The AAIM Option

IS IT POSSIBLE?

A theoretical plan is presented for discussion & debate. This paper will outline the formation and action plan of a non-aligned, non-partisan political platform that could be a viable option for governing Alberta.

Forward

For several years now the author has had thousands of discussions with people from all regions of Alberta.  The AAIM Option is an opinion paper, written to express the most common ideas that were expressed by those Albertans.  Presented for your consideration are good, viable ideas for a new government system, a system that will have the will to make the reforms that are needed to reboot Alberta’s government to better serve all the people and lead Alberta to a future of prosperity. 

The AAIM Option is a form of government is the option that all Albertans are seeking.  A system that will demand some real leadership from the elected and ensure that a government body is created by the people for the people. 

Get the discussion started!  This paper is intended to get a conversation started for the purpose of making politics better.  Each and every proposal and recommendation noted herein is debatable and each and every proposal and recommendation can, and will likely be, changed as more people get involved in the discussion. 

There can be no doubt, the goals of the proposals presented are bold and ambitious, and if successful would move Alberta politics to a new era of governance. 

Success could bring a democratic balance back to our land. 

Success could allow for a fresh start, a political reboot if you will, an opportunity for the people to have their say as to how the government will serve the people.

AAIM FOR ACTION

HAVE WE HAD ENOUGH ALREADY?

The list seems endless for why party politics must come to an end.  For many, the time of party politics was seen to start to decline in 2009, this was confirmed in 2015.  Now we come to the end of the hardest four years of our history.  Massive job losses, thousands of businesses gone, a huge debt and then there’s the taxes.  Look back over the past decade may have you recall how party politics demonstrated time and again just how dysfunctional and corrupt a party can be.  Remember the shenanigans of the PC and Wildrose that decimated two conservative parties, leaving us all at the mercy of the NDP and their social license agenda and the demands of their alt left base. 

To their very end the ruling PC’s could, no wait, I should say, would do nothing to diversify our economy to end the boom and bust madness.  In fact, the leadership of the PC’s talked a lot but did very little in that regard.  But, lets be fair, the current government has followed the PC script like a good actor can.  Lots of talk, they even created a tax to create new industries.  Where are these industries? Where are the jobs?  The NDP have done little to really diversify the industry base of the province, but instead have divided the people and driven the taxes and the debt of this province to unprecedented levels.

Conversation’s with people from cities, towns and farms throughout the province has found the evidence is so overwhelming now that the people can now see what is really wrong here, it is party politics.  The spell is broken and the people are pissed off and frustrated because they know that whoever gets to rule will just be another four year of the same old drama.

The people need an option that can bring Alberta back from the brink and create a government that is democratic and values the rights and freedoms as much as the people do. 

Is Alberta ready? 

Does the majority have the will and courage for a significant change?

HOW CAN THIS WORK?

Changing provincial politics to a no party system could be easier than one may think.  The first step is to stop voting for party candidates.  Once the sum of elected independent’s exceeds the total sum of any one party the AAIM can be formed.  Once done, the AAIM can assume control of goverment and mov forward with the refoms proposed within.

VOTE FOR YOUR INDEPENDANT

The benefits of electing an Independent Candidate (IC) to represent your riding is the critical first step to freedom from party politics.  An IC would;

  • Be a real voice of the people, for the people, not for a party.
  • Not be obligated to pander to a party ideology or doctrine.
  • Be recalled with 60% of the constituency signing a recall petition.  This better ensures that a strong candidate is elected to be the voice of the riding majority. 

BENEFITS OF A NON-PARTY SYSTEM;

The benefits of a eliminating the party system are many, including;

  1. Eliminates opposition biased by party politics, ideology, corporate or union influence.
  2. Reduces or possibly eliminates any MLA or group of MLA’s ability to push a hidden agenda.
  3. Would allow for real reform of the education, health, justice and tax systems.
  4. Promotes cooperation of all elected member’s regardless of the differences each riding demography may have.
  5. Promotes the freedom of the people of the province of Alberta while addressing the specific needs of each riding within Alberta’s jurisdiction.
  6. Increases voter lobbying power for government support for the weak, the poor and the elderly.
  7. Could allow each riding to;
    1. Take control of;
      1. the education funding and curriculum content for their citizens,
      2. the health care apparatus in their respective areas of responsibility,
      3. land use regulation.
    2. Recall an elected member who is not representing the majority or who does not meet expectations of the people.

IF YOU VOTE FOR AN INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE, WHAT’S NEXT?

As stated, should the number of independent candidates elected exceed the total number of any party candidates, then, under the current system, the party with the most candidates will form government.

To overcome this imbalance and take control of the leadership role the Independent Members of the Legislative Assembly will need to organize into a single non-partisan party.  The formation of the AAIM would be that party. 

ABOUT THE AAIM

WHY IS THE AAIM THE RIGHT CHOICE? 

The AAIM is a platform for which all independently elected members can operate independently within an organized group.  A group of conservative’s, liberals, socialist’s and others with diverse personalities and a calling to serve that will provide true representation for their riding while working together to achieve common goals to the benefit of us all.  

WOULD AAIM WORK?

The formation of the AIMM will allow the independent members to join as one under temporary official party.  Once formed as a party The AAIM would then become the majority and can legally take control of the government.  And not unlike all organizations there will be a need to have a chain of command to get the house in order.  The AAIM will be no different, and to determine the leadership of the AAIM;

  • An interim leader would be appointed by the elected members.
  • A period of 5 days be allowed for the elected members to consider the leadership role and come forward and make their case as to why they should be chosen as the Premier.
  • A period of 2 days should be allowed for candidates to convince the elected members that they should be chosen.
  • An open ballot election be held to choose the Premier.  One member, one vote, to be cast by show of hand in an open forum.
  • A deputy will be selected by the Premier.
  • A cabinet is then formed from the elected members within 15 days.

And to ensure that the members of the AAIM remain independent some rules will be needed;

  • No Independent Member (IM) shall be censored by the AAIM, assuring that each IM will maintain the freedom of speech, expression and deportment. 
  • No IM will be expected to vote for or against any particular topic, bill, etc.
  • Each IM will answer to their constituents for inappropriate decisions, comments or behaviour.
  • Each IM has an equal status, no IM will be allowed special privilege unless allowed by the majority.

With the chain of command now determined and the rules in place, the AAIM will move forward with one official policy – reform government! 

THE AAIM MISSION

The AAIM’s primary goal will be to rebuild Alberta politics from the grass roots up.  To start the AAIM will need some new laws established and more than a few revisited or eliminated.

NEW LAW

To get the reform process started some new laws will need to be passed to make party politics a thing of the past.  These new laws will detail the formation of a provisional government organization that all MLA’s will be a member of.  .

The new laws that are proposed should be created immediately.

  1. The first law will ban political parties, unions or special interest groups from being involved in Alberta politics.
  2. The second law will enact a provisional government to be formed.
  3. The third law will make it mandatory to vote during the referendum period.

That’s right, a mandatory vote!  Why? Two reasons, the first is for any binding referendum to be legitimate it must get input from at least 90% of the people to ensure the majority is heard. 

The second reason for a mandatory vote law is to remedy the erosion of the people’s confidence in the democratic process, the result of party politics, which has over the past three decades, degraded voter confidence.  Party politics has created such voter apathy that it is not unusual to see less than half of the people turn out for the vote. 

These are the reasons why the mandatory vote is necessary and to get this ball rolling some tough love needs to be applied.

The reader is reminded that while the law to ban political parties will be permanent, reversable only by referendum, the mandatory vote would not be.  Once the referendum phase has ended, so will the mandatory vote law. 

PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT

Proceeding on the assumption that the AAIM has passed the proposed new laws, political parties are abolished, the next order of business will be to organize a Provisional Government (PG).  This critical process must be monitored closely by the people.  Remember the goal is to create a coalition government not a politburo!   To avoid this from happening it is recommended that the new government be formed as an executive board that is modeled upon a publicly traded corporation.  Under this model the AAIM would be reformed into a Provisional Government that has five critical components.

  1. The Executive Board,
  2. The Shareholder,
  3. The Bureaucracy,
  4. The Justice System,
  5. The News Media Group.

THE EXECUTIVE BOARD: As the official government of Alberta the PG will;

  1. Oversee the period of referendums and ensure that the time line is maintained.
  2. Be responsible for maintaining current programs,
  3. Create new policies, as needed.
  4. Administer and oversee the continued operation of the many government departments.
  5. Guide the economy for the people and Alberta’s prosperity.
  6. Provide protection for the people, assets and resources of the province.
  7. Negotiate fair and equitable trade partnerships with other jurisdictions.

THE SHAREHOLDER: Under this model of government all citizens over 21 years of age that voted in the previous election would be a shareholder of Alberta Corporation that will;

  1. Elect members to the board:  Just like we do now when we vote for the MLA.
  2. Judge the performance of their MLA.
  3. Recall their elected representative with a recall vote. 
  4. Vote to impeach government officials, elected or otherwise.
  5. Law, by-law or policy that could affect any of the rights, freedoms or responsibilities of the people.
  6. Capital expenditure / venture with a cost exceeding a limit set by the PG.  It is proposed that the board (PG) present a plan each year for the people to approve, or not.
  7. Receive a shareholder dividend each quarter.  The shareholder dividend will be derived from a percentage of the provinces GDP and earnings from services owned and operated by the province.  Based on the 2017 GDP and census data   [1], a tax-free shareholder dividend payout of 2% would be;

 

GDP  $326,4 Billion
 
Citizens 4,3 Million
 
 
 
 
 
SHAREHOLDER DIVIDEND

Paid

Amount

 
Monthly $1,263.35 or,
 
Quarterly $3,790.06  or,
 
Annually $15,160.24
 
 

 

THE BUREAUCRACY

The bureaucracy is the hub of all activity of the government.  Without the bureaucracy nothing gets done.  Under the PG model of government, the many departments and agencies that make up the bureaucracy will be reformed.  The focus of the bureaucracy will be to ensure the best possible service can be provided to the people. 

