Gallant asks Conservatives to judge her record
Sean Chase/Daily Observer Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant addresses Conservative party members during a nomination meeting Sunday at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 72. Gallant was seeking to represent the riding for the seventh consecutive federal election in 2019.
Cheryl Gallant asked Conservative party members Sunday to judge her service as the Member of Parliament for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke over the past 18 years advising them not to seek change for the sake of change.
Addressing party members at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 72 before they cast ballots for the candidate who represent them in the next federal election, Gallant said it was an insult to voters to declare this a safe Tory riding.
“This was considered a safe Liberal seat but through honest hard work, you and I made history,” said Gallant referring to her inaugural electoral win as a member of the Canadian Alliance party in 2000 when she galvanized opposition to Bill C-68, the Firearms Act. “This did not happen by chance. It took hard work. There are no shortcuts.”
Gallant briefly articulated her successes as MP namely abolishing the Long Gun Registry, the establishment of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment, the first standing up of a Canadian military regiment in 50 years and 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron at Garrison Petawawa, the creation of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories and her voting record supporting pro-life. Stating she could work across party lines, she pointed to the legislation she introduced to protect individuals applying for the Disability Tax Credit. She was equally proud of being the only MP in Parliament to vote against the Paris Climate Accords, something she believed her constituents wanted.
“They expect me to vote against bad taxes and bad spending,” added Gallant. “I have always been your representative to Ottawa – not Ottawa’s representative to Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke. I will never compromise our values for short-term gain no matter what others say and how they characterize it. I stand before on my record of service as an MP and I will match my record against any other member of parliament.”
A graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry, Gallant chaired the City of Pembroke Downtown Development Commission before entering federal politics. Gallant has served as a member of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science, and Technology, as well as the Standing Committee on National Defence. She was elected by colleagues to represent Canada as Chair of the Canadian-North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Association.