Conservative candidate Rosemarie Falk, who is running in the Dec. 11 federal byelection for Battlefords-Lloydminster, said she is focused on helping struggling families as part of her platform.
Falk visited North Battleford Monday and opened her new campaign office on 100 Street.
She said she is concerned about helping people on a number of fronts.
"I think we need somebody who will represent us who is going to fight for farmers, to fight for our energy workers, to fight for our small business owners, and also for our families,” she said. "They all work together."
From Lloydminster, Falk was chosen by Conservative party members for the riding in the recent nomination meeting in N.B. on Nov. 11.
Among her issues of concern, Falk said she is opposed to the proposed carbon tax.
“I think we need to hold Justin Trudeau to account,” she said.
The candidate said in the end people in the middle- and lower-income brackets are the ones who will be hurting as a result of the tax.
She added she doesn’t feel these people who are struggling "need to pay another tax," if it’s not going to help Canada reduce its emissions.
The planned legalization of marijuana is another issue Falk is concerned about, in the way it may impact the community.
Falk said she has been speaking with many parents with questions.
“A lot of parents just need support," she said. "Marijuana is soon going to be legalized. They want to know how to deal with that.”
She also said the Liberal government has taken away tax credits for sports and arts for kids.
“Parents are concerned because they can't afford to put their kids into specialized classes,” Falk said.
She asked how parents are going to deal with this issue, and how it might impact their children.
Looking at the high crime rate in North Battleford, Falk said it’s not out of the ordinary for the area.
"We have it in Lloydminster also," she said. "I think it's safe to say it’s around the whole riding, which is unfortunate."
"If elected, I'm prepared to work with municipal government and also provincial government to see what we can do," Falk said. "I don’t think anybody really knows what the answer is, or has a solution for it, but I’m prepared to work together transparently and effectively so we can get something done or figure something out."
She is planning to have a campaign meet and greet for residents Wed., from 6 to 9 p.m. at Empress Furniture & Decor in N.B.
Falk is encouraging people to vote in the advance polls if they can’t make it for the vote on Dec. 11.
Either way, she is asking residents to make sure they get out and vote.
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