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PRESS RELEASE - Mar 28, 2019

An Alberta Party government commits to create the first corridor for self driving vehicles in Canada by adding additional lanes to the QE2. This plan will reduce traffic today and set us Alberta as a leader for autonomous vehicles while boosting economic growth and leveraging the province’s expertise in artificial intelligence.
 

March 28, 2019 - Red Deer, AB - Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel announced this morning how an Alberta Party government will build new lanes on the QE2 highway, create Canada’s first corridor for self-driving vehicles, and supporting economic and job growth along this important

corridor. 

“ Self-driving vehicles are already in use and more are on the way. We can either get ready for this, or get left behind. An Alberta Party government will get us ready by building new lanes on the QE2, and positioning Alberta as a world leader in self-driving vehicles for colder climates -- cars, trucks, and even farm equipment. This will make us more competitive, and be an entirely new source of jobs and growth -- fuelled by the incredible minds and assets we have in artificial intelligence.”

Backgrounder

An Alberta Party government will build new lanes on the QE2 highway, upgrade our existing highway network, create Canada’s first corridor for self-driving vehicles, and position Alberta as a world leader in self-driving vehicles for cold-weather climates.

New Lanes on the QE2 Highway

  • Traffic is over capacity at 170,000 vehicles per day in total, with 60,000 to 70,000 vehicles per day between Calgary and Red Deer, and between Red Deer and Edmonton. Over two-thirds of Albertans live and work along the corridor.
     

  • 15% of traffic on QE2 between Calgary and Edmonton is commercial, or over 5,000 vehicles per day in each direction, carrying millions of dollars in cargo.
     

  • The expanded QE2 will support over 300 direct service jobs and, from fuel and time savings, will enable over 20,000 businesses relying on the highway to expand their workforces.
     

  • The additional lanes on the Calgary to Edmonton section of the QE2 (northbound and southbound) , span a length of 261 km, at an estimated cost of $1.6 billion.
     

  • The project will create an estimated 5,000 construction jobs and 3,500 indirect jobs per year of construction.

Ending the neglect of Alberta highways.

  • An Alberta Party government will Increase the provincial highway rehabilitation budget by 40% from $360 million per year to $504 million per year , creating 1,200 direct jobs, and 700 indirect jobs.
     

  • Invest $50 million to improve roads, eliminating road bans on areas of strategically important growth.
     

  • 15.6 % of Alberta highways are in ‘very poor’ condition. This is the highest rate in Canada.

World Leadership in Autonomous Vehicles for Colder Climates.

  • Alberta provides ideal testing grounds for autonomous vehicles, including Canada’s largest highway network, relatively low population density, and existing leadership in artificial intelligence research.
     

  • Alberta companies are already testing autonomous vehicles in several industries.
     

  • Colder climates introduce unique issues (e.g., driving conditions, performance in low temperatures, etc.). if it will work in Alberta, then it can work anywhere.
     

  • The economic impact of fully adopting autonomous vehicles in Alberta is estimated to be $10 billion, including $6 billion from collision avoidance, $3 billion in time saved, and $500 million in fuel savings. That’s a positive impact of over 100,000 jobs.
     

  • AI and autonomous vehicles have the potential to expand Canada’s economy by $26 billion.
     

    • Self-driving trucks could operate for close to 24 hours per day rather than a human driver’s maximum of 13 hours. Trucks in Alberta move about $9 billion of the province’s non-pipeline exports. This lynchpin of the economy could almost double its running time with self-driving technology, enabling more economic activity.
       

    • By 2035, the global market for autonomous vehicles will be $77 billion.
       

    • Autonomous vehicle technology in farming has huge potential for Alberta. Increasing the amount of produced food that reaches people by one third would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the value of agriculture and agri-food exports by $ 5-6 billion.
       

  • An Alberta Party government will establish a Cold-Weather Autonomous Vehicle Centre of Excellence.
     

    • In partnership with industries, this will create 100 direct and 230 indirect jobs to support next generation cold weather autonomous vehicles.

Revamped Autonomous Vehicle Rules.
 
  • The most forward thinking autonomous vehicle rules in Canada will be established.
     

  • Automated vehicles equipped with ‘SAE Level 3’ technology that are available for public purchase in Canada will be allowed to be driven on all roads without a permit.
     

  • In consultation with industry partners, a streamlined application process and designated testing areas will be established for ‘SAE Level 4 & 5’ autonomous vehicles.
     

  • The QE2 will be established as Canada’s first autonomous vehicle corridor. An Alberta Party government will allocate $20 million and work with industry partners to provide additional sensors, mapping, and other services.

