Parliament is back in full swing in Ottawa.

Foothills MP John Barlow says he has a few issues that are important to him and constituents in the riding that he'll be bringing up over the next few weeks.

He says Internet access is one his top priorities.

"Rural broadband is the number one issue in just about every municipality in the riding. So I'll be working with the new Minister of Rural Affairs and Rural Economic Development to see if we can start pushing that issue forward."

He says rural crime is also at the top of his agenda.

Barlow says, he also has to give credit to the Liberals, who announced $20.9 million worth of spending to help Waterton Park recover from the 2017 Kenow fire.

Barlow says the money to rebuild vital infrastructure and promote tourism is critical to those who make a living there over the summer.

"And if they don't have people coming down in those three months, they are going to have a very tough time making it through the winter to be back open the following summer. So this summer is very critical for the businesses in Waterton. So this funding will certainly help get the park back up to fully operational."

The money will go towards replacing and repairing roadways, trails and other infrastructure destroyed in the fire.

 

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