Blaine Calkins meets with chamber members

Members of the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce had a chance to hear from Blaine Calkins, PC candidate for the federal election.

Members of the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce had a chance to hear from Blaine Calkins, PC candidate for the federal election, Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Cilantro and Chive.

While Calkins was able to speak about business in Ottawa, Ont., discussion on the election was not allowed and attendees were requested not to ask questions related to the election.

Calkins did answer provided questions and he touched on changes to the ridings as Ponoka now falls under the Red Deer-Lacombe electoral district, which has an approximate population of 113,000 people and includes, Rimbey, Maskwacis and Sylvan Lake.

Another question to Calkins related on the price of the Canadian dollar compared to the American dollar. He suggests the real change has been that the American dollar has seen strength.

I think that’s what’s happened is we’ve seen the American dollar rise quite a bit,” explained Calkins.

While the energy market is suffering Calkins says that increase in the American dollar is helping other Canadian products such as grain, lumber and food to be exported. “We’re seeing very strong exports in commodities besides energy.”

Because of that, Calkins suggests there has been a large reduction in Canada’s trade deficit. Despite the strength of exports, unemployment is sitting at seven per cent and 54,000 jobs were lost last month.

Almost all of that is directly related to the energy sector,” said Calkins.

As for changes to the Elections Act, Calkins said voters will need to register to vote and need two pieces of identification, both of which need to have a person’s name and one, which needs to have a voter’s address.

People can vouch for others, he added, as long as the person vouching has their own ID and that of the person they are vouching for. There is also an extra day of advanced polling, to four days, up from three. He added that Canadians can vote any day during an election, people just have to go to a returning officer and follow the steps needed.


A candidates’ forum is set for Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kinsmen Community Centre and will be hosted by the Ponoka Chamber of Commerce.

Just Posted

Ponoka church hosts community summer sports series

Basketball and volleyball brings Filipino families together as part of a summer sports series.

Red Deer Lake residents have seen water levels drop steadily

AEP study shows levels on straight line decline for 40 years, investigation will continue

Ponoka high school students fundraise for women’s shelter

Creating awareness for #MMIW Ponoka Secondary Campus students hosted a bake sale

Maskwacis and feds sign historic education agreement

The Maskwacis Education School Commission signed an agreement setting the stage for their education

Ponoka Christian School among group suing province

Group suing Alberta over Bill 24, the act supporting gay/straight alliances

VIDEO: Canadians rise for early-morning Royal wedding celebrations

Canadians gathered for early-morning broadcast of marriage between Meghan Markle, Prince Harry

Alberta Party names candidate for upcoming byelection

The Alberta Party made the announcement May 24 at hte lighthouse in Sylvan Lake

Military college students accused of violating Qur’an with bacon

Alleged acts by four cadets from the Royal Military College in Quebec caught on video

Wildfire northwest of Kamloops jumps to 1,600 hectares overnight

Ground crews and aircraft are responding to an estimated 1,600 hectare wildfire approximately 55 kilometers northwest of Kamloops, near the Deadman Vidette Road.

One Maskwacis man, one Wetaskiwin arrested after home invasion

Thomas Abraham, Levi Favel arrested, police looking for Trent Angus and Vanessa Johnston

Referendum in Ireland would repeal strict ban on abortion

Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country’s strict ban on most abortions.

Lava from Hawaii volcano enters ocean from 3 flows

The Kilauea volcano has been gushing lava on the big island of Hawaii for the past three weeks.

Summit talk turns warmer; Trump says ‘talking to them now’

North Korea issued a statement saying it was still “willing to give the U.S. time and opportunities” to reconsider talks

Harvey Weinstein turns himself in, arraigned on rape, criminal charges

Harvey Weinstein arraigned on rape, criminal sex act charges following allegations of sexual misconduct

Most Read