Parker says that the city needs its voice heard by the provincial government. “I hope that he (Jason Kenney) is very open-minded and his government is open-minded in understanding the opportunities and the challenges that not only face Lethbridge, but the surrounding areas and the province as a whole,” says Parker.
One of the challenges that Lethbridge will face is its representation by two MLAs from two parties.
Although media outlets have declared NDP Shannon Phillips the winner of Lethbridge West, poll numbers have not yet been finalized.
“She (Phillips) knows and understands the issues of our community,” adds Parker.
"Hopefully they (Phillips and Neudorf) can come together and work with council to address and make good things happen.”
Susan Slade, Vice President of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, however says she intends to put Jason Kenney’s “feet to the fire.”
The union, which represents 95,000 workers in healthcare, education and government services says many of its members are concerned of some of Kenney’s ideas, particularly the privatization of laundry and laboratory services in the health sector.