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Cardston-Taber-Warner MLA hearing a lot of concerns in his constituency

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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MLA for Cardston-Taber-Warner Grant Hunter has been hearing the concerns from his constituents in September.

Wildrose MLA Hunter held meetings at the beginning of the month in Cardston, Warner, Milk River, Coutts, Magrath and Raymond to hear what the public’s concerns are, so he can bring them to the Legislature.
The meetings went well, says Hunter and he was interested to hear the different concerns of the people.
A lot of people were asking him questions about the carbon tax, the implications of increasing minimum wage and how it’s going to affect their businesses.
As well, some of the seniors were asking about the new Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program (SHARP).
“It was actually … very good to be able to meet with the constituents and get some feedback on them from what they feel is going on,” adds Hunter.
Hunter says he likes to hold these meetings in most of the different communities within his constituency every six to eight months or so.
He wants to keep up to date with what the people in his constituency want to see happen as well as their specific concerns.
When it comes to the SHARP program, Hunter says he talks to the seniors about how they can qualify for that and if they might qualify and he talks to the seniors about the program and its benefits.
In terms of the carbon tax, Hunter says they don’t have a lot of information on that yet other than it will be implemented on Jan. 1, 2017.
“There was also some talk and questions about Unite the Right and so I talked to them about that as well … It’s very interesting to hear what their opinions on that were.”
He adds probably nine out of 10 people he spoke with said the Wildrose and Progressive Conservatives should unite, so Hunter says it is interesting that high of a number of people said they need to get together with the PC party.
At some of the meetings there were only a couple of people while others had better attendance. All of the meetings were done on a drop-in basis.
In October, Hunter says they will be going back to the Legislature to discuss the revisions to the Municipal Government Act coming out, which is Bill 21.
“We’ve heard some good information from the reeves and mayors ... at the reeves and mayors meeting that we have and so they’ve given us … ideas about maybe some amendments that should be brought forward,” he adds.
Hunter has been the MLA for the Cardston-Taber-Warner area since May 5, 2015 and he says that day also marked his 20th anniversary.
“I do like helping people and I find that very gratifying to be able to help people, especially seniors that don’t know certain programs that are available to help them,” adds Hunter.
As well, Hunter says it’s been hard to see and hear about so many people throughout his riding losing their jobs and who are without hope due to the poor economy. The sluggish economy in Alberta is something Hunter says he wants to address.

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