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Bill C-69

  • Lobby for changes to Bill C-69, including exempting new Alberta energy projects from the bill and using existing provincial review processes instead (60)

Bill C-69

  • Challenge the constitutionality of Bill C-69 if it's approved (4)

Bill C-69

  • Support amending Bill C-69 (61)

Bill C-69

  • Support amending Bill C-69 by removing project approval powers from the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, keeping and improving the existing National Energy Board rather than replacing it, and establishing clear policy in areas of climate change and indigenous rights (3)

Bill C-69

  • Demand the repeal of Bill C-69 (1)

Childcare

  • Invest $1.5 billion over five years to subsidize 7,300 childcare spaces for children 5 years or younger at a rate of $25 per day (35)
  • Add 13,000 childcare spaces over the next five years (35,66)
  • Enhance staff training and promote nonstandard-hour care (66)
  • Create a website for families to find childcare providers in their communities (66)
  • Regulate the amount a childcare centre can charge for placement on their wait list (66)

Childcare

  • We have not identified any positions on this topic. Please send us a link if you find their policy!

Childcare

  • Implement a progressively priced program based on tax credits and vouchers in which childcare is free for parents that make under $30,000 and up to $30 per day for parents that make $90,000 to $110,000 (6,40)
  • Create an income-tested caregiver tax credit for those who don't wish to use a licensed childcare option (6,40)
  • Review legislation to make it easier to create childcare spaces (6)
  • Create a Ministry of Early Childhood (6)

Childcare

  • Require criminal records checks, training, and mandatory inspections for family day homes (3)

Childcare

  • We have not identified any positions on this topic. Please send us a link if you find their policy!

Economy & Employment

  • Balance the budget by 2023-2024 (36)
  • Invest in tax credits, innovation grants, and investment programs to spur growth in new and expanding industries, such as value-added agriculture, food processing, and interactive media production (66)
  • Double incentives for petrochemical upgrading projects from $3.7 billion to $7 billion (29)
  • Enact an energy diversification plan that the party estimates would create 70,000 new jobs, unlock $75 billion in investment, and increase the amount of petroleum processed in the province by 2030 (32)
  • Create a small-business investment office to facilitate small business regulation and support new and growing businesses (66)

Economy & Employment

  • Balance the provincial budget by 2023 by imposing a freeze on government spending for four years (63,64)
  • Appoint a minister to decrease regulations by one-third across all ministries (1)
  • Freeze minimum wage at $15 per hour. Make the minimum wage for workers 17 years or younger $13 per hour (1,4)
  • Double the number of schools that CAREERS: Next Generation is working with from 500 to 1,000 and quadruple the number of students placed from 1,500 to 6,000. CAREERS is a non-profit that matches students to employers through internships and workshops. To achieve this, the UCP will increase funding for CAREERS from the current $2 million to $6.3 million by 2022-2023 and to $8 million by 2023-2024 (4)
  • Make it easier for tradespeople to teach in secondary schools without a Bachelor of Education by creating a teaching competency credential that can be gained on the job (4)
  • Appoint a Skills for Jobs Task Force to report on possible reforms that would expand opportunities for vocational education and skilled trades (4)

Economy & Employment

  • Give corporations relocating their head offices to Alberta a corporate tax holiday for two years. If the corporation is from BC the holiday would be three years, with penalties should the company leave before five years (6)
  • Diversify Alberta’s economy through tourism, green energy, and emerging industries (7)
  • Create strategies for implementation of value-added products and processing in forestry, agriculture, and other key industries (7)
  • Enact the Film in Alberta Program, which will give corporations a tax credit of up to 65% of eligible salaries or a tax credit of 35% on all eligible expenditures within Alberta. The corporation must have a permanent establishment in Alberta. Some genres will be excluded from the credit. The program will also make it easier to film in locations under provincial jurisdiction (6)
  • Adjust the capital cost allowance to 100% for all new investment (6)
  • Incorporate a costs of business analysis into legislative and policy development, with the promise that business costs will stay the same or decrease as a result (6)