PRESS RELEASE - Mar 26, 2019

Hockey pucks may be the key to preventing disastrous oil spills. Alberta Party announces plans to invest in new technology material sciences and bitumen pucks and create jobs from Alberta’s oil and gas resources.

March 26, 2019 - Edmonton, AB - Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel announced this morning how an Alberta Party government will take bold actions to energize the development of more refining and petrochemical processing in Alberta and generate greater value from Alberta’s oil and gas resources. This includes an investment in CanaPux, which could revolutionize the oil sands and help Albertans achieve better prices for those resources.

 

“ As Wayne Gretzky once said, you have to skate to where the puck is going. Passively sitting around and hoping the market works is yesterday’s approach. We need to aggressively get in the game and make big moves to generate more refining and petrochemical processing here in Alberta.”

Mandel added:

 

“The NDP has put the province in the penalty box and an Alberta Party government will get us back on the ice. Our plan will give investors certainty over ten years or more, so they can realistically plan and invest in large projects such as refineries and petrochemical plants. We will get more value out of our resources and create jobs. Alberta will be a first star again.”

Backgrounder

An Alberta Party government will energize the development of refining and petrochemical processing, creating more value within the province and thousands of good jobs for Albertans.

Supporting the Development of CanaPux
  • Commonly referred to as bitumen pucks, CanaPux are developed by CN and Wapahki Energy, owned by Heart Lake First Nation (approximately 300 km northeast of Edmonton).
     

  • The technology converts bitumen into a solid puck product that is capable of being exported by rail or other methods (rather than pipeline).
     

  • This is a potential revolution for Alberta’s oil sands industry -- one that enables Albertans to realize the full value of their resources by avoiding pipeline politics.
     

  • An Alberta Party government will expedite approvals for the pilot facility and contribute financial support for one-third of the pilot ($16.7 million).

Increasing the Alberta Innovates budget with a focus on material sciences.
  • Alberta Innovates contributes to the creation of new industries in Alberta and strengthens existing ones. It diversifies the economy and creates jobs and increases exports.
     

  • Alberta Innovates currently funds research that focuses on turning bitumen into products other than gas, diesel and other fuels such as asphalt, vanadium batteries, plastics and carbon fibre.
     

  • The development of these alternatives is a long term approach that will help to increase demand for our resources, create jobs, lower our exposure to global oil prices, and help diversify our economy.
     

  • The NDP have reduced the Alberta Innovates budget going from $288M in 2018-19 to $244M in 2020-21.
     

  • An Alberta Party government will not only reverse those cuts but increase the total Alberta Innovates budget by 30% to $375M by 2020-21 and direct the additional funds to a rapid expansion of research into new uses for our resources. 

Expanding Refining in Alberta
  • Once Phase 1 is proven out, an Alberta Party government will support construction of Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the Sturgeon Refinery.
     

  • This helps Alberta expand its refining capacity, creating more value here in the province and creating thousands of skilled jobs for Albertans.
     

  • An Alberta Party government will expedite the review of necessary approvals and expand its Bitumen Royalty in Kind (BRIK) program .
     

  • Construction of both Phase 2 and 3 have a combined total construction expenditure of an estimated $18.0 billion which will result in an increase in GDP of $16.0 billion, and create 140,000 person-years of employment.
     

  • Once construction is complete, the additional the two phases will increase GDP by an average of $5 billion per year, and result in an estimated 13,000 additional jobs per year.

Energizing Petrochemical Processing
 

● To stimulate petrochemical processing in the province, an Alberta Party government will establish a Gas Royalty in Kind program that takes a similar approach to the Bitumen Royalty in Kind program.
 

● This will have the Government of Alberta take a portion of its natural gas royalties “in kind” rather than in cash. This will enable the government to market the natural gas in ways that stimulate gas processing and petrochemical plant expansions in the province.
 

● An Alberta Party government will also establish Alberta’s petrochemical diversification program as a 10 year program , rather than the NDP’s unpredictable annual program. This would provide stability and certainty to the market, helping attract more investment.
 

● The petrochemical diversification program will also be adjusted to move from a royalty credit to a more efficient subsidy program.

PRESS RELEASE - Mar 26, 2019

Alberta Party announces Jobs First plan to expand provincial economy by $16 billion and generate 65,000 jobs for Albertans. The big focus is on small and medium businesses that have been neglected and hammered by the inept NDP.

March 26, 2019 -Edmonton, AB - Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel announced this morning how an Alberta Party government will restore Alberta’s reputation as a safe and stable place to invest and create jobs. The Jobs First plan is expected to attract investment and expand the economy by $16 billion and spur the creation of 65,000 jobs for Albertans by 2023.

