Community Newsletter Insert – March 2016

The House of Commons in Ottawa resumed sitting on January 25, 2016 and will continue until adjournment on June 23, 2016. Within that time frame, the House generally sits for two weeks followed by a week break for constituency work so I will be back in the riding and available for consultations. Please contact our office if you would like to set up an appointment. We are excited to be ‘open for business’ after renovations that resulted in a longer than anticipated delay so we appreciate your patience.

With several of my colleagues from the Conservative caucus, I hosted a Pre-Budget Round Table Discussion with Conservative Leader Hon. Rona Ambrose and Hon. Lisa Raitt, Conservative Finance Critic. We invited several industry leaders from in and around southern Alberta. I was very pleased with the diverse representation with CEO’s and VP’s from the energy sector, agriculture, communication, business, commercial development, Chamber, and finance in attendance, and the honest conversation that occurred during that meeting. Ms. Ambrose, as Opposition leader, took away the very serious messages that were relayed that day and promised that they would be delivered to the federal government. I will be hosting more of these sessions with different themes over the next few months and will be looking for engagement from various stakeholders. Details will be forthcoming in the future.

While the House of Commons sits for this session, I will continue to bring the message from Calgary Signal Hill residents that the government needs to continue to focus on jobs, the economy, and growth. The economic situation in Alberta is, and will continue to be, my main priority. I will work to ensure that the Liberal Government understands we need to get our products to the world market. The realization has to be this is not just in the best interest of Alberta but in the best interest for all of Canada.

On January 28, 2016 the Official Opposition set the Agenda in the House of Commons. We asked all Members of Parliament to express their support for the proposed Energy East Pipeline. This project would not only be good for a struggling industry in Alberta, but one that would provide significant benefits to the Canadian economy. Unfortunately the other parties chose to not support our motion and is another indication that they do not understand the seriousness of the economic situation in our province. To view my statement to the House of Commons, please visit my website at www.ronliepert.ca. Please feel free to send me comments with regard to this or other important issues that affect you in Calgary Signal Hill.