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Welcome to this special edition of the Alberta Party Member’s Weekly Digest. The Weekly Digest is a round-up of news and information for Alberta Party members every Sunday.

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In this Digest:

  • Jacquie talks Bill 48
  • Interview with Alberta Party CFO Anthony Castillo
  • Fundraising objectives
  • Policy and engagement sessions
  • Research at the University of Alberta
  • Literary journal for rural writers
  • Bill 48 and the loss of autonomy
  • Supporter survey - your input needed!
  • How you can help out

Update from Acting Leader Jacquie Fenske

Jacquie made a couple of radio show appearances this week where she talked about how the UCP Government is steamrolling municipal leaders through Bill 48:

"This Bill pledges to reduce red tape. A laudable goal. But instead, it does to municipalities what Ottawa does to Alberta"

- Acting Leader Jacquie Fenske

Read the article on the RTBN interview and listen to the interview on CHQR/CHED with Danielle Smith.

Board Bio — Anthony Castillo

Anthony is one of the youngest members of our Board and handles the responsibility of being our Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with ease. He works hard for the party while working hard on his own personal goals.

He is a student at the University of Lethbridge working on two degrees and has also recently received a promotion at work. Apparently, we are not the only ones impressed with Anthony!

Watch the full interview with Anthony

Catch up on all of our board interviews on YouTube:

See all the interviews

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What are we Fundraising for right now? One of the biggest projects is to update our website.

Why do we need to update the website?

The website is overdue for an overhaul. We need the updates to handle increased traffic, to seamlessly load the pages and to ensure there are no hiccups in the updates, RSVP, ticket and donation processes.

Help fund the new Alberta Party website

  • Some of you may have noticed that the site can load very slowly on some pages. The overhaul would address the loading issues and create a better experience for supporters as well as new people interested in the party
  • The overhaul would enable the team to create content more easily that would help you bring the Alberta Party’s message to your communities
  • Behind the scenes, a streamlined back end would align our site with today’s search engine optimization (SEO) best practices that would help the party be more discoverable online
  • The overhaul would enable us to take advantage of newer features offered by our website’s platform NationBuilder. This includes community building, member relationship management and overall solid data practices that will help lead us into the leadership race and next election cycle

How much does a website overhaul cost? Early estimates are budgeted between $10,000 and $15,000.

We have already earmarked some of our increased donations this quarter to this project, but we need your help to make this happen.

Help fund the new Alberta Party website


Did you know we have hosted over 10 virtual policy and engagement sessions with hundreds of members over the past five months?

The topics have ranged from post-secondary, energy, fiscal policy and more. If you know someone who is an expert that can help inform our policies going forward, please reach out to [email protected]

Stay tuned for an upcoming session with Health Shadow Minister Stephanie Shostak! Check the coming Weekly Digests for more details.

Become a member to join in on the coming sessions!

This Week in Alberta

It is often forgotten that Albertans play a world-leading role in medical research. It is important to highlight when, once again, researchers make profound and potentially world-changing discoveries.

This week, University of Alberta researchers were able to cure mice of diabetes using stem cells!

Read the Article

As a writer, getting published seems like the hardest, most insurmountable barrier. Ideas, prose and poetry, and creativity are the easy part.

This is especially true for those who are not connected to the literary community, often concentrated in major centres like Toronto or New York.

University of Alberta Augustana student Amielle Christopherson has started a literary journal specifically for rural writers.

Read Amielle's Story

The proposed legislation of Bill 48 would concentrate power in the hands of the provincial government at the expense of municipalities.

Municipal leaders would lose the ability to respond to their constituents and build the communities they want.

Read our Statement

Interesting Read

This year has shown us that a number of things we once took for granted are no longer true. Maclean’s has compiled a list of 14 “supposed truths” that capture how the world has changed.

Read the Article

Supporter Survey

Tell us what you think about Bill 48, the party, and more!

Take the supporter survey

Get Involved with the Party

Looking for ways to get involved?

Join the conversation on Facebook

Join other members and discuss current affairs and party policy on the member Facebook page.

Outreach volunteers

Our membership committee and constituency associations are looking for some help to reach out to those members whose memberships have lapsed.

If you have a phone and a couple of hours, we’ll take care of the rest. We can also set you up to call from a VOIP line if you would prefer.

Contact Blake at [email protected]

IT Team volunteers

Looking for members who have experience with CRMs or are familiar with HTML, CSS, or Liquid.

Contact Rowan at [email protected]

Constituency Associations

Help build the party in your community by joining your local constituency.

Contact Denise at [email protected] to find out what is happening in your local area.

Other ways to help out:

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and tell your friends about how the Alberta Party has a plan to make Alberta work!

If you have any questions or concerns, you can get in touch by replying to this email or using the button below.


See you next week,

Alberta Party Team

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