Prime Minister's Office
No. 010: PM Press Conference
SPEAKER: Ladies and gentlemen, the Right and Honorable Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Montenbourg.
PM BETTEL: Thank you very much. Thank you. Beautiful out here this time of year. My fellow Montenbourgians I greet you this morning from Lexington House, open to recieve your questions.
- Does the Prime Minister support bipartisan border legislation in the Parliament right now that would ban individuals or groups from impersonating CBP's enforcement of the border?
PM BETTEL: Yes, absolutely.
- Does the Prime Minister support a rollback of gun control in all provinces and a possible amendment to guarantee concealed cary of any gun to any member of the public?
PM BETTEL: No. I would, however, consider legislation pertaining to a national concealed carry policy.
- What is your prefered policy measure (pick top one) for combating climate change?
PM BETTEL: The way I would fight climate change would be to set a tax that would target large businesses that give of large amounts of CO2, and use the money from the tax to subsidize alternative energy (including nuclear power) and encourage subway/bus usage.
- What steps has Her Majesty's Government taken to improve mental health support in schools, colleges and universities?
PM BETTEL: We are planning to take steps to improve mental health support in schools, such as making more funding available for councillors, reforming how examination works in the Kingdom and investing in free tutoring so all students have the support they need.
- Does the Prime Minister agree that we should seek to reform our tax system to minimize distortions and therefore increase economic growth?
PM BETTEL: I presume that the member is talking about market distortions which is incidental to the application of consumption taxes on the people, and yes, I would hope to create less distortion of prices as we are in the position to exercise trade liberalisation and we have the ability to account for poorer people of the Kingdom who would be spending more proportions of their income on goods that are distorted by government taxes. Of course, it is not easy to account for everything and we need to keep our revenue at a strong level in order to match our spending, but reform of the tax system is always worth looking at to make it more equitable and fair for everyone.
- The parties to the J-TAI are conducting negotiation in Itskalen. How does Montenbourg evaluate the current Reitzmag advance situation and the prospect of the negotiation, even though Councillor Granger procedeed with a motion of ERF deployment? What role is Montenbourg playing in the negotiation?
PM BETTEL: The Itskalen situation is now at a critical juncture. As we speak, the J-TAI parties are discussing in Itskalen issues that comply with Reitzmic side. Meanwhile, we in Montenbourg do the things as should be done, talking; Councillor Granger has proceeded with the proper motion that needs to be enacted together, to prevent other situations promoted by Reitzmag in very well known regions. Her Majesty's Government hopes all parties will consolidate and continue the current momentum, and reach an early consensus on bringing all Europe together on this issue.
Montenbourg firmly upholds the authority and effectiveness of the European Relief Forces as means of peace and stability in Itskalen.
- Is Reitzmag currently under sanctions?
PM BETTEL: Well after the situation of war in Itskalen we push for Her Majesty Royal Airforce in the air soil, then they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn’t do that. We have Copala City wanting autonomy and they put themselves out of the Buckingham Treaty.
- So, all the sanctions that are currently in existence remain, sir?
PM BETTEL: They’re in place. You know, I was watching as a lot of you folks over the weeks have said, “Oh, we’ve given up.” We haven’t given up anything. And frankly, I think Her Majesty end up being very good friends with their King, and I think they have tremendous potential. I’ve been telling everybody: They have tremendous potential. Unbelievable potential. But we’re going to see.
But it was about sanctions. I mean, they wanted sanctions lifted but they weren’t willing to do what is expected.
- How is the Foreign Office currently working with other nations to combat the growing political and economic threat of Reitzmag?
PM BETTEL: Look, ongoing discussions are being had to address growing international influence of the Retizmic government and proactive steps are being taken to address their lack of respect for human rights. Well, thank you everybody.
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