MLA Horner addresses constituent questions, concerns

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Drumheller-Stettler MLA Nate Horner answered constituent questions during a Facebook Live session on Wednesday, October 21 at the Alberta Legislature Building in Edmonton.

In the nearly hour-long livestream, MLA Horner answered questions ranging from the topic of the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s response, to concerns about rural crime, cuts to healthcare funding, the oil and gas industry, and more.

He discussed how rural municipalities face different concerns than their urban counterparts for both crime and healthcare though, regarding crime, noted the province’s drug problem is “driving a lot of the problem” and is not isolated to rural areas. MLA Horner also emphasized his ongoing advocacy for rural physicians.

He also tackled the topic of oil and gas, and the Monday, October 19 announcement from Minister of Municipal Affairs Tracy Allard. “I think Minister Allard came to a very fair compromise for the time being,” he said. The Keystone XL pipeline is currently being built in the Drumheller-Stettler riding and MLA Horner noted the impact to the area.

Other topics included student bus transportation, funding of irrigation projects across Southern Alberta, struggles with booking road tests, and the topic of Alberta Parks.

Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Drumheller Mail