The highways through our riding are in terrible condition. Massive potholes, faded lines, and broken signs. One of the first things I will do as your MLA is work to restore our riding's infrastructure. I spoke to the local representatives in Calmar and they showed me a massive pothole on their main road. They are not allowed to fix the hole because it is on a provincial road, but it had been there for months and the province hasn't done anything about it! AND they told me that when the province does patch the holes, they use vendors from outside the province that use materials that don't last in the cold and dry Alberta climate! That is inexcusable!
I believe that the province should provide its training to small town local workers so they can patch the holes in their own towns! That way, the money is staying in the town, the workers are getting more training, and the problems can be solved faster. As your MLA I will work to get these rules changed!
Small businesses need our support, and as a businessman of 22 years, I will fight to support small businesses. I visited Tomahawk and met with a hard-working local businesswoman named Wendy. Her business used to employ many locals, but over the past few years Wendy has had to let go of all her employees and is now the only one there. Her property taxes and utilities have continued to rise, if we don't change this, many small businesses like Wendy's may have to close their doors.
Wendy also told me the heartbreaking story of her niece, a talented competitive swimmer whose opportunity at the national championship was stolen from her by COVID. We need to get back to normal, we need our children to have the same opportunities as we did, we need them to be able to travel, compete, and grow. We need to support local businesses that feed communities, employ young people, and help them earn money for their futures.
I will help businesses like Wendy's.
Our riding is blessed with abundant natural resources and as the most ethical and clean developer in the world, our resource development sector should be praised not attacked. In the new year, I will be traveling with a delegation to Europe to negotiate direct resource development deals with European governments. We can't trust Ottawa to act in the best interest of Albertans, so Alberta needs to start making deals for itself. We will sell our products directly to foreign governments and won't let Ottawa stand in our way. I have always supported the natural resource sector, and I will continue to do so as your UCP representative.
I was born in a communist country. The destruction of freedom doesn't happen overnight, it happens slowly. It happens when the government tells you that they need to take your freedom away "for the greater good". It happens when the government says, "trust me, I am only doing what's best for you". It happens slowly, piece by piece. I am seeing it happen in my new home, and I won't stand by and watch Canada become a communist regime. I will fight for your freedoms.
You choose what is best for yourself, you choose what is best for your children, you choose how to raise your children and what values you want to pass on. I will fight every day to ensure your freedoms are protected. This includes no vaccine mandates, no mask mandates, and no closing down places of worship!
Local health care workers know what Drayton Valley-Devon needs and they should be the ones making the decisions. Right now, health care decisions are being made in Calgary and Edmonton with no consideration of what small towns need. I can't take on all of health care, but what I can do, is advocate for local decision making!
I cannot achieve all of this without your vote. On December 2 and 3, please cast your vote for Andrew Boitchenko. Together, we can ensure a bright future in Drayton Valley-Devon for generations to come!
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