November 12th, 2019

A lot happening behind the scenes


By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 9, 2019.

This month’s ‘At The Legislature’ column by MLA Nathan Neudorf

Now that we’ve reached August and I have approximately four months of experience including both critical roles of an MLA – time in the Legislature as well as time in the constituency – I would like to share a little of the work that goes on “behind the scenes.”

Lethbridge is a fairly quiet city, now the third largest in the province. We share a great place to live, raise a family and have a career, but we have our challenges as well.

Earlier this summer, we hosted the Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Jason Luan, in town for a day to address one of our most pressing needs, the supervised consumption site (SCS). We met with business owners, private citizens, First Nations representatives, city council, and toured the Lethbridge Arches facility to see and hear their experiences first hand, directly from the people impacted. All of these meetings are incredibly valuable and need to happen, but take numerous hours to organize and schedule weeks in advance or co-ordinate effectively.

The SCS is a hot-button issue and point of discussion for many citizens, but I would also like to draw attention to other critical decisions that need to be addressed in as well.

Working together with the City we have also met with the ministers of Transportation, Infrastructure and Municipal Affairs to discuss items that have the potential to enhance travel, trade and taxes in Lethbridge.

We are also already planning and having meetings with the ministers of Agriculture & Forestry, Indigenous Relations, Environment & Parks, Culture, Multiculturalism & Status of Women, Labour & Immigration, Seniors & Housing, as well as the Ministers of Health and Economic Development Trade & Tourism. It has been and will continue to be an incredibly busy summer as I work hard to represent you.

Some of these meetings will bring immediate positive changes to Lethbridge, while some will be decided in the future, but all serve to highlight our key priorities and our needs as citizens of Lethbridge. Connecting local decision-makers and citizens with ministers through these meetings ensures that we can actively and practically work towards the best possible outcomes for Lethbridge and all Albertans.

Lethbridge has a strong history and a “can-do” attitude, and we are familiar with having to be resourceful and innovative. This gives us the ability to be leaders in Alberta during a time where being efficient, careful and getting the best return possible for our resources at hand make us an example for others in our province to turn to.

I’m extremely proud of Lethbridge and honoured to serve Lethbridge-East. Making sure that our voice is heard by over a dozen ministries in our first summer is an achievement I think you needed to know about. Not everything that we do in Lethbridge makes headline news, but there certainly is a lot going on “behind the scenes.”

Nathan Neudorf is the UCP MLA for Lethbridge East. His column appears monthly.

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5 Responses to “A lot happening behind the scenes”

  1. Jagtech says:

    Quote “Lethbridge is a fairly quiet city, now the third largest in the province. We share a great place to live, raise a family” . Lethbridge is Canada’s #1 crime capital. What steps have you taken to change those proud stats?

    • Dakota says:

      The same question could and should also be put to the outgoing NDP, Maria Fitzpatrick. She had 4 years to do something to fix this but did zero. Neudorf has only been recently elected this spring, at least afford him the opportunity to have a chance to do his job. Your NDP lost the election, get over it.

  2. Southern Albertan says:

    Agreed Jagtech….
    Re: positive changes to Lethbridge and area with the future looming with regard to a UCP austerity budget? Forgive me, but I can honestly say the good intentions mentioned by MLA Neudorf are observed by many of us with a jaundiced eye.
    Highway 3 bridge replacement funding, obvious looming cuts to health care and education and the public sector wages involved, the illegal and disrespectful Bill 9, the ongoing financial irregularities and misconduct investigation involved with the UCP leadership race, the $30 million ‘War Room’ courtesy of us taxpayers for a fading oil and gas industry, cutbacks to renewable tech innovation, ?municipal funding for both urban and rural with rural municipalities suffering $tens of millions in unpaid taxes by the oil and gas industry…on and on, plus cuts to the carbon tax and the corporate tax rate……
    The UCP will keep operating at a deficit despite the NDP deficit spending talk. Alberta is probably back in recession, or is rumored to be going back into recession. The time for deficit budgets is during recessions, not austerity budgets. And who are we still subsidizing? The oil and gas industry to the tune of $billions, posh private schools….? Will funding be available for the farmers in the Lac St. Anne county whose crops are drowned out? Again, deficit spending may well turn out to be a disaster. And, again, not to forget we are still trying to fix a $20-30 billion infrastructure debt left by the Klein era.
    Time will only tell, but as has been said before, perhaps it is only a matter of time before UCP voters may start grumbling and shifting in their seats.

  3. IMO says:

    A “jaundiced eye”, Southern Albertan?

    William Shakespeare’s King Lear comes to mind.

  4. biff says:

    yeah, the real work of chewing down paid for by tax payers food and beverage delights whilst you meet and blab and gland hand ever the while without real solutions to the vast majority of issues that need remedy. i feel we have another new dork in the ranks of the puppets, monkeys and seals.