“ The NDP has never met a private sector job they couldn’t scare off, and they’ve proved it over the past four years. When Alberta needed a shot in the arm, the NDP made a bad situation worse by creating uncertainty and enacting job-killing policies and tax hikes. They’ve made it harder for businesses to grow and hire people, and made it harder for Albertans to put food on the table for their families. An Alberta Party government is going to turn that around, starting on day one.”

Mandel added:

 

“With our Jobs First plan, we’re going to put Alberta back in its rightful place as the number one place to invest and create great jobs. We’re going to make it easier for Albertans to provide for their families again. ”

Backgrounder

An Alberta Party government will enact the Jobs First plan to attract investment and create jobs for Alberta families. The plan is expected to expand the provincial economy by $16 billion and foster the creation of 65,000 jobs.

Restoring Alberta as a Place of Opportunity
  • Alberta’s fiscal framework will be adjusted to attract private investment and stimulate job creation.
     

  • This package will have a short term budget impact in the first year of approximately $400million. The package will pay for itself by its third year and by full implementation in 2023 it will generate an estimated $1.5 billion in additional annual revenue.

Alberta Corporate Tax

  • The Alberta general corporate tax rate will be reduced from 12% to 10% . This restores Alberta’s place as the most competitive jurisdiction in Canada on corporate tax rates. The rate will be rolled out in 0.5% increments.
     

  • The change is expected to expand Alberta’s economy by $7 billion. When combined with the other elements of the Jobs First plan, the impact is anticipated to be much higher.

Alberta Small Business Deduction

  • The Alberta Small Business Deduction will double from $500,000 to $1,000,000, rising by $125,000 per year over four years. All other aspects of the Small Business Deduction will remain the same, including the existing small business tax rate of 2%
     

  • This change respects the Alberta Party’s belief that every corporation in Alberta should be required to pay tax, while also encouraging economic growth.
     

    • Small businesses are a huge part of Alberta’s economy and, as such, represent significant opportunities for growth, expansion, and job creation.
       

    • As of December 2018, there were 167,443 small business in Alberta, comprising 96% of all businesses with employees.
       

    • In 2017, small businesses in Alberta made up 28% of the province’s economy and 36% of all private sector employment (excluding public administration, health and education sectors).

 Capital Cost Allowance
  • The capital cost allowance in Alberta will be adjusted over a four year period to 100% for all new investment. This will supercharge private investment.
     

  • Rather than being forced to depreciate capital assets over antiquated time scales of between one and 25 years, Alberta’s tax system will enable investors to accelerate the depreciation of capital investments on an immediate (100%) basis.
     

  • This change will make investing in Alberta extremely attractive because investors will be able to get returns on their investments more quickly than under the old scheme.

Business Certainty Guarantee
  • One of the major reasons Alberta is finding it difficult to attract private investment and realize job creation is because the NDP has damaged Alberta’s reputation as a stable place to invest. The Jobs First plan provides certainty for businesses and investors.
     

  • The NDP’s poorly-structured carbon tax, its oil and gas royalty review, along with changes to the electricity market, and a failure to respect contractual agreements with electricity providers -- have created massive uncertainty.
     

  • An Alberta Party government will establish the Business Certainty Guarantee on day one of taking office. Businesses and investors will have confidence that the overall costs of doing business in Alberta will either stay the same or go down during the four-year term of the government.
     

    • Legislative and policy development processes in the Government of Alberta will incorporate a “costs of business” analysis. This analysis will need to happen in the course of considering any changes to, or creation or repeals of, a statute, regulation or policy.
       

    • The analysis will not only assess how proposed changes will impact the direct financial costs to business sectors, but also the indirect and ameliorative effects that might be brought about by the proposed change. (For example, a requirement that businesses install solar panels may introduce direct costs to businesses for purchase, installation, etc., but may lower those businesses’ overall operating costs from energy savings.)
       

  • With the exception of emergency situations, an Alberta Party government will ensure its decisions on legislative and policy changes are informed by the “costs of business” analysis. Under the Business Certainty Guarantee, business costs will need to stay the same or go down as a result of proposed changes.
     

  • This will serve an important signal to the rest of the world about the direction of Alberta’s business climate. It will help restore Alberta’s reputation as a stable place to invest.

PRESS RELEASE - Mar 21, 2019

An Alberta Party government will double the number of educational assistants with 230 million dollar boost to help improve learning for all children. 

March 21, 2019 - Edmonton, AB - Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel announced this morning that an Alberta Party government will double the number of educational assistants in Alberta’s K-12 classrooms with a major boost in funding for inclusive education. This means more support in the classroom so every child can have an enhanced learning experience. 

