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ALBERTA ADVANTAGE PARTY POLICIES

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. DEMOCRATIC REFORM
A. Federalism
B. Electoral Reform
C. Government Reform
D. Municipal Government
E. Property Rights
F. Human Rights
G. Referenda
II. ECONOMY
A. Agriculture
1. LAND USE AND PROPERTY RIGHTS
2. WATER POLICY
3. MARKETS AND MARKETING
4. AGRICULTURE RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY
5. REDUCING THE REGULATORY BURDEN
B. Spending Control
C. Energy
D. Financial Transparency
E. Responsive Government
F. Forestry
G. Savings Strategy
H. Labour
I. Tax and Red Tape Reduction
J. Federal Equalization and Transfers
K. Tourism
L. Transportation
M. Securities Act
III. EDUCATION
A. Courses
B. Education Standards
C. Post-Secondary Education
D. School Choice
E. Students With Special Needs
IV. ENVIRONMENT
A. Clean Water
B. Conservation
C. Energy and the Environment

D. Sustainability
E. Protection
F. Wildlife and Hunting
G. Environmental Principles
V. HEALTH CARE
A. Universality and Comprehensiveness
B. Governance
C. Hospitals
D. Daily Care
E. Physician Compensation
F. Dental
VI. JUSTICE
A. Courts
B. Policing
C. System Confidence
D. Firearms
VII. SOCIAL
A. Equality
B. Arts and Culture
C. Families
D. Protecting Seniors
E. First Nations and Aboriginal Issues
F. Responsibility
G. Social Assistance
H. Delivery

I. DEMOCRATIC REFORM

A. Federalism
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
1. Defend Alberta against intrusions by the federal government by protecting
the property, legal, constitutional and democratic rights of Albertans.
2. Work with the federal and provincial governments, professional trade
organizations and regulatory bodies to ensure that residents of Canada who
have recognized qualifications and credentials to practice a trade, sill or
profession can carry out business anywhere in Canada.
3. Work with other provincial governments to pressure the federal government
to reform the federal equalization program to achieve a more equitable
transfer system.
4. Create an Equalization Reform Task Force to investigate the issues
surrounding the Federal Equalization Program with the objective of
developing a new equalization formula that correctly accounts for both
provincial revenues and spending and thus is fair for all Canadians and in
doing so strengthens the confederation.
5. Advocate that equalization formulas take into account public policy decisions
made by provincial governments that discourage economic activity and
significantly limit responsible resource development.

B. Electoral Reform
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
6. Institute fixed election dates for Provincial Elections every four years; however, the Legislative Assembly will be able to call a vote of non-confidence at any time.
7. Be accountable to the people of Alberta by having free votes with the
exception of the budget and votes of non-confidence.
8. Institute the right of recall of elected officials if 20% of the electorate (25% if the electorate is less than one thousand (1,000)) signs a petition calling for such an action.
9. Hold elections for the Alberta Senators at the same time as Provincial Elections.
10. Strengthen voting regulations by following federal identification voting requirements.
11. Prohibit spending announcements during a by-election period.
12. Ensure no campaign reimbursements or other taxpayer subsidies go to
political parties, candidates, or constituency associations.

C. Government Reform
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
13. Establish an independent agency to determine the compensation, pension,
and severance packages of elected government officials.
14. Limit the Provincial Cabinet to 16 members.
15. Institute strict conflict of interest guidelines facilitated through the Provincial Ethics Commissioner’s office.
16. Establish set dates for Throne Speeches, Budget Announcements, and Legislative Sessions;
17. Institute an open and comprehensive Freedom of Information Act, which eliminates unreasonable financial barriers to accessing information.
18. Not increase the number of seats in the Alberta legislature.
19. Implement full disclosure of all financial expenditures of public funds and require that organizations that receive public funding from the Provincial Government to disclose annually the positions, salaries, and total taxable
benefits of employees paid over a certain level in a calendar year. This would apply to the Provincial Government, hospitals, school boards, universities, colleges and other public sector employers who receive significant funding
form the provincial government.
20. Create conflict of interest legislation and regulations for government procurement. The legislation and regulations should:
a) Clearly specify penalties including dismissal of government
employees for serious breaches of impartiality; and
b) Include a mandatory “cooling off” period preventing government employees from going to work for contractors whose procurement awards they have been involved in.
21. Require that all Confidential Litigation Settlements (known as gag orders) by government and regulatory bodies be restricted as follows:
a) Litigation settlements that involve payment of public moneys shall be filed in their entirety with the court; and
b) Litigation settlements that do not involve payment of public moneys shall be subject to a FOIP application.

