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Federal Priorities

When you sent me to Ottawa in 2015, there were THREE primary issues that you told me were important:

Farming

Oil Fields

Forestry

Our communities, schools, farm families, and small businesses rely on the success and growth of these industries.

I have also been standing up for:

Firearm Rights

Freedom of Religion

Financial Transparency

They are the heartbeat of Northern Alberta and every trip I make to Ottawa, I fight to defend our way of life.

Here are excerpts from some of my speeches on these issues over the past four years in the House of Commons and at Standing Committees.

Farming

“All our food is grown by farmers across Canada. It is important that our farmers maintain viability. When a carbon tax is put on our farmers, they are placed at a competitive disadvantage with farmers around the world…. We have a thriving agriculture sector, yet the Liberals are imposing a carbon tax on farmers and, at the same time, saying they stand up for farmers.” – June 14, 2018

“Farmers feed Canada, and in my riding, Gerald Finster is one of these farmers. He and his family work hard, and their fortunes are tied up in their family farm. Now the Liberals want to tax these farm families even more. While crushing our food producers with unbearable taxes, how is it fair that the finance minister’s family fortune is sheltered from these new taxes?” – Sept 22, 2017

Oil Fields

“lt is shameful that we buy Saudi oil when we produce our own ethical oil right here in Canada. Not only do we buy unethical oil, we also lose millions in revenue, because Alberta’s oil sands are landlocked. Canadians do not support human rights abuses and murder. We need to build pipelines and buy Canadian. lt is time to stand up for ethical oil.” – Nov 19, 2018

“The Prime Minister says he wants the Trans Mountain pipeline built, but like every promise he makes, it is all talk and no action. Let us be clear. Since the government has taken power, 125,000 jobs have been lost in the Canadian oil patch. That is devastating for local communities and families. When will the pipeline be built?”  – April 16, 2018

Forestry

“Canada’s forestry workers are firmly rooted in our economy, generating $21 billion from 400,000 jobs throughout rural Canada. However, political logjams like the softwood lumber agreement, continue to sap economic growth in my riding and across Canada. It is time for the Liberals to stop lumbering around and get the job done.” – Oct 7, 2016

“Twenty thousand people in my riding are directly involved in the forestry industry. The spinoff jobs that come from it are about 173,000 jobs in northern Alberta. It is a huge part of our economy, and it is imperative that we get what we need done in terms of a plan that works for everybody. We just need to ensure that we do not get a top-down approach from the federal government.” – Feb 2, 2017

Firearm Rights

“Hunters are law-abiding and conscientious firearms owners. They are not criminals. Bill C-71, if it becomes law, will make these people put their names on the Liberals’ gun registry. Their registry targets hunters, not gang members. We need to shoot down this ineffective bill and put our sights on the real criminals: the people who commit crimes.”     – Oct 25, 2018

“It is a bill that is going to change the Firearms Act, and Canadians do not trust the Liberals when it comes to firearms….Where I come from, firearms are a fact of life. Typically, every household has a number of firearms. This is going after firearms owners.”   – June 19, 2018

Freedom of Religion

“I would argue that religious freedom not only is one of many important human rights; it in fact creates the very foundation for other inherent human rights to prosper. Religious freedom is an essential partner of democracy and other civil liberties. This is why, in Canada’s own Charter of Rights and Freedoms, religious freedom not only is one of the five fundamental freedoms; it is in fact the first of the five fundamental freedoms.

Let me be clear. When religious freedom is diminished or reduced, other freedoms soon follow.”    

– March 21, 2016

Financial Transparency

“Transparent and accountable institutions and organizations strengthen the fabric of Indigenous governments across Canada, assist Indigenous communities and their governments in attracting investment, and support Indigenous participation in the Canadian economy.” – May 5, 2016

“Band members are often told that there is no money to pay for essentials like housing repairs or medical supplies. For years, Charmaine has been trying to get her band leadership to tell her where the money is going. Now she has finally resorted to going to court. Instead of enforcing the law, why are the Liberals forcing grassroots band members to go to court to get basic information?”   – April 6, 2017