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Long-time Sask. Party supporter Al Jurgens is seen outside of the SIAST Woodland Campus in this photo he sent to media to advertise his bid for the party‚Äôs Prince Albert Carlton constituency.
A long-time Sask. Party supporter, Al Jurgens is seeking nomination in the Prince Albert Carlton constituency.
The name Jurgens is already well known in the local political scene, with Al‚Äôs wife, Victoria, serving as the Sask. Party‚Äôs MLA in Prince Albert Northcote.
Jurgens served as his wife‚Äôs campaign manager -- one of his latest contributions to the Sask. Party over the past dozen years.
Fancying himself a right-leaning individual, Jurgens said that he was attracted to the Sask. Party, in part, due to its ability to throw social consciousness into the mix.
‚ÄúEverything that I believe in, and the reason that I stayed in Saskatchewan, is what came to be after the Sask. Party came in,‚ÄĚ he summarized. ‚ÄúI just like what‚Äôs happening in Saskatchewan -- as most people do.‚ÄĚ
The Sask. Party has successfully used the improving economy as a base for all the social programs and other services people need to find success, Jurgens said.
‚ÄúI like what they‚Äôre doing, and I believe in the direction that they‚Äôre taking the province, and I think we‚Äôre just in a very good place right now.‚ÄĚ
However, Jurgens said that things need to improve, sparking his nomination bid for the Prince Albert Carlton constituency, which present MLA Darryl Hickie is not seeking re-nomination for.
Central to his campaign is post-secondary education -- a point he‚Äôs made by distributing a photo to media of himself under a SIAST Woodland Campus banner.
Although Jurgens has a personal attachment to SAIST, having furthered his education at the campus as a mature student at the age of 40, he notes there are other post-secondary institutions in the area that require expansion along with the province‚Äôs growing need for trained employees.
‚ÄúIf there are no people available to fill those positions, it doesn‚Äôt matter how the economy is, the businesses can‚Äôt grow,‚ÄĚ he explained.
Although recent government expansions have taken place, such as to SIAST‚Äôs electricians department, more needs to be done, he said.
Everything that I believe in, and the reason that I stayed in Saskatchewan, is what came to be after the Sask. Party came in. Al Jurgens
Another hot-button item in Prince Albert of late has been the need for a new Victoria Hospital ‚Äď a ‚Äúdefinite need‚ÄĚ for the entire region, which Jurgens said he‚Äôll be requesting the provincial government fund 100 per cent of.
‚ÄúI was on the health board, so I to got see first-hand where the deficiencies are, and why they‚Äôre there,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre a regional hospital ‚Ä¶ Our hospital serves more people from a larger area, now, than it ever has, and that‚Äôs not going to lessen in the future.‚ÄĚ
Jurgens is also keen on the second bridge issue that‚Äôs been running at full tilt since 2011.
‚ÄúI think the P3 ‚Ä¶ is the way to go,‚ÄĚ he said, singling out the public-private-partnership funding model that the Sask. Party has been touting of late.
‚ÄúThat bridge becomes more integral in the whole structure of the economy growing, so I believe the city should look at that. It‚Äôs an opportunity that I don‚Äôt think they can pass by.‚ÄĚ
Local businessman Joe Hargrave is also seeking nomination in the Sask. Party‚Äôs Prince Albert Carlton constituency, centering his bid on economic development.
Cheryl Ring has centred her Prince Albert Carlton constituency bid on youth, drawing from her experience as a mentor at Carlton Comprehensive Public High School.
Ring was a city councillor for one three-year term beginning in 2009. She narrowly lost her Ward 5 seat to newcomer Tim Scharkowski in October, 2012.