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larryinthehouseDear Editor,

I write to you today to express my concerns about the recent budget that was presented by the Government in the House of Commons on March 22nd. This letter serves to present my main concerns with the budget and the impacts that it will have on our country as we move forward.

My first concern is about the size of the deficits that this Government has decided to run. During the campaign, Prime Minister Trudeau promised to run what he called "modest" deficits of $10 billion/year before returning to a balanced budget. Budget 2016 misses this target by a mile. This budget projects deficits of $5.4 billion this year,
$29.4 billion in 2016-17,
$29.0 billion in 2017-18,
$22.8 billion in 2018-19,
$17.7 billion in 2019-20, and
$14.3 billion in 2020-21.

To me, these are not "modest" deficits and are certainly much greater than the promised $10 billion. Worst of all, the Government did not even present a

Larry-Miller-feature-by Anne Finlay-Stewart

One hundred plus days into the new session of parliament, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller and I sat down in his office to talk about the months ahead.

Now that the Conservative leadership election has been set for May 2017, I asked Mr. Miller his perspective. Although he is not going to throw his own hat into that ring, he knows half a dozen or so have started "kicking tires". There are several good potential candidates in and outside of the House, he says, but it is also a question of money – it is an expensive race to run, and it has only just begun.

In our last conversation, we discussed the Owen Sound harbour, and although he no longer sits in the government benches, Miller remains committed to progress on this regional asset. As we looked out his office...

TPP-new-engLarry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, is encouraging individuals and organizations to participate in a recently announced study by the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade on the Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The Committee has decided to conduct a study of the TPP with the primary objective of assessing the extent to which the agreement, once implemented, would be in the best interests of Canadians. A final report from the study will be prepared and presented in the House of Commons. As part of its study, the Committee is inviting individuals and organizations to provide written submissions that express their views on the TPP.

Furthermore, the Committee is also inviting individuals and organizations to request to appear before the Committee on this study. Hearings will take place in Ottawa and, following approval by the House ....

Walker2016Today, Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, repeated his call for Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne to take a stand on limiting third-party advertising during elections.

"Despite making repeated promises to do this, the Premier today continues to break her own pledge to bring forward real reforms and put spending limits on third party advertising during election periods," MPP Walker said during Question Period.

The province's Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essensa has repeatedly called for capping advertising by special interest groups, warning that the lack of regulation creates an uneven playing field that can potentially influence electoral outcomes. Essensa noted that Ontario remains the only province without spending limits, as Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, New Brunswick and the federal government ...

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