Marc Dalton and wife Marlene on election night with Conservative volunteers and supporters. (Neil Corbett/THE NEWS)

Marc Dalton and wife Marlene on election night with Conservative volunteers and supporters. (Neil Corbett/THE NEWS)

Not enough focus on economy in throne speech – Dalton

Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge MP supports leadership of Scheer

Newly elected Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge MP Marc Dalton, said the Prime Minister’s throne speech was tone deaf to people who have lost their jobs – like Maple Ridge’s Hammond Cedar mill employees.

“I didn’t hear much about fiscal responsibility, or getting our house in order in terms of the economy,” said Dalton from Ottawa on Friday.

He said the loss of jobs in the forestry sector, including the century-old operation in Hammond, has a huge impact on communities. He noted the approximately 200 jobs lost in Maple Ridge in October were followed by 71,000 lost across Canada in November, according to Statistics Canada.

Dalton said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should be trying to bolster the energy sector, which represents about 10 per cent of the economy.

“We’re more interested in choking that industry and bringing in more imports (of oil) from Saudi Arabia,” he said.

The speech was strong onLiberal campaign promises: greater action to fight climate change, lower taxes for middle-class Canadians, beefed-up gun control, steps towards national pharmacare and investments in infrastructure, public transit, affordable housing and health care.

The Liberal party has renewed separatism in Quebec, and now has Western separatists with Wexit, Dalton said, and has made matters worse by pushing a carbon tax as part of the country’s climate change strategy. The tax will further inflame separatists in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

“We need to listen to their concerns and be taking Wexit seriously – not poking it more and more,” said Dalton.

READ ALSO: Wexit applies to become a federal political party

The new MP does not want to see his Conservative party in a leadership battle, and said he supports Andrew Scheer. He respects that people have questions for the party leadership after failing to win the election, but said the party had a significant increase in seats, from 98 to 121 and won the popular vote (34.4 per cent) with Scheer at the helm.

“I’m supportive of him, and we (Conservatives) need to focus on the Liberals and Trudeau.”

Dalton will be taking over the office of former MP Dan Ruimy as his constituency office, at 22369 Lougheed Hwy.


 

@NeilCorbett18
ncorbett@mapleridgenews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Maple Ridge author Tiffany-Ann Bottcher is one of 21 authors whose real-life stories are featured in the new book Women in Business in a Changing World. (Special to The News)
Maple Ridge author shares real-life story to inspire women in business

Tiffany-Ann Bottcher, is a long-time Maple Ridge resident, a full-time business coach and blogger

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. There’s new evidence the Vancouver police were warned about a possible riot days before violence broke out during the final game of the Stanley Cup playoffs on June 15. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
Maple Ridge residents share Vancouver Stanley Cup Riot memories

June 15th was 10th anniversary of Canucks Game 7 loss

Maple Ridge's Ron Paley aimed the camera skyward, to the clouds earlier this week, while out for one of his regular bike rides through Pitt Meadows and Mape Ridge. This time, he shared some images he caught while biking to Pitt River Bridge, then north up to the dikes and back around to Laity Street. "Awesome weather for biking… and the cloud formations were unique." (Special to The News)
SHARE: Cyclist stops to admire the clouds

Send us your photo showing how you view Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, and it could be featured soon

A fawn separated from his mother by a well-meaning homeowner in Maple Ridge is a cautionary tale, say Conservation officers and staff at Langley’s Critter Care wildlife sanctuary. (Critter Care/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Maple Ridge fawn in Langley wildlife sanctuary after separation from mother

Wildlife officials say moving a fawn is not a good idea

Bryan Hutton, left, owner of Canadian Tire Maple Ridge, the gold sponsor, passes a cheque for $15,000 to Maple Ridge resident Mae Santiago-Shupe, this years winner of the Rotary Duck Race, with Clint Callison, president of the Rotary Club of Meadow Ridge. (Special to The News)
Maple Ridge resident wins Rotary Duck Race grand prize

Thousands raised for local youth, seniors groups and organizations – but less than in previous years

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 charged, suspect at large in killings of B.C. brothers linked to gang activity: RCMP

Kamloops brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May on a remote Okanagan road

UFV athletes were honoured for their strength and perseverance during the pandemic. (UFV photo)
Fraser Valley athletes recognized in year without sports

UFV Cascades athletes honoured for strength shown during the pandemic

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta 1st province in Canada to lift all COVID-19 public health restrictions

70.2% of eligible citizens 12 and older in the province have received a dose of the vaccine

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Honour our fathers’ with COVID-19 vaccine protection, B.C. urges

109 new cases Friday, 75 per cent of 12 and up immunized

(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trutch Avenue in Chilliwack to be renamed to remove racist taint

New name to have Indigenous significance as Chilliwack takes new step toward reconciliation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a joint news conference following the EU-Canada Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday June 15, 2021. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July

Three in four eligible Canadians now have their first dose, nearly one in five fully vaccinated.

A search is underway for a 75-year-old fisherman who went missing near Port Angeles Thursday evening. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard)
Search continues for angler missing between Port Angeles and Victoria

Canadian, U.S. Coast Guard searching for 75-year-old man reported missing Thursday evening

Most Read