protect the lives of countless commercial fishers, lake freighters, ferry operators and passengers, as well of those who sailed back and forth with pleasure crafts. The designation of the Gull Harbour lighthouses is well deserved,” said MP Bezan.

“The Gull Harbour Lighthouses of 1898 and 1926 are an excellent illustration of the expansion of maritime commerce on Lake Winnipeg. These historical buildings were essential to navigation and helped to expand fishing and the lumber trade in the area,” said Bezan. “Located on Hecla Island, the lighthouses are a symbolic reminder of the island’s economic and social history.”

The Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act was initiated and passed by the previous Conservative government. This legislation will ensure the prevention of unauthorized alteration or disposition of the Gull Harbour Lighthouses and will guarantee they are properly maintained.

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For more information please contact:
Ben Silverman
Office of James Bezan, MP
Phone: 613-992-2032
[email protected] 


MEDIA ADVISORY:
Conservatives Concerned by Lack of Transparency Surrounding UN Peacekeeping Mission 

September 8, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – Members of the media are invited to join James Bezan, Official Opposition Critic for National Defence, and Pierre Paul-Hus, Associate Critic for National Defence, at the National Press Theatre this morning. Mr. Bezan and Mr. Paul-Hus will share their concerns with the lack of transparency surrounding the Liberal government’s commitment to a UN peacekeeping mission.

Details are (all times local):

Press conference
Thursday, September 8, 2016
11:00 am
National Press Theatre

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For more information, please contact:
Office of James Bezan
Ben Silverman
(613) 992-2032
[email protected] 


STATEMENT: 
Canadians Deserve Answers Before Troops are Deployed to War Zones

September 8, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA, ON – This week, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is attending the United Nations Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in London. James Bezan, Official Opposition Critic for National Defence, and Pierre Paul-Hus, Associate Critic for National Defence, issued the following statement today:

“It is extremely disappointing that despite the Liberals’ commitment to deploy up to 600 Canadian Armed Forces members to United Nations peacekeeping operations, Canadians still do not have a clear understanding of the role our troops will play. This week’s meeting in London was a perfect opportunity for the government to be clear with Canadians and our international partners about how Canada plans to contribute. Sadly, the Liberals have so far failed to do so.

“Minister Sajjan has acknowledged that traditional peacekeeping no longer exists, however his week-long tour of Africa left Canadians with far more questions than answers. The Liberals must answer basic questions such as when and where will our troops be deployed? What will the mission entail? What are the rules of engagement? Who will we be working with? Will there be a vote in Parliament?

“There is no doubt that the members of the Canadian Armed Forces are capable of performing any task asked of them expertly and professionally. However, operations must focus on securing, protecting and defending Canada’s national interest. During the more than 40 defence roundtables Conservatives held over the summer, peacekeeping missions were never raised as a priority. Instead, Canadians across the country agreed that the primary focus of the Canadian Armed Forces must be defending Canada and our allies.

“It is unfair to Canadians, our allies, and most importantly to our troops for the Liberals to blindly pledge 600 Canadian troops to a ‘possible deployment’. Any use of the Canadian military must be in our national interest, not to secure a position on the United Nation’s Security Council or to fulfil the Prime Minister’s political aspirations. The Liberals must clearly lay out the details and risks of the mission before deploying Canadian personnel to a war zone.

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For more information:
Office of James Bezan
Ben Silverman
(613) 992-2032
[email protected] 


STATEMENT:
Conservatives Unveil Findings of Defence Policy Review

October 18, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA, ON - James Bezan, Official Opposition Critic for National Defence, and Pierre Paul-Hus, Associate Critic for National Defence, today presented the Conservative Party’s defence policy review submission. They issued the following statement on their findings:

“The Conservative Party of Canada launched a parallel consultation process to hold the government to account and to ensure Canadians’ ideas would be accurately reflected in the government’s final report. Our Conservative caucus held 54 roundtables across the country and collected over 700 online submissions. We are thankful to the thousands of Canadians that helped inform our findings and recommendations.

“At every roundtable we hosted, a central theme emerged – that our men and women in uniform are the Canadian Armed Forces’ most valuable asset. It is the Government of Canada’s responsibility to ensure that the members of Canadian Armed Forces are properly trained, equipped, and cared for both during and after their service.

“One of the greatest concerns expressed by participants during our roundtables was the pre-determined policy that has been trickling out of the Minister of National Defence and the Prime Minister’s office over the past 12 months. The government has made significant policy changes while simultaneously holding a review. Peacekeeping, procurement and budget cuts have already been announced, months before the Liberal’s defence policy review came to a close.

“These decisions contrast the views of a majority of Canadians who believe that Canada’s defence policy should be focused on the safety and security of Canadians, not vague Liberal campaign promises. The Liberal government must evaluate the threats we are facing and use our military appropriately to prevent harm to Canadians. This point was emphasized at almost every roundtable.

“We continue to call on the Liberals to conduct their review process openly and transparently. All views should be accurately reflected in the final defence policy review report, not just those that align with the Liberal’s ideological view of the military.”

Conservative Party of Canada's National Defence Policy Review Submission

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For more information:
Office of James Bezan, MP
Ben Silverman
Phone: 613-992-2032
[email protected]