‘The jury is out’ says M.D. reeve on Lesser Slave MLA

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Unlike their counterparts at Slave Lake council, M.D. of Lesser Slave River councillors welcomed independent MLA Pat Rehn to meet with them. This took place on Jan. 27.

Rehn mentioned the meeting on his social media feed. The two topics he included in his post were the Marten Beach flooding situation and highway paving, “as well as getting any measures in place to protect these roads well into the future.”

Asked for his impressions of the meeting, reeve Murray Kerik said, “The jury’s out.”

“He promised to do all sorts of things, so we gave him our list again.”

The M.D. is hedging its bets, however. Kerik said a meeting with Peace River MLA Dan Williams is also scheduled. Williams is still a member in good standing of the United Conservative Party caucus, whereas Rehn is not.

“We’re not waiting,” Kerik said. “We seem to have a good connection with the UCP (via Williams) and we don’t want to squander it.”

Rehn, meanwhile, also met with Big Lakes County council. According to a story in the South Peace News by Richard Froese, Rehn promised to spend more time in the constituency. He also told county council he has a good working relationship with government ministers, who have told him “their doors are always open.”

Rehn went on to tell the council he’s not a quitter, adding, “I can do a better job.”

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