How Danielle Smith Became Premier – And What It Means for Alberta

Danielle Smith is the new leader of the United Conservative Party and premier of Alberta. She is a well-known politician and media personality, but who actually is she?

The Need for More Voices in the Public Sphere for Albertans

Join Acting Leader Jacquie Fenske of the Alberta Party for a conversation about the need for a choice in Alberta politics.

The People’s Party of Canada: What is their Vision for Canada – and Alberta?

Freedom, Responsibility, Fairness and Respect are the principles that guide and inform the policies of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC).

Private health care for Alberta: efficiency, effectiveness and equity?

The question of the role of the private sector in providing health care in Canada is both complex and politically charged.

Alberta's Future: A Virtual Conversation with Rachel Notley

Alberta is in the midst of a generational economic shift as we face the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we look ahead to the post-pandemic recovery, it is time for Albertans to come together to overcome the economic challenges we face as a province.

Brexit: No hiding place for the UK Government

What does Brexit really mean? The UK government’s ‘global Britain’ aspiration, and future UK-EU relations, both political and commercial, is considered.

What did the 2020 US Election Results tell us about American Voters?

In the recent US election on Nov 3, Americans voted at their highest rate in 120 years. In the vote for President, Democratic challenger Joe Biden accumulated more than 77 million votes, while Republican incumbent Donald Trump received over 72 million votes – the most and second-most in US history.

Did anyone win the 2019 Canadian federal election?

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party retained power in a close-run federal election. The Liberals won 157 seats and 33% of the popular vote, enough to retain power in a minority parliament.

Many Albertans are unhappy with Federal Policies: Is it Time for Alberta to renegotiate its Relationship with Canada?

Ideally, Albertans seek a modern Canadian federated state with collaborative politics, internal free trade and an equal voice for all citizens.

Are Women Premiers in Canada less likely to be Re-Elected than Men?

With the UCP gaining power in Alberta’s recent provincial election, Jason Kenney became premier of Alberta and for the first time since 2008, no women preside over a Canadian provincial or territorial legislature.

Money, Power and Poverty: What Harms are done by those at the Top of Society versus those at the Bottom?

It can be argued there are Polite Crimes versus Impolite Crimes, Visible Crimes versus Invisible Crimes, and Crimes we can openly discuss, versus Crimes that cannot be discussed.

Is there a Critical Shortage of First Responders in Rural Alberta?

Ambulance service in Alberta is a borderless system designed to respond as needed, with urban areas using rural ambulances during shortages, and in turn helping those communities when shortages occur.

Alberta Politics, Budgets and Pipelines – the Alberta Party Perspective

The Alberta Party is a political movement dedicated to transforming government through citizen engagement. Instead of representing a particular segment of the traditional political spectrum, the Alberta Party seeks out the best ideas regardless of whether they are perceived to be from the left or the right.

Should Canada Adopt a Guaranteed Annual Income?

Basic income in Canada has been debated since at least the 1930s during the Social Credit movement, but as in other parts of the western world, the discussion has increased during the last decades.

Is Canada Likely to get Trumped during the Current NAFTA Negotiations?

In 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into effect, creating one of the world’s largest free trade zones at that time and arguably laying the foundations for strong economic growth and rising prosperity for Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Alberta Politics, Budgets and Pipelines – Premier Rachel Notley's Perspective

The Honourable Premier Rachel Notley has graciously made herself available to Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs (SACPA) for a speaking event.

Reflections on Land Use in Alberta

The speaker will discuss some of the Alberta Governments tensions, balances, successes, and failures, of managing, conserving, and using the natural resources, wildlife, and lands of Alberta.

Should Affordable Early Learning and Child Care Centre's be Widely Available to Alberta Families?

In April 2017, Alberta announced Phase 1 of the Early Learning and Child Care Centres (ELCC) pilot program capping fees at 22 quality child care centres at $25 per day per child.

Uniting Alberta's Wildrose and PC Parties: What are the Obstacles?

Former MP and federal Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney became the new leader of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative (PC) Party on March 18, 2017.

