There is much work to do in the legislature

Albertans are concerned about the economy, a new carbon tax and the state of the budget

 

This past week, Alberta lost former Premier Jim Prentice. By all accounts, he was a decent man who dedicated his life to serving Alberta and Canada. I respect his dedication and we should honour him, even if you don’t agree with his party or politics.

On Oct. 31st, MLAs will be returning to the legislature.

There is no shortage of important work to do. Albertans are worried about the economy, a new carbon tax and the state of the budget. I can promise you Wildrose MLAs will continue to present constructive solutions.

I hear from folks across the constituency that what they expect from all politicians today is not attacks on individuals but getting results for the people they serve.

In the late 1700s, Thomas Payne wrote a now famous book, the Rights of Man. In it he articulated that we need to recognize the difference between the person who is our leader and the policies of government.

That’s the type of politics we will be focused on when we take our seats in the legislature. We will ask hard and pointed questions on government policies that in are bringing further uncertainty to our economy, ensuring life becomes more expensive for families and making a tough situation much worse.

You will see Wildrose focus on the issues that matter most to you, provide clear solutions and be fierce advocates for making our province once again a leader in job growth, in keeping our communities safe and in taking care of the vulnerable.

In our Lacombe-Ponoka riding the top concern is related to the justice system and rural crime.

As was recently said by a local resident who stopped in my office, “The system we have is not working.”

This is an understatement.

On the Crime Severity Index recently released, Alberta scored among the worst of all the provinces. This is not acceptable.

It’s a complex issue. It requires all three levels of government doing their part to ensure our front-line officers have the resources they need, that we have the right laws in place to keep criminals off our streets and that we are always focused on treating those who suffer because of crime with incredible compassion.

For the past several years, we have had a shortage of judges, which has meant our courts have been too clogged up, leading to delays which sometimes let criminals get off Scot free. Wildrose has consistently pushed the province and Ottawa to appoint new positions here in Alberta with a much greater sense of urgency.

In Central Alberta, the court house does not have enough court rooms to keep up with the number of cases.

I have been speaking with municipal leaders, the local RCMP staff sergeants and County sheriffs about this.

The ‘revolving door’ that continually turns criminals back on the street is troublesome to all.

At the core of the problem, too much of our system puts the rights of criminals above the rights of victims.

While I believe offenders should be helped I do not think it is reasonable to put vulnerable and innocent citizens at risk of violence or property loss in the process.

Our system is so afraid of a small statistical risk of improper conviction that it now accepts a large statistical risk of re-victimization of the citizenry. This is not right.

If you have thoughts or concerns please contact my Constituency Office at 403-782-7725 or e-mail Lacombe.ponoka@assembly.ab.ca or by fax 403-782-3307 or mail at 101, 4892 46 Street, Lacombe, Ab T4L 2B4.

Ron Orr is the MLA for the Lacombe-Ponoka constituency.

 

Just Posted

WATCH: Blackfalds Days Parade takes over community

Floats from all over central Alberta wows crowd

PHOTOS: Blackfalds Minor Baseball Tournament

Teams from all over the province squared off in Blackfalds

City of Lacombe, WCPS recognize teacher Steve Schultz for his recent Prime Minister’s Award

Schultz has pioneered student-led initiatives through the Ecovision Club and the URL Club

Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange stops by Lacombe

LaGrange takes questions from Grade 6 students

City of Lacombe recognizes outstanding volunteers

City events rely heavily on volunteers

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

Alberta Mountie found not guilty of dangerous driving causing pedestrian’s death

RCMP Const. Michelle Phillips also found not guilty of dangerous driving causing bodily harm

Three Albertans land ‘monster’ sturgeon in B.C.’s Fraser River

For angler who landed the exceptionally large sturgeon it was an ‘incredible dream come true’

Toronto Raptors and their diverse team celebrated worldwide

Team is made up of players from the U.S., Canada, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, and Spain

Further murder charge laid after alleged targeted hits in two Alberta cities

Jimmy Truong, who is 27, has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Louie Angelo Mojica

Pot edibles, topicals and extracts to hit shelves no earlier than mid-December: Ottawa

Health Canada wrapped its public consultation on the draft rules for cannabis products in February

We the North: Delirious fans celebrate as Raptors win NBA title

Supporters from all over Canada cheer Toronto’s triumph

Excited, anxious fans prepare for Raptors to play in Game 6 of the NBA Finals

The Raptors currently lead the Warriors 3-2 in the best-of-seven series

Most Read