Member of Legislative Assembly Report
By Brian Jean, MLA of Fort McMurray-Conklin
By now, Albertans across the province have heard about Jason Dubrule and his 430 kilometre walk from Falher to Edmonton.
He’s walking to raise awareness on behalf of families who have not only lost their jobs in the downturn, but have been forced to give up their homes.
By doing what he can to bring attention to the true consequences of a bad economy, Jason provides us with an excellent opportunity to remind ourselves what it means to be Albertan.
His compassion for his neighbours compelled him to get out the door and start walking. He told reporters he just got “tired of sitting around and watching families get kicked out of their houses because there’s no work.”
His grit and determination have kept him walking for hundreds of kilometers already, despite braces on his knees and blisters on his feet.
And even though it’s rough going, I have no doubt that he will pull through, all the way to his goal of reaching the Alberta Legislature.
Because when times are tough, when we’re down on our luck and the road ahead is long, Albertans have always gutted it out. And we’ve always done it together.
Jason’s walk has brought out the best in those he’s encountered along the way. The kindness and generosity that have met him on the road and in every town he’s passed through so far speak volumes about Alberta’s character, and they remind us what’s most important.
Whether it’s a hot meal, a place to stay, or just a friendly conversation and a bit of help pulling his wagon of supplies, there has been no shortage of support for Jason.
My friend and colleague Todd Loewen, MLA for Grande Prairie Smoky, has visited Jason three times on his journey so far, walking alongside him and helping to pull his heavy wagon for over 10 kilometres.
I’m proud to work with a man like Todd, who quietly exemplifies deeply-held Albertan values and who takes the same proactive approach to difficult times as all my caucus colleagues, and as Albertans across the province.
We all know that the road ahead is hard, and that our province and our families face what may be the most difficult economic times we will see in our lifetimes.
But there is hope to be found in stories like Jason’s.
Hope in Alberta’s values of neighbourliness and compassion, of hard work and determination.
Wildrose knows the importance of these Albertan values, because they’re our values, too.
Brian Jean is the Leader for the Official Opposition Party and Member of Legislative for Fort McMurray-Conklin. Jean can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 780-588-7979.