2017 Message from the Reeve2016 was a busy year for us and 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the County.
Three years ago, Council developed a strategic plan to encourage growth, development, and sustainability in the County, and we are on track with many of our planning initiatives. The major projects we are working on include regional water systems, road upgrades, modernized public works equipment, and a broadband internet system. We are expecting many of these projects to be launched in 2017, depending on whether the election funding promises made by our federal and provincial governments are fulfilled.
We would like to congratulate our First Nation neighbours on their recent election and we look forward to working with Chief Roy Fox and Council. We are an integrated community and share many of the same concerns and community services with the Blood Tribe. We hope to be able to collaborate and enhance shared opportunities for both communities.
Cardston County has a strong pioneer culture and farming history, and many pioneer families are still rooted here. Many families old and new would love to be able to continue working and living in the County, and many descendants would return if employment opportunities were available. Indeed, we would like to proudly display our banner: "Cardston County. Country Living at its Best."
We see and welcome a number of urban retirees settling in our communities. We also hope to encourage young families to move here, to sustain our schools, and to give vitality to our region. We see our youth as the lifeblood and future of our community. As the rolling storyboard on the Royal Bank in Cardston reads: "When you invest in youth, things happen."
We believe that the time spent by Council developing an accessible and affordable broadband internet system will prove to be a worthwhile investment for our youth. Expanding rural internet access will provide economic opportunities for families and personal development opportunities for our retirees.
Previous Councils have been fiscally-conservative, leaving the County with a solid financial basis which we endeavour to maintain and sustain. Again, federal and provincial funding will greatly dictate our ability to implement our project initiatives.
As a Council, we would like to thank all of our staff for their dedicated service and also recognize that they are also contributing members of our community in their private lives. In particular, we would like to extend a shout-out to our road maintenance crews, as they are on the frontlines with the public and do an excellent job, given the variable weather and road conditions they encounter throughout the County. These folks are up early and work in some very adverse weather conditions to help keep our roads open and clear. We encourage you to give a wave to our grader operators when you pass them on the road.
As Reeve, it is a privilege to serve on Council with my fellow Councillors. They all serve the County with hard work and dedication. They each bring their commitment and a wealth of experience in work and life to every meeting. I would like to thank them for their support to me and to Cardston County.
All the best,
M.J. (Jim) Bester, P.Eng
Councillor, Division 4
Alberta is divided into 87 constituencies–groups of voters in specific areas of the province. During a provincial election, the candidate in each constituency who wins the highest number of votes becomes the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for that constituency.
Grant Hunter is our representative in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the provincial riding of Cardston - Taber - Warner.
Representation in the House of Commons is based on geographical divisions known as electoral districts – currently 308. Canada's electoral system is referred to as a "single-member plurality" or "first-past-the-post" system.
Glen Motz is our representative in the House of Commons for most of the County in the federal riding of Medicine Hat - Cardston - Warner.
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John Barlow is our representative in the House of Commons for the northwest corner of the County in the federal riding of Foothills.