Interview With George Rogers, Conservative

  • Apr. 13, 2012 8:00 a.m.

Pipestone Flyer

 

Q: What is your basic platform?

A: I think my record of serving this area for the last 20 years says a lot. I believe I have been honest, accessible and effective and I am going to be relentless on education issues. I am proud of the work I have recently done on helping to protect the rights of home schoolers.

 

Q: Are there any rural issues specific to Leduc County that you are focusing on?

A: Yes, and that would be the issue of property rights for Albertans. I think we had some poorly written language regarding the property rights issues in our legislation. We have since clarified our intentions and will be putting a Property Rights Advocate in place.

 

Q: What do you think your Party offers voters that the others are lacking?

A: Stability and experience. I think it's a good thing that we have been around for 40 years. We have one of the best education systems in the world here in Alberta and the PC Party had a lot to do with that. We have had a series of dynamic, capable leaders over the last 40 years and I believe our Premier, Alison Redford, is right in line with that tradition.

 

Q: What qualities do you as a person, bring to the table that would be a reason to vote for you? 

A: You have to care. I have a lot of empathy and respect for others and I want to contribute to our community. If someone was to tell me that the reason they are running for an elected position was just to have a job, I would tell them they are in the completely wrong place and they should rethink their plan.

Q: What changes do you see for Leduc and County over the next four years?

A: I see a tremendous amount of growth for this area, and growth brings challenges. I have a lot of concern about keeping our environment in balance, such as maintaining our air quality. It will also be a challenge to keep our environmental impact and footprint as small as possible in our growing community, as well as finding a way to keep our agricultural lands intact.

 

Q: Do you have any specific concerns for the upcoming election?

A: Personally, I do not want to see it become a spitting contest. I think it's a shame when candidates treat each other like pariahs. I think that is the beauty of our democracy, when not one shot is fired in anger no matter who comes out on top. And a concern that I personally have, is when a candidate lives outside of the area they a running for.

 

Q: If you had to name the single most important issue you want to deal with if you win the election, what would that be?

A: Ensuring that the new interchange is installed at 65 Avenue and Highway 2 because it ties into so many things such as the successful growth of Port Alberta. It will also facilitate the movement of people through Leduc.

 

Q: If in order to win the election you had to get up and sing a karaoke song, what song would you choose and why?

A: Wow, I'm not much of a singer. It would be a stretch, but if I had to I might reasonably sing Amazing Grace. Only if I absolutely had to though. People would probably pay me not to sing!