Effective and Respectful Opposition
Being the opposition doesn’t always mean being angry! The PC Caucus has shown what an effective, respectful opposition looks like, as it continues to stand up for hard-working Albertans everywhere. Over the past seven months PC MLA’s have continued to push on issues from the energy sector to affordable housing; from the forgotten issues of our forestry industry, to the needs of Albertans facing challenging economic times. Our caucus has stood side-by-side with farmers and ranchers in face of Bill 6, as they struggled to have their voices and concerns heard by this government.
As we enter 2016 our team will continue to listen to you, and engage on the issues that matter most to your families.
Serving as the Voices of Reason
Entering the last week of the Fall Session, the NDP Government continued a trend that it started just over seven months ago—ignoring the concerns and issues of Albertans, while pushing forward an agenda that will take on unprecedented debt, and burden our children with insurmountable costs. From failing to listen to the farmers and ranchers that help feed our province, to telling Albertan’s losing their jobs to go to British Columbia, this government has already shown a lack of respect the citizens of this great province. MLA for Calgary-Lougheed, Dave Rodney, stood up for Alberta this week in the house, and committed to our caucus serving as voice of reason and advocacy for Albertans everywhere.
Bill 6 Passes Without Opposition Amendments
During the December 9 debate during Committee of the Whole on Bill 6, the Progressive Conservatives caucus moved several common sense amendments to the legislation, in an attempt to make sure that the concerns raised by Albertans could be addressed in the final legislation.
These amendments would have:
- Exempted farms from having mandated WCB coverage, if their private insurance provided benefits equal to WCB;
- Removed those sections of the bill not relating to farmer worker safety, and turning Bill 6 into a piece of legislation truly focused on safety;
- Requiring that there be a periodic review of Bill 6 done by an all-party committee of the Legislature;
- Delayed the implementation of Bill 6 until after the government had fully completed its consultation process and every Albertan was heard by the government;
A Call for Civility
An elected official’s duty is to maintaining decorum and to stand up against those who choose to push messages of hate and disrespect. This week, MLA for Calgary-North West showed leadership as she tackled the growing issue of violent rhetoric towards public figures, citing recent statements and images in the media.
Raising the bar of responsibility, Ms. Jansen pushed for a better tone across politics and encouraged all MLA’s to facilitate an environment of respect. We’re proud to have MLA’s who rise immediately in the face of this behavior and serve as advocates for respect.
Stopping Fentanyl is About Saving Lives
Mike Ellis continues to be a relentless advocate on the need for the Government to deal with the growing fentanyl crisis facing Alberta. The MLA for Calgary-West has pushed for a proactive response from the Minister of Health to protect those who are most vulnerable to fentanyl, while at the same time expanding the resources for health care professionals to deal with those subject to overdoses. This week, under this pressure, the Government noted that they would be expanding access to naxolone, to ‘reduce overdose deaths and save lives’.