Fort McMurray - Conklin
International & Intergovernmental Relations
Brian Jean was elected to the Alberta Legislature on May 05, 2015 in the constituency of Fort McMurray - Conklin.
Brian is a businessman, a lawyer and for 10 years he was a dedicated MP in Stephen Harper's Conservative government.
Besides real world business and government experience, Brian has been active in his community chairing many senior roles in Fort McMurray business community and serving on charitable boards including the Children's Health Foundation (Northern Alberta). Brian currently serves on the board of the Health Partners International charity which sends medication and medical equipment to developing nations.
He has a BSc, an MBA and an LLB. But Brian isn't just book smart--he's been a printer, a logger, a farm hand, and a registered trapper.
Brian is a committed fiscal conservative who believes in low taxes and small government.
During his 10 years in Ottawa as a Conservative Member of Parliament in the federal government, Brian Jean organized a petition and lobbied the Prime Minister to fund the twinning of Hwy 63. The federal government contributed $150 million to twinning Highway 63 in 2006 (even though it is a provincial responsibility). That was 50% of the project’s cost at the time but now it’s well over a billion dollars because the Province waited too long.
Brian helped to bring over a BILLION funding dollars into the riding from 2006 to 2014. Through the Federal Infrastructure Stimulus Plan alone, the communities of his constituency (183,000 km2) received substantial federal funding including:
- RMWB received $53 million for the widening of Highway 63 and interchanges
- RMWB received $1 million dollars for local arenas
- RMWB received $2.1 million dollars for sewer infrastructure.
- Athabasca University received $10.6 million for upgrades and expansion of buildings and programs;
- The Town of Boyle received $347,000 for arena upgrades; and
- Sucker Creek First Nation received almost $83,000 for arena upgrades.
- Northern Lakes College received $715,000 for upgrades
- Keyano College received almost $1.2 million dollars for barrier free accessibility
- The Town of Slave Lake received $443,000 dollars towards redeveloping and enhancing the downtown core as well as 1 million dollars to support upgrades to the Arctic Ice Centre.
- Lac La Biche received $2.4 million for local highway improvements;
- High Prairie received $4.2 million for road construction projects;
- The Municipal District of Big Lakes received almost $1.2 million for water and sewer infrastructure;
- Portage College which received over $1 million dollars for safety and security upgrades;
- The Town of Plamondon received over $33,000 in Recreational Infrastructure Funding
- Our industries were also not forgotten:
- Alberta Pacific Pulp Mill received almost $63 million dollars to improve their environmental performance. A further $3.5 million will go into a new local Forest Remediation Project led by AlPac; and
- More than $2 million dollars were invested in the High Prairie Seed Cleaning Co-op – an important investment for the economic health of this region.
Brian Jean has been fighting for Willow Square since 2005. As Member of Parliament, he met continuously with seniors groups and worked with the federal government to release the land to the province - WITHOUT CONDITIONS. This was years ago, it was up to the PC Government, and they’re still stalling.
Fort McMurray is one of the most multi-cultural cities in Canada. Brian helped thousands families with immigration questions, paperwork, and difficulties.
Brian Jean fought year after year to ensure the Snye continued to be dredged and he stopping the PC government from agreeing to drawing of water out of the Clearwater River for in situ projects.
Brian was a huge advocate for the improvement of the Fort McMurray airport into an international airport
Brian advocated for accountability and transparency in government. He was part of a making a successful change to disallow large corporate donations, require all Members of Parliament to post expenses and travel including mileage logs, require all lobbyists to register before meeting with an elected official, and make it mandatory for Members of Parliament to declare any gifts received by visiting officials or any entity.