August – MLA Mike Ellis’ Report

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As the Legislature remains adjourned for the summer, I wanted to provide you with a few items your PC caucus saw success on this past year. While there remains much work to be done, and we anticipate a busy fall sitting ahead, we are pleased at many of the successes of the opposition over the course of the past few months.

  • Anti-oilsands activist Tzeporah Berman has been removed from the Oil Sands Advisory Group. After months of controversy and significant pressure by both the PC and Wildrose Opposition, the Premier finally stood up for oil and gas jobs and removed Ms. Berman from the public payroll. While we value all points of the discussion, comparing the oil sands to Mordor from Lord of the Rings is hardly constructive, and we believe the committee can get back to work now that Ms. Berman has been removed.
  • We remain concerned about plummeting math scores across Alberta. The province’s curriculum redevelopment efforts must focus on ensuring our children know the basics, and have the skills to work within today’s increasingly technical and globalized economy. We will monitor the province’s priorities when it comes to curriculum redevelopment carefully.
  • We are pleased with the New AIMCo Appointed Directors. A few months ago, I wrote to you about political interference in the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) where the Premier wanted to appoint NDP insiders to the Corporation’s board, rather than Albertans with expertise in investing. The Government has once again appeared to cave on this issue, appointing highly competent individuals who are not NDP connected.

These are three areas we have seen some progress in this session, but will continue to monitor. I welcome your feedback – please feel free to give my office a call or email anytime. Have a wonderful summer.

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