The importance of family

Member of Legislative Assembly Report

By TANY YAO, MLA of Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo

Tany Yao

This month families will have celebrated Family Day on February 15. I hope you had an opportunity to spend some time with the special people in your life.

One way or another, we all endeavor to put family first.

We all recognize that strong families build strong communities, and strong communities support strong families.

Furthermore, as a society we consider, plan, and dedicate resources towards leaving a better world for our children. This generational generosity is common to societies around the world, and has come to define human progress.

This commitment to putting family first is reflected in our daily lives, and should be upheld in government. Provincially, our largest and most expensive programs are health and education. This will not change regardless which party is in office, because we all understand the importance of these programs in building a better world for our children. Yet, we believe we need to always strive to make sure these programs remain as affordable and accessible as possible.

We believe in a patient-focused health care system, that’s more responsive to front-line needs, always guided by the principle that access to a waiting-list is not access to health care.

Wildrose believes that recognizing and supporting families is one of the core principles of modern conservatism. This is the purpose that drives many of our economic and social policies.

For instance, we believe that keeping taxes low helps create a competitive economy that creates jobs, provides stability and keeps life affordable for families.

We believe in a patient-focused health care system, that’s more responsive to front-line needs, always guided by the principle that access to a waiting-list is not access to health care.

We oppose saddling future generations with debt, because we know debt will limit their opportunities for further progress. This is the sort of necessary sacrifice that fiscally responsible governments proudly accept.

We understand that students are individuals, with individual skills and individual needs. This means we support choice in education. It also means we support a vibrant public school system, but also private schools, alternative schools, charter schools, and home school options. One size does not fit all, so we advocate for a system that puts families in charge.

In addition, our Wildrose team believes that the government must take steps to control spending, and eliminate deficits. We oppose saddling future generations with debt, because we know debt will limit their opportunities for further progress. This is the sort of necessary sacrifice that fiscally responsible governments proudly accept.

Supporting families is about much more than listing policies. It’s also about listening to families and taking action. This is why Wildrose stepped up for the thousands of farm families concerned about Bill 6.

In drafting this legislation, the government chose to impose a number of regulations that have yet to be written. We are waiting to learn more about the nature of the consultations, if you would like to stay up to date, please visit www.wildrosecaucus.ca/bill6 to sign up for updates.

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