FORT MACLEOD, AB (September 10, 2012): Today, Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith called on Premier Alison Redford to reverse the decision to cancel the Alberta Public Security and Law Enforcement Training college in Fort Macleod. Earlier today, Smith and MLA for Livingstone–Macleod Pat Stier met with Fort Macleod Mayor and Town Council as well as the Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce to hear about the callous approach taken by the PC government over the sudden cancellation of the police college.
“Ms. Redford needs to show leadership, reverse the decision to cancel the police college and apologize to the residents and the Town of Fort Macleod ,” Smith said. “The reasons to build the college remain as valid today as they were over the past decade of the PC government endorsing the project – it is outrageous that the government is deciding now to punish the hardworking residents in southern Alberta.” Solicitor General Jonathon Denis pulled the plug on the project recently despite giving the project the green light only months ago stating, “It makes sense to have a training facility where you can take police recruits out of a familiar environment and train them on the ground level what it takes to be a police officer.” The project had been supported by five prior PC Solicitor Generals, by the Municipal Enforcement agencies around the province, by the RCMP and promoted by the PC candidate in both the 2008 election and the election this past spring. Stier said the complete lack of communication and consultation with the town over the cancellation of the police college reveals the province’s top down elitist approach in dealing with municipalities across the province. “The cancellation of the Fort Macleod Police Training College on short notice after so much hard work had been completed shows how little respect the government has for hardworking Albertans in the region,” Stier said. “Instead of making decisions behind closed doors on important infrastructure projects, it’s time for this government to release a priority list to the people of Alberta to ensure top down decisions like these don’t happen in the future.”