In 2014 I had the honour of being elected as the MLA for Calgary-West. I put my name on the ballot because I believe strongly in serving my community and in serving Albertans. This is a great responsibility. If Alberta is succeeding, then it means that we the elected Members of the Legislature have done our jobs. This is the attitude of my PC colleagues, and I, too, have been working hard to bring this to the Legislature.
We reject the notion that as opposition it is our job to simply oppose the government. We do not believe that the responsibility of governing lies only with the government but that every single person in the Legislature carries this obligation as well. The Progressive Conservatives value professionalism and respect. We offer constructive feedback and common-sense suggestions. Our goal is to be the best legislators and best representatives that we can be.
I think that many of the issues facing Alberta can be resolved with plain old common sense. Many of the best policy ideas simply come from listening and talking with the people. Having the ability to interact with and gain insight from so many different people is a powerful tool at the disposal of every single MLA. Being prepared to listen to people and recognizing you don’t have the answers should be the central qualification for this job. It is key for government to listen to the people on the ground who deal with the situations first-hand.
In the year and a half that I’ve been an MLA, I have learned that there are no magic spells for dealing with the issues and that no one has a monopoly on good ideas. I’m proud to be a member of the Progressive Conservative caucus, that is using this session of the Legislature to promote real, common-sense solutions to make sure this government is properly engaging with Albertans.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker
On April 18, 2016, Mike Ellis demanded more public consultation to understand Albertans' perspectives and ideas.
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