Posted on May 05, 2017 by Robbie Kreger-Smith
CALGARY, AB - Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark has released the following statement on the two-year anniversary of the 2015 General Election:
Today marks the half-way point between the last election and the next, and I wanted to share my thoughts on what I’ve learned, what I’ve accomplished, and what’s left to do in the next two years.
My #1 job is to serve the people of Calgary-Elbow. I’ve learned that at least half of the job of an MLA is being present; being the places my constituents are and being available to them when they need me. I’m lucky to have smart, hard-working and caring people working in my constituency office, and they are always there to help people who need it.
As leader of the Alberta Party I also have a responsibility to all Albertans and to the members of my party to do what’s best for our province. I’ve worked with the government to improve legislation (sometimes successfully, often not), and I sit on committees in the hope my participation will have a positive impact on the lives of Albertans. Even when the government doesn’t follow my advice, rest assured I will keep advocating for all Albertans.
I believe the NDP are on the wrong path. They have made a bad situation worse by not making even the smallest effort to control spending in the worst economic downturn in a generation. On the other end of the spectrum, the Wildrose have done nothing with their time in opposition beyond shouting down the government. They haven’t told Albertans how they would address the challenges our province faces, and have given no indication of how they would govern beyond devastating public services.
The role of an opposition is not just to oppose government. That’s only half the job. The other half is to propose solutions and to be a government in waiting. Of all the work we’ve done so far, I’m especially proud of the three shadow budgets my tremendous caucus staff have put together. We have shown Albertans in great detail the choices we would make, and how we would balance the budget in four years without cuts to front-line services. It’s possible, we just have to try.
Over the next two years I will continue helping my constituents (by continuing to push for flood mitigation and more), I will continue to hold the government to account and I will continue to talk in detail how the Alberta Party would do things better.
I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Calgary Elbow and all Albertans for the next two years and for many years in the future.
My staff and I have compiled a list of some of the work we have done in the first two years. Rest assured we will continue to work hard to make Alberta better.
Alberta Party Caucus Highlights
- The Alberta Party Caucus released alternative budgets every year
- A Pathway to Prosperity
- Alberta Party Royalty Review
- Alberta’s Contribution: Alberta Party Opposition Climate Change Plan
- Alberta Party Caucus Financial Crash Course
- Prior to the Government of Alberta’s quarterly fiscal update, the Alberta Party Caucus reviewed the provinces financial state in order to see where the province was heading. You will find six graphs all describing different aspects of Alberta’s financial reality. For more details on each individual graph, please see the other posts at abpartycaucus.ca under the economy tab.
Ethics and Transparency
- Three days after being elected, Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark submitted a series of requests under Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act to ensure sensitive documents were not destroyed before the transition to a new government.
- Brought forward changes to MLA living allowances
- MLAs are now be required to claim actual living expenses after the Member Services Committee approved Alberta Party Opposition Leader Greg Clark’s proposed changes.
Motion on LGBTQ+ Youth
- Alberta Party Opposition motion, though not debated in the house, was taken seriously by the Minister of Education. Advocacy towards to greater oversight by the Ministry of Education regarding implementation of GSA’s in schools
- Court documents show NDs aware of PPA termination clause months earlier than they claim
- Alberta Party Opposition analysis finds Balancing Pool facing bankruptcy by the end of the year
Children in Care
- Participated in the emergency debate on the death of kids in care
- Alberta opposition unified in presenting updated terms of reference for children in care panel
- “Each and every member of the Legislative Assembly is responsible for ensuring that the children in our care are protected. We cannot in good conscience go home and spend Christmas with our families without knowing that an open and transparent process has been established to address Alberta’s deeply flawed child intervention system. We urge the NDP to accept these conditions and move this process forward.”