D. Municipal Government
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
22. Follow any downloading of services from the Province to the Municipalities
with the appropriate amount of funding.
23. Provide stable, predictable funding to municipalities determined by an
objective formula to support short and long-term local decision-making.
24. Ensure that Crown Corporations are subject to local zoning and land-use
bylaws.

E. Property Rights
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
25. Further entrench individual property rights within the Alberta Bill of Rights
and clarify all aspects of land rights in a single statutory “Land and Property
Rights Act”.
26. Eliminate land and watershed planning policies that are centrally planned
and create regional plans that support the principle of coordinated local
decision-making.
27. Amend all appropriate legislation to ensure every Albertan has the right not
to be deprived of the title, use, or enjoyment of real property, or any
improvement made to such property, or any right or statutory consent
connected with such property, except in accordance with the law and for full,
just and timely financial compensation with recourse to the courts.

F. Human Rights
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
28. Amend the Human Rights Act (“Act”) to unequivocally protect the
fundamental rights and freedoms in the Canadian Charter of Rights and
Freedoms by removing section 3 of the current Act and reforming the
complaint process to introduce rules of evidence, the presumption of
innocence, and protection from frivolous and vexatious claims.

G. Referenda
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
29. Institute legislation allowing the citizens of Alberta to call for a binding referendum on a matter of significant public concern upon the presentation of a petition signed by at least ten percent (10%) of the total voters of the last provincial general election
30. Only invoke the “notwithstanding clause” following a free vote in the legislative assembly.

 

II. ECONOMY

A. Agriculture
1. LAND USE AND PROPERTY RIGHTS

Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
1. Recognize that access to and use of land within a set of predictable and stable
rules are crucial to the maintenance of an economically viable agricultural
industry.
2. Recognize that it is essential that agricultural producers are involved in the
development of legislation and policies affecting their use of land;
3. Recognize that sustainability is a key element of any functioning agricultural
system and that the agricultural community is well aware of the need to
operate in a way that maintains the long-term productivity of the land that
the agricultural community owns and manages.
4. Recognize that research and extension of this knowledge are more effective
tools than punitive legislation in ensuring that agricultural producers
operate in an environmentally sustainable manner;
5. Recognize that affected producers must be compensated for any loss of
income that results when society imposes restrictions on the way in which
producers operate.

2. WATER POLICY

Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
6. Maintain and enhance a system of water allocation that is in the public
interest with a minimum of government involvement and includes the
following essential elements:
i) That it respect existing licenses and commitments;
I) That it be open and transparent;
ii) That it be predictable;
iii) That it have clear and concise rules with objective measurements;
iv) That it be flexible and responsive to change.

3. MARKETS AND MARKETING

Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
7. Ensure that agricultural producers should have the freedom to market their
product in whatever quantity and where, when and to whatever buyer they
wish;
8. Work with the federal government and directly with other jurisdictions to
develop agreements and instruments that will improve access to and the
security of international markets for agricultural and food products;
9. Provide the legislative and economic environment within which producers
and agri-business can work together to develop domestic and international
markets for Alberta agricultural and food products.

4. AGRICULTURE RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY

Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
10. Provide a regulatory and business environment that encourages producers
and agri-business to develop and apply new technology;
11. Address the issue of intellectual property rights in agriculture research to
ensure that the rights of the developers of intellectual property are
protected.

