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2019 Message from the Reeve

There was much accomplished in 2018 and planning has been prepared for 2019.

In the latter part of 2018, we were saddened with the passing of our fellow Councillor, Fred Lacey. Fred was a good friend who was dedicated to serving Cardston County, and he will be greatly missed. We received condolences and tributes from municipalities throughout the province in recognition for him and the work he did. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.

Fred was instrumental in initiating regional water service and road projects, in particular, the Aetna water line and the Police Lake road upgrading. Fred had a charm about him that opened many doors in the Provincial and Federal Government Ministries that helped fund these projects.

Improved roads, water and internet services remain the top priorities for Council. In 2019, we plan to see the completion of the Hartleyville and Aetna water projects and the initiation of service to Leavitt and Mountain View. Negotiations are underway with Cardston, Magrath, Glenwood and Hill Spring to extend and improve water services surrounding those municipalities. We are also in negotiations with these municipalities for joint funding for library and recreation services.

The County has a "shovel ready” design for a vastly improved internet service throughout the County and are waiting for anticipated provincial and federal funding participation.

Of a major concern for Council is the economic sustainability of the family farm. The major land mass of our County is now occupied by corporate-run farms and conservation holdings; this results in different dynamics for travel for employment, community services and for tax revenue generation and distribution.

As a result of our proximity to Waterton and Castle Parks, requests for zoning and services for County recreational properties are increasing. Further effort will be put into sustainable community planning in 2019.

We are always grateful for dedicated County staff that maintain our roads and services. Our Councillors have nearly three years left in a four-year commitment to serve our community, and do so with united efforts.
All the best,

M.J. (Jim) Bester, P.Eng.
Reeve, Cardston County

Cardston County Key Contacts

Provincial Government

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.

Joseph Schow is our representative in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the provincial riding of Cardston-Siksika.

      Contact:   (780) 638-1158 (Edmonton Office)
     (403) 653-5070 (Taber Office)

Federal Government

Representation in the House of Commons is based on geographical divisions known as electoral districts – currently 338. 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.

      Contact:  (403) 528-4698 (Medicine Hat Office)
     (403) 752-0330 (Raymond Office)
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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.

     Contact:  (613)995-8471 (Ottawa Office)
     (403) 603-3665 (High River Office)
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