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Five-point plan for recovery By Damien C. Kurek, MP, Battle River-Crowfoot

Secure jobs. Secure accountability. Secure mental health. Secure our country. Secure Canada’s economy. These five points are the Conservative plan to move Canada past the COVID-19 pandemic. It appears Justin Trudeau is pushing for a spring election and, although Conservatives believe it would be irresponsible to go to the polls right now, we are nonetheless ready. Further, we have even been using our position in Parliament to push for things like a data driven plan to safely reopen Canada and increased accountability for current mismanagement. In this column, I want to share Erin O’Toole’s and the Conservative plan for Canada. Secure jobs: In the last year, over one million Canadians have lost their jobs because of COVID. Our Conservative team is intent on regaining these jobs in every sector, ensuring Canada is able to get back to work and be prosperous. While vaccine delays, program mismanagement, targeting specific sectors of our economy, and the many economic failures of the Liberals have held Canada back, we need a Government that puts Canadians and their future first. Secure accountability: Since the election of Trudeau and the Liberal Government, Canada has been plagued by scandal after scandal because of the government’s corruption and poor judgement. During the course of COVID, the Liberals have doled out hundreds of millions of dollars to their friends. Conservatives will clean up the mess left by the Liberals by enacting new and stronger anti-corruption laws. Accountability must be at the forefront and is more important than ever while we take on the greatest health crisis in generations and ensure that government regains the trust of Canadians. Secure mental health: The pain and anguish caused by the pandemic has left deep scars in the consciousness of the Canadian public. The inability to see our friends and family, the restriction of movement, the financial distress of many Canadians are among many other factors that has detrimentally impacted the mental health of Canadians. Tragically, many have battled with mental health issues, with some even taking their own lives. Boosting funding for partnerships with the provinces to address mental health, a national three-digit suicide prevention line, and giving incentives to employers to include mental wellness coverage are part of the Conservatives’ Canada Mental Health Plan. Secure our country: Canada needs a plan to both address the current challenges with COVID and future challenges. We need to be prepared for other potential disasters and pandemics. The auditor general released a report on March 25 clearly stating the Liberals failed in preparing for COVID. Conservatives will retool the National Emergency Stockpile System and ensure we can manufacture vaccines so we do not have to rely on other countries to do the work for us. Canada needs a secure domestic supply chain; we have the capability, but while the Liberals were signing contracts with their friends at the start of the pandemic, Canadians were left behind. Secure Canada’s economy: Canada’s economy needs a post COVID-19 recovery plan. However, our society as a whole doesn’t have to be re-imagined as Trudeau has called for. Fiscal responsibility; exercising restraint when needed; clear fiscal anchors; a path to a balanced budget within a decade; encouraging the growth of our entire economy including energy; and reducing red tape for businesses are all pragmatic solutions that will aide Canada’s economic recovery from the COVID recession and half a decade of liberal economic mismanagement. The Conservative Party of Canada’s Five-Point Plan will guide the actions we take to protect you from COVID-19, the damages that have ensued, respect provincial and regional differences, and bring good governance back to Ottawa. I will continue to work diligently here in Battle River-Crowfoot and with my colleagues in Ottawa to ensure you are represented and your voice is heard. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this column, you are encouraged to write Damien at 4945-50 Street, Camrose, Alberta T4V 1P9, call toll free 1-800-665-4358, text 403-575-5625, or e-mail damien.kurek@parl.gc.ca. You can also stay up to date with what Damien is up to by following him on social media @dckurek.

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Marion Bennett – A Life Well Lived January 3, 1923 ~ April 3, 2021 Marion Bennett of Camrose, Alberta, passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021, at the age of 98 years. Marion Bennett was born on a large dairy farm in Cheshire, England to Alice (nee: Bate) and Philip Pedley Walley, followed by four other siblings. When she was 12, her mother passed away, and when her father remarried, three more siblings were born. With her teachers’ urging, her father allowed her to go to university, which she finished with honours during WWII. During the war, her father, who’d been in WWI, welcomed Canadian soldiers to take their leaves on the farm, and one of these, David Lynn Bennett, she married in England on April 23, 1946. After teaching a year in England, she came as a war bride to southern Alberta. Her husband, Lynn, worked as a farm labourer for the first year. Then the next year, she worked at the correspondence school branch in Edmonton, while her husband took teacher’s training. Two children later, he graduated and they began teaching in small southern Alberta country schools: first Patricia, then Cassils, both near Brooks, then the junior-senior high in Picture Butte. The last 28 years she taught in Bashaw, where her husband was principal for the first 20. Between the two of them, they taught most of the high school subjects. She set up a French language lab, put on school drama productions, took students on mountain holidays, did the painting when her husband built duplexes and fourplexes, and sponsored a Vietnamese family. Upon retiring, she took many courses at Augustana, getting a third degree; travelled to countries in Europe with her husband; helped with such things as vacation Bible school; and, into her 90s, gave talks. She spent seven years helping care for her husband who had a stroke, during which time they moved to Camrose in 1997. There, she joined Messiah Lutheran Church where she gave many adult Bible studies. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Crossroads, Bashaw Meadows and Camrose’s Memory Lane. She was predeceased by her husband Lynn Bennett; four siblings Peter and Steven Walley, Rhoda Arden and Alice Wallworth; and niece Vicki Park. She is survived by her three youngest siblings Edward (Barbara) Walley and Nancy (Christopher) Gee in England, and Angela Morrell in Australia; daughter Elizabeth (husband Kurt Bagdan) of Camrose and son John Bennett (wife Shirley) of Biggar, Saskatchewan; four grandchildren David Bagdan (spouse Lisa), Corinne nee: Bagdan (spouse Joe Davis), Andrew Bennett (spouse Shannon) and Hildy Bennett (spouse Karel Stroebel); and eight great-grandchildren Zephrym and Korbin Davis; Phineas Bagdan, Samaire (Sami), Severen and Emmerson (Emmy) Bennett, and Johnny and Rosa Stroebel. A memorial service may be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marion’s memory to the David Lynn Bennett Memorial Award - endowment principal (this in the memo line) with cheques made payable to the University of Alberta. To send condolences, please visit www.burgarfuneralhome.com.

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