Three can­di­dates turn out for PC Lead­er­ship Fo­rum

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Sub­mit­ted The Drumheller Mail

There ap­pears to be in­ter­est in the lead­er­ship of the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Party in the rid­ing as 75 in­ter­sted in­di­vid­u­als came out to hear the lead­er­ship can­di­dates.

On Fri­day, Novem­ber 18, the Drumheller-Stet­tler PC Con­stituency As­so­ci­a­tion held a PCAA Lead­er­ship Can­di­date fo­rum at the Le­gion in Stet­tler.

A di­verse crowd of in­ter­ested peo­ple came out to hear what the prospec­tive, fu­ture lead­ers of the PC party of Al­berta had to say on a range of top­ics. Three of the four can­di­dates for the lead­er­ship in­clud­ing Richard Starke, Stephen Khan and By­ron Nel­son, took part in the fo­rum, which lasted for over two hours.

Ques­tions ranged from top­ics on health care to ed­u­ca­tion and ru­ral is­sues to the fu­ture of the party and their place in it.

On top­ics such as Hanna’s coal fired elec­tric­ity plant and the im­pend­ing car­bon tax, can­di­dates agreed that the cur­rent gov­ern­ments’ plans are ill timed and will only do fur­ther dam­age to the frag­ile econ­omy of our prov­ince.

With ed­u­ca­tion and health care fund­ing in small, ru­ral Al­berta also an is­sue, the can­di­dates agreed there needs to be a bet­ter bal­ance of pro­vid­ing ser­vices to our com­mu­ni­ties while get­ting the best value for our tax dol­lars.

On the fu­ture of the PC party, the pre­vail­ing at­ti­tude was that the PC party needs to get back to its roots of be­ing fis­cally con­ser­va­tive but not lose the ideals of be­ing so­cially pro­gres­sive. Bring­ing back the Al­berta ad­van­tage and re­in­stat­ing our place as the most at­trac­tive prov­ince in Canada to live, is top of the can­di­dates’ minds head­ing into the next elec­tion.

The PC Party will be hold­ing its Lead­er­ship elec­tion con­ven­tion in Cal­gary, in March 2017.

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(back; l-r) Mark Nikota and James Mar­shall of the Drumheller-Stet­tler PC Con­stituency As­so­ci­a­tion with lead­er­ship can­di­dates By­ron Nel­son, Stephen Khan and Richard Starke, with Doug Jones and Leona Thoro­good, and (front) some young sup­port­ers.

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