Economy & Employment

  • Will not roll back the $15 per hour minimum wage (3)
  • Demand the current formula for federal transfers be changed to treat hydro-producing provinces' revenues the same way that Alberta's oil and gas royalties are treated. Otherwise, the Liberals would create an Alberta Crown corporation to collect energy royalties and remove them from the equalization formula (3)
  • Work with industry to identify present and upcoming labour shortages and create educational opportunities to fill them (3)
  • Undertake a thorough stakeholder consultation to update the Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code (3)
  • Reduce the 10-day pay-delay period to 5 days (3)
  • Uphold inclusion of waged farm employees under recent occupational health and safety updates and workers' compensation legislation (3)
  • Add a tax credit to the existing grant-based system for the film and TV industries in order to attract productions (3)

Economy & Employment

  • Cut provincial spending in first year, then hold it flat until the budget balances in 2021-2022 (20)
  • End equalization payments and put a hard cap on wealth transfers from Alberta to other provinces (62)
  • Replace federal transfers with tax points (15)

Education

  • Increase the classroom improvement fund, which focuses on hiring and retaining teachers and support staff (36,37)
  • Continue to build, expand, and modernize 70 schools across the province, including fully funding a major new high school in north Calgary (36,66)
  • Create 3,000 new post-secondary spaces dedicated to technology education (66)
  • Build playgrounds for every new school and assist mature neighbourhoods in replacing aging and outdated school playgrounds (66)
  • Create new Filipino, Punjabi, Somali, and Cantonese language programs in Alberta schools (66)

Education

  • Make per-student funding the same regardless of whether the school is public, private, charter, separate, or a home school (11)
  • Increase per-student funding for rural schools and for schools with students with special needs (11)
  • Require parental consent before students partake in any religious or sexual subjects, including enrolment in any extracurricular activities or clubs (11)
  • Replace the current School Act, which prohibits school officials from notifying parents that their child has joined a Gay-Straight Alliance, with the shelved Education Act of 2012, which does not (12)
  • Support expansion of charter schools by increasing the cap on number of charter schools allowed in Alberta, allowing charter schools to own property, and giving them priority in the use of surplus school sites (11,12)
  • Reestablish grade 3 provincial achievement tests and introduce new standardized math tests in grades 1, 2, and 3 (12)

Education

  • Provide annual increases to school funding that are proportional to population growth plus inflation in order to allow for long-term planning (7)
  • End mandatory school fees (7)
  • Ensure building decisions for new schools are not politically driven and fund new schools according to enrolment numbers (7)
  • Encourage the sharing of resources between overlapping school districts to reduce duplication of services (7)
  • Double funding for inclusive education to $690 million per year (1)
  • Include financial literacy as part of the core curriculum in schools (7)

Education

  • Implement flexible caps on class size to keep classes small, phasing in the caps over time, starting with grades K-3 (3)
  • Hire as many new teachers as are required to meet class size requirements (3)
  • Implement a healthy lifestyles program that involves banning junk food from schools and funding comprehensive healthy lifestyles training (3)
  • Increase funding for mental health services in schools (3)
  • Support the existing curriculum changes, with an additional focus on emotional and mental wellness, financial literacy, and LGBTQ2S+ issues (3)
  • Support mandatory Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) in schools that request them, and oppose any requirement to inform parents that their child has joined a GSA (3)

Education

  • Make per-student funding the same regardless of whether the school is public, private, charter, separate, or a home school (1,14)
  • Pass a Parents' Bill of Rights to increase parents' control over their children's education (14,24)
  • Guarantee funding be available for homeschooling (14)
  • Cancel the NDP's new curriculum and replace it with measured learning targets, and allow school boards to set their own curriculums (14,24)
  • Allow private education institutions to practice their own religious or cultural beliefs (14)
  • Allow post-secondary institutions to partner with K-12 schools to implement specialized vocational training (14)

Environment & Parks

  • Create the Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland, which would preserve more than 160,000 hectares of land near Wood Buffalo National Park (39)
  • Implement the Climate Leadership Plan, which includes putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions, ending pollution from coal-generated electricity by 2030, developing more renewable energy, capping oil sands emissions to 100 megatonnes per year, and reducing methane emissions by 45% by 2025 (40)
  • Provide $81 million to farmers from the carbon tax to transition to energy-efficient equipment (66)
  • Improve lake watershed management, with the goals of reducing blue-green algae blooms and protecting vulnerable shorelines (66)
  • Commit to multi-year, stable funding for watershed councils and land trust organizations (66)

