Hello High Country readers! I wanted to start off this article with a shout out to Lisa Dahlseide and Carrie Draudsen. I am certain you know about Russell the Bear, and Lisa and Carrie as well as many others have been working hard to have the government allow folks from the Cochrane Ecological Institute rehabilitate baby bears when their mothers have been shot accidentally during the spring bear hunt. We are so honoured to have spent time with these amazing folks who do fantastic work in rehabilitation and education. There are protocols for the rehabilitation of these cubs that have been developed by experts and proven to work. They have been brought to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) but the protocols have not yet been accepted, so we wait with bated breath for AEP to accept those protocols and recommend them to the Government. It is a very complex issue and I again want to thank these amazing women for their advocacy. I have learned so much from them.
We are hoping that some real melting and thawing (and drying!) is on the way especially for our farmers and ranchers. The calving season has been something of a nightmare, and daily we see stories of families bringing young calves lovingly wrapped in blankets into their homes to warm them up and try and save them from the brutal cold. These things do not happen on a schedule, and we are so grateful to those who bring food to our tables. Seeding will hopefully start soon. It is one of my favourite times of year seeing the large machinery out and the fields being planted. I had the glamorous job of picking rocks when I was a little girl. It was tedious but necessary, and I have fond memories of beautiful lunches served at the barn for all the folks who came to help.
So the pipeline games continue on. I am always amazed how people can fly across our country or in the Prime Minister’s case halfway around the world to have an emergency meeting, and then out of that emergency meeting no solution comes forth, nothing new anyway. Premier Horgan is still saying he is going to block the pipeline, Premier Notley says she’s going to buy the pipeline, and Prime Minister Trudeau does not give any consequences to BC, but also is thinking of investing in the pipeline. How can you invest public dollars into a pipeline when you are not willing to do the one single thing that is necessary to build the pipeline, and that is… sign off on the pipeline and use your constitutional authority to get it done? Last week we had a fully funded, privately owned pipeline that would not have cost the tax payer a cent. Now suddenly we are going to buy the pipeline with no certainty that Mr. Trudeau is going to build it? This does not build confidence. I am so proud of Albertans for attending all of the rallies for pipelines. It was truly inspiring to be part of the Rally 4 Resources group and it was inspiring to see you all on the steps of the legislature.
I am saddened that I will not be running in your area as your MLA in the next election and nomination. As you know the boundaries have changed and I will be running in Chestermere-Strathmore. Please make sure you have your memberships up to date so that you are able to vote in the UCP nominations for Banff-Kananaskis, and Airdrie-Cochrane. These two new ridings have absorbed all the areas on the west side of the current riding of Chestermere-Rocky View. I will continue as always to work hard for you whether I have the privilege of being your representative or not. It has been absolutely wonderful getting to know so many folks in these areas, and those relationships outlast politics and ridings. If you wish to know what riding you will be voting in please contact my office and we will be happy to help.
The Chestermere-Rocky View Constituency Association communications sub-committee has recently decided to send out surveys to the Chestermere-Rocky View membership. The Chestermere-Rocky View “surveys” do not come from myself or the president of the Chestermere-Rocky View Constituency Association or the UCP and are not to be confused with the substantive survey questions coming from the United Conservative Party, which are quite intense and long. Please, if you are a member and have the time to take the United Conservative Party survey, it is well worth the time to participate in helping with foundational policies for our founding AGM. I am so excited to see many of you at the founding UCP AGM.
As always, we love to hear from you.
Leela Sharon Aheer
MLA for Chestermere – Rocky View