Strong priorities heading into session: Starke

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November 20, 2014 9:01 AM

Lt.-Gov. Donald S. Ethell (left) with Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, walking into the Legislative Chamber to deliver the speech from the throne. - Christopher W. Brown Photo

Vermilion-Lloydminster MLA Richard Starke was pleased at the framework that was laid out in the speech from the throne Monday afternoon.

Moments after the speech, Starke told the Lloydminster Source in Edmonton that he was pleased with the direction the province will be moving under new Premier Jim Prentice.

“I found (Monday’s) speech a very good description, and setting of the course for the government for the remainder of the mandate starting with this fall session,” he said.

Starke said that the clear vision that was outlined was a fresh take on government work.

“I appreciated the clear articulation of the main five principles and priorities the premier campaigned on, both in the leadership election, and again in the byelection,” he said.

Those five priorities have been consistent, said Starke.

When asked what the people of Vermilion-Lloydminster will see from this speech that would impact their daily lives, Starke said that all the priorities can be looked at and will somewhat affect everyday residents across the province.

“Part of the reason that the five priorities resonate with Albertans so well, is because Albertans want fiscally sound, responsible, conservative principles,” he said. He added that all Albertans desire that.

“Albertans want an ethical government and they want a government that they can trust, and they want a government that will act ethically and responsibly,” Starke said.

“People in Lloydminster want to ensure that they have a high quality of life.”

Starke said that as Albertans, residents want to know that their education, health care and care for seniors should be amongst the highest in the country.

“People of Vermilion-Lloydminster are really interested in environmental stewardship and maintaining a really strong respect for our natural resources,” he said.

Starke said that the speech can not only benefit the people of Lloydminster but people across the province as well.

Monday’s speech from the throne was read by Lt.-Gov. Donald S. Ethell.

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