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In my address to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (#AUMA) Convention in #Calgary, I called on Jason Kenney and Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard to reset the province’s broken relationship with municipalities, and invest in their economic recovery.

So far, the UCP’s approach to supporting municipalities has hovered somewhere between condescension and outright disrespect. Municipalities deserve a real plan for diversification.
This plan must engage elected leaders to act locally and grow their strengths while pivoting to new opportunities because there cannot be an economic recovery in Alberta without municipalities at the table.

I shared five ideas the Alberta NDP would pursue to help municipalities...
1⃣Historic Investment in Affordable Housing:
The Alberta NDP would undertake the most significant investment in affordable housing this province has ever seen. This would not only create jobs, it would help address social challenges and support Albertans devastated by COVID-19.
2⃣ Waive Infrastructure Matching: The Alberta NDP would create a program to ensure that municipalities have access to the fiscal resources they need to meet tripartite agreements.
Some municipalities are forced to leave federal funding on the table because they cannot afford their matching portion. Alberta would cover that portion where the project is shovel-ready.
3⃣ Fix Education Property Tax: Currently, municipalities are forced to pay the province for education property taxes they can’t collect because of default. This creates additional challenges at a time when defaults are going up. We would suspend that requirement for two years.
4⃣ Negotiate New Fiscal Framework: The Alberta NDP would set out a process to renegotiate a modern fiscal framework with municipalities that reflects the realities of COVID-19. Municipalities need long-term funding certainty, not continued downloading of costs from the province.
5⃣ Invite Municipalities to Help Build An Economic Plan: The Alberta NDP would build an economic plan with cities, not without them, as the UCP have done. Cities all have their own economic plans. We would bring them together, and build one plan for all of Alberta.

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Nov 10
Late yesterday afternoon, the UCP gravy train hit full speed.

Let me explain. 🧵
Yesterday, the UCP introduced Bill 8, which will remove the $200 cap on gifts to elected officials.

I have to tell you in my time as an MLA I’ve never had a constituent complain that they couldn’t give me a more expensive gift.
Our job is to serve everyday Albertans, to focus on their priorities.

It’s not to line our pockets.

The UCP doesn’t agree.

The bill yesterday was just the latest move to pay themselves, their friends and insiders.

It gets even worse.
Read 7 tweets
Nov 7
We’re sharing documents that have come into our possession. I'll be completely candid - they showed up in the mail. I don’t know who sent them.

There are 35 pages of photos of a presentation to cabinet detailing the UCP’s scheme to rip apart Albertans’ public health care.
This is a plan to massively concentrate control of healthcare in Danielle Smith’s office.
It’s a blueprint for chaos in our clinics and hospitals.
Those UCP members who cheered for more rural or local decision-making in healthcare at their AGM this weekend are about to find out they’ve been brutally double-crossed. None of that is in here.
Read 12 tweets
Sep 21
Today, Danielle Smith took the first step to steal your pension.

She did it by releasing a report riddled with fake numbers — and now plans to spend your money campaigning to convince you it’s a good idea.

It’s not.

In short, your pension is not safe.

Let me explain. 🧵
For years, the UCP has talked about doing this.

And while Smith claims today she wouldn’t have control of Albertans’ pensions funds.

In the past, she has talked openly about your pension to pay for a police force.
She mused about taking your pension to pay for 2,000 tax collectors.

And she’s talked using your pension dollars to prop up economic pet projects.

The report today reads like its too good to be true.

That’s because it is.
Read 9 tweets
May 25
Happy “gotcha day” Johnny Cash.

Three years ago, like many Albertans, my family adopted a "COVID pup" from Zoe’s animal rescue society. 🧵 Image
Johnny was a tiny puppy, we had no idea he’d get so big (over 90 lbs now).

We watched with amazement (and a little horror) as he grew by leaps and grounds that summer.

With big dog comes big love. Johnny is a great cuddler. Johnny is trained-ish.
Johnny loves his food, a good bone and barking at birds he will never catch.

We all feel a little safer when he growls at cats walking by the house. If you are looking for a pet, or just want to support a fine animal rescue organization – I can’t recommend Zoe’s enough.
Read 4 tweets
May 25
If we win this election, we will expand affordable childcare to include before- and after-school care—and we will accelerate $10/day childcare for all Albertans.

We need affordable childcare that works for working parents.

🧵 1/6
“Childcare creates opportunities for our kids to have the best start in life by preparing them for school and ensuring they learn through play,” said @pancholi_rakhi.

🧵 2/6
In 2019, the UCP cancelled the Alberta NDP’s affordable childcare program and failed to implement the federally funded $10-a-day childcare program, leaving thousands of parents on waitlists.

🧵 3/6
Read 6 tweets
May 24
Here is my statement on Danielle Smith’s connection with Artur Pawlowski:

I’m writing today as someone seeking to become Premier of Alberta.

But I am also someone who simply and deeply loves this province.

And I am profoundly concerned about all we have seen today.

🧵 1/6
If Danielle Smith is elected Premier, this is what the next four years looks like.

Extremism being shouted from the steps of the Legislature.

Instability for our economy.

Hate and transphobia and a furthering of a division that only serves to harm Alberta.

🧵 2/6
Artur Pawlowski is a man convicted of inciting violence against police.

And Danielle Smith broke the law to try to get his charges dropped.

I’ll say that again: she broke the law.

🧵 3/6
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