The Alberta Party stands firmly behind our oil and gas industry and we can certainly appreciate the pain and hardship experienced by the many thousands of Albertans directly employed within this sector or affiliated with it. This is an industry that has always been and will continue to be a major economic driving force in our province.
At the core of our oil and gas sector's struggle is the need for us to be able to sell more of our product, and the Alberta Party views this as a multi-pronged approach:
1. Ship more of our existing products, and pipelines are the most notable answer. We definitely want Trans Mountain to happen. We as Canadians find ourselves now owning a pipeline, having paid near full ticket price for it, but still without a single shovel having hit the ground and the project seems to have completely stalled. But unlike other political parties in Alberta, the Alberta Party is not placing all our eggs in just the one basket; we also want Energy East and Kinder Morgan to proceed, plus we are even exploring the feasibility of a northbound pipeline in partnership with Canada's northern communities and the state of Alaska.
Youth Leadership Mentorship
Due to the divisiveness, finger-pointing, name-calling, and the overall poor state of political discourse in Alberta today, as is the case in many other jurisdictions across Canada and the world, and as is particularly evident in our neighbour to the south, young people are disinterested and do not participate in the political process as much as they ought to. One could say that the leaders of tomorrow are politically apathetic! Instead, young people spend their energies and volunteer their time supporting specific causes or taking on social justice, environmental or community advancement-type initiatives. They are certainly active, albeit not politically. This apathy has traditionally encouraged politicians to ignore young people's priorities and, at times, even adopt policies that run counter to their interests without fear of electoral reprisal.
Former Edmonton-McClung MLA, Mo Elsalhy, wins the Alberta Party nomination to run in the constituency of Edmonton-South West in the 2019 provincial election.