Before the question and answer period of the MLA candidate forum April 10 at the Innisfail library and learning centre, candidates were given three minutes to talk about themselves and their platforms.
Liberal candidate Les Vidok said te pary would focus on fixing the health care system in two years, reducing wait times for emergency rooms and surgeries. He also said they would create an endowment fund for municipalities that pays yearly and gives municipalities the freedom to use the money. He also said the party would reduce and eventually eliminate tuition.
New Democratic Party candidate Patricia Norman said her party would use the province's prosperity to put in place universal accessible health care, work on reducing tuition costs and class sizes and protect the environment. She “believes every single person in this province has value and worth” and “believes every single person has the right to reach their full potential with proper supports from their government and society.”
Wildrose candidate, Kerry Towle said the interests of her consistency will come first as Wildrose MLAs are given the right to free votes in legislature. She said the party will prioritize spending on health care, senior care and education. She got involve in politics because while caring for her brother who had Huntington disease she became frustrated with finding long-term care.
Incumbent MLA Luke Ouellette, Progressive Conservative, said good, strong leadership is needed to keep the province “firing on all cylinders” and for the Innisfail–Sylvan Lake constituency, he's the leader to make sure that happens. He would make sure the infrastructure, roads, hospitals and schools necessary are in place and the people who can't look after themselves are looked after he said.
Danielle Klooster decided to run for the Alberta Party because it puts “good old common sense ahead of political expediency.” She said as a councillor in Penhold she has experience advocating to the government on behalf of people. She said the party wants to bring back accountability, making sure the MLA works for the people, not the party leader. She said her voting record, finances and attendance records will also be publicly posted.