The Alberta Party is a new political movement dedicated to transforming government through citizen engagement. Instead of representing a particular segment of the traditional political spectrum, the Alberta Party seeks out the best ideas, regardless of whether they are perceived to be from the left or the right. As a result, we are attracting thousands of Albertans from all regions, urban and rural, of all ideological backgrounds, including those who have never been involved in a political party. Traditional parties focus on what divides us. We focus on the common ground that unites us.
None of the traditional parties on the left (Liberals and NDP) or the right (PCs and Wildrose Alliance) have proven willing or able to move beyond ideology to face the challenges and opportunities that will emerge over the next decade and beyond. We need a new party that can be adaptable and forward thinking - that is the basis upon which the Alberta Party was conceived. Our six core principles (see below) form the foundation of our policy development process.
An Alberta Party government will listen to Albertans, especially those most directly affected by an issue, gather the best available information and conduct rigorous analysis prior to making decisions. Our policy is constantly being enhanced through discussion and input from a wide range of Albertans.
We have released policy documents about all major areas of provincial responsibility, including Health, Municipalities, Democratic Renewal, Education, Energy and Environment. We also believe that an effective government requires effective MLAs. We have released MLA Guidelines that reverse the role of the MLA from being a spokesperson for their party to their constituents, to being a true representative of their constituents in the legislature.
The Alberta Party believes that Alberta has the people and resources to make our province the best place to live in Canada, and even the world. We intend to form government within 5 years, and we can do it... but only with your help. Please join us, make a donation and volunteer for the Alberta Party in your community.
The Alberta Party has existed in one form or another since 1985. In 2010, it decided to undertake a serious rebuilding effort and move the party to the centre of the political spectrum. In November 2009, the Renew Alberta movement announced its intention to establish a new centrist political party in Alberta. In January 2010 Edwin Erickson was acclaimed as leader of the Alberta Party with a mandate to unite Renew Alberta and the Alberta Party. In February 2010, Renew Alberta's organizing committee agreed to join the Alberta Party and together they launched the Big Listen process to develop a new policy platform.
The Alberta Party updated its constitution at our annual general meeting in October 2010. The current version of the document is available below in PDF format.