Kevin Sorenson Reports
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.email@example.com.