Alberta Health minister downplays cool reception from rural leaders
Health Minister Sarah Hoffman is downplaying the bad reception she received Thursday at the fall convention of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC).
"I'll be back to hear from the folks who were there, at future meetings," said Hoffman who acknowledged that being "booed" was not a pleasant experience.
"Of course it's never fun when somebody has that kind of reaction, but I want to continue working with them, I want to keep moving forward on having clean air, water and protected land as well as strengthening our opportunities for international markets."
During a "bear pit" question and answer session between convention delegates and eight provincial cabinet ministers, it became clear there was a lot of anxiety in the crowd over the upcoming carbon levy, and the provincial government's plan to accelerate the phase-out of coal-fired electricity.
Both initiatives are part of the Alberta government's Climate Leadership Plan.
Woodlands County Mayor Jim Rennie conducted a spontaneous straw poll on the convention floor asking how many of the rural mayors and councillors thought the government's coal plan was a "bad idea." Almost all delegates in the room raised their hands.
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