David Sweet Column: The voice of taxpayers in Parliament

September 29, 2016

Submitted to the Flamborough Review
September 28, 2016

Parliament resumed last week for the Fall session with many weighty issues on the docket – from electoral reform, to a potentially dangerous military deployment to Sub-Saharan Africa that the government has provided very little information about, to the ongoing yet significant concerns about Liberal waste of taxpayer dollars.

As you may have heard on the news and in social media, our Caucus was in Halifax the prior week preparing for the return of Parliament. Since I serve as National Conservative Caucus Chair, it was a particularly busy week for me – but also a rewarding one. That’s because our Caucus had excellent discussions on all of these issues with a clear focus on standing up for the taxpayer over the coming months in Ottawa.

As we return to daily debate in the House of Commons, we are resolved that while our approach and tone must always be respectful, it is our duty and privilege as Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition to be vigorous in holding the government to account for spending of your tax dollars as prudently as possible.

We’ve heard news reports of excessively-priced limo rides and photography for government PR which are inexcusable. However, it was also reported last week that over the summer months Liberal MPs doled out 1,447 cheques worth a combined $7.8 billion on an unprecedented summer government spending spree.

While some of the $7.8 billion of your hard-earned dollars spent includes substantive investments such as wastewater treatment plants and science grants, it also includes tennis courts, summer festivals, flagpoles and a gazebo.

Consider that since the last election, the Liberals have run deficits to fuel this uncontrolled spending. It has already led to higher taxes. Tax credits for students, kid’s sports and families have disappeared. How is this helping the middle class? How is this helping the economy grow?

That’s why we’re working to be the voice of taxpayers in Parliament and won’t be afraid to speak out when we see more of your tax dollars being spent recklessly in the months ahead.

Locally, don’t forget that in a few weeks I will be holding a Town Hall meeting for constituents to raise any federal issues, ask questions and provide input. It will take place on Wednesday, October 12th from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at the Waterdown Legion and on Thursday, October 13th from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at the Binbrook Hall.

If you can’t make the Town Hall, please stop by my booth at Rockton Fair to ask any questions you have or just say hello.