Letter: Response from Miller, MLA

Responses may seem slow in politics, but MLAs must follow procedures.

Response to Letter: MIA — Red Deer – South MLA

I’d like to thank George Croome of Red Deer for his contacts to our office. As all of you should be aware, we have an office in Red Deer and constituency assistants on staff to help our constituents with their concerns. I and my constituency office act as a bridge between the community of Red Deer-South and the services offered by the Government of Alberta. Although the political process might seem frustrating and slow, please understand that government must take into consideration policies and procedures that affect all Albertans, not just individuals in our constituency, and sometimes that requires patience. In particular we empathize with Mr. Croome, who was looking specifically for a change in policy on the part of Alberta Health Services. We forwarded his concerns to the ministry and I also consulted with the Minister of Health on this matter, as soon as we received a substantive response we relayed that to Mr. Croome. I’m happy to say that the response outlined Alberta Health Services’ policy in regard to the drug that Mr. Croome was requesting information about. It also provided further information so he could approach the appropriate specialists who may be able to help him. While my role allows me to spend time in the constituency, it also requires me to spend a considerable amount of time representing the citizens of Red Deer working on legislature committee work, attending public events and sitting in the Alberta legislature. The people of Red Deer-South are my priority and my work reflects this.

Barb Miller, MLA

Red Deer South