Doherty Hoping Federal Budget Focuses on Job Creation
Prince George, B.C. – Todd Doherty is hoping to see some measures that spur job creation in tomorrow’s federal budget.
The Cariboo-Prince George Conservative Member of Parliament says Canadians across Western Canada, including his riding, have been feeling the pinch.
“You know Cariboo-Prince George, our riding, has been one of the hardest hit,” says Doherty. “Canadians need to know that this (Liberal) government is looking to help them get back to work and that there is a plan in place.”
He says the government could take a positive step in that direction by granting an environmental certificate to the Pacific NorthWest LNG project in Prince Rupert (a decision that is expected tomorrow by Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna).
“We’ve been very vocal about accepting and helping with LNG in our region. It will have a direct impact on this riding,” says Doherty. “This area is a service centre so any jobs or projects that are in and around this area will always positively impact us.”
And though he doubts it will be announced tomorrow, he says the government needs to make sure a softwood lumber agreement is in place soon.
Doherty says that would give “some stability and confidence” to communities that are dependent on the forest industry.
He cautions a budget that focuses on big city issues won’t fly in his riding.
“This government campaigned that they had a plan for real change and they said that they were prepared to go $10 billion into deficit and we know already they’re going to be well over that,” says Doherty.
“So Canadians need to know that they’re not just hanging their hat on high speed transit because as I’ve said before that does nothing for my riding and the communities of Williams Lake, Quesnel, Prince George, and Vanderhoof.”
But despite such concerns, he remains optimistic the government do its best to deliver.
“I’m hopeful, we’ll see. If not, we’ll have an interesting three and a half years moving forward and trying to make sure that we’re doing everything in our power to build the awareness of how rural Canada impacts urban Canada.”