Wetaskiwin Public Library Hosts Coffee with the Mayor

An extremely interesting afternoon evolved on Monday May 2nd between 1 pm and 3 pm at the Wetaskiwin Public Library. Enjoying coffee with Wetaskiwin Mayor Bill Elliott were a small but special group of mostly local dignitaries, friends and a very special guest, Mr. Gary Mar. Mr. Mar, a native Albertan and lawyer, was a member of the Legislative Assembly for some 14 years. As a former Cabinet Minister, Mr. Mar was responsible for critical issues involving Health, Education, Community Development, Environment and International and Intergovernmental Relations.

Civilian guests attendant earlier discussed local City issues but later put Mayor Elliott and Mr. Mar to the test. The "coffee" turned into a political (and cooking) discussion in which guests and friends posed questions and were reassured in their doubts on different issues.

I arrived a little late into the discussions, yet was no less accepted and offered coffee and snacks, introduced and told to join the fray. The day being Election Day, politics appeared to be a big topic! Special guest Mr. Gary Mar appeared to take centre stage as his audience, P.C., NDP, Liberal or otherwise listened as this 49 year old native Albertan, most recently Alberta'a Official Representative in Washington since 2007, who resigned that position in March of this year to give his undivided attention to such issues as Alberta Health Care, Education and Economic Development. Mr. Mar is the present MLA for Calgary Mackay, a Provincial Electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. He (Mr. Mar) is also an active member of the Chinese Community in Alberta.

At one point, during coffee, a comment made by a certain gentleman in the group, evolved into a surprising and lengthy discussion on culinary delights, with brief anecdotes by Mr. Mar, proving that politics in this case, can belong in the kitchen at least!

The too short afternoon with the Mayor and his gathering of some two dozen friends and guests came to a close much later than expected; much like the old family reunion with people hesitant to part, and halfway through the door.

Mayor Elliott concluded his "coffee" with his usual graciousness and left guests eagerly anticipating their next visit. Mr. Mar also also made a polite exit, yet spoke with anyone who wished to question his ideals further. Mr. Mar, as I perceived, was a man committed to his peoplein Alberta, a family man, a realistic idealist dedicated to the government that reflects the optimism of Albertans and a man who believes in his home province and stands up for it's pride and endurance.

I came away with the feeling our Mayor is leading us in a positive new direction, and as for Mr. Mar, he has come home to make a difference.

 

 

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