Wildrose MLA to host town hall meetings
Monday, Feb 13, 2017 02:58 pm
Residents of Rocky View County (RVC) can make their voices heard at a series of town hall meetings hosted by Nathan Cooper, Wildrose MLA for Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills.
These sessions kick off Feb. 14 and will be held at a number of locations in RVC and in neighbouring municipalities.
“This is a time for listening,” Cooper said in a press release announcing the upcoming meetings. “As a member of our Official Opposition, a key part of my role within our parliamentary democracy is holding the government to account. Furthermore, one of the core principles of our conservative movement is fighting for open and transparent government. So, of course, I take issue with government’s sham budget consultations.”
According to Cooper, taxpayers need to be given a forum to respond to the province’s seeming lack of public consultation surrounding the upcoming budget decisions.
Cooper’s press release said the NDP arranged “campaign-style” meetings for invited guests or “friends of the government” – instead of broader engagement with residents.
“This partisan use of public funds clearly does not pass the smell test,” Cooper said.
“We must go the extra mile to truly listen to Albertans.”
Cooper said the impact the upcoming budget will have on Alberta’s economy raises a lot of unanswered questions – mainly regarding rural healthcare, parental choice in education, employment issues and the introduction of a carbon tax that Cooper said “unfairly penalizes rural regions.”
Through engagement with residents, he said he hopes to find out what other concerns Albertans are facing to bring this information forward.
“We know that all conservative-leaning folks will face some soul-searching decisions in the weeks and months to come,” Cooper said. “However, I firmly believe this is not a time for pushing specific proposals. This is a time for listening.”
Wildrose MLAs throughout Alberta will be holding town hall meetings over the next month, Cooper said, which will give members of the public the chance to bring forward ideas, thoughts and concerns.
Cooper will be at Crossfield Community Centre Feb. 14 and Irricana’s KIK Centre Feb. 15, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Anyone unable to attend the meetings, Cooper said, is welcome to call, write, or e-mail the constituency office in Olds at 403-555-3132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“In such turbulent times, it is more important than ever for elected officials to take the time to reach out to all Albertans,” Cooper said.
“This is a time for listening, and that’s why I’m here.”