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    In Touch with MP Earl Dreeshen Last week in Ottawa saw continued discussion over physician assisted dying legislation, the Supreme Court decision on Metis and non-status Indians and continued scrutiny over the impacts of the budget. This week I am looking forward to spending time in the riding where I will be meeting with several town and city councils, the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce and many other constituents. One of the highlights of the past weekend for me was being in Markerville for the celebration of three important community anniversaries. First, it was the 125th anniversary of the Icelandic Ladies Aid Vonin who have been instrumental in establishing the community of Markerville and growing it over many generations. It was also the 10th anniversary of the Fensala Hall renovation and the 30th season of the Markerville Creamery. I would like to thank the community for inviting me to be a part of all of these celebrations and thank all the volunteers who keep that community so vibrant. It was a great honour to have the Icelandic Ambassador come out for the evening as well. Cost of Paris Last week Prime Minister Trudeau went to New York to sign the Paris Climate Change Agreement and also last week the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) issued a report outlining the economic and environmental results of the agreement. According to the PBO, on average, Canadian incomes will decline between 1-3%. These findings are in addition to the tax-hikes the Liberals introduced for Canadian families and small businesses. Fighting climate change is serious business and Canadians need to be prepared to have a frank discussion about who pays for it. The Conservative Party is the only party that can be trusted to grow the Canadian economy and protect the environment. Mobile Office Update The next mobile office will be in Carstairs on May 3rd, from 10-2 at Carstairs Family Chiropractic. I would like to thank Dr. Dean for hosting the office. 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
    Apr 25, 2016 2:32 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Thank you to my colleague Blaine Calkins, Mayor Tara Veer and the Red Deer City Council for a very informative meeting today.
    Apr 25, 2016 2:25 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    I am in Ottawa today but staff will be in Delburne for mobile office. If you are in the area between 10-2 and have any questions or concerns stop by at the Village office.
    Apr 20, 2016 7:50 am | Alberta, Red Deer
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    In Touch with MP Earl Dreeshen I have used this space the past few weeks to speak about the deeply concerning Federal Budget. Last week I rose to bring forward those thoughts and the thoughts I have heard from the community in the House of Commons. If you are interested in watching the video, you can do so at my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Earl-Dreeshen-10400775935/ This week I would like to turn my attention to some criminal justice issues that have been in the news lately. Assisted Dying Last week the Liberal’s tabled their legislation to deal with assisted dying. This issue is highly complex and deeply sensitive. Of course, this discussion has come about more recently because the Supreme Court struck down existing legislation and has rendered a decision that Parliament must pass legislation that allows physician assisted dying for those who are suffering to the highest degree. That said, our party’s priority has been to ensure any legislation developed to conform with the Supreme Court decision includes safeguards for the most vulnerable in our society, as well as for the conscience rights of physicians and allied health professionals. The dissenting report from the Special Joint Committee that studied this subject included recommendations to exclude minors; include stringent safeguards to protect those with underlying mental health challenges; and recognize the risks involved with advanced directives. We worked hard to ensure that these recommendations were included in the bill. I believe that a focus on improving palliative care is also in integral part of end of life care. There was unanimous agreement from the Special Joint Committee, and stakeholders, including the CMA, of the need for a pan-Canadian strategy on palliative care with dedicated funding. The Liberals agreed during the election and promised to invest $3-billion in long-term care – as we have found with many of their election promises, they broke it once they actually formed government. Supreme Court Strikes Down Truth in Sentencing Act Canadians are concerned about crime, which is why our government introduced and passed over 30 measures aimed at strengthening our justice system, standing up for victims and keeping our streets safe. Last week, two more of these measures were struck down by the Supreme Court including our Truth in Sentencing Act which eliminated enhanced credits for convicted offenders who are denied bail because of a prior conviction Canadians lose faith in the criminal justice system when they feel that the punishment does not fit the crime. Elected representatives can and should provide guidance on sentencing, to reflect the views of all Canadians. This is precisely why we moved to put an end to the practice of judges giving 2 for 1 and sometimes 3 for 1 credit to convicted offenders for the time they served during the course of their trial. Conservatives make no apologies for strengthening penalties for crimes. The Liberal government must ensure that their response to these rulings still reflects Canadians' desire to get tough on drug dealers and other criminals. Mobile Office Update 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
    Apr 18, 2016 1:46 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    This morning I took part in the debate on the 2016 Budget. Here is the video of my speech as well as a short question and answer with some of my colleagues from the Liberal Party and NDP.
