The Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer contacted all candidates running for the Drayton-Devon constituency, asking them the same questions. Their responses will be published as soon as they are received.
Carol Nordlund Kinsey, independent candidate
1. Please tell the readers a bit about your background, including family such as spouse and children and occupation?
I was born and raised in Alberta the daughter of teachers. My husband, Bryan, is ex – military and a retired small business owner, between us we have four children and seven grandchildren. I have been a volunteer playschool president and volunteer school council PAC president. I have worked many customer service/cashier positions in a variety of environments from motels and service stations to grocery stores. I have written as community news reporter as well as being a published writer with work in an anthology and a blog. I am the central Alberta director for the Alberta Freedom Alliance Signature Drive campaign. I am the owner/administrator of a Facebook support page for the rare blood disorder I live with and manage daily and I have been a marriage commissioner since 2014.
2. What do you feel is the key issue in this provincial election?
There are three that are equally key and go hand in hand to get Alberta back on track and prosperous, they are eliminating the carbon tax and fight the federal governments imposed carbon tax. Get the people back to work and letting investors know that this province is once again open for business and enforce fiscal responsibility at a government level.
3. Why did you want to run in this election?
I am running in this election because I believe people need to take a stand when they believe in something as strongly as I believe in Alberta’s independence. For many years of my life I was apolitical, I didn’t understand politics nor did I really want to. My first taste came when I helped a good friend with her campaign in the mid 90’s. Then as a community reporter I learned a lot about municipal government. When Redford resigned and Prentice said the fault was Albertans my blood boiled. When Danielle Smith crossed the floor to join Prentice I felt betrayed. I knew then that the parties that were consistently recycled would never do anything more than recycle the same party line. Something had to change. Change can only happen when you look in a new direction. Separation is that new direction for me. Allowing direct democracy is a new direction. Ending Albertans economic slavery to Ottawa is a new direction. Ottawa isn’t going to initiate that change, why would they? Alberta has been paying their way and seeing no return for decades, the change needs to start here with Albertans. Strong, free and independent Albertans.
4. How well do you think Alberta’s economy has been handled over the past four years?
Alberta’s economy has been a dismal failure in the past four years. The government has spent taxpayer dollars with little fiscal responsibility, then imposing a carbon tax to cover their overspending all while families and small business struggle to make ends meet. They have managed to chase business out of the province and deterred interested investors from investing in the province. With a big “closed” sign on the province’s door, the NDP government has put hundreds of thousands of people out of work, while hiring out of province workers to install light bulbs for their first phase of a green energy plan. Then the government spent billions of taxpayer dollars on a green energy agenda before any alternative energy sources were properly tested to withstand our harsh winters. Downsizing the cleanest coal generating electricity in the world only to have to buy electricity from the US coal generators. Alberta has been leading the energy and resources sector with the most ethical and cleanest resources in the world, yet we are asked to apologize for that. While overzealously chasing their green energy plan Alberta’s life blood, energy sector has suffered the death of a thousand cuts. The NDP allowed the federal government to stop pipelines with ridiculous regulation without a fight, allowed the federal government to kill even more Alberta jobs in the energy sector without any push back. We are at a 7.3 per cent unemployment rate 2 per cent over the national average and no one wants to talk about the elephant in the room. The NDP and the federal Liberals want Alberta closed for business and they will do anything to see that happen.
5. If elected as MLA, what is your first goal?
My first goal as an MLA would be to stand in the rotunda of the Parliament Building in Edmonton and take in the honour and the magnitude of the job I have been given by my constituency. Then roll up my sleeves and get to work,