William Amos – Liberal Party of Canada

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Allyson Beauregard

An environmental lawyer and former director of the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Ottawa, current Pontiac MP Will Amos was elected in 2015.
Amos believes the Pontiac’s biggest strength is its people and geographic location, which he plans to promote by continuing to work with local leaders, small businesses and community organizations to identify regional priorities and champion them in Ottawa. “I’ll continue to serve as an ambassador for our people and our beautiful riding,” he said. His top priority is to strengthen the local economy.
Low population density and overcoming the “10-year legacy of underinvestment by the Harper government” are the region’s biggest limitations, said Amos. “Our region needs investment in its future.
The other option - cutting services and programs and tax cuts for the wealthiest 1% won’t help Pontiac’s economy or Canadians,” he explained.
According to Amos, the Pontiac’s current economic situation stems from the Conservative’s failure to prevent the closure of Litchfield’s Smurfit Stone facility and provide the investments needed to help the region recover. The closure led to lost jobs and population decline. 
“We’re in the process of rebuilding and this will take time. We must continue our recent federal investments in high-speed internet and cell phone services, healthcare, and municipal infrastructure and support small businesses and our tourism sector to draw more people to our region,” said Amos, who noted these investments, including long-term and increased SADC funding, high-speed and cellular service expansion in rural areas, and investments in tourism and agricultural infrastructure are the key to job creation in the Pontiac.
Although the Liberals abandoned last election’s commitment to electoral reform after public consultation found “there wasn’t majority support or consensus on any particular reform,” Amos said he remains open to discussing the topic.
In terms of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ (CNL) proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility, Amos said he has been a champion for protecting the Ottawa River and supports stronger measures to protect its water quality.
“[We’re] committed to resolving the radioactive waste liability Chalk River already represents. I’ve brought the Pontiac’s concerns to the attention of our government and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC),” said Amos.
“This led, in part, to formal demands by federal departments for CNL to
provide more detailed information before they submit a final project for Commission review. CNL has yet to submit [this] and no final project has been sent to the CNSC. I’ll remain engaged in this process and will never compromise on protections for the Ottawa River,” he added.
According to Amos, the Liberal’s plan for protecting the environment while
promoting jobs, launched after the last election, is working well.
“[We’ve taken huge steps] to transition to a low-carbon economy, through: a nationwide price on pollution; phasing out coal-fired electricity; and investments in clean energy, green infrastructure and public transport. We’ve also committed to banning single-use plastics by 2021 and made investments to protect Canada’s nature,” he said, noting tax cuts for the middle class and small businesses as well as investments in families, seniors, youth and communities have created over 1.1 million jobs since 2015. “Our unemployment rate is at a historic low. We’ve reduced the deficit every year and our debt to GDP ratio continues to decrease,” he added.
The liberals have promised to increase the Canada Child Benefit by 15% during a child’s first year of life, make parental leave benefits federal tax-free, to cut fees for small businesses, reduce “red tape”, and create more before-and-after-school care places by augmenting the funding agreement with Québec.
The Canada Summer Jobs program saw its funding doubled under the Liberals and is one of the ways to keep youth in the Pontiac said Amos. “We must
continue to invest in youth employment programs and skills training, in addition to providing support to sectors such as agritourism, adventure and nature-based tourism and agriculture, which have the potential to create jobs and attract
people,” he told the Journal.