Amber valley plaque unveiled; Amber Valley recognized for historic black settlement

Athabasca Advocate –
May 16, 2017

Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater MLA Colin Piquette spoke about how black communities have helped shape local communities, and also spoke about their role in shaping Alberta as well as Canada’s development.

“Monuments such as this one help to create a greater level of awareness and understanding of the significant events that contributed to our rich history,” he said.




Officiant for a day – April 8, 2017

It’s not every day that I have the pleasure of officiating a wedding. One of the privileges for MLA’s to have this honour. I was very happy to marry one of constituency staff, Jocelyn Saskiw, to her partner, Geoff Loken.
 Wishing you both the best!

Member’s Statement May 1, 2017 – 2 Year Retrospective

As we approach the second anniversary of our government and my own as an MLA, I’d like to take a few moments to reflect on some of the progress that’s been made in my own riding of Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater.

When I was first elected, there were many outstanding issues, some long overdue, that needed to be addressed. For instance, the bridge over the Athabasca River on highway 813 had been in need of replacement since my father was the MLA. Now, thanks to the commitment of our government to make good on years of previous neglect, this is finally happening.

The completion of highway 63’s twinning and the multiple upgrades and curve reductions on highway 28 have made driving much safer for my constituents and indeed for all those who live and work in northeastern Alberta.

Two years ago Athabasca University’s status was uncertain. Now, thanks to our new government, a sustainable future has been assured for the university and for the community that depends on it.

Happily, I would need more than two minutes to list all the improvements to health care facilities, schools, and seniors’ facilities that we have been fortunate to receive as well. These investments speak well to the government’s commitment to the health, education, and well-being of rural Albertans.

The Industrial Heartland is not only of utmost strategic importance to Alberta’s long-term prospects; its local importance cannot be overstated. Thanks to our continued support for the North West Refinery’s phase 1, our petrochemicals diversification program, and, of course, our success in reframing our reputation as a responsible energy producer, investor confidence has been restored and new projects announced. But with increasing development in the Industrial Heartland, traffic has reached critical levels, severely impacting workers, local residents, and jeopardizing future growth. Working closely with municipal and industry partners, we have introduced badly needed intersection improvements to help clear congestion and improve safety.

We’ve made great progress on these issues and on many others, of course, but there’s always much more work that needs to be done, and we will continue towards those goals.

Smoky Lake Signal – April 11, 2017

MLA satellite office a popular spot 

The doors of communication were literally opened on March 31 when Colin Piquette, MLA for Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater, sat down for the first time at a ‘pop-up’ satellite office in Smoky Lake.

While Piquette said people have always been welcome to call him and make an appointment – and he says he makes an effort to be in town for different events and to connect with his constituents – this new satellite office provides some with potentially easier access.

“I thought it went really well,” Piquette said of the first day. “The time we had open was fully subscribed.” The satellite office will be open on the last Thursday of each month and is located at the Town of Smoky Lake office in the council chambers. Piquette commented that he was appreciative of the Smoky Lake Town Council to give them the opportunity to use the location.

“The response was encouraging enough that it was something we are going to continue to do,” Piquette said, adding he looks forward to seeing if the response is similar in other communities.

If anyone wants to drop by, they are encouraged to do so but making an appointment might better guarantee time for conversation.

“If they pop in, they might find themselves having to wait a bit,” he said. There are chairs outside of the council chambers (located to the left of the front doors), and if anyone arrives to find the door locked they are welcome to stay and wait until it is opened from the private meeting in session.

If the conversation being had is open to the public, the door will be unlocked and open. There is no need to inform the Town staff of your visit, however, as they are a separate entity.

Piquette said he would also like to continue the pub nights that had been going on, and when one is happening it will be advertised on social media as well as in the newspaper.

These open-group environments will happen at the Smoky Lake Inn, though he is considering hosting one not located in the bar on some of the evenings; there is a conference room also available.

“There are some people who would like to come but are not comfortable going to a bar,” Piquette said.

More details will be released as the dates for these sessions draw closer.

“Since I’ve been elected we’ve been looking at other ways to engage,” he said, adding both the pub nights and the satellite office affords him some more of these opportunities.