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Newsletter #9

Alberta Party  www.AlbertaParty.ca

As we enter the last couple of days of this election campaign, it is vital that Albertans vote for the candidate that will best represent them.    

This has been one of the most divisive elections for personal attacks and rhetoric.  Jason Kenney and the NDP have both created fear to ensure Albertans believe they only have a choice between two extremes -- another four years of out-of-control spending and the transfer of private sector jobs to the public sector or four years of disrespect, conflict, lawsuits, and a step back in the governance of our Province.  The very tactics used by these two parties during the campaign should be enough to make Albertans start to review ALL their options.

The Alberta Party believes you can have a strong social system and have a strong economy.  The Alberta Party is made up of pragmatic, 'outside the box' innovators who have a focus on Alberta's future.  We cannot plan for the future by 're-creating' policies of the past. We cannot plan for the future by creating policy that makes doing business in Alberta unattractive.  We cannot focus solely on moving our oil by one pipeline.  The Alberta Party has created sound policies that will transition Alberta from relying on the export of raw materials to a robust diverse economy, providing a range of jobs and opportunities that mirror the diversity of our province.  We know that small business is the backbone of our communities and the Alberta Party has focus on ensuring small business has opportunities to be competitive and succeed. The Alberta Party has candidates campaigning in all 87 ridings. What are we going to do?  Visit AlbertaParty.ca under Election 2019 Position Statements.

Tourism is a primary economic driver in the Banff-Kananaskis riding. The mountain destinations have proven to not only be resilient, but to prosper during the economic downturn.  This riding deserves to have a representative who not only has the practical knowledge of the tourism industry, by working in Bow Valley tourism for 30 years; but also has the academic knowledge with a Masters of Tourism Management degree.  Beyond the knowledge of tourism, I also have working knowledge of both farming and oil & gas, having been raised on a family farm in central Alberta. I have spent countless volunteer hours over the past 25 years building stronger communities throughout the Bow Valley. I see the opportunity to strengthen the resiliency of the Banff - Kananaskis riding through more communication and collaboration of all our constituency communities, including the sovereign nations of Stoney Nakoda and Tsuu T'ina, should that be their wish.

On April 16th vote for the party that has their eye on the future.  Vote for the candidate that will be the voice to champion your issues.  On April 16th, vote Brenda Stanton your Alberta Party candidate.

Brenda Stanton, Alberta Party Candidate

Banff-Kananaskis Constituency

Authorized by the Brenda Stanton Campaign.

 

 


Banff Kananaskis Newsletter #5

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It is hard to believe we are halfway through campaign time!  I have quickly realized that there is no shortage of issues in our constituency!  I have spent the past 30+ years in the Bow Valley (Seebe/Banff/Canmore) and have purposely used this campaign to learn more about the east part of our riding. 

Positive Insights from meeting our constituents:  I see huge opportunities for the communities in this riding to collaborate far more from a small business perspective to help drive business to each other and work together to attract new customers.  We need the big picture perspective when looking at infrastructure investment and understanding cost savings in logistics management.

Bragg Creek 4-Way Stop:  During chats with business owners in Bragg Creek, the 4-way stop will always be a topic.  This is quite possibly the most confusing intersection in Alberta!  Apparently, there are times when the RCMP is used to direct traffic at this 4-way stop.  Paths and parking lots are other infrastructure concerns.  Safety is an obvious imperative and rural crime is a major component of safety.  I have suggested to the Alberta Party that a framework based on the three pillars of sustainability (economic, social and environment) is created to prioritize infrastructure projects.  To eliminate politicizing infrastructure projects, Albertans should know what metrics are being used in project prioritization, including water management projects.  


Newsletter #8

The Alberta Party:

www.albertaparty.ca

This week, the Alberta Party has made commitments that will have great impact on Alberta and are close to the heart for me.  Specifically, commitments on how we will approach the Opioid Crisis and commitments on how we move towards reconciliation with our Indigenous sovereign nations and with our Alberta Crime Plan.  

Opioid Crisis:

As a 'pre-writ' member of the Bow Valley Opioid Taskforce, we recognized that an 'enforcement' approach would be ineffective.  The Alberta Party also understands and is taking a public health approach, including more local mental health supports and more accessibility to nalaxone kits.

