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MLA earned my respect when he crossed the floor

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Re: “Local alderman to face incumbent MLA in election” Feb. 3

Dear Editor,

I would like to congratulate Kelly Hegg in being chosen as the Progressive Conservative nominee. However, my choice for a representative is not based on party affiliation, which seems to be his platform. It is based on my voice being heard.

Prior to the last election, I met with Rob Anderson and indicated I would not support him as a PC candidate. I was tired of the “PC monarchy” filled with team players who did not hear the voice of the people or meet their needs. I wanted someone who would take a stand and represent me. Rob fulfilled that expectation and continues to do so. During his mandate, I have been kept aware of government policies and issues affecting the area and my family. Rob has been available to meet and discuss constituent’s concerns. He then offers options on how to address individual needs.

I find it interesting that Kelly is focused on the issue of Rob walking away from a party that was not listening to the people, a government that was harassing elected voices within their party who did not agree with policies. I believed we were in a democracy where individual thought created solutions and options. Rob is not the only elected PC representative to have issues. Consider the trauma of the emergency doctor who chose to take a stand on the PC party’s health agenda. His PC membership was threatened and he had his license to practice medicine challenged by a fellow PC MLA. In leaving the PC party, Rob made a values decision based on how to best represent his area and constituents. This is what he was elected to do.

Cheryl Prince, Airdrie


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