“Because I am an immigrant, I am an Albertan by choice”
“Our family hoped for a new life in Canada”
“Our family recognized that Alberta is the land of opportunity”
“You appreciate money when you haven’t had a lot of it”
“I know how hard small business people have to work to keep the lights on”
“In government, I focus on practical results for people”
The Blood Samples Act, the first legislation I introduced, allows emergency workers (police, fire, and health workers) to go to the courts and compel a blood sample from someone they believe has given them a communicable disease.
Changes to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program which I introduced mean that some temporary foreign workers can apply to stay and become a permanent part of our workforce and our province. This one adjustment has changed the destiny of about 1000 Alberta families.
As an MLA who led the review of Low-Income Programs, and later as Minister of Employment and Immigration, I supported a number of changes to social programs and services. Tax refunds were no longer clawed back from welfare recipients. Employers were encouraged to set up hiring fairs in welfare offices. Twitter accounts and Facebook pages were set up to promote job openings to young people.
“I’ve never been afraid to ruffle a few feathers”
When parents in Morinville could not get a traditional “public” education for their children, I introduced legislation to ensure the same options enjoyed by other Albertans were available there.
When Thomas Mulcair was saying that the oil sands were ruining Canada, I was on hand to remind him about the jobs and opportunities created for workers right across the country.
When the provincial government was looking at municipal funding formulas, I spoke out against the plan – and sided with Edmonton’s mayor – to press for funding which reflected that Edmonton’s needs were different from Calgary’s.
When the federal government restricted the Temporary Foreign Worker program and compromised Canadians’ jobs and businesses, I called for fair rules and strict enforcement.
And when the government faced criticism for spending levels, I was the only Cabinet minister to say that government needed to earn back Albertans’ trust.
“There are countless ways to help people”
I am married to Stacey Brotzel and we have two wonderful daughters.
“I’ll always be a dad”