Local MLAs had full plates in 2022

Local MLAs had full plates in 2022

Breadcrumb Trail Links News Local News Last year Secretary of Technology and Innovation Nate Glubish presented the Tsuut’ina Nation with $2.6 million in funding to improve access to broadband services in support of the Alberta Broadband Strategy. Photo provided article content

The last year in Alberta was politically busy as a new leader took control of the ruling party.

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Strathcona-Sherwood Park MLA Nate Glubish was given a new position following Premier Danielle Smith’s inauguration and the local MLA was excited at the opportunity.

“One of the things I’m most looking forward to and most proud of is the Alberta Broadband Strategy. I was able to work on it for a few years and was able to launch it earlier this year. It is a credible and funded plan to ensure that every Albertan has reliable, high-speed internet over the next four years,” said Glubish, Secretary of State for Technology and Innovation. “This resulted in securing $708 million in funding, split 50/50 between the government and the province, and I am delighted to be working as Minister of Technology and Innovation in launching this strategy to continue as we bring connectivity to every corner of the province.”

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Glubish said it was important work not only for Alberta but for Strathcona County residents as well.

“I hear about it regularly, so it has been a great opportunity for me to work with Strathcona County to help them take advantage of the Alberta Broadband Strategy and the funding we are proposing, which I look forward to continuing to work on.” working with our mayor, council and borough government to ensure we can meet these connectivity needs across the borough,” he said.

Another major achievement for Glubish in 2022 was the Prompt Payment and Construction Lien Act, a scheme designed to help contractors and subcontractors get paid on time.

“It’s been two years of work working with every construction industry trade association you can think of to see how we’re solving the problem of people not getting paid on time for their work,” Glubish said. “If you work in the construction industry, you know you will be paid fairly and on time, and when a dispute arises, there is now a process to hear and resolve the dispute in a timely manner.”

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The MLA said it had been a problem for more than 10 years and the industry had reached out to the province to help create a payments system.

Looking ahead, Glubish said he has been working with the county on some road improvements.

“We know the county has told us that a developed transportation hub outside of the industrial heartland is critical to future growth in the heartland and containing the refineries and petrochemical plants, as well as critical to increasing the municipal tax base and creating jobs.” is,” Glubish said. “We are committed to moving this project forward, and we also look forward to doing whatever we can for this community.”

Another priority for the technology secretary is the modernization of government departments, for which he was later responsible under a mandate from Prime Minister Danielle Smith.

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Article Contents Sherwood Park MLA Jordan Walker attended the 2022 Sherwood Park Mall 50th Anniversary Celebration. Photo provided

Sherwood Park MLA Jordan Walker said he also had a busy year and achieved a big goal.

“My proudest moment over the past year was the announced planning funding for the Sherwood Heights replacement school and the investment of $1.5 million in our local hospital for an IV therapy room,” said Walker. “It’s especially important to me as an MLA and residents to bring investment funds home to Sherwood Park’s educational and healthcare needs.”

Glubish also mentioned this as a major achievement in 2022.

“Elk Island Public Schools have informed us that a replacement for Sherwood Heights Junior High School is high on their list and we have worked closely with them to champion this project and we will continue to do so ‘ said Glubish.

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Walker said he’s also had a strong focus on local issues over the past year.

“One important one I would like to highlight is the strong support for a replacement facility for our current Sherwood Park courthouse,” Walker said. “I have heard loud and clear from local residents that we need a replacement facility and that the current facility and location is not suitable. I am pleased that the Alberta Government has listened and has now directed an engineering firm to draw up plans to replace the Sherwood Park Courthouse.”

Walker and Glubish said one of the top priorities for 2023 is ensuring the area gets its fair share of the province’s investment funds in health, education and infrastructure.

“We’re a growing community with a strong local economy that pays our fair share of taxes to the province, so we earn our fair share of investment money coming back from the province,” Walker said. “That is and will remain my top priority in 2023.”

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