Wildrose stages High River flood fundraiser

Wildrose party members led a public gathering in Big Valley last Thursday to support flood victims in High River and elsewhere

Drumheller-Stettler MLA Rick Strankman (second from left) and flood fundraiser organizer Stan Sohlberg (left) hold a painting with Chip Aiello at an auction in Big Valley last Thursday

Wildrose party members led a public gathering in Big Valley last Thursday to support flood victims in High River and elsewhere in southern Alberta.

“To see people streaming in is quite heartening,” Drumheller-Stettler MLA Rick Strankman said as he welcomed about 120 members and supporters to Big Valley Jubilee Hall.

About $3,650 was raised for the flood victims in High River.

It’s the home community of Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith, who was among thousands of High River residents affected by June floods that swept across Calgary and southern Alberta.

Seniors’ critic Kerry Towle and House Leader Rob Anderson commended Strankman for his contributions and commitment and urged Wildrose members to gear up for the next election in April 2016.

“Sitting in the caucus with Rick reminds me that we are fighting a good fight,” said Towle, who represents Innisfail-Sylvan Lake.

“He has moved me to action to make a better province.”

Although the next election is three years away, she encouraged members to get the message out that the Progressive Conservative government under Premier Alison Redford has taken the province in the wrong direction.

“If we want a government that has fiscal responsibility and social responsibility, there is no way to be led by any party other than Wildrose,” Towle said.

Also lauding the inspiration of Strankman, the house leader also expressed his vision for the province for better health, education, communities and business.

“Our province is at a crossroads,” Anderson said.  “We want the best health care in the world and living for seniors, and we believe we can be can be excellent in these things and crate opportunities to be successful.

“I really believe what you are doing is making a difference. I don’t want us to be a have-not province.”

As finance critic, he also expressed concern that the government is not telling the truth in its quarterly financial reporting.

Just Posted

MLA: You don’t vote for the tail

Bureaucracy overtakes elected representatives

Our Town Stettler: Convalescent Hospital opened in 1954 first of its kind

Gave Stettler forward-thinking reputation for helping an ageing population

Snowfall adds some delay to morning commute

The QE2 and area road conditions in central Alberta were partly snow covered

Witness refuses to testify against John Savage

Preliminary hearing on Stettler man for second-degree murder halted, plea bargain made

John Savage pleads guilty to manslaughter

Sentenced to 7 years for Stettler murder

WATCH: World-renowned illusionist, magician, escapist performs in Stettler

Matt Johnson performs two sold-out shows at Stettler Performing Arts Centre

Innisfail RCMP arrest two men attempting to sell stolen property

A large amount of music equipment and instruments had been stolen

Fashion Fridays: Inspirational gym outfits

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Company issues lifetime ban after man jumps from cruise ship

Nick Naydev posted the video last week showing him standing on the balcony of the Symphony of the Seas

Unruly passenger forces B.C.-bound flight to divert to Calgary

Police say charges are pending against a woman in her 40s

Pro-immigration rally planned for Red Deer on Saturday

Rally taking place outside Red Deer City Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Inflation rises as higher airfares, veggie prices offset cheaper gas

Statistics Canada says inflation accelerated to two per cent in December

Bower Place expansion plans underway

Red Deerians can expect Sunterra Market and Marshall’s

Russian fighter jets collide over Sea of Japan, crews eject

One plane crashed after its crew ejected safely, the other crew also ejected but they have not been found

Most Read