It will be a busy month in the Alberta Legislature with the commencement of Spring Session on March 8th. As the Opposition, no notification has been given on what Bills will be upcoming this session other than we know the budget must come forth. Currently, Albertans have been given no firm date for budget release, but the week of March 19th would be a safe bet given the process that must ensue. Feedback on the budget is welcome, prior to or after its release, so please do not hesitate to contact me. As members of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, our job is to not only hold the government to account, but to do so in a respectful manner. Our newly sworn-in leader Jason Kenney, who many of you know as our long-serving area MP, has pledged to uphold civility in the Legislature and to attack policy, not people. This mirrors my commitment to you as your elected representative.
To keep our community safe, our Calgary Police Service community liaison has asked me to remind residents of simple protective measures. Lock our houses, lock our cars, do not leave cars running unattended, and put all valuables out of view, while reporting all thefts and suspicious activity. These acts can keep our communities and families safer and allow the CPS to better do their job.
One of the great winter-time pleasures in Canada is pond/lake hockey and skating. In Calgary Fish Creek, we are blessed with a number of outdoor facilities in which families can exercise, have fun and also enjoy Canada’s greatest game. We thank our community volunteers for countless hours spent in clearing and grooming these rinks. Did you know that Alberta has a pond hockey championship every year? This year’s tournament is March 9-11th near Peace River. Our province offers wonderful opportunities for events for the whole family. For more information on this and other great activities, visit Travel Alberta’s website at www.travelalberta.com.
If you are looking to camp this summer, I would encourage you to book your provincial campsite soon through Alberta Parks on-line reservation system at www.albertaparks.ca. Reservations opened up for all Provincial Parks on various dates in February; so, book early to secure your camping spot for some great outdoor memories under the stars or singing by a campfire.
My next MLA Café will be on Saturday March 3rd from 9-10:30am at Cornerstone Music Café. Join me for coffee, hot chocolate and conversation on Alberta’s future, the coming Budget and the important session ahead!