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Globe-trotting MLA vows to keep lobbying

Dave Coutts was thousands of miles away Tuesday while his home town made its final pitch to become the home of a $100-million police college.
The minister for sustainable resource development was in Japan leading an Alberta trade mission to which he committed 10 months ago.
“I have agonized over this,” Coutts said Friday from Edmonton in a telephone interview.
Coutts left Monday for an 11-day mission to Japan and Korea to diversify and expand Alberta’s forest economy.
The Fort Macleod resident considered cancelling his trip but did not want to risk offending Japanese and Korean officials.
As a result, the Livingstone-Macleod MLA had someone from his office represent him during the visit to Fort Macleod by the MLA committee reviewing the police college finalist.
“I even tried to get the chair of the MLA committee (West Yellowhead MLA Ivan Strang) to leave it to August 4 when I get back,” Coutts said. “They couldn’t do that.”
While disappointed he couldn’t be there on Tuesday, Coutts took solace from the knowledge he has lobbied hard in Edmonton on Fort Macleod’s behalf.
“I’m in front of my colleagues all the time citing the benefits of the police college being in Fort Macleod,” Coutts said.
Coutts phoned each member of the MLA committee, which includes Stony Plain MLA Fred Lindsay, Red Deer-North MLA Mary Anne Jablonski and Medicine Hat-Cypress MLA Len Mitzel.
“I’ve also talked to other MLAs,” Coutts added.
In those conversations Coutts has pointed out Fort Macleod has a ready workforce, unlike other communities where the oil and gas and forestry industries are clamouring for workers. Coutts also points out putting the college in Fort Macleod fits with the province’s rural development strategy.
“It just makes perfect sense to me to put it in Fort Macleod,” Coutts said.
Coutts praised the work of Mayor Shawn Patience and his council, economic development officer Gordon MacIvor and the police college task force in putting together Fort Macleod’s bid.
“Everybody worked very hard on that proposal,” Coutts said. “Obviously it’s a good proposal because Fort Macleod is in the final four.”
Coutts also praised the support Fort Macleod residents have given the bid.
“The community has gotten behind it which makes it real easy for me to promote it up here in Edmonton,” Coutts said.
The strong bid and community support have eased Coutts’ uneasiness that he missed the visit of the MLA committee.
“This (Tuesday) is the time for the community to put it’s best foot forward,” said Coutts, who vowed to continue lobbying the MLA review committee.
“I’ll be getting to them again before a decision is made,” Coutts promised. “I’ll be calling them from Japan.”

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Index of Police College Stories - Listed by release date in Gazette

Apr 24 - Fort Macleod town council is planning for the future

Jan 10 - Province gives Fort Macleod $10.26-million for police college costs

Sep 11 - Wildrose Party will fight for Fort Macleod

Sep 04 - Fort Macleod residents devastated by decision to scrap police college

Sep 04 - Fort Macleod asks premier to reverse college decision

Sep 03 - Fort Macleod calls on premier to reverse police college decision

Aug 29 - Residents of Fort Macleod punished for voting Wildrose

Aug 29 - Wildrose says Fort Macleod victim of Tory fiscal incompetence

Aug 29 - Government cancels funding for police training college

Aug 28 - Council awards police college permit

Aug 01 - Police training facility will be unique in Canada

Nov 01 - Province approves grant for police college infrastructure

Oct 19 - Target schedule is set to build police college

Sep 27 - Stakeholders convene to discuss police college

Aug 24 - Police college sod-turning

Aug 16 - Police college sod-turning Mon. Aug. 22

Jul 26 - Fort Macleod puts more cash toward college

May 17 - Province moving ahead with police college plans

May 03 - Council okays transfer of police college land

Apr 05 - Police college site work could start in summer

Dec 01 - Macleod finds way to build police college

Dec 01 - Macleod pitches co-op to build police college

Nov 30 - Macleod feels positive about police college

Aug 25 - Police college partner possible

Aug 18 - Council works on own plan for police college

Jul 07 - Calgary project no threat to police college

Jun 09 - Mayor pushes solicitor general for collect action

Mar 31 - Macleod’s neighbours support police college

Mar 31 - Mayor says government just has to make college a priority

Dec 30 - MD council writes to support police college

Dec 02 - Southern Alberta backs police college

Nov 25 - Regional group lobbies for police college

Sep 23 - Police college has not been shelved — yet

Jul 29 - Mayor: ‘Police college project not cancelled’

May 06 - Infrastructure minister says college a priority

Apr 22 - Facebook page supports police college

Apr 01 - Council lobbies for progress on police college

Feb 18 - Solicitor General urges police college patience

Nov 04 - Police college discussed during Question Period

Nov 04 - Macleod mayor confident police college is coming

Oct 21 - Fort Macleod ‘anxious’ for police college start

Apr 16 - Province gets nine police college proposals

Mar 12 - Macleod can do business with police college

Sep 05 - Province reviews police college P3 proposals

Jun 26 - Police college Web site created

Jun 06 - Police college project is on track

May 30 - Police college officials visit Fort Macleod

May 23 - Police college headlines open house

Mar 28 - Solicitor General: ‘Police college is coming to Macleod’

Jan 31 - Mayor strikes police college committee

Nov 22 - Steering committee meets to discuss police college

Sep 13 - Opportunity knocking for Fort Macleod

Sep 13 - Macleod prepares to guide growth

Sep 13 - Police college is Fort Macleod’s destiny

Sep 13 - Mayor weathers police college criticism

Sep 13 - Fort Macleod celebrates successful college bid

Sep 06 - Fort Macleod lands Alberta police college

Sep 06 - P3 partners sought for police college

Sep 06 - Police training centre will be world-class

Dec 21 - Council designates land for police college

Dec 21 - Macleod’s police college bid in province’s hands

Nov 23 - Task force builds police college bid

Nov 02 - Council still pursuing college