December 31, 2018 (Edmonton) – Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel is taking issue with Jason Kenney’s suggestion to engage energy industry CEOs in a ‘war room’ and proposing a smarter alternative that is rooted in how business and government should function.
“Jason’s belief that CEOs need to start fights with environmental organizations shows his fundamental inexperience and lack of understanding as to what a CEO’s role is. CEOs are in place to generate profit and value for shareholders, not to get involved in political fights that they can’t and won’t win,” said Mandel.
Alberta Party MLA Greg Clark has been voted Best Opposition MLA of 2018 by daveberta.ca.
After more than 2100 votes were cast, more than 2 times the previous year) through 2 rounds of voting the results were announced on the web site.
Greg achieved 54.1% of the vote to win the award.
Greg was the first MLA elected under the Alberta Party and was party leader until 2017. Clark is well known for being very active as an opposition critic and the past 12 months have been no different.
Greg currently represents the Calgary - Elbow riding and also is a member of the Resource Stewardship and Public Accounts standing committees.
Greg is running for reelection in the Calgary - Elbow riding in 2019.
Alberta Party Caucus calls for jobs, not loans, for Albertans
December 18, 2018 (Calgary) – MLA Greg Clark, the Alberta Party Caucus Energy Critic, said today the federal government’s announcement does nothing for the oil and gas industry and does nothing to save or create jobs in Alberta.
“It's like everything from Ottawa: it's not what we need, it's not what we want and it's not what we asked for," said Clark. “Alberta has lost more than 100,000 jobs since 2015. The federal government’s answer is business development and export development loans and training that might help create jobs in the next five to ten years.
“None of that helps us today. Albertans need jobs and concrete solutions that lead to jobs today – not five to ten years down the road. The federal government is responsible for the current mess we’re facing on pipelines, and the NDP clearly isn’t getting results.
“Work sharing and income supports are band-aid solutions on a mortal wound. The best way to get out of work Albertans back on the job is getting a pipeline built. The best way to prevent further job losses is to get a pipeline built. The federal government’s approach smacks of defeatism, and doesn’t do anything to improve takeaway capacity.
“Today’s announcement doesn’t get us any closer to new markets. It doesn’t get us any closer to any new jobs to replace the ones that have been lost to date. And as the federal government has clearly told us today, there is nothing coming from this government to support oil and gas – it’s all about transitioning to a greener economy in the next ten-plus years. They keep telling us they’re working on it – but we don’t need activity. We need results, and clearly there aren’t going to be any results forthcoming from the federal or NDP governments.
“The Alberta Party Caucus is the only party that can get Alberta's energy sector back up and running and Albertans back to work, so we can restore investor confidence, diversify the economy and lead the world in environmental and social sustainability as we get pipelines built.”
December 18, 2018 (Edmonton) – Today’s federal announcement of $1.6 billion in support for Alberta’s energy sector is another example of the feds and province reacting to problems of their own creation.
“Corporate welfare is not a solution. Government’s job is to create the conditions which will allow our entrepreneurs and energy sector to succeed. This announcement does nothing to actually expand market access. It is a $1.6 billion PR move that makes no practical sense,” said Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel.
“Until we have more pipeline access or more railway capacity, this government needs to remove the barriers to market access that they have created with Bill C-48 and Bill C-69. Throwing money at us doesn’t solve the root cause of the problems,” concluded Mandel.
The Alberta Party hit a milestone this weekend with the announcement of Paul Godard in Calgary -Bow riding, with a total number of 50 candidates across Alberta.
Many other Constituency Associations have nominations scheduled for the new year, with the commitment of having 87 candidates in the province for the next election.
The candidates are broad in their experience, background and all are committed to the Alberta Party Vision for Alberta.
To find out more about the candidates in your riding check our candidates pages.
If you would like to run in one of our open ridings you can find out more information here.