Priorities of the Peace Country Ignored in Government’s Long-Term Plan
Ottawa, ON – December 4, 2015 – Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Grande Prairie – Mackenzie and Official Opposition Critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food, expressed major concerns following the Liberal government’s Speech from the Throne today in Ottawa. This guiding document lays out the key priorities of the government for the next number of years. The short speech did not address the needs of Peace Country families, instead it laid the ground-work for higher taxes for families, higher debt for future generations and irresponsible government spending.
“I am concerned the Liberal Speech from the Throne foreshadows what the Peace Country can expect from the federal government,” said Warkentin. “The Speech from the Throne abandoned Alberta families. Over the past months, tens of thousands of Albertans have lost their jobs and the speech had no plan to support these families, in fact the speech ignored the crisis completely.”
“Agriculture, forestry, and the energy sector were not mentioned once in the speech. The speech committed the government to raising government spending and raising taxes on all Canadians,” said Warkentin. “The Liberals have committed Canadians to a larger debt that will hinder future generations.”
“I am deeply concerned by the proposal of a carbon tax in this speech. Alberta’s economy is facing tough times and Justin Trudeau’s proposals will kill jobs and make it more expensive for families to drive to work, heat their homes or pay for essential goods & services. The speech completely ignores the real needs of real Canadians in the Peace Country and across the nation.”
“Justin Trudeau has signaled his intention to subject Canadians to higher taxes, reckless spending, enormous deficits, and crushing debt. It is simply irresponsible for the Liberals to cripple our economy and burden families with deficits and additional debt.”
“I will work tirelessly in Ottawa to ensure that the Liberal government does not sacrifice the long term stability of our national economy and the future opportunities of the generations to come.”
For more information, please contact Chris Warkentin, MP at: (613) 992-5685