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Brian Jean awaits Wednesday leadership result as he listens to area concerns

Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche MLA Brian Jean made a stop at the Fat Unicorn restaurant in Lac La Biche last Friday afternoon for a locally-organized meet and greet with business owners and residents. The visit comes less than a week before the votes of 60,000 UCP members will determine if Jean will be selected as the province’s next Premier.

The newly-elected MLA who won the constituency’s byelection just over a month ago, spoke with two dozen of his constituents at the local event. Topics ranged from the economic effects of the pandemic to his bid to oust current Premier Jason Kenney, to infrastructure and road needs in the community. Jean told Lakeland This Week that he appreciates hearing the grassroots concerns ... and compliments.

“All politics is local and I’ve heard a lot of issues from local citizens concerned about some of the pressures they’re feeling right now, in particular some of the stresses that people are feeling from COVID and the after-effects from COVID…to some of the more pertinent needs of infrastructure.”

The meet and greet was part of an awareness campaign for local economic development hosted by regional groups.

Highlighting the importance of rural economic development, Jean says the driving force of any rural community are the residents.

“No politician can do their job without talking to the people that matter and those, of course, are the people that live in your constituency. When you stop serving them well you usually lose out.”

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