Another person is putting their name forward to become the United Conservative Party nominee for the riding of Fort McMurray-Conklin.
Avid campaign volunteer Laila Goodridge is looking to fill the vacant seat left by Brian Jean who decided to step away from politics earlier this month. She is the second person to announce their intention to run following Councillor Phil Meagher.
Goodridge tells Mix News there’s never been a more important time in Fort McMurray and she’s the best person to help see the region through.
“In the aftermath of the fire, the aftermath of the economic downturn, we need someone that’s willing to be a strong voice that has the energy, that has the enthusiasm. Fort McMurray’s one of the youngest communities in Canada and I think having a youthful voice will definitely be a plus.”
Born in Fort McMurray, she’s become a well-known community member and staple in the local Conservative scene.
Back in 2015, Goodridge got her first taste of provincial politics when she ran for the Wildrose Party in the riding of Grande Prairie-Wapiti. She came in third behind the PC and NDP candidates.
Leaving Fort McMurray was tough, however, this time around she’s jumping at the opportunity to try her hand in politics in town.
‘I’m so excited to be here in Fort McMurray and run in the community that I grew up in where all my friends and family live.”
Through her campaign, she will be focusing on energy and health with her main interest being the region as a whole.
“I’m going to be a strong defender of the oilsands, I want to fight to have pipeline access, I want to ensure that we have fair education and health services in our community.”
She believes industry needs to be a top priority to continue the province’s economic growth and it starts with increasing the price for exporting oil, which is currently seeing as high as a 47 percent discount.
The NDP’s Municipal Government Act will also be something needing to be dealt with sooner rather than later.
“It’s important to get clarity from the government as to what the timeline exactly is, we definitely need to achieve a balance, however, right now there is no clarity in the legislation. The municipality has put a 10-year timeframe but there’s nothing stopping the government from putting it so we have to get to 5:1 tomorrow, that’s not acceptable.”
“I will fight for our community and I will fight for what’s best for our community.”