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."
The Alberta Party 2020 AGM is now scheduled for August 29th and will be held online. To attend current members can purchase tickets at agm.albertaparty.ca
Over 40% of doctors surveyed are considering leaving Alberta. This is a healthcare crisis. And there is one cause of it: Tyler Shandro.
Tyler Shandro has shown himself either incapable or unwilling to work with doctors and other health care professionals. He has no business leading the Ministry of Health. It is well past time for Premier Kenney to fire Tyler Shandro and bring competent, professional leadership into the role.
Acting Alberta Party leader, Jacquie Fenske:
“Throughout this pandemic, I’ve heard from a lot of doctors. These are driven, talented small business owners who have undertaken gruelling and expensive training to care for their patients. And they are demoralized. Risking their lives in a pandemic is tough enough. They shouldn’t also need to face constant, aggressive, misleading, inappropriate attacks from the Minister of Health.”