Camrose MLA Jackie Lovely and Minister of Forestry, Parks and Tourism Todd Loewen met with rodeo advocates from across the province at the Alberta Legislature. (Photo submitted)

Camrose MLA Jackie Lovely and Minister of Forestry, Parks and Tourism Todd Loewen met with rodeo advocates from across the province at the Alberta Legislature. (Photo submitted)

UCP Bill 205 would make rodeo Alberta’s official sport

On Dec. 15, Camrose MLA Jackie Lovely tabled Bill 205, the Official Sport of Alberta Act, which, if passed, would recognize rodeo as Alberta’s official sport.

“Rodeo is near and dear to the hearts of Albertans. It brings families and communities together, and it celebrates our western heritage,” Lovely said in a release.

“Rodeo also welcomes newcomers with open arms, is a major attraction for tourists, and is low-cost fun for people of all ages.”

Lovely said rodeo has a long and storied history across the province, including in her riding.

“The Camrose constituency is home to the Sodbuster Rodeo, the Cloverdale Rodeo, the Hardisty Rodeo, and the world-famous Bruce Stampede, which has been producing some of our greatest rodeo stars for nearly 100 years,” Lovely said.

“I am honoured to have tabled this bill on behalf of the men and women who make rodeo such a strong and resilient sport in our province.”

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