The City of Lloydminster is reaching out to the new provincial government in the wake of the NDP’s historic win in Alberta on May 5.
“Of course, from a municipal standpoint we work with the government that’s in power,” said Mayor Rob Saunders. “We have written a congratulatory letter to both our MLA, Dr. Richard Starke, on his (re-election) and also to the new premier-designate Rachel Notley.”
Although many new representatives were elected across the province, the constituency of Vermilion-Lloydminster selected Starke for a second-straight term.
“I think what Dr. Richard Starke has done on behalf of his constituents was reflected in the election itself,” he said. “People are happy with his representation at the provincial level.”
Saunders says he won’t speculate about what to expect from the new government. Only after the legislature resumes and the new cabinet is sworn in, will Albertans get a sense of where the NDP will take the province. Saunders is open to communication with the new administration.
“I’m sure they’ll be talking to all the municipalities through our Alberta Urban Municipalities Association,” he said. “We have a strong relationship with all municipalities in the province and we’re all in the same situation where we would like to get to know the new government better and share our desires for our province.”
Lloydminster belongs to municipal groups at different levels, including the Alberta Mid-sized City Caucus and the the Northern Alberta Mayors’ and Reeves’ Caucus. It is at venues like these that Saunders hopes to meet with the new ministers to discuss their vision for the province.
“We’re excited to meet the new (MLAs) and get to work,” he said. “We’re looking forward to maintaining our municipal partnerships with the Province of Alberta.”