Municipal election is pivotal
As the MLA for Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills, as well as the Official Opposition Municipal Affairs critic, I am writing today to encourage all local residents to vote in the upcoming municipal election, Oct. 21.
Your local government, be it urban or rural, is the government you are most likely to interact with on a daily basis. Municipal employees plow your roads and municipal councils approve development in your neighbourhood. As such, municipal government should also be the most responsive to your input.
Serving as a mayor for much of the past decade, as well as serving on the board of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, I can tell you that this year’s election comes at a pivotal time for many regions across our province.
The past decade has seen steady growth, as hundreds of thousands of our fellow Canadians have come to Alberta seeking the opportunity our economy provides. Municipalities have been and will be tasked with ensuring our communities remain on a fiscally prudent path in the face of these growth pressures. Wise councils will recognize the opportunities and costs that come with this continued growth and adjust accordingly. Generations of Albertans have performed this duty admirably; as citizens you have the right and responsibility to choose the next leaders to build Alberta’s reputation for freedom and opportunity.
I have faith that many will do just that.
Bruce Rowe, MLA