McLeod cites rural budget benefits

Conservative candidate Cathy McLeod served as Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP from 2008 to 2011. She is the only candidate with a campaign office in 100 Mile House

Conservative candidate Cathy McLeod served as Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP from 2008 to 2011. She is the only candidate with a campaign office in 100 Mile House

Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo Conservative candidate Cathy McLeod campaigned in 100 Mile House recently.

She supports the current budget proposal and points out benefits for rural recovery.

“Low tax rates support the mills around their decisions about reopening.”

The mining exploration tax credit will be “huge” for supporting new mines in British Columbia, McLeod adds.

The Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance encourages more investment in sawmills and the latest technology to support rural jobs, she noted.

Rural areas were hit first by the “great recession” and slower coming out, she says, but she sees a returned optimism in the region fostered by reopening sawmills and renewed mining potential.

“I stand on this government’s record. I stand on the steady guidance through this difficult time and the very positive glimmers I see throughout this riding.

“I firmly believe that our budget is the [way] to guide us into the next steps.”

The “budget for Canadians” targets those most in need, McLeod says, adding now is not the time for “big, new $8-million spending schemes.”

“It’s all very well for the NDP to talk about, for example, home heating for houses … but are they wanting to subsidize people with 6,000-square-foot homes and heated pools?”

McLeod says she also stands on her performance as an MP and “really trying to support” all the riding’s communities, seven municipalities and six aboriginal communities.

“I hope my two-an-a-half-year record of working hard and effectively will [mean] the voters will return me to office on May 2.”