KEVIN SORENSON RE­PORTS

The Drumheller Mail - - ASK THE EXPERTS - Kevin Sorenson M.P. Bat­tle River-Crow­foot Con­stituency

Look­ing For­ward to 2018 I wish ev­ery­one in our rid­ing all the best in 2018. Conservati­ves will con­tinue to be the voice of the tax­payer hold­ing the cur­rent Lib­eral gov­ern­ment ac­count­able for its tax in­creases and out of con­trol spending. We of­fer a pos­i­tive vi­sion for Canada, one that ac­tu­ally rec­og­nizes and re­sponds to the chal­lenges hard­work­ing Cana­di­ans face ev­ery day.

We live in a great prov­ince and coun­try. We can meet our in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ments and live with­out car­bon taxes while achiev­ing real and true emis­sion re­duc­tions. We can re­duce taxes over­all in or­der to re­main com­pet­i­tive with our trad­ing part­ners and still man­age to pay for pro­grams and ser­vices with­out liv­ing un­der deficit bud­gets.

The Liberals have raised taxes on health and den­tal ben­e­fits, di­a­bet­ics, peo­ple liv­ing with autism, our men and women in uni­form, and hard­work­ing lo­cal businesses – all the while telling us that they have raised taxes on the “rich”. After a two year de­lay, they re­luc­tantly pro­vided the pre­vi­ous Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment’s promised tax re­duc­tion for small and medium-sized businesses that all par­ties agreed to im­ple­ment dur­ing the 2015 election. In 2018, the Liberals are go­ing to have to go after small businesses and work­ers again be­cause the lower tax rate will put them fur­ther be­hind when it comes to rais­ing the rev­enues they want to spend.

Again, I want to thank the lo­cal businesses and work­ers in Bat­tle River-Crow­foot who joined the fight against the Liberals’ tax– hike and shared their in­for­ma­tion with me. This work be­came a cross-Canada ef­fort. More will need to be done in the New Year.

2018 will not be easy for the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment as prov­inces and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties con­tinue to have con­cerns about the le­gal­iza­tion of mar­i­juana.

The Liberals con­tinue to fail to stop thou­sands of peo­ple try­ing to il­le­gally cross the Cana­dian bor­der. They have de­cided to ‘ cod­dle’ rather than pros­e­cute Cana­di­ans re­turn­ing home after join­ing and fight­ing with ISIS.

In­stead, the Liberals have promised to tar­get law-abid­ing and re­spon­si­ble firearms own­ers and users with new laws and costs in 2018.

2018 is go­ing to be a crit­i­cal year for Canada. NAFTA ne­go­ti­a­tions are not show­ing pos­i­tive progress and U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is cham­pi­oning his pro­tec­tion­ist poli­cies and dra­mat­i­cally low­er­ing taxes for Amer­i­can firms and work­ers.

Cana­di­ans want the lead­er­ship nec­es­sary to get Canada’s en­ergy re­sources to salt­wa­ter ports and work on the En­ergy East Pipe­line. As an ex­port­ing econ­omy since be­fore Con­fed­er­a­tion, Canada has been built by sell­ing to our in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers what they want from lum­ber, coal, wheat, canola, beef, oil and gas to high­tech prod­ucts, and more.

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