Dr Robert Kitchen MP for Souris Moose Mountain has returned to Ottawa and shared how he's feeling, "it's great to be back in the house. We had a great day to start off with, unannounced to most of us we had a liberal who crossed the floor and join our caucus and that's great to see. We're happy to have her on board."
"It was quite exciting, I was actually headed to a meeting and they said to go into the house something is going to happen. It was really exciting to see her stand up on principles, she defended our country as a captain in the Canadian Royal Air Force and she brings a lot of years of senior private sector leadership and experience to our team. She pointed out that, even within her caucus, that Justin Trudeau has failed to assure Canadians that he understands the struggles and hardship that they are feeling."
"Besides that, the most important thing is pointing out the failings that this present government has done, from everything from trade to taxes to pipelines this is our opportunity to point out those big issues that he's failed to follow up."
Kitchen also talks about how his in not only how it looks on TV. "The day is basically multiple different segments and part of it is when we sit in the house for question period. There are debates that go on about various issues, but for us, there are other things. I'm on the veterans affairs committee, so we have those committee meetings twice a week and on top of that there are meetings with constituents that may have issues. Organizations that are pertinent to the writing that I might meet with or other issues."
"We, like all Canadians want the best deal for our families, for our workers, and our businesses. Unfortunately these past few months the present government has stood on the sidelines and haven't been at the negotiating table. Now they are in the last minute dash to try to salvage this NAFTA deal and as indicated there's been big impacts on businesses already. Many where they are having to purchase steel or shipping aluminium back and forth have had big impacts not only US tariffs but Canadian tariffs."
"Even though this present government said they were going to put $2 billion to help those companies, there's still a lot of small companies that are being impacted by this. Their day to day business is basically 18 hours to run their business and now they have to spend extra hours to try and muddle through the paperwork and the request in order to get any support from the government. It's time-consuming, it's difficult and if they do they and meeting a lot of resistance, so its a big challenge for not only my consistency but for all Canadians."
"We definitely want to, as we go forward, there are issues with the economy that we want to focus on. There's going to be consequences from a lot of these decisions that this government has done. They ran on the fact that they were going to have small and temporary deficits and yet we have huge deficits. Even the last deficits didn't include the $4.5 billion that they spent to buy a pipeline, that can't be built."
"The $4.5 Billion is for the existing pipeline, it's not even for the additional pipeline that was going to help our oil field that's another 7 plus billion dollars that is sitting there that wasn't even factored into the last economic statement. It'll be interesting this fall when the finance minister gives us an update as to what those numbers would be."