When the government sends a minister to our town to specifically discuss two items that are vital to our community, it is irresponsible to initiate and/or lead a group of individuals to take such an important meeting in a different, and perhaps selfish, direction.
Since my return to this province in 2005, Joe Anglin has been fighting with the government on landowners’ rights. A very important issue, to be sure.
However, it is not the only issue citizens face in this day and age.
Sylvan Lake, a town with a large population, needs an urgent care centre. Our summer population increases dramatically, which only increases the need for such a facility.
It is also apparent that losing a major intersection that leads people from Southern Alberta down the main street of our town to our lake resort and business area has been costly to local merchants.
When I first met Mr. Anglin, he was a member of the Green party with an axe to grind over landowners’ rights. That was in Rimbey. He has since become a member of the Wildrose Party. In a very short time, he moved from about as far left as the scale goes to about as far right as one can get. While a member of both parties, his issue has been landowners’ rights. No matter the colour of his party, the issue is singular and always the same. It appears to me that Mr. Anglin is a one-trick pony who has a very personal axe to grind. He has attempted to derail the concerns of our community to facilitate his own agenda, and for that he should be man enough to step up and apologize to the citizens of Sylvan Lake.
It is no secret that the intersection issue had a great deal to do with the outcome of the last election in Sylvan Lake. Because of the very party that now represents our community, we may have missed a valuable opportunity to discuss two issues that concern us greatly. And for that Mr. Anglin, who is not our MLA, should say he is sorry and should do so without any explanation or excuse.
The Wildrose Party has to be more than angry if they are to serve us.