5. REDUCING THE REGULATORY BURDEN

Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
12. In conjunction with the agricultural industry, review all provincial
regulations affecting agricultural production and marketing with a view to
removing and/r amending those regulations that are no longer relevant.
13. Review the principles governing environmental and food safety regulations
to ensure the safety of Alberta’s food supply.
14. Work with other jurisdictions to eliminate regulatory duplication affecting
agriculture and to ensure that the general regulatory environment is
conducive to an internationally competitive industry.
15. Institute an effective sunset provision on all provincial agriculture
regulations that will ensure that they are reviewed on a regular basis by
government and the affected sectors.

B. Spending Control

Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
16. Legislate a cap on year-over-year increases in overall government spending
to the rate of inflation plus population growth;
17. Once the budget is brought back into a consolidated balance, legislate
mandatory balanced consolidated budgets and the prohibition of debt
financing for operations or capital.
18. Prioritize spending towards front line staffing positions and critical core
social services such as Health, Education, Seniors, Policing and Social
Supports. Reductions in spending should be targeted at unnecessary
bureaucracy, pay and perks for government executives as well as grants to
for-profit corporations.
19. Institute “pay-as-you-go” legislation which means that any in-year non-
budgeted expenditures approved during that same budget year (excepting
emergencies) must be offset by a corresponding decrease in the budget
elsewhere;
20. Reduce government waste by requiring all government departments to
implement a zero-based budgeting program mandating that every Ministry
justify the effectiveness and efficiencies of their expenditures and programs
at least once every three (3) years;
21. Adopt a results-based governance model across al of its departments as
opposed to a process-based governance model;
22. Take concrete steps to eliminate the fundamental imbalance between
Government revenues and expenditures through spending reductions and
efficiencies.

C. Energy

Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
23. Consult extensively with industry prior to introducing policies that affect the
energy sector.
24. Ensure an internationally competitive regulatory and fiscal regime that
attracts and retains both upstream and downstream investment.
25. Streamline regulatory application and approval processes while still
protecting the public and environment but expedite investment without
excessive expense or delay.
26. Communicate with Albertans about the importance of the oil and gas
industry to our province’s economy and future.
27. Recognize the importance of value added secondary industries, industrial
diversification and international expansion of Alberta based companies.
28. Support the private sector as the driving force for technology development
and innovation through attractive fiscal and regulatory regimes and a
positive business climate.
29. Consult with the oil and gas sector to develop generic royalty frameworks for
enhanced, reservoir-based recovery of conventional oil and natural gas.
30. Actively promote the development of new and existing market access for all
resource based industries and products in Alberta.
31. Promote Alberta as a global centre of energy excellence.
32. Encourage non-renewable resource developers to engage in environmentally
responsible methods of resource extraction.
33. Examine ways to move electricity generation closer o the end-user so as to
improve efficiency and reduce total demand.
34. Reduce the risk of avoidable electricity price spikes to consumers and
businesses.
35. Improve existing electricity market mechanisms to minimize electricity price
escalation.
36. Work with all stakeholders to make electricity markets as efficient as
possible and meet power supply requirements with a minimum of disruption
to service or prices.
37. Develop a market-based system with participation by customers and
providers to manage and reduce electricity demand.
38. Promote and encourage micro-generation of electricity by all parties,
including industry, individuals and co-ops, and allow them to sell it back to
the electrical grid.
39. Conduct a thorough review of the regulations regarding electricity
generation, transmission and delivery with a view towards introducing
reforms to make these segments more transparent, more competitive and
more efficiently regulated and administered than they currently are.

