Soren­son host­ing Open House next Wed­nes­day

The Drumheller Mail - - DRUMHELLERMAILREALESTATE.COM - Patrick Ko­lafa

Soren­son will be through the Val­ley to meet with con­stituents on Au­gust 16 to up­date them on what has been hap­pen­ing and also to learn what their con­cerns are.

“It gives peo­ple a chance to come for­ward and bring is­sues in,” said Soren­son. “I’ll speak for a few min­utes and talk about what I have done for the sum­mer and what we are pre­par­ing to bring in the fall and kind of get a sense of where peo­ple are and the is­sues that they think are the most im­por­tant.”

He says many con­cerns he hears aren’t nec­es­sar­ily on the na­tional stage but the province.

“The econ­omy is al­ways the tough­est thing. Look­ing at some of the job num­bers in Al­berta, we see some mar­ginal gains, and then some losses. Though there is a re­cov­ery in the United States and Canada is tagged along on that re­cov­ery, we are see­ing some growth in the econ­omy, but it hasn’t been in Al­berta to any de­gree,” he said.

This in­cludes trade is­sues, in­clud­ing the US not sign­ing on to Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship.

“The Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship for agri­cul­ture is mas­sive. Whether the Amer­i­cans go along with it or not, it still gives us pre­ferred ac­cess into some of these Asian coun­tries where there is an ap­petite for our food and some of our ce­real grains and Canola, and lentils,” he said. “So what are we do­ing? Are we cut­ting back on any trade agree­ments now? Are we just fo­cus­ing on NAFTA as a coun­try? Does Trudeau have any idea what he is up against when he is go­ing up against on trade is­sues?”

He said he is pleased that the gov­ern­ment has brought in for­mer cab­i­net min­is­ters MPs Rona Am­brose and James Moore to as­sist with trade.

“But what lead­er­ship do we have and do con­stituents un­der­stand the sig­nif­i­cance for them on their farm, or the agri­cul­tural spinoff com­pa­nies… it is very im­por­tant we see some of these things hap­pen­ing,” he said.

An­other big change for the party is its lead­er­ship. He said An­drew Scheer is get­ting a pos­i­tive re­sponse.

“I am ex­cited, he is get­ting a good re­cep­tion from Prince Ed­ward Is­land, and he has been out in B.C. with the fires and work­ing along­side some of the peo­ple out there,” said Soren­son. “I’m pleased with that. I am pleased he is tak­ing his fam­ily with him for a lot of the tour and they are mak­ing a good con­nec­tion with Cana­di­ans as well. As peo­ple get to know him bet­ter they are go­ing to like him and I know his abil­i­ties.”

He is sure the topic of pro­vin­cial pol­i­tics will come up.

“There are some big things hap­pen­ing in the province with the two par­ties com­ing to­gether, ev­ery­one is fo­cus­ing on the lead­er­ship and the tri­als in Al­berta, but when we get back to Ot­tawa we want to know where con­stituents stand on some of the other is­sues as well.”

It has been a busy year for MP Kevin Soren­son in Ot­tawa, and there is no sign of slow­ing down.

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