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• Friday, November 05th, 2010

In my initial post I spoke about the three priorities in my campaign and how these three priorities, Family, Community and Country will become the crucible by which I will test ideas and decisions. Even the most arcane political motion is at its root trying to change something. Make it better. The question I will be asking though, is better for who?  Will it make things better for Prince George/Peace River? For my country? For families? For community?

Secondly, the things I believe and support fall out from these things. My family is a priority, and as a result, I have a passion for things that influence not just my family but families in general. The family is the building block of our country.  As Jane Howard said, “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.  Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”

We all want our children to grow up in a safe environment.  I appreciate the work the conservative party has done to promote a safe Canada.  The Tackling Violent Crime Act was a huge step towards Justice reform within Canada.  The new Child Advocacy Centres is another step the Conservative government has taken towards ensuring that victims—not criminals—have a stronger voice in the criminal justice system.

But there’s more to family than simply ensuring safety.

I have been blessed with a rather large family.  I am the mother of five wonderful children and five, soon to be six, beautiful grandchildren.  Being able to provide financially for my family has always been my priority.  I believe in working hard and being rewarded with a paycheck for the work you do.

I raised four of my children as a single mother, so I understand the impacts of decisions that affect single parent families and single income families. This riding is fortunate to have so many people who have a solid work ethic. We must ensure that there are employment opportunities so that parents can provide for their families.  We must also create an environment that encourages business growth and   development so Canadian companies can compete within a global market.

I don’t want to see families bearing such a tax burden that they can’t afford to live, (especially single income/or single parent families),but at the same time, I want families to be able to access fair and equitable health care.

There is specific legislation that targets the family.  In 2006 the Conservative Government released the “Stand Up For Canada” document that has a section specific to initiatives that directly impact the family. Much of what government does has an impact on the family and that is something that I  take very seriously.

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