‘Missed opportunity’, says MP

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

Nothing is changing in Ottawa after hearing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Speech from the Throne, says Peace River – Westlock MP Arnold Viersen.

“Sadly, the Throne Speech indicated a government that would continue to put the interests of activists and lobbyists ahead of the jobs for Canadian families,” says Viersen.

The speech was delivered Dec. 5.

“On Oct. 21 [federal election day], Canadians made it clear that they want a new approach. They want a government focused on healing regional divides and getting Canadians back to work in hard hit regions,” says Viersen in a news release.

Statistics back Viersen’s claim. Job numbers released Dec. 5 revealed 26 per cent of job losses in November were from Alberta, a province with 11 per cent of Canada’s population. In total, 175,000 Alberta energy workers are unemployed and Canadian companies like TransCanada and Encana are moving to the U.S.

As a result, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer tabled an amendment Dec. 6 to the Liberal Throne Speech that highlights the declining productivity and competitiveness, the rising cost of living, and called on the government to undertake multiple initiatives including:

  • offering a plan for tax relief for Canadians with a path to a balanced budget;
  • restoring Canada as an attractive place to invest;
  • respecting provincial jurisdiction, scrapping the carbon tax;
  • stopping the attack on the Western Canadian economy.

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