Reduced opposition threatens the well-being of Albertans

Opposition in the Legislature has been suddenly reduced by defection of nine more Wildrose MLAs to the PC party.  Included in this group – amazingly online – is the up-until-earlier-today leader of Wildrose, Danielle Smith.  With opposition in the Legislature significantly diminished, the interests of ordinary Albertans are endangered and democracy in the province is …

Government should not fund anti-gay school: school that teaches gays will be punished in “lake of fire” receives $ 7 million

It has recently come to light that the Alberta government is giving $ 7 million to a private school which is openly anti-gay.  Where can homophobia do more harm than in schools which have great influence over the shaping of young minds?  Since governments are bound by law not to discriminate against gays, what’s going …

Strict regulation and enforcement necessary: Failure to prohibit emissions from Peace River oil sands project a disaster for downwind families

By Janet Keeping, Leader  The Labrecque family are not opposed to oil sands development.   According to their web site, they don’t see themselves as “tree huggers or environmental activists.”  Instead they describe themselves as Albertans who “believe in financial prosperity but not at any cost.”  Nevertheless it seems clear a huge cost has been imposed …

Public funding for private schools should end

By Janet Keeping Private schools in Alberta receive 70% of the per-pupil grant given to public schools in the province.  The Alberta School Board Association (ASBA) recently called for the end of this public funding to private schools.  This is a very good idea. The ASBA makes a financial case for reallocating the money currently …

Choice between rail or pipelines a false argument

By Janet Keeping, Leader of the Green Party of Alberta The facts are widely known: early Saturday morning October 19, 13 CN train cars de-railed near Gainford, a small Alberta settlement west of Edmonton. The cars carrying propane caught fire and there was at least one explosion. Both the CN line and Route 16 – …