“I’m going to be representing the people in this constituency to the very best of my ability,” Joe Anglin said. “I really do plan to try to hold this government accountable, particularly on the fiscal side and dealing with property rights and electricity. We have a government that says everyone’s electricity bills are just fine and that’s not my position or the position or anyone else I’ve ever met.
“Certainly health care is a huge issue for a lot of Albertans and seniors is a big one two.”
In Monday’s election vote, Anglin garnered 7,647 votes, defeating sixth-term incumbent Ty Lund, who garnered 6,145 votes, Liberal challenger Mason Sisson, who got 703 votes, and NDP candidate Doreen Broska, who garnered 422 votes.
On a provincial level, at press time the Alison Redford Tories won 61 seats, the Wildrose 17, the Liberals five and the NDP four.
As for his party’s unsuccessful bid to be elected government, Anglin said, “I believe fear was a big motivator. I just have that suspicion, but I don’t have any relevant facts to base that on. Your guess is as good as anyone else’s guess.
“When we break down the numbers in a few weeks, we will look at those things and try to figure out what when on.”
Anglin commended Lund, who was first elected in 1989, for his long time service to the constituents of the riding.
“I have nothing but respect for Ty Lund,” he said. “He is the only cabinet minister that I ever sat down with who treated me with dignity and respect. He’s a true gentleman.”
During the campaign Anglin said if elected MLA he would work to reform the electricity billing system in Alberta.
“What we’ve done is allow the companies to basically gouge the public and made it legal,” he said. “We allow the generators to bid the price up seven times against themselves and that’s absolutely ridiculous.
“If I am elected I will change that. If the public was aware of what was going on they would be screaming even louder every time they pay their electric bills.”
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