The new conservative member of parliament for the Lakeland riding is settling into her new role but admits she is currently in a “limbo” state until she is officially sworn-in as MP.
“I won’t be sworn in probably until the third or last week of November and so we’re just sort of in a transition period right now in terms of resources and getting things up and running,” Stubbs said. “I will be going to Ottawa ... for a series of administrative and logistical meetings with House of Commons’ officials and we’ll also be having our first caucus meeting that week.
“Then I’ll be back home for a week the I think heading back to Ottawa likely the week after that, so the next month will be really a transitional time period as we get everything set up.”
She says that in the weeks following the meetings in Ottawa she will be making resource and hiring decisions and that it will likely be a month or so until everything gets sorted out and she can begin her work in ernest. What her first moves will be as an MP heavily depend on the new federal government and what their agenda looks like.
Whether or not the government goes into a fall session before Christmas, and as to what the Liberals priorities will be, are both things Stubbs says will be interesting to find out.
“But of course, in the near term I’ll keep advocating for the exact same issues I ran on. For lowering taxes and cutting red tape for Canadians and job creating businesses. Advocating for free trade that lowers the prices of all goods for all Canadian consumers, as well as creates opportunities for Canadian businesses and entrepreneurs. Continuing to advocate fighting for the pipelines so that we can reach diverse export markets for energy industry, I’ll be advocating to protect our energy industry and fighting against any moves that would hamper our development or restrain our industry in anyway,” said Stubbs.
“I’ll continue to fight for changes to the justice system, to put the rights of victims first and for safety and security for all Canadians. These will continue to be the priorities that I advocate for but I suspect some of what I end up working on will be determined a little bit by the priorities of the new prime minister and the new government.”
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Stubbs says that on one hand, she recognizes the accomplishments of the Liberals and believes they need time as a new government to let citizens know what their agenda and priorities are going to be, adding that a lot was promised during their campaign.
But on the other hand there are a few things that concern her.
“One is the climate change conference in Paris is coming up this fall and this winter. I’ll be interested what kinds of priorities and issues the prime minister goes into those meetings with,” she said. “I believe we should not be going into international agreements that don’t include the major emitters of the world.”
An example she uses is the Kyoto Protocol, an agreement Canada signed onto years ago under the previous Liberal government, and that did not include China and the US, two countries Stubbs says are among the worlds biggest industrial emitters.
“The previous government signed Canada up, putting our economy at risk, to an international agreement that didn’t include these other countries,” Stubbs said. “What I would not support and what I would speak very strongly against is Canada entering into an international agreement that doesn’t include all major industrial emitters in the world and would disproportionally penalize our energy industry or Canada.”