D. Financial Transparency

Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
40. Implement a government “Waste Buster” program and website that allows
the public and government employees to anonymously report instances of
government waste and mismanagement.
41. Strengthen whistleblower protection for all government-paid employees
who might wish to report inefficiencies, waste, or wrongdoing.
42. Strengthen the office of the Auditor General to conduct more value-for-
money audits.
43. Create budget transparency guidelines to ensure government debts and cash
deficits are publicly and accurately reported.
44. Mandate public disclosure of the Government’s priority list and rationalize
for all infrastructure projects and maintenance.
45. Guarantee an open tendering and bidding process on all major government-
sanctioned and approved procurement and contracts.
46. End direct government subsidies to individual private for-profit corporations
and prohibit government from owning or operating businesses where a
competitive business market exists.
47. Increase economic diversification with more encouragement of small or
medium private industry to create additional jobs through a reduction in
unnecessary regulation, bureaucracy, red tape and other irritants to private
investments rather than direct corporate subsidies and inefficient programs.
E. Responsive Government
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
48. Review and streamline consumer protection legislation and regulations to

ensure sufficient protections are being afforded to Albertans while
maintaining strong and competitive Alberta Markets.
49. Review the costs for services provided and the fee structure for Service
Alberta registries to ensure responsible management for Albertans.

F. Forestry

Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
50. Permit only ecologically sound and economically sustainable forestry
management methods
51. Invest in research to promote good forest stewardship.
52. Encourage other value-added uses of Alberta’s forestry resources.

G. Savings Strategy
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
53. Not transfer any portion of the Heritage Fund (including annual earnings)
into general revenues until the total annual earnings from the Fund exceed
that of the average annual provincial revenues from oil and gas.
54. Invest at least half of all surpluses in the Heritage Fund until the total annual
earnings from the Fund exceed that of the average annual provincial
revenues from oil and gas.
55. Direct at least ten percent of surpluses to Alberta municipalities for the
purposes of building municipal infrastructure.
56. Direct remaining surpluses to one or more of the following (not listed in
order of importance):
i) Pay down or offset the debts and liabilities incurred by past
governments;
ii) Sustainable lower personal and business taxes and fees:
iii) Invest in infrastructure critical to economic growth and development;
iv) Establish endowments and scholarships dedicated to excellence in
research and education in Alberta’s post-secondary institutions; and
v) Rebuild and maintain the sustainability fund for the purposes of
disaster relief and assistance, and to protect against significant and
short-term decreases in provincial oil and gas revenues.
H. Labour
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
57. Allow individual workers the choice to determine whether or not any portion
of their mandatory union dues is used to fund political activity and social
advocacy.
58. Allow competition to the Workers’ Compensation Board.
59. Extend to workers the democratic right to a secret ballot vote on labour
organization certification under the Labour Code and ensure that the same
rules apply for de-certification as for certification.
60. Examine what services should be categorized as “essential services” and
implement reforms that ensure those employed in “essential services” are
treated fairly.
61. Create rules to ensure the transparency and accountability of all pension
plan investments.
62. Repeal Bill 6: Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act (2015)
and engage in judicious consultation with agriculture stakeholders prior to
introducing legislation.
63. Reform public sector pension plans to address the problem of unfunded
liabilities and to protect future generations.
I. Tax and Red Tape Reduction
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
64. Legislatively prohibit any tax rate increases or introduction of new taxes
unless approved in a provincial referendum.
65. Once the consolidated budget is balanced, implement the following
reductions:
i) Establish a per-child income tax deduction for parents or guardians;

ii) increase the basic personal exemption to benefit all income earners;
iii) provide greater tax deductions for charitable contributions.
66. Reduce the overall regulatory burden placed on businesses and charities by
removing duplication and unnecessary red tape.
67. Repeal the Carbon Tax.
68. Restore the Alberta Advantage by reintroducing a single rate flat tax.
69. Introduce income-splitting measures into the tax system for seniors and
families.
J. Federal Equalization and Transfers
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
70. Oppose unfair industry specific taxation by the federal government.
71. Fight for Alberta’s deserved share of federal tax dollars through a more
equitable distribution of federal transfers, equalization payments and
contracts.
72. Establish a per-child income tax deduction for parents or guardians.
73. Collect the Alberta personal income tax.
74. Increase the basic personal exemption to benefit the lowest income earners.
75. Provide greater tax deductions for charitable contributions.
K. Tourism
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
76. Encourage tourism as a major growth area of the Alberta economy.
77. Stimulate tourism with international marketing in cooperation with tourism
operators.

