Acting leader Jacquie Fenske:
“The oil sands are a crucial economic driver for the province and the country, and integral to the world economy. This will not change, even as the world transitions to other forms of energy. The rare earth minerals found in the oil sands are going to play a crucial part in developing new energy technologies and other innovations, and their hydrogen potential could be world-changing. A rail line through Alaska will help us get our much-needed product market, today and in the future.”
Thank you to everyone who participated in the AGM this weekend! It was great seeing so many familiar faces and some new faces as well from all over the province. Overall, the AGM went very well and we have received positive press coverage.
At the AGM, we made two important decisions as a party:
Statement from Acting Leader Jacquie Fenske on the Cabinet Shuffle:
We welcome the new Municipal Affairs Minister and wish her well. As a backbencher, Tracy Allard worked hard in her appointments to travel the province and listen to Albertans. We trust that she will continue this work with municipal Councils. There is great opportunity for the government to build better communities by rolling up its sleeves to work alongside local elected representatives.
Acting Leader Jacquie Fenske published the following editorial in the Edmonton Journal on August 13th.
To empower our communities, unite our province, and grow our economy, Alberta needs big ideas.
As acting Leader of the Alberta Party, I’ve been holding Zoom calls — as well as the normal one-on-one meetings with stakeholders — with Albertans provincewide. The ideas discussed when people from all backgrounds are engaged can be truly enlightening.
The Alberta Party is cautiously optimistic about the UCP decision to resume regular classes in September. The UCP must come up with adequate resources to ensure a healthy and safe place to work and learn.
Creating safe schools costs money. But the costs of holding students back will have serious consequences on their future and on Alberta’s prosperity.
Alberta Party Acting Leader, Jacquie Fenske:
"Ultimately, the decision to send students back should be left to parents. Little thought has been given to substitute teachers' safety, measures in case of an localized outbreak, or how students will be distanced."