29 March 2012
It’s clear that the healthcare system is broken. Across the province, Albertans told us how hard it is to find a family doctor. They told us about long waits in emergency rooms. They told us that the health system was too focused on treating people after they got sick, rather than preventing people from getting sick in the first place.
They told us that we could do better and that we should dream bigger.
We need to understand what’s wrong
The first thing we need to do is to figure out what isn’t working. Both the Health Quality Council (read the report) and the Alberta Medical Association (learn more) confirmed that a culture of fear and intimidation prevents our doctors from voicing their concerns about your healthcare. The Alberta Party believes that we need a full and unlimited public inquiry into these allegations so we can understand and fix the problems.
Switch the Focus
We don’t have to wait for the results of the inquiry to make things better. Our healthcare policy is focused on making Albertans the healthiest people in Canada. That means that we need to think about health in a much more holistic way. We need a system where:
The public receives accurate information about the health system. We will take immediate steps to make the health system more transparent, including the appointment of a fully independent Health Auditor.
Everyone has easy access to primary healthcare. We will develop and implement a plan to increase the number of family doctors in the province and expand the primary health networks.
Keeping people healthy is the key priority. We will increase investments in recreation facilities, integrate nutrition and healthy living into the school curriculum, enforce health and safety laws and expand early testing and screening programs.
Mental health and addiction issues are no longer stigmatized. We will increase investments in the treatment of mental health and addiction issues.
We believe that if we rethink healthcare and shift the focus of the system to prevention rather than treatment, not only will Albertans be healthier; our long-term healthcare expenses will be brought under control. This idea isn’t a revolutionary idea - it’s simply common sense.
Leader, Alberta Party
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22 March 2012
We had a dream.
The Alberta Party released We Can Dream Bigger, our 2012 election platform, in March 2012. This document represented a significant milestone for us. Two years prior, a small group of committed volunteers gathered together in Red Deer and decided that Alberta needed a different kind of political party: A party that was more open and transparent; a party that would engage citizens in a different way.
The pundits told us that it would never work. You need polling. You need money. You need “experts”. With the release of We Can Dream Bigger, we defied conventional wisdom and proved them wrong.
Read We Can Dream Bigger - Alberta Party Platform - Election 2012
A different kind of political party.
The Alberta Party was built through a massive citizen engagement project called The Big Listen, which involved Albertans from all parts of the province in a discussion about their hopes and dreams for the future.
This wasn’t easy. We had little money and had to be innovative. So we did it the old fashioned way. We met people in their living rooms and backyards. We listened to people and exchanged ideas. We were amazed by how many of you - over a thousand - were willing to take the time to talk about the future of our province.
We will campaign differently.
We believe in doing politics differently, thus we are going to run our campaigns differently:
We will be constructive. We will offer solutions to the challenges that Albertans face and not just complain about what doesn’t work.
We will be respectful. We won’t be running any nasty attack ads. We want to encourage citizens to participate in our democracy, not turn them off.
We will be positive. It is too easy to fall into a negative campaign. We want politics to be better, so we will be better politicians.
We will listen. We don’t have all the answers. We want to test our ideas with Albertans and make them better.
Alberta can be the best place to live.
We learned a lot through The Big Listen. We learned that Albertans love this province and that they are grateful for what we have. We learned about their hopes and dreams for the future and we also learned about what was keeping them up late at night.
Most significantly, we heard loud and clear that few believe that our province has reached its potential. Albertans told us that this province could be the best place to live and they wanted leadership that dreamed bigger.
Inspired by this desire to make Alberta better, the Alberta Party brings 5 key objectives to the 2012 election campaign:
Rethink healthcare: Albertans can be the healthiest people in Canada.
Respect our students: Albertans can be the best-educated people in the world.
Reimagine our democracy: Alberta can have the most open and transparent government.
Reinvigorate our economy: Alberta can be the best place to earn a living.
Reinvest in our communities: Alberta’s communities can be the best places to live and raise a family.
Within each of these key objectives you will find our ideas. These ideas formed the foundation of our platform for the 2012 provincial election. We believed firmly that all of these objectives were achievable through the collective effort of all Albertans. All we needed was the courage and the leadership to get started. We still need that courage and we believe that we have it.
Download our 2012 Policy Platform
We want to hear from you.
As you read through our ideas, we want to hear what you think. We also want to hear your ideas about how Albertans can dream bigger and achieve each of our targets. Visit www.albertaparty.ca to join the conversation and post your ideas today.
Together, we can renew Alberta!
14 March 2012
Today in the Legislature, I introduced Bill 210, the Early Childhood Learning and Child Care Act. This is an important piece of legislation to me and to the Alberta Party. It focuses on creating a more solid foundation for children in Alberta to succeed and also ensures that families have the supports they need, with fair financial choices available to them. In essence, this bill helps Alberta’s families of today and develops the leaders of tomorrow.
10 February 2012
When a provincial budget is finally released for Albertans to look at, the political world quickly fills with partisan thunder both for and against. Albertans aren’t generally interested in the spin however, what they want to know is how the budget will impact their families and the programs and services they require. We hear one side say “this government has a spending problem” and the other say “this government has a revenue problem,” but the Alberta Party tends to believe that these parties all have a listening problem.
02 February 2012
It seems to me that our government often forgets that health and wellness is a continuum and that the work done in one area impacts the outcomes and challenges in another. So if you want to try and address the chain of cause and effect in the delivery of health services, find the weakest links and fix them first.
18 January 2012
US President Obama’s decision to turn down the Keystone XL Pipeline proposal was a disappointment to many, including the citizens ofAlberta. Pipelines are an integral part of marketing our natural resource and this decision points to problems with the overall process.
The decision is not a surprise except, perhaps to the Governments of Canada and Alberta. TransCanada Corporation even realized the route was wrong eventually and announced a different route right after the deferral announcement by the U.S. Government a few months ago.