Today, the Premier released his plan to help Alberta recover economically from the COVID-19 pandemic and the oil price crash. While the Alberta Party welcomes an increase in infrastructure spending, the plan does little for Alberta based small businesses. Instead, it is focused on increasing the coffers of foreign owned large corporations.
Albertans are frustrated, justifiably so. The Fair Deal Panel report shows this, but it focuses our energy in the wrong ways and was a distraction from the problems Albertans face everyday. A faltering economy, underfunded education and health care systems, and no plan for our future economic prosperity are all critical issues.
Before you read this, somewhere in this province a farmer had already put in a few hours work, milking, feeding, seeding, or fixing. Today, we thank those who work hard to feed Albertans and strengthen our communities.
The Alberta Party stands with our Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour neighbours. But we also want to sit down to talk with them. Our society is having uncomfortable, important, tough, and long overdue conversations about race, prejudice, and justice. We want to see these conversations continue and translate into systemic change. If you've got ideas about what that change should look like: we'd love to hear from you. And if you want to share experiences of how racism has impacted yourself or other Albertans: we'd love to arrange a conversation with you and Jacquie or a member of our board so that we can learn from you.
To keep this conversation going, we've collected some thoughts from members of our party. As you read them, we'd like to hear your thoughts.
The Kenney Government’s Bill 1, the Critical Infrastructure Defence Act, is a framework to protect infrastructure critical to our economy. But the bill is a dangerous big government power grab. Bill 1 is poorly thought out, and will inevitably face a Charter challenge, wasting the time and money of taxpayers.