Posted on Feb 14, 2018
New courthouse and important investment
By Danielle Larivee, MLA for Lesser Slave Lake
Families I hear from in Lesser Slave Lake want to know their government is taking action to keep their communities safe and healthy. That’s why our government is committed to investing in justice services here in rural and northern Alberta, and across the province.
Last week, I had the honour and privilege of cutting the ribbon on a new modular courthouse in Red Earth Creek. This facility is a long-awaited upgrade to the previous building, which after 30 years of service had reached the end of its lifespan.
In addition to being four times larger than the previous facility, it has a larger courtroom, improved security, CCTV and an area that can be used for Indigenous smudging ceremonies.
I’m so proud our government is improving access to justice services for rural and northern Albertans, and pleased to see this much-needed upgrade to the Red Earth Creek courthouse. This $5 million investment means a larger, modern and more secure court facility for residents of Red Earth Creek and the surrounding area, and the new smudging space is part of our ongoing commitment to reconciliation.
This new courthouse was made possible through our government‘s multi-year courthouse renewal project that includes $70 million to upgrade 16 existing court facilities across the province. This significant investment is part of our commitment to address the pressures that have been building within the province’s justice system for years, and to ensure the frontline services Albertans depend on are available.
It’s critical the justice system works for all Albertans because each case represents victims and accused waiting to move forward, families waiting to resolve conflict, or individuals waiting to resolve disputes.
Protecting Albertans’ safety and providing a fair, efficient justice system is one of the first duties of government, and it’s one that we take very seriously. That’s why we are hiring 50 new crown prosecutors, why we created 10 new judicial positions in Alberta, and why we’ve made improvements to allow officers to spend less time doing paperwork at their desks and more time on the streets keeping our communities safe.
Our government will continue to work with communities and local leaders so Albertans can feel safe and secure, and can have confidence in the justice system.
As your MLA, I will continue advocating and working hard on your behalf so that we can keep building and improving our communities together - for today and for future generations.
First published Feb. 14, 2018, in the South Peace News