The new year is here and it's the perfect time to reflect on everything we accomplished in 2022.
It's been an exciting two weeks spent here in Thornhill. Between holiday celebrations, local events, and meetings with many in our community, there's been no shortage of things keeping me busy.
Our leader, Pierre Poilievre, stopped by the neighbourhood and I returned to the Transport Committee to question Minister Omar Alghabra about delays at Canadian airports.
There are a lot of exciting things coming up as well too: I hope you will join me for free skating on January 29th (information below). And, the House of Commons returns on January 30th - back to Parliament Hill to demand answers, accountability, and solutions for Canadians.
As always, I remain here to serve you and listen to your concerns. Please reach out if my team can ever be of assistance.
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Save the Date! FREE Community Skate
Join me on January 29th, 2023 for my annual community skate! Free entry for all at the Rosemount Community Centre.
Working for you in Thornhill
I attended morning Christmas liturgy at St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Church alongside Pierre Poilievre and many other friends and colleagues. Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrated this month!
I celebrated the lunar New Year at the Tet Festival alongside our friends in the Vietnamese community and the Leader of the Opposition. There's so much to look forward to this year and much to be proud of in the one behind us.
I was honoured to attend the ribbon cutting for Premier Sport and Spine. It’s always great to see passionate people in our community use their talents to serve others, grow their business, and make it right here in Thornhill. Premier Sport and Spine ties together 2 important things: small business success and helping others live better lives. Go check them out.
Thanks to YRDSB trustee Jenny Chen for stopping by the office today. We had a great conversation about our community and the work we can do together for the next Gen.
I joined in on Pongal celebrations this week in Vaughan - wishing you lots of happiness and prosperity if you're celebrating!
It's Reena's 50th birthday! Reena is a staple of our community and a testament to the importance and impact of their life-changing work in the disabilities space. Thank you to everyone who has played a part in the past 5 decades.
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Thank you to the staff at Kohl & Frisch for giving me a tour of your facility - giving me insight into the drug shortages in and the pressures they face in making sure Canadians are well served.
Flight 752: Third Anniversary
On January 8, 2020, a Ukrainian Airlines passenger aircraft was shot down over Tehran by two missiles launched by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - a terrorist attack. The IRGC claimed the lives of all 176 people onboard including 55 Canadians. Their families and loved ones are still living in a nightmare without justice.
I paid my respects with the Iranian community at Elgin Mills Cemetery - a monument to the victims of Flight 752.
I also visited the Flight 752 Commemoration in Toronto and spoke with thousands of mourners and activists calling for change. I promised them that I would do what the Liberals haven't - list the IRGC as a terrorist organization.
Alongside Pierre Poilievre and my friend MP Anna Roberts, I visited a candlelight vigil to remember the many victims from our community.
It’s been three years since Flight PS752 was shot down. It’s been three years of sustained violence, brutality, and oppression in Iran. It’s also been three years of platitudes, half-measures, and inaction from Ottawa.
We stand firmly with the friends and families of the victims - in Thornhill, across Canada, and in Iran. I stand with the millions of people seeking justice and freedom. We need a government that will do the same. List the IRGC. Ban them. Canada is not their safe haven.
More Airport Chaos
Omar Alghabra promised that the airport chaos we saw over the summer would never happen again. The delays and cancellations over the holiday season prove otherwise.
I went to the Transport Committee to get answers.
Lantsman in the News
It is an honour and a privilege to fight alongside Iranian Canadians to demand action of our own Liberal government and support those fighting for Women, Life, and Freedom. Thank you to Iran International TV for coming to our office and amplifying the voice of the community and our shared values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law.
Watch the interview here:
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