24 September 2012
At our September 22nd annual general meeting in Calgary it was clear that for many, the appetite for a fresher take on Alberta politics was not satisfied by the April 23rd election. Over 120 people came out to talk about the future of the Alberta Party, and to have a say in how we move forward.
In keeping with our desire for more transparency in public life, we released the results of an internal survey about our future. The results showed that just over 67% of respondents want to remain as a political party in order to provide electors with a strong, viable choice in Alberta politics. The other one-third was split between those believing we have already achieved our goal of changing the political conversation and those who believe we would have more influence by becoming a political think tank.
24 April 2012
Building a citizen’s movement into a successful political party is a long journey, and last night the Alberta Party brought a close to the first chapter of our story. Two years ago we didn’t exist as a provincial organization, and last night 38 Albertans completed their first campaigns as Alberta Party candidates.
In our first election we set out to do two things. First, we worked to introduce ourselves and our vision for a prosperous, sustainable, transparent and engaged government to as many Albertans as possible. Second, we wanted to run a positive, constructive and forward-looking campaign. We have accomplished both goals.
While not winning a seat is disappointing we are extremely proud that over 17,000 Albertans cast their ballots for our candidates.
Many thousands more were introduced to the Party, and we have a much higher profile than we did before the writ was dropped. We are building for the future, and the past month has seen us taking significant steps toward the general election in 2016. The challenge of building a successful grassroots organization into a provincial contender doesn’t get any smaller, but we have laid a solid foundation for the future. We will continue to work hard and model the change we wish to see in Alberta.
I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of our candidates and volunteers, and my appreciation to all the Albertans of every political stripe who worked and voted in this election. Our province is richer for your engagement.
Leader, Alberta Party
21 April 2012
Vote Alberta Party on Monday.
Two years ago, a group of citizens set out to build a different kind of political party. Built from a massive citizen engagement process called The Big Listen, we engaged Albertans about their hopes, challenges and dreams. We set out to build a party that was more open and transparent.
Alberta has tremendous potential and we believe that this can be the best place to live. Our platform, which is designed to unlock Alberta’s potential, is built around 5 core ideas:
First, we believe its time to reimagine our democracy. We believe that policy should be developed through meaningful citizen engagement.
Second, we must respect our students. This requires stable, predictable, long term funding for our education system.
Third, we must rethink healthcare. We must shift the system from treatment to prevention. We must appoint an independent health auditor to make the system more transparent.
Fourth, we must reinvigorate our economy. We will make it easier to start and grow a business. We will ensure that smart regulation fosters growth and protects our environment.
Finally, we will reinvest in our communities. Our municipalities need stable and predictable funding to deliver the services that your family needs.
We also promised to campaign differently - and we have delivered.
We have been constructive. We offered solutions rather than complain. Although we were excluded from the televised debate we found alternative ways to make our voices heard.
We have been respectful. We made no personal attacks.
We have been positive. We have offered practical solutions to Alberta’s challenges; and
We have listened. We don’t have all the answers, and we welcomed your comments and suggestions on our policies. We will always strive to make them better.
Change is coming to the legislature. With the strong possibility of a minority government, who you select as your individual MLA is more important than ever.
We need your help to make Alberta the best place to live. We ask you to dream bigger for a better Alberta. On Monday, please vote for the Alberta Party.
Leader, Alberta Party
Candidate, West Yellowhead
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