Community Spirit

Community spirit was evident across Carleton last weekend, June 3-4.  Whether it was people celebrating Dickinson Days in Manotick or participating in Doors Open Ottawa, the  enthusiasm was high and the pride in our community measurable.

Dickinson Days kicked off with the parade and fireworks on Friday evening, followed on Saturday by a number of events around the mill square including the pancake breakfast, barbeque, variety show, street fair, horse drawn wagon rides, demonstrations at Watson’s Mill, and tours of  Dickinson House.

Doors Open Ottawa showcased more than a dozen community organizations and venues in the Carleton Electoral District.  In addition to Watson’s Mill and Dickinson House that were open for Dickinson Days, others included Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Rideau Branch of the Ottawa Archives, Goodwood Masonic Lodge, Goulbourn Museum, Osgoode Township Museum, the Fire Stations in Metcalfe and Stittsville,  St. James the Apostle Anglican Church, Suntech Greenhouses, Waupoos Family Farm, and the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Carleton Conservative Association joined forces with the Ontario Progressive Conservative Association for Carleton to host a booth at the Dickinson Day Street Fair.  It was great to have our Member of Parliament, Pierre Poilievre, and our Carleton candidate for the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, Goldie Ghamari, speaking with constituents about the issues that matter most to them.  The collaboration was welcome as many of the concerns that people raised require both level of governments to pull together – after all, there is only one taxpayer!

Whether it was Dickinson Days or Doors Open Ottawa, many of the organizations that participated were only able to do so because of the dedication of volunteers.  The Hon. Marjorie LeBreton volunteered with the Carleton Conservative Association and engaged in a discussion with Margery Toner-Haan, who was volunteering for the Royal Canadian Legion, South Carleton Branch #314.  Both of these women are well-known in the community for their volunteer efforts.

Giving back to your community not only benefits others, it gives you the opportunity to get to know your neighbours and to help build the kind of community you want to live in.   We would like to thank all of those members of our community who volunteer their time and talents to make Carleton a great place to live.

If you would like to volunteer in the Carleton Conservative Association, please contact:

Everyone is welcome to help us build a better community.




Canadians Are the Winners

Canadians are the winners of the leadership race of the Conservative Party of Canada as they will have a credible alternative to the Liberal government when they vote in 2019.

What the voting on Saturday demonstrated is that conservative Canadians want a “big tent” party in which people of different backgrounds and beliefs can work together.  As the rounds of voting progressed, it was the candidates who respected the differences within our party who prevailed.  It was the candidates who wanted to build a bigger, unified party who moved forward into the final rounds of voting.  Check out the results of each round of voting.

Andrew Scheer, our new leader, is celebrated as “the real thing.”  As a Member of Parliament and former Speaker of the House of Commons, he knows what it takes to build consensus and move the agenda forward.  No matter where your first ballot support rested, Scheer is a leader who will engage with all the membership of the Conservative Party of Canada to build a winning team and platform.

That work begins in earnest today.  A policy conference in August 2018 is where the policies that the Conservative Party of Canada takes to all Canadians in the 2019 federal election will be confirmed.

There were more than 950 members from Carleton who voted in the leadership race.  This includes almost 150 members from Carleton who chose to cast their ballots at the polling station that the Carleton Conservative Association hosted at the Richmond Legion.  More than 275 members from other electoral districts also voted in Richmond on Saturday.

Carleton was also well-represented at the leadership event in Toronto.  A number of the members of the board of the Carleton Conservative Association volunteered and joined our Member of Parliament, the Hon. Pierre Poilievre, as the party celebrated the election of the new leader.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to follow the leadership contest and to vote for our new leader.  This high level of engagement is a sure sign that Conservatives care about the future of our country.



A Little Local History

The launch of Dickinson Square’s 2017 season was held on Saturday in Manotick.  A living part of local history, it is a great place to bring friends and family who want to spend an enjoyable few hours on the banks of the Rideau River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Watson’s Mill, was built in 1860 by Moss Kent Dickinson and his partner, Joseph Currier.  As an operating grist mill, you can see how flour was made using the power of the Rideau River.

A visit to Dickinson House will give you a feel for how one of the early families in Manotick lived.  The volunteers and staff in period costume at both Watson’s Mill and Dickinson House will help you take a step back in time.

You can also drop by the used book store in the Carriage House, a fundraiser that supports activities at Watson’s Mill.

