We are now less than two weeks away from the April 16th provincial election, and as the campaigns and the rhetoric heats up, each party has released their list their election platforms.
First off is the New Democratic Party (NDP). Leader Rachel Notley spoke about extending their parties flag-ship child-care program, which includes applying the $25 per child cap on more than 75,000 spaces across Alberta.
A new flood mitigation strategy for Calgary, helping smaller communities renovate recreation centres, and investing $1.3 billion over five years to upgrade and build new schools are some of the other flagships of their platform.
The United Conservative Party (UCP), headed by Jason Kenney, is the favourite to unseat Rachel Notley’s NDP from top spot in Alberta. One of their main points is to abolish the provincial carbon tax, and do away with the NDP’s climate leadership plan which aims to reduce greenhouse gases, including eliminating the 100-megatonne oil sands emissions cap the NDP have in their climate plan.
Kenney also plans to defend Alberta’s oil and gas interests at home and abroad, by establishing a tax-payer funded committee to help promote our natural resource sector.
The Alberta Party, headed by former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel, would make vaccinations mandatory for kids enrolled in publicly-funded schools.
They also pledge to create a voucher system to help offset child-care costs and pledging that families who make between $30,000 and $49,999 a year, would pay a maximum of $5 a day for daycare. They would also lower the corporate tax rate from 12% to 10%, and would make no changes to the current minimum wage price.
Head of the Alberta Liberal Party David Khan, said his party will focus on creating jobs that will help build the economy and show strong support for oil projects like the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
Cutting personal income tax to those earning under $57,250, starting a universal basic income program, and an immediate ban on conversion therapy in Alberta are all key components of the Alberta Liberals platform.
The Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta (FCP) is headed by former Wildrose Party and UCP member Derek Fildebrandt, who left the UCP’s in 2017 to sit as an Independent, and eventually was appointed the leader of the FCP.
The FCP’s are fairly new to the political scene but are already making a splash by saying they demand major constitutional reform from the feds, or they would ask Albertans in a referendum how they feel about separating from Canada. They also want the right to self-govern within our own provincial jurisdiction (much like what is done in Quebec), abolish the carbon tax and join other provinces in court actions against the federal carbon tax.