Candidates for the Alberta Party leadership race made a stop in the Fort.
 
Monday night (Feb.5), three hopefuls spoke to a crowd, answered questions and held a meet and greet.
 
Those running include Kara Levis, chair of the National Women’s Liberal Commission, Rick Fraser, the Calgary-South East MLA and Stephen Mandel, former mayor of Edmonton.
 
All three of the candidates gave their priorities.
 
Levis: "I want to make sure that we're putting fiscal responsibility at the core and that means getting off the resource revenue roller coaster and having stable sources of government funding so that we can continue to invest in excellent high-quality education and health care services for all Albertans."
 
Fraser: "I would come up with a ministerial order that stops all ambulance wait times and come up with a matrix that's going to move our ambulances back into our communities that desperately need them and rely on them. That's one issue for this area that I know is growing. I've championed the Sturgeon Refinery and other projects with Pembina and Inter Pipeline. I think those things are important to compete with places like the United States."
 
Mandel: "In Alberta right now, I think people are worried about jobs, creation of jobs and opportunities. I think managing government effectively and managing the government so it's fiscally responsible, but also understanding that you have to deliver services to Albertans, like education, health care etc. It's finding a balance between revenue coming in and revenue going out and spending it properly."
 
They also had ways they think they can benefit the Fort and surrounding area.
 
Levis: "For Fort Saskatchewan one of the key things is making sure that economic development is on the forefront for what we do. We know that a lot of the oil business has been in transition and this is the kind of community that can be hit hard by that. Looking for solutions to make sure that when we see technological change in the oil industry or other industries that we are supporting people in upgrading skills and being prepared for the economy of the future."
 
Fraser: "Because I'm a seeded MLA currently in the legislature, people wouldn't have to wait for the leader to get in through a by-election. I could go in on March 8th and start championing the same issues that I've championed for this area, whether it's the Sturgeon Refinery, rural health care, ambulance care, rural crime, those sort of things that creep into these communities."
 
Mandel: "You look at Fort Saskatchewan and the county of Strathcona and Sturgeon, it's all about upgrading large projects. We need to find out how effective they are and if they are we need to find ways to encourage them and work with industry to create more opportunity. It's about creating jobs." 
 
The vote will take place between February 25-27, election results will be announced on Feb.27.
 

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