The bureaucracy will;

  1. Administer and enforce the regulations,
  2. Be approachable and fair,
  3. Respond to emergencies,
  4. Be transparent.

THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

Part of the check and balance process that will monitor the PG, bureaucracy, business and the public to ensure the bill of rights is never 

THE NEWS MEDIA GROUP

The last piece of the check and balance process.  The members of the NMG will be the publics eyes and ears who will watch and question the government and justice components and inform the people of what is found.  The members of the NMG will operate without censorship and political correctness, to guarantee an ability to communicate openly with the people.

With a PG formed the reform phase can begin, starting with a period to prepare for the referendum phase.  The lead off this period will be the reforms needed to end voter apathy through a new way of voting.

ELECTION REFORM

Before the government can make the changes to the policies and programs that the people want to be made, some additional laws will need to be enacted to bring voting into the 21st century. These reforms should be received with enthusiasm as some of the proposed reforms have already begun in some jurisdictions of the province. 

More needs to be done to ensure everyone can vote, therefore it is proposed that the current poorly staffed and funded Election’s Bureau (EB) be privatized.  Doing so will end the concern that the “fix is in” when unbelievable results are posted after an election.  The new EB would be tasked to create a robust voting process that will organize, monitor and promote the people’s participation in fair elections, by-elections, referendums and plebiscites. 

The EB will also investigate any report of election fraud or act contrary to the honest exchange of information, opinions and ideas.

To achieve the goal of election reform, some of the current laws will need to be amended and new laws will need to be created.  To reform the way we vote, the following laws are proposed;

ELECTIONS BOARD PRIVATATION LAW

 A law to privatize the EB will be needed that details the expectations of the people and the penalties awarded should the trust of the people be violated.

ELECTRONIC VOTING LAW 

A new law allowing the use of a permanent electronic voting system.  Doing so will allow a secure electronic voting system to be created / adopted for the citizens to use on an ongoing basis.  Currently, an effort is underway to create a system that will provide the people with an electronic voting platform that can be trusted. 

Once adopted the E vote system should;

  1. PROVIDE ACCESS:
    Each citizen that is eligible to vote should be able to access the vote by any means, such as; The electronic voting system would be accessed in the same way a person would log onto a computer with a user name provided by the Elections Bureau and a password or PIN known only by the voter.
    • In person at a polling station, or,
    • On any electronic device, or via,
    • Landline.
  2. VOTER REGISTRY.
    The EB does and will continue to maintain the voter register that will be expanded to include persons aged 13 years or older.  The register will be updated annually and verified prior to each election, referendum or plebiscite. 
    To create the register each voter will have to be verified by the EB as a citizen of Alberta and have to provide a contact number and address of residence.
  3. VOTE PROCESSING: 
    The electronic voting system should register each vote as an alpha numeric number set that can only be cross referenced to the voter by the Director of Elections.  Doing this will best ensure that all votes remain confidential, available only to government departments as statistic’s, or, as part of an investigation into electoral fraud.
    All results of a vote will remain secret for 24 hrs so a complete audit of the electronic voting system can be done by the Auditor General.  Doing this will provide voters some confidence that the system was not compromised and the results of the vote are a true reflection of the peoples wishes.
  4. PUNISH THE BAD GUYS:
    Penalties for elections fraud or tampering with the voting system should be severe.  Recommendations for penalties to include; 
    1. Being stripped of citizenship or shareholder status, and,
    2. Expulsion from the province, or,
    3. A fine, as determined suitable by the Judge, or,
    4. Five years imprisonment.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS OF CITIZENSHIP LAW  

This new law will have an expiry date that will be set by the PG once the referendum period is known.  The law will make it mandatory for all citizens, age 21 or older to participate by voting during a municipal, provincial election or by-election.  Voter participation will also be mandatory in any referendum and or plebiscite that may occur during the referendum period.  The mandatory vote will expire at the end of the referendum period. 

CANDIDATE ELIGIBILITY LAW 

Any person that meets the following criteria would be eligible to be a candidate for a riding seat.  Candidates must be;

  1. Born in Canada [2], and, 
    1. Be at least 30 years of age.
    2. Be a resident of the province of Alberta for more than ten years.
    3. Be a resident of the riding for more than five years.
    4. Speak, read and write fluently in English.
    5. Have no criminal record.  

RIGHT TO WITHDRAW LAW  

Any person that succeeds at winning a riding seat can be recalled by the people of the riding via a recall vote result of 60%.  Upon receiving a petition from the people with the names and signatures of more than 50% of the riding voters, the Director of Elections would issue a Notice of Discontent to the elected representative.  The notice would provide a reason for the discontent and a date for a recall vote.

The elected representative would be given an opportunity to address the concern before the recall vote.  If the elected representative can satisfy the peoples concerns before the recall date the Notice of Discontent can be withdrawn.

RIGHT TO WITHHOLD LAW 

Any person that votes during an election can withhold their vote.  If none of the candidates running can win a voter’s support then the voter can select the abstain option on their ballot.  If the majority of the votes are abstaining votes the election will have to be repeated until a suitable candidate can be elected.  This right will also apply to referendums.

ADDITIONAL REFORMS

To find a balance for our society an end must come to the current modus operandi of the party system, which seems to greatly favor unions, minority and special interest groups over the majority.  This has proven to be disastrous to the economy and is fracturing our society with conflicting application, enforcement of the law and an ongoing attack on our rights and freedoms.

In equal measure all persons of our province have a place in our society.  Whatever their interest, so long as their interest is peaceful and a benefit to the people overall.

  [1] Source - Wikipedia
  [2] Not applicable if the people vote to separate.  Change to “Born in Alberta”.

REBOOT 2020

With the laws for election reform in place the next step will be to determine what reforms the majority of the people of Alberta want.  The goal of this phase is to reform (reboot) all aspects of the government to ensure the wishes of the people are met.

To gain this direction a series of referendums are proposed.  The questions these referendums will ask will determine the responsibilities and priorities of the people, the PG and the bureaucracy for the next twenty-five to fifty years. 

REFORM COMMITTEE

A Reform Committee to establish the timeline, order and rules.  The committee, co-chaired by the Premier and Deputy Premier and will include the MLA’s who will chair the sub committees that will plan and oversee their assigned referendum topic. 

Each sub committee will include representative’s of;

  1. Government departments and agencies that will be affected by the referendums that follow
  2. The information media industry that will be vital to managing the honest exchange of ideas and discussion.
  3. Municipalities that have populations over half million.  

The sub committee of each referendum will have to determine the wording of the question and answers that the people will have to select from.

The Reform Committee will review the referendum questions to ensure that each is easy to understand and easy to respond to. 

To best ensure that the voter can participate, each referendum will refer to the following guidelines;

  • Provide translation services to all persons not fluent in English.
  • Ask a simple and clearly understood question.
  • Each question will provide one of three types of responses;
    1. Select:  Yes,         No,      Abstain.
    2. Select:  One choice from a list of options or a     Abstain.
    3. Select:  Multiple choices from a list of options     Abstain.

REFERENDUM DAY

Each referendum vote should be held on a Sunday, three months after the official announcement date of the referendum question.

The question will be asked and a period of discussion and debate will follow. 

DISCUSSION & DEBATE

The intent of the discussion and debate period is to educate the people on;

  1. The topic of the referendum,
  2. Why the topic is being discussed and voted on,
  3. The pros and cons of selecting any specific answer,
  4. What the result of a majority vote may be,
  5. The history, the truth, based on facts, no matter how painful or unpopular it may be to hear,

DISCUSSION & DEBATE RULES

The Reform Committee will establish some rules for the discussion and debate period, doing so will better prepare the people so that a rational choice can be made by each. 

To best ensure that an honest conversation occurs some rules will be required.  A discussion that is free of political correctness, selective censorship, false information, extremist views, fear mongering or the single sided views of special interest groups that shut out, ridicule or censor opposing opinion.

To accomplish this daunting goal the discussion and debate period should follow the proposed rules to guide the people, the media and public organizations and protect the people from being mislead.

RECOMMENDED RULES

Some points of concern that the Reform Committee should address are;

  1. Polling Data:  The discussion process cannot be guided or influenced in any way by polling data the samples less than 60% of the people in any given demography, region, religion, industry, etc. 
  2. Statistics:  Statistic’s presented during the discussions are only allowed if the information has been collected from a census, an election or from historical data.
  3. Fact Confirmation:  The media must ensure that the information that they present during a discussion, debate, editorial or in a news story is checked to confirm the facts are correct.  If the facts cannot be confirmed by at least three sources then the information cannot be presented in any way.
  4. Monitoring:  The Election Bureau should be tasked with monitoring the public discussion and to work with the media on any investigation of false information or attempts to otherwise mislead the people.
  5. Public Events:  Protests, rallies, parades and public gatherings must be held in a peaceful manner in accordance with the laws of the local municipality.
  6. The Spin:  A term often used by the media, public figures and others to present their view of the facts.  “The Spin” often misrepresents the facts or in many cases does not address the whole issue for which the spin is needed.  The spin must not exaggerate or obscure the facts or use inflammatory language.

NEWS MEDIA GROUP

It is proposed that a new agency be formed to oversee the news and information media.  To ensure the new agency is free of government interference it should be staffed by representatives of the news and information media who will be tasked to ensure that the rights enshrined in the new bill of rights are forefront at all times.

