In Touch with MP Earl Dreeshen – August 15, 2014

August 15, 2014

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer. Despite some hail, we have had some really great weather that hopefully you were able to find some time to take advantage of it. While parliament remains recessed for the summer, I have had the opportunity to spend some more time in the riding talking to individuals to make sure our government stays on the right track.

There has been a lot going on in Central Alberta this summer. I have been privileged to attend several community parades and annual summer festivals. Between Westerner Days, the Daines’ Rodeo and Canada Day celebrations in three different communities, I have enjoyed much of what our region has to offer this summer.

Of course, our office has also been busy navigating through the recent temporary foreign worker changes in addition to our regular work as your voice to the federal government. I would like to touch on a few of the highlights of the summer so far.

Suicide Prevention

On July 28, 2014 I hosted a roundtable on suicide prevention at the Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre in Red Deer. We brought together local experts, service providers, healthcare providers, local police, school board representatives, social workers, service clubs, veterans and community leadership to gather valuable insight on what is working, what isn’t and how we can build capacity on the local and federal level.

Through the conversation I was able to gather valuable insight and ideas surrounding suicide awareness, prevention and intervention. I will be sending my findings report to the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health as well as the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Red Deer is Ready

Red Deer is moving along with the bid to host the 2019 Canada Winter Games. It is really exciting to have Ron and Cari MacLean as the honourary co-chairs for the bid. The whole community has been working hard to secure the games and the competition is down to two Alberta cities, Red Deer and Lethbridge.

I encourage anyone who is available to come downtown on Ross Street for the Red Deer is Ready Rally on August 22. The Canada Games Bid Evaluation Committee will be visiting the city and it is important to show our community spirit. Make sure to wear red and pick up a Red Deer is Ready pin. The successful bid is expected to be announced in September 2014.

Digital Canada 150

On July 22, the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, launched Connecting Canadians, a new Government of Canada program that will bring high-speed Internet to 280,000 Canadian households that currently do not have Internet or have slower access. As someone who has lived in Rural Alberta all my life, I understand the challenges that come with inadequate connections to today’s technology.

For all Canadians, especially those living in rural and remote areas, having access to high-speed Internet helps create new jobs as well as new innovative products and businesses. As more and more Canadians work and engage online, ensuring those in rural and remote areas have high-speed Internet access will enable them to fully take advantage of the digital economy. More information can be found at the following website

Parliament will resume sitting on September 15th. Until then I will be in the riding and look forward to continuing discussions with the people of Central Alberta. As always, if you are having difficulties navigating the Federal Government or if there is anything you want me to take back to Ottawa please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Until next time
Earl Dreeshen,
MP Red Deer