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Residents of Fort Macleod punished for voting Wildrose

Residents of Fort Macleod and southern Alberta are being punished for electing a Wildrose MLA, Alberta Liberal Justice and Solicitor General Critic Laurie Blakeman said Wednesday.
While supporting the government’s decision to scrap the $122-million Alberta Public Security and Law Enforcement Training Centre project, Blakeman said the Progressive Conservatives are doing it for the wrong reason.
“They’ve been sticking shovels in the ground for years trying to pretend that this project still had life and now that the riding isn’t theirs, the project is dead,” Blakeman said in a news release.
Blakeman was referring to the results of the last provincial election, in which Wildrose candidate Pat Stier defeated incumbent Progressive Conservative MLA and Agriculture Minister Evan Berger.
The Livingstone-Macleod riding had been held by the Progressive Conservatives since 1971.
“The PCs didn’t have the facts to support this facility in the first place,” Blakeman said.
Denis said Wednesday that a recent poll of police forces in Alberta showed one stand-alone facility would not be utilized to a point that it would be financially viable.
Blakeman said when the project was first announced in 2006 she felt Edmonton and Calgary have superior training facilities in the cities, closer to the areas for which officers were being trained.
“The timing is all too convenient for this,” Blakeman said. “The PCs knew they didn’t have the support to follow through with this project, so I’d say this is the right decision being made the wrong way.”
“I am not surprised that this government has sunk to this level,” Blakeman added. “They have kept the people of Fort Macleod on the hook for a long time with this project, and I feel for the community who is now left without the economic development project they had been relying on.”

5Comments For This Post

  1. Tom Gillespie Says:

    So Liberal logic a la Laurie Blakeman is “the government made the right decision, shame on them.” No wonder they are becoming irrelevant in Alberta.

  2. bruce knuckel Says:

    2 Words, Political Retribution….I take that back, 3 WORDS – HEARTLESS Political Retribution.

  3. ron Says:

    I knew the police forces were not behind this project…So i know the govt knew….back in 2005 Alberta was rich and was looking for ways to spend money…but 2012 they are predicting a 3 billion dollar shortfall….I for one would rather see the 122 million divided between the police forces so that they may hire more police and equip them better….I believe that would provide more bang for the buck.

  4. Ken Says:

    I’m still baffled that Ft Macleod would vote Wildrose in the first place. What were you thinking people?? The Wildrose is a clone of the U.S Republican party!If you don’t want to live in the 21st century, then why not move to a Republican State in the U.S.

  5. Amanda Says:

    It was a GREAT decision, spend the money on better things!! get vaule for the money spent…Divide between Facillities that are already working, and prove to work!!

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