Doug Clovechok is looking forward to meeting with members of Premier-Elect Jason Kenny's new administration once it gets up and running.
The unofficial results of Alberta's provincial election on Tuesday have the UCP winning a projected-landslide win, claiming 55% of the total vote and 63 of 87 seats. This would move Rachel Notley's NDP from their single-term majority government to Official Opposition status.
Clovechok, representing a B.C. riding that borders Alberta, says he looks forward to working alongside the new administration in the Prairie Province.
"I don't know Mr. Kenny personally and I don't know exactly what he's going to do, but it's going to be an exciting watch and obviously, we wish them well. I'm going to be watching it very closely, obviously."
After it was initially brought up by Sparwood Mayor David Wilks last fall, Clovechok has continued to champion the issue of trans-border healthcare.
This would mean that residents living along the B.C.-Alberta border would be able to use medical facilities in Alberta if there are no closer ones in B.C. that can accommodate their needs without having to worry about which province would pay for that treatment.
With the election just happening this week, however, Clovechok says he wants to let the UCP adjust before trying to bring up the matter once again.
"I think it's something a new government can bring fresh eyes to, and we've had some luck with the senior administration within the Alberta healthcare system. I would welcome the opportunity to meet with whoever the Health Minister's going to be."
An issue that was heavily pushed in the leadup to the election was pipelines. The Premier-elect had threatened to "turn off the taps" of oil coming to B.C. if he and Premier John Horgan cannot reach an agreement on completing the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion.
Clovechok says he hopes that the two provincial leaders will be able to come together on this matter and get the project approved.
The MLA wants them to come to terms on something like what former-B.C. Premier Christy Clark had with her Five Terms for pipeline approval. The Five Terms include:
- Complete the environmental review process
- Have a world-leading marine oil spill response, prevention, and recovery plan
- Have world-leading practices for land oil spill prevention, response, and recovery systems
- Legal requirements to address aboriginal and treaty rights
- That B.C. receives a "fair share" of the economic benefits of the project
Clovechok is not sure how long the new Albertan administration will need to get going, but he hopes to work alongside their new government in the near future.
Audio: Doug Clovechok, MLA, Columbia River-Revelstoke