Reconciliation Plan:

Having worked with various nations over the past three years on training and workforce development programs, the biggest hurdle was building self-confidence as the majority of folks did not feel that they had the same base education on reserve.  I also have friends that have chosen to school their children off-reserve and I have asked them why -- the answer was always the same -- they don't get the same level of education on reserve schools.  Why?  Federal funding for on-reserve schools simply does not compare to funding for other Alberta students.  With minimal funding, on-reserve schools could not compete for the same level of educators for the children.  Programs for children with additional needs were cut.  I spoke with a friend from the Stoney Nakoda nation yesterday. He has two children that are on the autism spectrum.  They used to have programs available on reserve but the programs were cut and the children now have to leave their community to attend classes in Cochrane.  There is always much conversation around how important it is for children to be able to attend schools in their own communities but somehow that conversation often gets lost when we start to discuss on-reserve schools.  We know that education is key to poverty prevention.  I am so proud that the Alberta Party is committed to ensuring the gap between federal funding on reserve and funding received off-reserve is equalized.  

Alberta Crime Plan:

Rural crime is a big issue in our constituency, especially in the farming and ranching areas.  Times have definitely changed from 30+ years ago when I would hang out with my dad when it was his turn to 'patrol' as a member of the Rural Crime Watch.  The Alberta Party is committed to increasing support to both municipalities and First Nations to expand and address policing issues.  

Brenda Stanton
Alberta Party Candidate
Banff-Kananaskis
Campaign Office: 403-688-1657

Email:  brenda.stanton@albertaparty.ca

banffkananaskis.albertaparty.ca 

 


Newsletter #7

ALBERTA PARTY:  www.albertaparty.ca

One public all-candidates forum left to attend:

CANMORE, Thursday, April 11th, 5:30-7:30 – Malcolm Hotel, 321 Spring Creek Dr.  One last chance to meet your candidate in action!

Banff's all-candidates forum was held Monday, April 8th with a good crowd in attendance.  There were lots of questions related to tourism but also a wide selection of topics from palliative care to affordable housing.  This week has also been spent meeting our  Lake Louise and Banff constituents. 

Vote Splitting:

We see and hear messages about vote splitting across social media.  This is our response:

The Alberta Party’s membership is increasing and our new supporters are coming from the NDPs, from the UCPs, from the Liberals and the Independence Parties; they are coming from the constituents who didn’t have a home for their vote, from the young and the old and they are coming from the people who want a voice that is not represented by Big Business nor by Big Government.  Yes, there is a redistribution of votes occurring but it is occurring across Party lines and across the Province.

We are a democratic Country and Province.  BUT we are not a two-party system.  A two-party system leads to extreme viewpoints which, in turn, leads to constant chaos, polarization, negativity and little productive work.  A two-party system is limited to the options chosen by the two parties. 

This Province needs good governance not a good political machine.  Let’s vote for something not against something. 

The Alberta Party has problem-solvers and innovators who will tackle our challenges using real-world experience and practical solutions – not ideology or dogma.   We have candidates in all 87 constituencies.  Visit AlbertaParty.ca and review the material on your Candidate and learn about the Alberta Party's position statements.   

 


Newsletter #6

ALBERTA PARTY:  www.albertaparty.ca

One public all-candidates forum left to attend:

CANMORE, Thursday, April 11th, 5:30-7:30 – Malcolm Hotel, 321 Spring Creek Dr.  One last chance to meet your candidate in action!

Banff's all-candidates forum was held Monday, April 8th with a good crowd in attendance.  There were lots of questions related to tourism but also a wide selection of topics from palliative care to affordable housing.

This week was a busy week with visits to the seniors’ care centres in Banff & Canmore, a visit to Banded Creek School and a forum hosted by the Bragg Creek Chamber of Commerce. Following are some of the topics that constituents brought up this week and how the Alberta Party is responding:

Education Long-Term Labour Strategies:

While efforts will continue to reduce class size, the number of education assistants will be doubled to provide more support to students, more help for teachers and create a successful learning environment.  

Agriculture:

The Banff-Kananaskis agricultural sector produces high quality internationally famous beef produced using totally sustainable practices on lands otherwise mainly unusable for human food production. These rangelands and our rancher families have been an economic mainstay for Alberta long before we had energy or tourism industries and is a foundational economic contributor to our rural communities.


