Spruce Grove-Stony Plain candidates talk economy and pipelines

Friday, March 29, 2019

SPRUCE GROVE EXAMINER  Two of the biggest financial concerns for local candidates heading into the election are the ramifications of coal mines shutting down, and questions surrounding the oil and gas sector.  

NDP incumbent Erin Babcock said earlier this year the party has short, mid, and long term plans to boost the energy sector, including continuing to fight for the completion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

“I absolutely believe since the federal government bought Trans Mountain it will at some point go through. Right now, capping production with the differential has worked. Rail cars are the mid term … upgrades do not get built in a day and a pipeline is ultimately the long-term goal [for Alberta],” said Babcock in a January interview.

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Category: Local, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain

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“We chose Spruce Grove because it had the best real estate prices in the area compared to other industrial parks.”

Tim Martin, General Manager, Cross Country Infrastructure Services Canada Inc.


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“The City has the space we need—store frontage with lots of traffic and warehouse space.”

Rik Kaminsky, Co-Owner and CEO, Solaré Canada Inc.


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“In Spruce Grove we have everything in the way of retail businesses, excellent schools and first-class sport facilities all right here.” 

Braven Blackwell, President, Seljax


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“Locating in Spruce Grove is prime for us.  We need to be centrally located in the province to reach our customers and move our products.”  

Anthony Worbeck, Sales Director, ACKT Industries


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“The feeling of home and family orientated culture has allowed us to retain our most valuable asset, our people.”

Neil Matheson, CFO, Thompson Construction Group


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“Retaining long-term employees is key. It’s difficult to do, but we’ve done it in Spruce Grove.”

Jack Seguin, Owner, Alberta Precast Products