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Interview with Oxford MP Arpan Khanna - June 11th 2024

Khanna talked about his first year in office and his thoughts on the Liberals revised capital gains legislation on the Heart FM morning show today.

OXFORD COUNTY/OTTAWA - It has been almost a year since Arpan Khanna became the Conservative Member of Parliament for Oxford County.

He won the federal byelection on June 19th, 2023 with 43 percent of the vote. Khanna has been quite busy since then, spending a lot of time in Ottawa and out in the Oxford County community.

He says a lot has been accomplished over the past 12 months.

"We've served over 1,000 constituents over the first year helping them with their passports, immigration, EI, CRA, pension, and any federal department-related issues. We've been pretty active on that, so that's been a blessing to help someone that is struggling in our community to help get them the support they need."

Khanna has also spoken in the House of Common several times since taking office, mentioning Oxford County close to 40 times. 

He is in Ottawa today for the discussions around the revised capital gains legislation that would make two-thirds of capital gains taxable. This would apply to all capital gains earned by corporations and individuals with gains over $250,000.

Khanna says the revised plan would punish Canadians and several Oxford residents have reached out to him with concerns.

"I have been getting a lot of calls and e-mails in my office whether it's a farmer, whether it's a retired senior, or whether it's a small business owner. Last night, some friends who own a campground in the area sent me a message and I had a gas station owner in Tavistock send me a note. So there are a lot of folks that are quite upset with these new changes."

The legislation will be assessed and voted on later today.

During his phone interview on the Heart FM morning show today, Khanna also talked about how he welcomed a new addition to his family in March, the stresses of balancing his work and home life, and his thoughts on when the next federal election could be taking place.

You can listen to the full interview below:

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