October 18, 2016

This past week I was pleased to be in the Red Deer – Mountain View riding where I was able to connect with constituents from one corner to the other. I was honoured to meet with people and attend events in Sundre, Olds, Innisfail, Carstairs, Spruce View and Red Deer throughout the week, where I was able to hear directly from the people of Central Alberta what your priorities are on the national stage. I greatly enjoy my time here on constituency weeks and always look forward to hearing what Albertans have to say. I will provide a quick update on the past few weeks in the House of Commons, but first I want to say a few words about the passing of Jim Prentice.

Jim Prentice

Along with countless people across Alberta and Canada, I was shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and former colleague Jim Prentice. Jim was truly a man who left a mark in the Canadian landscape and in my own public service.

Jim was always the kind of guy who would help you out. He was extremely personable and approachable. He was the kind of person that when he asked you how you were – he really wanted to know and wasn’t just making conversation. I have many fond memories of working with Jim and playing hockey with him. He was one of the best teammates a person could ask for in all aspects of life. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

House of Commons Update

We have had a few weeks back in the House of Commons where my colleagues and I have been working hard to hold the Trudeau Government to account. Since we have been back in session, the Liberal’s continue to ignore the situation in Alberta and continue with their high tax and spend agenda. Since the Liberal’s ran on $10 Billion deficits, they have since tabled a $30 Billion deficit which TD Bank estimated will actually grow to a $35 Billion deficit in year one.

In the midst of borrowing billions that will have to be paid back by future generations, the Liberals are also going after Canadians in the present. Recently, the Trudeau Government announced his carbon tax. This Liberal tax scheme will cost Canadians more than 11 cents per litre at the gas pumps and the estimated cost of the carbon tax will be $2500 a year for the average Canadian family.

While Trudeau was laying out his plan to increase taxes on all Canadians, my colleague were announcing the newly launched Alberta Jobs Taskforce. The purpose of the Alberta Jobs Taskforce is to consult directly with Albertans on what supports we need to drag the Province out of this recession. You can view more information here

Mobile Office Update

I would like to thank the Greenwood Neighborhood Place in Sundre and the Town of Olds for hosting me and my staff for mobile office last week. The next mobile office will be on Tuesday November 8th at the Delburne Municipal Building from 1-3 pm. Please feel free to bring any questions, concerns, or comments to our attention.

Sincerely your Member of Parliament,

Earl Dreeshen