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Cynical strategy to stifle competing voices: Alberta NDs propose refunding campaign expenses of candidates earning at least 10% of the vote

By Janet Keeping Alberta’s ND government proposes to partially rebate campaign expenses but only where candidates earn at least 10% of the vote.  Such a move would be unfair to smaller parties struggling to build support and constitute an undemocratic abuse of political power. The proposal to rebate expenses only for candidates receiving at least …

NIMBY-ism shouldn’t be allowed to curtail access to housing – provincial legislation needed

By Janet Keeping, Leader, Green Party of Alberta Having decent, appropriate and affordable housing is critical to a healthy successful life.  Decent means no cockroaches or fire hazards, for example;  appropriate means located near necessary services (schools, daycare, parks and the like) and affordable is self-explanatory.  This is true everywhere in the world but especially …

Electoral reform: nowhere more needed than in Alberta

By Janet Keeping, Leader, Green Party of Alberta June 22, 2016 Electoral reform is all about improving democracy in Canada by having our Legislatures and Parliament more accurately reflect voters’ preferences.  Instead of winner-take-all in each constituency (often referred to as first-past-the-post, FPTP), we need a system more consistent with the central idea of democracy …

Ontario set to “slash” GHG emissions: Alberta has to up its game to avoid losing out on jobs and investment

By Janet Keeping, leader of the Green Party of Alberta Leaked Cabinet documents show Ontario poised to take aggressive measures to get off carbon.  The Ontario government plans a host of measures ranging from ending the use of natural gas to heat homes to converting provincial vehicles to electric power.  There could be changes to the …

Busting some myths around Energy East

long trench with sections of pipe laid out beside it

It’s time we stopped pinning our hopes on a doomed industry and sought sustainable alternatives By Thana Boonlert, Green Party of Alberta candidate in recent Calgary-Greenway by-election One of the arguments often made in favour of the Energy East pipeline is that we should be supplying eastern Canadians with Canadian oil as a substitution for …

Green Party of Alberta’s submission to Legislative Committee studying election laws

Submission to the Select Special Ethics and Accountability Committee On pressing issues related to the laws and policies governing elections in the province of Alberta Prepared by Janet Keeping, Leader, Green Party of Alberta, leader@greenpartyofalberta.ca Submitted March 3, 2016 Introduction On behalf of the Green Party of Alberta, I am pleased to bring the following …

Do police in Alberta abuse their power vis a vis Aboriginal women and girls? Albertans have urgent need to know

A letter to Premier Notley and Minister Ganley: November 6, 2015 Dear Premier Notley and Minister Ganley, Re:  Need for government action to assess whether police in Alberta abuse their power vis à vis Aboriginal women and girls Recent news from Val d’Or, Quebec, has brought the painful subject of our society’s failure to protect …