It wasn’t long ago that Alberta’s education system was the envy of the world. Our students would consistently rank among the top in global achievement in subjects like math and science. In recent years, however, our education system began to slip and some students were left behind.
A United Conservative government believes that every child in Alberta deserves the opportunity to receive a world-class education. To make this happen, we need to ensure that adequate resources get to the classroom, that teachers are supported, and that curriculum is based on sound, proven education policy, and not untested trends imposed on teachers.
We owe it to the next generation to get education right. This is why a United Conservative government would ensure that Alberta’s long-standing record of school choice would be protected. What’s right for one student, isn’t always right for the next and that’s why students have benefited from the variety of education options available for parents to choose from in the province. Whether it’s francophone, faith-based, special needs, gifted, or alternative programming, ensuring a diversity of education options for Alberta’s students means that each child has an opportunity to succeed.
Alberta’s health care system is nearing a state of crisis. Health care spending has never been higher and yet, wait times continue to skyrocket. Despite the best efforts of our dedicated health professionals, the doctors, nurses, and health care aides, emergency departments are overcrowded, operating rooms are unavailable, and EMS response times are often dangerously high.
We simply cannot allow this to continue. A United Conservative government would put the patient at the centre of health care and empower them with the information they need to navigate the system. For too long, health care decisions have been made by bureaucrats in Edmonton instead of the health care professionals serving patients on the front lines.
Our health care system needs to be measured by patient outcomes rather than dollars spent.
Alberta is the economic engine of the country, driving growth to create jobs, wealth, and prosperity. But in recent years, that engine has slowed right down. Four years after the great recession of 2014, Alberta is still struggling to find its feet. The resilience and optimism of the Alberta spirit can still be felt across the province, but under the crushing burden of government regulation and over taxation, that spirit is waning.
A United Conservative government would make reigniting the Alberta economy its primary focus. We will eliminate unnecessary red tape that prevents businesses from growing and creating more jobs. We will allow Albertans to keep more of their own hard-earned money so that they can spend it on their priorities, fueling economic growth. And we will eliminate the carbon tax that scares away investment, robs families of wealth, and only serves the pad the bottom line of government.
Energy, Oil & Gas
Albertans know that our energy sector has allowed our province to thrive for generations. While some have apologized for our ingenuity in resource extraction, Alberta’s United Conservatives are proud of the accomplishments of our energy sector and the hard-working men and women employed by it.
But we also know that without new pipeline capacity, everything is at risk. Alberta’s energy producers must provide significant discounts when selling oil to the world market because of a lack of pipelines. In fact, this discount has become so large that some of Alberta’s energy products are currently sold at a loss. This means Albertans, as resource owners, are literally paying others to take our oil away. It doesn’t make sense and it has to end.
We are blessed with an abundance of natural resources that make us the envy of the world. But we’ve allowed foreign-funded environmental extremists to effectively land lock our energy products. This is why a United Conservative government would not allow Alberta to sit back and take this any longer. It’s time to fight back and make sure the world understands that Alberta produces energy in a more environmentally sound manner than anywhere else on earth. It means banning foreign funds that seek to keep our energy products in the ground. And it means standing up against a federal government that seeks to destroy Alberta’s energy sector altogether.
A United Conservative government would get pipelines built so that we can get our energy products to market and unleash the potential of Canada’s strongest economy. This means more jobs, more wealth, and the ability to pay for the best and most comprehensive social programs in the country. But in order to do any of this, we must fight back.