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Economy main topic as Premier Jason Kenney visits Lethbridge

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – The Alberta economy was the main topic as Premier Jason Kenney spoke to a Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday.

Kenney was joined by Finance Minister Travis Toews during a noon hour visit at the Lethbridge Lodge.

The Premier says he’s heard a lot of optimism around here. “Lethbridge and region have been one of the stronger parts of Alberta’s economy in recent years. I think with a lot of new investment in the agriculture and agri-food businesses you’re going to see that growth continue. I’m just happy to see people upbeat and positive about the future. I think with good reason.”

Kenney told the Chamber that he believed Alberta was on the verge of a renaissance.

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The Premier spent the past couple of days touring the region. He was on the Blood Reserve Tuesday and while in Lethbridge made a stop at Sunrise Farms.

The Premier was greeted by a number of protestors who lined the sidewalk along Scenic Drive in front of the Lethbridge Lodge. They were hoping to get messages to Kenney that they have concerns about coal mining, nurses’ wages, education, and more.

The Premier was asked about that. He says he welcomes all points of view.

“This is a province with a very democratic spirit and I welcome people coming to demonstrate to share their views,” said Kenney. “But at the end of the day we were elected on a mandate to focus on jobs, the economy, pipelines, and a fair deal for Alberta and we’re pursuing that. I know some people don’t share those views and they can express that and they certainly will at the ballot box in the next election. We’re keeping our commitments. This government has implemented over 85% of our campaign commitments. We now, as we exit out of the worst of the pandemic and to focus on those things jobs, economy, pipelines.”

Protestors outside the Lethbridge Lodge on Wednesday.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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