The province has created a task force made up of Conservative MLA’s, which will look at ways to further strengthen the rural Alberta economy. It’s step one in the creation of a Rural Economic Development Action Plan.
Agriculture and Rural Development minister Verlyn Olson says a strong and vibrant rural Alberta is essential for the economic health of the province.
“The Conference Board of Canada reports that the economic foot print of rural Alberta is in the order of 77 billion dollars. That’s very, very significant.
The task force, which includes Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley MLA Hector Goudreau, will visit 8 rural communities later this month and into April, to meet with key community stakeholders.
They will look for new ideas and ways to use current government programs in different ways.