For Immediate Release
“There comes a time”, says Marilyn Burns, Leader of the Alberta Advantage Party, “when a discontented partner begins to ask whether it’s worth it.”
The Alberta Advantage Party received registered political party status by Elections Alberta about one month ago, by having about 8,600 signatures on a petition asking that the Party be officially registered. Burns notes that during the approximate one year signature drive, she talked to thousands of Albertans and a dominant issue raised was the desire for greater autonomy from Ottawa.
“The chatter amongst Albertans about out and out separation from Canada is growing”, Burns states. “Increasingly, Albertans from all walks of life are wondering aloud whether it’s worth it for Alberta to remain a Canadian Province. Alberta has taken an economic hit in recent years, and Albertans perceive that the rest of Canada has been throwing us boulders while we are drowning.”
“The AAP is not a separatist party, but our Platform draws clear lines in the sand as it relates to Ottawa. If elected to government in the spring of 2019, we would set up our own Alberta Revenue Agency, we would elevate our Sheriffs to do RCMP level police work, we would demand to have jurisdiction over agricultural supply management, and demand the right to select our own immigrants. We would demand a revised equalization formula that gives Alberta a fair benefit.”
“Alberta has the ability to be self-reliant. We can be self-reliant in producing our own energy, our own food, and our own lumber. We have available land and human resources to attract manufacturing.”
Burns points out that the Alberta Advantage Party is not a separatist Party; however, the Party’s Constitution and Policies allow for citizen initiated referendums, such that if ten percent of Albertans who voted in the previous election put forward a petition on any issue, it would be put to a Province-wide referendum.
David Inscho, President of the AAP states, “There are serious issues to be addressed as it relates to Alberta’s relationship with Ottawa that have been on-going for decades and Alberta’s concerns have been pushed aside. The economic survival of generations of Albertans and western Canadians is at risk. Efforts to facilitate solutions in the past have met with derision by the governments of eastern Canada. Perhaps it is time to ask the question – Does Canada want us?”