The Stakes are High
The Provincial Conservative party advocates a prevention oriented and integrated provincial health care system. By focusing on programs that will keep us healthy and prevent illnesss, we can dramatically improve health of our citizens and reduce costs of expensive services and treatments.
The PCPC Party believes that all Albertans should have access to emergency medical services regardless of their income and insurance. We also believe that individuals must be responsible for their own actions, and that the citizens of the province should not be responsible for medical costs that are the result of a lifetime of known poor lifestyle and health choices as the new Alberta Health Care will stress “prevention” and not just treatment. We recognize that in the case of unexpected life threatening illness that with a healthy prevention oriented provincial health care system that, Alberta citizens will be able to bear the cost of expensive treatments from time to time that are likely to prolong life as well as quality of life for many years to come for those ransomed by the cost of these treatments.
Healthcare transfer funds are a right of every province but only to directly fund health care programs and support a strong preventive policy for long healthy lives. These funds are never to be part of general revenues or poor management. Cost accounting in healthcare will have limits and expectations respected by all care partners.
For a Better Future
When it comes to the threat of climate change we have shown that economic progress and supporting alternative solutions are not contradictory but rather are complimentary.
In Alberta we have doubled production of renewal energy at the same time as there was a record number of jobs created. The Oil and gas industry in Alberta has made it clear that they will continue to push forward to develop alternative energies to support future generations.
We are going to continue to lower the carbon emissions in Alberta to give the next generation the time to create the next clean energy break through. With great determination and conviction and your support the PCPC party will make this happen.
Chinese Solar Powered Cities are an amazing feat that took billions of dollars to develop. The Chinese have become experts in solar cell development and are now the place in the world to buy the latest solar technology. Why are we not looking at developing electric car infrastructure and possibly HHO alternatives using the pulsing of separating hydrogen out of water as clean fuel? This has become a very safe process as France launched a HHO driven ship to travel the world on July 6th of this year!
The only thing these days that will save the earth is an increased development of electric vehicles and related infrastructure,solar energy, wind turbines, and hydrogen generation (HHO) technology . Increasing our reliance on Solar energy is a natural development in Alberta as we can use our incredible source of solar energy from unusually high sunlight hours during the summer. More than this we can use HHO (hydrogen generation that uses very little water) generators that can run all day and all night with no power lines and no pollution and very quiet.
We will still need to develop the tar sands but with less urgency over time while significantly lowering the Carbon footprint and pollution. Our oil and gas industry will continue to innovate to become cleaner and cleaner as there will always be a significant reliance on non renewables. Funds from the non renewable taxes will be directed to develop electric vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing, new solar technologies, wind turbines, energy efficiency, and perhaps HHO on Demand Research and Development.
Alberta could become the new electric vehicle of even Hydrogen Highway. This will develop a huge number of new jobs and world leaders. Increased use of the electric car, increased solar and wind production as well was converting to natural gas production from coal will clean up our rivers.
The development of electric vehicle, solar, wind, and in particular HHO are also less expensive than oil and gas to develop and will become more and more attractive over time.
Our air will be cleaner than its ever been! Also the most important factor for the health of the entire planet is that these technologies are forever renewable.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY & PAY DOWN STUDENT LOANS
In concert with the Progressive Canadian Party the Provincial Conservatives believes there is a serious under funding of post secondary school education at the University and Community College levels in Canada. The PCPC Party favors equal educational opportunities for all of Alberta’s children, and we are opposed to government spending and taxation policies that contribute to any division between the quality of education received by the affluent, the poor and the middle class. We support initiatives that transfer education costs away from parents we support recommendations from Alberta businesses with Alberta First hiring then Canada First hiring in our province. In return, the PCPC Party believes that businesses have the right and responsibility to influence educational standards so that Alberta graduates exceed their expectations with employment ready skills.
We believe it is right to publicly fund almost 100% of the education of our students to grade 12, and it is wrong to force post grade 12 students to pay for an increasing amount of their education which results in average student debt increasing to over $25,000 by the time they graduate. In the past two decades, average tuition fees for post grade 12 education have grown more than four-fold resulting in many students being forced to end their education or being heavily in debt upon graduation.
One of our first initiatives (in concert with the Federal Government), the province of Alberta will pay down up to 50% of up to $25,000 of all outstanding student loans. These funds will be paid directly to the banks who are holding the debt incurred by our educated and professionally trained Albertans. We are all for advanced education and believe that this needs to be supported at every level to bring about the innovation and necessary changes to make Alberta and Canada a stronger nation.
