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Greg McLean

Greg McLean

Conservative candidate for Calgary Centre
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My most important goal is to restore jobs and prosperity to Calgary. To do that, we must restore investor confidence, especially in oil & gas. We must repeal Bills C-69 (anti-pipeline) and C-48 (tanker ban) and show investors that Alberta is open for business and ready to work.

Health

Wait times and access

Policy by the Conservative Party
Invest $1.5 billion in a first term to purchase MRI machines and CT machines to replace and add machines across the country; Provide $15 million to implement the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada.

Disabilities

Policy by the Conservative Party
Decrease the number of hours spent per week on life-sustaining therapy needed to qualify for the Disability Tax Credit from 14 to 10; Expand the definition of what counts as life-sustaining therapy.

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Autism

Policy by the Conservative Party
Work with stakeholders to develop a National Autism Strategy; Invest $50 million over five years to develop a comprehensive strategy in consultation with autistic individuals, autism organizations, governments, and Indigenous communities.

Environment, Climate Change, & Energy

Carbon pricing

Policy by the Conservative Party
Remove the federal price on carbon.

Green buildings and housing

Policy by Greg McLean
Buildings represent 12% of Canada's GHG emissions (85 MT). We will help Canadians do retrofits and upgrades to make their homes more energy efficient, saving up to $3800 a year; and (according to Enviro Economics), permanently reducing Canada's emissions by 9 MT per year.

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Major energy projects

Policy by the Conservative Party
Create a national energy corridor to carry Canadian energy & resources from coast to coast; Repeal Bill C-69; End ban on shipping traffic on the north coast of BC; Build the Trans Mountain Pipeline; assert federal jurisdiction over projects that are "for the general advantage".

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Waste & pollution

Policy by the Conservative Party
Work with provinces and municipalities to put an end to raw sewage being dumped in waterways; Review and modernize air quality standards; Reinstate the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up fund; Ban export of plastic waste.

Conservation

Policy by the Conservative Party
Reestablish the Hunting and Angling Advisory Panel to give hunters and anglers input into decisions on protecting natural habitats.

Threats from climate change

Policy by the Conservative Party
Incorporate a mitigation and adaptation lens to infrastructure investments, with communities identifying and addressing risks; Pursue natural infrastructure projects to provide low-cost protection against floods, drought, and water quality issues; Invest in wildfire technology.

Jobs & the Economy

Manufacturing jobs

Policy by the Conservative Party
Review the tax system to improve Canada's competitiveness, including in the manufacturing sector; Reduce the regulatory burden by 25%; Diversify Canada's trade toward emerging markets and reduce dependence on the US by signing free trade agreements with Mercosur, ASEAN, & the UK.

Pensions

Policy by the Conservative Party
Require all federally-regulated companies to report on the solvency of their pension funds; Allow the transfer of underfunded pension plans to a more successful plan; Restrict bonuses for executives of companies going through bankruptcy.

Public infrastructure

Policy by the Conservative Party
Ensure regions receive a fair share of infrastructure funding with budgets for each; Scrap the Infrastructure Bank; Fund George Massey Tunnel Replacement, Yonge Subway Extension, & 3rd link between Quebec City & Levis; Proceed with projects committed to by the Liberals.

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Entrepreneurship & small business

Policy by the Conservative Party
Repeal tax increases on small business investments; Exempt spouses from tax increases on small business dividends; Make it easier to navigate tax system; Reduce federal regulations by 25%; Implement a 2-for-1 rule for new regulations; Assign a Minister to lead red tape reduction.

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Adoptive Leave

Policy by the Conservative Party
Introduce a 15-week EI adoption leave modelled on the EI maternity leave. Income received will be tax-free.

Interprovincial trade

Policy by the Conservative Party
Convene a first ministers' meeting to establish a new comprehensive and effective free trade agreement; Expand the Red Seal programme.

Housing

Housing supply

Policy by Greg McLean
1. Fix the mortgage stress test

2. Increase amortization periods to 30 years for first-time homebuyers

3. Launch an inquiry to root out corrupt practices that inflate housing prices.

4. Make surplus federal real estate available to increase the supply of housing.

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Home ownership

Policy by the Conservative Party
Modify the mortgage stress test to ensure first-time homebuyers aren't unnecessarily prevent from accessing mortgages; Remove the stress test from mortgage renewals; Increase amortization periods to 30 years for first-time homebuyers.

Speculation

Policy by the Conservative Party
Launch an inquiry into money laundering in the real estate sector; Work with industry partners to eliminate practices that inflate housing prices.

Home heating

Policy by the Conservative Party
Remove the GST from home heating costs.

Human Rights

Education & Training

Job training

Policy by the Conservative Party
Work with colleges and universities to make sure courses, programs, and academic curricula reflect labour demands; Make sure government retraining programs meet demand for skills required.

RESPs

Policy by the Conservative Party
Raise the government's contribution to an RESP from 20% to 30% for every dollar invested up to $2,500 a year.

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Justice, Crime, & Law Enforcement

Guns

Policy by the Conservative Party
Create a CBSA firearms smuggling task force to intercept illegal firearms at the Canada-US border; Strengthen background checks for gun licenses and make it a crime to provide a firearm to anyone who has been prohibiting from owning one.

Gangs

Policy by the Conservative Party
End automatic bail for gang members awaiting trial and revoke parole for those who associate with their former gang following release; Identify known gangs as criminal entities; Bring in tougher sentences including 5-year mandatory prison sentence for violent gang crime.

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Launch a judicial inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin scandal; Allow the RCMP to access information protected by cabinet confidence by making an application to the Supreme Court.

Prisons and prisoners

Policy by the Conservative Party
Tie parole eligibility to job skills training; Take steps towards statutory release & replace it with earned parole; Continue to fund extant rehab programs focusing on literacy, numeracy, anger management, & addiction; Require all necessary admin work complete before release.

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Human trafficking

Policy by the Conservative Party
Strengthen human trafficking laws, including consecutive sentences for those who are convicted on multiple counts of human trafficking; Ensure Canada meets commitments under the Palermo Protocol.

Natural Resources

Forestry

Policy by the Conservative Party
Establish a Task Force on the Woodland Caribou; Increase funding to control pest species in national parks and on federal lands.

Fisheries

Policy by the Conservative Party
Create advisory panels to rebuild critical stocks; Increase support for Salmonid Enhancement program; Restore community-led Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program; Make stock recovery a strategic focus; Combat Seafood Fraud; Create a Modern Aquaculture Act.

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Competitiveness & Natural Resources Canada

Policy by the Conservative Party
Set up a task force of experts to engage with industry, Indigenous communities, and other concerned Canadians, to increase confidence in Canadian resource development.

Immigration, Refugees, & Borders

Economic immigration

Policy by the Conservative Party
Increase the number of points awarded for a job offer under the Express Entry Program; Match international students finished university with jobs; Provide new economic immigrants info about opportunities outside of urban centres; Rework the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.

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Refugees

Policy by the Conservative Party
Remove the cap on privately sponsored refugees; Ensure departmental resources are sufficiently focused on privately sponsored refugees; Prioritize genocide survivors, LGBTQ+ refugees, and internally displaced people in the Government-Assisted Refugees program.

Illicit Drugs & Overdoses

Opioid crisis

Policy by the Conservative Party
Revise the Canadian drugs and substance strategy to focus on helping Canadians recover from addiction.

Transit & Transportation

Public transit options

Policy by the Conservative Party
Introduce a Green Public Transit Tax Credit on transit passes allowing for unlimited travel within Canada on local transit options.

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Transit infrastructure

Policy by the Conservative Party
Fund the Ontario Line and Yonge Subway Extension.