Electoral Reform: Are Canadians Ready to Replace the First Past the Post System?

Presently, federal elections in Canada use the first past the post (FPTP) system where the candidate with the most votes in a riding becomes its Member of Parliament.

Wildrose has a Different Vision for Alberta

Alberta’s official opposition has criticized the recent provincial NDP budget, expressing concern about the huge anticipated provincial deficit. They have called for cuts to provincial staff levels and some programs.

ENGAGE – A Conversation with Albertans

Early in April the Alberta Progressive Conservative Caucus launched an initiative, “ENGAGE – A Conversation with Albertans”. ENGAGE will invite Albertans into a conversation about budget, finances and where our province is heading.

Is Trudeaumania Once More Alive and Well in Canada?

When the Liberal Party won the 1968 Canadian election, Pierre Elliot Trudeau rode a popular personal wave called “Trudeaumania” to victory.

Federal Election Forum for Lethbridge

The October 19, 2015 Federal Election promises to be an interesting contest. The SACPA forum will be conducted using both formulated and audience questions.

The Canadian Senate: To Be or Not To Be?

Many Canadian provinces used to have upper chambers, known as provincial legislative councils; the last one to be abolished was Quebec’s in 1968.

Politics vs. Policy: The Root Causes of Controversial Legislation

Since first coming to office in 2006, and especially since obtaining a majority in the 2011 federal election, the Conservative government of Stephen Harper has steadfastly adopted a range of controversial policies on such things as climate change, crime, drugs, Aboriginal issues, electoral reform, information access, military procurement, statistics, surveillance, taxes, and more recently prostitution.

Energy superpower or pipeline poverty? That is the question

Studies of Canada’s economy largely demonstrate that Canada’s economic well-being will be reliant on natural resource production, use, and export for decades to come.

The Federal Governments Proposed Fair Elections Act: How Fair Is It?

Canada’s election laws may be about to change. A major government bill, the Fair Elections Act, is working its way through the House of Commons but has proven controversial.

Changes to the Federal Governments Urban Aboriginal Strategy: What are the Options for the Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge?

The federal government announced it will consolidate four programs into two on Feb 6, 2013 and provide more support to the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) for the delivery of programs.

Burning Issues Facing Albertans from an Opposition MLA's Perspective

The Alberta Liberal Party has since April, 2012 observed Alberta’s Conservative Government struggle through many controversies including the delivery of health care and several other hot button issues including resource management.

Developing a First Nations Education Act in Canada: A good idea or misguided legislation?

(Special Session in partnership with the Lethbridge Public Library) Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Venue: Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery, Main Branch, 810 – 5th Ave.

Workplace pensions a thing of the past: Will the first generation to enjoy retirement security also be the last?

In the fall of 2013, Alberta’s Finance Minister Doug Horner announced major changes to the pension plans Alberta’s frontline workers in health care, education, emergency services, cities, towns, colleges, and universities pay into.

Cuts to Post-Secondary Education in Alberta

Alberta’s March 7 provincial budget featured a seven percent cut to basic operational grants for post-secondary institutions, compounded by revocation of an earlier promise of a 2% increase.

Why does federal politics remain the domain of men?

Despite the growing gender balance in provincial premiers, elected politics remains the domain of men. According to the 2012 Global Gender Gap Report, Canadian women’s position in politics is 20% of men’s.

Is it Justifiable for Governments to Muzzle Publicly Funded Scientists?

Increasingly, the federal Government has been tightening its leash on its scientists and science in general. For instance, most publicly funded research must now have an industrial component.

Should the Recent Scandals in the Canadian Senate be a Catalyst for Reform of the Upper Chamber?

The Parliament of Canada has two houses, the elected lower house (the House of Commons) and the appointed upper house (the Senate).

Why is Disparity Running Rampant in Alberta?

Alberta is blessed with abundant and lucrative natural resources. The province is uniquely positioned to lead the nation in quality of life and wellbeing.

Alberta's Health Inquiry: Can Public Trust be Restored?

