OTTAWA – Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, is welcoming Economic Action Plan (EAP) 2014 as a budget focused on job creation, economic growth, and low taxes.
“EAP 2014 presents a clear plan to bring Canada back to balanced budgets by next year,” said MP Earl Dreeshen. “Our government has been clear that it will not raise taxes or reduce transfers to provinces in order to achieve a balanced budget,” he noted. “I am particularly pleased with our focus on increasing jobs, improving training and apprenticeship programs, and growing Canada’s economy.”
As a long-time educator, Dreeshen is extremely supportive of the measures targeted towards youth employment. “The Canada Apprentice Loan and Supporting Internships for Young Canadians Initiative will provide opportunities for Canada’s youth to gain the necessary skills and experience they need in order to participate in today’s economy,” he said. “These measures have the potential to open doors for hardworking Canadians.”
EAP 2014 will also continue to see a strong commitment to the agriculture sector. The new Livestock Price Insurance Program offers cattle and hog producers in Western Canada insurance against unanticipated price declines within a production cycle. This innovative, a four-year pilot program, is a unique and collaborative arrangement between the federal government and western provinces to enhance risk management options available to the livestock industry.
“Another agricultural benefit from EAP 2014 is a commitment to implement a strong plant breeder’s rights regime which will create a positive investment climate to develop new seed varieties in Canada, while ensuring a farmer’s privilege to save seed,” added Dreeshen.
Dreeshen's parliamentary activities also include extensive international work. He is a member of ParlAmericas representing Canada in international plenary and working group sessions with North, Central, and South American legislators. Dreeshen also recently participated as a delegate in Governor General David Johnston’s official state visits to China and Mongolia. He also spoke on Canada’s economic interests in trade, education, and agriculture at a 22-country Asia-Pacific parliamentary forum in January. Dreeshen says he enjoys promoting Central Alberta in strategic initiatives involving agriculture, commerce, energy, education, innovation, and prosperity. He notes, “EAP 2014 will see the government's ambitious international cooperation and trade agenda continue.”
In December 2013, Dreeshen held a pre-budget consultation roundtable meeting in Red Deer with a wide spectrum of local community and business stakeholders. “Measures to support local infrastructure and measures to strengthen retirement plans through the continuation of Tax Free Savings Accounts and Seniors Income Splitting were issues important to my constituents,” said Dreeshen. “I am pleased to see that their voices have been heard and included in this budget.”
“EAP 2014 confirms our Conservative Government’s strong support for the provinces,” said Dreeshen. “Alberta will continue to receive significant federal support. This long-term, predictable support helps ensure Alberta has the resources needed to provide essential public services including health care and post-secondary education.”
For more information on how Canada’s Economic Action Plan benefits Canadians, people are encouraged to visit www.budget.gc.ca.