The speaker of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly is paying a visit to the RMWB.
On Wednesday, The Honourable Robert E. Wanner brought Alberta’s Mace to the region to speak with members of the community and visit several schools.
The speaker’s visit has included stops in Anzac, Fort McKay and Fort McMurray to speak with residents about the role of Alberta’s legislature.
He tells Mix News he looks forward to engaging in discussion – during his first ever visit to Fort McMurray.
“Particularly the students, what are they thinking, what do they think of the democratic process and hopefully encourage them to be a part of it in the future.”
The school visits will be across Wood Buffalo where Wanner will speak with students about the traditions of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly.
The schools include Bill Woodward Public School, École MacTavish, Fort McKay School, Composite High School and Holy Trinity Catholic High School.
Wanner says the school visits will include mock sessions of the provincial legislature.
“The students divide into a government and opposition. They might pick a resolution on a policy matter. I know last we were out in southern Alberta and one of the resolutions was to lower the voting age to 16.”
Wanner adds he looks forward to reaching out and opening dialogue with Fort McMurray residents.
There will be other opportunities for residents to see the mace up close and discuss pressing matters with Wanner.
On Thursday, the speaker will be at MacDonald Island Park for a ‘Words in Motion’ event on Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.