After much consideration, my wife Amel and I have decided that I will not be running in the next federal election. I will fulfill my term as the Member of Parliament for Westlock – St. Paul and continue to serve my constituents until the next election.
I have had the privilege of serving this riding for nearly a decade now. I joined the federal political arena because I saw inadequacies in our system that needed to be addressed. I am proud of the record our government has achieved, including: repealing the long-gun registry; giving back marketing freedom to producers; reducing the GST from 7% to 5%; and providing real tax relief for Canadians equivalent to $3000 per family of four per year, just to name a few. I am also proud of my personal record in bringing the Government of Canada to the table to help secure millions of dollars in funding for our communities; organizing numerous charity events, such as Hockey Night in St. Paul, that have given back over $250,000 to our communities; as well as passing a substantive private members bill in Parliament by repealing Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act and protecting freedom of speech in Canada.
As many of you know, Amel and I were recently blessed with twins. My children and my wife are the light of my life and being almost 4000 km away from them most of the year has been incredibly difficult. At this time, we have decided to pursue opportunities back home in Alberta.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Westlock – St. Paul for granting me the privilege of representing them in the House of Commons for nearly a decade. It has been a pleasure working with you over the years to implement tangible positive changes for Canada, Alberta and our communities.
I look forward to continuing to work with you and fighting for positive changes as your Member of Parliament until the next federal election.
Thank you and God Bless,
Member of Parliament for Westlock – St. Paul