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 ...
Notley releases statement on Associate Minister Bhardwaj’s resignation from Cabinet EDMONTON – Today, New Democrat Leader Rachel Notley responded to an announcement that Associate Minister Naresh Bhardwaj would resign his cabinet position amid serious allegations.
“These are serious allegations.
Yesterday, we called on the Premier to remove Naresh Bhardwaj from Cabinet. We believe today’s decision was appropriate.
However, by relying on the PC party to investigate members of the PC party, Mr. Prentice is failing to ensure that the interests of Albertans come before the interests of the PC party.
This is not merely an internal party matter and Mr. Prentice’s failure to recognize that is troubling.
We are calling on Jim Prentice to direct his party to forward all documentation and evidence to the RCMP so they can consider these allegations. Investigating a potentially criminal matter themselves, behind closed doors, is not adequate.
When the NDP questioned the government about this on Thursday, the Attorney General
Notley releases statement on allegations against Associate Minister Bhardwaj EDMONTON – Today in Question Period, New Democrat Leader Rachel Notley questioned the PC government on their plans to respond to serious allegations against PC MLA and cabinet minister Naresh Bhardwaj involving bribery.
“While unproven, the allegations against Associate Minister Bhardwaj are extremely serious and could amount to a breach of the criminal code. Today, I asked the Premier to take leadership by asking the member to step aside pending the outcome of the allegations and the completion of any potential investigations.
“As the actions alleged could amount to a breach of the criminal code, I also asked the Minister of Justice to commit to appointing a special prosecutor to ensure transparency in any investigation that might occur as a result of these allegations.”
Hollow Promises: New CRH Hospital Units Remain Empty LETHBRIDGE – Two new shelled-in inpatient units at Chinook Regional Hospital remain just that – empty shells. Internal documents released by the NDP reveal that the PCs are dragging their feet when it comes to outfitting these units.
“Each day that ticks by, no one in the PCs is standing up for Lethbridge,” said NDP Leader Rachel Notley. “The units exist, but they remain empty – as the population and bed demand in Lethbridge continue to grow. The government needs to act now.”
The documents show that there is a bed shortage in Lethbridge and the units need to be outfitted to maintain acceptable occupancy rates.
“Our community is thriving – and with that means increased use of public services. The PC Government has built the building, but they stopped there,” said NDP Lethbridge-West Candidate Shannon Phillips. “It doesn’t make sense – it’s like a brand new car with no engine under the hood.&rdqu
PCs pat themselves on the back prematurely EDMONTON – The PCs appear to have announced plans to build more seniors spaces, and then held a congratulatory press conference announcing how many more seniors care spaces they’d built – before a single one even left the drawing board.
“It’s like starting a New Year’s resolution and saying “I did it!” on January 2nd,” said NDP Seniors Critic David Eggen. “They’ve assembled a mish-mash of numbers for this announcement that make their totals less than credible. This government has been failing to meet the needs of seniors for decades. Now as an election approaches, they are covering up their failings with hasty congratulatory announcements.”
Right now, hundreds of seniors are being cared for in acute care beds, because the proper space is not available in the community. This serious lack of long-term care beds in Alberta has led to dangerous capacity issues in emergency rooms across the