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 ...
PROVINCE SHOULD ENSURE REVIEWS OF CHILD DEATHS SHOULD BE BOTH INDEPENDENT PUBLIC; CALLS TO EXPAND MANDATE AND RESOURCES OF CHILD New Democrat Human Services critic Rachel Notley calls on the government to delegate all child fatality reviews to the Child and Youth Advocate to ensure that all deaths and serious injuries of children who have received government care can be fully transparent and accountable.
EDMONTON – “The only way this government can improve public trust in this broken system is to ensure that all fatalities or serious injury of children in care are reviewed by an independent body and released to the public. This PC government plans do neither to address the fundamental problems with this review system.”
New Democrat Human Services critic Rachel Notley was responding to a letter yesterday from the Child Intervention System Improvement Implementation Oversight Committee. The letter made several recommendations to the Minister of Human Services, which included plans for an internal fatality review process that may or may not be made public.
“We have heard this go
FOIP DOCUMENTS SHOW STAFF AT MISERICORDIA HOSPITAL FORCED TO REGULARLY IMPLEMENT OVER CAPACITY PROTOCOL Edmonton, AB—Today, the New Democrats released documents obtained through the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) detailing how the Misericordia Hospital is forced to trigger its Over Capacity Protocol as many as 19 times per week.
According to FOIP documents, the Over Capacity Protocol is enacted when the site is over capacity at the time of a bed call. A bed call is made two to three times a day. The over-capacity numbers mean that patients either have no bed, are placed on a gurney, or there is no staffing for the bed.
“What we have learned from these documents is the problems at the Misericordia Hospital are not just centered on infrastructure. We know this hospital is crumbling thanks to inaction by this PC government, but these numbers tell us that the hospital is constantly over-utilized and unfortunately it’s the patients and staff who suffer,” said NDP Health critic David Eggen.
Since the beginning of 2
AISH APPEALS TRIPLE AS GOVERNMENT DENIES HALF OF APPLICATIONS PCs ABANDONING VULNERABLE ALBERTANS EDMONTON – New Democrat Human Services critic Rachel Notley says that the PC government is abandoning vulnerable Albertans, with the numbers of Albertans appealing their application for Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) tripling since this time last year.
“It is unbelievable that in one year, the number of applicants who are waiting to have their appeals heard has tripled,” Notley said. “These are extremely vulnerable Albertans—Albertans that this PC government promised to protect. These numbers show that’s just not happening.”
Human Services Minister Manmeet Bhullar says that the initial denial rate for AISH applications is 50%. The government’s own appeals body has an overturn rate of 35% for the minority of cases that go to appeal.
Notley says that the initial denial rate is also extremely concerning.
"Of every Albertan that applies to receive AISH, this government turns away half. Every y
NDP PRESENTS PETITION WITH OVER 26,000 NAMES TO HAVE BIG OIL AND GAS REMOVED FROM ALBERTA EDUCATION CURRICULUM REDEVELOPMENT A petition with 26,000 signatures calling on the Alberta Education Minister to bar corporate involvement in grade school curriculum redesign will be tabled in the Legislature on Wednesday, April 9 by NDP Opposition education critic Deron Bilous.
EDMONTON – Today, Alberta's New Democrat Education Critic Deron Bilous, along with concerned teachers, parents and students, presented more than 26,000 names on a petition to Alberta Education to remove big oil and gas from curriculum redevelopment.
“It was only a few weeks ago that we, and consequently, all Albertans learned about this PC government’s plan to give big oil and gas a major seat at the table to develop K-3 curriculum and beyond. The outrage has been deafening,” said Bilous. “In that short time thousands of concerned Albertans have signed a petition opposing this incredulous position by the PC government.”
According to Alberta Education documents, several oil and gas co