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Nixon: Unity looks forward

MLA Jason Nixon’s column

This week, our United Conservative Official Opposition returns to the Legislature fully united, stronger, and more motivated than ever.

We have the wind at our backs, fresh off a highly competitive leadership election that cemented conservative unification once and for all.

Our new leader, Mr. Jason Kenney, received a clear mandate from across the province to take our common-sense movement onward and upward. The members of our party are now united in a big, broad, and diverse coalition that seeks to renew the Alberta Advantage. Why is hope now on the horizon?

The answer is you.

Regular, common-sense folks here in Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre, joined by our friends and neighbours across Central Alberta, came to the realization that Mr. Kenney is the most competent, experienced, and reliably conservative option to serve as Alberta’s next Premier.

We realized that if we truly want to restore property rights, get rid of Bill 6, kill the carbon tax, fix rural healthcare, and bring jobs back to Alberta, we need the experienced, common-sense leadership to replace the NDP’s ideological worldview.

And so we did what we always do: We stepped up. We put the unity of our movement and the future of Alberta first.

We moved, and the province is moving with us.

So, what happens next? Well, that largely depends on us. By playing a crucial role in the outcome of last week’s leadership vote, our region is now acknowledged as a leader within the United Conservative movement. This is a responsibility we must not take lightly, but it is also an opportunity for us to help put our province back on track.

As many of you know, Mr. Kenney has asked me to act on his behalf as the Leader of the Official Opposition within the Legislature. This is a role I am proud to accept, on behalf of our region, until such time as Mr. Kenney wins his upcoming by-election.

In addition, I have been asked to take the reins as House Leader from my friend and colleague Nathan Cooper, who served as our Interim Leader through the leadership process. There is no question that over the past three months Mr. Cooper has demonstrated great skill and determination in the cause of unity. I believe we all owe him a substantial debt of gratitude, and I will work hard to live up to his example.

Like Mr. Kenney and Mr. Cooper, I am fully committed to uniting Albertans and offering them a common-sense vision that goes far beyond simply winning the next election. Just as we brought conservatives together, we will seek to bring Albertans together in 2019. Where the government struggles to maintain power by dividing folks, we will focus on putting people ahead of politics, and trusting you to make the right choices for your family and your community. This is how you build a government truly worthy of Albertans.

Jason Kenney knows that unity looks forward: Always onward; always upward; always together. More than any other political leader in Alberta’s recent history, Mr. Kenney embodies the spirit of unity. It has been his mission for the past 18 months.

The good news is that, thanks to you, he’s just getting started.

For more information, contact:

Constituency Office

117 Centre St. Sundre, AB T0M 1X0

Phone 403-638-5029

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