Blaine Calkins of Red Deer-Lacombe wins his 6th term


He also noted that many Canadians are angry and frustrated right now, and for a variety of reasons.

“There seem to be a lot of people angry with Justin Trudeau and Jason Kenney but somehow blaming Erin O’Toole, and I don’t think that’s necessarily fair. It is a fact that there are a lot of people who are angry and frustrated; I am angry and frustrated… with the federal government and its policies and what it has done to the economy here in central Alberta, ”he said. “There is a lot of frustration in general with us going through COVID-19. I don’t know anyone who is having a good time.

Calkins says that while the results are overwhelmingly positive locally, this election has a different tone than the last.

“There has been a lot of confusion with provincial issues like business closures, face masks and that sort of thing. We have seen a generally angry and impatient part of our population in the face of these frustrations, ”Calkins said. “Our business community, especially hospitality and tourism, has suffered greatly from the closures and restrictions. But we are also seeing the increase in the number and the increase in deaths here in Alberta and things are very difficult for our healthcare workers right now. “

Getting through COVID-19 and bringing our economy back to pre-pandemic times, he reiterated, are two of his top priorities on the home front.

“I want to focus on jobs, growth and getting our economy back on track, getting our businesses back on track, people going back as normally as possible to what life was like before COVID-19,” he said. he points out. “There are kids in my family who didn’t even graduate from high school two years ago. We’re basically back in that waiting pattern and it’s frustrating.

Calkins promised to stand up for legitimate gun owners across Canada.

“Tackling law-abiding citizens who own guns will do nothing to curb gang violence in large inner-city centers. I am sympathetic to the problems they face, but at the same time, we should try to find solutions that are genuinely meaningful and beneficial.

Calkins plans to continue dealing with rural crime issues, as well as speaking with the community of Maskwacis to sort out issues related to their drinking water.

In 2019, Calkins garnered 79.8% of the vote, up from 70.7% in 2015. Its highest level was 81.4% in 2011. With 240 of the 270 polls reported, Calkins is tending towards 64% this round. table.

Elsewhere, Tory Earl Dreeshen was re-elected in Red Deer-Mountain View, Tory Damien Kurek will be re-elected in Battle River-Crowfoot, and Tory Gerald Soroka will be re-elected in the riding of Yellowhead.

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