After conducting numerous public town hall meetings, and listening to constituents in both private and public consultations, I hereby announce I will seek the Progressive Conservative (PC) nomination for MLA in the constituency of Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre. The nomination vote will be held on February 21.
I entered politics with a commitment to fiscal responsibility and a goal to improve upon Alberta’s educational system, senior’s care system, PDD Care system, and the health care system. A passionate goal of mine was to eliminate the offensive landowner’s Bills (a.k.a. Bills 19, 36, and 50) that stripped away many of the rights of property owners. I also passionately sought to improve Alberta’s [electric] utility services with the passage of Bill-201.
I can claim many small achievements in my first term advocating for constituents. However, I am very pleased to have played a pivotal role in the repeal of Bills 19 and 50. I am extremely proud to be the first Independent Member of Alberta’s Legislature to have a Private Member’s Bill pass in 91 years. I am only the second Independent Member in the history of Alberta’s Legislature to accomplish this feat.
Premier Prentice has shown me he has a willingness to protect landowner rights, and I want to build upon his commitment to restoring those rights – fully! The issue of Bill-36 still needs to be addressed. The province is also facing difficult economic times, and constituents have indicated to me they want someone with experience to represent them in the legislature.
My legislative experience has shown that I am able to work with MLAs from all parties to shape good laws and legislation. I have demonstrated that I am a person who can muster and obtain unanimous consent to get legislation passed.
PC party officials have assured me that the nomination process will be fair and open and I have no reason to believe it will be otherwise. It will be an honour to run for the opportunity to represent the people of this constituency again, and advocate for their values in the future as fiercely as I have in the past.