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Setting the record straight

Setting the record straight is important. This week in Parliament the Liberal opposition tabled a motion denouncing corporate tax cuts. The threat is that if the government’s next budget, which will be tabled in March, doesn’t abandon corporate tax cuts then there will be an election...maybe.

Here’s the catch though. You won’t see corporate tax cuts in Budget 2011 because the decision to cut the corporate tax rate was passed in Budget 2007...supported by the Liberal opposition.

Here’s another catch. To do as the Liberals want would be raising taxes on Canada’s job creators at a time in our economy when we need to support them. In fact, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the Canadian Exporters and Manufacturers, they welcome it.

The Opposition is claiming that they are fighting corporate tax cuts for the sake of the middle class but doesn’t the middle class, like every other Canadian, want well-paying jobs too? I think so and from the discussions with local businesses and at our pre-budget economic roundtable they need our support. They want Parliament to keep its commitment to lowering taxes and to continue to make job creation a priority.

Corporations encompass small, medium and large size enterprises and it's time the Opposition stopped the madness, stopped using our business community and the middle class as a means of fuelling a potential election, stopped creating uncertainty for our exporters and manufacturers and got back on board like it was in 2007.

Speaking of support, Dean Martell’s Kelowna Curling Club team was in Ottawa during White Cane Week to pursue its seventh, yes, seventh consecutive Canadian Vision Impaired National Curling Championship. Martell will be joined by the rest of his Team Canada members Sandy Neddow, Frank Costello, Bob Comba, coach George Meikle and on-ice guide Barb-Hansen Comba.

I “skipped” down to meet them on Wednesday to cheer them on and to congratulate them on the great strides they continue to make raising awareness for Canada’s blind and visually-impaired. It’s also their goal to see curling become a full medal sport at the Paralympics. Go Team Canada Go!

Last but not least, as we have discussed many times in this column, our community is better off because of all the hard-working people who contribute to the cultural fabric of our community. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan which will soon present the 7th edition of Global Citizen Kelowna.

Festivities will take place February 19th to the 26th commencing with the 6th annual “A Taste of Home” ethnic food and entertainment event.

Thanks to the efforts of Co-President and Coordinator Joyce Brinkerhoff, her team and the many volunteers who help make it happen, as well as financial support from the City of Kelowna, numerous local business sponsors and the federal government’s Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, our community will be able to enjoy a week of interesting and enjoyable multicultural events. I hope you’ll show your support and check it out.

For more information on the Festival’s activities, please go to Global Citizen Kelowna

As always, if you wish to discuss any federally-related concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me at 250-470-5075 or at [email protected].

Ron Cannan is the MP for Kelowna-Lake Country.



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About the Author

The Honourable Ron Cannan was first elected as Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country in January, 2006. He was subsequently elected in the 2008 and 2011 federal elections. He is a member of the Conservative Caucus.

On September 13th, 2012 Ron was summoned to be a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and will provide advice to the Government as a member of the Priorities and Planning Sub-Committee on Government Administration.

Ron successfully uses his experience and knowledge as a long-time Kelowna City Councillor and regional government representative to be an effective and enthusiastic champion for his riding and his constituents.

His greatest satisfaction comes from helping local organizations and citizens obtain the support they require from Ottawa. 

He is also dedicated to doing what it takes to ensure that the growing and vibrant communities in his riding continue to thrive and prosper.

He is proud of the partnership and cooperation between federal, provincial and municipal governments which have resulted in significant infrastructure projects including upgrades to Highway 97, expansion of the Kelowna International Airport, a new horticulture strategy for fruit growers, obtaining a full service passport office for Kelowna and addressing critical economic issues such as labour skills shortages.

He works closely with the local Chambers of Commerce and once a year arranges meetings for the Chamber with Cabinet Ministers and senior policy staff in Ottawa to move forward important local issues such as crime prevention and labour skills shortages.

He is also an ardent champion for important community initiatives including homelessness, mental health, women’s resources, and support of arts and culture.

On Parliament Hill, Ron has been a member of the Standing Committee on International Trade since 2006 supporting initiatives which will broaden the economic opportunities for local businesses and businesses Canada-wide.

In previous parliamentary sessions Ron has been a member of the Standing Committee for Government Operations and Estimates, Veteran’s Affairs, Human Resources and Social Development, the Scrutiny of Regulations Committee, and the Standing Committee for Fisheries and Oceans.

Ron is also involved in a variety of inter-parliamentary organizations: he is Vice Chair of the Canada-US Inter-Parliamentary Group, and a member of the Canada-Taiwan Friendship group.

As Chair of the Conservative Wine Caucus, Ron works with his colleagues across the country to promote the wine regions of Canada.  Ron tabled Motion 218(formerly Motion 601) which supports direct to consumer purchasing of Canadian wine. His motion became Bill C-311, sponsored by MP Dan Albas, seconded by Ron, which was passed into law on June 28th, 2012.

Prior to entering politics, Ron developed a diverse business background as a small business owner and had several years experience in marketing and sales management working with corporations including Coca-Cola, Costco and Corus Entertainment.
 

Very active in his community, Ron has been a Director for both the Central Okanagan Regional District and the Central Okanagan Hospital Board. Ron also served on the Okanagan University College Access to Training Advisory Board, the Glenmore Elementary School Parents Advisory Council, and the Kelowna Christian School Fund Raising Committee. He was co-founder of the Okanagan Volunteer Festival. Currently Ron is a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Kelowna and, along with his wife Cindy, was the honorary Chair of the 2012 Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Ball.

Ron lives a family-oriented and active lifestyle with his wife Cindy. He is the proud father of three daughters and grandfather to three grandsons. His hobbies include music and sports.



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