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LETTER: MLA's stance on public health restrictions doesn't represent community

Editor: The Rocky Mountain Outlook’s recent poll on public health measures confirms our MLA, Miranda Rosin, does not represent the views of the majority of her Bow Valley constituents.
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Editor:

The Rocky Mountain Outlook’s recent poll on public health measures confirms our MLA, Miranda Rosin, does not represent the views of the majority of her Bow Valley constituents.

This is not the first time our MLA has been offside with the community’s perspective. How is she engaging with us to ensure views and values are accurately represented in government and to media? Were local health care practitioners consulted for advice on protecting public health? Have I missed invitations to virtual town halls or other public forums? 

The pandemic presents complicated conundrums for human health and the economy. As an elected representative, it’s critical to consult with subject matter experts on all sides of the debate and to consider the views of your electorate before taking a stand.

We must hold our elected representatives accountable and think critically before exercising our democratic rights in the next election.

According to the government of Alberta’s website, MLAs should be held to high standards: "Albertans expect and deserve the highest standard of public service from their elected representatives. Steadfast in their duty, MLAs spend their time in office working hard to warrant and maintain that trust and confidence."

I’m interested in MLA Rosin’s reaction to the Outlook’s poll on public health measures and curious to hear when and how she might consider meaningful community engagement in the Bow Valley to “maintain trust and confidence."

Belinda Fox,

Canmore