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Alberta Party announces candidate for Calgary-Foothills Byelection

By Meagan Wade

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CALGARY, AB – At a press conference (yesterday morning), leader Greg Clark officially announced the Alberta Party candidate for the Calgary-Foothills by-election, Mark Taylor.

“Mark is an upstanding Calgarian with a passion for making our community better. We’re proud to have him as a member of the Alberta Party, and excited about what he brings to Calgary-Foothills. His background and his commitment to our community makes him the best option to be their next MLA.”

Taylor has spent most of his career as a professional engineer working in oil and gas. Leveraging what he learned in the industry, Taylor built a business specializing in leadership development and executive coaching.

“The citizens of Calgary-Foothills are in a unique situation. They are returning to the polls for the third time in less than a year to elect their local representative,” said Taylor in his announcement speech.

Taylor also feels this by-election is about choice, and that the citizens of Calgary-Foothills have the chance to finally vote for the person who will best represent them at the local level.

“A vote for the Alberta Party means voters want a local representative that is looking out for all of them and not just the few who hold a party membership. It means they are tired of partisan politics and are done with the old political parties. It’s time to take a balanced approach and vote for the Alberta Party, a vote that all of us can feel good about the day after the election.”

To read Mark’s full bio, visit votemarktaylor.ca.

Mark’s Campaign Launch Speech

Posted on August 11, 2015 by Meagan Wade

The citizens of Calgary-Foothills are in a very unique situation. They are returning to the polls for a 3rd time in less than a year to elect their local representative. I’ve heard from several people that they don’t need voting cards from Elections Alberta anymore; they know where the polling stations are. Beyond that, they have been given the opportunity to elect an MLA who truly represents them as citizens.

They don’t have to vote for the Premier because he has graced them with the honour to be their representative. They don’t have to vote for the government because that’s who they’ve voted for over the last four decades. They also don’t have to make their vote a judgement on the actions of the current government because, frankly, the government hasn’t really had any time to do anything. Their vote isn’t going to make the government any stronger. Their vote won’t topple the government. We already have a majority government and the MLA from Calgary-Foothills won’t change that reality.

If this election isn’t about putting a Premier into power, or voting for the governing party, or voting out the governing party…then what is it about?

It’s about choice.  The citizens of Calgary-Foothills are no longer handcuffed to voting for a Party.  They get to choose what’s important to them versus what’s important to a political party or to the rest of the province. They get to vote for the person who will best represent them, on a local level.

By voting for me, they will get that local representative. As an Alberta Party MLA, I would be committed to representing the citizens of Calgary-Foothills before representing the Alberta Party. I would not be beholden to voting for the Government just because I’m in the Government back benches. I would not be beholden to voting against the government just because I’m in the Official Opposition. In fact, I’m not even beholden to voting in line with Greg Clark as the other Alberta Party MLA. There will be times when the interests of Calgary-Foothills and Calgary-Elbow are not in line and you would see Greg and me voting differently.

Beyond having a strong local representative sensitive to their particular issues, the citizens of Calgary-Foothills get something else by electing an Alberta Party MLA. They get to be part of a movement. As we are seeing already in the Legislature, we have strong representation from the left-wing and the right-wing of the political spectrum. What we don’t have, yet, is strong representation from the centre. Most Albertans are found in the centre of political spectrum. They are fiscally responsible and they are social responsible. What Albertans need is a party that matches their values… and the Alberta Party is that match!

By electing me on September 3rd, the citizens of Calgary-Foothills can be truly heard. They can say they are tired of partisan politics. They can say they are done with the old political parties. They can say they want a local representative that is looking out for all of them, not just a few who happen to hold a party membership.

My name is Mark Taylor and I want to be the next MLA for Calgary-Foothills.

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