As of July 1st – Canada Day – we are now officially Open for Summer and open for good. Thanks to the hard work and sacrifices of Albertans over the past 16 months, Albertans serving on the front lines throughout the pandemic, and the benefits of modern medicine, we can now put the pandemic behind us and enjoy reconnecting in person with family and friends. I want to say a special thank you to our health care workers who served selflessly through each wave of COVID-19, working tirelessly to save lives. While restrictions have been lifted, Albertans are encouraged to exercise discernment and continue to make decisions for themselves and their families that best serve their health needs.
With the pandemic in the rearview mirror, we can now turn our attention to Alberta’s Recovery Plan, which will focus on job creation, protection, and economic diversification. We have invested hundreds of millions of dollars into relaunching Alberta’s economy, cut over 100,000 regulations to attract new investments into the province, and made it easier for Alberta businesses to get back to work. Near to my heart is the Child and Youth Well-Being Review, which is studying the effects of the pandemic’s impact on young Albertans. Supporting mental and physical health will ensure that the next generation of Albertan leaders are well equipped to meet the challenges of adult life and pave the way toward a bright future for our province. In fact, I believe the Child and Youth Well-Being Review may be the single, most important component of our recovery.
Lastly, I want to tell you a bit about what I am doing this summer. I am pleased to announce that my constituency office is now open for in-person visits, and I cannot wait to connect with you again face-to-face. In June I was honoured to partake in the Chair-Leaders event, which draws attention to the accessibility of our public spaces – see some action shots below. And last week on Canada Day I stepped up to take a double shift at the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association’s dunk tank in support of the Salvation Army. I have to say this is, by far, my favourite way to express grievances, and we raised over $1,000 for this great cause! Over the rest of the summer I will be hosting a number of events in Grande Prairie with various ministers, and preparing for our Fall session in October. Now that we are past restrictions, I look forward to seeing you out and about in our great city.
I hope you all have a very happy and healthy summer.
Yours in service,
Tracy L. Allard, MLA
Grande Prairie Constituency
|The participants of the Chair-Leaders event.|
|Wheeling around Muskoseepi park.|
|Canada Day dunk tank in support of the Salvation Army.|