The Member of Parliament for Carleton, the Hon. Pierre Poilievre, participated in the launch.  Pierre was captured celebrating a little bit of local history with “Willy Dickinson.”  Prior to Pierre, Bill Tupper was the most recent Conservative Member of Parliament to represent what is now the electoral district of Carleton.

In the spring of 2015, with the encouragement of then Minister Poilievre, an application to have Dickinson Square recognized as a National Historic Site was submitted to Parks Canada.  The decision is still pending.

Recognition of Dickinson Square as a National Historic Site would be a great way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.


Carleton Polling Station

You can vote in person for the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada on May 27 at the polling station that is being hosted by the Carleton Conservative Association and the Kanata Carleton Conservative Association.

The polling station at the Richmond Legion, 6430 Ottawa Street (west), Richmond will be open from 10 am until 4 pm.  Eligible voters from any electoral district can vote at this polling station.

For directions to the Richmond Legion, 6430 Ottawa Street (west) please click here.  Please note that you cannot access the Richmond Legion by turning directly on to Ottawa Street from either Eagleson Road or McBean Street.  Instead take Perth St. to Joy’s Road to Ottawa Street (west).

In order to be eligible to vote, please remember to bring the ballot you received in the mail and identification that includes your photo and current address.

If you prefer you can mail your completed ballot in advance in the self-addressed envelope that came with the ballot in the mail to your home.  In addition to the completed ballot, you have to enclose a copy of your photo identification and the signed declaration form.

Information about how to vote  is available on the Conservative Party website.

We hope you will also be able to join in the celebration at the Manotick Legion on Saturday night from 5:30 – 10:00 pm where you can watch the results of the vote as they are announced.  Tickets can be purchased for $15 online.

If you prefer to pick them up in person please contact us by email at or by telephone at (613) 791-TORY (8679),

Please vote for the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.  Together, we can help our new leader become the next Prime Minister of Canada.

Remembering Vimy Ridge

People across Canada came together today to remember the sacrifice made 100 years ago at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.  For the first time ever, all four Canadian Divisions of the Canadian Corps fought together.

Although the Battle of Vimy Ridge is recognized as a “distinctly Canadian triumph” that helped to create “a stronger sense of national identity” and raised Canada’s stature internationally, the statue “Canada Bereft“, which stands on Vimy Ridge, reflects the heavy cost.  Of the 97,184 Canadian soldiers that fought in the Battle of Vimy Ridge over 10,000 were killed or wounded.

A century after the Battle of Vimy Ridge, peace remains elusive in many parts of the world.  Canada continues to play an important role in collaboration with our allies to support efforts to ensure the safety, security and freedom of people around the globe.

Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament for Carleton, joined members of the Royal Canadian Legion including Winston Spratt, Vice President, South Carleton Branch #314, this morning at the Vimy Memorial Bridge which crosses the Rideau River between Barrhaven and Riverside South.

As a member of the Conservative government, Pierre was instrumental in securing federal funding for the Vimy Memorial Bridge which opened in 2014.   He proudly supported its naming in memory of the Canadians who fought at Vimy Ridge in 1917.

Only Two Weeks Left

In order to be eligible to vote for the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada you must be a member in good standing by Tuesday, March 28, 2017.  There are only two weeks left to get your membership in the Conservative Party of Canada if you want to help us elect the next leader.

You can purchase your membership online or download the application and mail it in right away to:

Conservative Party of Canada
1720-130 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON  K1P 5G4

To become a member you must be 14 years of age or older, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and support the founding principles of the Conservative Party of Canada.  You can’t currently be a member of another political party at the federal level.  And don’t forget, that you have to buy it with your own money – no one else can buy it for you or reimburse you for the expense.

If you aren’t sure whether your membership is up-to-date, please email the and check.

Voting for a leader on May 27 is one of the most important things you can do for the future of our country.  We need our leader, and the next Prime Minister, to be someone who can put the interests of all Canadian ahead of special interests


Canadians Need to Know

Our Member of Parliament, Pierre Poilievre, has sponsored a petition  asking the Liberal government to release its full analysis of how much the carbon tax is going to cost Canadians.  You can read and sign the petition on the Parliament of Canada electronic petition site.

In October 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that in 2018 the federal government will impose a carbon tax of $10/tonne which will increase every year to $50/tonne by 2022.  This will increase the cost of almost everything Canadians use including home heating fuel, gasoline and food.  It will increase the cost of doing business in Canada including farming, manufacturing, retail and restaurants – and these costs will get passed along to you, the consumer.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has estimated that the carbon tax will cost the average family (2.5 persons/family) more than $2,500 per year.