    Apr 14, 2016 3:06 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Media Advisory DREESHEN TO ADDRESS THE 2016 BUDGET IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS (OTTAWA) Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer – Mountain View will address the House of Commons during debate on the 2016 budget tomorrow morning, April 14. Dreeshen will be highlighting the concerns he has heard from constituents in Red Deer – Mountain View that budget 2016 will be shortchanging Canadians today, tomorrow and for years to come. While subject to change, Dreeshen is scheduled to speak at approximately 8:40 am Mountain Time. It will be broadcast on CPAC, cable channel 119. Member of Parliament Speech on the Budget CPAC, Cable Channel 119 Thursday April 14. 2016 Approximately 8:40 Mountain Time
    Apr 13, 2016 1:58 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    In Touch with MP Earl Dreeshen 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
    Apr 11, 2016 2:26 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    In Touch with MP Earl Dreeshen I hope everyone was able to enjoy the incredible weather these past couple of weeks and had the opportunity to join friends and family over the Easter holiday. I am in the riding this week and look forward to meetings with constituents in Red Deer, Olds, Didsbury and the entire riding of Red Deer – Mountain View. Budget 2016 – Higher Taxes Now and Later I have had a chance to dig deeper into the Liberal Budget documents and have been very disappointed in what I have learned. Of course, we all know that the Liberals are borrowing $30 billion this year and $100 billion over the next four to pay for their out-of-control spending. In fact, they are borrowing FOUR times more money than they promised to during the election. Anyone who runs a household or a business knows that borrowed money has to be paid back. Money borrowed by governments are paid back by tax dollars and Liberals have already begun raising taxes as Budget 2016 raises taxes on families, students and small businesses. In fact, personal income taxes are set to go up by $1.3 billion this year, and $2.4 billion next. The most concerning part is that the Liberals have no plan to balance the books. After promising to balance the budget by 2019, they now plan to borrow more money every year, with no end in sight. The recklessness that the government is treating Canada’s credit rating with will come at a significant cost to Canadians for generations. With the provinces borrowing more money than ever before, the federal government needs to be prudent and keep its debt low. We cannot be caught unprepared in a future economic crisis. Next week 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 The next Mobile Office in Didsbury on April 6th at Mug’s Coffee Shop and then the Delburne Municipal Building on April 20th. Both will be open with staff from 10-2 and I will be in Didsbury from 1-2 on the 6th. 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
    Apr 04, 2016 2:37 pm | Alberta, Red Deer

March

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    MP EARL DREESHEN DISAPPOINTED IN BUDGET 2016 WHICH REPRESENTS HIGHER TAXES WITHOUT CREATING JOBS March 22, 2016 OTTAWA – Today, the Liberal Government tabled their 2016 Budget in the House of Commons. After reviewing the documents Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer – Mountain View, has significant concerns with the impact on the economy, the increasing debt load and the lack of action for struggling Albertan families. “By tabling a $29.4 billion deficit, the Liberal Budget will increase debt to GDP ratio up to 36%. This increase is not because of a major global recession, but because of a decision to borrow for the sake of spending in order to keep poorly thought out and unrealistic election promises,” said Dreeshen. Unfortunately, that number does not tell the whole story. Budget 2016 makes reference to several items without attaching a dollar figure to them including: enhancements to CPP, replacement of the CF18s, the bailout for Bombardier that the Prime Minister has alluded to, fulfilling their promise to keep door to door mail delivery for Canada Post and more. “The previous Conservative Government was able to navigate through the worst recession since the 1930s and were able to keep the debt to GDP ratio at 33.4%, the lowest among the G7 countries,” continued Dreeshen. “And we were able to do that while increasing transfer payments to the provinces and municipalities. In fact, last year the Province of Alberta received record high transfer payments to support health care, education, and social programs. Specifically, Alberta received $5.5B in federal transfers this year – an increase of $3.2B (or 145%) from the last Liberal government.” The Budget follows months of the Liberals undoing positive changes implemented by the Conservative Government over the past decade. Among the priorities of the new government was to end airstrikes against ISIS, cancel transparency laws for unions and First Nations, bring back 2 for 1 and 3 for 1 sentencing for violent offenders, remove the ability to strip terrorists of Canadian citizenship, and to stand idly by while our resource economy is repeatedly attacked by anti-Canadian groups and Hollywood elites. “I was particularly disappointed that there was very little in the budget that addressed the struggles facing Albertan families aside from enhancing EI,” Dreeshen added. The Budget made minor changes to the Employment Insurance program which will increase benefits for some Albertans by 5 weeks and long tenured employees by 20 weeks. It also extended the Conservative pilot program for Working While on Claim and extended the Work Sharing Program to a maximum of 76 weeks which are positive. “Some of these measures will help a small number of Albertans bridge a gap, but we have heard that people don’t want more EI – they want jobs,” added Dreeshen. While the Budget does little that will help Albertans in the short term, it also has committed to raising taxes in several areas which will have a negative effect on households already struggling with decreased incomes. Among the tax credits and benefits being cut are: income splitting for families, children’s fitness tax credit, children’s arts credit, education tax credit and the textbook tax credit. In Economic Action Plan 2015, the Conservative Government committed to reducing the small business tax rate from 11% to 9% by 2019, putting an estimated $2.2 billion back into the pockets of job creating small businesses and their owners between 2015-16 and 2019-20. Although the Liberals promised to continue the small business tax cuts during the campaign, this represents another broken campaign promise to those who actually create jobs in our communities. “I find it awfully telling that there is nothing in the Budget for the agriculture industry,” Dreeshen said. “There was no mention in the Throne Speech, no mention in the Budget. It isn’t difficult to read between the lines and see where this Government ranks agriculture producers in terms of importance. In fact, the only new support for agriculture is funding for Ottawa bureaucrats.” The much touted infrastructure investments will be heavily back loaded to after 2020 and would only come to fruition if the Liberals win a second mandate. However, Dreeshen was hopeful that some funding will be available for Central Alberta municipalities, “There will be some money available in terms of transportation. Details are scarce, but hopefully this money would be available for municipalities in Central Alberta. I am also pleased to see that they are continuing our initiatives on broadband connectivity that will benefit rural communities.” According to the Fiscal Monitor, which is produced by the Department of Finance, the Government was running a fiscal surplus of $4.3 billion as recently as January 31st. That is 10 months into the 2015-16 year and several months after the Liberal’s formed Government. With about 10 days until fiscal year end, they have turned that $4.3 billion surplus into a $5.1 billion deficit in just two months. “Not only does the Budget break their promise of keeping deficits to $10 billion or less, there is no plan to return to balanced budgets ever, which represents another broken promise,” Dreeshen concluded. “The long term forecast has the Liberal deficit moving to ‘only’ $14 billion by 2020-21. That is completely irresponsible and not at all what Canadians were sold in October.” The national debt is projected to climb from $619 billion to $732.5 billion in 2021. Dreeshen is encouraging constituents in the Red Deer – Mountain View riding to let his office know what they think about the budget at earl.dreeshen.c1@parl.gc.ca
    Mar 22, 2016 3:55 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    I was honoured to attend the vigil on Parliament Hill today for Alison Azer and her family. Best wishes for the family and hopes that they children can be reunited with their mother as soon as possible.
