National Debt + Taxpayer Dollars = No Solution for Housing

November 17, 2020

The housing situation for middle-class families is becoming increasingly dire. As the national debt drives hard working Canadian families into poverty, the Liberal plan is to throw a billion taxpayer dollars at the issue and have provinces fight for it. On the Blueprint, Jamie sits down with Brad Vis, MP for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, to discuss why this Liberal government’s band-aid solution will not solve this serious issue in the long-term.

Support for Small Businesses

November 10, 2020

Small and medium sized businesses are struggling to keep their doors open during the pandemic. To support entrepreneurs and workers, last week Conservatives passed a motion calling on the Trudeau government to postpone wage subsidy audits and to provide additional flexibility in the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, and other support programs. Unlike the Trudeau Liberals, who think small businesses are tax cheats, Conservatives know they are the backbone of our communities and key to reigniting the Canadian economy. Today on the Blueprint, I sit down with Pat Kelly, MP for Calgary Rocky Ridge and Shadow Minister for Small Business and Western Economic Development, to discuss how Conservatives are fighting for small businesses and workers.

Justice for Nova Scotian Families

November 6, 2020

For months, the families of the victims of the tragic Nova Scotia shooting have been calling for a public inquiry to get answers. Those calls were shamefully ignored by the Trudeau and McNeil Liberals, who instead announced a public review.
Only after immense public pressure, did Trudeau and McNeil’s Liberal governments cancel the public review and announce they would proceed with a full public inquiry into the tragedy.
Jamie sits down with
Shannon Stubbs, Shadow Minister for Public Safety and MP for Lakeland, to discuss the Trudeau government’s delays in getting the inquiry started and failure to get answers for the families of the twenty-two victims of the horrific attack in April.

A Clear Plan for Dealing with China

October 30, 2020

On the Blueprint, Jamie sits down with Michael Chong, Conservative Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for Wellington—Halton Hills to discuss the belligerent rhetoric coming from China, and Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s calls for the Prime Minister to put in place a clear, expedited path for pro-democracy protestors and political refugees fleeing Hong Kong for Canada. We also discuss imposing Magnitsky sanctions against those responsible for inflicting a draconian national security law in violation of the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

The Liberal Cover-Up

October 23, 2020

For two weeks the Liberal MPs on the Ethics and Finance committees have continued to block the release of key documents related to the WE scandal. On the Blueprint, host Jamie Schmale sits down with
Michael Barrett, Conservative Shadow Minister for Ethics and MP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, to shed light on the Prime Minister’s attempts to shut down the WE scandal investigations, first through proroguing Parliament and now by stalling the work of these two committees. 

Leaving a Compassionate Footprint as a Member of Parliament

October 15, 2020

Members of Parliament often involve themselves in important non-partisan work in the service of constituents. On the Blueprint, host Jamie Schmale sits down with Mike Lake to talk about his 15-year journey as the Member of Parliament for Edmonton—Wetaskiwin, his work on the Muskoka Initiative and his belief that the primary role of a politician is to help change people’s lives for the better.

New Parliamentary Schedule

October 9, 2020

Many sectors have been hit hard by COVID-19, and some like tourism will suffer disproportionately in the long-term. On the Blueprint, host Jamie Schmale chats with newly minted Official Opposition Whip Blake Richards about the tourism operators and hospitality industry in Alberta and the need for additional workforce recovery support.
He also discusses the new parliamentary schedule and the role of the Whip during the second session of the 43rd Parliament.

Trudeau’s Failed Approach to COVID-19

September 24, 2020

Justin Trudeau’s Health Minister claimed that she was fully briefed on COVID-19 in December and that the Liberals knew the risk that it posed to Canadians. Yet she didn’t advise her colleagues to close our borders and implement strict traveller screening. She also failed to recommend a state of emergency and she didn’t advise Canadians to wear masks.
Now there are reports that members of the group advising the Liberal government on COVID-19 vaccine procurement have real or perceived conflicts of interest, including ongoing contract bids.

Host Jamie Schmale  sits down with Michelle Rempel Garner, Shadow Minister for Health to discuss the unbelievable incompetence of Health Minister, Patty Hajdu, and Prime Minister Trudeau in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day

September 17, 2020

This coming Saturday is National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day. Established by our former Conservative Government in 2014, this day recognizes the impact the hunting, angling and trapping community has had enriching the heritage of Canada.
On the Blueprint, host Jamie Schmale sits down with MP Blaine Calkins, Red Deer-Lacombe, to discuss the importance of this day and the impact COVID-19 has had on this $1 billion dollar industry.

