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MP Viersen Outlines Fall Priorities in Parliament


Ottawa, ON — Today as Parliament resumes for the fall session, Arnold Viersen, MP for Peace River – Westlock, outlined his priorities for the riding and the priorities of the Official Opposition.

“My priorities for this fall session will be to stand up for job creation, fight the Liberal carbon tax and support remote communities in my riding. This reflects what I have heard loud and clear as I travelled around my riding this summer and met with individuals and municipal and band councils.”

Job Creation

“Under the Liberal government, we have lost thousands of jobs, including 39,000 small business jobs in August alone and 48,000 youth jobs. As the Deputy Critic for Rural Affairs, I will advocate and support the creation of high-quality, well-paying jobs that employ many of my constituents, especially in the oilfield, forestry, and on family farms.”

Carbon Tax

“The number one issue I heard across our riding was the concern over the Liberal Government’s plan to impose a carbon tax on Canadian families and small businesses. A Liberal carbon tax will disproportionately affect rural Canadians. I will oppose any tax hike that kills jobs and burdens families by increasing the price of essential day-to-day items like heating and food.”

Remote Communities

“The Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs, of which I am a member, is currently undertaking an important study on Suicide Among Indigenous Peoples and Communities. In fact, this week I am travelling to remote communities in Northern Quebec and Iqaluit with the committee as part of this study. I will also be working to help remote communities improve economic opportunities, access to safe drinking water, youth education and quality of life.”

Official Opposition Focus

“The focus of the Conservative Party this fall is to protect taxpayers. Since the last election, Conservatives have been the only party that has opposed the Liberal agenda of uncontrolled spending and deficits that has already led to higher taxes. We will hold the government accountable for their betrayal of middle class Canadians with tax hikes on students, kids’ sports, charities and families.”