    Mar 21, 2016 1:59 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    In Touch with MP Earl Dreeshen Later this week, the Federal Budget will be announced. We have been pushing the government since the October election for the Liberal’s to announce a plan for jobs and the economy and so far we have been given no clues, just to “wait for the budget”. One item they have been clear on is the decision to run up significant debt, three times the size they campaigned on. What to Watch for in the Budget At the end of last year, the Liberals had more than 3 billion dollars in the bank. They’ve blown through that money and now need to break their election promise and borrow even more money. Economists now say that the Liberals will rack up more than $150 billion debt over the next four years. The Liberals will need to pay this money back by increasing taxes on hardworking Canadian families and job creating businesses. Already the Liberals are raising taxes on personal savings, workers and small businesses. With an economy in trouble, Canadians can’t afford to have their pockets emptied any further. Job creating businesses won`t invest in the Canadian economy if they do not know the cost of doing business. Saddling businesses with higher taxes, changing the rules of the game when they aren’t looking, and handing borrowed money from one politician to another will not create jobs. More than 100,000 Canadians from across the country are out of work in the oil and gas industry alone, and those out of work Canadians are being left behind. Canada`s unemployment rate has increased for three consecutive months, despite the Liberal Government spending billions of dollars during the same time period. Canada’s Conservatives will demand a real plan to create jobs, fight to keep more money in the pockets of hardworking Canadians, and push the Liberals to live within their means and not borrow billions of dollars the country doesn’t have. We know the recipe for job creation: low taxes, low red tape, open competition, free trade, successful businesses and responsible spending of taxpayer money. That’s what the government should focus on. Mobile Office Update The next Mobile Office in Didsbury on April 6th at Mug’s Coffee Shop from 10-2. If you are in the area, please feel free to stop in and bring any questions or concerns. And a big thank you to the Benalto Leisure Centre who hosted us on March 16th. Sincerely your Member of Parliament, Earl Dreeshen
    Mar 21, 2016 11:56 am | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Mobile office open today at the Benalto Leisure Centre. Staff there from 10-2, I will be there from 12-1. If you are in the area stop by and say hello.
    Mar 16, 2016 9:12 am | Alberta, Red Deer
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    In Touch with MP Earl Dreeshen While media and the government spent most of the last week preoccupied with the Prime Minister’s most recent vanity tour, my colleagues and I in the Conservative Caucus remained focused on what is important to you – jobs, the economy and public safety. Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration Multiple environmental groups, including Nature Canada, have led a campaign calling on Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay to reinstitute the Shelter Belt Program and suspend the transfer of 30 remaining community pastures until an additional environmental assessment can be done. The decision to wind down these programs was made while our Conservative Party was in government. Farm families are the heart of our rural communities and form the backbone of this great country. There are none more committed to the quality of their food, to farm safety and environmental sustainability than farm families. Our Party has always recognized that we must work with our provincial counterparts to ensure the viability of our agricultural sector in the 21st century. While we were in government we reduced red tape and wound down programs that had met their goals, which lowered taxes for small businesses and communities. Under the PFRA program, we transferred the management of pasture land from the federal government to the provincial governments. This was land that was already owned by the provinces. Unlike the Liberals, who completely ignored our farm families in the Speech from the Throne and would make life more difficult for farmers by imposing a risky carbon tax scheme, our Conservative Party has always put farm families first and we will continue to do so. Truth in Sentencing Act Being Ignored Last week it was reported that judges in Ontario are ignoring the Truth in Sentencing Act and giving extra credit for time served to convicted offenders. Our Party has always stood up for victims and for the safety and security of Canadians. That is why we passed over 30 Justice and Public Safety bills in our time in office. The Truth in Sentencing Act put an end to the practice of granting convicted criminals 2 for 1 and sometimes 3 for 1 credit for time served off their sentences. We are disappointed that the Liberal government is putting the rights of offenders ahead of the rights of victims. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said the Liberals will ensure “that the accused’s rights are respected.” This shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the issue. The Truth in Sentencing Act does not deal with those who are only accused of crime. It affects those who have been convicted of crime. We call on the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada to put the rights of victims first and ensure that the provinces respect Canada’s Criminal Code. Mobile Office Update The next Mobile Office will be in Benalto at the Leisure Centre on Wednesday March 16th and then in Didsbury on April 6. Office will run from 10-2 both days. While my staff has been working hard on the mobile office on my behalf, I am happy that I will be able to take part in Benalto from 12-1 on March 16th. 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
    Mar 14, 2016 2:23 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    My Alberta Conservative colleague Earl Dreeshen asked the Liberal government about Justin Trudeau and his connection to the Center for American Progress, an organization that has spent years lobbying against Canadian energy and the jobs that it creates. We know how important our energy sector is for Canada's economy and Canadian jobs, but does the Prime Minister?
    Mar 13, 2016 5:13 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Yesterday I asked two questions in the House of Commons. This one was in response to the economy in Alberta, how it is affecting Alberta families and the Prime Minister's condescending attitude towards those who are struggling.
