Alberta Party candidate Joe Anglin says he wants to lower utility rates and work on finding solutions to Alberta’s economic problems if elected.
The former Wildrose MLA is looking to take back the Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre constituency.
He says he decided to “throw his name into the hat” because of the economical problems affecting not just his constituents, but all of Alberta.
“My reputation is well known in the industry, all people have to do is look at their gas bill and their electric bill and just look at all the extra charges that are on those bills,” said Anglin, adding he is one of the few people who can tell you how companies are “ripping you off” on your utilities.
“There’s a way to reduce those bills by more than half almost immediately if we have the will to do it,” Anglin said. “If we get that that could substantially help our local communities.”
He explained there is a low cost for energy being exported, but companies are gouging consumers and businesses locally with high prices.
“It doesn’t make sense and almost all that is embedded in those extra charges that appears on everyone’s utility bills, so that’s one of my main focuses,” said Anglin, adding he is a voice these utility companies do not want to hear in the legislature.
Anglin said his “real focus” is to try to come up with solutions to the economical problems in Alberta.
He explained eliminating delays with the pipelines by holding regulators accountable will help the economy, but he believes the best approach for the economy right now is on the short term with the utility bills.
Also, Anglin said he is and has been a “huge advocate” for property rights and supports Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) in schools.
“Wherever these GSAs are located they do a better job of dealing with school bullying than any other program I’ve seen to date and the data supports that,” Anglin said, adding these groups have a positive impact on all students.
Additionally, Anglin says he is “not a party person.”
“I stay true to my own values and so one of the conditions I’ve always had and will still maintain today more than ever is I will vote my conscience in the best interest of my constituents,” said Anglin. “I will never, ever vote party line when it is contrary to the best interest of my constituents.”