Daniel Freisen, pastor of Bashaw Community Church, has chosen to run for the Wildrose Alliance Party of Alberta after seeing needs in the province that are not being recognized by the current government.
“There needs to be things said and changed in government that aren’t being addressed by the Conservatives,” said Freisen.
Freisen says that many issues need to be looked at in the province but that a main concern is the health care system.
“An important focus for us is our health care system,” he said. “The party is seeking to eliminate the health premiums especially for lower income families.”
Freisen believes that the justice system also needs to be brought to attention and that changes should be made to it.
“The justice system also needs to be revamped,” he said. “It really needs to be improved.”
Freisen encourages investing in the youth of Alberta and is looking to take steps to focus on their future.
“The opportunity needs to be given to youth to go to universities and ways made available to them to stay here and work in Alberta for a number of years. The province is importing people from all over to work here and it’s important that we find a way for our own young people to stay in Alberta.”
Freisen has taken much time to talk with people about various issues they face and listens to their concerns regarding various topics but has seen that a lot of these concerns are connected with farming.
“The issues vary according to who you talk with, different issues are important to a different sector of people in the area,” he said. “I’ve heard a lot about the problems in agriculture and will also be focusing on our farmers, the price that they get for their cattle is just deplorable and there are many other issues in agriculture that need to be addressed.”
The Wildrose Alliance Party’s vision for Alberta includes a five point plan that will help build a safer and more prosperous province. The plan focuses on issues in Alberta and looks at establishing a more efficient government, tax relief, community investment, access to healthcare and better education.