MP Earl Dreeshen gathers local input for upcoming Federal Budget

December 10, 2012

Red Deer – Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, is asking local residents to make their voices heard in advance of the federal government’s upcoming budget.

“Our Conservative government is focused on the economy. That is why we have been hard at work implementing Economic Action Plan 2012 to help grow the economy and create jobs. 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,” said Dreeshen. “However, we all know challenges remain in the global economy – especially in the United States and Europe – and Canada can't become complacent.”

As such, Dreeshen announced that the federal government would be consulting with Canadians from across the country – including in Central Alberta – to find the best ways to strengthen Canada’s economy with pro-growth ideas as part of the next federal budget. At the same time, as part of their focus on returning to balanced budgets, the federal government is also inviting comments on how it can further improve the effectiveness and efficiency of government spending.

Locally, Dreeshen will take part in a pre-budget roundtable discussion with business, academic, and community leaders from across Central Alberta. In addition, Dreeshen is calling for all constituents who are interested in making their voice heard to send a written submission to his constituency office. He will then compile the responses and present them to the Minister of Finance, the Honourable Jim Flaherty.

“I strongly believe hearing directly from Canadians is the best way to get input in how to help fuel job and economic growth in Central Alberta and across Canada,” remarked Dreeshen.  “Indeed, in the past, many of the ideas brought forward in local pre-budget meetings have been reflected in the actual federal budget.”

In order to further ensure all Canadians can participate in the process, the federal government has also launched an online pre-budget consultation through the federal Finance Department website. All those interested in participating can find more information at

Submissions to Dreeshen’s office can be made up until January 25, 2013. Please send submissions to via email to or by mail to:

100 A, 4315 - 55th Ave.
Red Deer, AB
T4N 4N7