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Devin Dreeshen seeks UCP nomination in Innisfail-Sylvan Lake

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February 13, 2018

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Innisfail, AB – Devin Dreeshen, a fifth-generation local farm owner, volunteer, and long-time conservative party activist, today announced his intention to be the United Conservative Party nominee for the upcoming by-election in Innisfail—Sylvan Lake constituency.

“I have deep roots in this community,” said Dreeshen who was born in Innisfail. “The Notley government is piling taxes and regulations on our farmers and our resource industries, while ignoring critical infrastructure needs of rural towns, villages and counties.” “I want to join the United Conservative team in the Legislature to tell the NDP they can’t ignore the people here.”

Honourable Luke Ouellette, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation for Alberta and MLA for Innisfail—Sylvan Lake from 2001 to 2012, expressed his support for Dreeshen’s candidacy. “Devin has my vote. He will be a great MLA and a strong voice for Innisfail—Sylvan Lake in the Legislature. He will be at the front, pressing the government on issues like hospital funding, making sure we get what we need.”

Honourable Gerry Ritz, federal Minister of Agriculture from 2007 to 2015, also endorsed Dreeshen. “For years, Devin was my point man on grain issues and ending the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly. He was a strong advocate for farmers and for rural communities within the Harper government, and I know he will be just as effective on Jason Kenney’s team. He has my strong support.”

Dreeshen farms near Pine Lake and has a long record of community service. He is a director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, serves as a board member on the Crossroads Agricultural Society, and a volunteer at the Pine Lake Country Fair.

His background as a farmer led him to Ottawa where he was an advisor to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz from 2008 to 2015, advocating for Canadian agriculture trade, improved rural infrastructure support, and leading the effort to end the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly.

He presently owns a consulting business advising agricultural stakeholders on trade issues both provincially and nationally, especially in the context of NAFTA renegotiations.

Dreeshen will be travelling across the constituency of Innisfail – Sylvan Lake to reach out to voters, listen to their concerns and seek their support for his candidacy.

For further information, please contact:

Devin Dreeshen
Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @DevinDVote

Facebook: @DevinDreeshen4AB

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Liberals defend decision to have Crown corporation run COVID-19 rent program

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OTTAWA — The federal Liberals are defending their decision to have the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. oversee a rent-relief program for small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The opposition Conservatives have questioned why the CMHC, rather than the Canada Revenue Agency, was asked to run the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program, given the revenue agency manages several other pandemic-related support programs.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s spokeswoman Maeva Proteau says the CMHC was considered the best fit because it deals with mortgages and understands Canada’s real estate market.

She says going with the Crown corporation was seen to be fastest because it could make payments to businesses without requiring new legislation, which would have further delayed the rent program.

The CMHC later contracted mortgage firm MCAP to administer the rent program — another choice the Tories have questioned, since an executive vice-president at the company is married to Katie Telford, chief of staff to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Prime Minister’s Office says Telford followed proper ethical procedures when it came to the government’s dealings with MCAP, while the Liberals and CMHC say the $84-million contract was awarded independent of any political involvement.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 10, 2020.

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The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Aug. 10

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The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 11:15 a.m. on Aug. 10, 2020:

There are 119,566 confirmed cases in Canada.

_ Quebec: 60,471 confirmed (including 5,695 deaths, 50,886 resolved)

_ Ontario: 40,161 confirmed (including 2,786 deaths, 36,381 resolved)

_ Alberta: 11,430 confirmed (including 208 deaths, 10,097 resolved)

_ British Columbia: 3,934 confirmed (including 195 deaths, 3,353 resolved)

_ Saskatchewan: 1,445 confirmed (including 20 deaths, 1,257 resolved)

_ Nova Scotia: 1,071 confirmed (including 64 deaths, 1,006 resolved)

_ Manitoba: 527 confirmed (including 8 deaths, 352 resolved), 15 presumptive

_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 267 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 263 resolved)

_ New Brunswick: 176 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 168 resolved)

_ Prince Edward Island: 36 confirmed (including 36 resolved)

_ Yukon: 15 confirmed (including 13 resolved)

_ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)

_ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)

_ Nunavut: No confirmed cases

_ Total: 119,566 (15 presumptive, 119,551 confirmed including 8,981 deaths, 103,830 resolved)

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 10, 2020.

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