Environment & Parks

  • Repeal the provincial carbon tax and amend the Taxpayer Protection Act to require a referendum on any proposed carbon tax (1,4)
  • Introduce a new tax on heavy carbon emitters within the province (65)
  • Scrap the NDP's plan to phase out coal power plants by 2030 (63)
  • Sell about 100,000 acres of public land in Peace Country to the highest bidder (1)
  • Invest $10 million over two years to make 100 kilometres of the North Saskatchewan River Valley into Big Island Provincial Park; part of this investment would come from using the $2 million currently allocated for subsidizing a solar farm north of the proposed park (4)
  • Increase funding for the Alberta Land Trust Grant Program from $10 million to $15 million (4)

Environment & Parks

  • Support a revenue-neutral carbon tax (7)
  • Encourage the transition to localized renewable energy sources (7)
  • Renew the Water for Life strategy, with a focus on the impacts of climate change on Alberta’s water supply (7)
  • Assess the effects of climate change on areas that are at risk of droughts or floods (7)

Environment & Parks

  • Work with conservation non-profits to strengthen conservation policies (3)
  • Ban clear-cutting (3)
  • Expand electronics recycling to include small appliances and other electronics (3)
  • Support a revenue-neutral carbon tax (3)
  • Propose an oil patch clean-up bond to offset the costs of reclaiming land used by oil and gas industries (3)
  • Place time limits on suspended wells to ensure that non-producing wells are reclaimed in a timely fashion (3)

Environment & Parks

  • Repeal the carbon tax and oppose any federal carbon-pricing strategy (1)
  • Oppose the Paris Climate Accord (23)
  • Support the use of coal for energy generation, so long as the coal plants meet “reasonable environmental standards” (1)

First Nations

  • Continue with 2017 plan to commit $100 million over six years to deliver clean drinking water to the boundaries of First Nations lands (41)
  • Enter into negotiations with First Nations and Métis peoples to explore a renewed fiscal relationship between indigenous people and the provincial government (66)
  • Work with indigenous groups that are seeking to purchase equity partnerships in pipeline projects by linking them with investors (66)
  • Increase funding to Native Friendship Centres to help them expand their support of indigenous Albertans living off-reserve (66)

First Nations

  • Develop a $10 million legal fund to support pro–energy development First Nations groups (1)

First Nations

  • Implement recommendations that fall within provincial scope from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report (7)
  • Implement social programs to support healing for intergenerational residential school survivors (7)
  • Provide education to public servants, with the guidance and participation of indigenous Albertans, on the history of indigenous peoples (7)
  • Work with the Métis to develop legislation that will protect their harvesting rights (7)
  • Enter into a mutually agreed-upon process to address the on-reserve and on-settlement gap in education funding (6)
  • Enter into a mutually agreed-upon process to strengthen traditional languages and culture (6)

First Nations

  • Provide funding for indigenous language immersion programs (3)
  • Fund new First Nations child protection offices, to be run by First Nations groups in Alberta (3)
  • Ensure that the the Gladue Principle is incorporated into sentencing for provincial offenses (3)
  • Require the courts to consider Aboriginal-based sentencing principles, such as restorative justice for non-severe crimes (3)
  • Add 4 new seats for First Nations peoples and 2 new seats for Métis peoples to the Alberta legislature (3)
  • Commit to respect First Nations treaty rights (3)

First Nations

  • We have not identified any positions on this topic. Please send us a link if you find their policy!

Food & Agriculture

  • Reduce wait times for farmers applying for government approvals related to farmland and create a one-stop portal for farmers to access government programs and services (66)
  • Direct the Agriculture Finance Services Corporation to extend financing for nontraditional crops and livestock (66)
  • Develop a unit to assist retiring farmers in succession planning and to encourage younger farmers into the industry (66)
  • Maintain funding for 4-H programs and agricultural societies and work with 4-H to improve governance, ensuring that they remain a vital part of agricultural communities (66)
  • Continue the Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator, which assists the start-up of new food businesses, provides a centre of excellence for agrivalue venture scale-up, and attracts product and process development initiatives of established food industry companies (42)

Food & Agriculture

  • Repeal Bill 6, which strengthened occupational safety regulations in the agricultural sector, and replace it with the Farm Freedom and Safety Act (FFSA); the FFSA would exempt small farms from employment legislation and require that employers maintain workplace insurance for farm workers, but allow employers to choose insurance from either the market or the Workers' Compensation Board of Alberta (4,5)

