Joe Anglin, MLA for Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre, sees 2014 as a year of possibilities, and he plans to keep working hard to push for those possibilities to become realities.
Anglin stands by his belief the 350-km Western Alberta Transmission Line approved last December which will carry energy from power generators in Genesee southwest of Edmonton to Langdone, east of Calgary, is an incredible waste of money. He is saddened because he believes Albertans will continue to see their electricity bills skyrocket.
“It’s a sad state of affairs. Costs are still rising at an unrelenting pace. They are accelerating more than the actual cost.”
Despite his concern about the transmission lines, Anglin believes the Wildrose Party has kept the Tories in line in some matters.
“As an Opposition, we’ve been able to hold this government to accountability.”
As far as his own constituency, Anglin foresees some positive changes.
A new senior’s lodge, in the offing for some time, has been moved up the government’s priority list, he said.
“There is a new application and things could move rapidly. I’m very happy with the steps that have been taken.”
Anglin also said tremendous headway has been done towards approval of a new hospital for the Town of Rocky Mountain House.
He said a needs study should be completed by next summer and then it will be in the hands of the minister.
“There has been a considerable amount of work done (towards a new hospital) and the mayor and council have done a great job,” he said.
In the new year, Anglin would like to see flood mitigation happen in Sundre.
“We need action. There has been enough paperwork to build a damn. Now we need action.”
Anglin would like to see the Sundre mayor and councillors visit the Legislature in Edmonton to talk about the issue.
He noted he had made the trip previously with a committee formed to look at the flooding issue. The committee had brought along letters from the public requesting some action, but nothing was done.
However, Anglin said a meeting may yield different results this time as a cabinet shuffle announced by Premier Alison Redford on Dec. 6 has resulted in changes in the legislature.
Ken Hughes has taken over as Minister of Alberta Municipal Affairs, replacing Doug Griffiths and Robin Campbell is the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, taking over the position from Diana McQueen.
Anglin spent time with family in Montana during the last week of December. He is looking forward to being back at work in January and wishes everyone a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year.