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WPA Policy Proposals - Sep 2007

WPA Policy Proposals - Sep 2007

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Wildrose Pary of Alberta Policy Proposals, published September, 2007
Wildrose Pary of Alberta Policy Proposals, published September, 2007

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Wildrose Party of Alberta Policy Proposals - September 1, 2007
Policy Proposals for resolution at the party’s founding Assembly, October 26 & 27, 2007(Note: The following are policy proposals submitted by party members after formal notice was sent onJune 28, and policy proposals offered by the party Executive, as directed at the party’s formationmeeting in Red Deer June 23, 2007.)
Provincial Savings and Investment1. Provincial savings must benefit all Albertans
Be it resolved, that provincial government savings and investment should directly and personallybenefit all or most Albertans, such as through a permanent fund annual dividend like Alaska's, ora universal pension fund, or both.
2a. Alberta Pension Plan
Be it resolved, that the Wildrose Party of Alberta instruct the Federal Government of its wish toopt out of the CPP and negotiate a transfer of assets to the Alberta Pension Plan (APP). The APPwill provide benefits equivalent to that of the CPP with an additional Defined Contributioncomponent account for each Alberta contributor. This latter account will be composed of savingsfrom the lower cost of benefits of the APP created as a result of favourable demographics and amatching contribution from the Provincial Government.
2b. Alberta Pension Plan
Be it resolved, that Alberta withdraw from the Canada Pension Plan to create an Alberta PensionPlan offering the same benefits at lower cost while giving Alberta control over the investmentfund.
3. Royalty Savings Strategy
Be it resolved, that the Wildrose Party will advocate or establish a new royalty savings strategy tocurtail useless expenditure and maximize annual pension benefits to Albertans.
Provincial Public Spending4. Provincial Transportation Strategy
Be it resolved, that a Wildrose Party of Alberta government will develop a provincial transportationstrategy, including the construction of a twinned highway to Fort McMurray.
5. Provincial Primacy in Health Care
Be it resolved, that Alberta reassert its provincial jurisdiction over health-care policy.
6. End Health Care Premiums
Be it resolved, that Alberta Health Care premiums be abolished.
7. Insure Alternative Medicine
Be it resolved, that the Wildrose party pass legislation to allow for the inclusion of alternativemedicine in Alberta Health Care.
8. Value for Money in Provincial Spending
Be it resolved, that this party explore and promote new ways of bringing public scrutiny, judgement and control to all categories of provincial spending which may be of little or nomeasurable benefit to most Albertans.
9. Oversight of MLA Pay
Be it resolved, that the Wildrose Party will advocate or enact a repeal of the “severance” plan, andintroduce a formula whereby voters raise, lower, or leave MLA pay the same at election time.
10. Complementary Health Care Centres
Be it resolved, that a Wildrose Party of Alberta government will consider introducing
 
complementary health care centres for cancer treatment, whereby patients and health carepractitioners are given the choice of treating with conventional and alternative treatments.
11. Paying for Public and Private Health Care
Be it resolved, that a Wildrose Party of Alberta government will maintain the public health caresystem to pay for services provided to patients by either private or public health care options.
12. Private Options in Health Care
Be it resolved, that a Wildrose Party of Alberta government will introduce private options in healthcare for patients and health care providers.
13. The Swedish Model of Health Care
Be it resolved, that a Wildrose Party of Alberta government will study, and where advisable,emulate the Swedish model for health care.
14. An Arterial Freeway for Alberta
Be it resolved, that the Wildrose Party will support a central arterial “freeway” to be createdutilizing existing infrastructure.
Safe Communities15. Increase Corrections Staff and Training
Be it resolved, that the Wildrose Party insist on staffing levels and training of probation officersand other supervisors of convicts which are adequate to provide effective supervision of paroleboard or court orders.
16. End photo radar
Be it resolved, that the Wildrose Party would eliminate and ban photo radar as a traffic violationdeterrent once elected.
17. Alberta Provincial Police
Be it resolved, that Alberta maintain its own provincial police force.
18. Protection of homes
Be it resolved, that the Wildrose party supports a policy that respects and recognizes the sanctityand safety of a person’s home.
19. Recoup Proceeds of Crime
Be it resolved, that the Wildrose Party adopt a policy of encouraging and directing police andprosecutors to gather evidence and make applications for forfeiture of the proceeds of crime, andrestitution orders for victims to a much greater extent than is now the practise.
20. Repeal of the Minor Injury Limitation Legislation
Be it resolved, that a Wildrose Party of Alberta government will repeal the Minor Injury regulationsand laws enacted on October 1, 2004.
21. Canada’s Lowest Crime Rate
Be it resolved, that through more effective use of police, prosecutors and provincial jails, thatAlberta set the objective of achieving and maintaining the lowest crime rate in Canada.
22. Temporary Speed Reduction Zones
Be it resolved, that the Wildrose Party supports an amendment to all temporary speed reductionsthroughout Alberta to be in effect, only when people are present.
23. Review of Speed Limits
Be it resolved, that the Wildrose Party supports legislative authority for Alberta Transportation toreview and amend any posted speed limit throughout the province.
24. Legal Resident’s Registry
Be it resolved, that the Wildrose Party supports the creation of a Legal Residents Registry, which
 
would include the name of every legal Alberta resident, and that no individual would be entitled toany services of the Government of Alberta unless they are registered, which would include but notbe limited to, drivers licenses, health care, financial assistance, “prosperity bonuses”, education,child care, etc.
25. Police Officers on the Street
Be it resolved, that the Wildrose Party supports the hiring of more police officers to enforce theexisting laws, while reviewing and setting limits on the amount of management and overhead inthe law enforcement community.
26. Police Training and Communication
 Be it resolved, that the Wildrose Party supports the establishment of common police training,information exchange, communications and inter-force transfers.
Municipalities and local authorities27. Embrace subsidiarity
Be it resolved, that the Wildrose Party is committed to the principle of subsidiarity: that no level of government should make decisions regarding any matter which can be dealt with as well or betterby a subsidiary level, including informal levels.
28. A comprehensive new deal for municipalities
Be it resolved, that this party appoint a competent working group to re-examine the division of responsibilities and access to public revenue that now exists between the province and localauthorities.
29. New tax arrangement with municipalities
Be it resolved, that the Wildrose Party of Alberta require that the Provincial Government shouldnot provide subsidies to lower levels of government but rather reduce Provincial taxes and providemore taxation room to the lower levels of government.
30. Abolish Education Capital Tax Levies
Be it resolved, that the Wildrose Party supports the abolishment of education capital tax levies,and the establishment of a process whereby a school service area could determine throughplebiscite if the residents would support a property tax levy to build new schools or refurbish oldschools, and if approved, schools would be immediately built or refurbished with borrowed funds,to be repaid over time by the property owners through education capital tax levies.
31. Permit Basement Suites
 Be it resolved that the Wildrose Party of Alberta institute legislation requiring cities and towns topermit basement suites without undue restrictions on same.
32. Recreational Trails
Be it resolved a Wildrose Party of Alberta government will recognize the right of municipalgovernments to establish walking and/or cycling trails within it’s boundaries and furtherrecognizes the rights and responsibilities of municipal governments to maintain, police andoperate such trails.
Federalism33. Adopt the principles of the Calgary Congress
Be it resolved, that the Wildrose Party adopt as its federal position the Statement and Resolutionsof the Calgary Congress, 2006.STATEMENT of the Calgary Congress:"We believe in one Canada; with many Provinces; and a Federal Parliament beside. Where eachProvince, accountable for its own and to its own, governs free of federal interference within itsassigned areas of responsibility.

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