City resident William Berry is running as an independent to represent Red Deer South in the upcoming provincial election.
“Candidates for political office will usually say and promise anything to win your vote,” he said in a statement. “But after they win the election, they start breaking the promises that they made to you.
“They will promise and say anything to get your vote. They tell you what you want to hear with little regard for the truth. I will make only one promise.
“I will work diligently to reduce government waste, incompetency and ‘the old boy’ networks that looks after their party members and financial backers.”
Berry said that he will not be making promises that he cannot keep.
He also said that Alberta should be the richest province in Canada, with the best education, health services, environment and quality of life. “Sadly that is not the case today; thousands of workers are losing their jobs and major cuts in health and social benefits are being forced on Albertans.
“The Conservative governments and leaders have failed us. They must be held accountable and booted out of power.
“We need hard-working, motivated women and men in our Legislature, that understand the suffering and challenges of us, normal Albertans. There must be a voice of reason and common sense in our Legislature.
Berry also said, “The Alberta police and judicial system has failed us. They are out of control and every week new injustices are committed against our fellow Albertans. The police and sheriffs of this province are not above the law.
“They must be held accountable like every other member of the public.
“Justice delayed is justice denied. There can be no true democracy without justice for all.”
Berry said he will focus on local issues, like the City of Red Deer’s plan to start flaring the gas from the land fill site that is less than two kilometers from his home.
“In 2005, Epcor built small generators for the Landfill Gas Recovery Plant in Edmonton. The new generators are able to supply 4.6 megawatts of electricity into the electricity grid; this is enough to power over 4,600 homes annually. These units save the environment and provide economic value to the community.
“Even if there is no cost benefit, the flaring of natural gas so close to our homes is not acceptable.
“In 110 years, Alberta has had only four parties hold the reins of power and more notably, there have been only three changes in government in all those years.”
Berry said that the current party has been in power over 44 years. “It is very apparent today, that they have failed to enhance our quality of life. I will not accept their empty promises without a fight.
“I am running for the Red Deer South MLA position to hold them accountable for their failed policies and leaders.
“We Albertans deserve a government that makes the people’s welfare the top priority, not the old boys club and their big financial supporters.”