    Mar 11, 2016 9:22 am | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Yesterday in the House of Commons I asked two questions. This one had to do with the Prime Minister's priorities and his visit with the anti Canadian lobby group "Center for American Progress"
    Mar 11, 2016 9:07 am | Alberta, Red Deer
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    In Touch with MP Earl Dreeshen This past week was spent in the constituency where I was able to hear from many constituents on a variety of issues. A few of the highlights of the week included the Olds Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, a visit with a grade 9 class in Cremona and a chat with the Central Alberta Law Society. I would like to thank everyone for comments on topics ranging from the federal deficit, to the ongoing situation in the Middle East, to the upcoming legislation on assisted dying. I will be pleased to bring your comments to Ottawa to help shape our discussions on these issues. Local Businesses Receive Recognition On February 26th I was in Edmonton for the Alberta Chambers of Commerce 2016 Awards of Distinction. While there, I was extremely pleased to see some local businesses earn credit on the provincial stage. Melanie Tuck of Collegiate Sports Medicine took home the award for Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. Congratulations to Melanie and her team who have seen tremendous growth in Red Deer and Olds since she opened her clinic. Although they didn’t win, Tannas Conservations Services out of Cremona were nominated in the category for Young Entrepreneur and Platinum Homes and Developments based in Red Deer were nominated in the Small Business Category. Both of these companies have done an incredible job growing their business to the benefit of our communities. Liberals Propose a National Carbon Tax Last week there was a First Ministers meeting with Premiers from across the country coming together to discuss a national climate change strategy. The Liberal Government asked for a $15 national carbon tax; however, they were not able to get unanimous support. My colleagues and I have been steadfast in our position that now is not the time to raise taxes on Canadian families and businesses who create jobs. The tax that was proposed is a tax on every single Canadian family and it would increase the price of essential day-to-day items. In fact, the Ontario Liberals' carbon tax has already raised the price of gasoline and home heating and the upcoming carbon tax in Alberta will soon do the same. Instead of increasing taxes on families and businesses, the Liberals should instead support policies that will create jobs by encouraging the private sector to invest in the Canadian economy. Mobile Office Update The next Mobile Office will be in Benalto at the Leisure Centre on Wednesday March 16th and then in Didsbury on April 6. Office will run from 10-2 both days. If you are in the area, please feel free to stop in and introduce yourself and bring any questions or concerns. Sincerely your Member of Parliament, Earl Dreeshen
    Mar 07, 2016 12:35 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Mobile office now open at the Greenwood Neighbourhood Place in Sundre today. Open until 2 pm. Thank you for allowing us your space.
    Mar 02, 2016 10:13 am | Alberta, Red Deer

February

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    In Touch with MP Earl Dreeshen This past week was another very busy week in Ottawa, where we discussed condemning the International BDS movement, proposed EI changes by the NDP and the Liberal’s plan for engagement in the fight against ISIS among many other items. I am pleased to let you know that I have been elected as Vice-Chair for the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. I look forward to the important work that this committee will be doing and the challenging role of vice chair on a committee where the Liberals hold a majority of the membership. Liberals Change Citizenship Rules On February 25th, Liberal Minister John McCallum tabled Bill C-6, an Act to Amend the Citizenship Act. The essence of the Bill is to undo the citizenship changes the Conservatives spent the last few years making, including removing the ability of the government to revoke citizenship for convicted terrorists. I have heard from many Albertans who are deeply concerned that the Liberals’ first priority when it comes to immigration and public safety legislation, is to give back the citizenship and protect the rights of a committed member of the Toronto 18, Zakaria Amara, who is clearly the biggest beneficiary of this new legislation. All Canadians deserve to be protected from acts of terror and those who commit those types of offences have in effect abandoned their rights to Canadian citizenship. It is also extremely worrying that one’s citizenship cannot be revoked for committing a terrorist act, but can be for fraud. This is an unacceptable double standard. We will continue to examine the Bill in detail, but we are extremely concerned by these changes and the signal it sends. Alberta to Receive Stimulus Boost After months of pressure put on by Albertans and Alberta’s Conservative Members of Parliament, last week it was announced that Alberta will receive a $250-million stimulus boost. Help for any part of the country where families are struggling is always welcome. However, this underscores what the problem really is: the Liberals don’t have any real plan to give Albertans an opportunity to work again. Handing off borrowed money from one politician to another is not a jobs plan. Further uncertainty for pipeline development, a carbon tax and payroll tax increases, will not create jobs or help Albertans get back to work. Mobile Office Update The next Mobile Office will be in Sundre at the Greenwood Neighborhood Place on March 2 from 10-2. If you are in the area, please feel free to stop in and introduce yourself to our office or say hello to my staff. Sincerely your Member of Parliament, Earl Dreeshen
    Feb 29, 2016 1:17 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    In Touch with MP Earl Dreeshen It was another difficult week for workers and small businesses in Alberta while the Liberal Government in Ottawa remains focused on ideological priorities over any type of support for the west. This week we did see fast action as the Liberals contemplate bailing out Bombardier - meanwhile, nothing for Alberta’s hurting oil and gas sector and continued musings about carbon pricing and environmental leadership. The Liberals have promised a budget on March 22nd that they claim will address some of these concerns for Albertans – but given Trudeau’s track record of keeping promises so far, we will have to see it to believe it. Continued Ballooning Liberal Deficits Last week I wrote about the Liberal Government’s ballooning deficits where they admitted that their campaign promise to keep deficits under $10 billion would be unrealistic. Today they announced that they have turned the last Conservative surplus into an $18.4 billion deficit, and that isn’t including the $10 billion in infrastructure announcements that will be added in the upcoming budget. Review of Temporary Foreign Worker Program Last week the Liberal government announced that they plan to launch a full-scale review of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. My colleagues and I firmly believe that Canadians must be first in line for available jobs, especially given Canada’s rapidly deteriorating economic situation and the tens of thousands of workers who have recently been laid off in the oil and gas sector. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program should provide temporary help where clear and acute labour shortages exist and Canadians are not available. It must be a last resort for employers, not part of their business model. Refugee Health Care The Liberal’s announced that the Government will be restoring refugee health care benefits to pre-2012 levels by April 1. This continues the alarming trend of making promises without providing any details of how to pay for them. There is good reason to be concerned that health benefits for refugees don't exceed those available to millions of other Canadians. Caring for and ensuring adequate community support for refugees once in Canada is important to ensuring the success of the resettlement. That said, there are many unanswered questions surrounding the costs of the Government’s plans with respect to housing, community integration and health care and all the while, cost estimate and details of government sponsored refugee settlement seems to change daily. Mobile Office Update Thank you to the Innisfail Legion for allowing my office space to host our Mobile Office last week. The next Mobile Office will be in Sundre at the Greenwood Neighborhood Place on March 2 from 10-2. Sincerely your Member of Parliament, Earl Dreeshen
    Feb 22, 2016 2:12 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Reminder that mobile office is at the Innisfail Legion today from 10-2. I am in Ottawa but my staff will be there to take any comments, concerns or questions on my behalf. Please feel free to stop in.
