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Greg Clark and The Alberta Party calls for a curtailment of oil production

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 | Alberta Party, Featured, Greg In The News

“The Alberta Party’s Greg Clark says the current price of bitumen is creating a ‘national crisis,’ calling for a royalty holiday until oil prices improve.

Clark says it would only be a short-term solution.

‘Desperate times call for desperate measures,’ Clark told 660 NEWS. ‘We are literally giving away our most valuable natural resource for free, I think it’s time for the provincial government to consider curtailing production for at least a short period of time, to increase prices and keep Albertans working.’

The Calgary-Elbow MLA says it’s not about sending a message: it’s about the economics surrounding supply and demand.

‘If you reduce supply, you will increase the price,’ he said. ‘What really needs to happen, longer-term of course, we need to build pipelines. We need them urgently, we’ve needed them for a long time and both the provincial and federal governments have really let us down in land-locking Alberta’s oil.’

He says the dramatic steps would ensure Albertans get the best oil prices possible.

‘The differential in the price that Alberta gets is $40 lower than what we see as the headline price for WTI,’ Clark said. ‘This week Alberta’s heavy oil was trading at $13 dollars a barrel… that is half the price of Coca-Cola at the same volume. It’s just insane that we’re getting so little.’

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Calgary Herald Opinion: The fight for flood mitigation is starting to look like the pipeline battle

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 | Calgary-Elbow, Greg In The News, Opinion

If there was a chance the Glenmore Reservoir would fail in springtime, how quickly would government react?

And if repairing it meant the province needed to acquire 20 private properties for fair market value, would we allow those property owners to convince us that keeping their land was more important than protecting human life or saving downtown Calgary, critical infrastructure and thousands of homes and businesses?

Fortunately, our reservoir is rock solid, but our city faces a threat every spring from flooding (and make no mistake, as a city built at the confluence of two mountain rivers, the waters will rise again).

But it’s been five years since the flood and it will be five more before our city is protected. We simply cannot afford to wait.

When evaluating our options for addressing preventable damage from flooding, Albertans have choices. We can follow the advice of unbiased world experts to build the most effective and least expensive infrastructure to protect downtown Calgary, or we can give in to those who either oppose for the sake of opposition, or have a direct interest in pursuing an inferior option.

Opponents of the Springbank project have a track record of using the courts and the regulatory process to attempt to delay the initiative in hopes a new government will cancel it, and they want us to ignore the evidence and dismiss the broad public benefits.

Sound familiar? Pipeline opponents in B.C. would be proud.

It’s also important to remember that in the past five years, two very different governments, the PCs and the NDP, looked at more than a dozen independent studies and decided that the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir is the cheapest and most effective way to prevent future flood damage on the Elbow River.

The return on investment is substantial. The Springbank project will prevent three dollars of damage for every dollar spent building it, and most of the damage prevented would be in the core business district of downtown Calgary. This is basic infrastructure; the financial return to taxpayers and risk to human life makes it irresponsible not to build it.

No project is without impacts, but the public interest of the million or more Albertans who rely on downtown Calgary for their livelihoods means that 20 Springbank landowners will need to sell their land for fair market value. I wish there was an equally effective option that didn’t require buyouts, but there simply isn’t.

By comparison, the city will acquire 74 properties to build the Green Line LRT and 43 parcels of private land for the widening of 17th Avenue S.E. It is common for government to acquire private property when it’s in the public interest, and Springbank is no exception.

What about the McLean Creek option? A study done by the Dutch water experts Deltares found that it is inferior on all counts. It is more expensive, further upstream, and therefore less effective at mitigating floods, and it has a far greater environmental impact. Springbank will be dry nearly all the time and would be used only during flood conditions for no more than a month every few years.

And if the Springbank project appears controversial, McLean Creek would require the province to build a 28-storey concrete dam on the Elbow River that would permanently flood thousands of acres of provincial park in an area with significant Indigenous heritage, rare plants and threatened wildlife.

The debate over flood mitigation feels a lot like the battle to build a pipeline. There is a clear public interest and a positive return on investment to Albertans, and the objective facts prove Springbank is the best option. But much like the pipeline debate, opponents will use every tool at their disposal to stop it.

If we can’t build basic infrastructure that will save millions of taxpayer dollars and protect human life, can we build anything, anywhere ever again?

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Alberta legislature committee votes to change MLA housing allowance rules

Friday, March 2nd, 2018 | Greg In The News

Out of town Alberta MLAs will soon be required to claim their actual living expenses in Edmonton and not the flat monthly rate of $1,930.

The all-party members services legislative committee voted unanimously Tuesday to accept Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark’s proposal to only reimburse MLAs their exact living expenses up to the cap of $1,930.

‘Not only are we going to save some taxpayer dollars … but in addition to the money that it saves, it sends a very important message that MLAs are willing to show leadership, willing to find ways of doing more with less,’ Clark said after the meeting.

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Derek Fildebrandt Airbnb scandal reaction: Greg Clark says Albertans are ‘right to be upset’

Friday, August 11th, 2017 | Greg In The News

“An Alberta politician is calling for a review of MLA expenses after learning United Conservative Party (UCP) MLA Derek Fildebrandt had advertised his downtown Edmonton apartment, which was subsidized by taxpayers, on Airbnb.

‘There is no question he broke the rules,’ Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark said Thursday, arguing that MLA expenses should be put under the microscope.”

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