Q&A Federal Election 2021 Series: Jobs And The Economy - The Sherwood Park News, Friday, August 27

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is the economic engine of our riding. As we moved through COVID’s economic uncertainties, many in the region wondered what the future held for industry in Alberta. As we transition toward a net-zero emissions strategy, the Liberal government has supported companies as they endeavour towards clean energy innovation, by investing in local industries that are diversifying into hydrogen reforming technology, carbon capture and storage, and hydrogen-fueled electricity generation.

Existing pipeline projects funded by the federal government will ensure Alberta oil will get to tidewater, so we can benefit from access to world markets. These projects contribute towards a healthy local economy. Full employment in area industrial-based jobs, using our highly trained and competitive workforce also bolsters the bottom lines of small and midsize businesses in our community, as people feel more confident about their economic futures and spend their money in the community.

The Canada Recovery Hiring Program will be extended to make sure businesses can hire more employees as the need grows. I will be a strong advocate for our region’s economy.

A key piece of this regional economic plan is ensuring women are able to re-enter the workforce, post-COVID, and that families are supported by a robust Ten Dollar A Day Childcare plan allowing them to access child care that is safe, local, and meets the needs of workers who have non-traditional hours. By advocating for a provincial deal with the federal government, I will be also supporting women entrepreneurs, and child care workers, who will benefit from the creation of this cross-country social infrastructure program.

Improvements to care programs for seniors, including staff compensation and training requirements, will also allow the “sandwich generation” — those caring for young children and aging parents — an ability to trust their loved ones are receiving the care they require in the setting best suited to their needs.

Our Arts and Culture Recovery Program will launch matching ticket sales for performing arts, live theatre, and cultural events. Wage and rent support will be extended for our tourism industry to help get businesses in this sector through the winter months.

As your representative in Ottawa. I will relentlessly keep the focus on our region’s unique needs as we go forward into economic recovery, knowing we have a government that is focused on safeguarding the competitiveness of our country and our riding in the years ahead.

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