Why Would MLA Dave Quest Support Doug Horner?

This Sherwood Park Independent  article indicates that Strathcona MLA Dave Quest is supporting MLA Doug Horner to be the next leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party and Premier of Alberta. This is a rather odd choice for Mr. Quest to make considering the following reasons.

First, one of the most challenging issues facing Quest in his constituency is the contentious Heartland Transmission Project. His constituents insist the Heartland line is not necessary and Bill 50 that legislated the building of this line should be scrapped; or, if the Alberta Government insists on getting this line built, it must be buried whenever it is built near homes, schools, daycare centres, hospitals and environmentally sensitive areas.

Second, Doug Horner has been reported (May 25) to say Bill 50 does not need to be repealed or even reviewed. And, Mr. Horner has also said numerous times that an above ground Heartland line should be built in the Sherwood Park Greenbelt (right next to Dave Quest’s constituents, including Colchester Elementary School). In fact, Mr. Horner is the only one of the six P.C. leadership candidates who has been so clear on his support of Bill 50 and of an overhead line being built along AltaLink’s and EPCOR’s preferred route which would directly and adversely impact 5,194 homes (over 15,000 people) within the constituencies of Hon. Iris Evans, Hon. Gene Zwozdesky, Dave Quest, Naresh Bhardwaj, Peter Sandhu, Tony Vandermeer and Jeff Johnson. The other five P.C. leadership candidates have indicated they would either repeal or review Bill 50 if elected leader, and several have suggested that burying high voltage power lines should be considered in some circumstances.

~ by RETA on July 11, 2011.

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