Riding Update – Month of July, 2016
I enjoy being in the riding during the summer where I can reconnect with my constituents. After Parliament adjourned for the summer, I began my travels throughout the region.
In late June, I had the pleasure of attending the Alberta Beach Boat Launch Grand Opening, the re-dedication of the cenotaph at the Thorsby Legion, and the Village of Warburg’s Heritage Day Parade.
My family and I celebrated Canada Day with many of our constituents in our hometown of Edson at the beautiful Centennial Park. From the local talent and birthday cake to the fireworks, the celebrations of Canada’s 149th birthday was an enjoyable family event.
I was pleased to be present, along with other dignitaries and members of the media, at the facility tour of the new $200 million Edson Hospital. We were all very impressed with the spacious and bright rooms, and the special features in the operating and delivery rooms. A great new addition will also be a renal dialysis unit that will save many patients the lengthy drive to Edmonton for the medical service.
I met with the Edson Fish and Game Association to discuss current proposed firearms legislation, such as Bills S-223 and C-246 which I know many hunters and sports shooters have been concerned about.
In mid-July, I returned to Ottawa in order to catch up on pending issues pertinent to the riding.
In the latter part of July, I prepared a radio message in recognition of Heritage Day in Alberta (August 1st). The following day, I met with constituents in Jasper and later toured the Miette Hot Springs in Jasper National Park.
I was pleased to hear that the Town of Hinton’s application for a grant toward The Guild Performing Arts Venue Project was approved.
I also met with Mayor Herb Castle of Grande Cache to discuss the current and future economic situation in the community.
On July 30th, I was in Peers to participate in their ‘40th Annual Gold Dust Daze Parade’ and Opening Ceremonies where I enjoyed the festivities and speaking to many of my constituents, then on to Cadomin for the Community Dinner at the Legion. The next day, I watched a few slo-pitch games at the ‘SLO-Pitch Tournament’ in Edson.
Please feel free to drop by the Edson office to say hello should you be in the area.