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Updated: Jul 19, 2021

Open Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

December 2, 2020


Red Deer – Mountain View, AB

Walking the streets of downtown Red Deer, Alberta paints a very bleak picture. “For sale” and “for lease” signs are nearly more frequent than business signage. This isn’t solely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rather the result of crippling government policies that have knee-capped businesses over the past five years.

Bill C-69 (no more pipelines), Bill C-48 (tanker ban), expansion of Tax on Split Income rules, Canada Pension Plan enhancements, Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, an overly-complex tax regime, corporate subsidies and crony capitalism have suffocated the entrepreneurial spirit in Canada.

There is dignity in work. There is personal pride in earning a paycheque.

Canada’s economy has been devastated by the disjointed response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jobs have been lost. Business have been shuttered or permanently closed. The mental health of Canadians has never been more fragile.

There is however, hope.

After listening to Chrystia Freeland present the Fall Economic Statement 2020, I am calling on your government to immediately do the following:

  1. Repeal all anti-oil & gas legislation noted above.

  2. Commission a private sector study of the Income Tax Act with the aim of major reform.

  3. Immediately fast track all projects waiting for approval with the Canada Energy Regulator.

  4. Eliminate corporate subsidies in all sectors of the economy.

  5. Release timely COVID-19 data to enable Canadians to make educated health decisions.

  6. Suspend foreign aid programs until Canada has fully repaid debt accumulated due to COVID-19.

  7. Replace Carbon Tax legislation with free market competition focused on innovation.

  8. Legislate a decrease in federal bureaucrat wages until the federal budget is balanced.


Jared Pilon

Candidate for Red Deer – Mountain View, AB

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