Posted on Apr 20, 2016

Round Tables help to engage with constituents

It seems to be a universal truth that time is precious. As a new politician I am learning that is truer now than ever. I have many demands on my time that I never imagined before I ran for public office. One of my biggest challenges is balancing the needs of the constituency with the demands of the legislature, while still being available for my family (although you can ask my family whether I’m succeeding or not).

I get requests in my office for face to face meetings, and often my staff have to turn those meetings down for various reasons. Either I am in the legislature, a part of my job which I take very seriously, or I am out in the community at events, meeting local organizations, groups and individuals.

As the weather warms up, I plan to meet many of you at your doorstep when I take on the larger task of meeting constituents face to face by door-knocking throughout the community.

Over the last few months my office has hosted several round table discussions, where a small group of ten or so constituents come to discuss their questions, concerns and issues they are facing. This time has proven to be absolutely invaluable to me. First, it is incredibly important to know whom I am representing when I am speaking on issues in the legislature. Second, it provides me the opportunity to answer some questions or speak to misconceptions about myself or the work I am doing as your provincial representative. Last, I sincerely want to hear the issues you are facing, but also the solutions you may have to offer, as these are the ideas that are going to help us get through these tough times together.

I hope you have received my spring newsletter in the mail, highlighting key moments over the last few months. If you didn’t receive one, please let me know.

If you are interested in coming to a round table session at the constituency office, please call (780)929-3290 or email and indicate you would like the information for upcoming round table sessions and my staff will sign you up.

Thank you once again for the opportunity to represent you as your MLA, and I look forward to meeting you, whether it’s in the community, at an event, at your doorstep or at a round table.