Kevin Soren­son Re­ports

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


The New Year could not be­gin bet­ter for my wife, Dar­lene, and I, as in Jan­uary 2019, we will wel­come into our fam­ily our first grand­child. It has been such a joy to watch our daugh­ter, Kris­ten, and her hus­band, Matthew, pre­pare for the ar­rival of their son or daugh­ter. We can­not wait to hold and spoil this new lit­tle life that we are so blessed to be re­ceiv­ing.

As I have done for the last 18 years, I will bal­ance this new fam­ily re­spon­si­bil­ity with the de­mands of serv­ing our large ru­ral rid­ing. Since first be­ing elected in 2000, I have never taken for granted the hon­our that has been be­stowed on me to rep­re­sent the good peo­ple of Bat­tle RiverCrow­foot. I will do the same this New Year, as I have done every year since be­com­ing a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, I will fight to have your voices heard, your ques­tions an­swered, your many con­cerns ad­dressed, and your prob­lems cleared up. This, how­ever, is be­com­ing ex­tremely dif­fi­cult due to the Lib­eral govern­ment’s bla­tant ne­glect of Al­berta and the many chal­lenges we are fac­ing.

On the very last day of Par­lia­ment sit­ting in 2018, I stood in the House and asked: “Mr. Speaker, last week DND of­fi­cials ac­ci­dently re­vealed in the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee the trans­fer of the Aero­space En­gi­neer­ing Test Es­tab­lish- ment from Cold Lake, Al­berta to Ot­tawa. De­spite as­ser­tions to the con­trary, nei­ther the MP, MLA or Mayor of Cold Lake were briefed on the im­pact of this move such as the loss of 50 high pay­ing jobs, let alone con­sulted on this de­ci­sion. This is just the lat­est in this Govern­ment’s agenda to de­stroy Al­berta every which way it can. Mr. Speaker, to the Min­is­ter of Na­tional De­fence, why this at­tack on Al­berta?”

I will con­tinue to ask that ques­tion, as I will con­tinue to en­sure through­out 2019, the is­sues plagu­ing our great prov­ince are re­dressed and this in­cludes get­ting the Trans Moun­tain pipe­line com­pleted, our oil flow­ing beyond our bor­ders and our oil patch work­ers gain­fully em­ployed. If the Lib­eral’s dis­dain does not dis­si­pate over the next ten months, we will fight with ev­ery­thing we have to en­sure a Con­ser­va­tive Govern­ment is re­stored to power in Oc­to­ber 2019. It will only be un­der the lead­er­ship of An­drew Scheer and a team of Con­ser­va­tive Cab­i­net Min­is­ters that Al­berta will get the re­spect it so richly de­serves. Only a Con­ser­va­tive Govern­ment will re­store the fis­cal im­bal­ance which is now pro­jected to be $30 bil­lion. This is de­spite Justin Trudeau’s prom­ise dur­ing the 2015 elec­tion to bal­ance the bud­get in 2019.

I will also be fo­cus­ing on keep Cana­di­ans safe, par­tic­u­larly those in ru­ral ar­eas who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a surge in prop­erty crimes. My Con­ser­va­tive col­leagues and I will con­tinue to fight for more se­cure bor­ders and this in­cludes with­draw­ing from the Global Com­pact on Mi­gra­tion to give Cana­di­ans the ex­clu­sive power to con­trol who is per­mit­ted to en­ter and stay in our coun­try. We will push for lower taxes, a level play­ing field and more dereg­u­la­tion so Cana­dian com­pa­nies can com­pete and in­vestor con­fi­dence, es­pe­cially that of for­eign com­pa­nies is re­stored.

Truth be told, 2019 will not be much dif­fer­ent than 2018, 2017 or 2016 in that we will, at least un­til Oc­to­ber, re­main the Loyal Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion man­dated to hold the Lib­eral Govern­ment to ac­count for their ex­ten­sive list of fail­ures and in do­ing so, pro­tect the many var­ied in­ter­ests of Cana­di­ans.

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.Soren­[email protected]

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