Crowfoot MP goes back to school

Crowfoot MP Kevin Sorenson touched down in his home riding last week — and went back to school.

Kevin Sorenson

Kevin Sorenson

Crowfoot MP Kevin Sorenson touched down in his home riding last week — and went back to school.

Sorenson visited Byemoor School last Tuesday to talk about Canada.

The school invited Sorenson to visit Byemoor while he was in his home riding for constituency week.

Sorenson said his staff questioned why he would choose to visit a school as small as Byemoor — rather than a larger school such as Camrose.

“Sometimes, small places get overlooked, and I don’t like to see that happen,” Sorenson said.

His talk covered a wide gamut of topics — from how government works and the role of an MP, to energy exports, trade missions, food safety and making Canada a better place to live.

“Anyone and everyone, through co-operation, can make Canada better,” Sorenson said. “It is important to treat people with respect.”

The students appeared to enjoy the interaction with Sorenson and took full advantage of a “question period” — the opportunity to ask the MP a multitude of questions.

Sorenson presented each student with a Canadian-flag lapel pin and gave the school a Canadian flag.

Byemoor School principal Corey van Zandbergen said that, each year, the school chooses an annual theme to structure activities around.

“Canada is the theme for this year,” he said. “Last year, the theme was the environment.”

Van Zandbergen said both Sorenson and Jason Kenney — the minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism — were invited to the school.

Kenney, the MP for the riding of Calgary Southeast, said he was unable to attend because of earlier commitments.

Sorenson, who has deep Alberta roots, said his great-grandfather homesteaded at Killam in 1905.