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September 9 | Poll respondents indicate clear desire to see West Road completed.
At the start of the 2007 campaign for St. Albert City Council, candidate David Climenhaga asked voters in an Internet poll what they thought should be done about the West Road.
Responses to the poll to date show clearly that most St. Albert candidates want the West Road finished as quickly as possible, but that there is also a strong body of opinion in the city that the cost of the road should not be paid by the city's taxpayers alone.
As of Sept. 5, respondents were evenly divided on the two most popular options in the three-question poll.
- 43.9% answered yes to the option "complete the West Road as quickly as possible."
"This is an informal poll, but we can draw reasonable conclusions about how St. Albert residents think from the answers given by the people who responded," Climenhaga said.
"One is that most St. Albert residents want the road completed as soon as possible," he said. "But another is that many, if not most, think the province should pay its fair share of what is, for all intents and purposes a provincial highway.
"Only a small number of respondents felt construction of the road should be halted, and judging from what I've been hearing from voters, that accurately reflects the percentage of people in St. Albert who hold this opinion," he said.
Respondents' thoughtful comments were interesting, Climenhaga said. Here are a few:
- "The West Road needs to be completed ASAP and the province needs to pay for it. This is a regional road, if not a highway, and though the
Climenhaga concluded: "It's obvious that any politician who supports stopping the road is risking his or her political future. But it's equally clear that St. Albert residents expect their elected officials to vigorously lobby the province to pay its fair share of this road."
David Climenhaga | Candidate for St. Albert City Council
New Survey Question
Recently, there's been lots of talk about how to use the site of the old RCMP building in downtown St. Albert.
City Council candidate David Climenhaga is interested in what YOU think about this issue.
Please let him know your opinion.
Old Survey Question
At the start of the campaign, David Climenhaga asked voters what they thought about the West Road, and how it should be paid for.