From the bottom of my heart, thank you Wolseley.
I am honoured to again represent the diverse neighbourhoods of West Broadway, Spence, St. Matthews, Wolseley, Armstrong Point and Assiniboine as your MLA at the Manitoba legislature. Words cannot express my gratitude for all the sacrifices people made during my campaign. I am indebted to the volunteers who walked door to door with me, delivered flyers, gave rides on election day and, most importantly, kept spirits high with endless moral support.
My heart goes out to my MLA colleagues and staff who won’t be rejoining us. We lost a lot of really good people who gave their hearts and souls to our province’s future. As a member of the Official Opposition, I will be a strong advocate both at the legislature and in our community for the values progressive people believe in.
I want to extend a warm thank-you to all of the other Wolseley candidates and their campaign teams. It takes courage to put your name on a ballot and the local election in Wolseley was respectful throughout – something everyone involved should be proud of. Green candidate Dave Nickarz, whom I’ve known for 25 years since our student activist days at U of M, was my first competitor ever to meet me afterwards to formally concede. Classy move.
Healing our wounded planet and reducing poverty will remain my top two personal priorities. In my new role as critic for the environment and green jobs, I look forward to increasing the dialogue between us so you can help shape what I work on while also knowing the efforts I am making on your behalf. My colleagues have also selected me as caucus chair. These titles are just part of my job as your MLA — you can still contact me about any issue you have concerns about, or to seek personal help for yourself, your family or a community member.
Our team made history on May 9 when Flor Marcelino was officially sworn in, becoming the first elected woman of an ethnic minority to lead a political party in Manitoba. Our caucus may be smaller, but our passion for social and environmental justice is as strong as ever. I look forward to representing you over the next four years, and am grateful for the opportunity to do so.
If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me using Rob.Altemeyer@YourManitoba.ca, 204-775-8575 or social media /rob.altemeyer @RAltemeyer