Disappointing year with federal government cuts: Foote

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Judy Foote

STEPHENVILLE — For Judy Foote, 2013 brought disappointment because of actions by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government through cutting services.

The Random-Burin-St. George’s MP said the closing of the Veterans Affairs Office in Corner Brook dramatically impacted people in her riding who availed of the services available through that office.

“It’s one thing to cut services that impact on everyone but another thing to cut services that impact the most vulnerable in our society, and our veterans are included among those,” Foote said.

Cuts to Service Canada, the employment insurance program, Canada Post, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Search and Rescue had a devastating impact on Canadians, she said

There are many other areas the federal government could be cutting, she added, in particular in its communications department.

“If you want to cut, start cutting in your advertising dollars because they’re doing nothing to help those who are the most vulnerable in our society,” Foote said.

In the new year, Foote said she and the Liberals will continue to push Harper’s government to reverse some of what she called “Draconian cuts.”

Looking forward to 2014, one of the ongoing issues Foote said she will continue to tackle is the controversial gas drilling method of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

She recently met with the Port au Port/Bay St. George Fracking Awareness Group and went out to Shoal Point to see first hand the work the group is protesting. Foote said she is now in the process of working with awareness group chair Wayne Housell, to develop an MP order paper question — which requires a government reply within 45 days — on the government’s position on fracking.

 

Organizations: Veterans Affairs Office, Service Canada, Canada Post Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Port au Port, Shoal Point

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