About Russell Scantlebury
“The credit belongs to the [person] who is actually in the arena, who strives valiantly, who errs and may fall again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming. Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
Theodore Roosevelt, 1899
My name is Russell Scantlebury.
Politicians often use their accomplishments to infer that they are capable. It is easy for Politicians or Candidates to talk about what they have done for one special interest or another; but rarely do Politicians or Candidates talk about what Governments should do for citizens. I would like to be different.
I would like to talk about the hard truths of Alberta. I live in Calgary, and I have had the privilege of seeing most of this province and I know we have real issues to talk about. We have to talk about how we diversify our economy so as reduce the costs of busts in our economy. We need to talk about how to grow our province when so many countries are moving away from the products we make.
I could talk about how my parents came to Canada or I could talk about my accomplishments. I could talk about my profession or about my university education. However, those things won’t help anyone find a job or help someone out of poverty. We have big problems and we need a serious person to talk about those serious solutions. While, it is true that I have been a member of the Liberal Party of Canada since 1994, that too is not important.
A simple truth is important: Alberta’s best days are before it. I seek to ensure this; if we listen to the left, the centre and the right and find a new path forward. This pragmatic path should be measured by the best benefit for not just Calgary or Edmonton. Fort McMurray, Lloydminister, Red Deer, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat need to grow. Vulcan, Barrhead, Drumheller, Cold Lake, Vegreville, Brooks and Lac La Biche should never worry about their future. The growth of Alberta should touch Nurses and Firefighters, Sanitation Workers and Entrepreneurs. To do this, I want every person to be a part of this conversation. So my family, history, or faith, are not important. What is important is my ability to promote the conversation about Alberta’s future. Consequently, read through my ideas and proposals and pass them on. Let’s start this conversation about the future of Alberta