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10:00 am, Monday January 24, 2011 Spectrum One Conference Room Hotel Arts 119 -‐ 12th Avenue SW Calgary, Alberta, Canada
January 24, 2011
The Alberta Party is pleased to announce that Dave Taylor, Independent Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary Currie, has joined the Alberta Party and becoming its first sitting MLA. “I am excited to welcome Dave Taylor to the Alberta Party as our first MLA,” says Sue Huff, Acting Leader for the Alberta Party,” Dave Taylor has been an outstanding representative for his constituents and is strongly committed to the principles and values of the Alberta Party.” “I have been watching the development of the Alberta Party closely over the past year,” states Taylor. “They are building the political party that Albertans have desperately been looking for. ” Taylor first ran and was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Calgary Currie on November 22nd, 2004. He was re-‐elected to his second term on March 3rd, 2008. Taylor remarks, “It was important to me that I join a party whose values and beliefs were consistent with those of my constituents. I firmly believe that the Alberta Party is engaging Albertans in a new and inclusive way and I look forward to working with them to build a better Alberta.” “This is a critical step forward for our party,” says Huff. “We anticipate great growth over the next year and with the help of many, we will be well-‐prepared for the next election.” For further information, please visit www.albertaparty.ca. -‐ 30 -‐ January 24 Calgary Media Contact Michelle Bodnar 403-‐614-‐4339 Alberta Party General Media Contact Lesley Vaage 780-‐902-‐1885 email@example.com
Agenda 10:00 AM: -‐ Sue Huff speech -‐ Dave Taylor speech -‐ Questions 10:20: -‐ Photo Opportunity The Alberta Party: Background The Alberta Party has existed in one form or another since 1985. In 2010, it undertook a major rebuilding effort to firmly establish itself as a moderate and inclusive party at the centre of the political spectrum. Through these efforts the party has been attracting Albertans from across all political lines. Instead of building policy at the board level, the party rolled out the Big Listen to engage Albertans in its policy development. Between January and November 2010 the Alberta Party engaged over a thousand Albertans at small meetings in living rooms, coffee shops and community halls across the province. In November 2010 the renewed Alberta Party held its first policy convention in Red Deer where it adopted its first policy platform developed out of the Big Listen. At the convention, the party focused on five key policy areas: Economy, Health Care, Education, Environment, and Democratic Renewal. The Alberta Party's policy development is ongoing. Currently over 100 volunteers are working to refine the party’s platform, and develop policy in other key areas (e.g. Municipal Affairs) through continued Big Listen engagement. Leadership in a Time of Democratic Renewal The Alberta Party will host its Leadership Convention in Edmonton on May 28th, 2011. Leadership Contest Highlights: • All leadership candidate financial reports will be open to the public prior to the vote • Each Alberta Party member will be entitled to one vote • Lawyers, Neil Mather of Edmonton and Frank Dunford of Calgary, will serve as co-‐chairs of the leadership convention • Acting Leader Sue Huff, as per the Alberta Party Constitution, will not be contesting this leadership.
Biography of Alberta Party MLA Dave Taylor Dave Taylor’s hugely successful 31-‐year career in broadcast journalism saw him work at radio stations in London, Ottawa, Toronto, and Calgary, where most remember him from the afternoon talk show on QR77. Prior to that Dave was News Director at 107 KIK-‐FM (now Q107). He has also been a sessional instructor at Mount Royal University (MRU) and a member of MRU's broadcast advisory committee. He has been honoured with two Ohio State Awards of Excellence in Public Affairs Broadcasting and was a finalist in the documentary category of the International Radio Festival of New York. Dave first ran and was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Calgary Currie on November 22nd, 2004. He was re-‐elected to his second term on March 3rd, 2008. On April 12th, 2010, Dave left the Alberta Liberal Caucus to sit as an Independent MLA in the Legislature. His last positions with the Official Opposition were as critic for the Departments of Energy, Housing & Urban Affairs and Municipal Affairs. Dave’s work on the Opposition’s Housing & Urban Affairs policy of 2007 led the government to implement several programs in accordance with his plan, and drastically changed the way the province views homelessness. He is currently a member of the Standing Policy Committee on the Economy, the Standing Policy Committee on Community Services, and the Standing Policy Committee for Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing. Dave’s involvement in Calgary’s Urban Parks Project River Valleys Master Plan and position as the founding chair of the Southland Natural Park Society resulted in the protection of the natural area from development. He has been a long time stewardship volunteer at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary -‐ one of his favourite spots in the city. Dave is an avid birder and gardener, and enjoys spending time with his wife of 26 years, Martha, and their two children.
