Foothills MP John Barlow made an appearance before High River Town Council at their meeting Monday, August 13.
Barlow was on hand to discuss some of the important topics he'll be tabling in Ottawa this Fall, when Parliament resumes sitting, after meeting with constituents throughout the Summer.
Of the many things discussed over the last couple of months, Barlow will be bringing forth 24 of those to Parliament, with the most important one being the spike in rural crime.
Barlow says the issue goes beyond just the crime itself, but it's lasting effects.
"Some rural families can't even get insurance anymore because they've been robbed so many times." He says, "communities have become more vigilant and have been keeping an eye out for vehicles and people they haven't seen before."
There's a variety of reasons for rural crime and Barlow says his constituents would like to see them addressed.
"The justice system continues to arrest people and release them and people want to see stricter sentencing. However, they also want to address the root cause of this, which is likely mental health, addiction issues, and unemployment."
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