I'm Craig Curtis (he, him), and I'm running for the nomination for the Red Deer North NDP.
"Craig Curtis would be the perfect candidate to represent the NDP Red Deer North. I have personally worked with Craig, addressing the issues of equity, diversity and inclusion through my former work at the Golden Circle Senior's Centre. He always challenged us to think about the people and how our decisions affect the community we are serving. He is not afraid to ask the tough questions and always understood the importance of hearing from the community. Craig will ensure that Red Deer's voice will be heard at the government table. He will advocate for change and ensure that Albertans are able to live a good life."
Monica Morrison, retired Executive Director, Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre.
"I believe Craig is well qualified to stand as a candidate for the NDP Red Deer North. His analytical skills, leadership skills and his common sense were evident in my years on City Council with Craig as City Manager. Craig will be a well-qualified MLA and a sincere representative for Red Deer North."
Lorna Watkinson-Zimmer, former Red Deer City Councillor
"I have known and worked with Craig for a number of years. He is one of the most intelligent, caring individuals that you will ever meet. His background, knowledge and understanding of governance, leadership, and complex economic and social issues would make him the right choice for MLA for Red Deer North."
Brett Speight, former Executive Director of United Way Central Alberta.
"I first had the opportunity to work with Craig Curtis in the early 80s. One of the most exciting projects at that time was the planning and implementation of the Waskasoo Park System. Craig's training as an architect and city planner and his ability to involve community groups led to an outstanding plan and an amazing park system that still makes Red Deer proud 40 years later. Insightful planning, incredible community involvement and strong leadership marked this project and Craig Curtis was one of the key leaders. Craig has had a very successful municipal leadership career which concluded as Red Deer's City Manager. Now he is volunteering to be Red Deer North's MLA. His abilities and experience, and his thorough knowledge of Red Deer would be a real asset.
Larry Pimm, former Red Deer City Councillor
Economy and Affordability
The Alberta economy has begun its recovery from the impact of the pandemic but residents are now faced with the crushing impact of record inflation. Current measures are not adequate. We need immediate action to asist low-income Albertans facing potential evictions and affordability challenges for basic needs. Actions such as re-establishing the cap on electrical rates, fast-tracking childcare subsidies, and indexing benefits for low-income residents.
At the provincial level, initiatives must be taken to diversify the economy and reduce reliance on oil and gas revenues. Development of “green energy” and carbon reduction technology could be economic drivers and a response to climate change.
Alberta has a crisis in health care. Doctors and nurses are in short supply and people have died because of late ambulance response. In Red Deer, the expansion of the hospital has been delayed for a decade and is unable to meet current needs. I will advocate for the immediate implementation of plans for hospital expansion, increased resources for paramedics and the reversal of ambulance dispatch consolidation.
We must hasten progress on the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. I support increased funding for the identification and recognition of gravesites at former residential school sites. The province should work with Indigenous Leaders to address Indigenous housing and homelessness.
The new Provincial Curriculum has been almost universally criticized for not respecting proven ways of educating students, accurate content, diversity and authentic Indigenous content. I support withdrawing the new curriculum and creating a new draft with the involvement of teachers, curriculum experts, stakeholders and parents.
Drug Poisoning Crisis
Addressing the overdose crisis and the toxic drug supply must be a priority for the new government and treated with a focus on human rights and public health and not enforcement. In Red Deer, there is a serious lack of adequate facilities for evidence-based treatment, harm reduction services and shelter accommodation. The ‘War on Drugs’ approach has been a failure and future action must aggressively address the four-pillar approach of prevention, treatment, enforcement and harm reduction.
I believe in the celebration of all types of diversity whether they be race, religion, culture, age, ability, sexual orientation/gender identity or expression. Hate crimes in Alberta are on the rise including verbal and physical abuse of minorities. I understand my privilege means I need to continue learning about the realities of the lives of others and I strive to do so. I need to use my privilege to prove my ally-ship every day. I will continue to address hate speech and all forms of stigma and discrimination including racism, ableism, and classism.
Public focus has recently shifted to other issues, but a lack of action on climate change is starting to have devastating consequences. Alberta has an opportunity to be a leader in green energy production and diversifying energy production. All Provincial initiatives should be examined through an environmental lens to ensure they uphold the responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint and the safety of future generations.