CPC House Leadership Team

September 10, 2020

There is a lot of momentum building as we head back to Parliament after Justin Trudeau shut it down. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole has announced our government-in-waiting, including a Shadow Cabinet and House Leadership Team. Host Jamie Schmale discusses this great team with Alex Ruff, Deputy Opposition Whip and Eric Duncan, Question Period Coordinator.

Defacing Statues and Monuments: A Troubling Trend

September 2, 2020

Recently, a mob vandalized and beheaded a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald in Montreal. A monument dedicated to the memory of Canadian Peacekeepers was vandalized in Calgary. We will not build a better future for Canada by tearing down symbols of democracy and defacing monuments. On the Blueprint, host Jamie Schmale speaks with Garnett Genuis, MP for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan, about these incidents and why it’s important for Canadian politicians to stand up for Canada.

Reflecting on the CPC Leadership Race

August 26, 2020

After several months of campaigning, the Conservative Party membership has chosen a new leader, Erin O’Toole. On the Blueprint, host Jamie Schmale speaks with Conservative Caucus Chair, Tom Kmiec,  about the leadership race, the outstanding candidates who ran and where we are heading with Erin O’Toole, Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.

WE Scandal Takes Down Bill Morneau

August 21, 2020

After weeks of controversy surrounding the WE Scandal, Finance Minister Bill Morneau is the first thrown under the Liberal bus. Will he be the last? Jamie sits down with Pierre Poilievre, Shadow Minister for Finance, to get his take on recent events at the Finance Committee and what the resignation of Bill Morneau signals for the Liberal government.

Andrew Scheer’s Leadership of the CPC

August 13, 2020

With the Conservative Leadership Election set to close in less than two weeks host Jamie Schmale takes the opportunity to thank the Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, the Honourable Andrew Scheer. We reflect on the what the Conservative Party accomplished together under his leadership.

Justin Trudeau’s Testimony on the WE Scandal

August 5, 2020

Last week’s stunning testimony on the WE scandal has revealed that the $900 million program was never about helping students, it was about bailing out the Prime Minister’s friends. No one is buying Prime Minister Trudeau’s latest excuses and his testimony has left more questions than answers.
On the Blueprint, I dig deep into last week’s Finance Committee testimony with Shadow Minister for Ethics, Michael Barrett.

Liberal Home Tax

July 23, 2020

Conservatives warned Canadians about the cost of a secret Liberal home tax during the last campaign. The Prime Minister denied it, but now media is reporting that the Liberals have spent $250,000 to study a home equity tax on residential homes.

I sit down with Stephanie Kusie MP for Calgary-Midnapore and Shadow Minister for Families, Children and Social Development to examine the latest in an ever growing list of broken Liberal promises and the impact this decision will have on Canadian home owners.

Liberals Block Ethics Investigation Into WE Scandal

July 23, 2020

Last week Liberal MPs on the Ethics Committee were shamefully complicit in attempting to cover-up the Prime Minister’s latest scandal by filibustering and delaying a probe into the $900 million WE scandal.

Today on the Blueprint, I sit down with Damien Kurek, MP Damien C. Kurek MP for Battle River-Crowfoot and member of the Ethics Committee to discuss the Liberal attempts to bury the scandal and to look at what other option are open to Canadians to get at the truth.

The Back to Work Bonus

July 16, 2020

Canadians want to work. Businesses need workers. But the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) penalizes workers for picking up shifts. On the Blueprint, host Jamie Schmale talks to Marty Morantz, Shadow Minister for National Revenue, to take a look at the Conservatives’ proposed “Back to Work Bonus,” a gradually phased out CERB top-up for workers who make between $1,000 and $5,000 as businesses reopen.

Justin Trudeau and WE Charity

July 16, 2020

Recently, the Liberal government awarded a nearly $1B contract to the WE organization. However, media reported close ties between WE and members of Justin Trudeau’s and Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s families. Now, we are hearing that another Liberal Minister and one of Trudeau’s top staff have been involved in fundraising for the organization. On the Blueprint, host Jamie Schmale sits down with Michael Barrett, Shadow Minister for Ethics, to discuss Trudeau’s scandal-plagued track record and the Conservatives’ call for a criminal investigation into this most recent matter.

COVID-19’s Effect on Border Cities

July 8, 2020

Host Jamie Schmale speaks with Chris Lewis, Deputy Shadow Minister for Canada-US Relations and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, to discuss COVID-19 and the impact closed borders has had on the economy of Southern Ontario.

Join host and Member of Parliament Jamie Schmale for a look at the hottest topics hitting Canada’s political landscape, and how they might impact Canadians.