All constituents with a landline will receive a call from MLA Piquette to invite them to a town hall meeting taking place this Wednesday at 6 pm.
To participate all you have to do is answer the phone when we call approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting (5:50 PM).
If you miss the call or don’t receive one by 6 PM then please call our office at 780-675-3232 for further instructions.
We hope everyone is able to listen in and be a part of the discussion. Having such a physically large constituency can be a challenge and we apologize if the calls are inconvenient or unwelcome. A large call-in meeting ensures almost everyone has the opportunity to attend and have their voice heard. We thank those who are interested for taking the time to participate.
If you would like to speak with MLA Piquette personally, please contact his constituency office and the staff would be happy to set up an appointment.
On November 20th I followed up on a question I asked the Minister of Justice on our government’s rural crime strategy this spring (you can see that statement here). Here I note the progress made to date and what more needs to be done:
Last spring I rose in this House to speak on Alberta’s rural crime reduction plan. Rural property crime was spiking, and action needed to be taken, so our government listened to the needs of Albertans and in concert with the RCMP came up with a plan. That plan has already reduced rural property crime by 11 per cent. By expanding rural crime reduction units across Alberta, adding Crown prosecutors, adding crime mapping experts, and providing more civilian support, the new tactics are already starting to make a difference. Our investments are working.
I have seen this first-hand in my own constituency of Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater. For example, not long ago break-ins were spiraling out of control in Calling Lake. Residents told me heartbreaking stories of having possessions stolen and having their privacy violated. However, a crime reduction unit was able to come to Calling Lake, and in close co-operation with Athabasca RCMP and the local community break-ins have been dramatically reduced.
It’s not just my constituency where the strategy is working. The RCMP has attributed the reduction of crime across the province to the strategy. But we know that not every community has seen these reductions yet, and that’s why we will keep fighting to make sure that they do.
When the Alberta crime reduction plan was voted on in the spring, I was amazed to see the UCP oppose it. This issue was more important than what side of the House we sit on. It is about making life safer for Albertans. I am grateful for the Minister of Justice’s work and to be part of a government committed to reducing rural crime.
But there is still much work that needs to be done. We will continue to listen to Albertans, work with law enforcement and with our local community partners, and continue with the strategy that has been proven to work to ensure that Albertans are safer (Source)
“The province is at a fork in the road; are we going to be taking care of those among us who need it? Are we going to educate our children properly? Are we going to have the infrastructure to be able to grow our economy and provide a good living for our people? Or are we going to turn back the clock?”– MLA Colin Piquette
Spending a day showcasing out communities! Minister Danielle Larivee was busy meeting a few of our amazing groups.
My family and I had a wonderful Sunday afternoon at the annual seniors harvest festival. The Athabasca Lions is such a great, hard working community group. Thank you for all that you do.