Candidate wants PM to "pump" oil

By Geoff Lee

April 12, 2016 6:00 AM

Gerald Aalbers, the man who would be the mayor of Lloydminster, doesn’t think he could change anything in the hard-hit regional oil patch if elected.
“As a mayor, I don’t think I can change anything in the oil patch today as much as a I sure wish I could,” he said.
Aalbers spoke about unemployment in the oil and gas industry after declaring his candidacy for mayor Thursday for the municipal election on Oct. 26 outside City Hall.
“The oil and gas industry is a function of a world market and there’s things we can do as the city to make it more economically viable in some cases,” he said.
“A perfect one would have been to hold taxes this year at zero, no tax increase.”
He said if he could hold the line on taxes for a year, especially in a year when things are as tough as they are in town, he would hold taxes.
He added he would love to bring taxes down but said, “We all know nothing gets any cheaper.”
Aalbers works in the oilfield as a corrosion and integrity specialist for Tervita Corporation and said we need to invite the prime minister and the premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan to come here and experience the impact of the downturn firsthand.
Asked why he’s not running for council first before challenging the mayor’s seat, Aalbers explained it’s an all or nothing situation for him with his career.
He said he couldn’t do his job and be a councillor since his job takes him on the road to much and he couldn’t commit to it property as could as a mayor.
“I am prepared to step away from my career if elected,” he said.

More News

LCSD hosts archbishop

The Lloydminster Catholic School Division (LCSD) had a special guest this week, as Archbishop Richard Smith toured multiple schools. more »

Falk talks first session in House of Commons

Battlefords-Lloydminster member of Parliament Rosemarie Falk is back in her constituency for the summer. She held a summer office open house this week for people to have a tour, drop by for a conversation,… more »

Health council opens channels

We have your back on healthcare. That’s what the Yellowhead East Health Advisory Council (HAC) told local and area residents during its latest meeting at the Lloydminster Hospital on June 20. more »

more »