Food & Agriculture

  • Support the complete implementation of the Land Use Framework (7)
  • Create a plan for expanding, improving, and maintaining irrigation infrastructure (7)

Food & Agriculture

  • Use evidence-based, expert opinion to inform and guide water irrigation policy (3)
  • Aim to promote soil health by encouraging farmers to use multi-species cover crops (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cover_crop) where feasible (3)
  • Address labour shortages in agriculture by making immigration a high priority in labour programming and immigration policy via reforms to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (3)
  • Uphold inclusion of waged employees of farms under recent occupational health and safety and workers' compensation legislation (3)
  • Introduce a dedicated crisis support line and expanded mental health resources to specifically address the challenges of farm and rural life (3)

Food & Agriculture

  • Ask the federal government to alter the supply management of dairy, which currently limits Albertan production (19)

Healthcare

  • Will not introduce healthcare premiums (43)
  • Add 2,000 more long-term–care beds, which will cost about $170 million (1)
  • Invest $90 million per year for three years to reduce surgery wait times (28)
  • Introduce new rules for EMS crews to care for up to 3 patients (28)
  • Bring in a bill to prevent the privatization of healthcare and prevent double billing and queue jumping in private clinics (36,66)
  • Expand the Red Deer Regional Hospital by upgrading the emergency room, establishing a cardiac catheterization lab, and increasing other services (36)

Healthcare

  • Provide $10 million per year for three years to opioid treatment centres and treatment programming (4)
  • Spend $100 million over four years to expand access to mental health and addiction services (4)
  • Invest $40 million over four years to increase access to palliative care (4)
  • Reduce surgical wait times of more than 3 months by 75% by allowing more private companies to bid on providing surgery (4)
  • Cancel the planned $590 million integrated lab facility in Edmonton and reverse the $50 million acquisition of Dynalife's current lab service contract in northern Alberta. Most medical testing in Edmonton and northern Alberta is currently provided by Dynalife, a private company. The NDP-approved integrated lab facility would replace Dynalife's labs, hire all of its staff, and be run by Alberta Health Services. The UCP would strike down these planned changes and consult with healthcare experts about next steps in providing lab services (4,9,10)
  • Overturn NDP allocation of $200 million for replacing laundry equipment in government-run health centres by allowing Alberta Health Services to contract out laundry services to a private company (4)

Healthcare

  • Require children to have up-to-date immunizations in order to attend a publicly funded school (6)
  • Review all unfilled AHS management positions. Positions unfilled for longer than one year will be eliminated and removed from the budget (6)
  • Create a wellness strategy focused on mental health, long-term care, and chronic conditions such as dementia (6)
  • Allow trained and licensed healthcare professionals, such as EMS workers and nurse practitioners, more discretion in directing medical care (6)
  • Identify real estate owned by AHS that is underutilized and divest properties that AHS has no plan to use again (6)

Healthcare

  • Allocate 9% of all healthcare spending to mental health and addictions, following the recommendation of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and implement the 32 recommendations from Alberta's Valuing Mental Health Report (3)
  • Improve EMS response time to implement a 15-minute patient transfer time from ambulance to ER (3)
  • Declare a public health state of emergency to combat Alberta's opioid crisis (3)
  • Expand the number of drug rehab beds (3)
  • Require all health facilities to provide medical assistance in dying (3)
  • Introduce a dedicated crisis support line and expanded mental health resources to address the challenges of farm and rural life (3)

Healthcare

  • We have not identified any positions on this topic. Please send us a link if you find their policy!

Housing & Services

  • Invest $7 million to build a 24/7 shelter with 120 beds in the city of Red Deer (44)
  • Invest $678 million to improve social and community housing, with a focus on housing repair, construction, and affordability. This is part of a 10-year bilateral agreement with the federal government under the national housing strategy (45)
  • Contribute $6 million to the affordable housing project in the Stony Plain area. The project includes one- and two-bedroom units to meet the needs of low-income adults aged 55 years or older (46)
  • Establish Attainable Homes Alberta, a program aimed at providing down payment assistance and access to modest mortgages for eligible families (66)
  • Increase the rights of mobile home owners to resolve disputes with mobile home park owners without having to go to court (66)

Housing & Services

  • Pass the Alberta Property Rights Protection Act, which would: a) provide rights to compensation when a property is devalued or partially taken through government regulation, and b) propose an amendment to the Constitution of Canada. In order to amend the constitution, the UCP would also hold a referendum in 2021 (4)
  • Amend the Land Titles Act to repeal squatter’s rights (4)

Housing & Services

  • We have not identified any positions on this topic. Please send us a link if you find their policy!