L. Transportation
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
78. Develop when fiscally feasible, new transportation corridors to relieve
pressure on current routes.
79. Develop a comprehensive transportation strategy that recognizes the
interdependence of Alberta’s economy with its neighbours.
80. Develop a sustainable strategy to ensure the proper maintenance and
improvement of Alberta’s current and future highway work.
M. Securities Act
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
81. Make improvements to the Securities Act to increase transparency and
provide greater protection for issuers, intermediaries, and investors.

III. EDUCATION

A. Courses
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
1. Grant public, separate and public charter schools more flexibility to offer
specialized programs in the trades, arts, music, physical education and
business while ensuring all students learn the core aspects of the standard
curriculum.
2. Enhance online educational initiatives for students.
3. Eliminate mandatory school fees in the public, separate, and public charter
school systems.

B. Education Standards
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
4. Institute methods to improve transparency concerning student outcomes so
parents have the information they need to make informed decisions
regarding their child’s education.
5. Eliminate the policy of social promotion in Alberta’s schools. Students will be
expected to meet standards in order to be promoted to the next grade.
6. Institute methods to hold educators accountable for performance.

C. Post-Secondary Education
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:

7. Give Alberta students priority for admission and funding at Alberta post-
secondary institutions provided that educational and residence requirements are met.
8. Work with employers, Alberta school boards, post-secondary institutions
and the Alberta industry Training and Apprenticeship Commission to
increase funding, training, and apprenticeships in the trades and technical
sectors starting at the high school level.
9. Strengthen the network of colleges, institutes and on-line learning
opportunities throughout the province.

10. Support research and development funding for colleges, universities and
institutes by encouraging private sector partnerships while respecting pure
research, academic freedom, and institutional autonomy.
11. Amend the Post-Secondary Learning Act to allow every student to choose
whether he/she wishes to become a dues-paying member of a student
association, in each year of enrollment at a post-secondary education
institute.
12. Amend the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act to add
post-secondary student associations with mandatory membership to Section
1(j).

D. School Choice
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
13. Recognize that parents are the primary decision-makers for their children
and their children’s education and support the right of parents to direct the
upbringing, education, and care of their children, which includes the right to
choose the education their child receives, whether it be through public,
separate, public charter, private school or homeschooling, and the right to
make reasonable choices within the public schools for one’s child (such as
opting their child out of classes the parents find objectionable)..

14. Strengthen and protect the current provincial funding model that sends per- student operational and maintenance funding directly to each locally elected school board or charter school, and better account for the fixed costs of schools in smaller rural communities.
15. Uphold the current provincial funding model for private schools that allows a
portion of per-student funding to follow students to the school of their
choice.
16. Lift the freeze on new public non-profit charter schools, allowing teachers,
parents, special needs workers, and other educational experts to offer new
and innovative curriculum and programs for students. Such schools must be
open to all students and may not charge tuition.

E. Students With Special Needs
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
17. Ensure students are properly assessed and any special learning needs are
identified as early as possible in a child’s development.
18. Respect that each special needs student is unique and allow parents, teachers
and administrators the autonomy to determine what is best for each student
including the opportunity to attend the same classrooms as typical students
when possible.
19. Mandate that adequate funding follow each special needs student to the
education facility of the parent’s choice, to ensure that adequate supervision
and support is provided to each student so that the classroom can remain a
healthy learning environment.

IV. ENVIRONMENT

A. Clean Water
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
1. Monitor and encourage conservation of water taken from lakes or rivers for
agricultural, industrial and domestic purposes.
2. Impose strict regulations on effluent-producing industries.
3. Support the use of dams, reservoirs, and irrigation projects for the purposes
of increased off-stream water storage, flood and erosion control,
hydroelectric power generation and recreation.
4. Commit to and take concrete steps to conserving and protecting
groundwater for drinking purposes in Alberta.

