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Calkins: Trudeau’s Massive Carbon Tax Is Here

January 3, 2019 - 4:29pm

The massive carbon tax that came into force on January 1 is just the first step in a long Liberal journey of punishing Canadians for the cost of the energy we all use — and need —just to live in Canada.

Canadians know that energy is at the root of everything we have in our lives, meaning the Liberal carbon tax will now increase the cost of everything we have, everywhere we go, everything we eat, and everything we do.

Calkins: UN Global Compact for Migration is Bad News for Canada

November 29, 2018 - 9:43am

You may have heard about something called the ‘UN Global Compact for Migration.’

This sweeping agreement, which is expected to be signed by the Liberal Government in Morocco and more than 180 other countries in the next few weeks, establishes various measures and strategies to deal with the ongoing migrant crisis affecting different countries around the globe.

Calkins: Trudeau’s Summer of Failure

September 25, 2018 - 10:06am

After months and months of failing to deliver on everything from trade to taxes to pipelines, Justin Trudeau had an opportunity this summer to finally get the big issues right. But instead of a fresh start, Justin Trudeau had a disastrous summer and continued to fail on the issues most important to Canadians. This summer, Justin Trudeau failed Canadians on:

Calkins: Dark Times for Alberta Under Trudeau Liberal Government

September 5, 2018 - 8:19pm

During the Canada 150 celebrations on Parliament Hill last year, Prime Minister Trudeau called out all of the Canadian provinces and territories, with one notable exception - Alberta. Although Trudeau and his team claimed that it was an innocent mistake, that moment was emblematic of a Liberal Government that has consistently ignored the concerns of Albertans.

Calkins: NAFTA – Is Canada Out in the Cold?

August 29, 2018 - 9:00am

Recently, the United States and Mexico announced that they have reached a preliminary agreement on a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that includes rules of origin for automobiles.  While the President of Mexico expressed his hope that Canada would now rejoin the final stage of negotiations it is unclear whether Canada will simply be forced to accept any final agreement.  The President of the United States claimed the NAFTA would be renamed the United States – Mexico Trade Agreement and that while negotiations with Canada would restart shortly he raised the prospect of

Calkins: Liberals Backtrack on Carbon Tax

August 8, 2018 - 1:07pm

After months of opposition from consumers, industry groups, provincial governments, and small businesses, the Liberal Government has finally agreed to scale back their carbon tax. The Liberals have essentially cut their planned carbon tax in half - from 30% of industry emissions to between 10 and 20%, depending on the industry. This Liberal capitulation will provide some relief for consumers and businesses, but it doesn’t go far enough.

Calkins: Liberals failing Canadians by being soft on crime

June 13, 2018 - 11:37am

Over the last few months I have met with hundreds of residents, police officers, municipal officials, and business owners across our riding about the crime problem in Red Deer – Lacombe. In these meetings, I have repeatedly heard that courts and law enforcement are overwhelmed by high levels of crime, and they are receiving no help from this Liberal Government.

Calkins: Liberals fumble the ball with "The Taxpayer’s Pipeline"

May 30, 2018 - 11:53am

It is widely known that in a free-market society, the government should not interfere in the private sector. I guess someone forgot to mention this to the Liberals. 

On May 29th the Liberal Government announced their intention to purchase the Kinder Morgen TransMountain Pipeline and its expansion project for the hefty price tag of 4.5 billion dollars. That’s right Canada; you are now the proud owners of a 65 year old pipeline, and a 7.4 billion dollar project that the private sector deems too risky to continue to pursue.  

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By: Blaine Calkins - MP, Red Deer - Lacombe

Blaine Calkins is the Conservative MP for the Red Deer - Lacombe constituency. www.blainecalkinsmp.ca