I have read it. Here's my take on what it means.... #ableg
Policy 1: Cutting services to reduce debt
Policy 2: Referendum about equalization
Policy 3; Right to Work legislation/union-busting
Policy 4: Support to O&G
Policy 5: Out-of-court traffic charges settlement
Policy 6: Control spending and dramatically reduce size of government (i.e. fire public employees and cut the programs they deliver)
Policy 7: Privatize all support services
Policy 8: Take Alberta pensions out of CPP
Policy 9: Reassurances about elderly in care
Policy 10: Take over taxation from the feds
Policy 11: Bring in private health care
Policy 12: Cut environmental regulations to allow corporations unfettered access
Policy 13: "balance" economic growth with environment (whatever that means)
Policy 14: invest in AI
Policy 15: Protect communities from Safe Consumption Sites
Policy 16: Create and Alberta Police Force
Policy 17: Make education stream towards specific jobs
Policy 18: remove caps on numbers of surgeries performed (which is tough to do without more surgical theatres, unless they get private for-profit interests to build them)
Policy 19: recall legislation (last thing they enact before the next election?)
Policy 20: Pressure Ottawa to expedite approvals for projects
Policy 21: Support O&G
Policy 22: Prevent public services from impeding the profits of private businesses
Policy 23: Kill the teacher's union
Policy 24: repeal Bill 10 (Emergency powers)
Policy 25: Increasing investment in caring for seniors
Policy 26: Try to develop a petrochemical industry to use more natural gas
Policy 27: Allow "hot potato" citizen sponsored referenda (think abortion, LGBTQ2+ rights, etc)
Policy 28: Exert much more control over teachers
Policy 29: Prohibit budget deficits by municipalities - municipalities will not be able to pick up the slack on social programs

It appears they are looking to privatize or cancel all public services and social services, while handing the extraction companies a carte blanche to do whatever they want.

They want to break up unions and drive wages down, reduce benefits, and reduce workplace health and safety regulations, because those things cost companies money. Lost profit. They want to get their grubby paws on our pensions and make us pay for health care. 11/12
They want to make it possible for groups like Wilberforce Project to force a referendum on abortion, or LGBTQ2+ rights. They want to make education based solely on work skills. We will be poorer, sicker, dumber by the time they get through. Is this what you want, Alberta?

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