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The candidates operating to be MLA in Fort McMurray's two ridings

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Alberta’s legislature has been dissolved and Election Day is on Might 29.

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Campaigning formally started on Might 1, however the UCP and NDP have campaigned unofficially for months. Each events argue they’re Alberta’s greatest wager for a steady financial system, reasonably priced dwelling prices, a powerful well being care system and strong vitality sector.

These points are high priorities for all candidates operating in Fort McMurray’s two ridings, Fort McMurray-Wooden Buffalo and Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche.

Fort McMurray As we speak spoke with all native candidates operating within the upcoming election.

An all-candidates debate will probably be held on the Fort McMurray Golf Membership on Might 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This can be a free occasion, however please register your attendance for seating functions.

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L-R: Brian Jean, UCP candidate for Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche; and Tany Yao, UCP candidate for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo. Photos by Azin Ghaffari and Vincent McDermott
L-R: Brian Jean, UCP candidate for Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche; and Tany Yao, UCP candidate for Fort McMurray-Wooden Buffalo. Images by Azin Ghaffari and Vincent McDermott

Incumbent UCP MLAs make huge guarantees for Fort McMurray

Brian Jean and Tany Yao are assured that Fort McMurray will stay a loyal shade of UCP blue on the finish of the election. Even with a victory, the 2 incumbents say the UCP is simply getting began with investing in Fort McMurray.

“I’m feeling good, I’m feeling optimistic. We’ve completed superb work, contemplating the place we had been eight months in the past within the polls,” mentioned Jean. “We’ve to win the hearts and minds of Albertans and in some components of the province, that’s going to be simpler than different components of the province.”

The UCP has praised its well being care reforms which have improved ambulance response occasions, reduce emergency division wait occasions and eased surgical procedure backlogs. The get together admits Alberta’s well being care system nonetheless wants extra work in these areas, although.

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Yao, who completed his time period because the parliamentary secretary for rural well being, plans on selling applications that can encourage medical doctors, nurses and medical specialists to settle in rural Alberta.

The Alberta authorities is engaged on increasing doctor coaching into Lethbridge and Grande Prairie. Yao needs Fort McMurray, Purple Deer and Drugs Hat added to that listing. The plan is predicated off related applications in northern Ontario and B.C. The hope is these college students will keep in rural communities.

“From there these communities will probably be hubs and we will prepare extra folks rurally,” mentioned Yao.

The UCP have made main transportation guarantees domestically. Final month, Jean and Transportation Minister Deven Dreeshen introduced plans to attach Fort McMurray and the Grande Prairie area with an enlargement of Freeway 686.

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The plan is to construct a 218-kilometre, two-lane gravel street from Fort McMurray to Peerless Lake. Grading is predicted to start this 12 months and paving on some sections will probably be completed by 2025. The complete venture is predicted to take 5 years to complete.

The Alberta authorities can also be twinning practically 12 kilometres of Freeway 63 north of Fort McMurray throughout the subsequent three years. Security enhancements are deliberate for Freeway 881.

Take a look at the UCP’s election platform.

Tanika Chaisson, NDP candidate for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo.
Tanika Chaisson, NDP candidate for Fort McMurray-Wooden Buffalo.

NDP candidate blasts UCP on dealing with of affordability disaster

NDP candidate Tanika Chaisson is specializing in health-care, the financial system, child-care, training and affordability. In an interview, Chaisson mentioned class sizes are too giant and faculties are understaffed, youngster care and health-care is tough to search out, and nearly every thing is just too costly nowadays.

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“The UCP haven’t completed affordability properly… you ought to see peoples’ utility payments on this neighborhood,” she mentioned. “These are all issues I’ll convey ahead within the legislature and higher our lives right here.”

Chaisson is a laboratory technician with Suncor Power. Like many Fort McMurray residents, Chaisson arrived in 2013 from Newfoundland. She studied environmental chemistry at Memorial College.

She rejects criticisms from the UCP that the NDP will harm Alberta’s oilsands business. Chaisson has labored within the oilsands for a decade, which she says proves the NDP helps Alberta’s oil and gasoline sector.

“Fort McMurray wants funding. We’ve an vitality sector that’s beneath assault now and now we have a celebration that can assist us environmentally and economically,” she mentioned. “The NDP is the right staff to collaborate with completely different teams, together with employees, to pave one of the best path ahead for our vitality sector.”

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For months, the NDP have made guarantees to repair the health-care system, and rent extra health-care employees and academics. The get together guarantees to finish most of the UCP’s plans, akin to making a provincial police pressure and leaving the Canada Pension Plan.

Calan Hobbs, the NDP candidate for Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche, couldn’t be reached for an interview.

Take a look at the Alberta NDP’s platform.

Brad Friesen stands with his wife Terri Friesen at a “Support Dunvegan Gardens” rally outside of the Jubilee Centre on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Cullen Bird/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Brad Friesen stands together with his spouse Terri Friesen at a “Assist Dunvegan Gardens” rally exterior of the Jubilee Centre on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Cullen Chook/Fort McMurray As we speak/Postmedia Community

Brad Friesen presents an alternate choice with the Alberta Social gathering

Brad Friesen says the Alberta Social gathering is a centrist selection for people who find themselves not impressed with how the UCP or NDP have ruled Alberta.

Because the merger, he has been sad with the UCP’s strategy to well being care and training. He has by no means supported the NDP and doesn’t belief the get together’s administration of the oilsands.

