Censorship not in the best interest of area citizens

I would like to take this opportunity to respond to comments made by Mr. Randy Fiedler as printed in the Dec. 11 edition

Dear Editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to respond to comments made by Mr. Randy Fiedler as printed in the Dec. 11 edition of the Sylvan Lake News. I find it regrettable that Mr. Fiedler believes that censorship is in the best interest of the citizens of Sylvan Lake and surrounding areas.

Since becoming a Member of Parliament in 2006, I have been a subscriber to the Sylvan Lake News, and on a regular basis have provided both commentary and advertising to the publication. While the Town of Sylvan Lake itself is not part of the constituency of Wetaskiwin, the northern two-thirds of Sylvan Lake and the surrounding communities are part of the constituency of Wetaskiwin, and its residents are part of the Sylvan Lake News distribution area.

My MP Reports are one method that I use to keep in touch with constituents, and to let them know about various government policies or legislation that may be of interest to them. Quite often, my reports generate feedback from individuals very much like Mr. Fiedler, who may have additional questions or simply require clarification about my role as an MP or the geographic area that I represent.

As always, I welcome the opportunity to engage with constituents and others on any federally related matters.

Blaine Calkins,

MP Wetaskiwin