Kevin Soren­son Re­ports

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

Ex­er­cis­ing Demo­cratic Rights in Al­berta and Canada

Over the Christ­mas sea­son, I have heard from many con­stituents in Bat­tle RiverCrow­foot about pol­i­tics in the United States, Canada, and our own prov­ince of Al­berta. We should con­sider our­selves for­tu­nate that so many of us have strong po­lit­i­cal opin­ions that we base on ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge. Good cit­i­zens keep up with the times by pay­ing at­ten­tion to the news of the day, mon­i­tor­ing our reg­u­lar sources of in­for­ma­tion and freely dis­cussing the is­sues that af­fect our liveli­hoods, our com­mu­ni­ties, and our fam­i­lies.

Canada and too few other na­tions are ad­mired by cit­i­zens in too many na­tions that do not have the free­doms we en­joy. Here at home, some­times we take our free­doms – free­dom of speech; the press; con­science; as­so­ci­a­tion; and many other granted.

All Cana­di­ans are free to speak out on any is­sue. We can be po­lit­i­cally par­ti­san and proud of it. Frankly, I think we can all ad­mit that we learn a great deal by lis­ten­ing to the de­tails of the ar­gu­ments put for­ward by our po­lit­i­cal ad­ver­saries.

It is im­por­tant to teach our chil­dren to keep up to date by keep­ing in­formed of devel­op­ments in the daily news. Our younger gen­er­a­tion should also be en­cour­aged to lis­ten to other opin­ions and know that by lis­ten­ing; some­times we may ad­just our own po­si­tion. Some­times, lis­ten­ing care­fully serves to strengthen our own opin­ions. Yet again, our youth should be taught to never be afraid to voice their opin­ion.

2017 is an im­por­tant year po­lit­i­cally. Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump will be in­au­gu­rated this week and the United States will have a new Pres­i­dent who is promis­ing to con­cen­trate on low­er­ing taxes and cre­at­ing jobs for Amer­i­can work­ers. The Lib­eral gov­ern­ment is go­ing to have to try and come to terms with the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to main­tain the jobs in Canada that ex­port to the large U.S. mar­ket. The United States is by far our best trad­ing part­ner and the des­ti­na­tion of the vast ma­jor­ity of Canada’s ex­ports.

In Al­berta, we are go­ing to have to de­cide if we are go­ing free­doms - for to ‘unite the right’ po­lit­i­cally and pre­pare for the next elec­tion. This is a sig­nif­i­cant de­ci­sion for vot­ers and it is at the top of the minds of many of us.

As well, the Con­ser­va­tive Party of Canada is go­ing through the process of select­ing a new leader for our party. As the Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion, we are giv­ing tax­pay­ers a voice in the de­bates in Par­lia­ment and hold­ing the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment to ac­count. With our new leader we are pre­pared to form the next gov­ern­ment.

So, I call on all con­cerned cit­i­zens to ex­er­cise your demo­cratic rights and mo­bi­lize be­hind what you think is the best way to pro­ceed po­lit­i­cally. Get in­volved! Find­ing ways to par­tic­i­pate takes only a few min­utes of web-search­ing. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to par­tic­i­pate – it is your demo­cratic right! Th­ese rights have been fought for and won by pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions. They pro­vided us with the free­dom to demo­crat­i­cally and freely de­cide our own fu­ture – to­gether.

I al­ways look for­ward to see­ing Bat­tle River-Crow­foot con­stituents ex­er­cis­ing their rights and en­gag­ing in the po­lit­i­cal dis­cus­sions of the day. That is our duty as cit­i­zens and the ful­fil­ment of our re­spon­si­bil­ity to the gen­er­a­tions that pre­ceded us and the ones that will fol­low us.

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 780-6084603 or e-mail Kevin.Soren­son.c1@parl.gc.ca.

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