Pieter Broere, Keith Kendrew, John and Sonja VanAnkum gather around Rimbey, Rocky Mountain House and Sundre MLA Jason Nixon for a photo op at an open house held in Rimbey last Friday. Treena Mielke Photo

Pieter Broere, Keith Kendrew, John and Sonja VanAnkum gather around Rimbey, Rocky Mountain House and Sundre MLA Jason Nixon for a photo op at an open house held in Rimbey last Friday. Treena Mielke Photo

MLA Jason Nixon visits Rimbey

Residents meet with MLA to chat and voice concerns

Rimbey, Rocky Mountain House and Sundre MLA Jason Nixon spent an enjoyable afternoon visiting and chatting with Rimbey area residents Friday.

While there are many issues that Albertans are concerned about, Nixon assured those in attendance the United Conservative Party under the leadership of Jason Kenney are, in fact, meeting their campaign promises.

He assured the small crowd that the government was not cutting back on education or health care. He noted the government is working hard to reduce surgery wait times and said there is more money being spent on health care than ever before.

“We are not reducing health care spending,” he said. “And our goal is to continue to maintain education funding.”

He said he and several of his colleagues have recently returned from Ottawa where they spoke as one voice about the unfair treatment Alberta receives in the legislature.

“We made a very clear statement and I believe it was beneficial,” he said.

He added that government officials flew economy class for the trip just like “normal people.”

While political issues continue to dominate Alberta as unemployment numbers rise and threats of cuts in health care and education continue to loom, Nixon says he plans to keep on keeping on doing the best job possible for the people who elected him.

But on Dec 23, he is hoping to leave it all behind for a few days return to the family farm where he will spend some quality time with his wife and three children.

“I’m hoping to have a good week at home,” he said.