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“My drawback with the UCP is I’ve seen 4 years of combating to find out who’s going to guide. It’s nonetheless taking place with some camps within the get together. After awhile, you assume ‘when’s it going to finish?’” he mentioned in an interview. “And I’ve by no means been a supporter of the NDP and the NDP has by no means been an enormous contributor to grease.”

Friesen, an oilsands employee who ran Dunvegan Gardens earlier than it closed, mentioned he voted for PC and Wildrose candidates earlier than the 2 events merged into the UCP.

He says the UCP’s promised freeway corridors will not be sufficient to show Fort McMurray right into a regional hub. Friesen needs to see extra routes connecting Fort McMurray to different communities.

He’s a supporter of an all-weather street to Fort Chipewyan. He says the present winter street program limits funding and is unsustainable for the long-term.

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He’s additionally a supporter of investing and selling agricultural applications, notably greenhouses.

“My ardour and my love remains to be greenhouses and Fort McMurray wants it,” he mentioned. “That’s what I’ve been advocating for on this a part of Alberta.”

Friesen has been advised he would possibly break up votes. The Alberta Social gathering has additionally completed poorly in Fort McMurray, and within the 2021 byelection the get together mustered 99 votes. However Friesen mentioned it’s necessary for voters to decide on an alternate path away from the UCP or NDP.

“I’m simply searching for constructive change and assist for the on daily basis individual by one of the best well being care, higher methods to extend all Albertans’ wealth and larger stability in a each day altering world,” he mentioned.

Discover out what the Alberta Social gathering stands for with their guiding rules.

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Councillor Funky Banjoko speaks after being sworn in as a Ward 1 councillor for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo on Oct. 25, 2021. Photo by Greg Halinda/Greg Halinda Photography
Councillor Funky Banjoko speaks after being sworn in as a Ward 1 councillor for the Regional Municipality of Wooden Buffalo on Oct. 25, 2021. Photograph by Greg Halinda/Greg Halinda Pictures

Funky Banjoko guarantees an unfiltered voice within the legislature

Regardless of who’s elected premier on Might 29, Funky Banjoko is within the opposition if she is elected as an impartial MLA for Fort McMurray-Wooden Buffalo.

However, Banjoko says her voice within the legislature wouldn’t undergo the filter of whichever get together kinds authorities. She can also be open to becoming a member of a celebration sooner or later primarily based on their plans for the area.

“Issues like well being care and never having sufficient household medical doctors or specialists are main points. Little one care is one other concern for the younger households of Fort McMurray. There’s additionally challenges with psychological well being, we’d like extra assist with that,” mentioned Banjoko in an interview.

Different insurance policies would come with supporting Keyano Faculty and selling council priorities, akin to selling native companies and inspiring store native campaigns.

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Banjoko, who has been a councillor because the Oct. 2021 election, has not needed to touch upon what she likes and dislikes concerning the platforms of the UCP or NDP. She says she is keen to work with each events to attain her objectives for the Fort McMurray-Wooden Buffalo driving.

Funky Banjoko’s Fb web page may be seen right here.

Zulkifl Mujahid celebrates at the Eagly Ridge YMCA after winning the UCP’s nomination race for the Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo riding on Sunday, December 4, 2022. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Zulkifl Mujahid celebrates on the Eagly Ridge YMCA after successful the UCP’s nomination race for the Fort McMurray-Wooden Buffalo driving on Sunday, December 4, 2022. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray As we speak/Postmedia Community

Zulkifl Mujahid is over Danielle Smith, operating as an impartial

After weeks of hoping UCP Chief Danielle Smith will take him again, Zulkifl Mujahid needs nothing to do with the UCP and is operating as an impartial candidate.

Mujahid was elected because the UCP candidate in a November nomination race, defeating incumbent MLA Tany Yao. Final month, Mujahid was eliminated because the candidate due to two non-criminal authorized issues. The get together changed Mujahid with Yao.

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Mujahid registered as an impartial candidate on Might 2. The Elections Alberta web site reveals he dropped out briefly on Might 8. This was the identical day certainly one of his authorized issues, a restraining order from Fort McMurray realtor Athir Mehmood, was changed with a mutual no-contact order. The second problem, a $300,000 lawsuit from Sultan Zamman of Sultan Administration Group, has but to be scheduled.

Mujahid is again as an impartial candidate and has accepted the UCP don’t need him as their candidate. If he’s elected, Mujahid will probably be within the opposition irrespective of who wins on Might 29. He has no plans to hitch a celebration.

“I need to keep as an impartial. I imagine now there’s a lot corruption in all events,” he mentioned in an interview. “What they did to me they may do to the folks… I gained’t be answerable to any get together.”

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Mujahid says his priorities are training, well being care and infrastructure. He didn’t need to point out particular concepts on selling these points due to fears different candidates will steal his concepts.

“We do have some plans which I’ll convey when it’s time,” he mentioned. “I don’t need to disclose these plans as a result of principally folks take these plans.”

Yao has refused to touch upon Mujahid’s marketing campaign, whereas Jean says the UCP had a proper to disqualify him. Banjoko additionally didn’t need to touch upon the feud. Chaisson and Friesen argue the feud between Yao and Mujahid reveals the UCP is unstable versus the NDP or Alberta Social gathering.

Zulkifl Mujahid’s Fb web page may be discovered right here.


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