Posted on Sep 6, 2016
This August has been one of my busiest months since becoming MLA for Spruce Grove-St. Albert. There have been numerous community events and government policy announcements, which, when you consider the Legislature is not in session, is a welcome surprise.
The undisputed highlight of the last few weeks was hosting my first annual Labour Day BBQ. We set up shop in Columbus Park and served over 150 free meals throughout the afternoon. It was a great community event!
Although the Labour Day weekend is a time to relax with family and friends and enjoy the end of the summer months, it’s important to remember what Labour Day symbolizes and recognize the importance of the workers’ rights movements that fought for and secured what many of us take for granted: an eight hour day, five day work week, pensions and benefits, just to name a few examples. That’s why I’m proud to celebrate Labour Day, and I’m happy to have met so many constituents at my BBQ. Thanks goes out to my staff and volunteers who made the event possible.
Keeping in the spirit of Labour Day, this summer has been full of policy announcements which will diversify our economy and create jobs for workers, including the recent announcement of the CARES program.
Through the new Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program, municipalities and communities across Alberta will be eligible to apply for grants to support economic initiatives that: improve the local business environment and regional economic collaboration; provide more support for entrepreneurs to grow and succeed; support industries with a strong potential to diversify; and attract investment that drives high-value job creation.
As an MLA who represents Albertans living in both rural and urban areas, I am truly excited about this announcement. I believe the CARES program will be a great help at the local level, especially for entrepreneurs outside of major centres.
The government has also taken the initiative to get the most value out of our natural resources with the Petrochemicals Diversification Program (PDP). Announced earlier this year, the PDP is encouraging investment in Alberta’s petrochemical industry, specifically methane and propane upgrading. Sixteen local and international investors have applied to take part in the program - that is twice as many as expected and represents more than $20 billion in potential investment interest in Alberta’s petrochemicals industry. I expect this program to stimulate much of the economy in Spruce Grove-St. Albert, particularly within the Acheson Business Park.
Our NDP Caucus pledged to support greater economic growth and diversification - these are just some ways we are acting on that commitment.
With September already upon us, I’m looking forward to what the new month brings! As always, feel free to reach out to my office should you require assistance with government programs or want to share feedback on government policy. You can reach my office at:
Trevor Horne, MLA
Spruce Grove-St. Albert
Suite 60, 210 McLeod Avenue
Spruce Grove, T7X 2K5