    Feb 17, 2016 9:02 am | Alberta, Red Deer
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    In Touch with MP Earl Dreeshen This past week I was back in Central Alberta while Parliament broke up for constituency week. Aside from regular meetings with constituents in my office, I was pleased to be invited to Sundre to speak with Mayor Leslie and a group from the community on some pressing issues. I was also honoured to be on hand as the Red Deer 2019 Canada Winter Games announced a major funding partner in Nova Chemicals. These events do not happen without volunteers and sponsors – so thank you to everyone who has stepped forward so far and will continue to do so. This week I am back in Ottawa, where we continue to discuss several items that are important to our region and the country as a whole. Below are a few thoughts on a couple items that are front and centre. Ballooning Liberal Deficits During the election the Liberals claimed that they would run a deficit of $10 billion annually. However, Mr. Trudeau has now admitted it is “very likely” that the deficit for his upcoming budget will exceed $10 billion. A National Bank of Canada report released last week says that the Liberal government is on pace to accumulate $90 billion in debt due to Mr. Trudeau’s spending promises. After inheriting a surplus, Justin Trudeau’s massive new deficits are solely the result of out-of-control spending. Canadian families are worried about their jobs and financial security, and now is not the time for out of control spending that will lead to waste and higher taxes. Conservatives will stand against taking Canada down that path. Fight Against ISIS Last week, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that Canada will cease all airstrikes as part of the coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) by February 22, 2016. Canada’s withdrawal from the combat mission against ISIS is a step backward for Canada from our country’s traditional role as fighters for human rights and international security. Canada has a long, proud history of defending innocent and vulnerable populations by taking on those who commit mass atrocities. ISIS and ISIS-inspired attacks have spread beyond Iraq and Syria, and claimed the lives of Canadians in recent weeks. Halting and degrading ISIS is more critical than ever to keep people safe. Canada has been a key ally in the air combat effort, the fifth largest contributor today. It is extremely irresponsible for the government to not only downplay Canada’s contribution, but to whittle it down for political purposes. My colleagues and I in the Official Opposition strongly believe that Canada has the capacity to continue to contribute to airstrikes alongside training and humanitarian support. In fact, Canadian Armed Forces personnel have been doing so very effectively for nearly a year. The Liberals remain incoherent on the air combat mission. They have not provided any explanation of how the withdrawal of the CF-18s will help the coalition more effectively able to defeat ISIS. Despite the Liberal government’s supposed opposition to bombing, Canadian aircraft will continue to refuel planes that conduct airstrikes and identify targets for them. The Liberals’ focus on humanitarian and security assistance (which was already being done, and where Canada was already one of the world’s leading donors under the mission approved under Conservatives in 2014) is simply an attempt by them to distract away from the withdrawal of the CF-18s from the mission Mobile Office Update The next mobile office will be at the Innisfail Legion on Wednesday, February 17 and then Sundre at the Greenwood Neighborhood Place on March 2. Hours will be 10-2 both days. Sincerely your Member of Parliament, Earl Dreeshen
    Feb 16, 2016 12:02 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    In Touch with MP Earl Dreeshen As January has come to a close, the focus of the Conservative Official Opposition has remained jobs and the economy as well as security for Canadians home and abroad. My colleagues and I spent the last week fighting for the government to understand the challenges facing Alberta and the West. The government needs to recognize that after decades of being the economic engine for the country, now is the time that we need help from our partners in Confederation. Below are a few thoughts on some of the pressing issues in Ottawa and in Central Alberta. Pipeline Review Measures Changes Natural Resource Industries have spent millions and in some cases billions of dollars towards what they believed was a predictable process. To change the rules on them mid-application is no less than the government operating in bad-faith. This Liberal government talks about deep and meaningful consultation. How much meaningful consultation with workers has actually taken place since the Liberals formed government? Some interest groups will oppose at any cost. Except for an outright no, there is no process that will ever satisfy the special interest groups whose goal it is to oppose any development of Canada’s natural resources. These new requirements send a terrible message to those working in our resource sector. This proposal will unnecessarily delay the processing of applications and will not in any way contribute to the growth of our economy. These additional burdens send a negative message to investors at a time when those same investors are already concerned about the investment climate in Canada, and at time when our resource sector is in dire straits. This decision just means that Justin Trudeau can deny every single pipeline proposal presented to his government. This Liberal pattern of dismissing our country's natural resource sectors is alarming and shows disregard for Canadian families who depend on the success of these sectors. Lifting Sanctions on Iran Last week, the Liberals announced their intention to remove Canada’s economic sanctions against Iran and to reopen of a Canadian embassy in Tehran. The intention to end sanctions against Iran and enter into talks to re-establish diplomatic ties marks the end of Canada’s principled stand against a regime that should not be openly trusted. Given the regime’s history of directing and permitting attacks on foreign embassies and threatening ambassadors with assassination, we remain highly concerned about the safety and security of Canadian diplomats should the Liberals reopen an embassy in Tehran. In addition, Conservatives remain highly skeptical about Iran’s intentions regarding its nuclear program, especially when they are continuing to develop their ballistic missile weapon regime. Iran’s past intentions on nuclear proliferation, its continuing state-sponsorship of terror and groups like Hezbollah and Hamas, coupled with its abysmal human rights record raise serious questions about the rush to end sanctions. The regime in Tehran has said many things about their nuclear program, but they need to be judged by their actions, not their words. Mobile Office Update Last week was our first mobile office. I would like to thank the folks who did come out on a very cold day in Central Alberta. We are hoping the turnout continues to grow as we reach out to different parts of the constituency. Next Mobile Office will be at the Innisfail Legion on Wednesday, February 17 and then Sundre at the Greenwood Neighborhood Place on March 2. Hours will be 10-2 both days. Sincerely your Member of Parliament, Earl Dreeshen
    Feb 08, 2016 12:03 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Reminder today is the first mobile office in Olds. I am in Ottawa today, but my staff will be in the Olds Town Council chambers from 10-2. Bring your comments, concerns and questions or just stop in to say hello.
