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Throne Speech Misses the Mark in Minority Parliament

On December 5, 2019 the Governor General delivered the Speech from the Throne laying out the minority Liberal Government’s plan for Canadians. The speech was heavy on platitudes, but light on details. It did not explicitly highlight how the Liberal government would resolve the unity crisis, particularly the ongoing unease in Alberta with tens of thousands of oil and gas industry workers who remain unemployed due to the economic downturn.

Agricultural producers are also facing significant challenges in getting their commodities to market, increased costs due to the implementation of the carbon tax, and the need for supports during what has been an especially trying harvest. Only days after the throne speech I was able to press the Minister of Agriculture on how her office forgot to file for negligible risk status with the World Organization for Animal Health, a key part of the Canadian beef industry’s ongoing recovery from the BSE Crisis.

The Liberals continue to ignore all 13 premiers who have asked to change the course on the Liberal “No More Pipelines” Bill C-69 and continue to target our energy sector.

This minority Government also failed to mention Rural Crime concerns being faced in Battle River-Crowfoot. Rural crime is one example, but again instead of proposing solutions they insist on implementing measures that will punish law abiding firearms owners.

They failed to outline how their infrastructure plan will be rolled out to benefit rural regions of our country. They failed to address their record of out of control spending with no plan to get our budget to balance. They also failed to listen to all 13 premiers of provinces and territories who have asked for change to the Liberal’s “No More Pipelines” Bill C-69.

As the Throne Speech was debated, the new Liberal Minority Government faced a number of votes. In fact, the very first vote they faced was a Conservative Motion related to the need for Parliament to examine Canada’s relationship with China. The vote was opposed by the Government but passed with opposition support. The Liberal’s no longer have a free ride in Parliament, and this was demonstrated early in this term. You can count on myself and Canada’s Conservatives to work every day to do what’s best for Canada, Alberta, and Battle River-Crowfoot.

Finally, although on a different subject, I wanted to take a moment to address the announcement that Andrew Scheer made this past week. He announced his intention to resign and asked the Conservative Party to initiate the process to choose a new leader to lead both the Conservative Caucus and the Conservative Party into the next election. He will remain as leader of the party with full caucus support until a new leader is chosen. I will be sure to write more about this in the future, but I did want to thank Andrew for his leadership, friendship, and contributions to our nation.

In closing, once again, thank you to the people of Battle River-Crowfoot for your trust. I wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

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