The participation and cooperation of the media is critical to the discussion and debate period.  It is imperative that the media act as an independent body that is free from influence of the organizations mentioned herein.  Therefore, with “freedom of the press” in mind it is proposed that the PG create a News Media Group (NMG). 

The NMG would be a non-government agency that would be free of any government influence and tasked with the organization and the oversight responsibilities for the news and information media industry. 

It is proposed that the NMG be made up of delegates from all forms of media.  

The NMG will act as the regulating body of the news media industry with a mandate to;

  1. Co-ordinate the news and information media.
  2. Restore the confidence of the people in that what we are told is true and without bias or unauthorized influence.
  3. Police the news media industry to seek out and stop unscrupulous reporting tactics or false or misleading information from entering mainstream media flow.
  4. Accept responsibility for ensuring that any point being discussed publicly includes experts and persons of interest that represent each side of the topic being discussed. 
  5. Maintain a list of registered media organizations that can provide input to the mainstream media flow.
  6. Ensure that each media organization meets the standards of trust as established by the NMG.

FUNDING

It is proposed that the news media industry provide the funding to;

  1. The News Media Group:  Funding by the industry will provide the NMG revenues for costs associated with operations.  One recommendation is that the NMG control a trust that is funded 50/50 by the news media industry and the people. 
  2. Community Associations:  Funding by the PG should be available for smaller communities to cover the costs of holding town hall discussions, debates and information sessions.
  3. Security:  Free speech can be hard on the weak, narrow or closed minded among us.  It is for this reason that funding be made available to offset the cost of policing so that communities can hold a peaceful discussion, debate, rally etc.

THE RESULT

The majority response to a referendum question will become the official directive of the people.  The PG would then be obligated to direct the bureaucracy to do all that can be done to support the peoples wishes. 

If the majority abstains from selecting an option the PG would need to determine if the referendum will have to be repeated or dropped.  If dropped the PG would take control of all decisions on the topic.

ORDER OF REFORM REFERENDUMS

To best determine the results of the proposed referendums it is important that the questions be asked in a logical progression.  Ultimately the number and the order of referendums will be determined by the PG, however, it is proposed that the PG direct the reform committee to seek feedback from the people via their MLA’s

SEPARATION REFERENDUM

  • The first referendum should focus on one of the most defining question.  Should Alberta separate from the Dominion.  To many, myself included, this question is a scary one, and they are right to be sure, but the question of separation must be asked.  The answer will greatly affect the people of the province and the country overall so this question must be asked first.  The answer will also determine the number and order of referendums to be held.
  • So, before a new government system is created by the people, the people should decide if we stay or if we go. 

WHY?

In Alberta, the separation question has reared its ugly head from time to time over the years.  Usually associated with some crazy federal policy like banning hand guns, immigration or when the dominion was threatened by Quebec who have actively sought ways to separate in the past. 

Currently the people of the west, particularly in Alberta, are super pissed at the Feds for a long list of reasons and as a result the talk of separation has really ramped up in recent days.  This is confirmed by coffee shop and work place conversation’s where the separation topic is dominant.

It is not hard to understand this considering how Alberta has been severely handicapped by the ruling provincial and federal parties as they work to redefine Canada’s history and future. 

The people cannot accept this, so the separation question should be the lead off question for the referendum phase, doing so will;

  1. Allow for a fact-based conversation on the pros and cons of separation.
  2. Put to rest the discussion and allow Alberta to move forward one way or the other. 
  3. Will dictate the order of the questions that must be asked during the referendum period.
  4. Will determine if new government agencies will be needed.
  5. Will set the direction of the PG and bureaucracy as a province or an independent state.

THE PROS & CONS

Separation could prove very good for Alberta or it could mean great hardship for the people.  Each of us must decide what is a pro or con, but regardless, the consequences of separation cannot be ignored.  We musk ask ourselves, would separation solve the problems that have us talking, or just add more problems?

THE PROS

What would be the benefits if Alberta did separate from the dominion?  Separation could;

  1. End the unfair federal transfer payment scheme that has burdened Alberta for decades.
  2. End Ottawa’s influence on Alberta business and industry.
  3. End federal agreements for military, policing and border patrol.
  4. Allow Alberta to gain total control over its borders.
  5. Allow Alberta to negotiate trade deals without federal influence.
  6. Allow Alberta to create a banking system to support a new currency backed by gold.

THE CONS

  1. What would be the consequences of separation, and what hardships will the people have to endure?  Should the majority of the people choose to separate the new state;
  2. Would be land locked which could greatly affect access to tide water or rights of passage through neighbouring provinces and states.
  3. Would require a new currency.  How would the new state support the value of a new currency?  Gold?  Crypto-currency?
  4. Would require new government departments to replace the federal counterparts such a tax, immigration, border security, military, etc.
  5. Would greatly affect the capitol projects planned to improve Alberta’s industry base and economic diversity plan.
  6. Would require a larger government with a state department to administer embassies and consulates and develop strong relationships with other goverments.

THE DISCUSSION & DEBATE

The discussion and debate must examine the pros and con’s of becoming an independent state and of remaining as a province within the Dominion of Canada. 

The following should be included in the discussion;

  1. How the province of Alberta currently manages relationships with;
    1. The provinces & territories,
    2. The federal government, and,
    3. Foreign government’s
  2. Alberta’s history and our role in a unified Canada.  Western Canada has been the bread basket and strategic mineral resource base of Canada since the start of the 19th century.  How will Alberta’s separation change this? 
    As a new state in the middle of the two western provinces and the Northwest Territories, would Alberta have the ability to affect all movement of goods and people east to west and vice versa.
  3. How would the state of Alberta;
    1. Best ensure the success of the new countries’ economy,
      • What goods and services can, could or should be imported or exported?  And from and to whom?
      • What to do about import & export tariffs?
    2. Become a self-sufficient state?  If we cannot secure access to the global market, can we make it on our own?
    3. Protect its citizens from the unwanted influences of other states, multi-national corporations or war,
    4. Protect our borders,
    5. Manage immigration and integration of new citizens and,
    6. Afford a military and any other department needed such as tax and immigration.

THE ANSWER

A no vote would reaffirm the majorities opinion on the issue and put an end to the topic for at least two or three generations.  A no vote will see the PG overseeing and managing the existing bureaucracy and to redact or make the changes to existing policy, programs, agencies’ or regulations that will come as each referendum is completed.

A yes vote would change the focus of the PG who will guide the government through the separation process in conjunction with the continued reformation phase.  Additionally, the PG will start the process for the creation of the new departments that will be needed such as a state police force, tax collector, border patrol, militia and other departments as needed to govern and protect the new states greatest asset’s, the people.

TRANSITION PLAN

Separating Alberta from the confederation will not be an over night event.  If the people select to form a new state an amicable transition must be planned and executed in an orderly manner.  It is important to ease any tension that members the PMO, federal government, investment markets or neighbouring provinces, states and territories may have. 

The new state must make it crystal clear that the separation process will not be rushed.  It is quite possible that the process that could take up to five years to complete.  Therefore, if separation is the will of the people, it is proposed that the PG form a separation transition committee to plan a seamless transition of power, land and federal assets. 

The transition committee will;

  1. Recommend new agencies like border control, immigration, security,
  2. Create sub-committees for each with a specific topic, each committee to plan a detailed transition process for their respective topic.  These committee’s will be populated by local experts, representatives of the PG and of the federal government. 
  3. Work with new government trade agencies to ensure current trade pacts and deals can be transitioned or renegotiated
  4. Work with the new government treasury to create a new currency backed by gold or cryptocurrency,
  5. Work with federal agencies such as the RCMP and military to plan the transfer of federal assets to the new government’s control.

Once the plan is developed the PG should communicate the transition plan to the world that will detail;

  1. The creation of the Alberta treasury, stock market and new currency.
  2. A set transition schedule, time line and the official date of separation.
  3. The transition processes.
  4. The transfer of federal land and assets within Alberta’s borders to the new state.
  5. The economic diversity plan.

As the transition is underway the PG will;

  1. Create the new banking system to support the new currency.
  2. Plan the reboot of the Alberta advantage.
  3. Prepare for the referendums that follow.

PARTNERS

Fear that the new state will default to a puppet state of some foreign power such as the US, Russia and China is unfounded.  Trade disruption due to a poorly planned transition will provide fodder for this fear and so it is vital that any existing national export agreements that exist be grand fathered over so not to change them unless an amicable renegotiation is requested by either party.

Fear that the new state will not be able to transit goods across our neighbours’ borders is also unfounded.  As a new state, new right of way agreements will need to be negotiated to ensure the continued movement of goods from or through Alberta.

With the hardest question answered, the questions that Albertans will be asked in the referendums that will follow are intended to strengthen the rights and freedoms for everyone, bring about the economic diversity we all desire and end the divisiveness, corruption and waste that the current party system has created. 

RIGHTS, FREEDOMS & RESPONSIBILITIES REFERENDUM

The rights and freedoms that the people want protected by law should be known.  This requires Albertans to provide more direction to the board as to the values that the people want protected.   Therefore, the second referendum will focus on a new bill of rights. 

WHY?

In a land of immigrants, we should all pay homage to the sacrifice of our forefathers have made. The brave people that stood up against kings, and dictators and demanded basic rights for all.  We should all learn from their struggle to earn the rights and freedoms guaranteed in historic document’s such as the Magna Carta and the Constitution of the United States of America.

