MLA for Bonnyville-Cold Lake, Scott Cyr has announced that he will not be seeking re-election under the United Conservative Party (UCP) banner. Cyr was also faced with the border shake up, which saw his constituency and neighbouring Two Hills-Lac La Biche- St. Paul go through a realignment that will have a new constiuency, Bonnyville – Cold Lake – St. Paul.
Cyr posted the following letter on his official Facebook Page:
On the morning of Monday, April 9, 2018 I submitted the required paperwork to Elections Alberta to enact my withdrawal from the United Conservative Party (UCP) nominations for Bonnyville – Cold Lake – St. Paul for the upcoming 2019 election. I did not make this decision lightly and understand that there may be disappointment across our constituency.
It is important to note that this does not mean that I am resigning as the MLA for Bonnyville – Cold Lake, I will continue to work as your MLA. I was honoured to have been elected by our local families, who resoundingly sent the message through their votes, that they wanted me to represent them under the Wildrose Party banner. A Conservative banner. A banner that would bring back the Alberta Advantage that we slowly eroded over the last 10 years.
The conservative message is what I have taken to the Legislature over the last 3 years. I have stood against the many new and old taxes levied on our families, the secretive nature of this government and more importantly I represented our local families who have been hurt by both this government and the low oil prices.
During my time I have accomplished much in my 3 years as the MLA for Bonnyville – Cold Lake. For example if you have driven on Highway 28 in the last 2 years you can see my advocacy at work and its improvement affects all who travel our highways. The water line is another example of a need in our constituency as families in the town of Bonnyville needed clean high-quality water and I heard their call.
My greatest accomplishment though is to be the only MLA to ever pass legislation under the Wildrose banner through the Legislature. The Non-Consensual Distribution of Intimate Images Act which originated from a discussion with my oldest daughter about how destructive intimate images were should they be put on the internet. To give people we care about an important tool they need to deal with this heinous crime of “revenge porn” will always be a true achievement while sitting in opposition.
There is clearly much that still needs to be done, so many within our constituency are probably wondering why I have chosen to withdraw from the UCP nominations. This is a complex answer and one that I am not trying to deflect, but, ultimately it is good to re-evaluate the direction that your career is going in from time-to-time. I am at one of those cross-roads in life and over the next couple of months will pray for direction, sit and discuss my future with my wife and daughters and continue working hard for our constituency of Bonnyville – Cold Lake as I have always done.