February 07, 2011
Benoit Reports to the House of Commons on Constituents’ Budget Views
OTTAWA – Leon Benoit, Member of Parliament for Vegreville-Wainwright, recently stood in the House of Commons to put on record the feedback he heard during pre-budget consultations he held throughout the constituency in January.
Following is an excerpt from Hansard:
Mr. Leon Benoit (Vegreville—Wainwright, CPC): “Madam Speaker, I sincerely want to thank constituents who attended my pre-budget town hall meetings in January, including several mayors, reeves and municipal councillors. Their input into the budget process is both helpful and important.
“Generally they were happy with the way the Prime Minister and our government have managed the economy. Most agree that our five-year deficit elimination plan is appropriate. They strongly support our justice agenda and are angry with the opposition parties for slowing progress in this regard. The overall message was clear: carry on as planned.
“I sincerely want to thank all who attended. I want to let them know that I got their message and that their message and the information they gave to me will in fact get to the Finance Minister to be considered in the pre-budget process.”
“I was pleased at the level of participation in all areas, and the comments and advice I heard will be very helpful as we move forward through the next federal budget,” explains Benoit. “I hope when Budget 2011 the Opposition parties are as focussed on Canada’s future and well-being as the constituents of Vegreville-Wainwright obviously are!”