The fledgling Alberta Party will be in Canmore next Wednesday (March 3) to host a Big Listen for the community.
As the newest player on the provincial political scene, the party has been touring the province holding Big Listen sessions to engage Albertans and this time its only MLA Dave Taylor will be in attendance.
Director at large for the Banff-Cochrane constituency association Corina Dootjes said the Big Listen is an opportunity to meet like-minded individuals in the community and engage in a grassroots political process.
“It is about coming out and discussing some of the concerns and issues that are facing Alberta and what is facing you regionally and municipally,” Dootjes said. “With the recent implosion of the Progressive Conservatives, the offshoot that has become the Wildrose Party and David Swann stepping down (as Liberal leader) I think a lot of people in Alberta are looking for a political party that represents their interests.
“This is a grassroots opportunity to do that from the ground up.”
She said the purpose of the event is to listen and understand pressures, concerns and hopes of people in the mountain community. Dootjes added there is a broad range of political ideologies at the table because the Alberta Party is so centrist.
The collaboration at the events, she said, will help shape the direction of the party when forming policy.
The Big Listen will be at the Georgetown Inn from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday (March 2).