Canadian Patriot Podcast Episode 6 – Cabinet Appointments


News – Alberta Bill 6, Syrian refugee coordinator in Montreal to make $1,800 a day
Topic – Cabinet Appointments and Ministerial Mandate Letters

On tonight’s show we talk about the qualifications, and mandate letters of some of the newly appointment Cabinet ministers.

Episode 6 Show Notes


Hello to all of our listeners out there in podcast land, and welcome to episode 6 of the Canadian Patriot Podcast, recorded November 30th, 2015. Joining me this evening we have…

Tyler the co-founder and co-host of the International Liberty or Death Podcast. Tyler has been shooting for 9 years as a both a casual and sport shooter, and as a hunter. He identifies politically as a Libertarian.

Gavin, a business owner, gun enthusiast, hunter, atheist and host of the Greater Toronto Area chapter of the Tactical Beard Owners Club.

… and I’m your host Andrew – I’m an instructor, gear reviewer at, competitive shooter, and gun club director.

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Alberta Bill 6

Syrian refugee coordinator in Montreal to make $1,800 a day to welcome the newcomers to Canada

Michel Dorais was one of Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre’s top employees when he served as immigration minister. Now, he’ll head up the efforts to welcome thousands of Syrian refugees, at a rate of $1,800 per day.

The appointment was made during the closed-door portion of the executive committee meeting

The city will pay Dorais up to $110,000 over a three-month period. His appointment and his salary was approved by the executive committee on Wednesday, even though the appointment is retroactive to Nov. 19. The salary was justified partly because it includes vacation pay and a compensation for not being part of the city’s pension plan.


National Defence – HARJIT SINGH SAJJAN – Vancouver South, B.C.

Vancouver Police Department’s Gang Crime Unit

CAF Lt Col with deployments in Bosnia and Afghanistan
Immigrated when 5 years old

  • End Combat Mission in Iraq and Syria
  • Maintain National Defense Spending Levels
  • open and transparent competition to replace CF-18
    create a new defence strategy for Canada, replacing the now-outdated Canada First Defence Strategy
  • Work with senior leaders of the Canadian Armed Forces to establish and maintain a workplace free from harassment and discrimination
  • Work with the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence to develop a suicide prevention strategy for Canadian Armed Forces personnel and veterans
  • increase the size of the Canadian Rangers

Small Business and Tourism – BARDISH CHAGGER – Waterloo, Ontario

Rookie MP

Daughter of immigrants

executive assistant to former MP Andrew Telegdi (Kitchener-Waterloo) from 2004 to 2008
graduated in 2004 from the University of Waterloo with a bachelor’s degree in science

  • make it easier for SMEs to take advantage of government financing and export-oriented supports
  • as the small business tax rate reduction is implemented to ensure that it is used to support small businesses, rather than used to reduce personal income tax obligations for high-income earners
  • reduce the administrative burden on small business

Public safety and emergency preparedness – RALPH GOODALE – Regina-Wascana, Saskatchewan

Liberal MP since 1970s
Cretian – agriculture, natural resources and public works

Martin – Finance

  • creation of a statutory committee of Parliamentarians with special access to classified information to review government departments and agencies with national security responsibilities
  • Work to repeal the problematic elements of Bill C-51 and introduce new legislation that strengthens accountability with respect to national security and better balances collective security with rights and freedoms.
  • Take action to get handguns and assault weapons off our streets by working with the Minister of Justice to strengthen controls on hand-guns and assault weapons, including by repealing some elements of Bill C-42.
  • enhance compensation benefits for public safety officers who are permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty, including the creation of a compensation benefit for firefighters, police officers, and paramedics.
  • Support the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Health on efforts that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana

