April 11, 2016

This week my colleagues and I are back in Ottawa after two weeks in the riding. It was a great opportunity to chat with a number of constituents in all corners of the Red Deer Mountain View riding on what your priorities are and what should be shaping the priorities of Government.

Of course, the Liberal Budget was one of the hottest topics being discussed. People in our riding are having a difficult time understanding how the Liberals can run a $30 billion deficit without seeing a jobs plan for Alberta and Western Canada.

Growth? Jobs? Taxes?

The Liberals’ first budget offers few insights into how the government plans to create jobs. In Budget 2015, the verb “hiring” show up 15 times in Budget 2015, mostly in reference to measures that would get businesses to take on new workers. This year, the word shows up only 3 times – and only in the context of the government’s plans to hire more tax collectors. This budget isn’t about growing the economy; it’s about growing the size of government. 

The world is littered with examples of countries that thought they could get rich by spending more than they earn. In the end, it only leads to debt and taxes.

Speaking of taxes, our party understands that Canadians work hard for their money and all families deserve a helping hand. The Liberals have been busy playing politics with child benefits, while raising taxes on families by $1.3 billion this year and another $2.4 billion next year. In addition, the Liberals are pushing the provinces to introduce a national carbon tax that could cost families up to $1,000 every year.

When in government, the Conservatives actually reduced taxes to their lowest point in 50 years and introduced benefits – together putting nearly $7,000 per year into the pockets of a typical family of four. We understand that Canadians work hard and we support policies that put more money back in the pockets of Canada’s middle-class.

Thursday, I will have an opportunity to highlight these and other concerns in the House of Commons when I speak during the Budget debate.

Mobile Office Update

Thank you to the folks at Mug’s Coffee House for letting us use your space for our mobile office on April 6th. The next mobile office is in Delburne at the Municipal Building on April 20th from 10-2. If you are in the area, please feel free to stop in and bring any questions or concerns.

Sincerely your Member of Parliament,

Earl Dreeshen