March Newsletter Insert

As 2017 unfolds Albertans remain concerned with the many uncertainties that exist in their everyday lives. It is my hope that when the calendar closes on this year the future will become a little more clear. 

As 2017 unfolds Albertans remain concerned with the many uncertainties that exist in their everyday lives. It is my hope that when the calendar closes on this year the future will become a little more clear. 

Politics in 2017 promises to be a little closer to home. It seems that after federal and provincial elections in 2015 the political scene shifted south of the border last year culminating in the election of President Trump in November. Uncertainty around his actions is likely to continue for sometime however there will be a lot of political action taking place in our province.

The provincial PC’s will be electing a new leader this spring and that could lead to some interesting developments on the provincial scene. There are two federal by-elections in Calgary this spring, the federal Conservative leadership in May, a federal NDP leadership in the fall and municipal elections in Alberta in October.

All of this will result in extensive media coverage throughout the year and re-focus Albertans on issues important to each and every one of us rather than watching politics south of the border. All of this political activity provides an opportunity to become involved and make a difference, regardless of political affiliation.

This is especially true at the municipal level. This year marks the first time municipal officials will be seeking re-election after serving a four year term. Who represents you on council or with one of the two school boards is important and I encourage constituents to get involved in this fall’s civic vote.

This year also marks the 150th anniversary of confederation and there will be all kinds of activities in our communities leading up to July 1. Again I suggest finding out what your community is planning, get involved and feel a part of the festivities. Our office is willing to assist in communicating events and where possible provide 150th materials.

Meanwhile the business of governing the country continues and the House of Commons sits until mid June. As a member of the Conservative official opposition, I am always available to listen to concerns of constituents and ideas on how to make our province and city a better place. There is no doubt we face a lot of challenges in 2017 but Albertans have always been creative and entrepreneurial in solving the most difficult of issues. I have no doubt that will continue as we move through these difficult times.