Motz looks back at first full year in office.

By Brittney Matejka
December 21, 2017 - 5:39pm Updated: December 21, 2017 - 7:25pm

 

MEDICINE HAT, AB. - The House of Commons has recessed for the Christmas break, and Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner MP Glen Motz is ready to hit the ground running next year.

Motz held a press conference on Thursday, to reflect back on 2017. Being a member of the Official Opposition, he said it was a year of holding the Liberal government accountable and making the voices of southern Alberta heard in Ottawa.

In September, Motz created the first Youth Advisory Board for the riding. A group of nine youth aged 16 to 24 were selected from various communities in the area to give their perspective on issues being discussed on Parliament Hill.

“We've talked about marijuana, energy, mental health,” he explained. “It's a great perspective and I am learning from them.”

This year, Motz was appointed the Deputy Shadow Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness by Conservative Party leader, Andrew Scheer.

He stressed the importance of Canadian Border Security, after thousands of of people crossed the border illegally and jammed Canada immigration system.

“It takes resources away from those who are coming to this country legally and those who are legitimately refugees,” he explained. “Individuals who are coming (here) from a safe country like the United States are not refugees, they’re not at risk in that country at all; they're country shopping.”

In 2018, Motz said he plans to focus his own agenda on trade, the economy, public safety and national security.  

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