Alberta Party Children First Policy

Alberta Party Children First Policy

 


Alberta Party - positive policies for Alberta! Issue 4

It has been a busy week!  The Alberta Party was first out the gate announcing a fantastic Children First Plan, ensuring Albertan’s have opportunity to access affordable childcare.  Working on a voucher system that follows the child, the Alberta Party policy provides subsidies to households with income under $110,000.00 per year.  Vouchers range from paying $0.00 if a household income is under $30,000.00 per year to $30.00 for a household income of $110,000.00.  This is helping Alberta families that need it.  More importantly, parents have a choice in their daycare provider – services can be provided by either a licensed day home or a daycare centre.  The subsidy follows the child, allowing parents to easily transfer their child if needed.  This plan also provides entrepreneurship to those who are considering starting their own day home business. 


SIGNS, SIGNS, EVERYWHERE A SIGN!!! - ISSUE 3

Why you won’t see any signs for my campaign.  I just can’t do it…

I think Alberta has some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes with arguably the most jaw dropping being Banff-Kananaskis riding.  As we were driving back to Canmore from Priddis and Millarville last week, we marveled again at the beautiful drive. 

I have been in tourism for the past 30+ years and hold a Master of Arts in Tourism Management with studies focusing on the development of tourism destinations.  My brain automatically views my surroundings through the eyes of a visitor. I feel signage of any sort distracts from experiencing the warm welcoming feel of a destination and creates clutter when a visitor is looking for way-finding signage.  I think it has a negative impact on the visitor experience and degrades the aesthetics of our landscape.

In 2017, the Town of Canmore proposed a change to the municipal land use bylaw limiting the number of signs and locations for political campaigns.  I provided a submission in favour of the proposed bylaw; however, the proposal was subsequently defeated. 

I recognize that this is a very personal opinion and I respect that each of us has our own views and opinions.  It is not my intent to start debate, but rather inform voters why I choose to have a sign free campaign.


It’s GO TIME! - ISSUE 2

The writ was dropped on Tuesday morning, so we are going to be in full campaign mode.  With only 28 days to campaign, it will be fast and furious!  For my volunteers – I thank you and apologize to you now – none of you have ever worked side by side with me before, and as anyone that has worked with me can attest to -- HANG ON TO YOUR HATS! 


The Stanton Stance - Issue 1

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Positive Insights from meeting our constituents:  I see huge opportunities for the communities in this riding to collaborate far more from a small business perspective to help drive business to each other and work together to attract new customers.  We need the big picture perspective when looking at infrastructure investment and understanding cost savings in logistics management.

Bragg Creek 4-Way Stop:  During chats with business owners in Bragg Creek, the 4-way stop will always be a topic.  This is quite possibly the most confusing intersection in Alberta!  Apparently, there are times when the RCMP is used to direct traffic at this 4-way stop.  Paths and parking lots are other infrastructure concerns.  Safety is an obvious imperative and rural crime is a major component of safety.  I have suggested to the Alberta Party that a framework based on the three pillars of sustainability (economic, social and environment) is created to prioritize infrastructure projects.  To eliminate politicizing infrastructure projects, Albertans should know what metrics are being used in project prioritization, including water management projects.  

Positive Insights from meeting our constituents:  I see huge opportunities for the communities in this riding to collaborate far more from a small business perspective to help drive business to each other and work together to attract new customers.  We need the big picture perspective when looking at infrastructure investment and understanding cost savings in logistics management.

Bragg Creek 4-Way Stop:  During chats with business owners in Bragg Creek, the 4-way stop will always be a topic.  This is quite possibly the most confusing intersection in Alberta!  Apparently, there are times when the RCMP is used to direct traffic at this 4-way stop.  Paths and parking lots are other infrastructure concerns.  Safety is an obvious imperative and rural crime is a major component of safety.  I have suggested to the Alberta Party that a framework based on the three pillars of sustainability (economic, social and environment) is created to prioritize infrastructure projects.  To eliminate politicizing infrastructure projects, Albertans should know what metrics are being used in project prioritization, including water management projects.  

It is hard to believe that we are already starting daylight savings time, which is great for evening door-knocking for our upcoming election.

As we are approaching week 6 of the official campaign time, I wanted to provide you with a few updates both from my campaign and the Alberta Party.

From a party standpoint, I am pleased that all my fellow candidates, including party leader, Stephen Mandel, have been successful in their court hearings and are fully back on the campaign trail. 

 


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