A Look Back on Constituency Week

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Thomas Dang joining the ribbon cutting at the Twin Brooks Community Centre Grand Opening

This past week has been our constituency week, an opportunity for me as an MLA to get back into the community and talk to or interact with constituents. I’ve spent this week meeting with constituents, stake holders, small business owners, and our communities.

I started the week off with a tour of the Leduc-Nisku business park where I had the pleasure of meeting municipal mayors and councilors, business people, and other advocates for our local business. The tour ended with a round table discussion on our economic future and how we as a province could work together with our partners.

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Thomas Dang speaking at the 2016 Glastonbury Community League AGM

I also spent some time with the Glastonbury Community League at their annual general meeting last Tuesday. There I met many constituents who were interested in different provincial policies including Budget 2016 and how we would be moving forward on Education.

Be it resolved that the Legislative Assembly urge the Government to take steps to increase awareness in Alberta’s schools of the effects of cyberbullying.

This past week I also had the opportunity to visit Monsignor Fee Otterson to speak with the principal, Marie Whelan, to discuss my upcoming motion. Motion 507 will seek to raise awareness and discussion around cyberbullying and what we can do to better combat these issues in Alberta schools.

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Volunteers relaxing at Tutti Frutti after a long day out on the doors

Throughout the week I also took the opportunity to knock on as many doors as I possibly could. Getting out into the community and listening to you is one of my top priorities as an MLA. I was able to reach the doors 4 different times last week and am looking forward to knocking on more in the weeks to come.

To finish off the week, I had the pleasure of joining the Twin Brooks Community League at their Community Centre grand opening. It was amazing to see the number of people out and about on the gorgeous day, and congratulations to everyone involved with the project. This hall will be something the community can enjoy for years to come.

This week we’re back in the Legislature debating the issues of the day. The schedule is predominantly focused on the budget estimates, and as a member of the Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship there are a number of committee meetings I will be attending to ask questions about our financial stewardship. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please reach out to me at my constituency office via phone or email and I will endeavour to assist you in any way I can.

Budget 2016: A Week in Review


Finance Minister Joe Ceci tables Budget 2016, The Alberta Jobs Plan

One week ago today, I sat in the Legislative Assembly Chamber while Finance Minister Joe Ceci tabled Budget 2016, The Alberta Jobs Plan.  I am painfully aware of how the global collapse in oil prices has and continues to cause extreme economic pain and hardship for our families in Edmonton-South West.

Budget 2016 was focused on four key pillars:

  • Supporting Families with new supports and access to training and education;
  • Investing in Alberta Infrastructure through the Capital Plan;
  • Diversifying the energy industry and markets through the Climate Leadership Plan;
  • Supporting Businesses with new tax credits and a small business tax cut.

There is a lot of good in this budget, it has a clear plan for diversifying the economy and creating thousands of jobs. It doesn’t propose reckless cuts that would simply make our situation worse. This budget continues to invest in our schools, our teachers, our nurses, and ensures that Albertans receive the public services they deserve. There are opportunities for our families to benefit in programs such as the Alberta Child Benefit, and Enhanced Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit.

There is a lot for us in Edmonton-South West to be happy about in this budget, but for my part I will continue to hold the Government to account on ensuring that our needs such as Education and Child Care remain at the forefront of focus. You can read more about Budget 2016 here.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Finance Minister Joe Ceci answer questions from reporters and editors during an ethno-cultural media round table in Edmonton on Friday, April 15, 2016. (Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Finance Minister Joe Ceci and Premier Rachel Notley during an ethno-cultural media round table I moderated in Edmonton on Friday, April 15, 2016. (Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Last week I had the opportunity to do a number of community visits after the budget was tabled. I attended a Truth and Reconciliation assembly at Bessie Nichols School where I was honoured to bring greetings and amazed at all the work and knowledge the students had.


I presented a $70,000 CFEP Cheque to the Heritage Point Community League for their Alexander Rutherford Playground Expansion Project at their community AGM.

This week I’ve had the distinct pleasure to join Edmonton Catholic Teachers from Local 54 at a “speed dating” themed meet and greet, where I met many teachers including those that taught in our schools of Edmonton-South West. I also attended the Heritage Point Community League Annual General Meeting, where I answered questions and presented a $70,000 Community Facilities Enhancement Project cheque for the much needed playground expansion at Alexander Rutherford.

Tonight I’ll be heading to the APEGA AGM where I will have the opportunity to meet with many of our professionals who I am sure will be the source of many interesting discussions!

I’ll be back in the constituency office tomorrow, where I’ll be having meetings with constituents and working on setting up opportunities for me to come into your community so that we can have more one-on-one conversations. Because that’s what’s most important, that I can hear from you so I can bring those conversations back to the Legislature.

I’m also going to be hitting the doors tomorrow afternoon! The weather has been beautiful, and door knocking will let me meet even more of you! Hope to see you out there!