Conservative MP Michael Cooper has a long list of things he will fight for if re-elected in September’s federal election.
Cooper is seeking to win a third term on Sept. 20 in the St. Albert-Edmonton riding.
During the past six years, Cooper has served on a number of committees with the most recent being as a member on the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying and as a member on the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights — which both ended on Aug. 15.
“I'm very proud of my record not only over the past two years, but over the past nearly six years that I had been a member of Parliament, and, you know, since the last election in this term, I've served on three key committees,” he stated.
He also served on the Standing Committee on Finance from Jan. 27, 2020, to Aug. 18, 2020, when the economy shut down due to the pandemic.
Cooper said he was the MP who noticed Alberta credit unions were left off the list of approved lenders by the federal government for businesses who wanted to access the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA).
The MP said he has also tried to work across party lines and reach a consensus where possible and one of those areas is in supporting jurors, when he championed legislation to amend the jury secrecy rule, which would allow jurors who suffer from mental health issues from their services to seek support.
He also championed Bill S-221 that would amend the Criminal Code to give harsher penalties to individuals charged with vandalizing first responder monuments.
This spring, he introduced the Canada-Taiwan Relations Framework Act — to help strengthen Canada's relationship with Taiwan.
Cooper said he is running in this election because Canada needs a change in government.
“Under Justin Trudeau, Canada has become more divided: East versus West, urban versus rural. Our prosperity has been eroding away with the flight of capital, and jobs, even before COVID, as a result of this government's flawed fiscal, economic and regulatory policies,” he said.
“A Conservative government will defend Alberta's interests, including scrapping legislation that has had a real negative impact on this province.”