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Battle River-Crowfoot MP Damnien Kurek holds town hall in Castor

Battle River-Crowfoot MP Damien Kurek was in Castor on March 18, conducting the latest in a series of town hall events across the riding.
Kurek discussed a variety of topics ranging from upcoming bills to encouraging people to get more active in politics. (Kevin Sabo/Castor Advance)

Battle River-Crowfoot MP Damien Kurek was in Castor on March 18, conducting the latest in a series of town hall events across the riding.

The Castor event was held at the Castor Legion and had 17 people in attendance, all of whom had the opportunity to ask Kurek questions on a variety of topics.

One topic discussed early in the two hour meeting was the recently presented Bill C-11, a bill, according to Kurek, to regulate the internet.

“It’s a bad bill,” said Kurek.

“The Liberals want to censor parts of the internet.”

Bill C-11 is the follow up to Bill-10, which was presented before the last election and died when the election was called.

The bill seeks to amend the Broadcasting Act to bring the internet under its jurisdiction, specify the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) role in regulation and make several other tweaks.

According to Kurek, the bill is backdoor internet censorship and the Conservative Party of Canada is fighting it.

Kurek cited the bill as but one of many failures of the current Liberal government.

“We’re doing everything to highlight the failures of the Liberals,” said Kurek.

Another issue concerning those in attendance was the recent election which saw the Liberal Party of Canada hold onto its slim majority in the House of Commons.

During that election, 215,000 ballots went missing and Elections Canada is still in the process of investigating what happened to them.

However, as big of an issue as the missing ballots are, Kurek sees a bigger one.

“We had a Prime Minister who, full stop, lied about calling an election,” said Kurek.

“Elections Canada wasn’t ready. The government tried to manipulate the process for their advantage. (Trudeau) restricted the ability for youth to vote. He disenfranchised millions of Canadians. That causes an erosion of trust. That’s a big deal.”

Kurek noted that in an effort to be more accountable to their constituents, the Conservative caucus is following policy brought in under former Prime Minister Stephen Harper which allows members to have their say on party leadership in a secret vote at the beginning of every parliament.

“The Liberals, NDP, and Bloc refuse to bring those (policies) in,” said Kurek.

“Accountability is not a partisan issue.”

Several in attendance asked Kurek about his thoughts regarding the World Economic Forum and the theories that Klaus Schwab is manipulating world governments.

“The World Economic Forum is a bunch of liberal minded people who get together with other liberals to come up with liberal solutions,” said Kurek.

“Generally, if you can Google it, it’s not a conspiracy theory. It’s not a liberal conspiracy. Let’s make sure we don’t give more credit than is due to Klaus Schwab.”

When asked about Canadian political involvement in these types of conspiracies, Kurek didn’t hold back.

“Don’t over estimate the competence of politicians to be involved in conspiracies,” said Kurek.

Kurek ended the meeting noting that if people want to see real change in politics, people need to get involved.

Kurek noted that whether it is for the Conservative Party of Canada —his preference —, the NDP, the Liberal Party of Canada or any of the other parties, getting involved, knocking on doors and letting others know what the issues are is important and where the most change can happen.

According to Kurek, the Conservative Party of Canada missed out on forming the government last fall by 189,000 votes, to which 200 people knocking on 1000 doors each could have made a difference.

Kevin Sabo

About the Author: Kevin Sabo

I’m Kevin Sabo. I’ve been a resident of the Castor area for the last 12 years and counting, first coming out here in my previous career as an EMT.
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