Locals meet with MPs on province’s job market

Earl Dreeshen and Blaine Calkins sat down with stakeholders last week to talk about the job crisis in Alberta

  • Nov. 24, 2016 1:00 p.m.


Lacombe Express

Red Deer-Mountain View MP Earl Dreeshen sat down with local stakeholders in Red Deer last week to talk about the ongoing job crisis in Alberta. Blaine Calkins, MP for Red Deer-Lacombe was also onhand for the event, which was held last Friday at the Sheraton Hotel.

“As the jobs crisis in Alberta gets worse, families need the Liberal government to present solutions,” said Calkins. “Yet thus far, the government has failed to put forward a jobs plan. Skilled workers across the province are struggling and it is our responsibility as the federal representatives to ensure that every possible solution is examined in order to get Albertans back to work so they can continue to provide for their families.”

Beyond the stakeholder meetings, all Albertans are also invited to share their views and experiences at www.albertajobstaskforce.ca.

Officials say the public’s input will help to help to shape solutions for the future of Alberta.

Dreeshen said that as to last Friday’s event, the Conservative Alberta Caucus listened to everyday Albertans, employers, small businesses, social assistance organizations, workers and other stakeholders all of whom are affected by the current jobs crisis and have valuable insight and ideas to share, said Dreeshen.

“We had a chance to talk to those earlier in the day who are responsible for the safety nets around Alberta, and to find out some of the issues that are significant there. So that was important because it then allowed for us to deal with the rest of day with that kind of a foundation,” explained Dreeshen at the wrap-up of the event.

“We also had a great discussion with a bunch of young entrepreneurs people also coming out of high school and some of the concerns that they had, but also young people that have been out there and have been doing some amazing things. So there was confidence in the room about that, but there was also concern about what’s going to happen next and what can we expect?

“The last meeting we had here today was having many people from various municipalities, including a lot of job creators.”

He said that particular group was able to talk a bit about what they can expect municipally, provincially and federally.

Ultimately, Dreeshen said it’s also about bolstering confidence across the board.

“One of the aspects is that we need some confidence,” he said, in reflecting on some of the key elements that came out of the day. “The world has been looking at the U.S. and some of the things occurring there, but now that that’s been dealt with, people are looking at our own issues. (For example), how is the carbon tax going to affect people now that we can expect that we will be doing a lot of that on our own?

“Also, what’s going to happen with the increase to CPP?” Dreeshen noted that improvements could in turn be on the way for seniors, but that may not be for years down the road. In the meantime, some folks are saying these increases could have an impact over the next couple of decades on the economy generally.

“So it’s a case of trying to build confidence and making sure that people look at the future and say, ‘This is the place that I want to invest in, and there are reasons that I want to be able to do that’.

“We also have to look at our skilled workers that we already have, and we have to find ways in which they can transition from one type of employment they have now, or career that they have, into something else.”

It’s also about finding ways to find sources of capital and more investors to spark these opportunities as well.

“These are the kinds of things that we can then send to the federal government, and give them some ideas. That’s what our main goal was.”


Just Posted

Rebels, Hurricanes kick off their WHL playoff series

Game 1 starts the series Friday night in Lethbridge

Town of Blackfalds announces annual census

Census helps determine population and eligibility for Provincial grants.

Black and Gold Moth Ball coming this weekend

Fundraiser supports the Lacombe Generals trip to the 2018 Allan Cup

The Lending Cupboard lands new location on north end

New location - 7803 - 50th Ave. to be fully operational by August

Rotary Club donates $6,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Donation is equal to half of 2018 mortgage costs for charity

WATCH: AFSC unveils new CEO

Steve Blakely comes to AFSC after a 40 year career in the finance sector

Alberta’s budget sets path to balance

The Alberta Government announced the 2018 budget on March 22

McMaster out, Bolton in as Trump’s national security adviser

President Donald is replacing National security adviser H.R. McMaster with John Bolton

Two killed, dozen hurt in French supermarket hostage-taking

French counterterrorism prosecutors are taking charge of the investigation into the shooting of a police officer in southern France

Three-car pile-up on Northstar Drive and 58th Street

No injuries reported at Thursday afternoon incident

Canadian women move to No. 4 in FIFA world rankings

Canadian women match all-time high, move back to No. 4 in FIFA world rankings

Supreme Court rules former Stephen Harper aide guilty of influence peddling

A one-time senior aide to former prime minister Stephen Harper has been found guilty of influence peddling by Canada’s highest court.

Annual inflation rate rises to 2.2% for its fastest pace since fall 2014

Statistics Canada says the consumer price index in February was up 2.2 per cent compared with a year ago

Senate backs bill to legalize recreational marijuana

Justin Trudeau reminded senators that his government was elected on a promise to legalize pot

Most Read