As your local Member of Parliament, jobs and leadership on the economy continues as my primary focus.

Our Conservative government has been hard at work this fall implementing Economic Action Plan 2012 to help grow the economy and create jobs. As the rest of the world acknowledges, our Plan is keeping Canada on the right track, with over 820,000 net new jobs created since the end of the global recession – the best growth record among all G-7 countries. Challenges remain in the global economy, especially with our largest trading partner, the United States, and with Europe. Canada cannot become complacent.

In keeping with my practice of consulting constituents as your government representative, I am asking you to share your ideas to find the best ways to strengthen Canada’s economy with pro-growth ideas as part of the next federal budget. There is always a need to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of government spending. In the past, many of the ideas brought forward by the people of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke have been reflected in the actual federal budget.

What our Conservative Government will not be doing is engaging in dangerous and risky new spending schemes or endless spending that will increase deficits. That includes the carbon ‘tax on everything’ the Opposition in Ottawa would impose on Canadians. Beware “green washing,” which is the act of using concern for the environment to impose new and higher taxes to pay for risky, unproven schemes like carbon taxes, and damming the Petawawa River, which will only drive up the cost of energy in Ontario and drive out manufacturing jobs. Canadians on fixed incomes have enough trouble making ends meet without having to make the choice now faced by pensioners in some European countries of “heat or eat” caused by high energy prices.

We will not increase the tax burden on Canadians. How to further encourage private sector growth and leadership in the economy are challenging questions for challenging times and I look forward to engaging the residents of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke in discussing them.

As your Federal Member of Parliament, I am pleased to represent you on a variety of issues. Whether that issue is eliminating the long gun registry, promoting agriculture, international trade, AECL, the military or jobs in the working forest, I am here to serve you! As always, if you have any concerns of a federal nature, or just want to share your views with me, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Office contact Information: Constituency Office of Cheryl Gallant, MP, 84 Isabella St., Pembroke On. K8A 5S5 or call 732-4404. There is no postage required when you write your Federal Member of Parliament.

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