Despite all of the challenges we have faced this past year, Alberta’s government remains laser-focused on the economy. Our new Ministry of Jobs, Economy, and Innovation has already made extraordinary efforts to make Alberta an appealing place for technology investment, while Alberta Energy is cutting red tape and regulations, and ensuring our voice is heard in Washington and in global financial centres around the world. I am doing my part to attract investments and seek new trade with foreign markets.
I have taken the time to introduce the Premier and my colleagues to some of my business investor friends from India and the United States, who represent major global conglomerates and senior investment bankers. Alberta has plenty of products and expertise that are in high demand in emerging markets, and Alberta’s government is making every effort to tell that story in every corner of the globe.
As the vaccination of Albertans continues to roll out, life will slowly get back to normal, and I expect our economy to recover. I am very hopeful that my constituents and indeed, all Albertans, will see this work begin paying off in the form of jobs and investment in our communities.
I also want to thank constituents for their support of the Veteran’s Food Bank Drive where we were able to raise $25,000 worth of groceries for local Calgary veterans, as well as my Christmas moustache shave which raised more than $83,000 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. In a difficult past 11 months for many, the generosity of Albertans has been overwhelming.
On that hopeful note, I wish you a happy Family Day and continued good health!
Prasad Panda, MLA