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 ...
STATEMENT FROM MASON ON WEST-EAST PIPELINE EDMONTON– In response to the announcement that Trans-Canada is seeking proposals to build a west-to-east pipeline, New Democrat leader Brian Mason issued the following statement:
“In principle, I’m supportive of the idea of a pipeline carrying Alberta products from western Canada to the rest of the country. I hope that the project will make the creation of positive economic growth for Albertans and Canadians a top priority.
“The New Democrats support pipelines for upgraded product, and we would place a first priority on seeing Alberta’s bitumen upgraded here in Alberta. However, there is certainly great potential to upgrade some of Alberta’s bitumen in other parts of Canada.”
For more information contact:
Adrienne King, Director of Communications and Research, 780-916-3937 or Adrienne.King@assembly.ab.ca
NOTLEY: “ARM’S LENGTH” REGULATOR BEGINS WITH AN INSIDE JOB EDMONTON – New Democrat Environment critic Rachel Notley called the appointment of Gerry Protti, founding President of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), to the role of Chair for the new Alberta Energy Regulator shocking evidence of the new regulator’s pro-industry mandate.
“I am appalled by this inside job appointment,” said Notley. “The Redford government isn’t doing itself any favours with this embarrassing post—it unravels the entire yarn they’ve been trying to sell the world about their commitment to responsible resource development and environmental protection.”
The new Regulator and Chair will be responsible for all environmental oversight of oil, gas and other energy development, including the administration of penalties for offences. In an internal memo announcing Protti’s appointment, Energy Minister Ken Hughes says that Protti is “no stranger to the oil and gas industry.
NOTLEY STATEMENT ON HEALTH CARE PREFERENTIAL ACCESS INQUIRY EDMONTON—Following final submissions for the Preferential Access Inquiry, New Democrat Deputy Leader Rachel Notley issued the following statement:
“This should not have been the final day of the hearing. The Commissioner made it very clear that he wanted more time and wanted to call more witnesses. Instead the government gave him more time to write his report, but blocked his ability gather more evidence. Sadly, all this does is underscore the fact that this inquiry was really just a political exercise for this government.
“When Justice Vertes began to uncover information that might actually have led to something, the government put a stop to it. Much of the evidence suggests that there is queue-jumping within our system and that much of that queue-jumping is a direct result of this government’s decision to welcome private clinics, allowing wealthy Albertans to have access to faster care. That is the piece of information tha
STATEMENT FROM MASON ON PASSING OF FORMER PREMIER RALPH KLEIN EDMONTON— New Democrat leader Brian Mason released the following statement on the passing of former Alberta Premier Ralph Klein:
“I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the Klein family and most especially to Mrs. Klein. I served for six years with Ralph and remember him as a tough competitor on the other side of the aisle.
"Premier Klein undoubtedly made a major contribution to our province. The far-reaching political changes brought by Ralph Klein transformed the politics of the province and their effects will continue to be felt for decades. His folksy charm made him well-loved by many Albertans."
For more information contact:
Adrienne King, Communications Coordinator, 780-916-3937 or Adrienne.King@assembly.ab.ca