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 NDP LEADER BRIAN MASON ON HUMAN RIGHTS FOR INDIAN PRISONERS EDMONTON - Today, the Alberta New Democrats urged Premier Redford to advocate for human rights on her trip to India. We share the concerns of Alberta’s Punjabi community about the treatment of prisoners detained under counterinsurgency laws in India.
“As Premier Redford leaves for India, she needs to keep in mind the concerns of over 4,000 Albertans who have signed a petition calling on the government to raise this issue during her visit and support the permanent release of any political prisoners being held past the end of their sentence,” said NDP Leader Brian Mason.
In December, Punjabi activist Gurbaksh Singh went on a 44-day hunger strike in an attempt to raise awareness about political prisoners in India.
The Alberta New Democrats urge the Premier to represent the Alberta Punjabi community and to speak out for human rights in India.
QUEUE-JUMPING FOR FLU VACCINE FOLLOWS PC MISMANAGEMENT OF CRISIS: MASON EDMONTON – Today, New Democrat Leader Brian Mason said that the government must put a stop to queue-jumping for the flu vaccine, as London Drugs stores in Calgary have been providing the vaccine for a $20 fee.
“It’s unacceptable for the PC government to allow a pharmacy to sell a life-saving vaccine to those who can afford it, while other Albertans have been unable to find a place to get vaccinated because of supply issues,” said Mason. “This is classic two-tier health care, where those who can pay jump the queue and those who can’t wait in long lines because the Minister and AHS haven’t provided adequate services or adequate supply.”
Health Minister Fred Horne created a weekend “flu frenzy” following a hastily-organized news conference last Friday urging all Albertans to get vaccinated. Many pharmacies did not have the vaccine and the two public health clinics that were open saw long lines throughout the weekend.
STATEMENT FROM NDP LEADER BRIAN MASON ON SHERRY McKIBBEN EDMONTON - New Democrat Leader Brian Mason released the following statement on the passing of Sherry McKibben:
"Sherry was a strong and compassionate woman whose commitment to people was visible throughout her career. During our work together representing Ward 3 on Edmonton City Council, I was deeply impressed by Sherry's intelligence and work ethic.
"Sherry made an important contribution to Alberta's New Democrats. She served as the president of the party, represented the party as a candidate in two provincial elections and worked as Chief of Staff for the NDP caucus."
"On behalf of the Alberta New Democrats, I extend my sincere condolences to her family and her friends."
ALBERTA NDP OPPOSITION RELEASES URBAN DRILLING POLICY, CONTINUES OPPOSITION TO GOLDENKEY PROJECT LETHBRIDGE, A.B. – Standing in a library two kilometres from a proposed new urban drilling project, New Democrat Leader Brian Mason released the NDP’s position on urban drilling and the Goldenkey application in Lethbridge, saying that the PC government needs to stand up for Alberta families and support a ban on drilling in all urban areas.
“The PCs have always moved at a breakneck speed when it comes to approving oil and gas development in this province, but when that endangers families and communities, it’s obviously past time to slow down,” said Mason. “We need this government to stand up for Alberta families—not to speed ahead with oil and gas development within municipal boundaries before their urban drilling policy has even seen the light of day.”
The NDP is calling:
For the PCs to ban all drilling in urban areas.
For the PCs to finally undertake an independent, scientific review of fracking, its impact on water q