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Red Deer MP’s say Central Alberta businesses need a trade deal fast



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  • From Red Deer MPs Earl Dreeshen and Blaine Calkins

    Dreeshen and Calkins Consult Local Business on Steel, Aluminum, and Retaliatory Tariffs

    Member of Parliament Earl Dreeshen (Red Deer – Mountain View) and Member of Parliament Blaine Calkins (Red Deer – Lacombe) hosted a roundtable discussion with local stakeholders today to discuss steel, aluminum, and retaliatory tariffs.

    “We are hearing a great deal of concern from local businesses in Central Alberta and, frankly, right across the country,” said MP Dreeshen. “There is so much uncertainty facing these industries that they can’t make decisions about their businesses – from purchasing, to bidding, to investment. While the Trudeau Liberals have been focused on anything but the economy – the small businesses we are hearing from just need a trade deal done now.”

    “The threat of these tariffs has been looming for over a year,” added MP Blaine Calkins. “Instead of putting forward a concrete plan to deal with U.S. protectionism, the Liberals have given us a promise of funding that no one seems to be able to actually access, $300 million taken out of the hands of businesses in Canada, and more uncertainty in trade with our largest partner than ever. Justin Trudeau needs finally take this seriously and get a trade deal done.”

    Conservative MPs have been meeting with local businesses across the country on these topics as a part of the Defend Local Jobs Tour.

    If any local businesses, tradespeople, or contractors would like to submit further information about how these tariffs and other trade issues are affecting them, they can contact either MP Calkins or MP Dreeshen.


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    Lack of pipeline access costs Canada $84 million a day. Alberta sharing real time cost with Canadians



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  • From the Province of Alberta – Province using “real time” counter to tally lost dollars and share with Canadians

    Alberta fighting to Keep Canada Working

    With pipeline delays now costing Canadians more than $80 million per day, Alberta is launching the next phase of the nationwide Keep Canada Working campaign.

    Alberta fighting to Keep Canada Working

    Minister Bilous introduces the next phase of the nationwide Keep Canada Working campaign.

    The latest push includes a real-time lost-revenue counter, which illustrates just how much Canadians will miss out on by keeping our energy resources landlocked. It is estimated that more than $6 billion in revenue has been lost across the country since the Federal Court of Appeal ruled against the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion on Aug. 30. This money could have gone to build roads, schools and hospitals.

    The counter will be displayed digitally at locations near Parliament Hill in Ottawa, supported by advertisements in various formats from coast to coast.

    “From Day 1, we’ve been fighting for Trans Mountain. Under Premier Rachel Notley’s leadership, more Canadians than ever before support this project because they know we shouldn’t be selling our products on the cheap. There’s too much at stake. We will keep the federal government’s feet to the fire so that this project isn’t delayed any further.”

    Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade

    In early 2016, just four in 10 Canadians wanted to see the Trans Mountain Pipeline built. Thanks to Alberta’s nationwide efforts, that number is now seven in 10, as more Canadians recognize that creating good energy jobs and doing the right thing for the environment can go hand-in-hand.

    The current oil price differential is a stark illustration of why new pipelines are urgently needed. The government has also been engaging industry leaders on a number of different approaches to ease the differential, with more details to be announced at a later date.


    • Alberta has spent $10 million on this campaign, reaching over 10 million Canadians from coast to coast since it began in May 2018.
    • It’s estimated that the discount on Canadian oil caused by pipeline bottlenecks now costs producers and the Canadian economy as much as $84 million per day. This figure is calculated with methodology used by Scotiabank, and has been revised based on the current $45-per-barrel difference between WTI and WCS.

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    Red Deer Quality Inn & Conference Centre receives national award



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  • From Choice Hotels Canada

    Choice Hotels Canada Celebrates Top Performers 

    Quality Inn & Conference Centre Red Deer honoured with sales excellence award 

    Choice Hotels Canada has announced the national winners of the prestigious APEX Awards (Awards for Property Excellence) at the 2018 Choice Hotels Canada Fall Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario.   The Quality Inn & Conference Centre Red Deer was presented with the national award for sales excellence.

    The award recognizes the outstanding sales efforts achieved by the property.  The criteria to qualify included engagements with Global Sales Canada, participation in opportunities like sales missions and training, response to RFPs and maintenance of high quality standards.

    Twelve top performing properties across the country were awarded national APEX Awards, which recognize stellar performance, ongoing commitment to guest service and community leadership. 

    “We are delighted to announce that Quality Inn & Conference Centre Red Deer has won a national APEX Award,” says Brian Leon, president of Choice Hotels Canada. “Their extraordinary achievement in sales excellence sets them apart and is an example to other hotels in our system.”

    For more than 10 years, the Quality Inn & Conference Centre has been a proud part of Red Deer and has welcomed thousands of guests from around the world.  The hotel is known for supporting 3 local public schools with their monthly “Three C’s Awards”, the Canadian Red Cross and affected families in crisis, Habitat for Humanity and Sleeping Children Around the World charity.

    For more additional information or to make your reservation at any of these award-winning hotels, visit

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