It is an honour to stand as the Conservative candidate for Sault Ste. Marie during what I believe to be the most important election of our generation.
In 2011, standing alongside our Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our Conservative Party made a series of promises to you. Four years later I am proud to say we kept our word.
Since 2006, we promised to keep your taxes low. In fact we promised not just to keep taxes low; but to keep our community businesses taxes low so that they can use that money to hire more employees or ship more of their product. Over the past 9 years, not only did our Conservative Party reduce the GST from 7% to 6% to 5%, we lowered taxes across the board while increasing tax credits and payments to every family with children under 18 years old.
We further promised to make strong investments in Sault Ste. Marie. Did we ever. In my time in office, we expanded our roadways like Highway 17, repaired our historic sites and canal, provided support for the proposed Port of Algoma, and invested in our Steel industry, to name a few.
Finally to the gun registry. Our Prime Minister stood with us as we promised, right here in Sault Ste. Marie, to get rid of the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry. The Liberal Long-Gun Registry imposed new taxes and layers of bureaucratic red tape on families in Sault Ste. Marie. Stephen Harper gets it, Northern Ontario hunters and farmers need not be punished for the social policies of the Federal Liberals or the NDP. I am proud to say the long-gun registry is gone and will not come back under Stephen Harper’s Conservative Government.
Unfortunately, both the NDP and Liberal parties have said they will bring back the long-gun registry, cancel our tax cuts and, in fact, raise taxes on our families and businesses. They will also implement risky economic policies that will saddle businesses with thousands of dollars of additional costs per employee, forcing businesses to lay off workers or even move down south. That’s the last thing we need, let alone in today’s economic climate.
We need a proven plan to manage our economy now and into the future as we face unprecedented challenges from beyond our borders.
On October 19th, I’m asking for your vote.
Proud to Serve