Summer truly flies by as we usher in the glorious month of August. The weeks ahead are for appreciating long summer days, warm evenings and creating special memories with family and friends.  Pancakes were a daily staple before and during Stampede and it was great to connect at many events across the constituency.  I hope you had as much fun as I did!  This year marked my first Stampede BBQ in Bonavista Downs and included games, food (sizzling Spolumbo’s!), and music.  Mark Saturday, July 8 on your calendar now for 2017!

In my last newsletter I noted great stay-cation opportunities right here in Calgary. One of my Festival-Faves is GlobalFest, which runs from August 18th to 27th, where I will be thrilled to host a booth with my Calgary Caucus colleagues.  Please stop by and say “Hi” if GlobalFest is in your calendar.  GlobalFest offers world-class pyro-musical entertainment while celebrating and showcasing culture, art and food from around the globe. On a starry summer night, the spectacular fireworks are a perfect back-drop for a fun and economical family night out…creating memories to cherish for years to come.

Another great stay-cation is Alberta Farm Days.  Launched four years ago, this provincial initiative highlights the great work and contribution of farmers and ranchers across Alberta.  Did you know that 1 in 8 jobs in Canada and over 80,000 jobs in Alberta are agriculture based?  Agriculture contributes over 100 billion dollars annually to Canada’s GDP.  Here in Alberta, we are blessed with rich farmland, sprawling ranchlands, and what I believe is the best beef in the world!  This year farmers and ranchers will open their doors to the public on August 20th and 21st.  If you want to see how honey is made, visit a bison ranch, or meet an alpaca, here is your chance to get up close and personal.  There are unique opportunities for both young and old and I welcome you to visit for locations, times and details.

If you wish to venture outside of Calgary please visit for a complete listing of events and attractions across our province. As I often say, we are truly blessed to enjoy such rich natural resources, scenic beauty and friendly, industrious and hospitable people across our great province.

MLA Gone Walkabout” is what I will be doing over much of the rest of the summer and fall to connect with as many businesses, community organizations and people in Calgary–Fish Creek.  I have already heard from many regarding the impact of government policies and legislation on you, your businesses and personal finances.  Nonetheless, I want to hear from as many constituents as possible to ensure I fully understand and appreciate the struggles you and your family currently face as I share my vision for a brighter future.  As always, my office and I are ready, willing, and able to connect and assist in any way we can with community issues. My MLA Cafés will re-commence in September, so keep an eye out for future dates and join me for a chat and a coffee!

Richard Gotfried

MLA, Calgary – Fish Creek


Twitter: @GotfriedMLA