B. Conservation
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
5. Recognize the value of parks to society and protect them from intrusive
activities.
6. Require governments to meet responsible environmental standards in their
procurement, recycling and construction operations.
7. Conserve Alberta’s environment and monitor environmental impacts with
enforcement provisions while balancing economic development
opportunities.
8. Ensure Alberta’s goals and objectives are on par with national and
international greenhouse gas and air pollution protocols and standards.

C. Energy and the Environment
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
9. Ensure the responsible development of Alberta’s natural resources, including
more efficient resource recovery methods, responsible management of
water, and cogeneration in the interest of Albertans.

D. Sustainability
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
10. Make environmental and fiscal sustainability and optimization a hallmark of
all government policy. The government should work with the public,
landowners, and other stakeholder groups towards this end, and ensure that
the Alberta Advantage persists.
11. Reduce greenhouse gases by advancing, implementing, and cooperating on
technology, research, conservation, and alternative renewable energy
sources.

E. Protection
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
12. Establish an environmental ombudsman for Alberta.
13. Require Ecological Impact Reports for all large projects. Projects in sensitive
areas that use unproven technologies or generate significant public concern
will be a priority.

F. Wildlife and Hunting
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
14. Protect the rights of hunters and anglers and should ensure that Alberta’s
wildlife populations are sustained and competently managed.
G. Environmental Principles
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
15. Believe in responsible, fact-based stewardship of the environment. The
government should base its decisions on the best available scientific data and
should not spend money without first carefully investigating the real threats
and the extent to which its actions ameliorate those threats.

V. HEALTH CARE

A. Universality and Comprehensiveness
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
1. Ensure that universal, comprehensive health care will be available to all
Albertans regardless of their ability to pay.
2. Preserve universality and comprehensiveness by adopting proven best
practices from jurisdictions that have higher performing and/or lower cost
health systems than Alberta.

B. Governance
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
3. Manage the Alberta health system through local administrative units that
plan, purchase, and provide health services in each region of the province.
4. Flow funding to the local administrative units according to the population of
their region, adjusted for age, gender, and other relevant factors.

C. Hospitals
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
5. Allow the local administrative units, not-for-profit organizations, or private
corporations to own and manage hospitals.
6. Fund hospitals through the local administrative units with a formula that
includes the size of the population they serve and the type and volume of
services provided.
7. Provide the first two hours of parking for free at AHS facilities and examine
other measures to ensure those with serious and/or chronic conditions and
their families do not face undue parking costs.

D. Daily Care
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
8. Structure primary care delivery around primary care medical homes
consisting of family medicine clinics and networks operating as multi-disciplinary practices delivering comprehensive, coordinated, accessible primary care.
9. Encourage every Albertan to be enrolled in a medical home to receive
24/7/365 access to their health care team and internet access to their health
care provider and health record.

E. Physician Compensation
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
10. Pay all physicians with blended funding that flows through the local
administrative units.
11. Work with the local administrative units to establish payment methods to
compensate specialist physicians through a combination of salary, per-case
payments and fee-for-service, and pay family physician practices according
to the number of patients enrolled in their practice or network plus
incentives for specific activities and performance.

F. Dental
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
12. Ensure that all Albertans have access to quality dental care at a competitive
price by providing consumers with relevant information for making an
informed decision before initiating a dental procedure.

VI. JUSTICE

A. Courts
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
1. Institute a program whereby all sentences given in provincial court will be
subject to a truth in sentencing provision.
2. Support the right of compensation from convicted persons to the victims of
their crimes.
3. Introduce initiates for maintenance enforcement to achieve improved
compliance with maintenance and visitation orders.
4. Support legally enforceable arbitration between all parties in a legal dispute
to settle non-criminal actions.
5. Ensure that all Albertans have access to legal representation and justice.
6. Explore technological opportunities to update the Rules of Court and reduce
cost to users.

