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Government change top of mind at Town Hall

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While a federal election is not expected for more than a year, it was on the top of mind for area residents when meeting with MP for Battle River-Crowfoot Damien Kurek.

Kurek hosted an open house at Drumheller Town Hall on Wednesday, January 17, and more than a dozen residents came out to get an update on his work in Ottawa. At the top of minds of residents was frustration about the federal government.

As one resident asked what is keeping Trudeau sitting in that chair?

“Weak liberal and NDP backbenchers is truly what the simple answer is,” Kurek told the people gathered. “We gave the Liberal and NDP backbench 130 chances in the second week of December. We proposed 130 confidence votes and we were the only party that voted against, that voted non-confidence was the Conservative Party.”

This came after the House of Commons sat for 24 hours in December as the Conservatives delayed the government’s agenda in opposition to the carbon tax.

Kurek said he feels that he is seeing the tides changing, as Conservative leader Pierre Polievre gains momentum.

“You are seeing now an uprising of Canadians from across the country, not just in conservative areas. Look, rural Alberta has been conservative for a lot longer than I have been alive. We didn’t have to be convinced that Justin Trudeau 2.0 was a bad idea. What has been quite astounding is how we are seeing across the country people are getting frustrated, seeing how the Liberals are not serving their best interests,” he said.

He refers to a rally in Windsor, not typically a Conservative stronghold, where more than a thousand people came out to a rally.

“We are seeing people that are just fed up with the Liberals and are ready for change, so the hope is to be able to make sure we translate that into telling the Liberals and the people that are propping up this very corrupt government.”

Immigration and housing also came up in the discussion. Kurek said he believes that the need for immigration has to be tied to our capacities.

“We have a history of immigration as a country but it has always matched what our country can handle,” he said. “When Stephen Harper was Prime Minster he made sure immigration matched, so when somebody would come to Canada was because there was a house, there was a job and there was ability to become a part of our community.”

“The frustrating thing about this is it could have easily been avoided if we simply ensured our immigration matched our national capacity, which includes things like housing and healthcare. The Liberals like to brag about healthcare investments, but one of the big frustrations is that it’s not the federal government’s responsibility to deliver healthcare, including to new Canadians.”

Kurek also received praise for calling out the Prime Minister during Question Period last December, the Mail reported in its December 13 edition that Kurek was ejected from the House after accusing the Prime Minister of lying.

Kurek appreciated
holding town halls.

“One of the challenges of representing sixty municipalities is being present, but there is something that is special about being able to attend a town hall, where the sole focus is having a conversation with people I have the honour of representing,” he said.

“The goal is to listen to the people I represent, hear their concerns and have that chance to dialogue with them about the things that are important. Not just the things I hear about in Ottawa, so I can assure I am taking the concern of the people of Battle River-Crowfoot to our nations’ capital.”

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