Foreign Affairs – Stéphane Dion – Saint-Laurent (Montreal)

former political science professor

Represents Saint-Laurent since 1996

Cretian – Intergovernmental Affairs

Martin – Environment

Liberal Party leader from 2006 to 2008

  • work with the United States to make substantial progress on reducing impediments to trade and commerce between our countries, including by improving border infrastructure and security, streamlining cargo inspection, and facilitating the movement of people
  • Ensure a close link between defence policy, foreign policy and national security
  • Working with the Minister of National Defence, to increase Canada’s support for United Nations peace operations and its mediation, conflict-prevention, and post-conflict reconstruction efforts
  • acceding to the Arms Trade Treaty

Transport – MARC GARNEAU – Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount, Quebec

former astronaut and the first Canadian to go to outer space
president of the Canadian Space Agency from 2001 to 2006

ran for the Liberals in 2006 and lost, won in Ville-Marie in 2008.

Ran for the Liberal leadership in 2013, but bowed out to support Mr. Trudeau

  • reinforce railway safety
  • improve marine safety
  • eview the previous government’s changes to the Fisheries Act and the Navigable Waters Protection Act, restore lost protections, and incorporate modern safeguards
  • Formalize a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s North Coast

Canadian Heritage – MÉLANIE JOLY – Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Quebec

Former managing partner at the public-relations firm Cohn & Wolfe

Runner up 2013 Montreal Mayoral election

  • Review current plans for Canada 150 and champion government-wide efforts to promote this important celebration
  • Restore and increase funding for CBC/Radio-Canada
  • make significant new investments in cultural infrastructure as part of our investment in social infrastructure
  • Establish a free, online service for learning and retaining English and French as second languages

Immigration, refugees and citizenship – JOHN MCCALLUM – Markham-Thornhill

Former economics professor and dean of arts at McGill University

Elected to the House in 2000

Cretian – National Defense

Martin – Veterans Affairs

  • Lead government-wide efforts to resettle 25,000 refugees from Syria in the coming months
  • Double the number of entry applications for parents and grandparents of immigrants to 10,000 a year
  • Increase the maximum age for dependents to 22, from 19
  • facilitate the temporary entry of low risk travelers, including business visitors, and lift the visa requirement for Mexico
  • repeal provisions in the Citizenship Act that give the government the right to strip citizenship from dual nationals

Health – JANE PHILPOTT – Markham-Stouffville, Ontario

Physcian – chief of family medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital

Doctors without borders

mother of four and a member of the Mennonite Church

  • Promote public health by:  increasing vaccination rates; introducing new restrictions on the commercial marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children, similar to those now in place in Quebec; bringing in tougher regulations to eliminate trans fats and to reduce salt in processed foods, similar to those in the United States; and improving food labels to give more information on added sugars and artificial dyes in processed foods
  • Introduce plain packaging requirements for tobacco products, similar to those in Australia and the United Kingdom
  • Support the Ministers of Justice and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness on efforts that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana
  • support the delivery of more and better home care services. This includes more access to high quality in-home caregivers, financial supports for family care, and, when necessary, palliative care
  • advance pan-Canadian collaboration on health innovation to encourage the adoption of new digital health technology to improve access, increase efficiency and improve outcomes for patients
  • improve access to necessary prescription medications.  This will include joining with provincial and territorial governments to buy drugs in bulk, reducing the cost Canadian governments pay for these drugs, making them more affordable for Canadians, and exploring the need for a national formulary

Status of Women – PATTY HAJDU – Thunder Bay-Superior North, Ontario

ran a homeless shelter in Thunder Bay

member of the implementation panel for Thunder Bay’s drug strategy

former chair of the Thunder Bay’s drug awareness committee

  • Work with experts and advocates to develop and implement a comprehensive federal gender violence strategy and action plan, aligned with existing provincial strategies
  • ensure that a gender-based analysis is applied to proposals before they arrive at Cabinet for decision-making
  • ensure that the government’s senior appointments are merit-based and demonstrate gender parity
  • Parliament and federal institutions are workplaces free from harassment and sexual violence
  • mandate for an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women

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