Local MP discusses issues of local importance after inaugural Federal budget

Disappointments in lack of funding for oversized load corridor and emphasis on carbon are among Marilyn Gladu's comments

Marilyn Gladu, who represents Sarnia-Lambton as Member of Parliament, sat down with Lambton Shield recently to discuss highlights of her first few months in office, which includes the aftermath of a first Liberal government budget.

Gladu, who is one of 99 Conservative MPs elected last fall, said she was “disappointed” in much of what she saw (or more particularly didn’t see) in the budget, especially after she lobbied for funding for an oversized load corridor, money for which was not apparent in the Liberal budget.

“They’ve sent us to the Province,” said Gladu, referring to about $12 million that would be required to develop a route from local fabricators to the Sarnia Harbour that could efficiently move large components without incurring costs that would make that type of work uncompetitive.

She did speak about her role as Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on the Status of Women, with particular mention of an initiative to improve pay equity as well as other gender equality issues.

Gladu, who is a chemical engineer by training, is also the Opposition critic in the Science & Technology portfolio. She said things are “quiet” at the moment.

Overall, the economic prospects related to the Federal Government’s budget are concerning to Gladu, who referred to the Federal Government’s emphasis on carbon pricing as an issue.

She wrapped up her comments in a positive note, specifically mentioning increases to the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors as well as changes to Veterans’ benefits.

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