Housing & Services

  • Amend the Land Titles Act to repeal squatter's rights (3)
  • Double funding for new affordable housing over five years (3)
  • Provide an additional $50 million dollars for repairing and upgrading existing affordable housing facilities (3)

Housing & Services

  • We have not identified any positions on this topic. Please send us a link if you find their policy!

Infrastructure & Transport

  • Invest $1 billion over 10 years for flood mitigation projects in Calgary, commit to building the Springbank Dam project, and build flood protection on the Bow River while consulting communities and indigenous peoples (28,34,66)
  • Complete the high- and heavy-load corridor network to facilitate moving large industrial equipment around the province (66)
  • Do not implement any new toll roads (47)
  • Invest $478 million in Deerfoot Trail by adding both northbound and southbound lanes to 21 kilometres of the roadway and upgrading multiple interchanges (49)
  • Contribute $100 million to upgrade the eastbound Highway 3 bridge in Lethbridge, expanding the roadway from three to six lanes (57)

Infrastructure & Transport

  • Use alternative financing, such as public-private partnerships, and limit the use of cost-plus contracts for procurement of capital projects (65)

Infrastructure & Transport

  • Support a comprehensive transportation, social, and electronic infrastructure plan that will use a wide range of funding methodologies as well as prioritize and execute projects in a consultative and transparent manner (7)

Infrastructure & Transport

  • Support public mass transit projects, such as the Calgary Green Line and the Edmonton West Valley LRT projects (3)
  • Require all insurance companies to provide a discount for buying and installing winter tires (3)
  • Make seat belts mandatory on buses (3)

Infrastructure & Transport

  • Replace federal infrastructure transfers to the province with a system of tax points; the province would then increase taxes by a corresponding amount to strengthen Albertan control over taxation (59)
  • End the use of non–red light photo radar (17)

Immigration

  • Increase investments in the foreign qualification recognition fund (66)
  • Implement the Newcomer Paths to Employment Strategy, including a newcomer advocate position, expanded bridging programs, and a provincial government internship program (66)
  • Create a Ministry of Multiculturalism (66)
  • Lobby the federal government to allow more family reunification entries in Alberta and to create more paths to permanent residency (66)

Immigration

  • Launch the Alberta Advantage Immigration Strategy, which would incentivize immigrant entrepreneurs to settle and start businesses in small communities and allow rural communities to nominate prospective immigrants (4)
  • Allocate $2.5 million to create an office that will work with regulatory bodies in order to expedite foreign credential recognition (4)

Immigration

  • Enhance immigration services in French (6)

Immigration

  • Work with professional organizations to make it easier to upgrade foreign credentials to Alberta standards (3)
  • Increase funding to settlement programs (3)
  • Increase funding for ESL education (3)
  • Establish a new telephone service that offers translators to help new Canadians speak with government agents (3)

Immigration

  • Demand that the federal government give Alberta the same powers over immigration that Quebec has (15,16)

Law & Justice

  • Create a provincial hate crimes unit that will work with police and law enforcement to improve specialized training to oppose hate crimes and extremism (55)
  • Update employment and labour laws (66)
  • Modernize charitable gaming rules to remove barriers for multicultural groups accessing casino and bingo revenue (66)
  • Provide financial support for rural crime watch organizations (66)
  • Enhance coordination between the RCMP and provincial enforcement officers (66)
  • Invest in front-line police services, including RCMP officers and ALERT (66)

Law & Justice

  • Create an Alberta parole board, replacing current contracts with the Parole Board of Canada (4)
  • Allocate $2 million dollars to the increased use of electronic ankle monitors for people with low-level domestic abuse sentences (4)
  • Pass a law that allows police to disclose domestic abuse records to those at risk of domestic abuse (4)
  • Provide $5 million to expand drug treatment courts, which allow non-violent drug offenders to avoid prison by completing a drug treatment program (4)
  • Increase funding to the RCMP's ALERT program from $29 million to $50 million over four years. Part of this funding would establish a dedicated opioid enforcement unit (4)

