Fort Macleod res­i­dent run­ning for Al­berta Party

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Fort Macleod / Cardston - BY HEATHER CAMERON

Fort Macleod res­i­dent Tim Meech is the Al­berta Party’s nom­i­nated can­di­date for the Liv­ing­stone Macleod rid­ing and will be run­ning in the next provin­cial elec­tion.

Born in Leth­bridge and raised in Oko­toks, Meech and his wife and moved from Cal­gary and set­tled in Fort Macleod to raise their chil­dren and be closer to fam­ily. Meech is a mem­ber of the Elks of Canada ser­vice club and sits on the mi­nor hockey board along­side his wife. In their spare time, the Meech fam­ily en­joys camp­ing, hik­ing, and vis­it­ing Meech’s par­ents in Water­ton.

For the past 15 years, Meech has worked in oil and gas drilling for the past 15 years, 13 of those be­ing with the same drilling con­tract­ing com­pany.

“Work­ing in up­stream oil and gas has def­i­nitely pro­vided me with the get things done per­spec­tive that I be­lieve is needed in the leg­is­la­ture,” Meech said.

Through­out all his pur­suits, Meech says that he has al­ways been po­lit­i­cally-minded and has spent his adult life search­ing and re­search­ing a po­lit­i­cal party that is right for him and that he can sup­port.

“The po­lit­i­cal cli­mate has be­come very po­lar­ized and I be­lieve that there is a mid­dle ground that is be­ing un­der­served,” Meech said. “I hope my po­lit­i­cal knowl­edge and fresh per­spec­tive will ben­e­fit those in my rid­ing.”

Meech truly ap­pre­ci­ates the ex­treme di­ver­sity found within the Liv­ing­stone-Macleod rid­ing and is aware that as that di­ver­sity con­tin­ues to grow, so does the cost of liv­ing and both he and the Al­berta Party want to be as help­ful as they can to that sit­u­a­tion.

“We have been out talk­ing to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble by host­ing meet and greet events, go­ing to com­mu­nity events, and so­cial me­dia en­gage­ment,” Meech said. “Peo­ple have been very re­cep­tive to the Al­berta Party mes­sage. They are tired of the old di­vi­sive na­ture of pol­i­tics. The great part about the Al­berta Party is the prag­matic, so­lu­tions-based ap­proach we bring to the ta­ble. The tired, old, di­vi­sive, and com­bat­ive ide­o­log­i­cally driven way of pol­i­tics will not help Al­berta. It is time for some­thing dif­fer­ent.”

If Meech is elected, he would like to fo­cus on the party’s shared goals that in­clude pro­vid­ing chil­dren with proper, well funded ed­u­ca­tion; pro­vid­ing uni­ver­sal health­care, en­sur­ing in­fra­struc­ture is up to date, and many other pur­suits that will ben­e­fit the peo­ple of Al­berta.

“I plan to work tire­lessly,” Meech said. “I am proud of the fact that dis­agree­ments we have with the gov­ern­ment are driven by ev­i­dence-based pol­icy de­ci­sions. I am wor­ried that huge cuts in ed­u­ca­tion and health­care will dis­pro­por­tion­ately af­fect ru­ral rid­ings. Phys­i­cal, men­tal, and so­cial health sup­ports in ru­ral rid­ings need to be as ac­ces­si­ble here as in our ur­ban cen­tres.”

Meech says that the Al­berta Party’s vi­sion state­ment is "We will form a gov­ern­ment com­mit­ted to di­ver­sity, in­tegrity, trans­parency, and col­lab­o­ra­tion. As lead­ers of pos­i­tive change, we value in­clu­sive­ness, ideas over ide­olo­gies, and cham­pion eco­nomic, en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity.” This state­ment, Meech says, pro­vides a hope of over­turn­ing the neg­a­tive stigma that has at­tached it­self to pol­i­tics over the years and he is hope­ful that the vot­ers see that.

“There seems to be this neg­a­tiv­ity that has en­tered the po­lit­i­cal world,” Meech said. “Con­stant bick­er­ing about ide­o­log­i­cal view points leaves the ev­ery­day works of mak­ing life bet­ter for Al­ber­tans be­hind.”

Meech says that the Al­berta Party is fo­cused on mak­ing life bet­ter for Al­ber­tans and to prove that their in­tent is sin­cere, the cau­cus has re­leased a shadow bud­get. The shadow bud­get in­cludes ini­tia­tives such as in­creased spend­ing on K-12 ed­u­ca­tion, an over­view on schools are built and de­signed; in­fra­struc­ture, em­pow­er­ing front-line health­care pro­fes­sion­als to ad­vo­cate for in­no­va­tive changes, and re­form­ing the way EMS is dis­patched so paramedics are able to spend more time in the com­mu­ni­ties.

“I be­lieve that Al­berta Party can take the prov­ince where it needs to be through fis­cal and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity,” Meech said. “My hope is that all Al­ber­tans have an af­ford­able and great qual­ity of life as our prov­ince has the ca­pa­bil­ity to pro­vide such, and I be­lieve the Al­berta Party has the an­swers.”

TIM MEECH

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