B. Policing
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
7. Ensure the roles of RCMP officers, municipal officers, peace officers and
sheriffs are efficiently integrated and that all are accountable to Albertans
first and foremost.
8. Ensure sufficient funding for municipal policing to allow for effective policing
and protection of Albertans.
9. Require young offenders to participate in crime prevention courses and
other measures.
10. Conduct a review of the delivery of traffic services by police agencies across
the province and develop a model that places its emphasis on reducing the
number of fatal and serious injury motor vehicle collisions occurring on
Alberta roadways rather than revenue generation.
11. Amend and strengthen the Province of Alberta’s Automated Traffic
Enforcement Technology Guidelines, assuring Albertans that the use of photo radar and other technology is aimed solely at improving safety, and does not supplant, but supports, proven traditional police traffic enforcement methods.

C. System Confidence
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
12. Ensure that the rights of crime victims take precedence over those found
guilty of committing crimes.

D. Firearms
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
13. Uphold the property and civil rights of all Albertans, including firearms
owners.
13. Appoint a Chief Firearms Officer to direct the Firearms Program in Alberta.
14. Create and maintain a registry of individuals prohibited by a court from
possessing firearms.
15. Table periodic reports in the Legislature concerning the frequency, causes
and prevention of all categories of violent crime in Alberta, and the social,
environmental and economic effects of all firearms-related activities.
16. Take control of the administration, application and interpretation of the
Firearms Act with the goal of reducing paperwork and legal hurdles for gun
owners in Alberta. The government should also appoint our own Chief
Firearms Officer (CFO) and limit what the FO can do on an arbitrary basis.

VII. SOCIAL

A. Equality
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
1. Recognize that all Albertans have equal rights, privileges and responsibilities.

B. Arts and Culture
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
2. Encourage, support, and fund community projects, school arts programs and
cultural activities as an essential enrichment of life and an integral part of
Alberta’s communities and cultural diversity.

C. Families
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
3. Ensure the protection of victims of abuse and provide effective supports to
aid in their recovery.
4. Work with foster parents to help them improve the care and placements of
foster children.
5. Enhance and increase the training, resources and authority of social service
providers to properly protect children at risk and improve services to
families.
6. Seek to reduce its budgetary dependence on gambling revenues generated
from gambling and earmark a significant portion of the revenues generated
from gambling for the rehabilitation of gambling addicts, and for educational
programs aimed at reducing gambling.
7. Collaborate with non-profit agencies to enhance their ability to meet the
needs of children, youth, and families.
8. Commit funding for emergency residences for victims of violence.

D. Protecting Seniors
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
9. Enact a legislative program which recognizes the vital contribution made by
our seniors to our prosperity and repeal any legislation and/or policy which
unjustly discriminates against seniors, violates their safety, privacy or
democratic rights arbitrarily or fails to recognize their ital. contribution to
Alberta

E. First Nations and Aboriginal Issues
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
10. Devote special attention and resources to addressing the challenges and
needs of aboriginal women and youth.
11. Ensure that Alberta’s First Nations children have access to the resources and
supports available to all Alberta children. Jurisdictional disputes between
Alberta and the Federal government should not prevent First Nations
children from getting necessary medical and educational services.

F. Responsibility
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
12. Support social responsibility within the framework of a free enterprise
economic system and promote compassionate service, volunteerism,
individual responsibility and care for those unable to care for themselves.
G. Social Assistance
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
13. Implement an effective and incentive based social assistance program that
will promote participation in the economy.

H. Delivery
Alberta Advantage Party members believe the Government of Alberta should:
14. Provide social services through community organizations rather than
government whenever possible.

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  • Attend and participate in any general or Special meeting of his or her Constituency Association and attend any portion of his or her Constituency Association Board of Directors meetings that are not incamera;
  • Vote for the Board of Directors of his or her Constituency Association;
  • Attend and participate in any Society and Party General Meeting upon payment of the prescribed fee.

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