Taxes like the carbon tax are sometimes called “economic instruments.”  They are intended to change the behaviour of consumers.  The theory is if it costs more you will use less.  But this only goes so far.  If what is being taxed is something you really need, your only choice is to pay more.

All Canadians, irrespective of their income, are being stuck with a bigger bill for things they really need.  How much?  The Liberals are saying we don’t need to know … just pay the bill.

Conservatives believe in transparency.  The Mulroney government replaced the hidden Manufacturers Sales Tax with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) so that Canadians would know what they were paying.

Conservatives believe in lower taxes.  The Harper government reduced the GST from 7% to 5% leaving more than 500 million dollars in the pockets of Canadians.

Conservatives believe in protecting our children’s future.  When the Conservatives left office, the budget was balanced.  The federal tax burden was lower than when the Conservatives came to power in 2006.  But it is not just about government taxes and spending.

Conservatives believe in environmental policies that will actually improve things for future generations.  When prices are already sky high, consumers have already cut back what they use as far as they can.

The environmental benefit of a national carbon tax won’t be measurable from a climate change perspective.  It might make some people feel like they are doing something to address what many people believe is a serious global environmental issue.  But it won’t change the outcome.  It is like throwing money out your window.  You will have less but you won’t have anything in return.

Canadians need to know how much a carbon tax is going to cost.

Sign the petition.


Leadership Vote Polling Station in Richmond

The Carleton and Kanata Carleton Conservative Associations have joined forces to host a polling station at the Richmond Legion, 6430 Ottawa Street, Richmond.  The polling station will be open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 27.  This polling station is open to all Conservative Party of Canada members.

To vote at the polling station, you need to bring the ballot that you will receive from the Conservative Party of Canada and photo identification with your name and current address.  Please note that no ballots will be available at the polling station.

In order to be eligible to vote, you must be a member in good standing by March 28.  You can purchase or renew your membership online on the Conservative Party of Canada by clicking here.  If you would like us to check whether your membership is current, please contact us at

Everyone with a membership by March 28 will be mailed a ballot sometime after April 28.  You can bring this ballot to the Richmond polling station, vote at  the Leadership Event in Toronto or mail it in following the instructions that come with the ballot.

You can find the official rules for voting in the leadership race here.

Be part of the future of the Conservative Party of Canada.  Buy your membership and help pick the next leader of our party, and the future Prime Minister of Canada!

Say Yes to the Ottawa Hospital

Join the growing number of people from across Carleton who are asking the Liberal government to put the public interest ahead of special interests when it comes to giving the Ottawa Hospital a site for the new Civic Campus.  Sign the e-petition here.

In November 2014, the Hon. John Baird agreed to give the Ottawa Hospital the site they had selected for the new hospital directly across Carling Avenue from the existing Civic Campus.

For what many consider to be political reasons, the Liberal government went back to the drawing board, costing taxpayers money and setting the project behind schedule.

Our Member of Parliament, the Hon. Pierre Poilievre, has lead the charge in asking the Liberal government to recognize that the Ottawa Hospital is in the best position to recommend a site for their new hospital.  He has also pointed out that some of the concerns raised by opponents of the site selected by the Ottawa Hospital are exaggerated.

The Ottawa Hospital has spoken out clearly against the Tunney’s Pasture site proposed by the National Capital Commission.  They have stood up for the interests of the people across the region whom they care for.  Let’s stop the politics and get on with building the new hospital on the site that had been selected by the Ottawa Hospital based on patient care, access and affordability.


See You At The AGM

The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Carleton Conservative Association will be held on Tuesday, December 6 at the Richmond Agricultural Society Dining Hall, 6107 Perth St., Richmond at 7:00 p.m.  Please come a bit early and bring your Conservative Party of Canada membership to register to vote.

At this meeting, the 2017 Board of Directors will be elected.  According to the Carleton Conservative Association constitution, we can have up to 30 members elected to the board.  If you want to volunteer as a board member, please come and put your name forward.  For more information, please contact

The Board of Directors is a group of volunteers drawn primarily from across the electoral district of Carleton.  We want to encourage a mix of representation from across the electoral district so that we can reach out to the various communities and demographics.  It is a great experience to work together and learn from one another.  One in ten directors can live outside Carleton.

In addition to electing the 2017 slate of directors, the activities and finances of the association, along with some of our election readiness plans will be discussed.

Come and join in the discussion.  Have a coffee on us!