Riding Update – Month of August, 2016
This summer has been busy meeting with constituents, attending events and holding town hall meetings.
I spent the beginning of August meeting with local mayors and constituents. I visited the Drayton Valley & Rocky Mountain House farmers markets, the Pembina Pipeline barbeque, and spent an afternoon in Jasper meeting with locals. Later, I took part in the Pembina Daze Parade in Evansburg. It was great to see everyone out and celebrating in their community.
In the second week of August, I flew to Victoria, B.C. to meet with provincial government officials. After I returned, I met with representatives of the oil and gas industry. That weekend, I attended the Northern Alberta Conservative Association summer barbeque.
The following week, I had a meeting regarding agri-business in our riding, and held several town hall meetings to discuss with constituents the federal Liberal government’s defence policy. These community meetings were held in Grande Cache, Jasper, Hinton, Warburg, Rocky Mountain House, and Drayton Valley.
I also enjoyed an informative tour of the Blue Ridge Lumber facilities and attended the Cloverleaf Manor’s annual barbeque in Warburg. On the weekend, I stopped in at the Darwell Summer Fair and had the opportunity to join in the dancing at the Paul Band Pow-Wow.
During the last week of August, I held the final town hall meetings on the defence policy in Edson and Wildwood and attended the Grand Opening of Garva Petroleum, Husky’s new convenience store in Edson. I also met with Thorsby Town Council & Seniors’ group, as well as the Grand Opening of the new Main Street in Rocky Mountain House.
I spent last Saturday on my motorcycle participating in Edson’s Annual Toy Run. It was great to see riders from around central Alberta attend. Oneil Carlier, Alberta’s Minister of Agriculture & Forestry, rode his Harley in from Alberta Beach. We had rainy weather but there was a good turnout. Thank you to all the participants for showing up and to the die-hards that partook in the poker run.
August was an eventful month meeting constituents across our beautiful riding. In total, I had 18 meetings and participated in 15 events. As your voice in Ottawa, I will bring your input to Parliament when it resumes mid-September.