The Alberta Party is proud to release its 5th consecutive and 1st volunteer-created Shadow Budget today.
This budget is a culmination of building on past budgets, costing new policy ideas, and showing the future of Alberta through the eyes of the Alberta Party.
President of the Alberta Party, Conrad Guay, would like to thank the members, Provincial Board members, past MLAs, current Shadow Cabinet Members, and Experts who reviewed and suggested edits and verified the information.
Another Important Election Is Behind Us...
Another Canadian chapter is written. Our election hangover will ease in the coming days. As it does, I would like to take a moment to address our members and supporters across this great Province.
As you all know, the Alberta Party has no formal association with any Federal party. As you can imagine, this comes with many political advantages and disadvantages, but it is something that we are proud of. Our membership and Board has comprised of Greens, Wildrose, former PC, and Liberals, with even an NDP or two in there as well. And barring some hiccups along the way, it is a formula that has worked incredibly well. I have personally sat at tables with fellow members, whom I have disagreed strongly with on certain issues, and yet had some of the most insightful and productive conversations of my political life. I have repeatedly walked away with a newfound respect and admiration for differing opinions. And it hasn’t always been because my mind was changed, but because of the level of discourse and the positive tone that ran throughout. That is deep in the DNA of our Party. We will continue to share that view with all Albertans.
Today's MacKinnon Report released by Premier Kenney and the UCP Government continues to highlight a fiscal reality we are all facing, one at odds with the spending of our governments.
Today, Albertans were told that they will have to shoulder the burden that both Conservative and NDP governments created.
If the government chooses to implement all of the report’s recommendations they will be placing short-term financial stability above the health and well-being of Albertans' future prosperity. Balanced budgets and reducing our debt are important to that future, but doing them on the backs of frontline services, post-secondary students or young families will not grow our human capital for the economy of tomorrow.
Premier Kenney and his team have made it clear: they do not want to see provincial debt offloaded onto future generations. The Alberta Party agrees. However, we also wonder why Premier Kenney is exacting such a high cost on Alberta’s kids.
Alberta is filled with brilliant, hard-working young people. They are preparing for their future. And whether they become entrepreneurs, parents, tradespeople, inventors, or anything else, their education is a necessity. Alberta can’t afford to shortchange it. Yet, that is exactly what this government is doing. Again and again.
Here are three ways Alberta students are being left behind:
The Alberta Party calls on the Alberta government to respond to industry requests and curtail natural gas production. The Alberta government should produce a long-term natural gas strategy that recognizes the low-price environment and the recent Supreme Court Redwater decision. Any government action to help producers with low and volatile prices must produce a transparent assessment of the impact to consumers and producers.
July 22, 2019 – Edmonton, AB – The Alberta Party announces a policy to curtail natural gas production to deal with low prices. Communications Chair Jennifer Metituk:
“Alberta’s continued inability to get our products to market is hurting our economy. Our natural gas producers are being hurt by limited transport opportunities. The Alberta Party calls on the UCP to institute a short-term, transparent curtailment program to protect our producers and consumers. Without a long-term natural gas strategy, Albertans will continue to be subject to economic uncertainty, hurting our economy and our families.”
“The Alberta Party was the first party to call for oil curtailment to reduce the price differential faced by our oil and gas producers. It worked. The Alberta Party continues to call for pragmatic policies that will help Alberta’s producers and families.”
The Alberta Party supports the natural gas industry, but not at the expense of consumers. The Alberta government should institute a short-term curtailment program, but must be transparent about the costs to consumers and producers. The program should be for the good of all Albertans, not just industry.