Ru­ral prop­erty rights

The McLeod River Post - - Points Of View -

Dear Edi­tor,

This month, our NDP gov­ern­ment took steps to pro­tect and strengthen prop­erty rights and make life bet­ter for ru­ral Al­ber­tans, but the United Con­ser­va­tive Party MLAs op­posed it.

At a re­cent meet­ing of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Re­source Stew­ard­ship, we put for­ward a mo­tion to work to­wards pro­vid­ing Al­ber­tans with cost-ef­fec­tive ac­cess to fair­ness and eq­uity in set­tling prop­erty-rights dis­putes.

This mo­tion was what the Prop­erty Rights Ad­vo­cate was ask­ing for. We lis­tened and acted on the rec­om­men­da­tions from the ad­vo­cate, who hears di­rectly from ru­ral Al­ber­tans.

This is an im­por­tant is­sue all across this prov­ince—from Peace River to Cy­press-Medicine Hat. Whether it is or­phan wells or other prop­erty dis­putes, ru­ral Al­ber­tans de­serve pro­tec­tion.

But the UCP MLAs seem to be­lieve oth­er­wise.

The UCP MLAs in the com­mit­tee voted against it—every sin­gle one of them. The UCP MLAs voted against fair­ness and eq­uity in set­tling prop­erty rights dis­putes.

This is not a par­ti­san is­sue. This is com­mon sense. But the UCP MLAs let pol­i­tics get in the way of mak­ing life bet­ter for ru­ral Al­ber­tans.

I know from speak­ing with my own ru­ral con­stituents in Yel­low­head County that they take great pride in their stew­ard­ship of their land – land that in some cases has been in their fam­ily for more than a cen­tury.

We all un­der­stand the im­por­tance of re­source devel­op­ment in this prov­ince. In fact it’s fair to say we owe much of our pros­per­ity to Al­berta’s en­ergy, min­ing and forestry in­dus­tries.

But for far too long, pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments ig­nored the con­cerns of landown­ers, mak­ing life harder for them and their fam­i­lies. The vote this week un­der­lines that the UCP MLAs, like those in pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments, would rather play pol­i­tics than work to find so­lu­tions.

I know how im­por­tant this is­sue is for ru­ral Al­ber­tans, and I’m proud our gov­ern­ment is stand­ing up for prop­erty rights all across the prov­ince.

And we’ll keep stand­ing up for ru­ral Al­ber­tans.

Eric Rosendahl

MLA for West Yel­low­head 780-865-9796

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