On January 1st, 2021, the Alberta Party will welcome former PC Alberta Executive Director Troy Wason into the position of Interim Executive Director.
Troy has over 35 years of political and organizational experience supporting the democratic process in Alberta and stepped in as the Executive Director of PC Alberta at a difficult time following the 2015 election.
Premier Kenney’s rhetoric speaks highly of small business, but there has been little in the way of tangible supports.
In Rebuilding Alberta the Alberta Party called for simple programs that would allow small businesses to survive, grow, and continue to employ Albertans, regardless of the industry they work in.
Offering up to $1B for small business operating loans – with 50 percent forgivable – would empower owners and operators to rehire staff and grow. This could be done quickly through the ATB and other credit unions. Doubling the small businesses tax deduction from $500,000 to $1m would support growth too. Businesses would only be eligible if support is used to employ Albertans.
The Alberta Party calls on the provincial government to take tangible steps to solve the COVID crises in long-term care homes. Vulnerable Albertans are suffering from lack of action.
As more Albertans are effected by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is increasingly obvious that more than slight increases to funding are needed to protect vulnerable seniors. To date, 351 of the 551 reported deaths have been in long-term care facilities or supportive/home living sites. Residents in these facilities are also suffering from isolation and lockdowns being used as the primary means of keeping them safe.
Alberta is suffering from a lack of leadership it can trust. Transparency is key to building trust. The Alberta Party supports calls for Dr. Hinshaw’s recommendations to Tyler Shandro and Cabinet to be released. Albertans deserve to know the views of our health experts, and how they are being balanced against the needs of our economy. However, Cabinet discussions should be kept confidential. As should the conversations our civil cervants have as recommendations are formed. Confidentiality is crucial to allowing all options and perspectives to be considered.
The Alberta Party commends Premier Kenney on his media availability yesterday.
Like all Albertans, we don't have the data needed to weigh his announcements for ourselves. However, we recognize the difficult task Cabinet faces in protecting the health of Albertans while also minimizing economic harm.