As Alberta gets ready for an election, here's what parties are up to

As Alberta gets ready for an election, here’s what parties are up to

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[TheChristians.com] While Albertans await word on when they will be heading to the polls, candidates have been busy hitting the campaign trail to outline policies and make promises of what they would deliver should they be elected. Alberta’s next provincial general election must take place on or before May 31.

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Alberta’s official opposition, the United Conservative Party (UCP) led by Jason Kenney is vying to ensure that Rachael Notley is a one-term premier. Notley’s New Democrat Party (NDP) hopes to retain the power it has held since 2015.

Here are the top issues addressed last week by political hopefuls aiming to form the next provincial government:

PROPERTY RIGHTS: On March 10 the UCP issued a news release outlining eight commitments to protect property rights aiming to “restore public trust” and “ensure Albertans are protected from the day-to-day whims of government.” The plan would create a new Alberta Property Rights Protection Act establishing the right to own and enjoy property and not be deprived of it without due process of law. It also offers proposed amendments to both the Constitution to enshrine property rights and to the Land Titles Act to bar adverse possession claims, as well as the open a Property and Farmer’s Rights Advocate Office to provide support for Albertans. “Property rights are an essential part of a free society,” said Wes Taylor, UCP caucus spokesman on property rights. “This UCP plan will make Alberta a world leader in protecting these rights, a key part of our vision for an Alberta that is strong and free.”  (Source: Calgary Herald)

FIRST RESPONDERS FINANCIAL SUPPORT: A UCP government would implement an annual $4 million scholarship and support fund for first responders, armed forces and members of their families, UCP MLA Tank Yao told a news conference on March 9. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces would be eligible for $5,000 to assist in reintegrating them into the labour market after their service. Also, every year, nine families of first responders who have died in the line of duty or from suicide would receive a one-time, tax-free payment of $100,000 via the Heroes Fund. “There’s no higher form of public service than to risk one’s life in the defence of our country and in maintaining public safety,” said Yao. “Those who do so are heroes, and deserve the respect and support of their fellow Albertans.” (Source: CBC)

UNEMPLOYMENT: Job creation is an election campaign priority, say both main parties. Unemployment numbers released by Statistics Canada on March 8 did not bode well for Alberta. The province’s unemployment rate hit 7.3%, with Calgary suffering Canada’s highest unemployment rate standing at 7.6%. Premier Notley said she was discouraged by the numbers. “We’re gong to continue to do stuff like this. To generate more employment, to invest in infrastructure and to continue to fight to get the pipeline to tidewater,” promised Notley.  (Source: Global News)

SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICE CENTRES: On March 8, UCP Deputy Leader Leela Aheer, MLA for Chestermere-Rocky View announced that the party would commit $5 million in new funding, $3.5 million of that to be directed to sexual assault service centres in the province that provide counselling, support, and advocacy. (Source: Discover Airdrie)

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: An elected UCP government would introduce legislation allowing police to disclose records of potentially abusive partners, Kenney announced on March 7 at party headquarters in Edmonton. Legislation would be modelled after the United Kingdom’s Domestic 2014 Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, a.k.a.  Clare’s Law, which enables a partner or concerned third party to request information about a potential perpetrator’s criminal record. (Source: Edmonton Journal)

TRANSIT PROJECTS: On March 7 the NDP pledged $95.4M in funding for transit projects in Edmonton which would include funding for a fleet of electric buses.  The NDP previously committed $215 million in municipalities across Alberta. (Source: Toronto Star)

EDUCATION: Education is a top priority for the NDP said Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley MLA Marg McCuaig-Boyd on March 7. The UCP says it would work on balancing the budget before increasing education spending. (Source: EverythingGP.com)

PERSONAL INCOME TAX: On March 6 Kenney said there would be no change to personal income tax rates until the budget is balanced. “We can’t cut every tax at the same time while we will be inheriting something like a &7-billion deficit and a $60-billion debt.” (Source: National Post)

VACCINES FOR CHILDREN: On March 6, Stephen Mandel, leader of the Alberta Party, promised mandatory vaccines for students in publicly-funded schools. ND Health Minister Sarah Hoffman and Kenney disagree with the punishment of children whose parents do not believe in vaccines and Alberta Liberal Party leader David Khan called it “disturbing” to force children to be vaccinated (Source: CTV News)

CORPORATE TAXES: On March 5 Kenney said UCP would reduce Alberta’s corporate taxes from 12% to 8% by 2022. Notley panned the proposal: “This is an historic giveaway to profitable, big corporations at the expense and on the backs of our hospitals, the people who need that care in those hospitals when they need it, on the backs of our kids and at the expense of our future.” (Source: CBC)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY ALBERTA: On March 6, Kenney hinted about plans to do away with the agency which was part of the NDP’s climate leadership plan that pushed initiatives such as free LED light bulbs and low-flow shower heads.  (Source: Edmonton Journal)

CARBON TAX: Kenney has dismissed carbon tax-funded programs as a “marketing gimmick” while the NDP government warned that green projects would disappear province-wide if the carbon tax disappeared. (Source: Edmonton Journal)

RURAL EDUCATION: On March 4 Notley told a High River rural education symposium that the government has an obligation to maintain, upgrade and build schools in rural Alberta. She also stressed the importance of maintaining social programs despite being in the midst of an economic crisis.(Source: High River Online)

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  1. No mention of the Alberta Independence Party.

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