I hope you and your families are enjoying the summer months and taking are advantage of the many great opportunities we have as Albertans to enjoy the outdoors!
I want to begin by thanking each and every one of you for joining me for my annual Stampede Breakfast on July 9 at the Glenbrook Community Association. It was amazing to see so many from across our community out enjoining the day. A special shout-out to the 40 or so volunteers who came together to serve over 1000 pancakes, sausages, and hash browns to Stampede goers. While were also joined by many New Democrat MLAs and Ministers from across the province – I would like to single out for thanks, my colleague – Jessica Littlewood (MLA for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville) – for doing such a fine job with the colour commentary during the wiener dog races! Congratulations to the winning hounds!
Summer also means long days and plenty of sunlight. That is why I am proud that our government has launched the first Residential and Commercial Solar Program in Alberta to provide financial rebates to Alberta homeowners, businesses, and non-profits who install solar photovoltaic systems on their homes, businesses, and facilities. For individuals, this program provides a rebate of $0.75/watt to residential systems, with a maximum grant amount of $10,000. For more details, I encourage you to visit http://solar.efficiencyalberta.ca.
The longer days do not mean an end to the important work of hearing from constituents like you. That is why you will continue to see me at your community events, both large and small. I know my team works very hard to keep me up to date about what is happening across our riding, but it is impossible for us to know all that is going on in every corner of Calgary Currie all the time. So please do not hesitate to contact me if you are hosting an event that you would like me to attend.
In July, Calgary Bow MLA Deborah Drever and I spent an afternoon in the Off-Leash Dog Park in Edworthy where we chatted about $25 a day daycare and the construction of the new Calgary Cancer Centre and the SW Ring Road. This month I will have a booth at Marda Gras on Sunday, August 13.
I want to hear from you about how our work is making your lives better, one pragmatic step at a time, and I will continue to visit you where you live. To date, I have reached over 50% of Calgary Currie residents and have chatted with hundreds of you on your doorsteps who are pleased with how the Alberta Government has invested, rather than cut, its way to economic recovery. My goal is to have completed this task by the time the legislature reconvenes in the fall – so do keep watch for a visit from your MLA in the days and weeks ahead.