Moral obligation: not crossing the floor in December, 2014

Albertans know the value of a verbal contract

When the legislature reconvened after the historic Alberta provincial floor-crossing event in December, 2014, I had the opportunity to introduce our son Jay to the assembly. As a then-24 year old young man, he had previously advised me that, “If you cross the floor Dad, we won’t even be able to go to a farm auction without taking static!” A short while later, when introducing him to my legislative colleagues in the house, I felt it important to comment that “This young gentleman at 24 years old knows the value of a verbal contract.” It’s the moral code that most rural Albertans live by.

Something our son realized even then was that when a political candidate is successful in their campaign to get elected, they have made a verbal contract to represent the best interests of the residents of their constituency. In an effort to determine what those best interests are, the information needs to be compiled. It has always been my belief that as an MLA, the verbal contract I entered into also carries a moral obligation and serious responsibility.

The United Conservative Party will be developing their founding policies over the next months and the best interests of all Albertans will be considered in their development. It’s a process that UCP leader Jason Kenney has ensured is open to all members that wish to participate. A grassroots promise he campaigned on. An important part of my moral responsibility as an MLA is to advocate party lines and put the best interests of all Albertans first, individually as well as collectively. Advocating for all Albertans is something that my colleagues and I in the UCP caucus understand deserves to be taken up earnestly and honestly with an emphasis being put on democracy.

The passing of legislation and the creation of new regulations directly impacts every resident of Alberta. Every day that I enter the chamber, I feel privileged and proud to represent Drumheller-Stettler in the legislature. In order to represent you, we need to hear from you. Whether you’re concerned with how the cost of the carbon tax affects your family income, or unintended negative consequences of Bill 6 on your agriculture operation; or perhaps the condition of Alberta health care delivery is your priority, regardless, it’s important that you let us know.

It is an extraordinary responsibility to represent this diverse constituency, in order to fulfill the verbal contract I entered into with the constituents of Drumheller Stettler, I am requesting your input.

It’s a New Year and we have new innovative ways to create policies and a platform in front of us. Figuratively, let’s start this year off with a bang, or an email, letter, or a phone call.

Please forward your concerns By email to Drumheller.Stettler@assembly.ab.ca, By mail to Box 1929, Drumheller, Ab, T0J 0Y0, By phone; Drumheller, 403-823-8181, Stettler 403-742-4284, Hanna 403-854-4333.

Just Posted

The best caesar in Canada can be found in Sylvan Lake

Kjeryn Dakin’s Tragically Hips caesar won the national Best Caesar in Town competition

Stettler Festival of Lights brings in a net profit of more than $103,000

“I am always overwhelmed by the generosity of this town and surrounding areas.”

New labour and delivery suites ahead for Stettler

Moms and newborns to benefit from equipment and renovations

Alberta RCMP prepares for National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day and shares safety tips

National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day is a nationwide RCMP initiative taking place Dec.7th

County of Stettler balks at costs of Province’s modified policing model as local budget talks continue

Rural municipalities responsible for policing costs; upwards of $200 M

Fashion Fridays: Ethical and sustainable gifts for the season

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

Conservatives urge Morneau to deliver ‘urgent’ fall economic update

Morneau says the first thing the Liberals plan to do is bring in their promised tax cut for the middle class

Kovrig clings to humour as ‘two Michaels’ near one year in Chinese prison

Their detention is widely viewed as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Chinese high-tech scion Meng Wanzhou

Proposed health care changes would be “devastating” to rural family practice: president of AMA

AHS, AMA and MLA Ron Orr chime in on recent health care announcements

Man accused in toddler son’s death inept parent, not murderer: defence

Toddler’s body was found outside Good Shepherd Anglican Church in April 2017

Job numbers disappointing, but oil and gas growth expected in 2020: Kenney

Unemployment rate in Alberta rose to 7.2 per cent from 6.7 per cent last month

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Feds approve Alberta’s carbon tax on big industrial emitters

Tax will be applied on 10 per cent of emissions produced by the province’s biggest polluters

Appeal denied: Alberta’s top court upholds conviction of triple-murderer

Douglas Garland was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of a couple and their grandson

Most Read