Lakeland riding Conservative candidate Shannon Stubbs was back in the Border City last week and said that it was a pleasure to be back in the Border City speaking to residents about issues that matter to them.
“There has been lots of interest in the nomination race right across the constituency,” she said. “We have been doing a variety of things in the last couple of months, but also doing town halls in every community across the large riding.”
Stubbs met with people at the Legacy Centre and the Fellowship Village.
The issues that Stubbs is hearing in Lloydminster tends to be the same issue that is being heard in Athabasca, the northern part of the riding.
“I think because the key economic driver is consistently across the riding of Lakeland, agriculture and energy development,” she said.
Stubbs said that both of those industries have the same issues that impact them.
“They have common interests between the two industries,” she said.
“Getting more export markets for both sectors, the challenges in infrastructure and upkeep for both sectors, and competition for land.”
Stubbs said that the specific issues will vary from community to community, but the broad based concerns and priorities are similar because of the economic development.
With income splitting becoming a hot topic in Ottawa, Stubbs said that issues like that will be the dividing line of the next general election.
“The Conservatives are looking at providing tax relief for families and for individuals and small business. And that is reflective of a philosophy of the role of government is to empower individuals to make the best decision for their own families and children,” she said.
“Compared to the other parties, who are proposing big spending plans on bureaucratically nationalized programs that don’t necessarily make a difference in the daily lives of citizens.”
Stubbs said that the next general election will be fought on the issue of what is the role of government.
Stubbs brought her campaign back to Lloydminster in effort to shore up support for the upcoming nomination battle between her and Terry James.
The nomination period for Lakeland was open on Nov. 5, with candidates wishing to stand in the upcoming nomination race having until Nov. 17 to file their papers.
Conservative Party officials have not set a date for the nomination election for the riding of Lakeland, but party insiders are expecting it to be held sometime in mid-December.