Factions work to save Michener

Members of all three of Alberta’s opposition parties have banded together in the campaign to save the Michener Centre.

Members of all three of Alberta’s opposition parties have banded together in the campaign to save the Michener Centre.

David Eggen, NDP MLA for Edmonton-Calder; Darshan Kang, Liberal MLA for Calgary-McCall and Rod Fox, Wildrose MLA for Lacombe-Ponoka joined members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees in a door knocking effort Sunday in Red Deer.

“It would be like me getting kicked out of my own house,” said Kang.

“Those patients haven’t lived in any other place, that is their home. Come April 2014, they will be kicked out of their own home.

“They don’t know what kind of care they will get.

“The government shouldn’t worry about the balance sheet, we should be helping people to live a dignified life.”

Fox said what is at risk here is front line services the most vulnerable people require.

“It is reprehensible,” said Fox.

“Rather than the government cutting their own wasteful spending they’re swinging the heavy axe at the front line services that vulnerable Albertans require.”

Eggen echoed the sentiments of his fellow opposition MLAs. He said because the Progressive Conservatives are in a bit of turmoil right now it is a good time to push back.

“It seems like their not sure about the choices they have made and this is not a good one,” said Eggen. “I feel it is more likely we could have some success here.”

A group of about 12 people were door knocking in the Eastview neighbourhood of Red Deer getting signatures for their petition to keep the Michener Centre open.

Jason Heistad, AUPE vice president, said they chose the neighbourhood because of the visible support there. Numerous Save Michener lawn signs were on display on homes around Joseph Welsh Elementary School.

“Our momentum is still building, we feel, and it is really important to make the personal connection at the door,” said Heistad.

The campaign has also become a part of Central Alberta farmer’s markets and parades. Heistad said they are trying to enter a float in the Westerner Days parade in Red Deer this year.

They have a goal of getting 30,000 signatures on the petition to keep the Michener Centre open. So far they have more than 15,000.

AUPE had ordered 1,000 lawn signs at the start of their campaign, but they are already out. More have been ordered.

“We have more signs than Cal Dallas or Mary Anne Jablonski had during their election campaigns,” said Heistad. “They have to realize that people in Central Alberta realize how important the Michener Centre is.”

mcrawford@bprda.wpengine.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

If you're heading out to the West Country have a plan in case things go wrong, says Clearwater Regional Fire Rescue Services fire chief Steve Debienne.
(Photo from CRFRS Facebook)
West Country visitors should have an emergency plan: regional fire chief

Cellphones can’t be relied on in many back country areas

Rode
Sarcevic leads an impressive list of additions to RDC Kings soccer

In 2019 the RDC Kings soccer program took a major step forward… Continue reading

The Red Deer PCN Women's Fun Run will take on a different look this weekend with rising COVID-19 numbers.
Women’s Fun Run goes ahead this weekend in Red Deer

With new public health measures in place because of rising COVID-19 case… Continue reading

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw asked Albertans to limit travel throughout the province as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Red Deer nears 900 active COVID-19 cases

Province reports additional 2,211 COVID-19 cases

David Eggen, the NDP’s advanced education critic, said the UCP government has been focused on cutting funding to post-secondary institutions across Alberta. (Contributed photo)
NDP worry new status for Red Deer College doesn’t mean more funding

This week the province announced that RDC will become a polytechnic institute

Alberta Health Services locked the Whistle Stop Cafe in Mirror on Wednesday morning after owner Christopher Scott refused to comply with health orders. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)
UPDATED: AHS shuts down Whistle Stop Cafe for defying health orders

Justice minister promises to get tough with those ignoring public health orders

Wizards beat Raptors in OT, Toronto playoff bid nearly over

Wizards beat Raptors in OT, Toronto playoff bid nearly over

Toronto Blue Jays' Teoscar Hernandez (37) hits a single to drive in two runs against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Grichuk drives in 5, Jays beat A’s 10-4 for series split

Grichuk drives in 5, Jays beat A’s 10-4 for series split

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame 2019 inductee Jayna Hefford speaks in Toronto on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Three Canadian teams to play in women’s hockey Dream Gap Tour in Calgary

Three Canadian teams to play in women’s hockey Dream Gap Tour in Calgary

Rugby Canada says some members of women’s sevens team have tested positive for COVID

Rugby Canada says some members of women’s sevens team have tested positive for COVID

Team Canada skip Kerri Einarson, centre, makes a shot as lead Briane Meilleur, left, and second Shannon Birchard sweep against Denmark at the Women's World Curling Championship in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, May 6, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Einarson’s five-game win streak ends with loss to Japan at world curling playdowns

Einarson’s five-game win streak ends with loss to Japan at world curling playdowns

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2020, photo, the Olympics rings are reflected on the window of a hotel restaurant as a server with a mask sets up a table, in the Odaiba section of Tokyo. The vaccine rollout in Japan has been very slow with less than 1% vaccinated. This of course is spilling over to concerns about the postponed Tokyo Olympics that open in just over three months.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
Canadian athletes, coaches applaud news of vaccine doses ahead of Tokyo

Canadian athletes, coaches applaud news of vaccine doses ahead of Tokyo

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Liberals pressed to ease access to EI parental leave to help unemployed moms

Liberals pressed to ease access to EI parental leave to help unemployed moms

Katie Telford, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, appears as a witness via videoconference during a House of Commons finance committee in Ottawa, Thursday, July 30, 2020. The Canadian Press has learned that Katie Telford has written members of the defence committee inquiry into allegations of sexual misconduct against Canada's former top military commander, offering to testify at their meeting Friday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
PM’s chief of staff offers to testify on Vance sexual misconduct allegations

PM’s chief of staff offers to testify on Vance sexual misconduct allegations

Most Read