Alberta’s current bill of rights should be as sacred to all Albertans, but sadly it seems that our bill of rights is weak and has become a weapon to be used against the people by a new kind of oppression and tyranny.  Special interest groups and the corrupted politicians and bureaucrat’s that support these groups have been working hard to create laws to circumvent our rights.  How is that possible?  The AAIM Bill of Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities will provide limits to the power granted the five components of the government of Alberta for the next three to four generations.

OUR RIGHTS

The current bill of rights states

“It is hereby recognized and declared that in Alberta there exist without discrimination by reason of race, national origin, colour, religion, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or gender expression, the following human rights and fundamental freedoms, namely:

  1. The right of the individual to liberty, security of the person and enjoyment of property, and the right not to be deprived thereof except by due process of law;
  2. The right of the individual to equality before the law and the protection of the law;
  3. Freedom of religion;
  4. Freedom of speech;
  5. Freedom of assembly and association;
  6. Freedom of the press;
  7. The right of parents to make informed decisions respecting the education of their children.”

Seems to be pretty clear, right?  Well it seems to the onlooker that all of political parties consider the rights and freedoms of the people to be a hinderance to their parties’ agenda. 

The proof is in the effort that political-parties make as they seek ways to circumvent the rights and freedoms of the people.  Recent examples of this is the ruling parties attack on the right of parents to make informed decision’s respecting their children’s education.  This right has been violated by legislation that prevents parents from being informed on the activities of their children.

The proof is in the local, provincial and federal laws that have been created to restrict the freedom of speech.  This freedom alone has been under constant assault for decades as political parties and supporters of the concept of political correctness restrict the oppositions ability to speak out against their policies.  

The proof is in the corporate policies that restrict or dictate clothing, behaviour, speech and access to fair process.

Federally, laws have being enacted that removes our right to be protected from unjustified search and seizure.  How is it possible that such an unconstitutional law could be allowed to pass the senate?  A law that allow the police to demand evidence from a person without the need of reasonable cause for the demand.  A law that allow an intrusion into our homes in search of impairment.

It is proposed that the current bill be amended and with a sharp quill and fresh paper, a new bill will emerge.  Titled the Alberta Constitution & Bill of Rights, Freedoms & Responsibilities of Citizenship Act.

The new bill would narrate the demand of the majority of the people for freedom, justice and good governance as well as add detail for;

  1. The PG to know their limitations and responsibilities and will determine the changes to existing law and the creation of new laws needed to guide the transformation of the bureaucracy.
  2. The justice system to have better understanding of the peoples demands for justice for victims of crime.  Judges will have greater clarity as to their limits to pass judgement or to affect the outcome of decisions made by the PG.
  3. Businesses of all sizes and types will know what the people expect from them, such as a set of laws that protect all persons from abuse and misuse.
  4. Clarity of intent will be achieved.  The language of the new act will be such that the intentions of each right, freedom and responsibility will be unquestionable.

THE DISCUSSION & DEBATE

The discussion must examine the value of the rights that exist, as detailed, in the current bill of rights.  Do these rights achieve the goals for which they are intended or have they failed? 

The discussion points are;

  1. The pros and con’s for each of the rights, freedoms and responsibilities proposed.
  2. What a right means to them and how rights affect taxation, law enforcement, justice, privacy and personal freedoms,
  3. What “responsibility of citizenship” means and how the responsibilities proposed will affect each person, their family, neighbours and community.

Ideally, a wide view perspective of what life would be like after the referendum should be presented.  Doing so may be the best method to help those with more self interest in mind when they vote. 

Suggested discussion questions are;

  • What if the majority selects all of the rights and rejects the responsibilities? 
  • How will selecting the right to privacy affect the ability of the security and intelligence services to prevent crimes, acts of hate or terrorism from occurring?
  • Should the right to speech have restrictions, limits?

RIGHTS

What are rights?  According to Wikipedia “Rights are legal, social, or ethical principles of freedom or entitlement; that is, rights are the fundamental normative rules about what is allowed of people or owed to people, according to some legal system, social convention, or ethical theory.  Rights are of essential importance in such disciplines as law and ethics, especially theories of justice and deontology.  Rights are often considered fundamental to civilization, for they are regarded as established pillars of society and culture and the history of social conflicts can be found in the history of each right and its development.” And the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, states "rights structure the form of governments, the content of laws, and the shape of morality as it is currently perceived".  What is your interpretation of rights?

A coalition style government such as the one proposed in this manifesto would have the will of the people to ensure the new bill etches each right in steel, never to be encroached upon or altered without a referendum result of 90%.

SHOULD THE NEW BILL INCLUDE OR CLARIFY THE RIGHT TO?

  • Free Speech & Expression:
    Should a citizen of Alberta have the right to express their opinions without the censorship of the justice system, the media, a business or the public overall.  Or should this right have restrictions for speech or other forms of expression? 
  • Privacy:
    Should privacy rights be added to the bill of rights?  Could each citizen of Alberta have the ability to;
    • Know what information is being collected, shared or sold by any government agency or any public or private organization, business, agency, union, association or individual. 
    • Be forgotten, meaning that any person can demand to have any old information, pictures, etc. be eliminated or access restricted on any social media platform.

Would this right allow a citizen of Alberta the ability to control the access to, and use of, personal information including intellectual property, medical data, video, and photographic material. 

  • Protection:
    Should protection rights allow each citizen the ability to protect themselves, their family and property from trespass, harmful acts, damage or theft.  Would accepting this right; Many believe that the current legal system of justice is one sided, providing a legal system for alleged criminals to use to ensure they are tagged with a crime they did not commit, or to determine their fate for a crime they did commit.  Ideology adopted in the early years of the seventies preferred rehabilitation over punishment and in doing so created the legal system. 
    1. Ensure that the government must provide adequate protection services to protect the people from unlawful acts and harm.  The cost of this level of policing must be discussed, are we willing to bump the funding of the police?  Perhaps a new funding model can be considered such as a % of GDP.
    2. Ensure the right of all persons to defend themselves, family and property.
    3. Allow the formation of community policing groups to patrol their neighbourhoods.
    4. Enhance no trespassing laws.
    5. End the threat of more restrictions on firearms ownership.
    6. Justice:
  • Necessities of Life:
    The right to health, education, shelter and food should be the cornerstone of all rights.  In a land of plenty and prosperity there can be no reason why any citizen should be without the necessities of life.  Accepting this right would direct the government to ensure that funding for support services such as;
    1. An energy assistance trust to put an end to power or gas being cut off in the cold of winter or air conditioning in the heat of summer. 
    2. Charities such as food banks, shelters, missions and rehab clinics. 
      The people should discuss the costs associated with this right. 
  • Assembly and Association: 
    This freedom has been tested by political parties that have pasted laws that restrict the freedom to assemble for the purpose of protest against or to rally for a cause.   This freedom should be right of the people to demonstrate the people’s discontent.

SHOULD THE NEW BILL INCLUDE FREEDOMS?

Generally speaking freedom is having an ability to change without constraint.  Unlike rights, the freedoms the people want can be restricted by the court or by the government in certain circumstances.

  • Citizen Freedoms:
    These massive capital projects to bring our transportation system into the 21st century can be fast tracked through the bureaucracy.
    • Comment:  This freedom could allow the PG to get the mass transit capital project approved quickly.  Completing the mass transit plan will allow everyone the ability to move about without hassle or unnecessary expense.  
      The freedom of travel and movement about any public space
  • Travel & Movement:
    To be free to engage in a mutually beneficial relationship for the purpose of having and raising children.
    To be free to own land and property. 

SHOULD THE NEW BILL INCLUDE RESPONSIBILITIES?

The people have expectations of the government, the people should also acknowledge that they have a responsibility to be worthy of the support the government will provide.  It is proposed that each citizen of the province will have responsibilities to be eligible to be a citizen / shareholder of Alberta. 

This referendum will ask the people what responsibilities are acceptable;

  • Aid and Comfort: An obligation to provide aid and comfort to the injured, elderly, weak and ill.  This responsibility will strengthen community family support programs.
  • Volunteer: Give back to your community be volunteering time or providing resources to support a local charity, community cause or community association.
  • Environmental Stewardship:  People would develop habits to reduce their personal impact on our environment.  Businesses of any size would be obligated to maintain as minimal a footprint as possible and develop practices to protect the environment from any harm due to their operations.

THE ANSWERS

With the selections of the majority made the PG would form a committee to start work on drafting the new bill for approval by the people.

AAIM FOR TAX REFORM

A new form of government allows a rare opportunity to reform the entire tax system.  But what system will solve the funding shortfalls of critical services, programs and agencies and get the province back to a revenue surplus that can be shared with the people / shareholder.

The AAIM would reform the tax system as a Flat Tax.  Simply put, a taxpayer, personal or corporate, will calculate the sum of their income from all sources, and pay a fixed rate on the amount calculated.  Under the AAIM plan a tax of 15% (proposed) would be applied to the sum of the annual income of the tax payer.  Tax credits could then be applied to reduce the individual’s percentage rate.

PERSONAL TAX CREDITS

As tax payers we expect that the money we contribute will be treated with a high level of accountability and purpose.  Unfortunately, it seems that the party system spends tax payer money like a drunken soldier in a whore house.

The proposed AAIM reform plan will bolster the support for families to care for their own, educate their children and will support the communities so a family unit can have programs to enroll their children.  It all starts with tax incentives such as credits. 

Suggested practice’s or programs that a person may earn a credit for themselves and their community include;

 

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Supporting the home care for an autistic, mentally ill or disabled family member.

2

1

Supporting the home care for an elderly family member.

2

1

Continued education and training.

1

½

Volunteering time or resources to the community.

1

1

Achieving all objectives of the proposed environmental stewardship action plan.

1

1

Supporting kid sports or arts.

