Great Attendance for Telephone Townhall – return calls in progress!

On the evening of Feb 14th I was happy to participate in a Telephone Town Hall meeting arranged by our caucus services for the constituents of Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater.

I have to admit to being a bit anxious about attendance considering it being Valentine’s Day and all, but I needn’t have worried. I just received the data and it turns out 1,478 people were on the call in total- not a shabby turnout!

There were a lot of great questions and comments but unfortunately with so many people we weren’t able to deal with all of them. In fact we were able to get through 19 of them during the hour we were alloted for the call. That left 34 questions unaired. We also received dozens of voice messages at the end of the townhall.

Rest assured that I will be personally replying to every message that was left and we will be addressing every question that wasn’t able to go live. However, it might take a little while so please be patient!

Due to the success of this format and all the positive comments I’ve received on it I am looking to do more of these types of events in the future, although perhaps not on the same scale. Instead I am looking at ways to make them more focused on particular communities or particular high concern issues such as infrastructure and rural crime.

Thanks again to all who participated and helped make this townhall a success!

Telephone Town Hall TONIGHT at 7:30 PM

All constituents with a land line will have received a call from MLA Piquette to invite them to a town hall meeting taking place on February 14 (tonight) at 7:30 PM. 

To participate all you have to do is answer the phone when we call tonight approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting (7:20 PM).

If you miss the call of don’t receive one by 7:30 PM then you can call into the discussion by dialing:

1-877-229-8493 and entering the ID CODE: 115181

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. 

780-675-3232

athabasca.sturgeon.redwater@assembly.ab.ca

 

 

Town & Country – February 6, 2018 Pipeline training centre progressing despite lack of provincial funding

Athabasca-Sturgeon- Redwater MLA Piquette said in an interview the project “makes huge sense” for the province and for Boyle, due to it being a focal point of pipelines in the province. “Considering the kilometres of pipeline we have across North America, and how important it is not only environmentally – but also politically — to be able to demonstrate that pipelines really are the safest way to transport oil and bitumen, having a worldclass training facility to make sure the next generation of pipeline workers and inspectors have the best training they can get, i think it makes a lot of sense and that’s what I’ve been communicating,” he said.
The current New Democratic government has not announced funding for the project to date. Piquette said he has highlighted funding for the PTC as a priority in Budget 2018, and he is “hoping for the best.

Black History Month Celebration – February 2, 2018

Some interesting history about Amber Valley in northern Alberta. The area was settled by Black farmers who had been denied the same right as others in the United States in the early 1900’s. 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/secret-alberta-new-documentary-brings-amber-valley-back-to-life-1.3968766

-Black History Month celebration at the Federal Building in Edmonton