The new year is just around the corner and a local MLA is looking to use the next 12 months to focus his attention directly on his constituency.
UCP MLA for Fort McMurray – Conklin Brian Jean wants to see the provincial government recognize and help Fort McMurray as the community continues to recover from last year’s wildfire.
He tells Mix News the first step would be a better working relationship with Wood Buffalo’s council.
“We’re in a crunch, we’re losing tax revenues as a result of the change in legislation and we have to tighten our belt here and I’m hopeful the government will recognize some of the extenuating circumstances surrounding the fire and try to alleviate the pressure the municipality has as a result of those higher tax rates.”
Jean’s riding won’t just include the RMWB anymore. The last bill the NDP’s passed during the legislative assembly’s fall session was their Electoral Division Act which added new ridings while changing others.
Fort McMurray – Conklin is now being redrawn to include Lac La Biche – a decision Jean says he’s a little “disappointed” with.
“I would think right we shouldn’t go to a larger riding, especially in such a short period of time, but instead consider the fact that this riding will demand a lot of attention over the next few years until it’s brought back to a place that we can call the same or at least equivalent to what it was before.”
Over the next 12 months, Jean notes he looks forward to working with mayor and council, talking to the citizens about needs and concerns, and start his rebuild in Waterways.
— MIX 103.7 News (@Mix1037FMNews) December 21, 2017