1

1

Renovations for home improvements for disability access.

1

1

Pride of home occupancy and ownership.

1

½

COMMUNITY CREDITS

The AAIM plan would provide community associations with funding for community programs and enhancements.  How would this work?  Each credit that any a person earns to reduce their tax rate will earn a credit equal to X dollars.  The community association can use these funds for programs that benefit the welfare of community overall.  Sports, Equipment, Training programs, Social programs, etc.

BUSINESS TAX CREDITS

The AAIM plan for tax reform also includes tax credits for business.  Intended as an incentive for a business to do more to support their workers, minimize their environmental footprint and contribute to the community.  Any business that participates in one or more of the recommended services will be provided with a credit. 

Suggested practice’s or programs that a business may earn a credit for having include;

Providing a day care support program for staff with children.

1

Having an active and fully supported safety program.

1

Providing workers with training opportunities to improve themselves or advance their careers.

1

Equal pay for equal qualifications and experience.

1

Meeting environmental protection standards for minimizing the businesses impact on the environment and or community.

1

Having a health and wellness benefits plan that covers 80% of any costs associated with;

1

  • Vison care,

½

  • Dental care,

½

  • Mental Health services,

½

  • Addictions rehabilitation programs.

½

THE DISCUSSION & DEBATE

The discussion and debate should be vigorous and must examine;

  1. Taxation systems such as;
    • A Flat Tax:  One option that should be discussed is the flat tax option.  Simply put, a taxpayer, personal or corporate, will calculate the sum of their income from all sources, and pay a fixed rate. 
    • A Progressive Tax:  This is the current tax system.  A system that applies a tax to many areas.  The more you earn the more you pay!  Not a good incentive to make money, but it sounds like a good incentive to hide your money.  Wages, corporate, sales, carbon, capitol gains, death and more are taxed at different rates.
  2. How the PG will spend our tax dollars?
    The discussion must also cover how tax revenues will be dispersed for;
  • Health Care.
  • Justice,
  • Security,
  • Education,
  • Infrastructure,
  • Environmental Programs,
  • Social Programs,
  • Heritage Trust Fund.

If Alberta separates, additional spending will be needed for,

  • Border security,
  • State police,
  • Military,
  • Tax collection,
  • Food inspection.

AAIM FOR SECURITY REFORM

This referendum will allow the people the chance to have their say.  Should we continue with the current program or do we demand better and form a single police force to serve all.

Despite best effort, the current system comprised of a federal, provincial and several municipal police forces are not meeting the security needs of the people and the province. 

The current system is under staffed and poorly supported.  Training is minimal for the rank and file members that the people of Alberta rely on to protect them from bad people intent on doing bad things.

The current organization should be measured against a unified force under the command of the Justice Ministry. 

THE DISCUSSION & DEBATE

The discussion should examine the pros and cons of a provincial / state police force vs the current multi force system. 

The benefits of a single police force could;

  • Provide the number of front line officers that would be needed to adequately protect the people and enforce the laws of the land.
  • Lower the cost of the current policing system through streamlining supply and acquisition processes, standardizing equipment and clothing and improving training methods.

Other benefits of a provincial / state police force that should be discussed?  Could a single force;

  1. Free municipalities of the cost of policing, allowing those municipalities to redirect that tax money to lower taxes or boost funding to other programs.
  2. Provide a policing standard to be followed by all members.  This would eliminate jurisdiction boundaries and allow assets to be mobilized to handle problems anywhere in the province.
  3. Provide a better allocation of manpower and resources to high need areas.
  4. Improve training resources and funding for continued education and annual requalification’s of critical skill sets such as tactical driving, weapons handling, marksmanship, hostage rescue, etc.
  5. Provide a central command structure that can better respond to the dynamics of law enforcement and other emergency situations that arise.
  6. Provide an equal opportunity for all who make the grade to serve.
  7. Provide a better funding model.  A provincial force would be funded by general revenue, at a rate determined by the results of the tax reform referendum.
  8. Improve internal intelligence gathering assets and resources.
  9. Streamline access to information maintained by all jurisdictions.
  10. Develop special teams to handle domestic issues, anti terrorism, etc.

AAIM FOR EDUCATION REFORM

Education is a vital component to all success!  Education starts at birth and never ends, even after death, education goes on via the examination of our history.  Failing to recognize this will be the downfall of all of us.  It is absolutely vital that we get this right, and now is the time to fix or replace a broken system.

WHY?

The current model used for funding the school system continuously fails meet the needs of the system.  The result is over crowded schools, huge classes sizes and a serious lack of resources.  To correct this, it is proposed that both the organization and the funding models of the current program be scrapped and replaced by an education program that is locally governed and funded from general revenues.

Doing so would allow government to increase the per student rate, perhaps as much as 50% and provide an opportunity to add new programs to the core curriculum such as law, physical education, human relations and more. 

Regardless of your feeling on this matter, the thoughts of the people must be known.

THE DISCUSSION & DEBATE

The discussion and debate must address how the government can deliver a program to ensure that each citizen of Alberta will have easy access to;

  • Education that identifies the strong aptitudes of each child and focuses the education of each child to develop those identified aptitudes.
  • Transportation that is free, safe and reliable for any student that requires it.
  • Fully funded school programs for lunchroom supervision, books, training aides, field trips, etc.
  • Safe and clean education facilities and grounds.
  • Education that is life focused, fact based and free of misinformation promoted by an extremist or ideological influence.
  • Access to special needs resources and programs.

The discussion should cover two options.  The current system vs a charter school option.  

CURRENT SYSTEM 

Anyone who has a child being educated by the current system or has had a child that has been through the current system knows what the problems and the benefits are.  Home owners with and without children are burdened with cost of the current system, demonstrating once again how the current political (party) system fails time and again to deliver a fair and balanced policy to the people.

Anyone who pays attention to the news knows that party politics and at times the personal ideology of some elected trustees and the ever-present union influence has created a system that costs a lot more than is needed.

CHARTER SYSTEM 

Why should the people adopt the charter school option? 

The second option however is little known by the majority.  A majority that cannot afford a private / charter school program for their children.  Therefore, the discussion should examine;

  1. The pros and cons of the current system vs the charter system.
  2. A cost comparison of each system.
  3. If the current system can be reformed.
  4. If the charter school system would be good for all citizens?

THE BENEFITS

A charter school system could offer specialized, career focused programs such as;

  1. Winter sports like hockey, skiing, etc.
  2. Field Sports like football, soccer, lacrosse, etc.
  3. Gymnastics,
  4. Arts & Drama,
  5. Science, biology, physics, horticulture,
  6. Technology,
  7. Construction Trades,
  8. Military,
  9. Religion.

Each school would have the ability to;

  1. Promote their school to attract students from any jurisdiction.
  2. Design a curriculum that will allow the student the greatest success in their chosen specialty while learning the core subjects needed for life and career.
  3. Take control of the management, the care, use and administration of their own school or school group.
  4. Be classified as a charity, thereby promoting investment into each school by the community and corporations.
  5. Be governed by a parent teacher council with oversight of an education council made up of a principle from each school in the district / riding.
  6. Regulate / cap class size.

AAIM FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM

Alberta’s health care program is yet another example of a system that has a high cost of administration and facility maintenance.  Front line services are under funded or poorly organized.  This is not a reflection of the great work of the hands-on members that deal with the public every day.  But it is a reflection of the politics of a health care system supported by a bureaucracy.  A bureaucracy supported by a bureaucracy, how ironic is that?  Another example of how party politics works hard to protect a problem plagued program despite the remedies that are available.

One option to fix the problems of health care in Alberta it is to take a serious look to reform the health care system to a private for-profit system. 

Regardless of the system the people select, the goal of this referendum is to determine how the new government can ensure that each citizen of Alberta will have easy access to;

  1. Health and wellness resources, programs, facilities, emergency response services and personnel at any time,
  2. Prescription drugs,
  3. Devices to aid the disabled,
  4. Vision Care,
  5. Dental,
  6. Long Term Care.
  7. Prosthetics

Currently the AHS system is publicly owned by the people and operated by the government of Alberta.  A system that is supported by a bureaucracy and often used as the backdrop for political party drama.  Then there’s the union influence once again.  All of which is making the program cost more then it should. 

To solve the problem the health care system needs to be reformed to a private for-profit health care system that is managed and funded by the people.

Doing so would allow;

  1. More diversity of the economy by ending the health care monopoly and allowing for more businesses to start-up and existing services to expand.  Properly supported with low rate loans from the new treasury and grants the new industry could equal the oil and gas and agriculture industries.
  2. Market competition to control cost of delivery of services.  Instead of limited options to chose from, the new service options that will enter the market will have to compete for market share.  Maintaining the best rate is vital to this process.
  3. Greater availability of services to the people that will reduce wait times.
  4. Regulated service rates that are paid to health care providers from public funds.

HOW WOULD THIS WORK?

AHS would be provided with new directives that will make it the responsibility of the AHS to monitor and police the private for-profit system so;

  • To ensure integrity of the system,
  • That health care providers have the skills, equipment and facilities,
  • That hygiene and housekeeping standards are maintained, and,
  • To ensure that highly trained persons are working within the system at every level.

The people of Alberta have always demanded the best from their health care services and facilities, why would that change if the system was private for profit?  There must be transparency to ensure the client is not being gouged and that the service provider can be trusted.  To remedy this the AHS would mandate that all service providers must post their service rates along side the limits set by the AHS.  Additionally, the service provider must post their facility safety inspection and AHS inspection certificates. 

Doing so will;

  1. Allow the potential client to decide if the extra money they may have to pay is worth it. 
  2. Allow the industry to build on the trust of the people.
  3. Motivate the service provider to employ the best talent, have the best facilities and equipment, and,
  4. The service provider will have to do more to attract the client.

