22 September 2015
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Thank you to the Alberta Chambers of Commerce and in particular to Ken Kobly for the invitation to speak with you today.
Who here is an entrepreneur? Okay, that's an easy one. And if you're an entrepreneur you understand what it means to take a risk, to not know if your venture is going to work out but you dive in anyway. And many you have probably experienced failure, dusted yourself off and tried again. And again. Until you succeed. And when you do, you give back to your community with your time, with your staff's time and of course with your money.
This is what small business, and big business, does in Alberta every single day.
I am one of you. I am an entrepreneur who quit my job and took a risk because I saw an unmet need. And because of that our firm created over 50 jobs, and we volunteered in our communities and we donated to charity. That story of Alberta entrepreneurship isn't uncommon. In fact, Alberta consistently ranks as a global leader in entrepreneurship. The Conference Board of Canada reports that nearly one in five working-age Albertans is engaged as early-stage entrepreneurs.
16 September 2015
EDMONTON, AB - September 16, 2015 - The Minister of Education should intervene and direct the Edmonton Catholic School Board to respect the rights of a transgender girl entrusted to the care of the board, says Alberta Party leader Greg Clark.
“I was dismayed to see a mother, pleading for the rights of her child, ignored and mistreated by members of the board,” said Clark. “The behaviour of the board is unacceptable. They are entrusted with the wellbeing and education of all children who attend their schools, irrespective of race, gender, sexuality or gender identity.
“Bill 10 is clear, Transgender rights are basic human rights, and I am astonished that they would be violated in the case of a seven year old girl who simply wants to be treated the same as any other child.”
14 September 2015
CALGARY, AB - September 14, 2015 - Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark has issued the following statement on the start of Rosh Hashanah:
L’shanah Tovah! May this New Year be a day of joy, hope, and peace for you and your families.
Rosh Hashanah is one of the holiest days of the year in Judaism, marking the first of the High Holy Days. At the start of this New Year, I hope Albertans will take time with their families and loved ones to reflect on the happiness found within your community. As the Holy Act of Teshuva is performed this day, we may all look towards our shortcomings and how best to better ourselves and support the betterment of those around us in the coming year.
Our family enjoyed the first night of Rosh Hashanah last night and look forward to celebrating again tonight.
On behalf of the Alberta Party, I wish you peace, happiness and good health throughout the year.
02 September 2015
CALGARY, AB - September 2, 2015 - More Albertans deserve an opportunity to have their say on Alberta’s climate change strategy, says Alberta Party leader Greg Clark.
“Last night’s consultation in Calgary drew over 400 people and I expect today’s event in Edmonton will be similar,” said Clark. “It’s unfortunate that Albertans from other parts of the province won’t have the same opportunity.”
Clark called on the province to expand the process to include consultations in Fort McMurray, Grade Prairie, Red Deer and Lethbridge, as was apparently the original plan.
“The province issued an RFP earlier this summer for a more large-scale consultation that included these cities,” said Clark. “In addition to hearing from people in these cities it would also give rural Albertans near each centre more opportunity to have their say.
31 August 2015
CALGARY, AB - August 31, 2015 – The ND government must recall the Legislature and present a budget to show Albertans how they plan to address the fiscal crisis, says Alberta Party leader Greg Clark.
“Albertans need their government to earn their paycheques and do their jobs,” said Clark. “The NDs need to come in off the federal campaign trail and show Albertans a clear path out of the fiscal crisis our province finds ourselves in.”
Clark called on the government to immediately implement a public sector hiring and wage freeze.
30 August 2015
This week the province unveiled the Royalty Review panelists and their terms of reference. In this low price environment there is always a risk when talking about policies that will impact Alberta’s energy industry but at the same time, conducting regular reviews of Alberta’s royalties is an important means to ensure Albertans have faith that we, as owners of the resource, are getting a fair return.
The panelists chosen are true experts in the field and the terms of reference seem balanced and reasonable. I’m also pleased to see that any changes won’t be phased in until 2017 (and I’m also reassured by Chair Dave Mowat’s reminder that this is a royalty review, not necessarily a royalty increase).