The Alberta Party In Numbers 1 – Acting Leader 1 – Sitting MLA 18 – Number of Board of Directors under 40 years old (6 over 40 yrs; youngest – 20, oldest -‐ 68) 6 – Number of political backgrounds our board and membership come from: Green, Liberal, NDP, PC, Wildrose, and "new to politics 27 – Number of official Constituency Associations 24 – Board Members; 7 from rural communities, 7 from Calgary, and 10 from Edmonton and surrounding areas 30% – Alberta Party Members from Rural centers 42% – Percentage of women on Board of Directors 115 – Volunteers on Policy Development Committee 761 – total members 600% – Percentage by which official Alberta Party membership has grown over the past four months January 24, 2011 Calgary Media Contact Michelle Bodnar 403-‐614-‐4339 Alberta Party General Media Contact Lesley Vaage 780-‐902-‐1885 firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.albertaparty.ca Twitter: www.twitter.com/albertaparty Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/albertaparty
REMARKS – DAVE TAYLOR Nine months ago, I announced my decision to sit as the Independent MLA for Calgary-‐Currie. I said at the time that my constituents had elected me to vigorously represent them, to be a strong voice and a credible advocate. And I had come to the conclusion that I could do a more effective job of that as an Independent rather than remaining where I had been. I was utterly astounded at the support I received from my constituents. It was overwhelming. I said when I went Independent that I believe the majority of Albertans want sensible, moderate, pragmatic solutions that are fiscally responsible, socially progressive, and that put Albertans first. And I’ve tried to stay true to that. I have consulted widely in the last nine months, and here’s what else I’ve learned: We Albertans are also hungry for something more. Something more than a budget to balance, a hospital wait time to shorten, a quota to fill or a department to reorganize. Sure, it would be nice if we had a government that could manage to do even that much. But we yearn for a goal to shoot for, a dream to share – because we are Albertans, and we have the confidence to know that we could do that if we want. So here’s why I’m joining the Alberta Party today – because unlike all the other parties, it’s a place of hope and possibility, just like the city and the province I chose to call home. The three existing opposition parties are preoccupied with pointing out what’s wrong, criticizing, and tearing down. The people of the Alberta Party are far more excited about what we could build together. The Alberta Party is new -‐-‐ barely on the radar. We have nowhere to go but up. But rather than griping about what is, or is not, the Alberta Party is focused on what could be. That’s the team I want to work with.
Dave Taylor MLA (Alberta Party) Calgary-‐Currie
REMARKS – SUE HUFF I am delighted to announce and welcome our first Alberta Party MLA, Dave Taylor. The process leading up to this historic announcement has been extensive and very thoughtful, with the ultimate decision lying in the hands of the local board of the Calgary-‐Currie constituency. For several months, the Alberta Party has been in conversation with Dave to see whether we shared values and aspirations for this great province. It is very clear that we do. We share a belief that government needs to be more than simply “by the people, for the people, of the people”, it must also be WITH the people. Dave is an MLA who believes in serving his constituents first and foremost, ahead of any party, and we applaud this. Almost exactly one year ago, he created a wave of excitement in the energy industry and among Albertans when he released his breakthrough oil and gas policy, offering win-‐win solutions for both the industry and the people of Alberta. Like Dave, the Alberta Party knows that economic prosperity and responsible resource development must go hand in hand with environmental stewardship. We both favour a balanced fiscal approach. We both support investments to improve the quality of life for all Albertans. We share a commitment to strong democratic processes, transparency, resisting excessive centralization of authority in the Cabinet and working across party lines to find better solutions. Above all, we believe that the voice of Albertans must be restored to government. The Alberta Party will now take its place INSIDE the Legislature, with this move, bring the voices of thousands of Albertans with us. Our fresh approach to politics has been turning heads and our party is gaining great momentum. We are attracting people across all political lines. We are engaging the disengaged. We are forging a new moderate, inclusive way forward for our province. Having Dave Taylor join us is an important moment for the Alberta Party. He is our first MLA, but he certainly won’t be our last. Sue Huff Acting Leader Alberta Party email@example.com
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