STEM PROGRAM FOR FUTURE CAREERS - LEADERSHIP
Canada has fallen back on the world stage in terms of our per person productivity partly as a result of this lack of federal government funding for post secondary school education and partly due to leadership and direction to include STEM educational programs with many Career opportunities world wide.
PCPC party of Alberta believes in equal education for all Albertans. We believe that students should be exposed to computer programming fundamentals in Kindergarten, and receive computer science and other curriculum similar to the National STEM Canada curriculum 2067 with great intensity throughout their education – over 70% of the future Careers in both industry and innovation depend on strong computer skills with an integration of science and math skills. Science math and computing related jobs do not all require higher education or even a college degree and less than half of entry-level jobs require a bachelor's degree or higher we must start educating our children by exposing them to an integrated curriculum that will. What separates STEM from the traditional science and math education is the blended learning environment and showing students how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life. It teaches students computational thinking and focuses on the real world applications of problem solving here:
This is not a problem unique to Canada. In the United Kingdom, the Royal Academy of Engineering reports that the Brits will have to graduate 100,000 STEM majors every year until 2020 just to meet demand. According to the report, Germany has a shortage of 210,000 workers in the mathematics, computer science, natural science and technology disciplines.
All of this effort is to meet a need. According to a report by the website STEMconnector.org, by 2018, projections estimate the need for 8.65 million workers in STEM-related jobs. The manufacturing sector faces an alarmingly large shortage of employees with the necessary skills — nearly 600,000. The field of cloud computing alone created 1.7 million jobs between 2011 and 2015, according to this report. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2018, the bulk of STEM careers will be:
Computing – 71 percent
Traditional Engineering – 16 percent
Physical sciences – 7 percent
Life sciences – 4 percent
Mathematics – 2 percent
Our next initiative will be to endorse and implement the Canadian Federation of Students ("CFS") first recommendation which is to:
"Develop and implement a national vision for a high quality and affordable system of post-secondary education. The federal government should, in cooperation with the provinces, implement a federal Post-Secondary Education Act modeled after the principles of the Canada Health Act, accompanied by a dedicated cash transfer with funding allocated to:
"Immediately restore per capita funding to 1992 levels;
and Over three years, reduce tuition fees to 1992 levels."
This recommendation is found in the CFS recent brochure entitled Public Education for the Public Good - a national vision for Canada's post-secondary education system.
Funding at the federal level is not a problem. It is simply a question of priorities.
VISION FOR FUTURE Federal PC Party Platform: Progressive Canadian Party
Conservative means to conserve our future and no longer make a few people rich while our youth are underfed and underhoused. Alberta Boom and Bust will become a thing of the past. Its time that we stop this cycle forever by building new alternative leading technologies. The only thing these days that will save the earth is increased use of solar, wind, electrical and HHO technology (France launched HHO driven ship on July 6th, 2017). Solar is important to Alberta as we can use our incredible advantage of long sunlight hours to create solar energy and compliment our solar advantage with HHO (Alberta has tremendous natural water resources) that can be run day and night with no power lines and no pollution and no need to continue developing the tar sands to such a high degree. Funds from the non renewable taxes will be directed to develop electric car infrastructure, solar, wind, and HHO on demand Research and Development. Alberta could become the new Hydrogen Highway. This will develop a large number of new jobs and world leaders. Electric cars and HHO will clean up our atmosphere and rivers and we will stop fracking and destroying our potable wells. The development of an electric car infrastructure, solar powered energy production, wind turbines, and in particular HHO are becoming less expensive than oil and gas to develop and produce energy from. Our air will be cleaner than its ever been before! Also HHO is forever renewable and we need more research and active production. We will always have a strong oil and gas industry but uniquely cleaner and always a predominant part of the future of Alberta.
Alberta PCPC Alternative Policy to Carbon Taxes
In Canada and now in Alberta Carbon taxes are in place as a means to mitigate the hydrocarbon industry’s environmental impact. The Alberta PCPC party believes that we need to look at an even stronger economical model where potential benefits of an alternative to carbon taxes (ACT) is proposed to allow hydrocarbon producers to directly invest a fixed amount per unit produced into renewable energy systems (e.g., wind farms, Solar Cities, HHO, electric car infrastructure and manufacturing). Producers would maintain ownership of the assets they build and reinvest a portion of revenues to further grow their renewable assets. The purpose of our proposal is to help producers gradually evolve from being wholly hydrocarbon energy companies to becoming renewable energy companies. Subsequently this would stop and further avoid the massive job losses associated with sudden industry shifts in the world and slowly develop Alberta as a strong expert in electric car technologies and infrastructure, HHO ships and cars and any related alternative energy technologies. There is lots of research to support our proposal and the discussion should be around the percentage of revenue sharing for public funds invested to pay down the provincial debt..