During January’s Alberta Health Services (AHS) Preferential Access Inquiry in Calgary it was revealed that private patients jumped the line for taxpayer-funded cancer screening tests, thereby prompting a review of how AHS work with private clinics.

Is it time to Reconsider the Indian Act?

Part 1 of the Audio of this speech is available courtesy of an audience member here: http://snd.sc/XHjXez NOTICE OF SPECIAL SESSION

Why Will Albertans be Facing a Deficit in the Next Budget?

Premier Alison Redford has given Albertans to understand that there will be some belt tightening and cuts in the next Provincial budget expected later this winter.

Proposed Federal Constituency Boundary Changes: Are They Fair?

SPECIAL SESSION TUESDAY FEBRUARY 19 at NOON at Country Kitchen Catering A government-appointed commission’s latest ideas were put forth recently following a series of public hearings in the fall.

Are Urgent and Pressing Medicare Issues Facing Albertans in 2013?

Some may think medicare issues have gone away with the election of a more liberal Tory Premier. Are things going just fine with health care in Alberta?

Climate and Energy: Does Canada need an Energy Strategy?

Energy drives life. Energy use has been a great advantage to our species. However, we are moving toward a compelling predicament as our societies thrive and our population grows.

Canada's Democratic Deficit: Is it Systemic and Can it be Fixed?

It has not been uncommon to hear people decry the democratic deficit in Canada. Former Prime Minister Paul Martin defined a democratic deficit as MPs having, among other things, very limited independence.

The Historical Evolution of U.S. Federal Elections: What is the Trend?

By looking at three historically significant eras in American history, the speaker will contextualize the 2012 US election and relate to how these eras shaped the results.

A New Alberta: Is It Prime Time to Change the Culture of Political Entitlement?

With a provincial election imminent, the leader of the official provincial opposition will suggest and discuss the changes we arguably need in Alberta if we are to meet the challenges facing us on many fronts.

Will Economic Strategy be Paramount in Shaping Alberta's Future?

A new report challenges Albertans to consider recommendations that focus on the province’s long-term prosperity by realizing the full potential of Alberta’s energy resources and broadening its economic base.

Will Alberta's New Premier Seek Broad Political Cooperation ?

Alberta’s political leaders have long cast themselves as the tough-talking lone wolf, eager to take on foes in Ottawa and around the world.

What Are the Political Aftershocks Following the 2011 Federal Election Earthquake?

The 2011 election saw many interesting developments. The Conservatives winning a majority was the immediate story, but the long-term story was one of party realignment.

Federal Election Forum

7-9pm in the Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery

Can the Alberta Party be a Viable Alternative in Provincial Politics?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 7 – 9 pm At Country Kitchen Catering (Lower level of The Keg) 1715 Mayor Magrath Dr.

Why Political Revival in Alberta?

The historically low voter turnout at Alberta'’s general election last year is cause for concern about the health of democracy in our province.

Have Albertans Given the Stelmach Government a Free Ride?

Only 41% of registered voters actually voted in Alberta’s last general election in March this year – an historical low for the province.

Federal Election Forum

Worried about gas prices, food costs and the credit crunch? Will health care be affordable in our old-age? Who do you trust to look after our interests and our country?

Federal Election 2008: Will the Liberal Party Survive?

Recent polls suggest another minority government in Canada after the October 14th vote, albeit the demographics of Parliament may change. Initially, environmental issues were high on the campaign agenda, arguably for good reason.

Key Issues Facing Alberta

Largely because of increasing global oil shortages, Alberta’s economy continues to boom. But what is happening to our quality of life?

The North American Competitiveness Council – Misplaced Power Rising?

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex.

The North American Competitiveness Council – Misplaced Power Rising?

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex.

Parliament''s Review of Judicial Appointments

Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein made history this week by becoming the first nominee to the Supreme Court of Canada to appear before an all-party parliamentary committee to answer questions at a public hearing.

Parliament''s Review of Judicial Appointments

Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein made history this week by becoming the first nominee to the Supreme Court of Canada to appear before an all-party parliamentary committee to answer questions at a public hearing.