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2021 Election Issues: Economy

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Election Issues - Economy
Open Letter to Canadians
 
August 28, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Red Deer – Mountain View, AB
 
For over 18 months, governments across our country have paid Canadians to stay home in an effort to reduce the strain on the healthcare system. This is neither beneficial for our health or our economy.
 
Recently, the Liberal government launched their “Just Transition” consultation process. The purpose of this consultation is to take into account “the imperatives of a just transition of the workforce and the creation of decent work and quality jobs in accordance with nationally defined development priorities”.
 
Given that the Biden administration recently called on OPEC nations to increase oil production in an effort to reduce gasoline prices in the United States, why is the Liberal government moving forward with their plan to windup our oil & gas industry?
 
Canada is the world leader in delivering ethically and environmentally sourced oil & gas. Expanding our pipeline networks would enable Canada to attract better market prices for our goods while reducing emissions in foreign countries through the delivery of liquid natural gas as a replacement for coal.
 
Suggestions for addressing the underlying issue:
 
  1. Immediately repeal Bill C-48 (tanker ban) and Bill C-69 (no more pipelines).
  2. Radically decentralize the responsibilities of the federal government to the areas of national security, federal courts and a scaled back RCMP service.
  3. With the provinces now responsible for collecting their own taxes instead of relying on equalization payments, Canada Health Transfers and Canada Social Transfers, competition will immediately be ramped up.
  4. Provincial completion will lead to reductions in red tape and taxes. Provinces who were traditionally reliant on federal transfers will now advocate for pipelines and other major infrastructure projects in an effort to bolster their local economies.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jared Pilon
Libertarian Party Candidate for Red Deer – Mountain View, AB

I have recently made the decision to seek nomination as a candidate in the federal electoral district of Red Deer - Mountain View. As a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), I directly see the negative impacts of government policy on business owners and most notably, their families. This has never been more evident than in 2020. Through a common sense focus and a passion for bringing people together on common ground, I will work to help bring prosperity to the riding of Red Deer – Mountain View and Canada. I am hoping to be able to share my election campaign with your viewers/readers. Feel free to touch base with me at the email listed below or at jaredpilon.com. Thanks.

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Program expenses, excluding net actuarial losses, totalled $457.3 billion, down from $577.6 billion a year earlier due in large part to lower transfers to businesses, individuals, and other levels of government.

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