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SPECIAL: Uniquely Rural, The Importance of Rural Alberta


Welcome to a special episode of Cross Border Interviews, where we delve into the crucial issue of the Rural Municipalities of Alberta and their unique election priorities.


Today, we are privileged to have as our guest the President of the Rural Municipalities of Alberta, Mr. Paul McLauchlin. Together, we will explore the challenges faced by rural municipalities and shed light on the key priorities that will shape their future.


Rural municipalities shoulder the responsibility of delivering a wide range of services and managing extensive infrastructure networks. These municipalities are deeply impacted by provincial policies, spending decisions, and operational choices across various ministries. The interplay between provincial-level decisions and the complexity of rural governance is a complex web that we aim to unravel today.


The vast array of election priorities faced by rural municipalities makes it a challenging task to include them all within the scope of election advocacy. However, in the first week of the Alberta Provincial Election, the Rural Municipalities of Alberta released a comprehensive document titled "Uniquely Rural: Election Priorities for Alberta's Rural Municipalities."


This document, intended to supplement the RMA's election website and candidate guide, provides a quick list of key rural municipal goals within six crucial election priority areas, which you can learn more about in the show notes.


The priority is the adoption of a rural lens, emphasizing the need to consider the specific needs and realities of rural areas when designing and evaluating policies.


Next, the issue of municipal funding seeks to ensure that rural municipalities have the necessary resources to provide essential services to their communities. Municipal access to property tax revenues and the quest for municipal autonomy are also crucial aspects that shape the decision-making power of rural municipalities.


We will also focus on the pressing matters of rural healthcare and social services, recognizing the unique challenges faced by rural communities in delivering adequate healthcare and support systems. Finally, we explore the topic of rural internet connectivity, understanding its significance for economic growth, education, and overall quality of life in rural areas.


While today’s episode will provide a condensed overview of key rural municipal goals within each priority area, it is important to note that it is not an exhaustive resource. Instead, we hope that this episode serves as a starting point for further exploration and dialogue between candidates, the Rural Municipalities of Alberta, and local rural municipal leaders.


Now let's start and engage in a thought-provoking conversation with our esteemed guest, Reeve McLauchlin, and gain valuable insights into the election priorities of Alberta's rural municipalities.


Let's Go.


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Uniquely Rural Website: https://rmalberta.com/uniquely-rural/

Uniquely Rural Document: https://rmalberta.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/ElectionStrategy-PlatformPackage-1.1.pdf


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