MLA Pat Rehn’s letter to his Lesser Slave constituents
To the Editor:
A note to the people of Lesser Slave Lake—my friends, my family:
Over the holidays, I was privileged to be able to spend a great deal of time among constituents and family, celebrating the season, and reflecting on fond memories, goals reached, and plans for the future.
During this time, I also reflected on my political career, with victories such as returning jobs to our province, balancing the budget, and giving entrepreneurs an environment they can thrive in while always putting Albertans first. I am proud of my service with our wonderful UCP caucus who to me are like my family, but I am most proud of having always prioritized teamwork, good will, and collaboration throughout my time as an MLA.
With this all being said, I am also writing to inform everyone that with all considerations made, I shall not be seeking to renew my mandate as your member of the legislative assembly for Lesser Slave Lake in the upcoming provincial general election.
Representing Lesser Slave Lake, advocating for the needs of our community, and helping to get our province back on the right track has been the privilege of a lifetime.
As I look forward to serving you until the expiration of my mandate, I also see eager individuals seeking to put their names forward to represent our constituency, and I have the utmost confidence that Lesser Slave Lake will continue to be excellently represented in our provincial assembly by a fresh voice who brings a unique perspective to representing the people of this lovely place.
In Lesser Slave Lake, we dream big and fight hard for those dreams. We follow generations of pioneers who have always found inspiration in the beauty of Lesser Slave Lake as we do.
We follow in the steps of those who wish for better lives for their family as we do.
Our journey, my friends, never stops — but if we prioritize community and faith in each other, our constituency will continue to serve as a shining beacon of the great promise within our province of a new life and prosperous family for any who wish to work for it.
The passion for our home is abundant in any conversation over coffee or at any community association meeting.
The people of Lesser Slave Lake have routinely inspired me to fight harder, prioritize being a straight shooter and remind me day after day of the reason I decided to enter public life which is hard-fought service for our people. While this path has not always been easy, it is one I am proud to have taken as our constituency is better off for it.
While I do not intend to seek re-election, this does not mean my advocacy for the people of Lesser Slave Lake will end, nor will the dozens of friendships I’ve had the pleasure of making over my time in public life be forgotten.
The people of Lesser Slave Lake have routinely been my inspiration throughout my time in politics with their words of encouragement and even sometimes criticism. The advocacy and opinions of our people empower our democratic process.
For this, I shall always be immensely thankful and grateful. While our province has improved greatly in its circumstance over the last four years, it’s only the beginning — always.
The young must know it; the old must know it. It must always sustain us because the greatness comes not when things go always well for you, but the greatness comes when you are really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments when sadness comes; because only if you’ve been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain!
Therefore, my friends, it is humbling and still a happy and proud moment for me to let you all know this.
I am extremely confident in the future of our province and look forward to seeing more and more success stories out of our beautiful home in the years to come.
MLA for Lesser Slave Lake