Calgary Sun- Letter to the Editor from MLA Pat Stier


This letter was written in response to the article written by Lorne Gunter. Mr.Gunter claims the Fort Macleod Training Facility is not a neccesity and would have been wasteful spending. This was my response.


Baby tossed  with bathwater

In “Wildrose can’t have it both ways,” (Sept. 14) columnist Lorne Gunter raised issue with the strong Wildrose support for the Alberta Public Security and Law Enforcement Training Centre in my constituency of Livingstone-Macleod.

The police training college would not be wasteful spending, as suggested. Amalgamating training services into a single location is the most cost-effective way to ensure our men and women in uniform get the training they need to do their jobs. For over 10 years, the PC government supported, promoted and poured countless hours into the project. Five solicitor generals have supported the project, as well as many municipal enforcement agencies around the province, which recognized the cost savings of the single training centre concept. Instead, the PCs will be required to build training centres across the province.

Only a year ago, PC ministers and MLAs gathered in Fort Macleod to break ground for this project. Just two months ago, newly appointed Solicitor General Jonathon Denis gave the project the green light. Fort Macleod is in mid-construction of the service lines to the centre, while a $9.2 million sewer treatment facility, designed to support the project, has been completed.

Now the PC government has thrown out the baby with the bathwater. Our Wildrose Caucus can understand the need to delay some important infrastructure projects such as this one until the province’s deficit is eliminated, but to permanently pull the rug from under the feet of the people of Fort Macleod and this province is unacceptable. The government owes it to Albertans to reconsider.

Pat Stier, MLA