Law & Justice

  • Provide Legal Aid Alberta with a stable and predictable base of funding while maintaining its independence from the government (7)
  • Work with the federal government to create and fill more judicial positions at the Court of Queen’s Bench (7)
  • Assess Alberta’s courtroom infrastructure and staffing levels to identify specific areas of need and take action to remedy them (7)

Law & Justice

  • Support decriminalizing the possession of small quantities of drugs (3)
  • Amend the Jury Act to make juries more diverse and representative of the community (3)
  • End the practice of "carding" (police randomly stopping people of colour and demanding their ID without lawful grounds to do so) (3)
  • Institute mandatory sexual assault/harassment/consent training for all police officers and judges (3)
  • Implement a task force to come up with strategies to reduce court wait times (3)
  • Implement mental health and drug courts to deal with crimes related to their respective areas of expertise (3)

Law & Justice

  • Demand that the federal government give Alberta the same rights that other provinces have over justice (15)
  • Expand the Sikh helmet exemption to others (1)

Miscellaneous

  • Commit $13.5 million over the next three years to help bring the X Games to Calgary (50)

Miscellaneous

  • Introduce personal identification cards that would combine healthcare cards with either driver's licenses or provincial photo ID cards. The change would cost an estimated $50 million (4)

Miscellaneous

  • Introduce a provincial picture ID card for all government services (including healthcare, driver's license, and the Alberta WIN card) and launch a government identification app (1)
  • Regulate the use of “robocalls,” high-volume, or other automated calling by political parties (7)

Miscellaneous

  • Prohibit provincially regulated businesses from charging monthly fees for paper bills and lobby the federal government to do the same for federally regulated businesses (3)

Miscellaneous

  • Allow reasonable consumption of alcohol in public spaces (1)

Natural Resources

  • Fight for the construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline (36)
  • Lease up to 4,400 rail cars to ship oil by rail starting in July 2019. This could allow oil producers to move an additional 120,000 barrels per day (53)
  • Support the Petrochemicals Diversification Program with a total of $1.1 billion in future royalty credits for facilities to turn ethane, methane, and propane into more valuable products (51)
  • Manage oil supply to prevent the price from falling (66)
  • Adopt reforms to speed up regulatory processes for oil and gas projects without undermining environmental and safety standards (66)
  • Tackle the pine beetle infestation to slow its movement eastward (66)

Natural Resources

  • Spend $30 million to establish an office within the Public Affairs Bureau to defend Alberta's energy sector from oil and gas opponents (1,2,4)
  • Halt the plan to lease rail cars to assist in the shipping of crude oil (63)
  • End wind and solar power subsidies (58)
  • Build an interprovincial coalition to create pre-approved land corridors, which could expedite the approval process for resource projects (4)
  • Maintain current quotas and forest management agreements, and offset federal court-ordered policies that inhibit access to fibre by providing access to an equal or larger area for forestry (4)
  • Increase funding against the pine beetle epidemic from $25 million to $30 million (4)

Natural Resources

  • Increase funding from $288 million to $375 million by 2020-2021 for Alberta Innovates, which turns bitumen into non-fuel products in order to increase demand and diversify the economy (6)
  • Contribute $16.7 million and expedite approval for a Canapux facility, which will develop bitumen pucks that can be transported through means other than pipelines (6)
  • Accelerate review of necessary approvals for phase 2 and 3 construction of the Sturgeon Refinery (6)
  • Lengthen the Petrochemical Diversification Program from a 1-year to a 10-year program (6)
  • Establish the Gas Royalty-in-Kind Program, in which the government takes a portion of natural gas royalties in kind rather than in cash in order to stimulate gas processing and expansion (6)
  • Support and encourage the development of micro-generation (7)

Natural Resources

  • Lobby for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project and Energy East Pipeline (3)
  • Release an interim report detailing efforts to comply with the Federal Court of Appeals criteria for denial of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project, aiming to solve the issues and permit the project to go forward (3)
  • Cancel the plan to lease rail cars to assist in the shipping of crude oil (3)
  • Propose an oil patch cleanup bond to offset the substantial costs of reclaiming land used by the oil and gas industries (3)
  • Place time limits on suspended wells to ensure that non-producing wells are reclaimed in a timely fashion (3)
  • Grant cities control over oil and gas drilling within their own municipal boundaries by allowing them to veto, approve, or approve with conditions any drilling authorized by the Alberta Energy Regulator (3)

