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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Miller Optimistic About 2016

Regional | by Matt Villeneuve  

Conservative MP says last year was a turbulent one for his party.

2015 was a turbulent year for the Conservative Party of Canada, but the MP for Bruce-Grey Owen Sound is still optimistic about 2016.

Larry Miller now sits in the House of Commons as an opposition MP, tasked with criticizing Justin Trudeau's government, while ensuring accountability.

Miller tells Bayshore Broadcasting News he's familiar with the role, but concedes the Tory election loss on October 19th was perhaps the low point of 2015.

Regardless, Canada trudges along with the Liberals now at the helm.

According to Miller, he's trying to establish relationships with the new Ministers to guarantee the Grey-Bruce region remains on Ottawa's agenda.

He says he's opposed to Trudeau's plan to run an annual short-term deficit of less than $10-billion, and then return to a balanced budget by the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Miller is also unhappy with a campaign promise to remove Canada's six CF-18s from the NATO bombing mission against ISIS in the Middle East.

He says the Country has an "obligation" to fight extremism alongside its allies.

With two First Nations reserves in the riding, Miller notes that he's disappointed the government will be reinstating transfer payments to band Councils that didn't publicly disclose the salaries of Chiefs and band Councillors.

It's an accountability item required by the First Nations Financial Transparency Act.

Both the Saugeen First Nation and the Chippewas of Nawash in Cape Croker have disclosed the Chief and Councils' salaries.

Despite differing opinions, Miller says he's eager to return to Ottawa after the Christmas break -- and his constituents will always be top of mind.

Parliament resumes on January 25th.


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