    Feb 03, 2016 7:05 am | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Monday night was the official vote count on our motion to support the Energy East pipeline. While I was proud to stand with my colleagues in support of the motion, I was very disappointed that every single Liberal and NDP Member of Parliament including those from Alberta and Saskatchewan voted against the motion.
    Feb 02, 2016 9:24 am | Alberta, Red Deer
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    In Touch with MP Earl Dreeshen The first week of Parliament for 2016 is in the books. While we are no longer in Government, the Conservative Party has formed a strong 99 member Official Opposition that will continue to be your voice in Ottawa. Since resuming Parliament, our caucus has focused on the things that matter most to Canadians, jobs and the economy. Motion to Support Energy East With our first opposition day, we brought forward a motion that the House of Commons support the Energy East Project. The wording of the motion was: That, given this time of economic uncertainty, the House: (a) recognize the importance of the energy sector to the Canadian economy and support its development in an environmentally sustainable way; (b) agree that pipelines are the safest way to transport oil; (c) acknowledge the desire for the Energy East pipeline expressed by the provincial governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and New Brunswick; and (d) express its support for the Energy East pipeline currently under consideration. My colleagues and I will continue to fight for the resource sector and the many benefits it brings to Canada from coast to coast to coast. Asia Pacific Partnership Forum The week of January 18th I was honoured to attend the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum as a member of the Canadian Delegation. While there, I was Canada’s first speaker at the initial plenary titled “Political and Security Matters: Building the Tools of Democracy and Citizen Engagement.” I was also involved by chairing the working group dealing with a variety of resolutions from numerous countries regarding: strengthening peace and security in the Asia-Pacific regions, addressing transnational crime and human trafficking and combatting terrorism. As result of the APPF, I believe we have enhanced cooperation among our Pacific neighbors and the three billion people living in the region. I am proud to have had the opportunity to play a role in that. Mobile Office Update A reminder that mobile office will be in at Olds Council Chambers on Wednesday, February 3 and at the Innisfail Legion on Wednesday, February 17. Hours are from 10-2 on both days. Either myself or my staff will be on location to gather thoughts, comments and concerns from the community on my behalf. The next mobile office will be in Sundre at the Greenwood Neighborhood Place on March 2. Sincerely your Member of Parliament, Earl Dreeshen
    Feb 01, 2016 11:42 am | Alberta, Red Deer

January

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    In Touch with MP Earl Dreeshen This week my colleagues and I are back in Ottawa to continue the 42nd Parliament. The government has signalled its priorities, repealing Conservative citizenship reforms that allowed the government to revoke citizenship from dual citizens convicted in terror related crimes and repealing two private members bills that place oversights on unions including forcing them to disclose to their members how they are spending union dues. I believe these priorities are seriously misplaced and will continue to advocate for the priorities of Central Alberta, our economy and public safety. Energy East Pipeline Last week, the Mayor of Montreal made national headlines for all the wrong reasons. He, along with dozens of other Quebec mayors announced they will stand opposed in attempts to reject any construction of the Energy East Pipeline. The project represents over $15 billion in private investment that will provide thousands of jobs in Alberta and across the country. It is estimated that the project will improve our GDP by $55 billion and increase Canada’s oil dependency. Montreal and many parts of Eastern Canada currently rely on millions of barrels of foreign oil from dictatorships and countries with vastly inferior environmental protections, while these mayors reject oil from Alberta. The short sighted mayors have been roundly criticized by people across the political spectrum. The government has the ability to exert considerable influence on this project and I will continue to push them to do just that. Anti ISIS Combat Coalition By now, you’ve probably heard that Canada was not invited to a meeting of the allied nations working together to stop ISIS. Only six months ago then Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson hosted an international meeting in Quebec City to discuss the military and political aspects of the mission against ISIS. Today, we are not even welcomed to have a seat at the table. While our coalition partners are stepping up their efforts to degrade and defeat ISIS, the Trudeau government is seen by our allies as stepping back, rather than standing shoulder-to-shoulder with them. Prime Minister Trudeau has still not explained how pulling our CF-18 fighter jets out of the fight against ISIS is helpful to our coalition partners. The Liberals have proclaimed that Canada is back on the world stage. In reality we are being forced to sit back while our allies battle to defend our shared values. Mobile Office Update A reminder that mobile office will be in at Olds Council Chambers on Wednesday, February 3 and at the Innisfail Legion on Wednesday, February 17. Hours are from 10-2 on both days. Either myself or my staff will be on location to gather thoughts, comments and concerns from the community on my behalf. This past week I took part in the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Vancouver. I will provide further information on the results of that meeting in next week’s issue. Sincerely your Member of Parliament, Earl Dreeshen
    Jan 25, 2016 10:56 am | Alberta, Red Deer
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    In Touch with MP Earl Dreeshen The New Year is hitting full swing and we are starting to get a clearer picture of the challenges that Central Alberta will be facing in 2016 and beyond. I will be heading back to Parliament the last week of January and am ready to hold the government to account on what they will be doing to help mitigate some of those challenges. Trans Pacific Partnership Under the previous Conservative government, Canada signed on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, which has the potential to unlock massive and growing markets for Canadian exports across all industrial sectors. My colleagues and I are calling on the government to sign and ratify the TPP at the earliest opportunity, in order to maintain our original signatory status. The TPP provides access to new markets with which we don’t currently have free trade agreements such as Japan, the world’s 3rd largest economy. In addition, ratifying the TPP will preserve Canada’s privileged access to our largest trading partner – the United States – and strengthens our partnership within NAFTA. The TPP will help us and our allies set the rules for trade in Asia-Pacific region for generations to