Natural Resources

  • Oppose supply management in the oil and gas industry (21,22)
  • Demand that the federal government sell the Trans Mountain Pipeline back to the private sector (1)

Politics & Democracy

  • Strengthen the Conflict of Interest Act to guard against former officials using their position to gain undue influence and benefit, including extending cabinet ministers’ cooling-off period to two years (66)
  • Implement stronger rules for political action committees (PACs) in order to prevent special interests from attempting to influence Alberta’s elections (66)
  • Implement a spending limit on party leadership races (66)
  • Increase the election commissioner's ability to report on violations of the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act (66)
  • Review the Elections Act to make voting easier and to evaluate modern voting methods, such as electronic voting (66)

Politics & Democracy

  • Hold a referendum in 2021 on removing equalization from the Canadian constitution if Bill C-69 is passed and progress is not made on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (4)
  • Ask the federal government to increase the limit of the Fiscal Stabilization Fund (4)
  • Introduce a bill that would allow Albertans to recall MLAs (4)
  • Impose a $30,000-per-year limit on contributions from a single donor to a third-party advertiser, and prohibit party-affiliated organizations from contributing to a third-party advertiser (4)
  • Establish a fixed election date (4)
  • Renew the Alberta Senatorial Selection Act and hold Senate nomination elections in 2021 (4)

Politics & Democracy

  • Make public information accessible to Albertans through an open-data framework (7)
  • Implement policy so that surveys, reports, or research paid for by the Government of Alberta will be made public (7)
  • Ensure that records of meetings between government and lobbyists are public (7)

Politics & Democracy

  • End the first-past-the-post electoral system and implement a mixed member proportional representation (MMPR) system. The MMPR system would be used for two elections, after which a referendum would be held to allow Albertans to choose between the two systems (3)
  • Combat PACs by banning corporate, union, out-of-province, and foreign donations; limiting PAC donations to $4,000 per year for individuals; creating a legal definition for PACs; and increasing PAC donation and expenditure transparency (3)
  • Incorporate flat-fee freedom of information requests (3)
  • Add 4 new seats for First Nations people and 2 new seats for Métis people to the Alberta legislature (3)
  • Establish a fixed election date (3)

Politics & Democracy

  • Take back from the federal government all powers allowed to the province under the British North America Act, 1867 (13)
  • Hold a referendum to give the provincial government a mandate to negotiate for a constitutional relationship with the federal government that: 1) restores full constitutional rights as outlined in the British North America Act, 1867; 2) puts a hard cap on wealth transfers that Alberta sends to the federal government and other provinces; and 3) recognizes Alberta as an equal partner in the confederation, including its fair and democratic participation in the Senate (13,27)
  • Hold a referendum on independence if the federal government does not agree to Alberta's demands (15)
  • Write a provincial constitution for Alberta that includes its own Charter of Freedoms and Responsibilities, subject to approval by referendum (13)
  • Introduce a law that would allow Albertans to recall MLAs (13)
  • Give Albertans the right to initiate referendums (13)

Post-Secondary Education

  • Create 3,000 new post-secondary spaces dedicated to technology education (66)
  • Eliminate tuition fees for high school academic upgrading and English language learning programs (66)

Post-Secondary Education

  • Allocate $28 million towards NAIT’s new collegiate in Edmonton, as well as an additional $28 million for a similar collegiate in Calgary. The planned collegiate is an alternative-model high school that would allow students to earn post-secondary education credits in STEM courses (4)
  • Establish a $1 million trades scholarship fund for up to 1,000 graduating high school students (4)
  • Create the Alex Decoteau Veteran's Scholarship of Honour, which would provide $5,000 scholarships to veterans or fallen veterans' family members; the estimated cost is $1 million (4)
  • Have publicly funded post-secondary institutions ensure students and staff the freedom of speech and assembly on campus (11)
  • Make student union membership voluntary (11)
  • Improve ability for students to transfer credits between institutions (11)

Post-Secondary Education

  • Cap tuition increases for both domestic and international students to be tied to Alberta’s Consumer Price Index (7)
  • Advocate that the federal government increase the income threshold for recent graduates to begin repaying their student loans (7)
  • Commit to providing ongoing funds for student mental health supports (7)

