Orr speaks to business owners and community members

Local MLA addresses group at Lacombe Chamber of Commerce luncheon

  • Sep. 15, 2016 8:00 p.m.

BY RYAN WELLICOME

Lacombe Express

MLA for Lacombe-Ponoka Ron Orr spoke to a group of community officials and local business community members at a luncheon held by the Lacombe and District Chamber of Commerce last week.

A Wildrose Party member, Orr’s speech attempted to showcase his party’s vision for Alberta in the context of small business.

“Essentially, I just want to share a Wildrose vision for a stronger, business-friendly Alberta,” he said.

Orr focused on small business policies and taxation such as tax reductions for small businesses while also voicing opposition to provincial government policies.

He voiced his party’s belief that a return to a low business tax structure and a robust royalty regime to attract foreign investment is part of the solution for Alberta’s economy.

Speaking to job growth seen in the public sector in the last year and a half, Orr said it is his party’s belief that there is an imbalance. He said that job growth in the private sector is important and must be implemented.

He stated the Wildrose Party is not yet behind the Alberta government’s carbon tax and wishes for careful and extensive study before the tax is implemented.

“In our Jobs Action Plan, we recommend a full economic impact assessment be undertaken before the carbon tax is brought in,” he said.

He said that his party wishes to wait until it is clearly demonstrated that the tax would not cause“more harm than good.

Orr also voiced opposition to the Alberta government’s implemented policy to increase minimum wages, saying it would hurt business growth and would not provide much assistance to low-income families and proposed that there are other policies that could work instead.

A ‘competitive wage schedule’ is what would be better for Alberta businesses, he said.

Orr explained that he believes the current provincial budget is in need of repair and its philosophy requires change.

Orr said his party believes that between the NDP government’s policy on deficit spending and what he said the government claims is the only other option jobs and services cuts is a very plausible middle ground.

“It’s our belief that government can be fiscally prudent without massive service cuts,” he said.

He said that prudence can sustain important services and could prevent heavy debt and spikes in interest payments.

“Our recent budget sustainability recommendations outlined exactly how Wildrose would address a difficult financial situation like we face today,” he said.

Orr said the recommendations focus on service sustainability and elimination of ineffective spending.

He said the party believes hiring freezes and attrition would achieve an efficient government that meet Alberta’s needs.

“By prioritizing spending and protecting front-line jobs, a government gives itself the freedom to offer tax cuts and incentives to businesses and families,” Orr said. “We also think a fiscally prudent budgeting philosophy provides a more stable environment for businesses in our province and for those who would like to invest here.”

news@lacombeexpress.com

 

Just Posted

Lacombe selected as 2019 Canada Games Torch Relay stop

The MNP Canada Games Torch Relay is a significant element of the Canada Games

Seventh annual ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ set for June 7th

Red Deer fundraising event to take place at The Outreach Centre

RDC introduces Justice Studies diploma to fill community gap

Forty students will begin studies in Fall 2018

City of Lacombe Block Party program heats up for summer

City looks to create close-knit neighbourhoods

WATCH: Red Deer Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year announced

Terry Loewen and Gian Carlo Estoesta landed this year’s honours

WestJet pilot strike averted as parties agree to mediation

Pilots had warned they could go on strike starting May 19

CP rail workers give strike notice

Employees could walk out as early as Tuesday at 7 p.m. PT

Vote points to abortion being legalized in Ireland

Voters asked whether to keep or repeal Eighth Amendment to Roman Catholic Ireland’s Constitution

Canadian soccer officials talk up World Cup bid at Champions League final

Current bid calls for 2026 World Cup games to be staged in the U.S., Canada and Mexico

WATCH: Alix holds 2nd annual Icebreaker Roughstock

Many come out to see some intense rodeo action

B.C. RCMP swoop in to save injured eagle

An eagle with a broken wing now in a recovery facility after RCMP rescue near Bella Coola

Bug spray 101: Health Canada wants you to stay bite free

Health Canada is reminding Canadians to use bug spray and other insect repellents safely

Former B.C. premier says pot industry about to enter Wild West

Mike Harcourt says Canada is about to enter a new gold rush with many dreaming of striking it rich

Most Read