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24 September 2014

No Mention of Flood Mitigation in Mandate Letter is Bad News for Flooded Communities

Clark Invites Premier Prentice to Tour Flooded Communities

Greg Clark, leader of the Alberta Party and candidate for Calgary Elbow, questioned why flood mitigation was left out of the mandate letter given to Kyle Fawcett, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, the ministry tasked with implementing upstream flood mitigation.

“The 2013 flood was the largest natural disaster in Canadian history,” said Clark. “Excluding flood mitigation from the mandate of the Minister sends a clear message that flood mitigation has been put on the backburner by Prentice.”

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22 September 2014

Prentice’s Makeshift School Plan a Band-Aid Fix at the Expense of Inner City Schools

September 22, 2014 - Today Premier Jim Prentice announced funding for makeshift “starter schools” in an attempt to address critical needs in education. This is part of Premier Prentice’s “fix what we broke” campaign since being sworn in as Premier and breaks a direct campaign promise Prentice made on May 27, 2014 when he said: “But mark my words... an Alberta I lead will not have our children in makeshift and temporary schools. 

“Fixing what the PC government broke is a good first step, but these band-aid, temporary fixes have to stop,” said Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark. “Just as selling airplanes doesn’t eliminate entitlements and keeping Michener Centre open doesn’t solve issues for persons with developmental disabilities, creating makeshift schools doesn’t solve the real issues facing our education system.”

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18 September 2014

Dignity and Respect for All Albertans

gregclark2.jpgOn Tuesday, Premier Jim Prentice and the newly appointed (but still unelected) Education Minister Gordon Dirks responded to the controversy surrounding Mr. Dirks’ record on LGBTQ rights by holding an impromptu meeting with advocate Dr. Kris Wells. We welcome this gesture and are hopeful that this is a good start towards ensuring all Albertans are treated with dignity and respect.

I was also glad to hear Mr. Dirks echo my statements that day, that there is no room for intolerance in Alberta’s schools. There have been decades of PC government inaction on the human rights file. In the 1990s, the Supreme Court of Canada had to force the PC government to legally prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. The PC government has not kept pace with Albertans. It’s time for real change.

We Can Do Better For Alberta.

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16 September 2014

Team Prentice out of touch with Calgary Elbow voters

Minister of Education’s views on homosexuality a step backwards

Calgary, AB - September 16, 2014 - Gordon Dirks, newly appointed Minister of Education, has been a senior leader within two education institutions that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Albertans.

Premier Prentice, in his official act as Premier, appointed this Minister despite Dirks’ exhibited homophobia.

“Homophobia, whether it originates with religious belief or simple bigotry, is wrong,” said Greg Clark, Leader of the Alberta Party and candidate in Calgary Elbow. “Normally, this type of appointment would have opposition parties calling for Ministers Dirks’ immediate resignation. But Minister Dirks hasn’t yet been elected, so it’s now up to voters to send a message to this government by voting against Dirks, and against discrimination.”

“On this issue, like so many others, Jim Prentices’ PCs look exactly like the Wildrose Party. Calgary Elbow voters have a choice for real change with the Alberta Party.”

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12 September 2014

Greg Clark, Alberta Party Leader, Says Real Change in Government is Needed for Real Action on Flood Relief

Greg Clark, leader of the Alberta Party and candidate for Calgary Elbow, invited Jim Prentice to tour flood ravaged Calgary Elbow with him.

“Until you have seen the devastation first-hand, it is hard to understand what Calgary families have gone through over the past 15 months,” said Clark. “First; the impact of the flood.  Second; the psychological impact of the disaster, and third; being abandoned by our own government.”

“The people of Calgary Elbow and the affected neighbouring communities can tell you how ineffective the PC government has been when it comes to flood relief,” said Clark. “Many of us still have gutted basements, half vacant streets and little or nothing in the way of assistance.”

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11 September 2014

Greg Clark launches new website to protect Inner City schools

Greg Clark, leader of the Alberta Party and candidate for Calgary Elbow, today announced the launch of a new website in his fight to protect inner city schools.

“Building new schools at the expense of inner city schools is the plan of both the Wildrose opposition and the PC government” said Clark.

“Alberta’s cities are growing rapidly and as much as we need new schools in our suburbs, we need to invest in our school system across the board.”

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