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31 August 2015

Clark calls on NDP to recall Legislature, implement hiring and wage freeze

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.

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30 August 2015

Week in Review - August 30, 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).

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28 August 2015

Clark sees potential positives for Alberta following announcement of Royalty Review Panel

Calgary, AB - August 28, 2015 - Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark is cautiously optimistic following the Minister of Energy’s press conference on the upcoming Royalty Review and the announcement of the full panel. 

 "It's a very capable group. I've said from the beginning that when I disagree with the government I'll offer alternatives, and when I agree I'll say so," said Clark. "This is a case where I like the team they've chosen."

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21 August 2015

Week in Review – August 21, 2015: What do you think about CalgaryNEXT?

The big story this week is the proposed CalgaryNEXT sports complex. The project is an ambitious plan to clean up an under-used part of downtown and transform it into a vibrant sports hub, providing not only a new home for the Flames and Stampeders but also building badly needed public recreational infrastructure.

Which all sounds great, but it comes at a cost. An $890 million dollar cost to be exact.

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14 August 2015

Week in Review - August 14, 2015

It was another busy week of meetings and advocacy. First and foremost I want to reiterate what an honour it is to be an MLA. It gives me the opportunity to stand up for Albertans and to help shape the future of this great province. Alberta was built by people who tirelessly gave back to their communities and to be considered even a small part of that really is a privilege.

This week had a focus on education. I was invited by the Calgary Board of Education to spend the afternoon mentoring a group of teachers who took time out of their summer holiday to help design new teaching strategies for high needs kids. Some of the ideas discussed were truly revolutionary, simple and cost-effective and I’m hopeful will have a positive impact in the classroom. I look forward to keeping in touch and hearing how things go through the school year.

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13 August 2015

Clark calls on NDP to make secret floodway demolition plans fully public

CALGARY, AB - August 13, 2015 - Nearly two years after one of the worst public policy mistakes in Alberta history the NDP government is adding insult to injury by quietly planning to tear down 49 properties purchased under the Floodway Relocation program, said Alberta Party leader Greg Clark.  

“In light of everything that’s gone on over the past two-plus years if houses simply start coming down it will ramp up everyone’s stress level once again,” said Clark. “Residents want to know what will become of the land these houses previously occupied, and more importantly, they want to know about the plans for flood mitigation.

“In a situation like this the government must over-communicate, not do things quietly.”

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13 August 2015

Clark calls on Alberta Market Surveillance to investigate suspicious electricity market activity

CALGARY, AB - August 13, 2015 - Alberta electricity consumers may have again paid more than they should have due to possible manipulation of the Alberta electricity market, says Alberta Party leader Greg Clark.

“When I read the Alberta Utility Commission’s findings on the TransAlta market manipulation I started looking deeper into recent electricity pricing,” said Clark. “Alberta should have adequate supply to keep prices in check but it appears May and June’s prices were higher than they should have been.

“Prices should not be high when supply is not scarce.”

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11 August 2015

Alberta Party announces candidate for Calgary-Foothills Byelection

CALGARY, AB - August 11, 2015 - At a press conference this morning, leader Greg Clark officially announced the Alberta Party candidate for the Calgary-Foothills by-election, Mark Taylor.

"Mark is an upstanding Calgarian with a passion for making our community better. We're proud to have him as a member of the Alberta Party, and excited about what he brings to Calgary-Foothills. His background and his commitment to our community makes him the best option to be their next MLA.” 

Taylor has spent most of his career as a professional engineer working in oil and gas. Leveraging what he learned in the industry, Taylor built a business specializing in leadership development and executive coaching. 

"The citizens of Calgary-Foothills are in a unique situation. They are returning to the polls for the third time in less than a year to elect their local representative," said Taylor in his announcement speech.

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07 August 2015

Week in Review - August 7, 2015

I’ve been on the road this week travelling to Red Deer and Edmonton, before returning home for the weekend to take part in Marda Gras this Sunday. I hope you can make it down to say hi and join us at our booth on 33rd Avenue between 10:00 and 5:00 on August 9th.

The focus of my time in Red Deer was poverty reduction. I met with both the United Way and the Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance (CAPRA), who have both done remarkable work advocating and providing services for those in need.

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06 August 2015

Early byelection shows Notley has more faith in Federal NDP than her own budget

Calgary, AB - August 6, 2015 - An August by-election allows the provincial NDs to piggyback on the Federal NDP campaign rather than run on their own budget later in the fall, said Alberta Party leader Greg Clark. 

They would rather double up their resources and work with their Federal counterparts than let Albertans pass judgement on their first budget later this year,” said Clark. “It begs the question ‘Who’s in charge? Who will stand up for Alberta?’”

Clark said that the summer election call is also designed to catch other parties off guard and suppress voter turnout in a riding that has already seen more than its fair share of elections.

"Calling a by-election when three of five parties have yet to nominate candidates, in a constituency that’s had three elections in 10 months, in the middle of summer will keep voters at home,” said Clark. “I’d be surprised if even 15% of people came out to vote."

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