Economy on Ritz’s mind heading back to Parliament

By Matt Kelly
September 19, 2016 - 2:00pm

Ottawa is getting busy again with the return of Parliament for the fall session.

Parliament re-opened Monday, Sept. 19 after the 12-week summer break and MPs across the nation have made their way back to House of Commons and Parliament Hill.

Battlefords-Lloydminster MP Gerry Ritz said it is back to business as usual for him and his Conservative party.

“It’s a continuation of the work that was going on in the spring session, the winter and spring session. Of course as opposition, we’ve got some very pointed questions about the economy. We don’t see it coming back at all; we actually see it driving down further and further.”

Ritz said the main focus of the Conservatives is the economy and felt there isn’t a plan coming from the Liberals to improve the economy and create jobs.

“We’re seeing this particular Liberal government talk about changes to the Election Act, legalization of marijuana,” he said. “We’re seeing a lot of discussion around climate change and carbon taxes that they’re going to foist on provincial governments as opposed to actually coming up with issues and agenda items that will help to drive our economy.”

Ritz said it has been shown the Liberal’s haven’t moved forward on many files and have focused on items which he said won’t help stimulate the economy.

“They’re going to foist a carbon tax on Saskatchewan. As the premier said, and I totally agree, this is not the time for any extra taxes to be added when we’ve got an economy that’s faltering,” he said. “On healthcare they’re talking about strings attached to monies coming forward. We always got blistered for our healthcare funding but now the Liberals are talking about cutting that funding and adding strings.”

Ritz adds there’s a tremendous amount of work from an opposition perspective and that work never ends.


Matt Kelly is battlefordsNOW's town municipal affairs and community reporter. He can be reached at [email protected] or tweet him @mattjkelly2.

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