The Alberta New Democratic Party or Alberta NDP is a social-democratic political party in Alberta, Canada, which was originally founded as the Alberta section of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. From the mid-1980s to 2004, the party abbreviated its name as the "New Democrats" (ND).
In the 2012 provincial election the NDP picked up two new seats in Edmonton, regaining their previous 4 seat total. Both Rachel Notley and Brian Mason safely held onto their seats while David Eggen was re-elected as the member for Edmonton-Calder. Newcomer Deron Bilous was also elected in Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview, the seat formerly held by Martin. In many other ridings the party also managed to win more votes than they had been able to attain previously.
Leader: Brian Mason
Alberta's NDP says it's time to bury $2 billion in carbon capture and storage tests and reallocate the remaining funds to projects that matter.
Party leader Brian Mason says he would use the unspent $400 million on initiatives such as interest-free loans for green home retrofits.
Tory Leader Alison Redford has said she doesn't plan on pursuing carbon capture and storage once current test projects are complete.
Other NDP environmental promises in the runup to the April 23 election include setting hard deadlines for cleaning up oilsands tailings ponds and making oil companies pay the ...
CALGARY — The Alberta NDP released a new health care reportonthe 1st Februaryweekend.
The report, called "What People Want," is the result of public hearings the NDP held in seven communities across the province last fall.
The 37-page report touches on two main themes the NDP says Albertans feel are crippling the health care system: a shortage of long-term care beds and the effects of that shortage such as increased wait times.
The report also includes 37 recommendations.
It will be handed out to every MLA just ahead of the legislature reconvening this week.
NDP Leader Brian Mason ...
EDMONTON- Alberta's opposition parties joined Wednesday to argue against what they say is an unfair allotment of time in question period.
Earlier this week, Speaker Ken Kowalski assigned the number of questions each political party can expect to ask during daily question period.
Under the terms of the letter, the NDP and Wildrose Alliance would both get two questions. But their second questions come as either the 17th or 18th questions of the day.
According to the Wildrose, those questions get asked less than 63 per cent of the time because of time constraints.
While the minutiae of ...
NDP call on PCs to cap the number of children allowed in foster homes
EDMONTON – Today, NDP Human Services critic, Rachel Notley, called on the PC government to put limits on the number of children who can be placed with one foster family after a Children’s Advocate investigation described loopholes the government is using to approve foster homes that have up to nine children in the home.
“In 2008 the government’s own internal review recommended that a limit be imposed on the number of children who can be in a foster home,” Notley said. “That same year, the PCs promised they would implement the measure. Now we are hearing about yet another broken promise to vulnerable Albertans.”
According to the Advocate’s report, the government’s policy limiting the number of children in a foster home excludes birth children and children in respite care so they are not counted toward the total. The Advocate therefore did not review this issue any further and made no recommendations
Alberta’s NDP call for a public inquiry into the Auditor General’s findings EDMONTON –Alberta’s NDP opposition is calling for a public inquiry into the misuse of government aircraft by cabinet ministers and senior staff.
“We found three examples where only partisan business occurred and we could not identify any government business from Premier Redford’s schedule that occurred at those locations,” said the Auditor General in his report released today.
“The Auditor General found that a flight to Grand Prairie carrying nine MLAs - including members of cabinet - was used explicitly for non-government business, specifically, Progressive Conservative party business” said NDP MLA Deron Bilous.
The Alberta Government flight manifest from October 25, 2012. by Alberta NDP
When confronted with questions about the PC Party Fundraiser during the Grande Prairie trip, then Ministers Hancock, Horner, Horne and Denis said again that this trip was government business. Now the Auditor Ge
NDP challenges Tory leadership candidates to commit to public inquiry EDMONTON – Alberta’s NDP is challenging all three PC leadership candidates to commit to a full public inquiry and the results need to be made public before the next election.
“All three PC candidates have publicly committed to openness, transparency and respect for public dollars. Now it’s time for them to put their money where their mouths are,” Bilous said.
“The only way we will get to the bottom of this issue and find out who was involved is if we allow an independent body to go through the information and come to an impartial conclusion.”
The Auditor General’s report, released yesterday raises more questions than it answers. It shines light on abuse of government assets by a number of Tory MLAs, including nine who were used a government plane to get to or from a PC Leadership dinner.
Those MLAs are: former Premier Alison Redford, Wayne Drysdale, Fred Horne, Everett McDonald, Wayne Cao, Christine Cusanelli
Nominations close for Leadership 2014; New Democrats continue proactive financial disclosure EDMONTON - Nominations for the leadership of the Alberta New Democrats closed yesterday, with three candidates officially in the race: David Eggen, Rod Loyola and Rachel Notley.
"This is an extremely exciting time for the Alberta New Democrats," said Provincial Secretary Brian Stokes. "People across this province are engaged and excited to see a vibrant, real alternative to conservative entitlement."
The New Democrats also released information about the leadership candidates' fundraising up to the end of July, as part of a commitment to proactive financial disclosure and transparency. The disclosure statement is available here.