Under Justin Trudeau's vigorous leadership, the Liberal Party of Canada is committed to ensuring that western voices are heard in Parliament. For far too many times under this Conservative government, all Canadians have received is the voice of the Prime Minister in their communities.
To shift the conversation, Members of Parliament from the Liberal Party of Canada were recently in Edmonton for our summer caucus meeting. We then fanned out to 45 ridings across the western provinces and held more than a hundred different meetings with community and business leaders.
In Saskatchewan, MPs Stephane Dion, Sean Casey, Wayne Easter, Hedy Fry and Mauril Belanger met with a broad range of stakeholders.
Many of these conversations centred around important issues facing the justice system, including the rising cost of policing services, cyberbullying, the non-consensual distribution of intimate images and violence against women. We also discussed infrastructure, water issues, arts and culture, agriculture and the timely delivery of western commodities like grain and energy to global markets.
To deal with such challenges, MPs can't just stay in Ottawa. We travelled to Saskatoon, Regina, North Battleford and La Ronge. We met with police and justice officials, including Saskatchewan's Attorney-General, a number of cooperatives, the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, francophone organizations and regional health centres. We listened carefully to what Saskatchewanians had to say and what they expect from their national government.
We will use feedback from these conversations as we build the plan and the team to reflect the priorities of Canadians. From trade and infrastructure, to transparency and Senate reform, Liberals have been working hard to offer Canadians a better government and not just a different one.
We believe that government must not only create the right conditions for economic growth, but also ensure that growth is sustainable and will finally help struggling middle class families succeed. Engaging with local leaders and stakeholders is a key step as we continue building a plan that will offer a real and fair chance to Canadian families.
MP Ralph Goodale, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada