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Affordability

Cell and Internet services

NDP's promises

Bring high-speed Internet to every Albertan by 2027

Childcare

NDP's promises

Bring fees down to $10/day by the end of 2024
Provide $10/day before- and after-school care
Double the per-space funding grant to non-profit childcare operators from $5K/space to $10K/space

"We will double the per space funding grant to non-profit child care operators to create more child care spaces from $5,000/space to $10,000/space." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-19

Pensions

NDP's promises

Keep Alberta in the Canada Pension Plan, and pass legislation preventing future governments from withdrawing from CPP
Expand private workplace pensions
Return to a joint-governance model for public pensions
Allow public school teachers to leave AIMCo
Remove the Finance Minister's power to direct investment decisions at AIMCo

Poverty and the minimum wage

NDP's promises

Index the minimum wage to inflation
Review income supports to address gaps

"As part of the review, we will consult on:

   Eliminating the discrimination in Income Support eligibility and amounts between Barriers to Full Employment and AISH.

   Removing unfair clawbacks and asset thresholds that keep people in poverty and are disincentives to training and employment.

   The Income Supports Appeals Secretariat to improve accessibility and reduce poverty." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-27

Permanently index benefits to inflation

Public transit

NDP's promise

Begin work on the north leg of the Green Line LRT

"The Alberta NDP is committed to supporting the Calgary Green Line LRT through an investment to begin land acquisition for the north leg of the project. Once completed, the north leg of the Green Line will extend from 16 Avenue North to 160 Avenue North." — Building a Better Future for Calgary, retrieved 2023-05-22

Seniors' benefits

NDP's promise

Immediately increase the Seniors Benefit, Income Supports, and AISH payments to match inflation since 2019, then index them to inflation

Tax measures and rebates

NDP's promises

Freeze personal income taxes
Not bring in a provincial sales tax
Freeze auto insurance
Provide a tax credit for kids' activities up to $500/child/year

"We will introduce a Kids’ Activity Tax Credit. This will provide parents with up to $500 per child per year to pay for activities, including sports, dance, music lessons, and more."

Utilities

NDP's promises

Investigate electricity prices to improve competitiveness, reliability, and affordability in the long-term
Implement a 12 cents/kWh rate cap from to prevent price spikes from July to September

Climate Change & the Environment

Energy generation

NDP's promise

Create a net-zero electricity system by 2035

Land

NDP's promises

Ban coal mining in the Rocky Mountains and surrounding areas
Invest $5M to support Indigenous environmental monitoring, Guardian programmes, and co-managed parks

"With an initial investment of $5 million, we will support Indigenous environmental monitoring, Guardian programs, and Indigenous co-managed parks to enhance land, water, and biodiversity conservation and stewardship, and will also uphold Indigenous Rights under Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution by removing harmful regulations on hunting, harvesting, fishing, and gathering." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-27

Increase matching funds for the Alberta Land Trust Grant Program by $25M over three years
Invest $40M more in parks and public lands infrastructure

"The Alberta NDP will create more trails, campsites, playgrounds, warm-up shelters and amenities like fish-cleaning stations through an additional $40 million investment in parks and public lands infrastructure. This will bring the total investment to $250 million over three years." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-27

Public transit

NDP's promise

Begin work on the north leg of the Green Line LRT

"The Alberta NDP is committed to supporting the Calgary Green Line LRT through an investment to begin land acquisition for the north leg of the project. Once completed, the north leg of the Green Line will extend from 16 Avenue North to 160 Avenue North." — Building a Better Future for Calgary, retrieved 2023-05-22

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

NDP's promises

Achieve net-zero emissions by 2050
Create a net-zero electricity system by 2035
Invest $75M to capture and reduce methane emissions
Report annually on progress and emissions reductions

Education

Diversity in schools

NDP's promises

Reintroduce legal protections for GSAs in schools

"And an Alberta NDP government will re-introduce legal protections for GSAs in schools, allowing students to create and participate in them without delays, restrictions, or reprisal." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-27

Develop Filipino and Somali curricula for interested schools
Work with First Nations to develop K-12 curriculum in 6 Indigenous languages

"We will support language learning and we will work with First Nations to develop K-12 curriculum in 6 of Alberta’s most prominent Indigenous languages - Dene, Nehiyâwewin (Cree), Isga (Nakota Sioux), Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Tsuu’tina and Michif." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-27

Post-secondary costs and tuition

NDP's promises

Freeze post-secondary tuition at 2022-23 levels and cap future increases to inflation

Post-secondary institutions

NDP's promises

Provide up to $200M for a downtown Calgary campus
Partner with NAIT to build an Advanced Skills Centre to train nearly 10K apprentices per year

"The Alberta NDP has allocated $45 million over three years to fund the planning and site preparation for the construction of the NAIT Advanced Skills Centre. Presently, NAIT trains around 8,600 apprentices annually, but with projected growth, Alberta is expected to require 51,000 new apprentices within the next three years." — Building a Better Future for Edmonton, retrieved 2023-05-22

Create 30K new spaces for post-secondary learning, training, and apprenticeships
Work with post-secondary institutions to relocate or expand their campuses in downtown Calgary

School construction and upgrades

NDP's promise

Build and modernise 125 schools

School curriculum

NDP's promise

Begin to review and revise the curriculum within 100 days of forming government

"In our first 100 days, we will work to review and revise the curriculum to ensure it’s modern, inclusive, and supports Alberta students to excel and compete globally."

School nutrition

NDP's promise

Invest $35M more in a school nutrition programme for up to 75K students

"We’ll work to ensure no child goes hungry by investing an additional $35 million in a School Nutrition Program to provide nutritious food for up to 75,000 students across Alberta." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-27

School staffing

NDP's promises

Hire 4,000 more teachers
Hire 3,000 Educational Assistants and support staff

Student loans

NDP's promises

Cap interest on student loans to the prime rate
Increase student aid and grants

Health & Healthcare

Gender-affirming care

NDP's promise

Work with Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services to increase timely access to gender-affirming care

Health staffing

NDP's promises

Offer $10K signing bonuses to doctors, nurses, and other health professionals
Create 10K more post-secondary healthcare spaces
Protect healthcare jobs and retain health care workers who already work in Alberta
Offer incentives for working in rural or remote communities
Double the number of residency spaces that international medical graduates are eligible for, and remove bi-annual language exams if graduates are working in English

Healthcare availability

NDP's promise

Invest $75M over three years to get, scale, and deploy solutions to healthcare problems

"The Healthcare Innovation Challenge Fund is a groundbreaking initiative by the Alberta NDP, and is the first of its kind in the province. Through the fund, the Alberta NDP will invest an initial $75 million over the next three years to prioritize the procurement, scaling, and deployment of innovative solutions in healthcare settings across Alberta Health Services." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-19

Hospitals

NDP's promises

Build the South Edmonton Hospital

"We will proceed with construction and explore opportunities to speed up the completion timeline.

The South Edmonton Hospital will be built according to its original plan for 500 patient beds. We will not scale back operations to cut costs, and we will ensure the hospital is fully staffed as part of our targeted healthcare recruitment strategy and plan to introduce Family Health Teams." — Building a Better Future for Edmonton, retrieved 2023-05-22

Expand the Red Deer Regional Hospital, without using a Public-Private Partnership model, and make the construction timeline transparent

"An Alberta NDP Government will:

  1. Press forward urgently with the expansion of the hospital, and explore any opportunity to speed up the timeline
  2. Recruit and train new healthcare workers to ensure the hospital is fully staffed
  3. Be transparent with the project's timeline and communicate any changes

The UCP has failed to deliver any substantial progress on expanding the Red Deer Hospital. After nearly four years they have quietly delayed the project even further.

We will never pursue a P3 construction model for the hospital, as these models only lead to further delays." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-09

Plan a North Calgary Health Campus
Create a cardiac catheterisation lab at the Chinook Regional Hospital
Provide $40M to build a new Stollery Children's Hospital

"Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP have pledged $40 million to support the planning and design of a new, stand-alone Stollery Children's Hospital." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-19

Staff the Calgary Cancer Centre

"The Alberta NDP will build the Alberta Cancer Innovation Hub, ensuring Calgary is a leader in cancer care across Canada. The Alberta Cancer Innovation Hub will develop clinical trials and deploy cutting-edge treatments and technologies.

The Alberta Cancer Innovation Hub is part of a broader commitment to improve research and development in Alberta’s life sciences industries and encourage patenting and commercialization of Alberta-based intellectual property. Most importantly, improve cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for all Albertans." — Building a Better Future for Calgary, retrieved 2023-05-22

Create an Alberta Cancer Innovation Hub
Fund a new X-Ray machine in Morinville

"This includes the South Edmonton Hospital, Red Deer Hospital, staffing the Calgary Cancer Centre and Grand Prairie Hospital, planning for a North Calgary Health Campus, a new Stollery Children’s Hospital serving Edmonton all of Northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories, a Cardiac Catheterization Lab at the Chinook Regional Hospital, and a new X-Ray machine in Morinville."

Primary care

NDP's promises

Provide access to family doctors for all Albertans

"With the Alberta NDP, if you need a family doctor, you will get a family doctor, and we will never make you pay for this."

Create Family Health Teams including doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals, commit $400M to hire 4,000 allied health professionals, and invest $350M to establish 40 family health clinics
Provide secure, polycarbonate health cards to every Albertan

Seniors' health and services

NDP's promises

Increase homecare by 20K more clients over the next 4 years
Support organisations that help seniors with snow shoveling, yard care, transportation, and meal prep
Make the Shingrix shingles vaccine available for free to all Albertans receiving the Seniors Benefit, as well as to all Albertans in continuing care or home care

"The Shingrix vaccine will be made available free of charge to every Albertan who receives the Alberta Seniors Benefit and who wants the vaccine. We will also offer the vaccine to all Albertans in continuing care or are clients of home care." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-09

Cover drivers medical exams
Reverse cuts to rental assistance

Sexual and reproductive health

NDP's promise

Provide free, universal access to free prescription contraception

"This plan would cover oral hormone pills, contraceptive injections, copper and hormonal intrauterine devices, subdermal implants, and Plan B." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-09

Housing & Homelessness

Affordable housing

NDP's promises

Support 40K more Albertans accessing affordable housing
Create 8,500 social housing units
Allow 11K more households to access rental assistance
Invest in affordable housing for seniors
Provide $205M over three years to support City of Calgary's efforts to build 11,500 units more of affordable housing by 2026

"In addition to increasing financial supports for rental assistance and rental supplements, the Alberta NDP’s Affordable Housing Plan outlines our commitment to invest capital funding and support the construction of affordable housing units in Calgary. Our plan will support the City of Calgary’s efforts to build the remaining 11,500 units required to meet their goals by 2026." — Building a Better Future for Calgary, retrieved 2023-05-22

Provide $305M over three years for constructing affordable housing units in Edmonton

"In addition to increasing financial assistance for rental support programs, the Alberta NDP's Affordable Housing Plan includes capital funding and the construction of thousands of affordable housing units in Edmonton. This includes the development of supportive housing with comprehensive services to address complex needs. Our plan aligns with the City of Edmonton's Affordable Housing Investment Plan." — Building a Better Future for Edmonton, retrieved 2023-05-22

Invest $120M in the Indigenous Capital Housing programme

"Supporting Indigenous-led and designed housing, and providing wrap-around support"

Rental housing

NDP's promises

Allow 11K more households to access rental assistance
Create a rent bank for people facing a crisis, like losing their job or a family emergency

"Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP will provide more funding for wrap-around supports within affordable housing and create a rent bank to protect housing for Albertans when they face a crisis like a job loss or family emergency." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-09

Shelters and homeless services

NDP's promise

Provide stable and consistent funding to shelter spaces

Jobs & the Economy

Agriculture

NDP's promises

Create a program for accessing capital

"Create an Alberta Value-Add Incentive Program to help companies access capital." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-19

Set up a task force to incentivise rural food start-ups

"Set up a Local Food Incentive task force to incentivize small-scale, rural start-ups that can upgrade local ingredients to new food products." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-19

Hire more staff to help with navigating services and agri-food and value-added approvals

"Increase staff dedicated to help navigate services and agri-food and value-added approvals." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-19

Lower capital borrowing costs for irrigation districts and municipalities

Calgary

NDP's promises

Match the City of Calgary's investments for office conversion and capital improvements to attract people downtown
Provide targeted grants for small businesses to do business in downtown Calgary
Work with post-secondary institutions to relocate or expand their campuses in downtown Calgary
Begin work on the north leg of the Green Line LRT

"The Alberta NDP is committed to supporting the Calgary Green Line LRT through an investment to begin land acquisition for the north leg of the project. Once completed, the north leg of the Green Line will extend from 16 Avenue North to 160 Avenue North." — Building a Better Future for Calgary, retrieved 2023-05-22

Provide $205M over three years to support City of Calgary's efforts to build 11,500 units more of affordable housing by 2026

"In addition to increasing financial supports for rental assistance and rental supplements, the Alberta NDP’s Affordable Housing Plan outlines our commitment to invest capital funding and support the construction of affordable housing units in Calgary. Our plan will support the City of Calgary’s efforts to build the remaining 11,500 units required to meet their goals by 2026." — Building a Better Future for Calgary, retrieved 2023-05-22

Provide $1.5M to revitalise Calgary's Chinatown

"This funding will support improvements to the Chinese Cultural Centre, Sien Lok Park, and other Chinese cultural hubs in the community, as well as upgrades to the public realm surrounding many of Chinatown’s businesses and social spaces." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-27

Economic diversification

NDP's promises

Provide a 20% refundable tax credit on capital investments in new emerging sectors

"Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP have a plan to attract $20 billion in private-sector capital investment and create 47,000 good-paying jobs."

Provide an additional 10% refundable tax credit for new capital investments that meet additional criteria

"An additional 10 per cent will be awarded for new capital investment that goes further — generating key outcomes like high-skilled job opportunities, new technological capacity in our province, or new sector skills and know-how."

Reinstate the Alberta Investor Tax Credit and the Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit

Oil & petrochemicals

NDP's promise

Expand the Alberta Petrochemical Incentive Program

"This will expand the eligible feedstocks of the program to include, for example, recycled plastics, will expand the program to include end-products and will bring back partial upgrading — which was removed by the UCP."

Startups and small businesses

NDP's promises

Eliminate the small business tax for more than 100K small businesses

"We will eliminate the small business tax for more than 100,000 small businesses, including retail establishments, restaurants, mechanic shops, family farms and more."

Consult on expanding the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation to more sectors and projects

Unions

NDP's promises

Repeal Bills 2 and 32
Reinstate Bills 17 and 30

Working conditions

NDP's promises

Restore presumptive PTSD for injuries in a traumatic event in the workplace
Give Fort McMurray firefighters retroactive access to WCB coverage

"Giving Fort McMurray firefighters retroactive access to WCB coverage through legislation. This will include respiratory illnesses and cancer coverage retroactive to 2003. And we’ll consult with other essential personnel groups that occupied Fort McMurray at the same time to provide the same coverage." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-27

Legislate a definition of catastrophic events

"Legislating a Catastrophic Event definition, to ensure all workers involved in such events have access to similar coverage without needing legislative changes." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-27

Society & Government

Budgets

NDP's promises

Maintain a balanced or surplus budget
Decrease the net debt to GDP ratio over the next 4 years

Community spaces and facilities

NDP's promises

Create a new programme, increase grant funding, and provide a new $100M annual capital investment funding stream, to build and improve local community facilities

"Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP are announcing a new program called “Hometown Alberta” to build and improve local community facilities, like hockey rinks, in every corner of the province." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-22

"Our Hometown Alberta program will create 1,500 jobs over three years and build stronger communities by supporting municipalities and non-profits to build, repair, renovate, upgrade or expand local community facilities, including sports, recreational, religious, cultural and other public-use spaces.

Hometown Alberta would help build or improve community halls, legion halls, non-profit spaces, seniors centres, recreation centres, museum, art and culture centres, playgrounds, or places of worship.

Building off the current Community Facility Enhancement Program, we would increase grant funding available and add a new $100-million annual capital investment funding stream, so communities can build new spaces to gather at and enjoy!" — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-22

Immigrant settlement

NDP's promise

Improve funding for settlement services, education, and language programmes

Policing

NDP's promise

Keep the RCMP in Alberta

Public safety

NDP's promises

Hire 150 more police officers, paired with 150 social workers, mental health workers, addictions counsellors, and community navigators

"The Alberta NDP will hire 150 more police officers and pair them with 150 social workers, mental health workers, addictions counsellors and community navigators to improve public safety and provide support."

Invest $10M in Rural Crime Reduction Units
Hire more probation officers, and invest in post-release programmes
Create a Hate Crimes Unit
Create community liaison programmes
Create a long-term agreement with municipalities for predictable police funding and expectations for provincially-provided services such as affordable housing

"Establish a long-term agreement with municipalities to support: stable and predictable police funding and an increased use of integrated police-community service teams; Indigenous partnerships; and provincial accountability for services such as affordable housing." — albertandp.ca, retrieved 2023-05-20

Racism and diversity

NDP's promises

Pass legislation on anti-racism and race-based data collection
Establish an anti-racism office to address racial inequalities
Add a Minister Responsible for the Status of Women and Gender Equity

Social services

NDP's promises

Increase funding for Family and Community Support Services by 50%

Sovereignty and Independence

NDP's promise

Repeal the Alberta Sovereignty Act

Misc. topics

Arts and culture

NDP's promises

Increase funding for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts by 50%
Create a capital grants programme to support projects in urban centres
Create a Live Entertainment Advisory Council

Parks

NDP's promises

Cancel the K-country pass
Close loopholes in the Alberta Parks Act to prevent delisting and selling parks


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Biography

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Raj Jessel has called Chestermere home for the last 15 years since moving here to raise his family. As a transit operator for the last 24 years, Raj is passionate about fostering connected and friendly communities.

Raj is very involved in his community, previously sitting on the Chestermere Library Board, and serving as an executive board member with the local ATU 583.

Before moving to Canada, Raj was a teacher in India. Passionate about theatre and acting, Raj served as the President of the Calgary School of Drama and Arts.

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