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 A Year in Review - Survey Results

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to read the householder you received in January and for taking part in the survey.  It was great to get feedback and commentary as to what you believe are important issues and how I can better represent you as a MLA. Please note that the survey is now closed. If you have not had a chance to provide feedback please feel free to email me your thoughts and answers to 

Issues that continue to be of importance are jobs, the economy and balancing the budget. I also heard from a number or respondents that protecting health care and education for our next generation is vital. In terms of the issues that made up the 'other' category, these included seniors' issues and balancing the environment and the economy.

Question four of the survey asked if you think our government is on the right track with Budget 2019.  It was almost a split of those who think we are on the right track or are not sure and those who don't.  I find this interesting. Commentary I have been hearing is that some didn't think we went far enough and others think we went too far. I would be interested in hearing from you further on this.  You can also partake in the Budget 2020 online consultation (see below on budget section).

I will continue to host townhalls and be available in my constituency office for meetings and open houses throughout the year. You also told me you would like to see more of an online presence.  We will work to make that happen over the next few months.  A breakdown of the survey results are provided below.

SURVEY RESULTS (percentage may not add to 100 per cent due to rounding)

Q. 1 What is the most important issue to you?

Jobs and the Economy          43%         
Balancing the Budget              8%
Health Care                             8%
Education (K-12)                     8%
Post-Secondary Education     5%
Other                                      28%
(Other includes seniors' issues and balancing the environment and the economy)

Q. 2 Do you feel Alberta has a fair deal from Ottawa?

Yes                                         39%    
No                                          61%

Q. 3 Do you agree with the MacKinnon Report that Alberta has a spending issue?

Yes                                        57%
No                                         43%

Q. 4 Do you believe Budget 2019 is on the right track to getting Alberta back to a balanced budget?

Strongly Agree                      11%
Agree                                    32%
Not Sure                               11%
Disagree                               16%
Strongly Disagree                 30%

Q. 5 What would you be interested in seeing more of?

Morning Coffee Chats          12%
Townhalls                              30%
Constituency Open House   19%
Attend Community Events     8%
Other                                    33%
(other includes more online presence, more surveys and more email communication on upcoming legislation)

Q. 6 What topic of discussion would you like to hear about at a townhall?

Jobs & Economy                  32%
Balancing the Budget             8%
Health Care                            9%
Education (K-12)                   10%
Post-Secondary Education    10%
Other                                      32%
(other includes seniors' health care, environment and climate change)
Budget 2020 Consultations

Members of the public will have opportunities to make their voices heard and provide input informing Budget 2020.

An online survey with questions on Albertans’ spending and saving priorities, as well as ideas for job creation and growing Alberta’s economy, is open until Feb. 7.

Please take a moment to go online and have your say.

Jobs and the Economy
I was pleased to see the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers announce that they expect investment in oil and gas will be $25.4 billion this year - up $2 billion from 2019.  This will support approximately 8,100 jobs here in Alberta and 3,700 jobs in the rest of Canada.  

In December 2019 employment gains were led by the private sector creating 24,000 jobs.  This is positive.  However, it is unfortunate that our unemployment rate remains high at 7 per cent. Our government has implemented policies that are making a difference, but it will take time for these to reflect change.
I look forward to seeing more growth in our economy and getting Albertans back to work.
Health Care

The review of Alberta Health Services by Ernst & Young LLP (EY) has been delivered to our government and is now public.

The recommendations address four key areas: people, clinical services, non-clinical services and governance and contains 57 recommendations and 72 savings opportunities, ranging from $1.5 - $1.9 billion.  There will be no reduction in dollars spent.  This report will allow us to find a modest 2-3 per cent in savings each year.

Every dollar we save will stay in the health system to help deliver on our promise to improve access and make the system work better for patients.

We accept the report, with two important exceptions:  there will be NO hospital closures or consolidation of urban trauma centres.  

Stakeholder input into the review process far exceeded any similar projects that EY has conducted across Canada. Staff engagement included feedback from about 1,200 physicians, 27,000 front-line staff and 4,200 AHS leaders.  

Over the next 100 days, AHS will engage staff and clinical leaders as it develops a long-term implementation plan.

You can see the full report at


An advisory panel appointed by government has provided recommendations for curriculum and drafted a new vision for student learning. Our government is seeking feedback on the draft vision via an online survey, which will be available until February 24. Feedback collected on the draft vision will also help guide government’s work moving forward with updating the curriculum. The panel’s recommendations will be considered along with Albertans’ feedback on the draft vision to inform next steps in updating the curriculum.

Our government committed to reviewing the Alberta education curriculum and broadening consultation to hear a wider range of perspectives.  The curriculum advisory panel has made their recommendations and we now want to hear your feedback on the draft vision for student learning. 

The panel’s full report is publicly available online,
Some highlights include:
- addressing financial literacy, work readiness, wellness and goal-setting to enhance students' life skills
- implementing standardized assessment tools to evaluate literacy and numeracy in Grades 1 through 5
- aligning the draft k-4 curriculum from 2018 with the new vision for student learning
- providing students with work-integrated learning opportunities.

The online survey is available until Feb. 24 for Albertans to provide input on the draft vision for student learning.
Methane Emissions Equivalency 

Our government takes the need to reduce methane emissions very seriously.  Alberta has a strong regulatory framework to reduce methane emissions from our oil and gas sector, and we are confident that these regulations will meet incoming standards imposed by the federal government.  Minister of Environment and Parks, Jason Nixon, is working with federal Environment Minister, Jonathan Wilkinson, to streamline regulations such that industry is not overburdened.  Our government will continue to stand up for Alberta's jurisdiction over energy policy remains committed to a regulatory framework that helps the environment and the economy.  

For more information go to

Alberta Order of Excellence

Up to 10 individuals will be inducted into the Order this year in recognition of remarkable contributions to their community, the province and beyond. I encourage you to consider nominating someone who has made valuable contributions to our province by February 15.

Nominees must be Canadians citizens currently residing in Alberta. People cannot nominate themselves, their spouse or a member of their immediate family. Information about the Order, including nomination guidelines, nomination forms and biographies of previous inductees, is available on the Alberta Order of Excellence website at or by calling 780-449-0517.

In the Community

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Calgary, AB T2M 1E7
403-216-5436 (phone)
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