Jean and Yao plan to keep focus on Willow Square location

By KIRAN MALIK-KHAN, Connect Weekly

MLAs Brian Jean and Tany Yao hosted a community reception at the Royal Canadian Legion on September 13, 2025

MLAs Brian Jean and Tany Yao hosted a community reception at the Royal Canadian Legion on September 13, 2025

Local residents were invited to a community reception by Wildrose Leader Brian Jean, and MLA Tany Yao on September 20, 2015. The event was hosted at the The Royal Canadian Legion.

Representatives from different sectors appreciated the opportunity to listen to both members of the legislative assembly, who were elected four months ago. Both promised continuing opportunities, such as this, to get together with the community.

Yao, MLA for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo, shared he’s been in Fort McMurray for over 20 years. And, being in office is a “whirlwind of a ride,” he said, adding both MLAs share an office downtown (Jean’s former office as MP) to be more available.

Yao spoke about Willow Square, and noted “we’re looking at no other location than Willow Square for our seniors,” garnering an applause from the crowd.

Brian Jean, MLA for Fort McMurray-Conklin and Leader of the Official Opposition thanked everyone for attending.

“I live only a few houses from here, but since January, I’ve been home for hardly 15 nights. But, I love it. I love Fort McMurray, and Alberta. This province is great – whether I’m in Cypress Hills, or Foothills, Alberta is incredible,” Jean enthused, adding he’s known Yao for 25 years, and knew his father, a doctor who also used to make house calls.

“We are so proud of Fort McMurray. We want to host our 22 or 24 MLAs here,” Jean said.

He also made a special announcement of hosting the summer caucus retreat in Fort McMurray, next year.

“We are so proud of Fort McMurray. We want to host our 22 or 24 MLAs here,” Jean said.
With his eye always on the fiscal responsibility of government, Jean pointed out the disparity in expenses in Alberta and British Columbia.

“I’m just a common-sense person. We are far too expensive in Alberta. We spend $2,000 more, per person – woman, man, child – in Alberta. That’s $8 Billion more a year, if you add up the population. This province needs a fiscally sound, Conservative government,” he enthused.

Jean also appreciated the oil sands industry for adding $18 Billion a year to the Canadian economy.

– Connect Weekly –