Candidate Interviews: Mark Strahl, Conservative Party

What do you believe are the public's top issues in this campaign?

"The publics top issues overall, I think, are the economy and criminal justice reform. I think people are worried about jobs and worried about the global economic uncertainty and they want to see a government and policies in place that will protect the economy, protect jobs. The other thing I've been hearing throughout the campaign is people still want to see stronger laws to send the message to people who break the law that if you are going to do that, if you are going to do the crime, you are going to do the time."

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What special qualities or talents do you think you offer the voters of Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon?

"I offer experience in the Federal political arena. I have worked for the last 13 years for members of Parliament. I have worked in Ottawa and in at the constituency so I know how to get things done for people in the riding when they have had issues with the Federal government. I also know how the system works in Ottawa and I believe that experience will help me be able to get things done in Ottawa."

What can you do as an MP to change or improve the lives of people in this riding?

"As a member of Parliament, every day you're faced with people coming into your office looking for help from the Federal government so on a day to day basis on a variety of issues a MP can change lives with their ability to cut through the red tape and get people the help they need. When people show up at your door and are asking for help it is a very important role to give that help. There are also other things such as infrastructure, tangible benefits to communities that a. MP can advocate for and that's certainly something I would be doing as a MP."

What specifically can you do for Lillooet?

"For Lillooet it's important to work with the town council. The local government, I believe, is in the best position to determine the needs of the local community. I know that the Governemnt of Canada has invested in Lillooet with the numerous infrastructure projects that they've partnered with Lillooet with so I would continue to work with local government to determine their priorities and take their concerns and their issues to Ottawa. I know there's concerns with water issues and highway improvements and things like that so I do want to be taking Lillooet's voice to Ottawa."

Is there an issue you think is being overlooked in this campaign?

"One that hasn't got a lot of play is the gun registry issue. Certainly it is still a top priority for me and for the Conservative government. We want to get rid of the long gun registry and we will continue to work towards that. It hasn't been a national issue, but it's one that I believe is important locally and I'll continue to fight to get rid of the long gun registry."

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