Agriculture & Food

Canada Grain Act

Policy by the Conservative Party
Modernize the Canada Grain Act and Canadian Grain Commission, with a focus on consultation with farmers; Return $130 million in overcharged user fees from the CGC to farmers.

Indigenous Issues

Indigenous rights

Policy by the Conservative Party
Appoint a Minister for Consulting Indigenous Rights Holders.

Technology

Privacy protections

Policy by the Conservative Party
Ensure companies collecting electronic data from Canadians have plain language terms of use agreements; Form an expert committee with industry leaders to define binding cyber security standards for critical infrastructure sectors and penalties for non-compliance.

Science & Innovation

Policy by the Conservative Party
Review innovation programmes to ensure they're supporting Canadian companies with patents, technologies, and economic benefits that remain national.

Artificial Intelligence

Policy by the Conservative Party
Apply regulatory standards for the ethical and secure use of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, and create a Canada Cyber Safe brand.

Government & Democracy

Conflict-of-interest

Policy by the Conservative Party
Introduce real penalties for violations of the Conflict of Interest Act; Disallow the indirect holding of shares by Cabinet ministers; Increase oversight powers of the Ethics Commissioner to request additional information about the content of meetings.

Lobbying

Policy by the Conservative Party
Prohibit those charged with a criminal offence from lobbying for changes to laws that would benefit them in their own criminal proceeding; Increase oversight powers of the Lobbying Commissioner to request additional information about the content of meetings.

Public service whistleblowers

Policy by the Conservative Party
Shift burden of proof from whistleblowers to employers in cases of reprisals; Provide legal & procedural advice to any public servant seeking to make a protected disclosure or file a reprisal complaint; Expand current protections to include those working on government contracts.

Government security

Policy by the Conservative Party
Conduct periodic cyber security penetration testing on all government departments; Establish a Cabinet Committee on Cyber Security and Data Privacy.

International Relations

International assistance

Policy by the Conservative Party
Cut 25% of foreign aid spending; Provide additional military and non-military support to Ukraine.

Human rights abroad

Policy by the Conservative Party
Use Canada's Magnitsky legislation to target hostile regimes such as Iran.

Government Services & Crown Corporations

Military & Veterans

Veterans

Policy by the Conservative Party
Enshrine a Military Covenant between the government and veterans to guarantee every Veteran is treated with respect and provided timely services; Clear backlog of benefit applications within two years; Create a reliable, dependable pension system; Strengthen transition services.

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Defence funding

Policy by the Conservative Party
Depoliticize military procurement.

Misc.

Taxation

Policy by the Conservative Party
Introduce a Universal Tax Cut to reduce the rate of the lowest income bracket (under $47,630/year) from 15% to 13.75%.

Children & maternity

Policy by the Conservative Party
Remove federal income tax from Employment Insurance maternity and paternal benefits with a non-refundable tax credit of 15% for income earned under those two programmes.

Rural and northern communities

Policy by the Conservative Party
Appoint a Minister of Rural Affairs; Ensure all Cabinet decisions have a rural perspective; Ensure government programmes consider life conditions and experiences of people in rural regions.

Children's sports and fitness

Policy by the Conservative Party
Allow families to claim up to $1000 per child for expenses related to fitness or sports-related activities; Make the credit refundable; Allow parents of children with disabilities to claim an additional $500 per child, per year.

Arts & culture

Policy by the Conservative Party
Allow families to claim up to $500/child for arts & educational activities expenses; Make the credit refundable; Allow families with children with disabilities to claim an additional $500/child/year; Extend the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program three years.

Child disabilities

Policy by the Conservative Party
Allow families with children with disabilities to claim an additional $500 per child, per year related to expenses on arts and educational activities, and an additional $500 per child, per year on fitness and sports-related materials.

Seniors

Policy by the Conservative Party
Increase the Age Credit by $1,000; Maintain the Old Age Security at age 65.

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Emergency services

Policy by the Conservative Party
Reduce the number of service hours required for emergency services volunteers to qualify for federal tax credits to 150 hours per year.

