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 ...
Class sizes balloon while PCs refuse to add teachers
EDMONTON –New Democrat Leader Rachel Notley pointed to recent data collected by the Alberta Teacher’s Association that shows class sizes across the province have ballooned over the last 5 years, some by over 23%.
“This new data shows what families have been telling us for years. Schools are overcrowded and under-resourced and students are not getting the one-on-one attention they need and the problem is getting worse,” said Notley.
The data compares current class sizes across Alberta to class sizes five years ago. Some of the most dramatic increases include a 23.6% increase to grade 10-12 class sizes in Calgary School District and an 18% increase in K-3 class sizes in Lethbridge School District.
“When these increases are paired with the reduction in supports for special needs children, it becomes clear that the learning environment in our classrooms is deteriorating,” said Notley.
“Teachers are doing
PC flood announcements step in right direction, but questions remain about preparedness CALGARY - Joe Ceci, the New Democrat candidate for Calgary-Fort, said he was encouraged the PCs were starting to take steps to deal with the province's flood infrastructure deficit but remains concerned about the government's preparedness in the wake of a damning report from the Province's Auditor General.
"We have received no indication from Mr. Prentice and his government that any of the criticisms in the report have been addressed," said Ceci, referencing a critical report from AG Merwan Saher regarding the government's processes for flooding.
"Flood infrastructure is so crucial to protecting our homes, businesses and community but these announcements can do more harm than good if they're based on outdated information and little oversight."
In early March, Alberta's Auditor General, Merwan Saher, said the government has weak processes for identifying flood hazard zones in the province and is unable to accurately determine if pro
Notley introduces Private Members’ Bill to promote value-added, fair resource royalties EDMONTON – New Democrat Leader Rachel Notley has introduced a Private Members’ Bill to promote full and fair resource royalties in Alberta and encourage the creation of sustainable jobs by upgrading natural resources in the province.
“It’s time for the PC fire sale of our resources to be put to the test. Natural resources belong to all of us and the government has a responsibility to ensure that Albertans are getting the very best value for resources that we own,” said Notley.
Bill 209, the “Resource Owners Rights Act” (Commission to Safeguard Albertans’ Interests in Natural Resources Act), would establish an independent commission that would evaluate the long-term sustainable management of natural resources including royalty rates and upgrading raw resources to keep jobs in Alberta.
The commission would be required to report to Albertans annually on their return on royalties and on the proportion of resou
Pilot program expansion not enough to address mental health care crisis: Notley EDMONTON- Today, Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley highlighted the PC government’s hypocrisy in announcing mental health resources for students while school support service funding is actually being cut.
“This is political tokenism in the face to services for special needs students. Expanding this small pilot program ignores the much bigger issues and does not scratch the surface of what is actually needed,” Notley said.
According to the 2014 Gap-Map on Alberta Youth and Mental Health, 37 per cent of Alberta youth diagnosed with mood disorders and psychosis were more likely to return to the ER than youth with other diagnoses, and that most youth do not receive follow-up care or referral to a specialist. This means that youth that are identified as high-needs through the EMPATHY program are still being shuttled into a health care system that isn’t equipped to help them.
“The PCs are giving a little bit with one hand while taking so much more with th