Cypress Hills Grasslands incumbent MP David Anderson is in the final two weeks of a campaign seeking his fifth mandate to serve as the constituency's elected representative in Ottawa.
Anderson held an Open House at his campaign office this past Thursday, where he highlighted the important accomplishment of the Conservatives since the last election in 2008.
"Clearly the economy in this area's been pretty strong over the last few years. People want to see that continue, they don't want to see that taken away. And our position is we want to keep taxes low. Some of the other parties have suggested they need to be raising taxes, and that would impact job, and we don't think that's wise at this time," Anderson said.
"I think the big message that we would like to have people know is that we want to continue the path that we've been on the last couple of years. We've lowered taxes. We've been able to run out the economic stimulus package in a way that really seems to have stabilized the economy. Our economy has grown at six or seven quarters with consistent growth. It seems that we've come out of the recession. We don't see any reason why we should change direction right now. We think we can carry through the next phase of the economic action plan and keep Canadians working, get our economy back on track, and move ahead from there."
Anderson said that despite the flooding and delayed seeding, he has been hearing positives about the Conservatives during the campaign.
"Actually, in some ways I've found people I think are more receptive than they have been in the past. I'm a bit surprised because people are telling me it's unwanted, but they've been very friendly, very open to our ideas. I think they realize that we're not making any great and grandiose promises and they appreciate that."
"I've also heard from lots of people that they really thought this election was unnecessary and unwanted at this time. We took that position as well, but there were some people who decided that we needed to have an election."