come Currently, 1 in 5 jobs in Canada and 60 percent of our nation’s GDP is directly linked to exports. The TPP represents a market of almost 800 million consumers with a combined GDP of $29 trillion – over 14 times the size of Canada’s economy Tax Discrepancy A key part of the Liberal election platform was to provide a middle class tax cut while hiking the taxes of those in the highest income bracket. During the campaign, they repeated over and over again that this was going to be revenue neutral as part of their commitment to run “modest deficits.” We saw shortly after the election that someone finally showed them the math around their promises. Their modest deficits of under $10 billion have ballooned to a projected $25 billion with a sizeable portion being an immediate $1.5 billion gap in their “revenue neutral” tax changes. Those who benefit from this change the most are individuals who earn between $124 thousand and $200 thousand per year with people earning under $45,282 receiving no benefit while watching their share of Canada’s debt grow as a result. Mobile Office Update A reminder that mobile office will be in at Olds Council Chambers on Wednesday, February 3 and at the Innisfail Legion on Wednesday, February 17. Hours are from 10-2 on both days. Either myself or my staff will be on location to gather thoughts, comments and concerns from the community on my behalf. Sincerely your Member of Parliament, Earl Dreeshen
    Jan 18, 2016 2:34 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    In Touch with MP Earl Dreeshen I hope everyone was able to enjoy the Christmas season with family and friends and the New Year has started off well. Now is the time to turn the corner on 2015 which saw a dramatic shift in politics at both the provincial and federal levels and look toward the future. 2016 is going to be a very important year as we continue to navigate through unpredictable times. My focus remains listening to what is important to the residents of Red Deer - Mountain View and advocating those positions in Ottawa on your behalf. Office Update Since the election, there have been two important updates for our office that I want to share with you. Shortly after the election we set up a toll free number so constituents in the Southern part of the riding. That number is 1-866-211-0959 and it directly connected to my constituency office. We are also in the process of establishing a mobile office. Since the size of the riding has doubled geographically, my staff and I will be designating times to be in various communities. The schedule is evolving, but we are looking at holding the first mobile office hours at the Olds Council Chambers from 10am-2pm on Wednesday, February 3 followed by the Innisfail Legion on February 17. This will be an opportunity for our office to come into your communities and hear from more people directly. I encourage you to stop in and let us know what your thoughts are, or if you have a private matter you would like to discuss, please call and book an appointment. I will keep you updated on new locations as we solidify the schedule. Election Reform There has been significant talk about election reform since the new Prime Minister declared that the 2015 federal election would be the last federal election conducted under the ‘first past the post’ system. While I am not opposed to a discussion about electoral reform, the Liberals are treating the election win as a blank cheque to fundamentally change the way we elect our representatives and our governments without any consultation on what they are actually replacing the old system with. That is unacceptable. Let me be absolutely clear that the Conservative Party remains firmly opposed to any changes made to how Canadians elect their federal representatives without holding a national referendum on the matter. When you change the basic rules of democracy, everyone has to have a say. One political party cannot dominate the process by simply using their majority to do so. Canadian provinces (PEI, BC, Ontario) and Commonwealth countries (UK, New Zealand) put their proposed electoral reforms to a referendum. My colleagues and I are calling on the Liberals to show Canadians that same respect. Closing As always, I encourage constituents to reach out to me and express their concerns and ideas on these issues or any other issues on the federal radar.
    Jan 11, 2016 11:50 am | Alberta, Red Deer

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    Merry Christmas from my family to yours.
    Dec 19, 2015 10:49 am | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Dec 14, 2015 10:01 am | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Although it is a provincial matter, my office has heard an extremely strong reaction to Bill 6. I have put together a few thoughts on the issue based on my own experiences both as a farmer and a lawmaker, and based on the feedback I am hearing throughout the constituency. My riding has thousands of farmers and they have been clear that they feel blindsided by this legislation. The bill was introduced without consultation with family farms. It affects 45,000 family farms across the province and the government didn't bother to ask them how it would affect them. They are the ones with expert knowledge on the issue, and their voices deserve to be heard. The people I talk to are open to safety measures, but the blanket rules and lack of clarity in the legislation as it stands goes way beyond that. The Premier, the Ministers and the departments responsible are all giving different versions of the proposed legislation. It is obvious that the legislation isn't clear when those groups can't agree on what it says. The Alberta Government is pushing forward by saying, "we will pass the bill and address your concerns later." That isn't good enough. I am standing beside my constituents in Red Deer Mountain View and asking that the Government of Alberta hit the pause button, consult with farmers and come up with legislation that is clearly protects family farms.
    Dec 07, 2015 8:20 am | Alberta, Red Deer
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    December 3 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Please check out this video made by local volunteers in Red Deer. It is based on true stories of residents and the barriers they face.
    Dec 03, 2015 1:32 pm | Alberta, Red Deer

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    Last week I was pleased to be in attendance when the 2015 Outstanding Young Farmers of Canada were honoured in Edmonton. There were two families who won the award this year, hog farmers Mike and Amy Cronin of Bluevale, ON, and dairy farmers Patrick and Cherylynn Bos of Ponoka, AB The Bos family has built a milk cow and goat farm business where they operate a herd of 1,400 dairy goats. Following the closure of the goat milk and cheese processing facility they were selling to in 2004, they decided to see the challenge as an opportunity and built their own facility. Today, Rock Ridge Dairy is a successful cow and goat milk and cheese processing facility selling to major grocery chains across Western Canada. I would like to once again offer my congratulations to this year's honourees for their dedication to agriculture and thank all young entrepreneurs who chose to add such significant value to our communities through farming.
