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MP gathers input at open houses

Blake Richards continued his Rocky View County pre-budget consultation tour, speaking to Airdronians, Jan. 11. People were encouraged to thumb through a budget information packet and fill out a survey of where money should be spent or cut.
Wild Rose MP Blake Richards heard Airdronians’ concerns about Canada’s deficit and the size of government at an open house, Jan. 11 at Genesis Place in Airdrie.
Wild Rose MP Blake Richards heard Airdronians’ concerns about Canada’s deficit and the size of government at an open house, Jan. 11 at Genesis Place in Airdrie.

Blake Richards continued his Rocky View County pre-budget consultation tour, speaking to Airdronians, Jan. 11.

People were encouraged to thumb through a budget information packet and fill out a survey of where money should be spent or cut.

ìWe had a fair bit of a good discussion amongst the people that were there,î said Richards. ìWe had to work a bit to keep things focused on the budget, but there was good feedback and good suggestions.î

The meeting lasted 90 minutes and afterwards Airdronian Brent McFadden said the government has to stop wasting money.

ìHow can we be in the hole?î he said. ìWho signed the write off that we can deficit spend?î

McFadden said Canada has become a ìworld envyî because of its resource-rich provinces and the fact the country is losing sight of its values is worrisome.

ìI see way too much outside influence and inside influence to lose our identity as a country,î he said. ìIíve got grandkids to worry about.î

And while he is satisfied with Stephen Harperís government, McFadden said ìthereís lots of people starting to wake up,î suggesting PCs need to listen to their voters before losing them.

Don Franks attended to express his frustration with ìtoo much democracyî and suggested Senate reform is a good place to save money.

ìI guess Iím frustrated with government, period,î he said. ìI think the government itself is too big. It should be compartmentalized. I donít know what their job is, but everybody has their own little empire.î

The government could trim its budgetary fat by ridding itself of bureaucrats, Franks added.

According to Richards, this is the type of input he is seeking.

ìThatís important to get a sense of what people are thinking,î he said.

Richards hosted numerous meetings across the Wild Rose constituency, including stops in Cochrane and Crossfield. He and said the feedback he received will be taken into consideration.

Richards has sent surveys to all the homes in Wild Rose for citizen input and he said the two biggest issues remain balancing the federal budget and economic recovery.

For more information or to participate in the survey, visit www.blakerichards.ca


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