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For The Record: Will Carnegie on the UCP

Statement

December 19, 2019

FOR THE RECORD: WILL CARNEGIE ON THE DROPPING POPULARITY OF THE UCP

Albertans who voted for Jason Kenney in our last election have come to see the truth. With 20% of UCP voters now disapproving of the UCP government’s performance, it’s clear that voters are starting to understand that these conservatives are not the conservatives they thought they were voting for. In fact, they aren’t conservatives at all.

In what is truly one of the largest upsets in Alberta’s history, the conservative party was hijacked by a leader with foreign interests in mind. A man who fights incredibly hard to make Albertans think that he is fighting for us. With his Republican-America style politics, he tricked Albertans into believing that he was Alberta’s saviour. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

We in Alberta have elected a weasel in wolf’s clothing. The premier yells loud and clear that he is here to support Albertans, while at the same time slashing funding for our healthcare, our education, our infrastructure – and then, hijacking the pensions of thousands of Albertans to purchase a pipeline.

Premier Kenney has provided absolutely nothing to Canadians or to Albertans, except longer wait times at hospitals, reduced public services, reduced funding of our police, fire, and Emergency response service, and outright removing promised funding for infrastructure and transit projects to our cities – killing thousands of jobs.

On the other hand, when it comes to multinational corporations, he has spared no expense and shown them love, even if that love hasn’t been returned. Kenney has given tax breaks to multinational corporations to the tune of over 4 billion dollars. He has reduced their tax rate from what was  the lowest in the nation, to 1% lower – and will shave off 3% more by the time our next election rolls around.

Let them eat cake – is seemingly the attitude of our Premier who has decided that Albertans don’t deserve the services that we have paid for. Instead, he has saddled us with an increase of 30% in our debt in his first year, all while slashing needed services. This is an incredible show of his ability to support foreign corporations instead of Albertans.

We should all laud our esteemed leader’s ability to get nothing for something. After dumping billions of dollars from these foreign friends, many of them are cutting jobs, killing projects, and packing up and moving south.

Kenney knows that his real problem in Alberta is the difficulty of extracting our oil and the costs involved. But he also knows that he is going to make some great friends at foreign Corporations, which will help for the time when he’s eventually thrown out of office. Hopefully, that happens before he fleeces all of our finances and redistributes the rest of our wealth and resources to his foreign friends.

It is time to help us end the reign of Jason Kenney – Join us at the Green Party of Alberta.

Visit GreenPartyofAlberta.ca for your membership

For more information, please contact:

Will Carnegie
Interim Leader of the Green Party of Alberta, Candidate of Record in Calgary-East
Phone: 403-973-6035
Email: leader@greenpartyofalberta.ca

Greens say No to TECK

Media Release

December 17, 2019

GREENS SAY NO TO TECK, YES TO CLEAN, GREEN ENERGY

EDMONTON – The Green Party of Alberta says it is imperative that the federal government reject the proposed $20.6 billion open pit mine Frontier project proposed for the oilsands.

“We call upon the newly-elected government to put an end to this harmful project once and for all. It is clear based on the latest World Climate Summit in Madrid, Spain that Canada has virtually no credibility with the world community when it comes to the Climate Emergency,” says Will Carnegie, Interim Leader of the Green Party of Alberta and the party’s Candidate of Record in Calgary-East. “To approve this project would be to destroy our commitments to the Paris Agreement in one fell swoop.”

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Greens Call For Jason Kenneys Resignation

Media Release

December 12, 2019

GREENS CALL FOR JASON KENNEY’S RESIGNATION

EDMONTON – The Green Party of Alberta is calling for the resignation of Jason Kenney.

The province of Alberta is in a decline. Alberta now has the highest youth unemployment rate for males since the early 1980’s – almost 40 years.

The UCP’s provincial budget involves slashing education, healthcare and frontline services to tax paying Albertans. At the same time, new tax cuts have been introduced for large multinational corporations under the guise of ‘trickle-down economics’. These corporations have then gone on to press the delete button on the jobs of thousands of Albertans.

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UCP Jobs Strategy A Proven Failure

Media Release

December 10, 2019

UCP JOBS STRATEGY A PROVEN FAILURE, SAY GREENS

EDMONTON – The Green Party of Alberta says the loss of 18,000 jobs in November proves that the UCP are failing at basic economic management.

“The UCP are creating a recession just so that their corporate friends can get a tax cut,” says Will Carnegie, Interim Leader of the Green Party of Alberta. The employment rate in Alberta is now 7.2%, up .5% from October 2019. “The $4.5 million tax cut to corporations in the fall budget has clearly back-fired as we predicted it would. Corporations do not use tax cuts to hire employees so to expect otherwise is an exercise in fantasy.”