(Source: Science Direct, An alternative to carbon taxes to finance renewable energy systems and offset hydrocarbon based greenhouse gas emissions, David D.J. Taylor, Santiago Paiva, and Alexander H. Slocum}
Our policy would involve the following:
1. Assessment as to the amount of GHG (Green House Gas) emissions of hydrocarbon (e.g. oil) production use that could be offset in Alberta by our proposed investment in renewable energy systems (e.g. Electric auto, Wind power, Solar energy, HHO).
2. Provide a model with input from the hydrocarbon industry in our province to decide on a fixed fee per unit (e.g. $/barrel) produced into renewable energy systems while allowing the industry players to maintain ownership of the new assets. This fixed fee price investment would be an alternative positive investment instead of paying a carbon tax directly to the government. Projects would need to provide ongoing and immediate impact.
3. To make this work we would also look at having hydrocarbon production companies reinvest a fraction of the revenues from electricity generation from the new renewable energy systems into growing the renewables resource in our province?
URGENCY TO RESPOND NOW!
We must address NOW the production and utilization of hydrocarbon resources due to the increasing concern with regard to global warming issues. In a recent survey of Albertans by IPSOS 95% of Albertans were aware of global warming and 74% considered it of grave concern while 71% identified that global warming is man made. The alternative proposed by the extreme “united right” is to do NOTHING. The Athabasca oil sands is an integral part of the Albertan economy but the recent political upheaval in British Columbia and the pending denial of the Keystone XL Pipeline has sent our province a clear signal that the perceived environmental impact of the oil sands must be addressed.
MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION IN ALBERTA
The Alberta PCPC Party supports the legalization of marijuana, with common sense regulations to protect the vulnerable from abuse, and the rapid release of all who have been imprisoned exclusively for using marijuana. The strong odours of marijuana use should be restricted to those businesses licensed for the clean and careful use of marijuana on the premises only. Due to the contact stone susceptibility of marijuana smoke, smoking of marijuana must be limited in the presence of children and follow all of the usual privacy and environment restrictions in any city in Alberta and any neighbourhood. Private property regulations must be respected with limited outdoor use if the smell imposes on the standard of living of those around you.
We also believe that there should be absolute pardoning and removal of all marijuana charges grandfathered to the day of legalization in Canada in 2018 for simple possession and a statute of limitations for those who were selling marijuana with a clean record for over 10 years. Its time to free up our youth and bring them back into society as full legal citizens and not burdened by an inability to get an education or work in sensitive areas or to travel abroad.
Factors to consider when growing marijuana crops for Canadian consumption:
We see the many healthy benefits of the use of medical marijuana that has high levels of CBD. Also the reduction in the cost of policing for the use of a moderate stimulants. Most importantly, CBD has a big effect on the subjective experience of using marijuana, as well as for your health and CBD levels should be high and clearly marked to indicate positive benefits available. When there are high amounts of CBD in marijuana sold in Canada the benefits are as follows:
Reduction of pain
Prevention of seizures and spasms
Relief of some types of inflammation
Reduction of anxiety
Protection to Your Brain (has neuroprotective effects)
Has a calming effect
Acts as an antipsychotic for people suffering from schizophrenia
Offers relief for some patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia and Epilepsy
Helps to stop the growth of cancer by inhibiting cancer cell growth
Prevents the memory impairment and disorientation associated with THC
Prevents psychotic split and ongoing depersonalization . Note: Many of the most popular strains today have little to no CBD and a strain is usually considered "high-CBD" if it has more than 2% CBD. However, many of the specially bred medical strains have higher levels of CBD, up to 15% CBD or more. Strains with "Afghan" or "Afghani" lineage tend to have higher levels of CBD, as do most non-psychoactive varieties like Ruderalis (auto-flowering) and hemp. We need these strains to be readily available and identified for the health and well being of all Canadians.
Canada has a history of the support of marijuana laws from the Le Dane commission and those conclusions should have been respected many years ago:
“The recommendations of Gerald Le Dain, Heinz Lehmann and J. Peter Stein included the repeal of the prohibition against the simple possession of cannabis and cultivation for personal use. Marie-Andree Bertrand, writing for a minority view, recommended a policy of legal distribution of cannabis, that cannabis be removed from the Narcotic Control Act (since replaced by the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act) and that the provinces implement controls on possession and cultivation, similar to those governing the use of alcohol. “
Its long overdue!