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Throne Speech: No Solutions, No Confidence Viersen Will Vote Against

September 25, 2020

For immediate release

Ottawa, ON – Today, Arnold Viersen, MP for Peace River – Westlock confirmed that he will be casting a vote of no confidence on the Liberal Throne Speech.

“Six weeks ago, the Prime Minister shut down Parliament in the midst of investigations into his scandals claiming that the Covid-19 situation required a restart,” said MP Arnold Viersen. “Now we find out that there is nothing new in the Throne Speech, begging the question, why did we shut down Parliament?”

“I was expecting solutions, even if I didn’t agree with them. Canadians are looking to this government for a concrete plan to bring the Covid-19 crisis to a close and re-open economy. But this government offered no off-ramp, no solutions and no hope to Canadians.

“There were a few pleasant surprises in Throne Speech. I’ve been working for 5 years to get Liberals to recognize farmers as food producers and they finally did. But the Liberals also reaffirmed their commitment to a carbon tax that hurts farm families.

“The Liberals highlighted the right of seniors to live with dignity, but they are still proceeding to expand medical assistance in dying. They talked about rural Internet, which was promised five years ago, but nothing has been done in that time to increase access in our communities.”

“Most alarming was the failure to address national unity and the alienation that Albertans are experiencing. The was no commitment to repeal Bill C-48 and Bill C-69 and support oil and gas workers.

“The complete absence of solutions for getting Canada out of the Covid-19 pandemic and recognizing Alberta alienation has made it impossible to support Trudeau’s Throne Speech.

“On behalf of Albertans, I will be voting no confidence in this Throne Speech.”