Category: Politics

  • AMA’s Paid Advertising: Minister Shandro

    AMA’s Paid Advertising: Minister Shandro

    Minister of Health Tyler Shandro issued the following statement in response to the Alberta Medical Association’s (AMA) paid advertising: “There are two claims in the AMA’s paid advertisement that need to be addressed. “The AMA claims that they submitted three offers that would hold the budget to current levels. This is simply untrue. The AMA […]

  • Government Files Defence

    Government Files Defence

    The Alberta government has filed its statement of defence in response to the Alberta Medical Association’s (AMA) statement of claim.  July 09, 2020 – The statement of defence, filed today in the Court of Queen’s Bench, outlines that government implemented a new physician funding framework only after engaging in good faith, meaningful negotiations and consultation. […]

  • Premier Appoints Houston Agent General

    Premier Appoints Houston Agent General

    Former MLA Dave Rodney is taking on a new role as Alberta’s agent general to Houston, Texas, to drive business and investment to Alberta. “I am pleased to announce that Dave Rodney has been appointed as Alberta’s agent general to Houston. Texas is Alberta’s second-largest export market in the United States, and it is vital […]

  • Levelling the Playing Field in Local Elections

    Levelling the Playing Field in Local Elections

    The government has introduced Bill 29, the Local Authorities Election Amendment Act, which, if passed, will level the playing field for candidates and increase voter participation. The previous government updated the act in 2018 – but failed to address many critical gaps. The proposed changes will address those gaps, such as creating a level playing field for […]

  • Strengthening Democracy in Alberta

    Strengthening Democracy in Alberta

    In order to get a fair deal for Albertans, Bill 26, the Constitutional Referendum Amendment Act, would allow the government to seek Albertans’ guidance on initiatives beyond constitutional matters. Referendums enhance democracy by consulting Albertans on issues of importance. As the Fair Deal Panel recommended, Albertans want a real and direct say on laws and issues […]

  • Continuing Support for Albertans During COVID-19

    Continuing Support for Albertans During COVID-19

    Bill 24, the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act, proposes measures to support Albertans as the province continues to reopen. The bill proposes amendments to 15 acts across seven ministries. The amendments are being proposed now that the state of public health emergency has ended. The proposed amendments will allow some pandemic response efforts to continue […]

  • Alberta Party Response to Fair Deal Panel

    Alberta Party Response to Fair Deal Panel

    Albertans are frustrated, justifiably so. The Fair Deal Panel report shows this, but it focuses our energy in the wrong ways and was a distraction from the problems Albertans face everyday. A faltering economy, underfunded education and health care systems, and no plan for our future economic prosperity are all critical issues. Our province entered […]

  • Premier Jason Kenney Confirms No Provincial Sales Tax Without Referendum

    Premier Jason Kenney Confirms No Provincial Sales Tax Without Referendum

    By Franco Terrazzano CALGARY, AB: Premier Jason Kenney confirmed to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation that his government will uphold Alberta’s Taxpayer Protection Act, which requires a referendum before the provincial government can impose a sales tax. “Albertans have the legal right to a referendum before provincial politicians can take billions of dollars from our pockets through a sales […]

  • Getting a Fair Deal for Alberta

    Getting a Fair Deal for Alberta

    Premier Jason Kenney has released the next step of Alberta’s strategy to secure a fair deal in the federation, addressing the unprecedented levels of frustration expressed with the barriers placed in the way of Alberta’s economy. The Fair Deal Panel report recommends 25 ways to ensure Alberta has a stronger voice in Confederation, including fairer […]

  • Fairness Alberta Report Shows Eight Ways to Improve Equalization

    Fairness Alberta Report Shows Eight Ways to Improve Equalization

    EDMONTON, AB, June 16, 2020 – Fairness Alberta released an analysis today outlining eight concrete proposals to improve Canada’s Equalization Program.  The first four recommendations would make the program fairer for Albertans, resulting in an approximate $3 billion reduction of their $17 billion annual net tax contribution made to the rest of Canada, and the remaining […]

  • Federal Government Should Deliver $7 Billion Payment to Alberta Under Fiscal Stabilization Fund

    Federal Government Should Deliver $7 Billion Payment to Alberta Under Fiscal Stabilization Fund

    EDMONTON, AB, June 8, 2020 – Today, Fairness Alberta released an analysis of Canada’s Fiscal Stabilization Fund and, in light of Albertans’ $324 billion net contribution since 2000, called on the Federal Government to use the original stabilization formula and increase Alberta’s 2016 and 2017 stabilization payment from $500 million to $6.996 billion. Premiers across Canada unanimously agreed […]

  • Parliament is Essential and MPs are Essential Workers

    Parliament is Essential and MPs are Essential Workers

    Parliament is an essential pillar in our democracy and Members of Parliament are essential workers meaning we should be in Ottawa representing our constituents in a fully functional House of Commons. Last week I returned to Ottawa to participate in the in-person debate fighting to have Parliament return and was angered to stand in the […]

  • COVID-19 Wage Subsidy for Parties is a Bandaid⁠—it’s Time to Restore Democratic Funding to Parties! 

    COVID-19 Wage Subsidy for Parties is a Bandaid⁠—it’s Time to Restore Democratic Funding to Parties! 

    The outrage from some quarters over parties receiving the COVID-19 wage subsidy should be a wake-up call for Canadians: It’s time to fund parties democratically again, not staunch their wounds when they’re bleeding donors. Love them or hate them, political parties are public entities. The democracy we know would not function without them. Parties raise funds from […]

  • It’s Time to Give Canada’s Youth #Vote16

    It’s Time to Give Canada’s Youth #Vote16

    Fair Vote Canada applauds Senator Marilou McPhedran’s intention to put forward a bill in this Parliament to lower the voting age to 16.  Fair Vote Canada board member Dolly Cepeda Montufar underscores the research showing that voters who start voting early are more likely to become lifelong voters: Lowering the federal voting age in Canada from 18 to 16 […]

  • Fairness Alberta Launches Public Awareness Campaign

    Fairness Alberta Launches Public Awareness Campaign

    Highlighting Alberta’s Contributions to Canada, and Urgent Need for Reform EDMONTON, AB, May 25, 2020 – Today, Fairness Alberta launched a billboard and online campaign to make Canadians aware that Albertans have contributed more than $324 billion to the rest of Canada since 2000, playing a very large role in funding the social, educational, health, and […]