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 Read the rest of this entry »

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!



Rick Dykstra

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 »

Annual Christmas Turkey Voucher Fund Raiser

October 31st, 2013 by St Catharines Conservative EDA

We are please to announce the 8th 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.

Board members get together to call members, wish them a Merry Christmas, inform them of the upcoming AGM, and offer them an opportunity to make a donation in exchange for a gift certificate prior to the end of the year.For each $100 you donate, you will receive a $25 grocery certificate and a $75 tax receipt. Please make your cheque payable to the “St. Catharines Conservative Electoral District Association”. This actually reflects an out-of-pocket expense as little as $18.75! It is absolutely the best way to contribute to the association.All money raised will be used to continue to build a strong association; to ensure that we can provide high-quality services to the people of St. Catharines; and to rebuild the funds needed to run an effective election campaign.

Download Order Form
Call 905-935-8683

If you would simply like to donate, please go to this address:
or call 905-935-8683 and leave a message. Someone will return your call.

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
156 Martindale Road, St. Catharines Read the rest of this entry »

Rex Murphy: Dalton departs

June 16th, 2013 by St Catharines Conservative EDA

The cancellation of the gas plants is the biggest scandal of our time. But it’s McGuinty’s casual manner that really rankles

Rex Murphy – National Post

There are so many. To rework a standout line from Hamlet: When scandals come, they come not as single spies, but in battalions. In these rich, mesmerizing, disgusting, toxic times we may call Scandalpalooza, it is hard to know where to look, which spectacle at what level of government on which to feast our horrified eyes.

The Rob Ford/Toronto Star cage-match is like some zany humiliating mock soap opera that has burst its bounds, something began as a comedy which has veered into strange and ominious regions of absurdity. In Ottawa, it’s pick-a-Senator-a-day time. Evidently, Mike Duffy is finally being granted a spell and it’s Pamela Wallin’s turn in the grim spotlight. I returned back to Toronto from a trip to the unbroken innocence and 24 hour sunlight of Inuvik in the Northwest Territories only to find Peter Mansbridge interviewing Wallin over her “carelessness” with expense accounts, paybacks of close to $40,000 and possibly more to come. It was, for her, classic scandal “management.”

There are actually professions who specialize in that now, which if nothing else tells us how frequent public misbehaviour has become. It now supports a boutique industry of people who work to get the rich and powerful out of trouble of their own making.

I don’t know if Wallin employs any such wizards. But certainly in the Mansbridge interview, she followed the now-standard procedures: be upfront, confess “errors and mistakes,” adopt a sad, apologetic tone. Put on a Feel-My-Pain face. Repeat, till it sounds very much like an old-fashioned prayer, how sorry you are. Sens. Brazeau and Harb were no doubt taking notes.

Yet all these worthy scandals can’t claim the gold. That goes to this week’s once-premier, the three-term, demure-as-a-church mouse Dalton McGuinty.

For connoisseurs of outrageous public behaviour, McGuinty in many ways is and always has been a huge disappointment. He has less edge than a marshmallow. His presence is almost eerily understated: when he enters a room it is as if there is one less person in it. His public speeches have less fervour than dry cleaning instructions.

McGuinty delivered himself of the Quote of the Century on resigning: he leaves ‘with his idealism intact.’ How wonderful. What of the public’s idealism?

Yet in the stuff that really counts, in putting a real dent into public confidence, and — during the course of an election, mind you — turning part of the management of a province into a partisan manoeuvre, Departing Dalton is King of the Sad Pile.

Duffy may give better television clips as he scurries through a kitchen avoiding reporters. Wallin may be hypnotic under fire. Mayor Ford and his brother have a dark, almost fearsome flamboyance. But McGuinty’s play with the gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga, their cancellation at huge cost for potential electoral gain — this stands, in its substance, alone. Only quite recently we have learned that aides in the-then premier’s office deleted emails covering the transactions, which raises the original sin to a quite new level.

McGuinty delivered himself of the Quote of the Century on resigning: he leaves “with his idealism intact.” How wonderful. What of the public’s idealism? No comment on that was forthcoming.

In the ordinary course of things, if a politician were to offer, say, a thousand dollars of his own money to an individual in exchange for that individual’s vote, it would be seen for what it was: a bribe. But if a government, while campaigning, with partisan intent, spends hundreds of millions in the hope of influencing a riding’s vote, that was just another day in McGuinty’s government. And when the evidence vanishes? Mere carelessness!

The gas plant cancellation is the truly big scandal of our time. It, by far, involves the largest disbursement of public monies in a dubious manner. The deletion of the emails is very close to sinister. But it was McGuinty’s casual conduct during the whole affair that truly stands out. Yet it was that very same manner that has — so far — spared him.

His successor, Premier Kathleen Wynne, is now on shaky moral ground . She is premier, in part, because the Liberals used this highly questionable tactic to earn their narrow win. The honourable thing to do would be for her to call an election on just this issue — and call it now. Sadly, we live in times when doing the honourable thing is a wisp of forlorn hope, as opposed to a realistic expectation.

National Post