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Wildrose Party will fight for Fort Macleod

Danielle Smith and MLA Pat Stier

Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith and Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier were in Fort Macleod on Monday to meet with community leaders and to vow to fight to have the police college decision reversed.

Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith ripped into the Redford government on Monday for its decision to cancel the police college.
Smith questioned the leadership of Premier Alison Redford for letting a letter from Calgary and Edmonton police chiefs derail 13 years of planning.
Smith also slammed the government for the way it handled the decision, making the announcement by news release without first talking to Fort Macleod.
“It’s a disgraceful way to treat a community,” Smith told reporters.
Smith and Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier were in Fort Macleod on Monday to meet with the mayor and council, as well as business owners.
Following the meeting at the RCMP Centennial Library, Smith vowed to push the Redford government to reverse the decision.
“The need is still there, Fort Macleod is still the best community,” Smith said. “It’s not too late to reverse this decision.”
The construction contract had been awarded, the design unveiled, the development permit issued and crews were on site when Justice Minister and Solicitor General Johnathan Denis on Aug. 29 issued a news release announcing the decision to kill the project.
Denis based the decision not to move forward with the $122-million Alberta Public Security and Law Enforcement Training Centre on a letter he received in July from the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police.
In that letter, the police chiefs said the Calgary and Edmonton police forces would not train recruits at the centre in Fort Macleod.
Denis said it would not be fiscally responsible for the government to put tax dollars into a facility that would be under-utilized.
“Whether or not this facility gets built Calgary and Edmonton are going to need to build facilities too,” Smith said. “The reason for having a central college was to ensure we didn’t have duplication, we didn’t have redundancies, we had the very best training staff at a single facility.”
Letters are on file from numerous law enforcement organizations supporting the need for the police college in Fort Macleod, Smith said.
Smith said if the decision to kill the police college project is based on political retribution for the riding electing a Wildrose MLA, the government is punishing the wrong people.
“If the government looked at the returns they would see Fort Macleod overwhelmingly voted for the PCs. I think they voted for them on the promise of this college. They felt they were telling the truth when they said they were going to build this college.”
Smith will make the Redford government debate the decision Oct. 23 when the Alberta Legislature begins its fall sitting, and urged Fort Macleod residents to keep the faith.
“We do not think it is too late,” Smith said. “We do not think it is dead. A bad decision has been made.”

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  1. Brad Says:

    Omg Calgary added less than 70 police to the force this year and Edmonton about the same amount. So my question to the wildrose is how much would they like to charge for the course to make it viable. The college was basically a school for glorified security guards. You would have never gotten the R.C.M.P recruits, there training facility has been In Regina since 1885. So face facts Danielle and all that cannot see that the PC’s have finally made a good decision by taking this imminent train wreck of the track.

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