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Wildrose says Fort Macleod victim of Tory fiscal incompetence

Fort Macleod is now paying the price for the Progressive Conservative government’s ongoing fiscal incompetence and mismanagement, Wildrose Party MLAs said Wednesday.
The Wildrose Party slammed the government for its abrupt cancellation of the $122-million Alberta Public Security and Law Enforcement Training Centre.
“The government should be making spending promises based on a publicly disclosed infrastructure priority list that is based on objective criteria, rather than playing political games with communities and locally elected leaders,” Wildrose Finance Critic Rob Anderson said.
“Given the size of the provincial deficit, perhaps this project needed to be delayed a year or two, but to cancel it altogether is wasteful and looks vindictive,” Anderson added. “Fort Macleod just had the rug pulled out from under it because this government can’t or won’t get its act together.”
Solicitor General Jonathan Denis announced Wednesday the province scrapped plans to build the training centre in Fort Macleod.
Denis cited a lack of support from police officials for the project, which was first awarded to Fort Macleod in 2006.
Anderson slammed the government for scrapping the project despite having spent millions in planning and preparation, breaking ground on it more than a year ago and hiring a construction company to build it last month.
Wildrose Justice Critic Shayne Saskiw questioned how Alberta’s future policing needs will be met without the facility in place.
“We need to crack down on drunk drivers and put more boots on the ground to make major routes like Highway 63 safer,” Saskiw said. “If we aren’t training enough police and peace officers, we will continue to risk safety on our highways. Last month they were telling us how important this facility is and that it would train 1,400 new officers and provide professional development for another 1,200. Now they want us to believe existing facilities can handle all that?”
Wildrose Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier said the government’s broken promise on the facility will have a lasting impact on the community.
“This is devastating news for Fort Macleod and the entire region,” Stier said. “This government led us down a path, made us believe this facility was coming, told us how important it was, even announced a construction company and design firm, and just like that it’s all gone. I’m appalled and extremely disappointed.”

2Comments For This Post

  1. bruce knuckel Says:

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

  2. ron Says:

    I think the 122 million would buy alot more “boots on the ground” then a building that will be shuttered for lack of use….cruel to shut it down now…YES…it should have been shot down 2 years ago when the recession started….I would rather see 4 more doctors and our hospital reopened then have that school…

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