Jason Stephan, MPP for Red Deer South, hosts a town hall meeting – Red Deer Advocate

Red Deer South MPP Jason Stephan encourages members of the United Conservative Party to participate in Premier Jason Kenney’s leadership review on April 9.

More than 70 people attended an event hosted by Stephan at the Baymont by Wyndham Red Deer hotel on Thursday night.

During the event, some expressed concern about having to pay a $100 fee – which will become a $150 fee after March 19 – to participate in the upcoming leadership review. Stephan also agreed with these concerns.

“I would like to see as many grassroots Conservatives as possible participate in this vote,” he said, adding that the fact that people from across the province have to travel to Red Deer South to participate in the vote is also worrying.

“For me, the more people who have this opportunity to participate, the better and truer the outcome will be.”

Also during the event, Stephan discussed health care in central Alberta. He said the upcoming $1.8 billion investment the Red Deer Regional Hospital Center will receive is “enormous.”

“This will be a transformative and tremendous investment that will bless not only families and individuals in Red Deer, but all of central Alberta,” he said.

Stephan said Alberta’s health services “need to be better”, which was applauded by the crowd.

“We spend over 40% of our government budget on health, and health is very important,” he said.

“We have … almost 4.5 million people in our province and our capacity (intensive care unit) has resulted in a longer duration and deeper severity of some of the restrictions that we have experienced over the past two years. »

After the town hall, Stephan told the lawyer said it was “awesome” to host the town hall.

“It’s great to see people, it’s great to meet in person – there’s something that gets lost when you can’t meet in person. It was a great turnout and I look forward to more of that,” he said, adding that his biggest takeaway from Thursday night was that citizens are interested and engaged.

“The more interested and engaged citizens in our community are, the more accountable and better the government. That’s what we want: a government with a culture of excellence.

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Jason Stephan, MLA for Red Deer South, speaks during a Town Hall event at the Baymont by Wyndham Red Deer Hotel Thursday evening. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Staff Counsel)

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