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REPORTING · 27th April 2011
Walter McFarlane
The fifth speaker was Clay Harmon, from the Conservative Party. He thanked everyone for coming out. He pointed out he was the only one up there representing a party with a record which could be attacked. He joked about leaving all of his safety gear at home before speaking.

“I like to feel protected. I like to know when our economy is threatened. We have a government in office that cares about Canadians in every corner of this vast country as they cared enough about the CAW and the UAW workers in Ontario enough to increase the nations deficit by 10+ billion dollars to protect their jobs. A government that recognizes hardship in Fort Saint James and sent money to the mill so that men and women in that community could protect their families well being and continue to feed their children,” said Harmon.

He said they wanted to keep children safe on their way to and from school, playing in fields with their friends. He said the conservative government passed laws to help protect kids from sexual predators. They need places to send predators to keep them away from communities. He said prisons were aging and over crowded making a dangerous work environment worse for guards, and people do not want a repeat of the hostage takings and murders in prisons common in the 1970’s.

“It would be irresponsible for our government to not protect the safety of a group of workers if they have the power and the opportunity to do so. Conservative Government is therefore proposing to improve working conditions in prisons across four provinces with upgrading an addition of 2700 new beds,” said Harmon.

He moved on to protecting the mentally ill who are lacking access to care and are also in prisons. He said there is work to be done on their behalf.

“I am proud of a government that protects it’s workers and it’s people,” said Harmon.