Last week I was honoured to accept a new role within the Conservative Caucus when I was appointed Deputy Shadow Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. At the most basic level, this new responsibility is about improving the standard of living and quality of life for all Canadians. By promoting an environment amenable to the creation of good jobs and by ensuring that Canadians have access to the skills training they need to be a part of Canada’s modern labour force everyone benefits. I am excited about these new responsibilities and I promise to do all that I can to use my influence to stand up for Canadian workers and Canadian job creators.
Our Conservative Party came out of the gate strong and united as the fall session of Parliament began. The number one issue is of course the Liberal’s attempt to ram through tax changes for small businesses, farms and professionals. These tax changes will cripple the economy and force layoffs and foreclosures while leaving the private fortunes of the Prime Minister, Finance Minister and their friends untouched. In some cases small businesses and family farms could see their tax rate go as high as 73%. That is outrageous and my colleagues and I are fighting hard to keep your money where it belongs, in your pocket.
While tax issues are being given precedence so far this session, there are two other important economic issues that you should be aware of.
NAFTA: The Government is in the process of re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA is an agreement signed by Canada, the United States and Mexico creating trilateral free trade across North America. One-in-five Canadian jobs are created as a result of free trade agreements and it’s critical that Justin Trudeau protect these well-paying jobs. Sadly, with his record of ineffectiveness on foreign trade agreements, Canadians aren’t holding their breath. Trudeau’s failure to close the softwood lumber agreement with former President Obama means that President Trump now has that as a major bargaining chip to use against us at the negotiating table. Moreover Trudeau’s economic polices make it increasingly difficult for Canadian negotiators to make the case that U.S. firms need access to the Canadian market.
BORDER SECURITY: Illegal migrants continue to flood over our border. The latest numbers show that since January of this year more than 13,000 illegal migrants have crossed into Canada—over 800 through our own riding of Provencher. The cost of processing, supporting and in many cases deporting these individuals is costing Canadian taxpayers in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Money doesn’t grow on trees. Those hundreds of millions have to come from somewhere. Either it will be taken from somewhere else (hurting the Canadians that money was earmarked for) or new taxes will be put in place to recoup the costs (again hurting Canadians). Moreover, it is unacceptable that those who enter Canada illegally should receive more generous benefits than many Canadian citizens enjoy. Those hundreds of millions of dollars should be going to benefit Canadians and to protecting our national security via border enforcement. The Government should be the champion of Canada’s fair and legal immigration system and those who work hard to enforce it, not those who flout it and enter illegally.
How Justin Trudeau can think that a small business owner using a legal process in the tax code is cheating and unfair, but a person crossing the border illegally isn’t is beyond me. Rest assured, however, our Conservative team will continue to stand up for Canadians this fall; championing common sense economic policies that are inclusive of all Canadians, not just Justin Trudeau’s fortunate few.