A little over a year after retiring as a member of the Legislative Assembly, Wayne Drysdale is back in politics in Alberta. Effective June 1, 2020, Drysdale will serve on the municipal government council for a three-year term ending in 2023.
Since interrupting his political career after 11 years as a member of Parliament for Grande Prairie – Wapiti, Drysdale has accepted a position in the private sector as senior vice president at Nauticol Energy in Grande Prairie. However, he says the political pull has been difficult to shake.
“I said [the] House leader, Minister Nixon, awhile ago I had a little time … and I would like to help the government, and I think a position on the board of directors would be great. There are a few boards that I could have fit into, the Surface Rights Board or this one, and this one had a vacancy, so they called and asked if I would be interested and I said of course.
The Municipal Government Board is an independent and impartial council established under the Municipal Government Act to assist in decision-making on planning and property assessment matters for municipalities in Alberta. Drysdale says his time as a councilor in MD Greenview and over a decade as an MP has given him a unique perspective and he hopes it will be a good fit over the three-year term.
âI’m still interested in municipalities; I always talk to the mayor and councilors because I’m interested in what’s going on and I think I could add value to my experience.
Drysdale was one of eight members appointed or reappointed to the council by the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Kaycee Madu.