Alberta remains a petro-state under the NDs: extorting pipeline approvals for cooperation on climate change is ludicrous

Greens respond to Alberta's climate plan

By Janet Keeping, Leader, Green Party of Alberta The Canadian federal government recently announced it would impose a carbon reduction scheme on any province that does not take steps on its own to price carbon effectively.  The goal is to ensure that Canada meets its commitments under the international agreement signed in Paris last year …

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 …

Green Party of Alberta to launch new Constituency Association in Edmonton-Mill Creek

EDMONTON – This province’s Green Party is about to launch a new constituency association in the Edmonton area. More specifically, the group will be situated in the riding of Edmonton-Mill Creek, a seat currently held by New Democrat Denise Woollard in the provincial legislature. The initial meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 …

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 …