Post-Secondary Education

  • Work with industry to identify present and upcoming labour shortages and create educational opportunities to fill them (3)
  • Expand the number of post-secondary spaces for STEM fields, increasing the number of STEM graduates by an estimated 25% within the next five years (3)
  • Oppose making student union fees voluntary (3)

Post-Secondary Education

  • Revoke funding for universities and institutions that do not protect freedom of speech, association, or assembly (14)
  • Make student union membership voluntary (14)
  • Allow post-secondary institutions to partner with K-12 schools to specialize vocational training (14)

Social Safety Net

  • Increase support for family and community social services organizations (66)

Social Safety Net

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Social Safety Net

  • Introduce a wage top-up program that would provide the working poor with targeted benefits while maintaining the incentive to work (7)
  • Enact a poverty and homelessness elimination strategy, which would seek to address the root causes of poverty (7)

Social Safety Net

  • Introduce a basic income pilot project, to be reviewed after three years (3)
  • Support adjusting funding for the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program to inflation (3)

Social Safety Net

  • Demand that the federal government give Alberta the same rights as other provinces over Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan (15)

Sociocultural Issues

  • Ban LGBTQ+ conversion therapy (66)
  • Review and modernize grants to community groups and non-profit organizations, giving consideration to multi-year funding arrangements and increasing speed of delivery (66)
  • Work with communities that have experienced hate crimes in order to increase security at their places of worship (66)

Sociocultural Issues

  • Pledge $5 million of additional funding to support sexual assault service centres and establish a 24-hour tele-health link that healthcare professionals in rural areas can access for guidance (4)
  • Require socio-economic impact reports and consultations before approving new safe injection sites, and look for new locations for existing safe injection sites (4)
  • Establish a $1 million fund, available to religious groups at risk, for security improvements such as security cameras and gates (4)

Sociocultural Issues

  • Ensure there are appropriate numbers of senior care facilities, including sufficient public facilities (7)

Sociocultural Issues

  • Expand the number of safe injection sites (3)
  • Implement pay equality legislation that would require companies to prove, under penalty of fines, that they are paying men and women equally (3)
  • Boost funding to women's shelters (3)
  • Guarantee financial and administrative support to those bringing complaints forward under the Human Rights Act (3)
  • Ban conversion therapy (3)
  • Create a dedicated Ministry for Senior Services (3)

Sociocultural Issues

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Taxes

  • Will not introduce a sales tax or payroll tax (43)

Taxes

  • Cut corporate taxes from 12% to 8% over the next four years and keep the small business tax at 2% (1,4)
  • Rescind the CPP tax increase to keep it at 4.95% (4)
  • Lobby the federal government to convert the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) and Canada Social Transfer (CST) to tax points, stopping CHT and CST payments to Alberta and cutting federal tax rates by the amount equal to the CHT and CST. Alberta would then raise its tax rates to make up the difference (4)

Taxes

  • Reduce corporate tax rate from 12% to 10% in 0.5% increments (6)
  • Double the small business deduction from $500,000 to $1 million (6)
  • Exempt homes, small businesses, farms, non-profits, and municipal governments from the carbon tax (6)

Taxes

  • Lower income taxes by allowing $57,250 in tax-exempt income for single Albertans, or $114,500 for couples, and applying a 1-point reduction in income taxes above this level (3)
  • Lower corporate taxes from 12% to 10% (3)
  • Introduce an 8% HST to compensate for decreased income taxes (3)
  • Introduce a tax credit to companies that employ and/or retrain workers displaced by automation (3)
  • Discontinue the Seniors Property Tax Deferral program and reinstate the Seniors School Property Tax Assistance program (3)
  • Enter into a corporate tax agreement with the CRA to improve tax collection rates and reduce duplication (3)

Taxes

  • Withdraw from the CRA and have the Albertan government collect taxes instead (15)
  • Replace federal transfers to Alberta and income taxes from Alberta to the federal government with a system of tax points, in which the province would increase taxes by a corresponding amount to strengthen Albertan control over taxation (15)

Technology & Innovation

  • Start a $100 million five-year plan to attract tech companies specialized in artificial intelligence to invest in Alberta (56)
  • Partner with municipalities and industry to facilitate the construction or upgrading of broadband infrastructure across rural communities (66)

Technology & Innovation

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Technology & Innovation

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Technology & Innovation

  • Work with the federal government to provide internet services directly to rural homes and businesses using the electric grid (3)

Technology & Innovation

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