Mr. Speaker, today I was close to focusing my member’s statement on soft, soulful discourse around the incredible importance of seniors enriching our society. I then realized my obligation was not to blow smoke but to honour those same seniors by standing up, passionately and fiercely if necessary, for a better Alberta, and that is what I plan to do.
Members, today we face a new, daunting, and inescapable challenge in the face of what I have come to think of as an anti-Alberta, job-killing, investment-repelling climate leadership manifesto. I am saddened to see our province facing the real lifeand livelihood-altering challenges of unbalanced, irresponsible, dogmatic, and ideological policies of this NDP government. I admit that Albertans were seeking change – responsive government, accountability, humility, and ethical behaviour – and so was I. My party had been hijacked, and I wanted it back, so I fought to represent the people of Calgary-Fish Creek, not in spite of what my party had become but because of it.
Today I fear that the will of Albertans has been forgotten, the steady hand of pioneers dismissed, the entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic diluted. To dismiss as an embarrassing scourge the rich and enviable natural resources that support our prosperity and that we all work hard to responsibly develop is just plain wrong, and I submit that Albertans will fiercely defend their development as key to the Alberta advantage, which has given so many great hope for a better life for them and future generations.
We are innovators, risk takers, problem solvers. We love the land and take care of those less fortunate. We are people of the soil, staunchly proud of our western heritage, our cowboy ethics, and of our passion for family, friends, and neighbours. We are comfortable with our simple, local way of life. We are also confident though not arrogant yet infinitely adaptable on the world stage. We carry pride in our counties, hamlets, villages, towns, and cities, but we are proud Albertans, patriotic Canadians, and citizens of the world. Mr. Speaker, this is who we are. Let’s not screw it up.
On May 25, 2016, Richard Gotfried challenged Albertans to be less complacent about our role in the world.
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