Kevin Soren­son Re­ports

The Drumheller Mail - - INSIDE - Kevin Soren­son M.P. Bat­tle River-Crow­foot Con­stituency

House of Com­mons Rises for Christ­mas Ad­journ­ment

For a lot of fam­i­lies in our con­stituency there is un­cer­tainty in the New Year. In the north­ern part of our rid­ing too much crop was left in the fields be­cause of the early cold weather. Still, we had a good crop, but hardly any­one can re­mem­ber when we were un­able to har­vest it all.

In the rid­ings sur­round­ing ours and our prov­ince as a whole, work­ers and fam­i­lies are con­fronting an em­ploy­ment sit­u­a­tion and eco­nomic prospects that are com­pletely op­po­site to what the op­por­tu­ni­ties were just over a year ago. The econ­omy in Al­berta has left us frus­trated with both the pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments.

As the House of Com- mons in Ot­tawa pre­pares to rise for the Christ­mas ad­journ­ment, the Lib­eral govern­ment has caused a great deal of un­cer­tainty to re­main on nu­mer­ous files. This in­cludes the Lib­eral govern­ment’s ‘thin soup’ leg­isla­tive agenda in their first year – they have pro­vided Par­lia­ment with very lit­tle to work on. Yet, Canada’s econ­omy is not grow­ing and the Lib­er­als have failed to help cre­ate a sin­gle full-time po­si­tion. Just over a year ago, jobs were be­ing cre­ated by the thou­sands – month af­ter month.

Many items, in­clud­ing ma­jor elec­tion cam­paign prom­ises by the Lib­er­als have yet to be in­tro­duced. Yet, 30-34 bil­lions of dol­lars (de­pend­ing on which eco­nomic an­a­lyst you cite) have al­ready been bor­rowed and spent, in­clud­ing al­most $5 bil­lion sent off-shore af­ter the Lib­er­als promised Cana­di­ans that an­nual deficit spend­ing would be lim­ited to $10 bil­lion.

The Cli­mate Change strat­egy has raised more ques­tions than are be­ing an­swered. We re­ally only know that much of the work and costs will be foisted onto the pro­vin­cial and ter­ri­to­rial gov­ern­ments. The Lib­er­als are quick to say, “…ev­ery ju­ris­dic­tion is free to do what­ever works for them”. But the fact re­mains that ev­ery ju­ris­dic­tion will have to com­pete with Amer­i­can firms that do not have a car­bon tax on ev­ery­thing. The vast ma­jor­ity of Canada’s ex­ports go to the USA, and the price of our prod­ucts (and our en­ergy costs to make them) is soar­ing.

The Lib­er­als closed the door on North­ern Gate­way, a project that would have cre­ated 4000 well­pay­ing jobs. There con­tin­ues to be un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing the Lib­eral-ap­proved Kin­der Mor­gan Trans Moun­tain Ex­pan­sion Project and the 157 con­di­tions at­tached to the ap­proval.

There is much un­cer­tainty for the next Par­lia­men­tary sit­ting in the New Year, and much work to be done. The Lib­er­als have made a mess of their at­tempt to elim­i­nate Canada’s 150 year old vot­ing sys­tem. Canada’s democ­racy is ar­guable one of the best in the world – we help other na­tions adopt and im­ple­ment our vot­ing sys­tem. Con­ser­va­tives have been clear from the be­gin­ning: if the Lib­er­als in­sist on chang­ing the rules of Canada’s democ­racy, ev­ery Cana­dian must have a say. The only way for ev­ery Cana­dian to be heard is through a ref­er­en­dum.

You can write Kevin Soren­son, MP at 494550th Street, Cam­rose, Al­berta, T4V 1P9, call 780-608-4600, toll-free 1-800-665-4358, fax 780608-4603 or e-mail Kevin. Soren­son.c1@parl.gc.ca.

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