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The final leg of the summer road tour was just 2 days for me, with stops in communities in Alberta’s Capital Region. In Fort Saskatchewan we met with the Chamber of Commerce and City Council for a roundtable meeting, and then it was off for a bus tour of the Industrial Heartland Region. The Industrial Heartland is incredible – the sheer size of the refineries and upgraders will impress anyone, while the green technology these major oil companies are pursuing is incredible. Following lunch on the bus, we headed to Morinville to tour the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Academy which was completed in September 2020, and the Four Winds Public School which was completed in January 2020. After the school tours we met with Mayor Barry Turner of Morinville and Mayor Dan Deck of Gibbons. We ended the day in St. Albert at a Back to Business mixer hosted by the Alberta Enterprise Group at the Canadian Brewhouse.
The final day of my summer road tour saw me starting in Sherwood Park where we were happy to announce a new Francophone school for the community. Then we headed to Leduc where we discussed the area’s Capital Maintenance and Renewal (CMR) and Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) projects with MLA Brad Rutherford before attending a luncheon hosted by the regional Chamber of Commerce. Following lunch we travelled to Devon for the official launch of the Western Economic Corridor. This is an economic development initiative spearheaded by Brazeau County, representing energy companies in the Devon to Drayton Valley area. Moving on to Stony Plain and Spruce Grove we met up with MLA Searle Turton to announce new school modulars and join the local Chamber of Commerce for a roundtable.
In total on this final leg of the tour I visited 8 communities, made 13 stops for meetings, announcements, tours and events and I put a relatively small 855 km on my vehicle making the round trip from my home in Calgary.
Prasad Panda served as the Minister of Infrastructure from April 30, 2019 to June 21, 2022.