Kevin Soren­son Re­ports

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Kevin Soren­son M.P. Bat­tle River-Crow­foot Con­stituency Sum­mer in Bat­tle River-Crow­foot

This sum­mer, as I travel around our rid­ing of Bat­tle RiverCrow­foot, I am hear­ing a great deal of dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment in Ot­tawa – and con­cerns about po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship and gov­ern­ment in gen­eral. In fact, many folks men­tion their con­cerns about re­ports of in­ter­na­tional events and re­cent ter­ror­ist events in par­tic­u­lar. It is im­por­tant for all of us to raise these is­sues and dis­cuss them in or­der to bet­ter un­der­stand them – to the ex­tent that we can.

We place the high­est value on our rights and the free­dom to live the way we choose. As a re­sult of our strong con­vic­tions to live freely and re­spect one an­other, we re­act just as strongly when we learn of attacks, as­saults and any vi­o­lence by those who do not share these val­ues. We feel threat­ened and we want to pro­tect our na­tion from these kinds of in­ci­dents. We want the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to be vig­i­lant when it comes to reg­u­lat­ing who we let into our coun­try.

It is a dif­fi­cult sum­mer for many com­mu­ni­ties across Al­berta for many rea­sons. Our prov­ince is strug­gling with low oil prices and other fac­tors af­fect­ing our en­ergy sec­tor. We were hop­ing that the slump in our en­ergy sec­tor, like other times over the past decades, would be a short-term ‘slow­down’ that would quickly dis­si­pate. This is prov­ing not to be the case and it makes it very dif­fi­cult for work­ers and their fam­i­lies try­ing to man­age their mort­gages and day to day ex­penses.

The good news is that our other ma­jor eco­nomic sec­tor – agri­cul­ture – is do­ing very well by all re­ports. We are ex­pect­ing a good crop this year (de­spite a few pock­ets of hail). Cat­tle prices re­main strong. Again we see the im­por­tance of our di­ver­si­fied econ­omy; provin­cially and lo­cally.

For gen­er­a­tions since the ear­li­est set­tlers, Al­ber­tans have been work­ing with the nat­u­ral riches and prom­ises of­fered in our prov­ince. We have sur­vived dif­fi­cult eras in the past and con­tin­ued to build our prov­ince.

All across Bat­tle River-Crow­foot, even in our small­est com­mu­ni­ties, we take time in the sum­mer to stage pa­rades, fairs and rodeos as well as vol­un­teer, charity, so­cial and com­mu­nity-fo­cused events. We re­mem­ber to cel­e­brate the good times as we work in­di­vid­u­ally and as com­mu­ni­ties to over­come the hard times. The ar­ti­facts in our mu­se­ums, the floats and cos­tumes in our pa­rades, and many other cul­tural icons re­mind us that over the decades we have suc­ceeded in many ways. We teach our chil­dren to ‘keep their chins up’ and look to­ward the good times be­cause they are just around the cor­ner. That is the his­tory of our prov­ince.

In the many con­ver­sa­tions I have with con­stituents at lo­cal meet­ings on is­sues or at other events, I am thank­ful that so many folks take the op­por­tu­nity to ex­press en­cour­ag­ing words and have con­struc­tive in­put and sug­ges­tions. As your Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, I am proud to re­port that our lo­cal of­fi­cials, com­mu­nity lead­ers, and many well-known lo­cal ci­ti­zens are al­ways pre­pared to tackle dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions and work for the best out­comes. I hope ev­ery­one has the op­por­tu­nity to have a safe and en­joy­able hol­i­day this sum­mer. As al­ways, we have a great deal of work to do and it is im­por­tant for all of us to pre­pare for that by mak­ing sure we are tak­ing time to care for our health and our fam­i­lies.

If you have any ques­tions or con­cerns re­gard­ing this or pre­vi­ous col­umns you may write me at 4945-50th Street, Cam­rose, Al­berta, T4V 1P9, call 780-608-4600, toll-free 1-800665-4358, fax 780-608-4603 or e-mail Kevin.Soren­son.c1@parl.gc.ca.

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