Albas excited to get to work
Oct 17, 2013 / 12:59 pm
Okanagan-Coquihalla MP, Dan Albas is looking forward to the second session of the 41st Canadian Parliament.
Commenting on Wednesday's throne speech, the rookie MP called it a comprehensive document which covered many topics.
"I think there is strong support for many of these initiatives. However, it's to encapsulate these principles into actual legislation . . is something I will be looking forward to in this next session of Government," says Albas of the throne speech.
Wednesday's speech from the throne outlined several items the Harper government hopes to turn into legislation during the upcoming session of Parliament.
These include measures from legislating balanced budgets and creating cyberbullying legislation to eliminating cable TV bundling practices and reducing cellphone roaming charges.
Albas says many of the initiatives outlined by the Government Wednesday will be of great benefit to people throughout the Okanagan.
One of those centres on the craft brewing industry.
"Although it is smaller than the wine industry we do have a vibrant craft brewing industry and a further amendment to the importation of intoxicating liquor legislation similar to what my private members bill did for the Free My Grapes movement will be positive," says Albas.
That legislation, if introduced, would allow for free movement of liquor across provincial borders.
Albas says the government's job creation plan is something that is important to all small and medium business owners.
"We have to make sure we match young people and people looking for employment with skills and those employers that need those skills," he says.
"The one-for-one regulatory process where one regulation must be removed before another can be introduced will be welcomed by the small business community as will the balanced budget law."
As for consumer goodies concerning cable TV and cell phone regulations, Albas says those are both welcomed and achievable.
"The market already seems to be moving there (more cable choices). Sometimes we know when there are fewer competitors in an industry sometimes government does have a place to encourage and change the incentives which sees different results."
As for roaming fees, Albas says it is one area of a federally regulated industry that is not subject to a lot of regulation.
"Rather than have consumers do everything through the courts it makes sense to have government set out what is fine within the marketplace and let the market respond to that."
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