With leadership front and center in this election, this question from the St. Albert Gazette and the subsequent answers are telling for how each candidate for mayor will interact with their council.
Council relationships have been in the spotlight since George Cuff released his municipal inspection report on St. Albert at the end of August.
In his report, Cuff referenced what he saw as a lack of collegiality, respect and co-operation between council members. He described two voting blocks on council and noted interpersonal conflicts sometimes got in the way of council business. Continue reading
This was an excellent article about the real threat in this election to the continued success of the region. Many of us have worked so hard to develop cooperative relations between the cities in the area. We are finally starting to see the fruits of our labour… with shared data, Global Edmonton, and the new transit M.O.U. that was just recently signed.
It is my strong desire to continue representing St. Albert in this developing region, so we can benefit from all that strong relations with Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Sturgeon County, and the cities and towns around us have to offer. Together we will ALL benefit, grow, and provide brighter opportunities for future generations.
City councillor and candidate for mayor Cam MacKay has come out against a proposed land swap in the Braeside neighbourhood.
At a campaign barbecue held over the weekend at the proposed site along Sturgeon Road, MacKay told the crowd that he does not support the potential land swap between the city and a private developer.
“It bothers me and it bothers people who live in St. Albert to think that it is even an option,” MacKay said.
Councillor Cathy Heron, who is also vying for the mayor’s seat, said that she hasn’t seen the proper reports on that space to make a final decision but both candidates agree that preserving the green space in St. Albert is one of the most important priorities for residents.