Speech Writing 

I have written speeches to be read in the House of Commons, at press conferences, and for video recordings. Working for an MP I have done research in order to prepare speeches for a wide variety of topics including the fight against ISIS, changes to federal taxes, seasonal greetings and many more.

Examples of my work included in this section:

1. Member’s Statements
a. Tribute to Babi Yar Massacre
b. Sergei Magnitsky
c. October 20th Anniversary
2. Press Conference Speech
3. Video Script- Fiscal Update

Members Statement: Babi Yar Massacre

Mr. Speaker, 
Last week marked the 75th commemoration of the Babi Yar massacre which occurred just outside of Kyiv during the Holocaust.

In 1941 on September 29th and 30th, 33,771 Jewish Ukrainians were slaughtered by Nazi forces.

Men, women, and children were ordered to strip before they were marched into the Babi Yar ravine and gunned down in the mass grave.

Last week, Ukraine embarked on a series of memorial events — including musical performances, lectures, speeches and an official state ceremony — to commemorate the 1941 massacre.

Let this dark chapter in history reaffirm our commitment to never again allow such atrocities to occur.

Let us pledge to denounce anti-Semitism and xenophobia.

Last night was the beginning of the Jewish New Year.

So let us stand up with our with our Jewish friends and celebrate Rosh Hashanah!

May this New Year be sweet, healthy and happy.

L’shanah Tovah! Happy Rosh Hashanah! 

Members' Statement: Anniversary of Sergei Magnitsky's Death 

Mr. Speaker,
Today we reflect on the life and sacrifices of Sergei Magnitsky.

Sergei was a Russian lawyer and auditor, husband and father of two.

He was a man who believed in the rule of law.

And most importantly Sergei was not afraid to stand up for what he believed in.

Sergei uncovered the largest tax fraud in Russian history and was subsequently arrested, detained, tortured, and eventually murdered by officials of the Russian government, seven years ago today.

The United States and the European Union have adopted legislation to impose sanctions, visas-bans and asset freezes on the people responsible for Sergei’s death, as well as other Russian human rights abusers.

In May, I was proud to stand with Liberal and NDP members to announce the tabling of my Bill C-267, Canada’s version of the Magnistky law.

This legislation will provide new tools to sanction corrupt foreign officials.

Despite support from his caucus the Minister of Foreign Affairs doesn’t believe these sanctions are necessary.

As we remember Sergei Magnitsky, I urge the Minister to reconsider his opposition and support Bill C-267.   

Members' Statement: October 20th Commemoration 

Mr. Speaker,
Today, we remember and honour the lives of two members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent who was murdered in in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu on October 20th, 2014;

And Corporal Nathan Cirillo who was gunned down two days later in Ottawa while guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

These soldiers were targeted simply because they were wearing their uniforms.

Many of us in this chamber were present when that terrorist threat entered this building.

We are forever grateful for the quick and courageous response by the Parliamentary Security Officers, RCMP and Ottawa City Police.

When human instinct is to flee, these officers heroically ran towards danger.

Less than 24 hours after the attack, my colleagues and I, returned to Parliament Hill to perform our duty to represent Canadians. Our determination in the work we do was only strengthened that day.

So too is the resolve of the Canadian Armed Forces in their mission to defeat the evils of terror.

Terrorism will not stop the work of our troops, it will not shake our democratic institutions, nor will it intimidate us as Canadians. 

Speaking notes - Defence Policy Review Press Conference

In May, 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 own consultations were necessary because the Liberals were quick to change defence policy on their own terms; they immediately withdrew Canada’s CF-18s from the fight against ISIS and slashed $3.7 billion from the defence budget.

Our Conservative caucus held 54 roundtables across the country and collected over 700 online submissions. I am thankful to the thousands of Canadians that helped inform our findings and recommendations.

A central theme emerged for our consultations – that our men and women in uniform are the Canadian Armed Forces’ most valuable asset.

We heard from Canadians that the government has the 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 regarding 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 Liberals have made significant policy changes while simultaneously holding a review. They withdrew Canadian fighter jets from the fight against ISIS, they’ve made significant budget cuts and committed 600 Canadian troops to an undefined peacekeeping mission, all the while their ‘consultations’ are still ongoing.

These decisions contrast the views of a majority of Canadians that we spoke to who believe that Canada’s defence policy and the utilization of the Canadian Armed Forces should be primarily focused on the safety and security of Canadians and the Defence of North America.

In order to properly to defend our borders, keep Canadians safe at home and abroad and contribute effectively to international operations with our allies, Canada requires a multi-faceted and multi-purpose, combat capable military.

This highlights one of the strategic flaws on the Liberals defence review that was pointed out to us. This review was conducted in isolation. We heard about and studied the examples and the U.K and Australia white papers that were done concurrently with foreign policy and homeland security reviews.

When Canadian troops are deployed to an area where they face risks, the government must be clear and transparent with the public and Parliament regarding the objectives of the mission, the rules of engagement and how the mission relates to Canada’s national interest.

In order to properly to defend our borders, keep Canadians safe at home and abroad and contribute effectively to international operations with our allies, Canada requires a multi-faceted and multi-purpose, combat capable military.

This will only be achieved if our Armed Forces are provided stable, predictable and long term funding. The government should work collaboratively with the defence industry and restructure the procurement process with the goal of reducing bureaucracy and removing politics.

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.  

Fall Fiscal Update - Video Script 

The Finance Minister just unveiled an economic update and to no surprise our nation is worse off under the high-tax, high-spending Liberal policies.

The Trudeau Government is spending at record levels, and promised 100,000 new jobs in their first year but actually produced nothing.

The Minister had to admit today that the economy is growing at a slower rate than he had promised.

However, this reality has not convinced the Liberals to change course—in fact they are doubling down. They are going to spend an extra $81 Billion over the next 11 years.

And it doesn’t end there. The Liberals are borrowing an extra $32 billion over the next five years—with no reason to believe we will get better results.

This is in addition to the $100 billion deficit they had already budgeted only six months ago.
This is a bill that is being left to our children and grandchildren to payoff.

Worse yet, the Liberals are making life today more expensive for everyday Canadians.

First, they cancelled family tax credits for sports and arts classes.

Then they cancelled small business tax cuts and are imposing a CPP tax hike and carbon tax that will cost businesses and families thousands of dollars every year.

And now, they have introduced new rules on mortgages that will make it harder for Canadians to buy a home, which is especially bad news for first time home buyers.

Today’s update should be a wake-up call for the Liberals. Instead their only solution to these problems seems to be to borrow, spend and dig Canadians into an even deeper deficit hole.