The Green Party of Alberta votes for a new leader in Red Deer later this week – on Saturday, November 4th. To give party members and the general public a better idea of what the five leadership candidates stand for, the GPA’s Leadership Campaign Committee has posed a different question to them each week in the lead-up to the vote.
Here is this week’s question – the sixth and final in the series:
What is your vision for an Alberta governed by Green principles?
The candidates were given a 150-word limit for their written answers and were also asked to submit a video on this topic.
Here are the responses from the five candidates for leadership of the GPA:
Having an overarching respect for our citizens and our planet combined with an economic model (Doughnut Economics) that intrinsically weaves our policies into actionable plans is what I see as our Green Alberta government.
This cohesive path will allow all of us, government and citizens to steer our future together. With understanding and clarity that currently eludes us. We need all our assets to have belonging and purpose for our shared successes. It will not be us against them, it will be us for all of us.
It is difficult to condense this answer into 150 words.
My vision for an Alberta governed by a Green Party is:
A science-based path forward as we develop the province’s non- renewable resources.
An economy based on value-added products, with small business as its most important driving force.
A province in which first-past-the-post is nothing but a distant memory.
A provincial government that works with and cooperates with all levels of Government.
We must restructure the tax base for municipal governments. They only receive 10% of the tax base yet maintain 80 percent of the infrastructure.
We must provide free education to all Albertans through to university.
As the indigenous population is the fastest growing segment of Alberta’s population, we must supplement the federal government’s payments to their school education system.
We must work toward a sustainable Agriculture driven by small farms’.
So much more…
Reconciliation as a driving force in all aspects of what we do as a society.
Self-sufficiency, resilience, as a province (food, energy, health, education, social care). Not an elimination of trade, but an elimination of dependency on trade.
Zero poverty. Make sure that everyone has enough. Most likely including some form of Basic Income. Universal dental & pharmacare. Zero student-debt post-secondary education. “Need before greed.”
Employment/business diversity, with emphasis on locally-owned, and worker co-operative, business development.
Accountability for corporations, including executives and shareholders, for traditionally “externalized” costs. (The most notable being site cleanups and remediation for resource extraction. E.g., abandoned oil wells, tailings ponds.)
Participatory democracy. Practices of governance that prioritize broad engagement of the people affected by the decisions being made. Elected officials’ roles shifting from being the decision makers to being the facilitators of inclusive decision making by their communities.
We’ll keep Alberta moving towards a sustainable and just society. We’ll work towards greater respect for our diversity and rich heritage, and respect for indigenous peoples.
Our communities, economy, society and environment will be more sustainable. There is a role for everyone to play in this, from government, to industry, people from all ethnic or cultural backgrounds, genders, interest groups, and all political stripes.
Our energy sector will diversify our energy portfolio, to include clean, renewable energies, and value-added petrochemical products from bitumen processed here in Alberta. Governments will invest in solar, wind, and geothermal installments. Communities will take a greater role in the responsible stewardship of our lands, water and air. Cities, towns, country-sides and resource regions will have amenities, natural places, and greener transport options that will make Alberta an attractive place to live, work and play.
This is Alberta’s heritage; in our diversity we are strong.
Alberta is captivating. However, recognizing our rich culture and potential is something that Albertans have had trouble with for the better part of the last few decades. As Alberta grows, I have observed an alarming trend to compare our growth with other provinces. Worse yet, I often see an unnecessary comparison of Calgary and Edmonton to cities like Ottawa and Vancouver. This type of thinking, in my opinion, is counter intuitive. Not only is it a bit inappropriate to compare our relatively new cities to port and heritage cities, it is not needed for Alberta’s success. Alberta must tap into its innate nature if we are striving for greatness.
Rather than allegiance to a political dogma, Greens hold dedication to the green principles. Greens will embrace the unique needs of Alberta and deliver the principles to practice. A green Alberta will be a province of independence, diversity, and beauty.
For further information on the candidates go to greenpartyofalberta.ca/candidates/
Contact information for the candidates:
Romy Tittel; Romy@procad.com; (403) 608-1380
James Friesen; firstname.lastname@example.org; (780) 978-1874
Brian Deheer; email@example.com; (780) 623-4754
Marco Reid; firstname.lastname@example.org; (403) 860-1173
Grant Neufeld; email@example.com; (403) 630-7615
For information on the GPA generally, go to www.greenpartyofalberta.ca or contact the GPA president or current leader:
Janet Keeping: firstname.lastname@example.org, 403-383-1356
Carl Svoboda: email@example.com, 403-282-3863, 403-804-6869