As I travel around our constituency I’m again reminded of how important it is to explain the nomination process that political parties use to field their candidates in elections.
Every party opens up a nomination process that allows members in good standing to collect signatures of fellow party members to support them to represent, in this case, the Progressive Conservative Party in the upcoming election. It’s my belief that making sure you send the strongest voice for your party forward is as important as who we elect in our provincial election. Only party members are allowed to vote in a nomination and anyone who is a Canadian citizen and resides in the Drumheller Stettler constituency and is 14 years or older may take part.
Please take time to get involved.
I believe sending a strong and respected voice to represent the interests of the people in all of our communities has never been more important than it is today. In a time that we are facing some very serious revenue issues in the province of Alberta, it is even more important that someone is at the table to protect the rural and remote communities in the establishment of grant funding and program funding. We cannot allow the education of our children and grandchildren in rural Alberta to be compromised by underfunding that would disadvantage these children in comparison to the urban counterparts. The three largest industries that fuel our province’s economy are energy, agriculture and tourism. Alberta is an export economy. We export close to 80% of the natural resources that we produce in the oil and gas industry and the agriculture industry. These resources come from communities like ours and provide Albertans with jobs and wealth. As strong partners in determining Alberta’s future, we require safe communities where our children may receive excellent educational opportunities, where families will have long term employment opportunities and where seniors will be able to retire in their own communities with the dignity that is owed them. By working together we have been able to build new schools and modernize others, build new health facilities and improve others, build community centres and recreation centres to meet the needs of our communities and to build new seniors lodges, fire halls and transportation infrastructure to meet the needs of our communities.
As the fourth generation of my family to own and operate our 104-year-old family farm, protecting the rights of property owners is very much a priority of mine. It is important to me that we are able to preserve our farms and farming communities for future generations. The high quality crops and livestock that we produce represent the largest renewable resource opportunities for Alberta. Please take time to buy a PC membership and vote on March 21 for Jack Hayden to represent our party in the next provincial election. Thank you, Jack
- Former Councillor and Reeve for the County of Stettler
- Central Region Director, Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC)
- 6 terms as President of the AAMDC
- Housing Authority Board
- Agricultural Services Board
- Municipal Planning Commission
- School Board Chair, School Trustee
- Rural Development Strategy Task Force
- Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Board of Directors
- Chair of FCM Transportation and Communication Committee
- Served on FCM’s National Environment Committee
- FCM Roll of Honour for serving the FCM and Municipal Governments with Distinction
- Prime Minister’s External Advisory Committee on Cities and Communities (This report was delivered to Prime Minister Harper, June 2006)
- Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for service to his nation and community
Elected MLA Drumheller Stettler 2007
Appointed Minister of Infrastructure 2008
Appointed Minister of Agriculture2010
Appointed Minister of Tourism Parks and Recreation 2011