Red Deer-North MLA hosts cultural potluck Monday

Politics and cultural diversity came together and broke bread on Monday night in Red Deer.

About 60 people showed up at a potluck at the Golden Circle hosted by Kim Schreiner, Red Deer-North MLA.

Schreiner said she wanted to have friendly conversations and celebrate Central Alberta’s diversity.

Irfan Sabir, Minister of Community and Social Services and Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism, stopped in for the potluck.

Miranda said friendly events like these celebrate people from all walks of life.

Lorna Johnson, Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery executive director, said Red Deer needs bigger venues for arts and culture like a bigger performing arts centre and more space at the museum.

She said Red Deer has many cultural diverse programs and events, but those areas could be taken to new heights with better infrastructure.

Miranda said it’s not about building new facilities, but using the existing facilities in different ways.

“Today I had the opportunity to tour St. Joseph High School (in Red Deer) and what an innovative way to use space. This is the way education system is going to be in the future,” he said.

Neither of the officials revealed what’s in store for Central Albertans in the upcoming provincial budget, slated for March 22.

Miranda, however, added Schreiner and Barb Miller, Red Deer-South MLA, continue to advocate for the region.

“They continue to make sure that we, as ministers, know the different projects, needs, and concerns of the community, and it has been taken into consideration,” he said.

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