Kevin Soren­son Re­ports

Kevin Soren­son M.P. Bat­tle River-Crow­foot Con­stituency

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE -

Po­lit­i­cal Change in the United States

As I trav­elled around our Bat­tle River-Crow­foot rid­ing over the past week, the talk was about the har­vest and the chal­lenges we are all ex­pe­ri­enc­ing get­ting it off the fields; Re­mem­brance Day; and Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion as Pres­i­dent of the United States of Amer­ica.

Many farm­ers have com­pleted a very good har­vest. The weather this fall has not ex­actly helped us get it all in. Our strong agri­cul­ture sec­tor in Bat­tle River-Crow­foot has served us well his­tor­i­cally and it will con­tinue to pro­vide an eco­nomic boom for us for many decades. But there are chal­lenges.

As your Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, I am al­ways pleased to re­port the re­mark­able num­bers of us who pay our re­spect to Canada’s mil­i­tary each and ev­ery year at Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies through­out our rid­ing. This year, I was speak­ing in Tofield, lay­ing the Govern­ment of Canada Wreath, and spent time with the stu­dents at the Tofield School Re­mem­brance Day Cer­e­mony the day be­fore. It is also a priv­i­lege to stop in at var­i­ous Le­gions

As the Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion in the House of Com­mons, the Con­ser­va­tive Party of Canada ex­tended our con­grat­u­la­tions to Don­ald Trump on his Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion vic­tory in the United States. The United States is, and will re­main, Canada’s clos­est friend and ally, and, our largest cus­tomer by far. Our unique re­la­tion­ship has stood the test of nearly 150 years.

Our fo­cus will con­tinue to be on bi­lat­eral ini­tia­tives with the United States that will con­trib­ute to the Cana­dian econ­omy, cre­ate jobs, and en­hance our col­lec­tive se­cu­rity. Pres­i­dent-elect Trump has made it clear that he sup­ports the Key­stone XL pipe­line, as has Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau. The Con­ser­va­tive Party of Canada calls upon the Prime Min­is­ter to reach out to Pres­i­den­t­elect Trump at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity and make the ap­proval of this job-cre­at­ing project a top pri­or­ity.

Our job is to hold the cur­rent Cana­dian govern­ment to ac­count on re­solv­ing trade ir­ri­tants like the soft­wood lum­ber dis­pute. We will also press the Lib­eral govern­ment to pur­sue a strong free trade agenda with the new U.S. Ad­min­is­tra­tion. We ex­pect the Cana­dian govern­ment to work with the new ad­min­is­tra­tion to en­sure Cana­di­ans and Cana­dian busi­nesses con­tinue to reap the ben­e­fits of our close trade re­la­tion­ship.

In ad­di­tion to work­ing with the in­com­ing Pres­i­dent and his ad­min­is­tra­tion, Con­ser­va­tives would like to con­grat­u­late Mem­bers of Congress and Gover­nors who have been elected or re-elected. The Trump Pres­i­dency will in­clude a Repub­li­can ma­jor­ity in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the Se­nate. The close ties be­tween our coun­tries are equally im­por­tant at the lo­cal, state and Con­gres­sional level, and we will be seek­ing to strengthen those ties and co­op­er­a­tion for years to come.

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 1-800-665-4358, fax 780-608-4603 or e-mail Kevin.Soren­son.c1@parl.gc.ca.

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