Quick thread on the UCP AGM and what they voted on (I noticed @Alberta_UCP listed results and not the actual policies, so I wanted to go over them.

If you wanna look at it for yourself, the UCP Policy and Governance booklet is here: ucpagm.ca/wp-content/upl…

#ABpoli #ABleg
Policy #1 (Pass: 87-13) - A budget commitment to "operating within its means and reducing the size of the provincial debt".

How this is a policy, I have no idea. Nobody goes into office to try to increase the size of the debt, but whatever. More surprised 13% voted against it.
#2 (Pass: 89-11) - This policy is basically to keep fighting for a "more equitable federal-provincial transfer payment system and hold a provincial referendum" to see if we want them to re-open the constitution to negotiate equalization.
#3 (Pass: 81-19) - "make Alberta a right-to-work jurisdiction." This is an anti-union policy - no worker can be required to join a collective bargaining unit (like a union) in order to "be awarded or hired in any role", and pressuring employees to join should be punishable.
#4 (Pass: 81-19) - This policy is basically just to keep pushing for private sector (it specifies "private") development of the energy sector. It also specifies a domestic and global focus, citing Energy East as a goal. Honestly, kinda surprised this didn't get even more support.
#5 (Pass: 85-14) - This is a weird one. It suggests creating "out-of-court preliminary settlement authorities" for handling "non-criminal traffic matters". The justification is that the courts spend more time handling traffic cases than criminal cases, so this would free them up.
#6 (Pass: 73-27) - Least popular so far, "Control spending and dramatically reduce the size of government and encourage municipal governments to do the same."

Weird. I wonder where this came from, and why a party with a large rural base might not unify behind it. A real mystery.
#7 (Pass: 81-18) - "contract out the delivery of [all] non-essential and selected ancillary services to the private sector" when it's "cost-effective".

Basically, privatize everything except the literal front-line and pretend that's not a step to privatizing them too.
#8 (Pass: 67-32) - Withdraw from the CPP and start a new Alberta Pension Plan, and put it in the hands of AIMCo, with benefits covering all the same things as CPP currently does.

Do... do they think everyone forgot what happened with AIMCo a little while back???
#9 (Pass: 82-17) - This one basically just says that elders and "residents of public and private continuing care facilities" have been hit really hard with COVID, so they need to ensure quality of care and that compliance is monitored and enforced.

(Who voted against this?)
#10 (Pass: 64-35) - Pretty straightforward, this one argues for collecting all taxes paid by Albertans in Alberta.

This is also a dumb policy for a lot of reasons, but the biggest is that it's a colossal pain in the ass, as anyone who's lived in Quebec can tell you.
#11 (Pass: 53-47) - Create an additional privatized healthcare system for a "hybrid model".

Straight up, that's what this one's for - privatized healthcare. And it passed.

Don't let them pretend that privatization of healthcare isn't their explicit aim, bc they just said it is.
#12 (Pass: 81-18) - Regulation cannot create any sort of a barrier to "investment, economic growth or innovation".

This is way too much of an overreach, in case that's not clear. Regulation keeps us from getting hurt in the pursuit of those things. Some barriers are inevitable.
#13 (Pass:76-22) - Find a balance between the environment and the economy. Almost sounds reasonable until you get to "rationale" where it says "environmental laws regulations and policies have placed an undue burden on agriculture, land development, industry and rural residents."
#14 (Pass: 76-24) - Promote AI as an industry in Alberta and "seek to establish the province as a global hub for technological innovations."

Cool idea; would be cooler if we could just get telecoms working properly for everyone before we start doing Black Mirror, though.
#15 (Pass: 79-21) - "ensure that the safety of local communities is prioritized in decisions regarding supervised consumption sites".

Same song and dance as before on SCSs; pearl clutching about the community's safety, zero mention about safety for addicts.
#16 (Pass: 71-28) - Get rid of the RCMP, replace them with an Alberta Police Force. Straightforward, but comes with this insane "rationale": "The RCMP can be viewed as a relic of Alberta’s colonial past when Upper Canada and Lower Canada decided what was best for Central Canada."
#17 (Pass: 63-37) - Revamp curriculum. This one's super broad, so I'm just going to include a screenshot of it here bc I can't fit all of it into a tweet - honestly, it's pretty generic. It basically just says "education good" which makes it real funny that 37% voted against it.
#18 (Pass: 65-35) - "ensure timely delivery of all publicly funded surgeries by removing caps placed on the number of such surgeries."

The "rationale" is "The existing rationing system is not serving Albertans well. Long wait lists are causing unacceptable suffering and misery."
#19 (Pass: 71-28) - Recall legislation! Would require 50%+1 voters from the last election in a riding to sign a petition within 120 days of starting, and if they succeed a by-election is called within 60 days. Says it'll make MLAs more motivated to represent us, which...
#20 (Pass: 80-19) - Work with the feds to create a one-stop regulatory approval process to "minimize regulatory delays and burdens imposed on projects, particularly regarding critical infrastructure".
#21 (Pass: 61-39) - They want to develop a "strategic petroleum reserve and expand existing storage capacity in Alberta" in order to minimize volatility in O&G and to allow the gov't to purchase oil when supply's high and prices are low then sell them for a profit.

Wait a sec...
#22 (Pass: 66-37) - "ensuring publicly funded organizations, institutions and services do not encroach upon the realm of free enterprise in Alberta."

Basically, handicap the public sector bc apparently the gov't thinks the private sector can't win without a head start?
#23 (Pass: 84-16) - Straight up an attack on the @albertateachers - you're not allowed to regulate teacher/principal certification/professional conduct & practice AND do

1) collective bargaining,

2) administering collective agreements, or

3) anything the Labour Board does.
#24 (Pass: 79-21) - Repeal Bill 10. It says it was unconstitutional and was rushed through, and uses John Carpay's "Bill 10: Alberta government gives itself
sweeping new powers to create new laws without Legislative Assembly approval" article. (Guess Carpay's still relevant here)
#25 (Pass: 64-36) - This one's interesting - originally, it was about "ensuring an adequate supply of affordable housing with supportive care for seniors" but then they scratched that out and replaced it with "increasing investment in and
oversight of care facilities for seniors"
#26 (Pass: 71-29) - "use the abundance of Alberta’s natural gas resources to encourage downstream growth in petrochemicals which could be used in the manufacturing of a vast array of plastics." Also adds that we could build a huge recycling hub for Canada with inexpensive energy.
#27 (Pass: 66-33) - This is about referendums, but this rationale...

"This ensures that democracy has a voice in spite of public pressures exerted by the Media, the Federal Government,
the UN, the WHO, Unions or any other group trying to push agendas on the people of Alberta."
#28 (Pass: 77-23) - More anti-@albertateachers policies, this time by splitting them: "create a self-governing professional regulatory association for Alberta Teachers that is responsible for Teacher/Principal certification, conduct and practice, qualifications, and competency."
#29 (Pass: 68-31) - This one's upfront, and says they will "not allow municipal governments to run budget deficits."

Boy howdy that sure is convenient when you've just straight up removed a huge source of their revenue without their consent or even a warning.
#30 (Pass: 69-30) - "supporting and protecting family and small business in all policy and regulations related to these businesses".

The fact that 30% voted against this indicates that this party is a lot more in favor of massive corporations vs mom and pops than they pretend.
And that's all 30 policy proposals. All 30 passed, the only one that almost didn't was for privatizing healthcare (but that still passed - they're still gonna do it.)

If you're a UCP voter, check and see if you align with your party, bc this doesn't sound like the 2019 platform.

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