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Volume 24, Number 6, Wednesday, February 13, 2019

RCMP Musical Ride back

in August

Somebody seems to think the Fort Saskatchewan - Vegreville seat is ripe for the taking in the upcoming Alberta election.

Six of the seven political parties that have nominated any candidates in Alberta so far, have put candidates in the race for this riding. That is more candidates to date than any other riding in the province.

The most any other riding has so far is five candidates, and most ridings only have two or three candidates to date. Five ridings still have just one candidate in the running.

We even have a candidate from the Alberta Advantage Party, which has only nominated three people so far. Derek Fildebrandt's Freedom Conservative Party only has five candidates, but one of them is set to fight for the Fort Saskatchewan seat. Both of these parties are even further to the right than the United Conservatives.

Fildebrandt said he would only contest seats where conservatives were sure to win, so as not to hurt his former colleagues in the United Conservative Party. Of course, this wouldn't be the first time a politician has broken a promise.

Now, I've never hidden the fact I lean left politically. But no matter what your political leaning, this is all getting a bit crazy.

Conservatives of all stripes are convinced this next election is a shoe in for them, but there is no good reason to think incumbent MLA Jessica Littlewood is the most likely NDP candidate to lose this spring.

Her only controversy I can see has been a result of working too hard. By claiming the maximum allowable vehicle travel allowance in 2017, she made herself a target for conservative social media trolls convinced no one could drive so far.

I think most local residents appear to be on Littlewood's side on this, because they can see she travels an awful lot. But maybe from outside the riding it looks different, especially if all you listen to are trolls.

I'm not convinced this next election is going to be a shoe in for anyone. But it sure looks like the far right, at least, is operating on some pretty poor intelligence.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Conservatives line up for Fort voteNEWS/Entries/2019/2/13_Conservatives_line_up_for_Fort_vote.html

Conservatives converge on riding

The RCMP Musical Ride returns to Fort Saskatchewan this August after almost a decade’s absence.

The Rotary Club of Fort Saskatchewan will be hosting the ride at the amphitheatre during its new Rotary River Valley Festival on August 8, 2019.

The club asked City Council Tuesday to provide $4,275 in staff service to prepare the amphitheatre for the show, open the replica mounted police fort for the day, and provide barricades, snow fencing, safety vests, benches and garbage cans.

The Rotary club will recognize the City of Fort Saskatchewan as Platinum sponsor in return for these services.

Council will consider the request later this month.

The total cost of the project should be $20,000, and the club expects to cover all of that, plus netting another $10,000 to put toward a 25th anniversary project, project co-chair Stew Hennig told Council Tuesday.

The ride first visited Fort Saskatchewan in 1995, hosted by the Rotary Club at that time. The ride visited again for the March West celebration in 1999, and returned again in 2006 and 2010.

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019