In the days leading up to the provincial election, MyGrandePrairieNow.com will be publishing the answers to questions posed to candidates running in the Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie-Wapiti, and Central Peace-Notley ridings. They are published as submitted within a 150 word limit.
Q: What projects do you see as most needing funding in the region?
Tracy Allard, UCP
I think the Highway 40 twinning and 43X interchange top the list.
Grant Berg, Alberta Party
I believe the hospital is underfunded and to get it finished it needs to be properly funded. The Comp replacement is another key one. A government set on cuts would find projects not started yet as the easiest to scrap. The Comp has scaffolding holding up its ceiling and was due for replacement 14 years ago. Twinning of 40 and interchange on 43X are the key transportation issues in the region.
Rony Rajput, Independent
a. First Schools. We have to fix the transportation funding crisis for our schools. Our schools and students have been suffering from transportation funding crisis for many years.
b. Affordable Housing for our seniors.
Bernard Hancock, Freedom Conservative Party
Ray Robertson, Alberta Independence Party
Todd Russell, NDP
What we have seen over the last 4 years is our community continue to grow. We need to continue with the roads and infrastructure that will keep us safe with our increasing population. We also need to continue to invest in education and healthcare. With our growing population and more kids entering the school system each year, we need to ensure the provincial government continues to increase education and health spending to match. Rachel Notley has promised just that to continue to increase spending with population growth while Jason Kenney has said he will freeze spending despite population growth and then cut billions of dollars from the services we rely on.
Terry Dueck, Independent
Shannon Dunfield, NDP
Our region continues to grow. We need to continue with the roads and infrastructure that will keep us safe with our increasing population. We also need to continue to invest in education and healthcare. Funding for education and healthcare needs to keep up with our growing population. Rachel Notley has promised just that to continue to increase spending with population growth while Jason Kenney has said he will freeze spending despite population growth and then cut billions of dollars from the services we rely on.
Jason Jones, Alberta Party
Let’s be honest, the Grande Prairie Region is a main economic driver for this province yet has been largely ignored. This is simply the result of having only two MLAs representing this region. In any other Party nothing would change. With the Alberta Party this changes, as we can merge our voice with each and every other rural riding. When looking at projects, my vote would be for twinning Highway 40 as it is a public safety issue that will prevent further loss of life. Being someone who used to travel HWY 40 when working in oilfield maintenance and construction, this is vital to support our oil and gas families. We should be able to drive to work without a high risk of an accident.
Travis Toews, UCP
Todd Loewen, UCP
Marg McCuaig-Boyd, NDP
There is a continuing need for more seniors’ housing in a number of communities. I was very proud to announce the $24 Million expansion of Pleasantview Lodge in Spirit River but more needs to be done. Over the last four years, our government spent more than $100 Million fixing roads and bridges in the region. Our region is an important source of wealth for all of Alberta, but that activity takes a toll on our roads and our infrastructure. We need to continue to invest in local roads and infrastructure. If we are to attract young families to rural Alberta, we need to provide services like child care. Our $25/day child care program is already operating in Valleyview and Fairview but we need to extend that program to more communities like Falher. Rachel Notley and I are committed to making that happen.
Travis McKim, Alberta Party
Wayne Meyer, Liberal