Under the private for-profit plan, the rates for health, vision, dental and mental services would be set by;

  1. The Alberta Collage of Physician’s, working with the various associations within the health care industry, would set the rates for all services that can be provided.  
  2. The AHS will set the limits that the government will be pay for the services approved for coverage. E.g. cost + 25%
  3. The service provider will work hard to provide their services for less than the set limit so that a profit can be made. 
  4. If the client wants to use a service provider that has rates exceeding the limits set by the AHS then the client can pay the difference for the service. 
  5. In cases where a person needs a service and cannot pay the differential, an application can be made for coverage by the state.

Going further, by opening the options for people to select a heath care provider in another province or another country a more rapid treatment and recovery time for the patient is possible.

HEALTH CARE INSURANCE

The insurance industry will continue to play an important role.  Existing benefits can be expanded to cover costs of travel, accommodation, etc.  New plans can be created to help with costs associated with traveling abroad with a companion to receive treatment for an ailment. 

Done right, the employer can reduce the cost of benefits for their workers, and the people can realize the expedient, free health care system that we all seek.

NOTHING NEW

Private for-profit is not a new idea.  Dentists, chiropractor’s and other such services have been working under the private for-profit plan for decades.  Currently, it is the insurance industry that sets the rates and the service provider works hard to provide the services for less than the set rate so that a profit can be made.  When this is not possible the client decides which service provider to use and pays the difference. Sound familiar?

The expectation of the private for-profit system is to allow the health care industry and the people who need the services to self regulate the cost of any given service provider. 

THE DISCUSSION & DEBATE

The discussion should cover the pros and cons of the current system vs the private for-profit option.  Points that should be considered for discussion include;

  1. The cost to deliver the services that the people will want.   A breakdown to examine each line item on the AHS budget sheet would open the eyes of the people as to how the money is spent.
  2. The ability to deliver the services that the people will want.  Who has what?  Who needs what? From ambulance service, urgent care, special clinics, hospitals and long-term care. 
  3. How the industry will be regulated and policed.
  4. How private insurance and the government can work together to manage and control costs.  This is how the rates will be determined for all medical, dental, vision and mental services.
  5. The roles of the Collage of Physicians and the industry associations.  Are these the right groups to monitor and enforce the rules, ethics and standards?
  6. Patient rights.  They say we have rights now but do we really?  What do you think these rights should be?
  7. The ability of a patient or the patient’s immediate family to recover losses due to an error of the medical system that results in death, a handicap or loss of their ability to earn a living.
  8. Protecting doctors, nurses, EMT’s staff from abuse by superiors, patients and families.  One cannot ignore or disrespect the level of emotion that is unleashed when a loved on is in distress.  How do we protect health care workers while remaining respectful of the emotion?

The discussion should include how the AHS should be structured such as;

  1. A central command system that will;
    1. Be managed by an elected body of representatives.  One from each county;
    2. Oversee the Alberta Health System,
    3. Allocate resources to the counties,
    4. Manage the Alberta Health Services (AHS) budget.

Or,

  1.  A local command system that will;
    1. Be managed by a council made up of a representative appointed from each health care facility or facility group.
    2. Oversee the staffing and maintenance of local health care facilities
    3. Allocates resources to local health care facilities on an as needed basis,
    4. Manage the County Health Service (CHS) budget,

AAIM FOR JUSTICE REFORM

Justice reform is needed to bring confidence back to a system that has failed victims of crime for decades.  Why?  Because for many Albertan’s the word justice is a misnomer that misleads the people into believing that the legal system represents justice.  Perhaps it does to the accused but lets face it todays legal system is about the business of law, working with budgets and compromise, it is not about justice for victim’s as it should be. 

To correct this, the PG should hold a referendum to determine the majorities wishes for a system that ensures that victims of crime are fully engaged in determining the fate of those who wrong them and in doing so provide the justice a victim of crime needs to heal mentally. 

SENTENCING

Anyone that is found to be guilty in a court of law should be stripped of their rights and incarcerated without an opportunity for parole until ¾ of their sentence is completed.  Once released on parole the freed citizen should have a GPS tag implanted so their movements can be monitored until the full term of their sentence is complete.  Once the sentence is complete the person’s rights are restored and the matter will become history.

CAPITOL PUNISHMENT

Should the people demand capitol punishment options be available to judges for;

  1. Any crime that results in the violent death of a citizen of Alberta.
  2. Any crime that results in the gross abuse of a child under the age of 12.
  3. Any person deemed to be predator such as a repeat offender of murder, rape or pedophilia.

LIFE TERMS

It’s incredible that we would allow predators to pry on the people and then treat them like the victim.  Pedophiles, rapists and murders must be treated harshly to deter such crimes from occurring.  It is proposed that anyone deemed to be a threat to the peace of the people be incarcerated until the reaper claims them. 

MENTAL HEALTH CRIME

The arrogance of mental health professionals is as amazing as it is disgusting.  If these people are so damn smart why can’t they see that is unacceptable to demand that the public accept that a killer can be released from imprisonment because the crime they have committed was the result of a mental episode or that they have a mental disease.  Even if the people accept this as the truth, so what?  The very fact that the mental health professionals have confirmed the presence of a mental defect or disease, coupled with the evidence of demonstrated extreme anti social behaviour only emphasises the need to keep these people locked up.  Yes, even if they are “rehabilitated”!  Mental Health may keep these killers from the noose, but it should never be an acceptable reason to excuse the crime.

THE MEDIA

The media’s influence on the justice system must end.  It is not the place of the media in any form to debate the fate of the accused or expose the victim to public opinion.  The PG should propose a total media ban be enacted for any ongoing trial.  With the trial over, the media would be allowed to report the outcome of a trail.  In addition, access to all video and transcripts of the trial to include access to evidence, jury deliberations and out of chamber discussions related to the case. 

The entire trial should be made available to the media for broadcast once the sentence is passed.

JUDGES

Our legal system is vital to our society.  So much so that it is set apart from the government.  A kind of shadow government that is tasked by the people to ensure that the those elected to rule do so within the confines of the bill of rights. 

The role of the judge should be to provide the temperance in a process that should allow the victim the right to determine the fate of the convicted.  The judge would weigh the crime vs the punishment being demanded by the victim then render a verdict that is a reasonable and fitting punishment for the crime under the obligations of the bill of rights.

PROSECUTORS

How many stories can be told of a failed prosecution due to the incompetence of the prosecutor or worse, the unwillingness to prosecute because they might fail.  What bullshit is that!   We need strong, confident prosecutors that will fight for the victim of a crime, a take no prisoner’s attitude would suit me just fine. 

So, should prosecutors be elected by the people?  If not, should there be minimum requirements for a lawyer to be eligible to be a prosecutor? 

THE DISCUSSION & DEBATE

The discussion should address the pros and cons of a legal vs justice system.  Other topics of discussion could be;

  1. Should the people decide who sits on the bench of the supreme court?  Currently the party selects the Judges that sit on the supreme court and the law society selects the Judges that fill the ranks of the lower courts.
  2. Should the people decide who fights for that justice we seek?  I imagine that would look a lot like the US district attorney system.
  3. Should Judges and Lead Prosecutors have term limits?  If so, what terms should be considered.  Would term limits apply to all judges and prosecutor’s or just the supreme court?
  4. Should we replace the jury system with a panel of student lawyers?
  5. Do we want a justice system that includes capitol punishment for crimes that result in the death of a citizen?
  6. Should the media be prevented from reporting on any aspect of a trail until is over and a result is known.

AAIM FOR PROVINCIAL MILITIA REFERENDUM

If the separation referendum results in a yes vote then an army would be needed to replace the federal assets currently stationed in Alberta.  In this case this referendum will not be needed.  However, should Alberta stay a province of Canada this referendum would be held to determine if the majority agrees that having a properly organized and supported a militia could be a huge economic benefit in addition to providing security for assets and resources owned by the people of Alberta as well as augment the emergency response services as needed to resolve any problem.  

EDUCATION 

To ensure that a militia can get the job done the following is proposed;

  1. High School:  The core curriculum of the school system would include a military program that would educate and train young citizens starting in grade 10. 
  2. Military Academies:  Citizens that attend military academies will be provided the same training that a citizen would get in a charter or public school, but with a heightened physical education component and a greater focus on problem solving and leadership.  Graduates of the military academies would be eligible for long military careers.
  3. Battle Schools:  upon separation, training centers such as Cold Lake, Wainwright and Suffield would become Alberta’s battle schools and would be home to Alberta’s Military Academies.  Should Alberta remain a province of Canada, an opportunity would be open to build new training facilities.  In addition, new Battle Schools would be created near the major population centers to provide training resources that would be needed to keep the reserve and full-time service members at a high training standard.

INDUSTRY  

To support the needs of a militia and as part of the economic diversity process, it is proposed that a new arms production industry be created to research, develop and manufacture the tools and assets that will be needed to;

  1. Support emergency personnel and agencies in fire fighting, flood control, and search and rescue,
  2. Deter and suppress violent civil insurrection,
  3. Provide security to Alberta owned assets,
  4. Defend the land, people and interests of the state,

EMPLOYMENT 

A provincial militia could employ up to;

  1. Fifty thousand full and part time persons to fill the ranks of the units that will be formed.
  2. Ten to twenty thousand civilians for admin and logistics work
  3. An additional reserve of up to one million citizens could be trained as part of the normal education process.  Any or all of these citizens could be called into service should a need arise.

