Each week, we’ll bring you a panel discussion with Canada’s leading journalists, columnists, politicos, and change-makers discussing what’s happening in the newsphere.
This week, we’re joined by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion & Liberal MP for Windsor-Tecumseh Irek Kusmierczyk and commentator and columnist Andrew Lawton, to debate the invocation of the Emergencies Act. Was it justified? Should such legislation exist? What does it mean for our future?
About Irek Kusmierczyk
Irek and his family have lived in the Windsor-Tecumseh riding for more than 35 years after immigrating to Canada from Poland. His father worked in the auto industry and his mom was a teller at a small local credit union. His parents instilled in Irek a passion for community service leading him to a career on Windsor City Council, where he was elected in three consecutive elections. On council, Irek successfully advocated for historic investments in flood protection, road improvements, libraries and parks that improve quality of life.
Irek was elected to Parliament in 2019 to represent the residents of Windsor-Tecumseh and, shortly thereafter, he was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to serve as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion.
Irek earned his PhD from Vanderbilt University in the United States and a Master’s Degree in Government from the London School of Economics specializing in local government and cross-border environmental relations around the Great Lakes. He has government experience working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an Atlantic Council of Canada Fellow.
About Andrew Lawton
Andrew Lawton is a broadcaster and columnist. Currently, he is a fellow at True North and a weekly columnist for Loonie Politics. His written work has been published across the world, including in the Washington Post, the National Post, the Toronto Sun, the Edmonton Sun, and Global News. Andrew has appeared as a commentator on CBC, CTV, TVO, CTS, and on BBC World. Andrew ran as a Progressive Conservative candidate in Ontario’s 2018 provincial election.