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Post-Secondary Plan

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 | Alberta Party, Policy, Press Release

Post secondary institutions are important to the growth of our province. With Mount Royal University located right here in Calgary-Elbow, it’s important that the next government ensures the next generation of students affordable and accessible options for post-secondary education in Alberta.

You can read more about our plan at:

https://www.albertaparty.ca/post_secondary

Some highlights of our plan include:

  • An Alberta Party government will create 45,000 new spaces in post-secondary institutions by 2024. This includes universities, colleges and technical institutes.
  • It is estimated by 2026, there will be a 15% increase in the number of Albertans graduating from high school. This growth would require an estimated 40,265 spaces.
  • Consideration will be given to satellite campuses in underserved parts of the province, for example building a satellite campus in North East Calgary.
  • New spaces will involve the establishment of learning centers available to adult learners, those who did not complete high school, or those who are upgrading.
  • An Alberta Party government will retain the current cap on tuition at Alberta post-secondary institutions, providing certainty and affordability for families.
  • An Alberta Party government will expand the STEP program so more young people can access employment opportunities and gain work experience.
  • An Alberta Party Government will work with post-secondary institutions to make it easier for innovators to spin-off their discoveries into new companies.

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Supporting Seniors Independance

Friday, April 5th, 2019 | Alberta Party, Policy, Press Release

Senior care is one of the many important issues that people bring up on the doors of Calgary-Elbow and I’m happy to share the newly released Alberta Party plan to improve senior care. You can learn more about the plan at the link below:

https://www.albertaparty.ca/seniors

An Alberta Party government would take bold steps to help seniors age with respect and dignity, including the establishment of 3,500 long term care beds, and a new program to help seniors continue to live independently.

Some Highlights:

  • New Alberta Caregiver Tax Credit to support caregivers. The credit will mirror the Canada Caregiver Credit, ranging from $2,182 to $6,986 per year for each caregiver.
  • Keeping spouses together. By implementing a more effective wait list management policy partners will stay together. Up to 10% of seniors live apart for and separating partners places great strain on seniors and their families.
  • Establish a separate and new Ministry of Seniors. This ministry will assume the budget and authority of the current Ministry of Seniors and Housing, along with grants to seniors. A new Ministry of Housing will be established.
  • Creation of 3,500 long term care beds with community partners, similar to the Alberta Supportive Living Initiative. Each bed is estimated to cost around $65,000 to establish, and $75,000 per year to operate, for a $230 million capital cost, and $260 million annual operating cost.
  • Creation of a pilot similar to The “Better At Home” will help seniors and families with costs of home supports such as snow shovelling, meal preparation, grocery delivery, and lawn maintenance.

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Alberta Party Supports The Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 | Alberta Party, Flood Mitigation, Policy, Press Release

Earlier today, The Alberta Party released it’s policy to continue the current process for building the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir project without any changes or delays. As you know this is an important project not only for me, but for residents of Calgary-Elbow.

“An Alberta Party government would ramp up negotiations with impacted landowners to acquire the land required for the project. Greg Clark, Alberta Party candidate for Calgary-Elbow added that fulsome, two-way consultation with Indigenous people is a priority:

“We are confident that if we use the Trans Mountain ruling to guide us, the regulator will approve this project.”
As an MLA, Clark fought for proper flood mitigation from the very beginning. He worked with the PCs to push this project from 2013 to 2015, and also helped convince the NDP that Springbank was the right choice after his was elected in 2015. The Alberta Party is committed to SR1, and under an Alberta Party-led government it will be built.

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The Jobs First Plan

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 | Alberta Party, Policy, Press Release

Jobs are one of the most important issues that I hear from residents on the doors. We need to create a climate where people want to invest and where employers have the confidence to hire.

This morning the Alberta Party​ released our Jobs First platform to attract investment and create jobs for Alberta families. You can click on the link to read the full details or you can take a look at some of the key points below.

https://www.albertaparty.ca/jobs

  • The Alberta general corporate tax rate will be reduced from 12% to 10%. This will restore Alberta’s place as the most competitive jurisdiction in Canada on corporate tax rates. The rate will be rolled out in 0.5% increments.
  • The Alberta Small Business Deduction will be doubled from $500,000 to $1,000,000. All other aspects of the Small Business Deduction will remain the same, including the existing small business tax rate of 2%.
  • The capital cost allowance in Alberta will be adjusted to 100% for all new investment. This will supercharge private investment.
  • This package will have a short-term budget impact in the first year of approximately $400 million. The package will pay for itself by its third year and by full implementation in 2023 it will generate an estimated $1.5 billion in additional annual revenue.

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The Child First Plan

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 | Alberta Party, Calgary-Elbow, Election, Press Release

Yesterday morning, Stephen Mandel and our Alberta Party team released “The Child First Plan“, which is one of the most ambitious plan for early learning and child care in Alberta. I’m proud to be part of a team with a forward-looking child care plan. Our plan builds in flexibility for parents and quality options for kids!

https://www.albertaparty.ca/childcare

  • Our Children First plan applies to all licensed child care spaces in the province. There are over 260,000 Albertan children and more than 100,000 Albertan families to whom our program would apply.
  • Vouchers will provide a subsidy — on a sliding scale depending on family income — of up to 100 per cent of child-care costs.
  • The voucher will “follow the child”, putting decision-making in the hands of families rather than the government.
  • The voucher can be used at any licensed child care and will provide a subsidy of up to 100% of the costs of a child care cost.
  • A new investment credit will be established to encourage employers to create licensed child care spaces for children of employees.
  • Parents attending post-secondary education and those earning minimum wage will receive a 100% subsidy of their child care costs.
  • A comprehensive review of Alberta’s child care legislation will be undertaken, with a view to making it easier to create more licensed, safe, affordable, high-quality child care spaces.

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