 Our classrooms are increasingly diverse with children from many different cultures, backgrounds and circumstances. Alberta families want to be confident their children will receive a quality education no matter how complex the classroom. While continuing efforts to reduce class sizes, we will expand funding to double the number of educational assistants to provide more support to students, more help for teachers, and ultimately make it easier for kids to learn.” 

Backgrounder

An Alberta Party government will increase investments in inclusive education in Alberta’s K-12 education system, including putting twice as many educational assistants in Alberta classrooms. 

● Improvements will include the creation of a new independent learning assessment agency under the Ministry of Early Childhood. The agency would perform comprehensive testing of students who are identified with potential learning challenges. This will help ensure children with challenges are identified as early as possible, so that they can receive assistance as soon as possible. 

 

● Current annual funding for inclusive education to school boards is approximately $460 million per year. This amount will be increased to $690 million per year. 

 

● Funding for inclusive education will be earmarked to school boards so that it is only used for inclusive education. 

 

● A new three month completion timeline will be established to complete an Independent Learning Plan for K-12 student assessment upon a request from a parent/guardian, teacher or principal. 

 

● An additional funding date of January 15th will be established to provide school boards with additional funding for any students who have arrived from outside Canada after the school year has already begun. This additional funding will recognize the commitment of school boards and educators to helping new Canadians have good learning outcomes. 

 

● These measures will be in addition to ongoing efforts to reduce class sizes and build more schools. 

For more information or to arrange an interview: 

Serena Mah / Media & Communications Consultant 

E: serena@serenamah.com 

P: 780-982-5058 

CHILDREN FIRST PLAN

March 20, 2019 - Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel has announced that an Alberta Party government will pursue the most ambitious plan for early learning and child care in the history of Alberta.

 

The Children First plan includes a major expansion of direct financial support to lower and middle-income families to cover the costs of licensed daycare and out-of-school care programs, a caregiver tax credit, and the creation of more affordable, high-quality child care spaces throughout the province.

“Building a stronger future for Alberta begins with investing in our children. Under our Children First plan, middle class families across Alberta will now receive support for child care, no matter where they live and no matter what option they choose. 

Our plan will also power the creation of more safe, high-quality, affordable child care spaces throughout Alberta, and ensure the government places a new focus on our children’s early years.

This represents the biggest expansion of child care in the history of Alberta, which will support participation in the workforce and position Alberta for a prosperous future.”

HELPING FAR MORE FAMILIES AFFORD CHILD CARE

Far more lower and middle-income families will receive financial support to cover the costs of licensed child care through a new voucher program. The voucher can be used at any licensed child care and will provide a subsidy of up to 100% of the costs of a child care cost (up to established regional maximums)

 

The NDP’s $25/day child care proposal covers only 7,276 spaces. Our Children First plan applies to all licensed child care spaces in the province. There are over 260,000 Albertan children and more than 100,000 Albertan families to whom our program would apply.

The voucher will “follow the child”, putting decision-making in the hands of families rather than the government. This accommodates differences in childcare costs between care providers. Children up to age 6 will be covered.

 

The subsidy will be income-tested using a sliding scale calculation. For general reference, approximate maximum amounts that families would pay out-of-pocket for child care under this plan (i.e., after subsidy) are as follows:
 

​Approximate Combined Family Income

$0 - $29,999

$30,000 - $49,999

$50,000 - $69,999

$70,000 - $89,999

$90,000 - $110,000

Estimated Maximum Cost Per Day to Families Per Child

$0 per day max

$5 per day max

$10 per day max

$20 per day max

$30 per day max

It is expected parents attending post-secondary education and those earning minimum wage will receive a 100% subsidy of their childcare costs.

This represents a massive expansion of the current child care subsidy program, in a way that supports the creation of more licensed child care options based on local demand. Far more families will qualify for a subsidy than under the present system, and families who currently qualify for a subsidy will receive far more financial support.

CAREGIVER TAX CREDIT

For families with children who do not use a licensed child care option, or do not make use of the voucher program, a new income-tested caregiver tax credit will be created to help recognize the costs involved in raising children.


CREATING MORE AFFORDABLE, SAFE, HIGH-QUALITY CHILD CARE SPACES

A comprehensive review of Alberta’s child care legislation will be undertaken, with a view to making it easier to create more licensed, safe, affordable, high-quality child care spaces.

A new investment credit will be established to encourage employers to create licensed child care spaces for children of employees.


CREATION OF A NEW MINISTRY OF EARLY CHILDHOOD

A new ministry will place a focus on early learning and early childhood in Alberta. It will work proactively, and in collaboration with other ministries, to encourage the healthy development of children during their early years. It is well established that preventative efforts during a child’s early years help bring about better outcomes as they move into adulthood.

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