Al­berta PC Cau­cus presents re­port to Trudeau Lib­er­als

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Patrick Ko­lafa

MP for Bat­tle River-Crow­foot Kevin Soren­son, along with his Al­berta col­leagues have pre­sented a re­port to the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment to find so­lu­tions for high un­em­ploy­ment.

Soren­son ex­plains the Al­berta Con­ser­va­tive Cau­cus com­pleted the re­port after con­sult­ing with their com­mu­ni­ties to come up with rec­om­men­da­tions.

“We have been very frus­trated. We have seen both the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment and provin­cially, there is not a lot of job cre­ation,” said Soren­son.

“In fact, in my con­stituency, the un­em­ploy­ment num­bers have in­creased, and when you see that you are hop­ing there is a plan, there is some sort of a strat­egy to get peo­ple back to work,” he said.

He said this could be done through in­cen­tiviza­tion through low­er­ing taxes or other means. He said each mem­ber of the task force con­sulted widely to get ideas on what could be done dur­ing this slow­down in the econ­omy and com­pleted the re­port.

“That is one of the ini­tia­tives we pro­ceeded with. We wanted to do this be­fore the bud­get was re­leased and to make it pub­lic so the gov­ern­ment and fi­nance min­is­ter would be able to look at it and see how dire the cir­cum­stances are here,” said Soren­son.

He is hope­ful their mes­sages got through.

“They have made some big announcements on some in­fra­struc­ture projects. I think their num­ber one strat­egy for cre­at­ing jobs is spend­ing, and they are do­ing this with re­leas­ing dif­fer­ent projects into Al­berta. There has been some into my rid­ing, but there is no over­all plan,” he said. “Maybe they will cre­ate some jobs but in the mean­time, they are go­ing ahead with the car­bon tax

and pay­roll taxes. They are not go­ing to do any­thing that is go­ing to give job cre­ators a real con­fi­dence there is some sort of plan be­hind it.”

He adds that in their re­port one of the high­lights was that small and medium busi­nesses did not want to shoul­der more taxes, as it is not an in­cen­tive to hire peo­ple.

In Jan­uary 2016, the un­em­ploy­ment rate in the Cam­rose-Drumheller re­gion was 6.2 per cent. In Jan­uary 2017, it was 8.9 per cent.

Kevin Soren­son... MP for Bat­tle River Crow­foot

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