SUPPORTING BUSINESSES 

Additional employment of personnel would be realized as new businesses come on line to support the militia units, industry and academies.  From laundry services, maintenance and housekeeping to manufacturing many new businesses will be needed, all will need staff.

SECURITY 

A militia or assets of the militia could be deployed to support the police should a crisis arise that requires such additional support.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE

A militia or assets of the militia could be deployed to support our emergency services as they manage fire, flooding, slides etc. when needed.

AAIM FOR CAPITAL INVESTMENT

Reforms now complete and the elected official’s assigned to cabinet portfolios the time for the PG to lead has arrived.  Some recommendations that the PG should consider as top priorities for the diversification of Alberta economy and look at how the larger than life problems can be resolved.

BIG PROBLEMS:

Alberta, like the rest of the planet is facing some big problems such as climate change and immigration but Alberta has also had to deal with;

  1. An ongoing attack on the oil sands by a green movement that is ironically supported by foreign oil market competitors working hard to keep our resources from getting to the world market.
  2. Trade problems with other provinces that are feeding a growing sentiment among the people for separation.  Free trade means no tariffs and the consumer decides who lives or dies.  That’s how capitalism works folks.  That’s how you improve delivery of services, better pay for staff, higher quality and better value for your dollar.  If a venture cannot deliver… well only the strong survive.
  3. Lack of economic diversity remains a problem despite the effort of the ruling party to develop a renewable green energy system.  I predict that this effort will prove to be yet another boondoggle that will only result in a lot of tax dollars wasted.  There is a solution and it can be delivered for less than the current effort.

So, how can Alberta diversify its economy to put an end to the reliance we have on one or two key industries such as agriculture and oil and gas.  How can we do this while reducing our carbon footprint and fostering a genuine belief in environmental stewardship. 

If the privatization of the education and health care industries become reality then the economic diversity plan will be well on its way to achieving the goal of total economic independence.  More opportunity for all manner of supporting businesses to start up or expand as they serve the new education and health care industries.

Further diversification can be achieved by activating the following capital projects that will do more than any carbon tax could ever hope to while working to solve some of life’s big problems.

CLIMATE CHANGE:

Our climate is changing.  For citizen Joe and Jane the how or why the climate is changing is irrelevant, anything we do will take time to implement and the climate changes that are predicted are not going to be stopped.  What matters right now is, what are we going to do about preparing for what is coming?

For Albertans, it seems that climate change means that we will have to find ways to live through hot, dry summers and longer, colder winters.  The sheer size and diverse landscape of our province requires a dynamic plan to address the climate change models for each region.  So, while diplomats, environmentalists and scientists’ squabble about how to reduce humanity’s effect on the earth nothing is being done to plan for the future. 

If there is something being done, what is it?   What is being done to;

  • Forecast the needs of the future? 
  • Help our people survive during hotter summer months.  Summers that may bring drought and with drought comes famine, crime, disease and misery for all. 
  • Help our people survive colder, longer winters.  Winters that will result in the death of thousands of low income and homeless people and will likely change the growing season to a short three or four months.  Shorter growing seasons will affect crops and vegetation in different ways.  How will this effect erosion control, air quality and so on? 

SOLUTIONS:

The solutions proposed can;

  1. Work to resolve concerns about Alberta’s changing environment.
  2. Move key capitol projects from the drafting table to reality. 
  3. Reduce Alberta’s overall carbon footprint.
  4. Create new industries, improving the economic diversity of the province / state.

The projects proposed herein will require a unified effort of each level of the population and if approved by the people they will propel the province into a new age of self sufficiency and prosperity.

Alberta based businesses will be provided opportunities to play their part and the people will find employment opportunities. 

Unions and associations will play a part and as a result will see a growth in their memberships as more government employees are hired to manage the oversight component of the proposed projects that are approved by the people.  The projects recommended will solve some bigger than life problems and work to;

  1. Diversify our industry base,
  2. Increase the GDP,
  3. Improve our ability to act in times of disaster,
  4. Fight the effects of climate change on the people, land and industries,
  5. Provide prosperity to small communities throughout the province,

BENEFITS:

The benefits of the capitol projects proposed many, some examples are;

  • Diversify and develop all communities,
  • Improve the economies of all communities,
  • Reduce the costs of supporting the suburban neighbourhood.
  • Relieve the pressure on the local governments to house their citizens,
  • Better ensure the longevity of the citizens of Alberta

AAIM FOR MASS TRANSIT

THE PROBLEM

The mass transit systems in use today are located in the major population centers of Edmonton and Calgary which have light rail systems.  Smaller cities have a transit system that serves the local population.  Rural bussing has been hit and miss since the seventies.  Then there’s the politics at every level that has created an unstainable system that will never serve all of the people of Alberta.

If the people choose to include the freedom to travel in the bill of rights, freedoms and responsibilities act then government will be obligated to do what can be done to ensure people in small communities such as villages, towns and hamlets can move about the province.

THE AAIM SOLUTION

It is proposed that a provincial mass transit system be developed and installed that includes;

  1. A high-speed rail line such as the hyperloop system.  To be constructed from Lethbridge to Fort MacMurray.  The ability to move people from Lethbridge to Fort Mac in less than four hours, imagine the possibilities for business, tourism, education and more.
  2. Ten to fifteen high speed lines such as a bullet train to intersect the mainline from east to west.
  3. An improved bus system that can connect small communities such as hamlets, villages and towns to the high-speed lines
  4. Improved roads and highways that incorporate modern refueling and rest areas where a traveller can have access to fuel of any type, as well as food, beverage, restrooms, showers, etc. 
  5. Done right, overnight RV parking can be available and in high risk areas where roads can be compromised by weather or conditions such as avalanche, mud slides etc.) temporary shelters that can be built to provide short term assistance and facilities such as sleeping quarters to stranded travellers.
  6. High speed toll highways that will allow speeds of up to two hundred km/hr.
  7. Automated roads and highways that will be designated for use by automated transport vehicles only.

BENEFITS

The benefits for the people seem unlimited.  This project could allow for a person or family to live in a small town and work and go to school in a city.  More opportunities for tourism and transportation of goods and material.  Accepting this project would;

  • Allow families many options for their child’s education.
  • Promote the growth of every hamlet, village and town in the province,
  • Provide large population centers some relief from overcrowding,
  • Remove hundreds of thousands of cars and trucks from the highways,
  • Reduce the reliance of air travel,
  • Reduce the auto accident rate,
  • Create thousands of permanent full-time jobs,

AAIM FOR POWER DIVESIFICATION

THE PROBLEM

Demand for power will increase in coming years as people try and keep warm during colder winters and cool during hot summers.  The chance of brown and black outs should be a real concern and the onsite power generation systems that are used by government, medical and business are good but fuel for these systems can run out.

THE AAIM SOLUTION

It is proposed that each residential home be provided government low interest loans and tax credits to convert their homes to an off-grid power system.  Residential buildings over three stories, industry / manufacturing facilities and commercial property owners should be provided grants and zero interest loans from the treasury the adoption of the flat tax system proposed could offer additional incentive for conversions to off grid systems.

BENEFITS

The benefits to this project are plentiful and could include;

  • An end to the dependence on a single power grid to provide power to life reliant systems such as heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. 
  • The end of brown / black outs caused by residential over use at peak periods
  • Selling power to the electrical grid when on site power reserves are at capacity
  • Reducing the demand on the current system, making more power available for sale to the North American grid.
  • A more rapid development of the green energy sector that does not include huge bird killing oscillating pillars (aka wind turbines) or a carbon tax that fleeces the people.
  • Opportunities for entrepreneurs to start businesses to develop new tech, manufacture the components and systems that will be needed to out fit millions of facilities.

AAIM FOR WATER PIPELINE

THE PROBLEM

Todays water shortages are often caused by one or more conditions such as;

  • Low snow fall that results in a small snow pack in the mountains,
  • A lack of snow and rain in the foothills and prairie land, and,
  • The over use by people and industry. 

Climate change will make these conditions worse before they get better and a plan is needed to keep our land from becoming a desert.

THE AAIM SOLUTION

One option that can be undertaken to ward off the looming disaster that climate change will bring is a water pipeline from the west coast to bring desalinated salt water to Alberta and then distributed for use in;

  • Irrigation for crops.  Pipeline would fill current and new reservoirs which will release water into our rivers.
  • Industries such as the oil sands, manufacturing, recycling and more can have desalinated sea water piped into their facilities removing the need to draw water from natural / local water sources.,
  • Sports & Recreation facilities can draw water to fill pools and create ice.
  • Human Consumption is another possibility for sea water once desalinated, treated and tested.

THE BENEFIT

The benefits of such a project are many including the creation of a new industry that will further diversify the economy.  This project would provide opportunities;

  1. For manufacturers, distributors, suppliers who will take the raw material and create and deliver finished goods and materials to build the pipeline.
  2. For engineering firms, general contractor’s and contractors who will design and build the pipeline and facilities.
  3. For employment of full time and part time employees to monitor and maintain three to four thousand km of pipe and the desalination facilities, pumping and water purification stations.
  4. To mend the rift that party politics has created with our western neighbour who will benefit from the sale and lease of land, the taxes generated from local businesses employed to build sections of the pipeline and or facilities and infrastructure needed and from the employees hired to operate and maintain the pipeline and facilities.

AAIM FOR BEING PREPARED

THE PROBLEM

Currently the municipal governments through out the province are unprepared for emergency situations and must play catch up in their reaction to a crisis.  One needs only to look at the contrast between the fires of Fort Mac and the floods in Calgary and area.  Party politics impedes the implementation of the lessons learned and the problem remains. 

What would happen if a natural disaster event did occur today or tomorrow? 

