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26 October 2015

Flood mitigation announcement good news for Alberta

EDMONTON, AB - October 26, 2015 - The new provincial government deserves credit for making a good decision based on good information, says Alberta Party leader Greg Clark.

“I’ve been advocating for significant upstream mitigation since before I was even an MLA, so it’s good to see it finally going ahead,” said Clark. “When I met with Premier Notley and Minister Phillips I asked them to review the data and make a decision based on that. I’m pleased they did just that. They’ve done their homework and made a good decision based on good data.

“If the PCs thought Springbank is the right project and the NDs think it’s the right project, it’s the right project.”

Clark added that landowners in Springbank must be dealt with fairly, but said the project is clearly in the public interest and should proceed quickly.

 

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23 October 2015

Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark on his expectations for the upcoming budget and session

EDMONTON, AB - October 22, 2015 - “There are lots of reasons this deficit should be lower than forecast, with school funding and other capital projects deferred. But based on all the signals we’ve seen to date it looks like we’re in for a deficit that will be up to 15% of the total budget. There's no doubt Alberta is in a very difficult fiscal situation. As an opposition MLA I could choose outrage or indignation or even denial. But instead I choose empathy. Empathy for those thousands of Albertans who have lost their jobs, and even empathy for our new government as they struggle to find a way through this. And make no mistake, this government will have to make hard choices."

Clark also released a budget scorecard with detailed expectations.

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14 October 2015

Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark plans to bring forth a legislative motion on LGBTQ+ rights in Alberta schools

CALGARY, AB - October 14, 2015 - Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark has released a statement following the Edmonton Catholic School District meeting on creating an inclusive community policy:

“Watching the Edmonton Catholic School Board debate policy to include (or in the case of one board member, exclude) transgender children was a frustrating experience. Most of the old, hurtful arguments about transgender people were rolled out one more time, but you won't find me repeating them here. 

We know these outdated attitudes hurt transgender kids. When over 65% of transgender children self-harm and nearly 30% attempt suicide, it's time for attitudes and policies to change. If our schools and our school boards aren't standing up for kids, then their elected officials must do so instead.   

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06 October 2015

Auditor General report shows continued problems in corporate tax collection, DRP, loss on the sale of airplanes

Calgary (October 6 2015):  Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark is encouraged by the recommendations put forth in the Report of the Auditor General of Alberta, and is looking forward to working with all parties to implement the recommendations. 

“These recommendations are ones that I’ve been arguing for since before I became an MLA ,” said Clark. “They are clear, simple, practical ways in which we can make government function more ethically, but also more effectively.”

“On corporate tax collection I agree with the Auditor General that it is unacceptable to see so much badly-needed tax revenue go uncollected,” said Clark. “I am extremely disappointed that the ND government did not even attempt to fix this problem before raising the corporate tax rates. The NDs don’t even have a strategy to try to deal with outstanding tax returns, nor a policy to begin to fix the significant compliance problems found with corporate tax filings.

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29 September 2015

Clark challenges Ethics and Accountability Committee to travel the province to consult Albertans

EDMONTON, AB - September 29, 2015 - Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark is urging the Special Select Committee on Ethics and Accountability to realize the full potential of a democratic review in Alberta. Clark proposed a motion to require the committee to travel the province to meet with Albertans and hear their input first-hand. The NDs used their majority on the committee to adjourn debate on the motion.    

“I’m disappointed the committee didn’t commit to hold in-person consultations,” said Clark. “This is the most comprehensive review of Alberta’s democratic institutions since Alberta was founded in 1905,” said Clark. “It is important we use every tool at our disposal to hear from Albertans all parts of the province. That includes online consultation, tele-town halls, and having frank face to face discussions with the people for whom this matters most – the Albertans who we are supposed to democratically represent.”

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25 September 2015

Alberta Party leader Greg Clark’s speech to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association Conference

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I want to start by acknowledging that we are on traditional Treaty 7 territory.

I also want to thank Helen Rice for your tremendous service to the AUMA, to the people of Grande Prairie and to our province. Helen, thank you. 

And I also want to recognize incoming president Lisa Holmes. Lisa, I look forward to working with you to advance the objectives of Alberta's urban municipalities for the betterment of all Albertans.

It really is an honour to be here to speak with the AUMA for the first time as leader of the Alberta Party and as an elected MLA. I genuinely believe we reflect the changing landscape in Alberta politics and Alberta communities; we represent an option that focuses on grassroots democracy, good management of public finances, social moderation and most of all, balance. This week I’ve had the chance to meet many of you, and I look forward to getting to know each of you, visiting your communities and building a strong relationship with the AUMA over the coming months and years. 

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