Museums

Policy by the Conservative Party
Remove admission fees on visiting national museums; Make the grave sites of former Prime Ministers and Governors General national historic sites.

Biography

submitted by the candidate or their team
A financial professional with 20 years experience in oil & gas and other industries important to Calgary. That financial experience will be useful in Ottawa. I worked for 6 years as an adviser to Ministers, including in privatization initiatives. Ruth and I have 4 adult sons.

MY CAREER AS A FINANCIAL PROFESSIONAL

I’ve been a financial professional for the past twenty years. My most challenging and rewarding role was the five years I served as the Investment Officer of a local private equity firm.

Our opportunities ranged from early stage investments in biotechnology and high tech companies, to start-ups in oil and gas, service industries, mining, real estate development, and public equity trading. Direct involvement in resource development and new technology advancements provided a solid understanding of the oil and gas industry and the economic environment required for its success.

It also provided critical perspectives on what it means to achieve successful innovation – which is so vital to the future of Calgary’s, Alberta’s and Canada’s future economic strength and prosperity.

WORKING THROUGH OBSTACLES IN CHALLENGING MARKET ENVIRONMENTS

That experience has since led to more focused career opportunities, but what stays the same is that all investments require significant effort to make the opportunity perform to plan.

When you spend time working through obstacles with your management teams, and finding solutions in challenging market environments, you get a sense of the people involved who can turn a business concept into a profitable reality. We’ve faced those challenges in Calgary – particularly over the past three years -- and strong leaders have come through and will continue to build our economy.

I think my background is incredibly valuable for a role in Parliament. There are too few politicians who really understand what it takes to invest, to risk, to build, and to succeed. I’ve seen that up close through my work.

OUTSIDE THE OFFICE …

I have previously served as a director of a public oil and gas company and I am currently a director of a private oil and gas services technology company.

I’ve also been a director on my condominium’s board – when they needed assistance adjusting their reserve fund’s portfolio.

… AND IN THE VOLUNTEER WORLD

As a volunteer, I worked for years with the Canadian Progress Club and was the treasurer for two years. Our primary charity was Big Brothers and Sisters of Calgary and Area.

I also served as a volunteer with a United Nations-sponsored mission in Croatia in 1996 – immediately after the conflict. Along with volunteers from several countries, we assisted in the re-integration and re-building of a community divided by war.

EXPERIENCE IN GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNING

I spent six years working for two Cabinet Ministers in Ottawa during Prime Minister Mulroney’s Government. It was a rewarding time for someone like me who likes the challenge of facilitating change. I worked on files including the privatization of portions of Via Rail (now the Rocky Mountaineer), CN's eventual privatization, the transfer of airports to Local Airport Authorities, and the survival (for a time) of Canadian Airlines. I also mediated an impasse between the federal road safety directorate and the Petroleum Services Association of Canada.

EDUCATION

The foundation for everything I’ve been able to do in my life is the opportunity that I’ve had to earn a first-class education. At the University of Alberta, I obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree, and followed up with an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario).

PERSONAL

My wife, Ruth, and I have a combined family of four young men – Sean is at the University of Calgary; Cameron is at Brock University; Luke works for Siemens here in Calgary, and Scott has settled in Toronto with his girlfriend, Sam, after finishing his University in Wisconsin. And, with our friends, we enjoy all that life in Calgary offers, including skiing, hiking and biking, and we love our time in the mountains.. And those that really know me know that I am a huge music fan.

EXPERIENCE IN THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY

My history with the Calgary Centre Conservatives spans decades. My involvement began with the PC Youth of Alberta, culminating in a term as President, after which I worked for the Minister from this riding in Ottawa. Subsequently, I spent five years actively involved with the Calgary Centre Conservative Association; serving two years as the Financial Agent, two years as the President of the Association, and as the Official Agent for the 2011 election.