THE AAIM SOLUTION

The solution is multi faceted and requires an interaction with many agencies such as emergency and police services.  Moreover, unknown factors such as the result of the separation referendum and the approval of the mass transit plan will determine the level of preparedness that can be achieved and how quickly.

GIMME SHELTER

It is proposed that a series of emergency survival centers be built, stocked and manned for use in the event of major natural disaster.  Each center would be;

  • Located in or around population centers to be accessible within 30 minutes,
  • A self-sufficient community that could house a maximum of a hundred thousand citizens,
  • Large population centers would have several muster centers to meet the needs of their citizen’s. 
  • Each center could be supplied with enough goods and materials for an extended occupation.

BETTER ASSET INVENTORY

It is also proposed that Alberta’s inventory of fire fighting and rapid response assets be audited and old assets replaced.  Shortfalls in the inventory should be corrected and all assets in the inventory must be made available for any municipal emergency service to use. 

Inventory assets such as;

  • Squadron’s of water bombers and helicopters of sufficient number for deployment to multiple events anywhere in Western Canada.
  • Fleets of fire fighting and medical vehicles of sufficient number and strategically stationed for rapid deployment to multiple events anywhere in Alberta.
  • Highly trained first responders.

THE BENEFIT

The Boy Scout motto “be prepared” has provided many young men a simple principle of life that one should always be prepared for the worst.  Alberta should be better prepared to deal with the worst, doing so will require;

  1. Wholesale distributors, suppliers who will deliver finished goods and materials to build and support the facilities.
  2. Engineering firms, general contractor’s and contractors who will design, build and staff the facilities.
  3. Full time and part time employees to monitor and maintain the facilities.
  4. The government who will need staff to over see the integrity of the system.

AAIM FOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

THE PROBLEM

A golden opportunity presents itself but, thanks largely to a lack of vision and bowing to the base of the party system, many of these opportunities are being ignored.  New industries can be developed and by ending the monopoly of the health and education system these reformed industries will have challengers who will force them to compete.  Alberta has the capacity to solve some of the biggest problems the we face as a province / state and perhaps the planet.  Possible solutions for climate change, improving life longevity and cloning organs for transplant can be made possible with a properly supported R&D industry.

THE AAIM SOLUTION

The plan to further diversify Alberta’s industry base is to provide a support system to set up a research and development industry in the province.  To entice and draw businesses to start-up research facilities the following support options are proposed;

  • Half tax status to new start-ups.  New businesses will only have to pay a tax rate that is half of the normal tax rate.  This tax break could have expiry limits such as three or five years.
  • No or low-cost leases for the use of public land will greatly reduce the cost of building new research facilities.
  • Grants for the portion of the cost to build, renovate or retool a facility for R&D, fabrication and manufacturing purposes,
  • Government Partnership.  The PG would offer a fair market cash investment for shares in the business.  The business would pay an annual dividend to the PG on the anniversary date.
  • Government contracts can be negotiated with the research business.  E.g. an organ cloning business could partner with AHS to provide organs to Albertan’s that have the need.  Profits can be generated for the GDP with the sale of cloned organs to people in jurisdiction’s outside the province.

THE BENEFITS

Including research and development in the plan for diversification of the Alberta economy would see the new industry work in partnership with Alberta’s universities, tech schools and colleges to find solutions and invent new processes, methods and technology to improve the lives of the citizens of Alberta.  Doing so would;

  1. Further diversify the economy and capabilities of Alberta.
  2. Promote interest and enrollment for Alberta’s collages, universities and technical schools.  After all R&D will need to,
  3. Employ professionals of every type.
  4. Employ highly skilled workers.
  5. Promote the creation of a series of research and development centers throughout the province. 

The PG should seek to include R&D firms that have a focus on a specialty such as;

  • The Human Condition: Improving the human condition, the study of life longevity, organ cloning technology, the quest for a cure to eliminate the worlds deadliest viruses and disease.  This can be researched by scientists trained in Alberta universities.
  • New Technology:  Technology has advanced the human race faster in the past 100 years than it ever has since the dawn of mankind.  The pursuit of new tech that can benefit man and beast should be ongoing.  Goals to make life healthier, easier and better to live can be reached. 
  • Transportation:  The introduction of automated vehicles to our society will require a new vision of how our transportation networks will need to change.  New ground transportation networks will need to be researched and controls established that include reliable mass transit, high speed highways, dedicated routes for automated vehicles and more.
  • Communications: A communications network that is owned by the people can be developed to deliver secure data and voice communications to anyone, anywhere in Alberta, perhaps even cheaper than what’s available now.
  • Sports Technologies:  The creation of world class sport training centers and facilities that can be dedicated to improving;
    • The equipment used to protect our athletes,
    • Training needed to achieve the highest performance levels and,
    • The health and endurance of athletes
  • Aerospace:  A new generation of flying vehicles can be researched and developed right here in Alberta.  Aircraft that move faster with less energy, aircraft that can ascend into space and return for reuse.  Space craft that can be launched like an air plane and fly to the moon and return for reuse.

CULTURE, SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS

It is proposed that communities with populations exceeding 1000 citizens should have a culture, sports & entertainment center.  These centers may include;

  1. A field house for year-round use that would include a competition pool, aerobic and weight training area as well as hockey and curling rinks,
  2. Sport fields for baseball, football, rugby, soccer and lacrosse sports,
  3. A community hall for local government to meet, hold public discussions and forums,
  4. A theater to provide local artists a place to conduct performances,
  5. A pavilion to promote local culture and cultural diversity.

The opportunity for private enterprise is unlimited for population centers exceeding 500,000 citizens.  Each center would be provided funds to own or create partnerships for the purpose of building one, some or all of the following;

  1. A Velodrome for our two-wheel enthusiast’s to be used for training and recreation.  Creating a provincial competition could promote more interest and participation in cycling sports.
  2. A Motor Racing facility for the gear heads and speed freaks among us.  The creation of a competitive circuit could be as popular as NASCAR is for our southern neighbours.
  3. Horse Racing for the people that like the ponies.  World class facilities like Spruce Meadows and internationally renown events like the Calgary Stampede and Edmonton’s Klondike Days is all the evidence one needs to see that equestrian sports remain a hot ticket in the west.  Go figure!
  4. Ice Sports of all kinds need safe and low-cost options for practice, recreation and competition.  But there is just not enough ice available.  Community partnerships and private business and government can make good partners in ventures to change this.
  5. Track & Field Sports need year-round facilities that can play an important role in the fitness of the people.

THE BENEFITS:

What benefits could be realized by building a culture, sport or entertainment center, or to make improvements to any current assets in your community;

  1. Local jobs.  Even the smallest community will be able to employ some of the people to staff town hall positions.
  2. Community relations.  Any one of the recommended centers can allow a place for the community to gather.  Politics, sports, community administration and celebrations will strengthen community pride and spirt and forge the community into a strong family.
  3. New business.  Will each community see new businesses open to support the new facilities?  A motel, restaurant, fuel points, etc.

AAIM FOR CULTURE, SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

It is proposed that communities with populations exceeding 1000 citizens should have a culture, sports & entertainment center. These centers may include;

  1. A field house for year-round use that would include a competition pool, aerobic and weight training area as well as hockey and curling rinks,
  2. Sport fields for baseball, football, rugby, soccer and lacrosse sports,
  3. A community hall for local government to meet, hold public discussions and forums,
  4. A theater to provide local artists a place to conduct performances,
  5. A pavilion to promote local culture and cultural diversity.

The opportunity for private enterprise is unlimited for population centers exceeding 500,000 citizens.  Each center would be provided funds to own or create partnerships for the purpose of building one, some or all of the following;

  1. A Velodrome for our two-wheel enthusiast’s to be used for training and recreation.  Creating a provincial competition could promote more interest and participation in cycling sports.
  2. A Motor Racing facility for the gear heads and speed freaks among us.  The creation of a competitive circuit could be as popular as NASCAR is for our southern neighbours.
  3. Horse Racing for the people that like the ponies.  World class facilities like Spruce Meadows and internationally renown events like the Calgary Stampede and Edmonton’s Klondike Days is all the evidence one needs to see that equestrian sports remain a hot ticket in the west.  Go figure!
  4. Ice Sports of all kinds need safe and low-cost options for practice, recreation and competition.  But there is just not enough ice available.  Community partnerships and private business and government can make good partners in ventures to change this.
  5. Track & Field Sports need year-round facilities that can play an important role in the fitness of the people.

THE BENEFITS

What benefits could be realized by building a culture, sport or entertainment center, or to make improvements to any current assets in your community;

  1. Local jobs.  Even the smallest community will be able to employ some of the people to staff town hall positions.
  2. Community relations.  Any one of the recommended centers can allow a place for the community to gather.  Politics, sports, community administration and celebrations will strengthen community pride and spirit and forge the community into a strong family.
  3. New business.  Will each community see new businesses open to support the new facilities?  A motel, restaurant, fuel points, etc.

SUMMARY

The desire of the people for balance and some common sense in our government is strong.  By ending governments ruled by political parties we can finally see a government ruled by the people via elected representatives who can be held accountable to the people.  A chance to correct the problems that need to be corrected, a chance to reboot our economic situation and move to a prosperous future for us all.

A provisional government can be the greatest example of a check and balance government that there is.  By having members elected with all manner of political leanings a PG can work as a team to find solutions we can all accept.  Solutions for a better education system, solutions for a better justice system, solutions for many more issues.  A PG can end the division of our people due to sexual orientation, religious or party affiliation and allow for a better immigration program to help new citizens that want to be Albertans understand what it means to be part of society that values human rights, the environment, freedom, capitalism and justice.

Thank you for spending the time to consider the proposals and recommendations made herein.