Calkins: Launch of rural crime task force

Red Deer-Lacombe MP Blaine Calkins speaks to rural crime issues

MP Blaine Calkins

Over the past several months I have received an alarming amount of calls, visits, and emails from people in our rural communities telling me they are afraid to leave their property so they don’t get broken into.

I have received calls from people who are victims of crime, and emails from people who are frustrated with the dramatic rise in rural crime in our communities.

The intensity and frequency of the rural crime we are seeing and hearing about in our rural communities is alarming. In some parts of Alberta rural crime is up 200 per cent. My Alberta Conservative Caucus colleagues have come together to form a Rural Crime Task Force.

Our task force will be travelling across the province over the next several weeks to hear from victims, local law enforcement, municipal politicians, and crime watch groups and victims crime services. We want to hear the experiences and we are looking for solutions to this growing epidemic that we can include in a report to Parliament.

Rural crime affects everyone, not just those in the rural communities that are seeing the rise in crime. It affects our justice system, our policing resources, and it causes increases in our insurance premiums. Most importantly it has a direct impact on the culture of our communities and our people.

Our rural communities have been abandoned by the provincial NDP government and the current Trudeau Liberals only care about their Liberal friends. My colleagues and I know there is a problem and people are frustrated.

I would like to invite you to come out to one of the three meetings I am hosting in our riding so I can hear your concerns and your solutions.

Meeting information:

• Monday, Jan. 8th, 6:30 p.m., Alix Community Hall

• Tuesday, Jan. 9th, 6:30 p.m., Lincoln Hall, Lacombe County

• Wednesday, Jan. 10th, 6:30 p.m., Liberty Hall

Please contact my Constituency office if you have any questions or concerns on any federally related matters, postage free, at: 201-5025 Parkwood Road, Blackfalds, AB T0M 0J0; tel: 587-621-0020; toll free: 1-800-665-0865 or visit my web site: www.blainecalkinsmp.ca or on twitter at www.twitter.com/blainecalkinsmp

Just Posted

Addiction leads to jail for Ponoka man

Man pleads to nine out of 21 charges that included property offences

PHOTOS: Children’s Christmas Shopping Party

Helpful elves: The Children’s Christmas Shopping Party, sponsored by the Ponoka and… Continue reading

REFLECTIONS: They came from Nova Scotia to the pristine countryside near Ponoka

By Mike Rainone for the News The rugged, challenging, and colourful saga… Continue reading

Proposed health care changes would be “devastating” to rural family practice: president of AMA

AHS, AMA and MLA Ron Orr chime in on recent health care announcements

There’s still time to stamp your Passport to Christmas

There are 50 Ponoka businesses participating

VIDEO: Kenney lays out key demands for meeting with Trudeau

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney aims for clear signs of federal action on two-day Ottawa trip

Teen seriously injured: Police in Lethbridge, Alta., charge 5 people in swarming

Police say a 16-year-old boy made arrangements to meet with a young woman before he was attacked

PODCAST: The Expert welcomes AA Lacombe General Jared Williams

Lacombe resident joined Red Deer Advocate Sports Reporter Byron Hackett and Host Todd Vaughan

No reports yet of Canadians affected by New Zealand volcano eruption, feds say

Missing and injured included tourists from the U.S., China, Australia, Britain and Malaysia

Online ‘direct threats’ lead to cancellation of school dance in Blackfalds

Threats resulted from Grade 4 social studies class discussing energy sector

Blackfalds RCMP warn of poor driving conditions on QEII

Vehicles have been involved in collisions and are in the ditch

MP Blaine Calkins: Alberta left behind in Speech from the Throne

Liberal course does nothing for Alberta economy, crime

Would you leave your baby alone to go to the gym? This Canadian dad did

The man identifies just as a divorced dad with a nine-month-old baby

Ponoka RCMP seeking public assistance in locating missing person

Ponoka RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 35 year old… Continue reading

Most Read