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Local school board trustee makes election bid

Last Updated Mar 20, 2019 at 11:17 am MDT

Image courtesy of Alberta New Democrats.

NDP Alberta selected Stephen Drover to represent their party in the upcoming provincial election.

Currently serving as a local public school board trustee, Drover will run for the Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo riding.

Drover kept it simple when he explained why he was running in the upcoming election.

“It’s Rachel Notley. She is the leader to help this province out and particularly Fort McMurray. She’s been fighting [since] day one to get more pipelines built, build the energy sector, and to diversify the energy sector. She is truly somebody who’s fighting for what’s important for me here in Fort McMurray.”

Not only is Stephen Drover a school board trustee, but during the day he works alongside hundreds of others in the oilsands.

“I’ve been at Suncor Energy now for 15 years; workers and workers’ rights are dear to me. I believe that we need to work really hard to get these pipelines built not only west, but also east. Going west is critical; we need to get that up right away, but we also have to examine going east again.”

Drover also shared his thoughts on United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney’s proposed cuts to education.

“I’m genuinely concerned with the 20 per cent cuts that Jason Kenney is talking about to education. I don’t think most parents understand that.”

With the election coming shortly, Drover said he would soon be at work by late February meeting door-to-door with voters and gaining support for his leader Premier Rachel Notley, and the NDP.

He hopes Albertans would thoughtfully consider what they want in their next government when they head for the polls.

“I really hope that in the next weeks and months, people here in Fort McMurray can do some soul searching and figure out what’s important for them, and to see between the two leaders which one represents them better.”

Joining Stephen Drover representing the NDP will be RMWB councillor Jane Stroud, who will run in the Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche riding.