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May 08, 2017

We Need a Deal on Softwood Lumber -Thousands of Jobs Depend on it.

While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau focused on plans to show up for only one hour a week in the House of Commons, the U.S. Department of Commerce slapped duties as high as 24% on Canadian softwood lumber imports.   Now thousands of forestry jobs in Whitecourt, Fox Creek, High Prairie,...

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April 15, 2017

Fighting For Democracy

Canadians across Canada are upset and for good reason. With little fanfare, the Liberals quietly tried to ram through changes to the Standing Orders which govern how the House of Commons operates. The Liberals propose to put permanent limits to debate in the House of Commons and Standing Committees. Changes...

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December 21, 2016

Health Effects Study on Online Sexual Violence Going Ahead

December 8, 2016 marked an important date for all Canadians: children, women and men. My Private Member’s Motion M-47 came up for second reading, debate and vote in the House of Commons. In a unanimous show of support amongst parties, M-47 was passed and sent to the Standing Committee on...

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December 14, 2016

Conservative Efforts Pay Off

The recent announcement that Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project and Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project were approved is great news for Albertans. With construction slated to begin in 2017, the pipelines are projected to be in service by 2019. These projects promise to generate much needed revenue for the...

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Arnold Viersen

Meet Your MP

Arnold Viersen was born in Barrhead, Alberta and grew up nearby in the rural community of Neerlandia with his five siblings. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and 4x4ing. His interest in small engines and automobiles led to his first job, washing cars at a local car dealership. 

After high school, Arnold apprenticed as an auto service technician and went on attain his journeyman ticket from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). He then moved to British Columbia, earning a business degree from the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) while continuing his automotive career. 

In 2010, Arnold married Melissa Bredenhof and they eventually settled in Westlock County, close to his childhood home in Neerlandia. Arnold and Melissa have three children. As a family, they continue to enjoy the outdoors, adding snowmobiling, hiking, and gardening to their list of favourite activities. They are active in their local church and Arnold continues to be a member of the Barrhead Fish and Game Association. 

In October 2015, Arnold was elected as the Member of Parliament for Peace River—Westlock with 69% of the popular vote. He is a member of the Conservative caucus and a member of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee. In this Parliament, he tabled a motion asking the Health Committee to examine the public health effects of the ease of access and viewing of online violent and degrading sexually explicit material on children, women, and men. In an unusual show of support, Arnold’s motion was seconded by the Conservatives, the Liberals and the NDP. 

As a member of the opposition, Arnold was honoured to be named the Deputy Critic of Rural Affairs. He is passionate about advocating for the rights and concerns of rural families, farms and industries in Alberta and across Canada.


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