Rick Dykstra Newsletter – Remembrance Day Edition

October 31st, 2014 by St Catharines Conservative EDA

The Rick Dykstra Newletter for October is now available for download.

In this month’s newsletter: Remembrance Day – Lest We Forget, Federal Gas Tax, Fitness Tax Credit, Economy.
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Annual Christmas Turkey Voucher Fund Raiser

October 31st, 2014 by St Catharines Conservative EDA

We are please to announce the 9th running of this special fund raiser organized by the board of directors as a way to connect with members during the holiday season and prior to the Annual General Meeting in January. Read the rest of this entry »

Rick Dykstra Community BBQ 2014

July 31st, 2014 by St Catharines Conservative EDA

Date: Thursday August 7, 2014

Time: 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Armenian Community Centre
156 Martindale Rd., St. Catharines

Rain or Shine

Come out and meet Rick, and enjoy a complimentary BBQ, Local Entertainment and Family Activities!

Featuring food by the Kilt & Clover and Enterta

Announcing the 9th Annual Rick Dykstra Invitational Golf Tournament

May 20th, 2014 by St Catharines Conservative EDA

This year in the heart of St. Catharines at the St. Catharines Golf & Country Club!

The inquiries regarding this year’s tournament are already coming in so I want to make sure you mark the date of Monday, June 23th, 2014 as the day for the 9th Annual Rick Dykstra Invitational Golf Classic!

Last year’s tournament was another tremendous success and we all enjoyed ourselves, played some great golf and spent time with good friends. This year we are bringing the tournament into the heart of St. Catharines!

We are issuing our second Team Challenge, with the winning foursome joining me for dinner followed by an Ice Dogs game. Please organize a foursome and register yourself as team lead to make your foursome eligible.

The cost for this year’s tournament is $195 per person and of course that includes a BBQ lunch and a fabulous, executive dinner! So please fill out and return the registration form to get your spot reserved! Call 905-935-vote (8683) and leave a message if you have any questions.  You can also register here online.

I look forward to seeing all of you again and enjoying a great day out on the links!



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Statement from Rick Dykstra on the passing of Jim Flaherty

April 10th, 2014 by St Catharines Conservative EDA


St. Catharines – I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Jim Flaherty earlier today.  Jim and I were close friends for many years, starting from when we worked together at Queen’s Park and then I got to know him very well when I was Communications Director for his second provincial leadership campaign.  In my view, Jim was the best Finance Minister this country has ever had, but more than that, he was a good friend and a man who loved his family.  Kathy and I send our thoughts and prayers to his wife, Christine Elliot and sons John, Galen and Quinn.

Canada-South Korea FTA Good Deal for Niagara

March 13th, 2014 by St Catharines Conservative EDA

March 11, 2014 – St. Catharines – Member of Parliament Rick Dykstra is welcoming the Canada-South Korea Free Trade Agreement as positive news for Niagara. “Our government, including Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, worked hard on this agreement.” Read the rest of this entry »

The World’s Most Reputable Countries, 2013, for the third year: CANADA

January 3rd, 2014 by St Catharines Conservative EDA

Forbes – Susan Adams

Which countries have the best reputations? What does that even mean? TheReputation Institute, a global private consulting firm based in New York and Copenhagen, has just released its fourth annual list of 50 countries, ranked according to what it says is people’s trust, admiration, respect and affinity for those countries.

Topping the list for the third year in a row: Canada. Sweden comes in second, one place up from last year and Switzerland is third, up from fourth last year. (Australia slipped from second to fourth place.)
The Countries With The Best Reputations

What’s most notable is how far down the U.S. ranks: 22nd place, behind Brazil and just above Peru. Several European countries that continue to battle severe economic turmoil ranked above the U.S. again this year including Italy in 16th place, France in 17th, Spain in 18th and Portugal in 19th place.

One reason the U.S. doesn’t rank higher, says Fernando Prado, a managing partner at the Reputation Institute, is that when asked what was most important to them in gauging a country’s reputation, respondents said it was effective government and appealing environment a bit more than an advanced economy. But the U.S. has been steadily gaining in each of those three categories, says Prado, which explains why it moved up one place from 23rd last year. Prado adds that the U.S. is burdened by what he calls “a negative emotional halo” that has to do with being a world superpower. Outside the U.S., people have mixed feelings about its dominant role in the world.

To compile its data, the Reputation Institute conducted online interviews with 27,000 consumers in G8 countries from January through March of this year. The study asked about the 50 countries around the world that either have the largest economies and populations or are in the public eye as a result of economic, political or natural events. The Institute put four simple questions to the respondents. It asked about the countries’ overall reputation, whether the respondents had a “good feeling” about the countries, whether they admired and respected the countries and whether they trusted the countries.

The countries with the worst rankings are no surprise. Iraq ranked 50th, preceded by Iran, Pakistan and Nigeria. China came in 44th and Russia, 46th.

Once it compiled its overall reputation ranking, the Reputation Institute asked respondents about 16 different attributes, including physical beauty, whether the country offers an array of appealing experiences like food, sports and entertainment and whether the country produces high-quality products and services. On those 16 points, the U.S. only made it into the top ten countries in three categories–producing well-known brands,  contributing to global culture and fostering technological  advances.

At least the U.S. scores near the top of the branded product category, where it is second only to Japan. In terms of technological advancement it’s in third place after Japan and Germany. In culture it’s No. 6 but there is only a marginal difference in the rankings between Italy, at No. 1, and the other five countries (Germany, Sweden, France and the U.K. are the four ahead of the U.S.).

A country’s reputation rankings are extremely important, says Prado, because all countries are competing for support from groups like tourists looking to spend leisure dollars, private businesses deciding where to invest, consumers buying foreign products and governments looking to place aid and investment funds.

Prado’s home country, Spain, has been fighting an internal branding battle between the country’s appeal to outsiders, which remains high, and its perception among Spaniards, which has fallen as a result of its economic woes. Spain has appointed a High Commissioner for Brand Spain, Carlos Espinoza de los Monteros, a former vice president at Inditex, owner of the successful Zara fashion chain and former CEO of Mercedes-Benz Espana.  But Prado says Espinoza has a tall order, since the government isn’t funding his efforts and he has to raise funds from the private sector. Despite its problems, Spain has a better reputation than the U.S., the Reputation Institute would tell you.

To download the Reputation Institute’s reports, including specifics on selected countries click here.

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The Facts, Major Federal Transfers to the Provinces and Territories

December 20th, 2013 by St Catharines Conservative EDA

Federal Transfers

The federal government has restored fiscal balance since 2006 through record and growing transfer support to the provinces and territories.

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Defending Canadian Consumers – Consumers First

December 4th, 2013 by St Catharines Conservative EDA

Canadian families work hard to make ends meet, and every dollar counts.

While companies look out for their bottom line, our government is looking out for everyday Canadians.

When Canadians make decisions about how to spend their money, they must be assured of a voice, a choice, and fair treatment. Read the rest of this entry »

You are invited to Rick Dykstra’s Community BBQ

July 16th, 2013 by St Catharines Conservative EDA

Date: Sunday July 21, 2013
Time: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: Armenian Community Centre
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