    Nov 30, 2015 8:34 am | Alberta, Red Deer
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    For those in the southern parts of the new Red Deer - Mountain View riding or anyone who may have had to contact us long distance. We have established toll free line to contact my constituency office. Number is 1-866-211-0959
    Nov 20, 2015 11:20 am | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Red Deer, Alberta could soon see the largest single influx of refugees in its history with potentially 200 Syrians being resettled here by Dec. 31 Tara Veer and MP Earl Dreeshen address the situation.#refugees #Canada
    Nov 18, 2015 2:37 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    My office has heard a great deal from members of the community over the past few days on the issue of Syrian refugees and the recent news of targets being set for Red Deer. I have heard the concerns of my constituents and that is why I steadfastly believe that the safety of Canadians needs to be the most important consideration moving forward. Under the previous Conservative Government, we had set up a rigorous security program to vet potential refugees before they came to Canada. As the Official Opposition we are strongly urging the new Government to ensure this practice is strictly followed. It is clear that the process currently being carried out is being driven by a desire to fulfill a political promise. We need to pay attention to the seriousness of the situation and not overburden our organizations tasked with settlement by insisting on unrealistic deadlines and targets chosen arbitrarily. Insufficient screening is not in the best interest of Canadians and certainly not in the best interest of the legitimate refugees we are resettling. In addition, I must stress that we cannot sit on the sidelines while the rest of our allies fight against ISIL in Syria and Iraq. Our party has been quite clear that any humanitarian contributions must be coupled with military support. This is why we are calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to reverse his decision to withdraw Canadian fighter jets from participating in coalition airstrikes against ISIL. We, as Canadians, will do as we have always done. For those Syrian refugees who have been properly and thoroughly screened and are simply looking for safe refuge - we will welcome them until such a time as they join our Canadian family or are able to return to their homes. Once again I would like to thank you for your interest on this incredibly important issue. I would also suggest that you forward your concerns to the new Minister of Immigration John McCallum at 613-954-1064 or via email at Minister@cic.gc.ca and the Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale at 306-585-2202 or ralph.goodale@parl.gc.ca.
    Nov 16, 2015 3:02 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    100 years ago John McCrae, a Canadian surgeon in the First Brigade of the Canadian Field Artillery wrote a poem that would live on long after the horrors of the First World War had ceased. In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. This poem can be seen etched on memorials across Canada and Europe. Its significance can not be underestimated for it is the reason we wear red poppies over our hearts today. So wherever you find yourself this Remembrance Day, have a moment of silence in honour of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the service of Canada. Lest we forget!
    Nov 11, 2015 10:32 am | Alberta, Red Deer
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    One of the most truly humbling experiences I have ever enjoyed in my life is the privilege of being sworn into the House of Commons. Yesterday the conclusion of a long and exciting campaign was realized when I signed the text scroll and officially became an MP in the 42nd Parliament. Knowing that a majority of Red Deer-Mountain View voters chose me to represent their interests is not something easily forgotten. This is a tremendous privilege and responsibility not to be taken lightly. I will honour the faith voters have placed in me by continuing to fight for a better Red Deer-Mountain View, a vibrant Central Alberta and a truly strong and free Canada. Pictured: son Devin, son-in-law Hanno, daughter Megan, wife Judy and grandchildren Julian, and Serena.
    Nov 10, 2015 8:30 am | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Yesterday the Conservative Parliamentary Caucus chose Rona Ambrose to serve as the Conservative Party's interim leader. In this role Rona Ambrose will serve as Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition until our party can have a leadership election and select a permanent leader. I am confident Rona will do a great job of rebuilding our party and prove to Canadians that the Conservative Party can be an effective opposition and alternative to Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. I look forward to working with Rona to continue the fight to lower taxes, open up trade and keep Canadians safe!
    Nov 06, 2015 12:51 pm | Alberta, Red Deer

October

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    Thank you for all of the warm wishes of congratulations and thank you to the people of Red Deer Mountain View for your renewed support. While the dynamics have changed federally, please be assured I will continue to advocate on your behalf and on behalf of Conservative values. We still have a strong voice in Ottawa and I look forward to continuing to represent the ever-inspiring people of Central Alberta.
    Oct 20, 2015 12:59 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Judy and I were honoured to cast our vote this morning to Protect Our Economy.
    Oct 19, 2015 10:47 am | Alberta, Red Deer
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    A big thank you to all of my supporters and volunteers from all corners of the new Red Deer Mountain View riding. Campaigns don't happen without your dedication.
    Oct 19, 2015 5:52 am | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Two days until Election Day. The differences between the various leaders and the direction our parties want to take our country are clear. Conservatives want you to have more of your money to spend on your priorities. The other two parties believe that the Government should take more of your money to pay for their programs. On October 19th, make sure your vote and your priorities count.
    Oct 17, 2015 10:03 am | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Oct 15, 2015 3:37 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Oct 12, 2015 7:15 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Here is the full Conservative Plan and costing document. Unlike the other two parties, we can accomplish our plan without raising taxes or running deficits.
    Oct 09, 2015 4:00 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Advanced Polling starts today. Take the time to vote sometime between noon and 8 pm on October 9, 10, 11, or 12. The advanced poll locations are below. If you are unclear which one you are assigned to - contact Elections Canada at 403-350-3070. Advanced Poll Locations: Black Knight Inn (Red Deer Residents) Church of Nazarene (Innisfail) Penhold Multiplex Pine Lake Hub Delburne Community Hall Elks Hall (Sundre) Olds Legion Carstairs Community Centre
    Oct 09, 2015 8:16 am | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Thank you to all the Conservative supporters for coming to our campaign BBQ tonight. Advanced polls are October 9-12. Take the time this weekend to cast your vote for a stable, low tax plan for Canada.
    Oct 07, 2015 5:18 pm | Alberta, Red Deer
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    Tremendous turnout at the Golden Circle all candidates election forum. Thank you to the staff who put this this together and of course thank you to everyone who came out this morning. Really positive discussions on our support for seniors and plan for Canada.
    Oct 06, 2015 9:58 am | Alberta, Red Deer

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