James Cumming, MP Edmonton-Centre
I wanted to take advantage of SPANN’s first issue to introduce myself, as I don’t think that I got to meet all of you over these past few months. I am James Cumming, your federal Member of Parliament and my job first and foremost is to represent your voice in Ottawa in the House of Commons. You might have gotten my constituency mail-outs in your postal boxes, so you may already have a clue as to who I am. Not all MPs use these, but I like their broad reach and they allow me to receive feedback from constituents, so please feel free to send me comments through their attached forms.
One of my added roles is to represent and support small businesses across the country as Conservative Shadow Minister for Small Businesses, and Export Promotion. So, if you are an entrepreneur having issues with competitiveness, productivity, access to markets and so on, please don’t hesitate to contact me about it. I truly am grateful to have this responsibility but ultimately my duty is to my constituents.
Another exciting development is that I get to sit on the Parliamentary Finance Committee so we are very much looking forward to analyzing the 2020 Federal Budget coming up (which, by publication date, might already be out), and I encourage you all to browse it, as federal provisions affect us all to some degree.
This winter, to top it all off, I also was lucky to be able to introduce a Private Member’s Bill (PMB) in the House of Commons, and I decided in favour of an important topic for our local economy – namely fighting for our resource sector, and Alberta’s economic potential. My bill, C-229, asks the federal government to repeal the previously passed C-48, the West Coast shipping ban. While it has been called by some as grandstanding, I see it as doing everything in my power as an Opposition MP to stand up for our economic development and access to markets, and I will not apologize for it.
If you have any questions about my PMB, what Finance committee is doing, or need any help with federal departments (whether CRA, Immigration Canada, Veterans’ Affairs, etc.) please do not hesitate to reach out to my office or me. I am grateful to be your Member of Parliament.