Happy New Year!
As we enter 2021, I believe hope is finally on the horizon for our province as we do the work to recover from the global pandemic, the worldwide economic recession, and the oil price collapse.
All of us have felt the impacts of COVID-19. Some are grieving after losing a family member or friend, others have lost their jobs or businesses, and each of us has faced uncertainty and concern over rising case counts and government restrictions.
Everyone wants a return to normal, and I am hopeful that inoculations will become available to our most vulnerable in fairly short order.
Alberta’s government made unprecedented investments in infrastructure in 2020, in order to keep people working. Important projects in Calgary, like Stoney Trail, the Calgary Cancer Centre, and more than a dozen schools saw impressive progress, despite the pandemic. We also announced a major expansion to the Peter Lougheed Hospital and a new power plant for the Foothills Hospital.
In addition, I was happy to announce significant provincial and federal government support for flood mitigation for downtown Calgary. These projects will help us avoid the devastation of the 2013 floods for years to come, while providing important construction jobs in the nearer term.
Entering this new year, Alberta’s government remains laser-focused on the economy. Our new Ministry of Jobs, Economy, and Innovation has already put forth extraordinary efforts to make Alberta an appealing place for technology investment, while the Energy Ministry is cutting red tape and regulations, and offering competitive incentives for petrochemical diversification.
As the global economy recovers, I am very hopeful that residents of Calgary-Edgemont will see this work begin paying off in the form of jobs and investment in our community.
As always it remains my pleasure to serve you.
Prasad Panda, MLA