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Health Care Delivery Jeopardized By UCP Nursing Cuts

Media Release

December 3, 2019

HEALTH CARE DELIVERY JEOPARDIZED BY UCP’s NURSING CUTS, SAY GREENS 

EDMONTON – The cutting of at least 750 front-line nurses will put the health care system in Alberta on life support according to the Green Party of Alberta.

Will Carnegie, the GPA’s Interim Leader, calls the action ill-advised and reckless. “Our facilities were already understaffed and this move will mean the health of Albertans will suffer disproportionately. Just at a time when our population is getting older and more vulnerable, the UCP are taking a hatchet to the very workers that are needed most.”Continue reading “Health Care Delivery Jeopardized By UCP Nursing Cuts”

GPA Leadership Race Opens

Media Release

November 25, 2019

GREEN PARTY OF ALBERTA LEADERSHIP RACE OPENS

EDMONTON – It’s now official, the Green Party of Alberta are accepting applications from those wishing to seek the party’s leadership. A deadline of January 28, 2020 has been affixed to the process but those who submit successful applications can begin campaigning immediately.

“This is a great opportunity to help renew our party and the politics of Alberta,” says Will Carnegie, the GPA’s Interim Leader. “The leadership race comes at a time when it is obvious that we as a province need to move beyond the ways of the 20th Century into a new era marked by a shift to a clean, green economy and an inclusive society.”Continue reading “GPA Leadership Race Opens”

Alberta Greens To Adapt Co-Leader Format

Media Release

November 19, 2019

ALBERTA GREENS TO ADAPT CO-LEADER FORMAT

RED DEER – In what is a Canadian first, members of the Green Party of Alberta have voted to create a Co-Leader system of party leadership.

The motion was voted upon at the party’s annual convention in Red Deer and passed with an overwhelming majority. Those speaking in favour of the motion spoke of creating a structure where more diversity can be reflected in leadership and of having two chief spokespersons based on a cooperative model.

In going this route, members of the Green Party of Alberta have followed in the footsteps of the Green Party of New Zealand, Green Party of Sweden, Green Party of Germany, and the Green Party of Austria, who are among the most successful Green parties in the world, with the initial two Green parties currently in national coalition governments in their respective countries.Continue reading “Alberta Greens To Adapt Co-Leader Format”

David Merner To Speak at GPA Convention

Media Release

November 14, 2019

DAVID MERNER TO SPEAK AT GREEN PARTY OF ALBERTA CONVENTION

EDMONTON – Green Party of Canada Justice Critic David Merner will speak at the Green Party of Alberta Convention this coming Saturday, November 16, 2019.

Merner and the Greens finished second in the British Columbia riding of Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke in the recent federal general election, capturing an impressive 26.3% of the popular vote.

Merner earned degrees from Harvard College, the University of Alberta, Oxford University and the University of Toronto, and has been called to the bar in both British Columbia and Ontario. He advised Ministers at the Department of Justice and Privy Council Office in Ottawa for 15 years before moving back to B.C. to help reform the province’s justice system into the most innovative in the world.Continue reading “David Merner To Speak at GPA Convention”

Green Party Convention In Red Deer

Media Release

November 12, 2019

GREEN PARTY GEARS UP FOR PIVOTAL CONVENTION IN RED DEER 

EDMONTON – Members of the Green Party of Alberta will converge in Red Deer this coming Saturday, November 16, 2019 in what promises to be a pivotal convention.

The gathering is the first to feature the Annual General Meeting component since the April 2019 provincial general election and members will be participating in executive elections, vote on constitutional and by-law motions and situate the party for the foreseeable future.

“We’re expecting a very focused, enlivening and high-energy event,” says Will Carnegie, Interim Leader of the Green Party of Alberta and Candidate of Record for Calgary-East. “This is an opportunity for members to take stock of what we need to do as a party to improve our organization.”Continue reading “Green Party Convention In Red Deer”

GPA to UCP: Keep Your Hands Off Pensions

Media Release

November 5, 2019

GREEN PARTY TO UCP: “KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF PENSIONS” 

EDMONTON – This province’s Green Party wants the UCP government to back off making fundamental changes to the way pension plans are administrated for teachers, health care professionals, police officers, and other workers in Alberta.

Green Party of Alberta Interim Leader, Will Carnegie, says the proposed changes “further illustrate the top-to-bottom method of decision making that continues to be the standard from the UCP. There appears to be no consultation and or listening capacity whatsoever when it comes to formulating public policy.”Continue reading “GPA to UCP: Keep Your Hands Off Pensions”