1. For this riding, what is the biggest issue you are hearing about? What is
your response to it?
Voters want stable futures. They’re looking for some reassurance that the needs of their families are met – whether it’s their own health-care needs, the needs of their parents or the needs of their children. They want to be sure their communities are safe and their jobs are safe. That’s the kind of policies a Conservative government will deliver – a strong and healthy economy that helps families and protects small business through training, trade and low taxes – not to mention important new measures that are tough on crime.
2. What policies/values attracted you to the party you are in?
The Conservative Party stands for fiscal responsibility, progressive social policy and a belief in the rights of the individual. We also believe in access to quality health care no matter what your income level and the concept of free and fair trade. These are all values I believe in and I believe most Canadians hold dear. The Conservative Party supports our Canadian Forces to provide our men and women in uniform with the tools and equipment they need to do the important work we ask of them. We support the valuable services of our police, firefighters, and emergency responders and have fiercely defended the law and order of this great nation. This shows serious consideration for Canadians’ concerns.
3. Where should Ottawa focus its funding/support in regard to Central Nova?
Our Conservative government has already shown a strong commitment to Central Nova by investing more than $400 million here since February 2006. Now we want to build on that. We have invested in the health and well-being of residents with projects like the Pictou County Wellness Centre, we have invested in the viability of our fishing communities with over $3.5 million for small craft harbours and we have put a lot of support into employment and retraining programs. We understand and respect the importance of our rural communities and in particular, the significance of farming, forestry and heavy industry in this region. With the re-tabling of our budget, we will give tax breaks to volunteer firefighters and seniors, keeping our communities strong.
4. What is the biggest focus of the election nationally? And should it be
The economy continues to be the biggest focus of the election nationally and Canadians are right to seek answers. They’re tired of the bickering and finger-pointing and their concerns deserve real consideration. A re-elected Conservative government will work hard to implement the next phase of our Economic Action Plan, a low-tax program that creates jobs and puts more money in the pockets of Canadians. Supporting seniors and caregivers through tax cuts and tax credits are just two of the measures that will help put us back on the right fiscal track for the future.
5. Why should people vote for you?
I have been honoured to represent the people of Central Nova for more than 13 years. I have a proven record of delivering results to Central Nova and, if re-elected, will continue to fight hard to represent their interests in the House of Commons. This is the community in which I grew up, have made friends, play sports and continue to live and I am always happy to hear more about how government can help this region.