Laura Smith – Conservative

Introduction to North Island-Powell River Candidates

  • Sep. 30, 2015 8:00 p.m.

Laura Smith

I am running because I care deeply about our Coastal communities, and I want to do my part to build healthy, vibrant communities full of opportunity.

I have lived and worked throughout the riding and have 14 years of forestry experience, so I understand the challenges of life on the coast very well.

The six years I spent working for John Duncan also gave me direct, on-the-job experience in how to get things done in Ottawa. I have the knowledge and experience to be an effective advocate for our communities, and working for John has shown me that it is possible to contribute to public life while still maintaining one’s personal integrity.  This is very important to me.

The most pressing issue in riding of North Island – Powell River is the economy.

Specifically, how do we ensure that we have the jobs and economic opportunity we need to keep our communities strong and vibrant in the face of significant global uncertainty?

Where the other parties are offering deficits, debt, and increased taxes, the Conservative Party is offering an affordable and common sense plan.

We will keep taxes low, reduce red tape, help train skilled workers, support innovators, and open up new markets for Canadian producers.

We have worked hard to get to where we are, and it has paid off.  Among G7 countries, Canada has the best job growth record since 2008, the best real GDP growth since 2009, and the best net debt to GDP ratio. Canada was also recognized by Forbes as the best country for business in the G20, and by the New York Times as having the wealthiest middle class in the world.

We should be moving forward and building on this success, not putting it all at risk with job-killing tax increases and irresponsible spending.

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