By Gillian Slade on June 14, 2018.
A second contestant has announced his intention to be the United Conservative Party candidate in the Brooks-Medicine Hat riding.
Todd Beasley of Brooks says the current political leadership propelled him to seek the nomination to run for MLA in this riding in the next election.
“I have never been more concerned about where our country is going than I have been as a result of the socialist leadership of (Premier Rachel) Notley particularly in Alberta ….. and with respect to what Justin Trudeau is doing to our country. I say I’m concerned, frankly, I’m disgusted,” said Beasley.
He claims the Alberta advantage is in its final stages and about to be lost forever unless “common sense” is brought back into the political landscape.
He has spearheaded a movement called “Albertans for affordable electricity” in the past six months or so.
“It’s an attempt to educate people on the exceptional harm the Notley government’s climate leadership act is going to bring to Alberta from a technical and economic and an environmental perspective,” said Beasley.
He works as the technical director of an agriculture processing company and has a career in leading development of patented environmental technologies used internationally.
“I testified to Parliament as an expert in a field of science referred to as gas trading (in 2016),” said Beasley.
Beasley believes strongly in having MLAs with experience.
“What we don’t need is neophytes. We can see what the Notley government has done for us when coffee baristas are suddenly not only elected but they are suddenly put into positions of power in government,” said Beasley.
Beasley was the managing director of a Nov. 5 rally movement, which resulted in 12 simultaneous rallies attended by dozens in every major metropolitan area around the province.
Beasley claims the NDP government does not have a mandate for some of its energy and climate change initiatives, and believes they have not provided a technical, economic and environmental analysis on the implications of this plan.
“The economic projections are that it will cost somewhere between $30- and $50 billion and it will increase our monthly power bills, at best three times and at worst seven times,” claims Beasley.
He believes the NDP is subsidizing power with borrowed money.
“These examples are the reasons why I am so adamant that we’ve got to get rid of this government,” said Beasley. “I believe I have relevant skills that are important.”
Beasley is speaking at the Cypress Club in Medicine Hat at 1:30 p.m. today and in Brooks at 7 p.m. at Oilman’s in the Heritaqge Inn.
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