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Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Has Big Plans for 2020

Regional | by Cody Misner  

Alex Ruff says there will be some big topics he hopes to address in the new year.

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Alex Ruff has been on the job for just a few months, but says he is looking forward to diving into 2020.

Ruff says there will be some big topics he hopes to address in the new year including farming, rural internet, international trade, and choosing a new federal Conservative Party leader.

"We have to sort out our agriculture sector, help our beef farmers and cash croppers, there's a lot of stuff that can be done. Obviously dealing with China, but just dealing with rural Canada, rural broadband internet," Ruff says. "The Prime Minister was here promising it, so lets find out what he's going to do. Promising that he's going to sort it out by 2030 isn't good enough."

Ruff won a victory this year on a local scale, however the Conservative Party as a whole now finds itself as the official opposition in a minority Liberal parliament and needing to pick a new leader in 2020.

Current leader Andrew Scheer has announced he intends to step down, but will remain in the position until a new party head is picked in November 2020.

Ruff believes Conservatives have the opportunity to elect the next Prime Minister, "Anybody that wants to be involved in that process should get out and buy a Conservative membership so they have a vote."

He says he won't be putting his name in the race for leadership, "I'm a little too smart for that I think," Ruff says chuckling, "And I think I can be a little too blunt at times."

Ruff says he is excited to continue serving the people of the riding in the new year, "I just want to stand up for our constituents and stand up for rural Canada."



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