Richard Gotfried 高 飛

MLA, Calgary-Fish Creek

403-278-4444 • calgary.fishcreek@assembly.ab.ca • www.calgaryfishcreek.ab.ca

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Learning about Alberta’s democratic process helps all of us to understand what to expect as we move into an election period.  A pivotal role is played by the Lieutenant Governor, appointed for 5 year terms as the Queen’s representative.  Hon. Lois Mitchell is Alberta’s 18th Lt. Governor and began her duties on June 12, 2015.  While the role of Lieutenant Governor is largely symbolic and ceremonial, Her Honour is the Vice-Regal representative of the monarch in Alberta and fulfils key roles in the election process. One such duty is reading of the Throne Speech.  The start of the upcoming session (5th Session of the 29th Legislature) will be March 18th.  The Throne Speech will be delivered by the Lieutenant Governor on this day, and is historically an opportunity for the Premier and the governing party to provide an overview of their priorities for the session ahead.  It is uncertain how long this session will last prior to an election call, but for an election to be called the Premier must ask the Lieutenant Governor to dissolve the Legislature and drop the “writ”.  Other official duties include giving royal assent to Bills after third reading, discontinuing session semi-annually, and approving orders in council.  The office was established when Alberta entered Confederation in 1905.  The Lt. Governor no longer occupies the former official residence, now known as “Government House”, while much of her time is dedicated to performing ceremonial duties at events and overseeing awards programs such as the Alberta Order of Excellence. 

The “writ” or election period is four weeks, and during that time, I will no longer be acting in the capacity of MLA, but rather I have earned the honour and privilege of being your UCP candidate for the area.  The office will remain open and functioning during this time and my capable staff will be happy to assist you in any capacity.  However with apologies, the one service I will not be able to perform during the election writ is notarizations, oaths and certified true copies.  For 2019, the election boundaries will be changing.  Calgary-Fish Creek will continue to include the communities of Lake Bonavista, Bonavista Downs, Queensland, Diamond Cove, Deer Ridge, Deer Run and Parkland, while I welcome Midnapore, and Sundance to the fold.  I am however sad to say farewell to the many friends I have made in Canyon Meadows, who will now join Calgary-Acadia.  Should you have any questions regarding the upcoming election, Elections Alberta is the governing authority that will oversee the process.  Their website has information and contact details of interest at www.elections.ab.ca

As always, your feedback helps me to effectively represent you.  My last MLA Café prior to the election will be Friday March 8th at my office from 10-11:30am.  Come for coffee and conversation as I seek your insights to move our great province back to the Alberta Advantage!  As always, I thank you for the privilege of representing you.   Richard Gotfried, MLA Calgary-Fish Creek