206 Candidates in Alberta Municipal Elections Pledge to Publicly Disclose Their Donors and Advocate for Campaign Finance Transparency

For immediate release · October 15, 2021 9:32 AM

EDIT (October 18, 2021) - An additional number of candidates have signed on to the agreement. The total is now 206, including submissions from Craig Curtis (Red Deer Council Candidate), Trisha Estabrooks (Edmonton School Board Trustee Candidate), and Grace Yan (Calgary Mayoral Candidate). 

EDMONTON - Public Interest Alberta, a non-partisan and progressive advocacy organization, has released a list of 202 municipal campaigns across the province who have agreed to release their donors publicly in advance of the election. The candidates have also agreed that, if elected, they will use their platform to advocate for changes to election financing laws to require this disclosure prior the election day in future municipal campaigns. Public Interest Alberta sent the pledge invitation to all candidates in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Wood Buffalo Municipality last week.

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Get Dark Money out of Alberta Elections: Public Interest Alberta Calls on Candidates to Release Donors and Change Financing Rules

For immediate release · October 05, 2021 9:00 AM

EDMONTON - Public Interest Alberta has called on all municipal candidates in Alberta to release their donors prior to election day on October 18th. Public Interest Alberta sent an individual pledge to all candidates in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Wood Buffalo Municipality asking two questions: "will you release your personal donors list before the election?" And, "If elected, will you work with your colleagues to change campaign financing laws to be more transparent by requiring the release of donations prior to the election?"

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Public Interest Alberta Issues Call for Secure Vaccine Certification

For immediate release · September 13, 2021 11:48 AM

Today, as anti-vaccination and anti-public health rallies are being held across the province and country, Public Interest Alberta Executive Director Bradley Lafortune made the following statement to demand the UCP government urgently implement a vaccine certification program:

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All political parties in Alberta need to do more to respond to the latest IPCC report

For immediate release · August 09, 2021 3:15 PM

EDMONTON - In response to the latest report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Bradley Lafortune, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta issued the following statement:

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Quebec latest province to sign on to the $10-a-day child care framework, prompting yet another disingenuous response from the UCP government

For immediate release · August 06, 2021 1:58 PM

EDMONTON - In response to UCP Minister of Children’s Services Rebecca Schulz comments regarding the Quebec-Canada agreement on a Canada-wide early learning and child care system, Bradley Lafortune, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta, issued the following:

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Public Interest Alberta Calls for Immediate Negotiations between Province and Federal Government after “Bait and Switch” Child Care News Today

For immediate release · July 23, 2021 3:00 PM

EDMONTON - In response to today’s announcement by the province that they had reached a new agreement regarding child care funding, Public Interest Alberta Executive Director, Bradley Lafortune, released the following statement, clarifying the matter and demanding the provincial government negotiate a real new deal on child care for Alberta families:

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$10-a-day Child Care Now!

For immediate release · July 14, 2021 9:00 AM

EDMONTON - Public Interest Alberta has launched a campaign for $10-a-day child care after the federal government announced a $30 billion dollar investment over the next 5 years, and both British Columbia and Nova Scotia have signed on.

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Bill 70 gives dangerous liability shield to for-profit seniors’ care providers during global pandemic

For immediate release · June 16, 2021 10:00 AM

EDMONTON - Friends of Medicare and Public Interest Alberta join organizations from civil society, labour, and senior citizens representing hundreds of thousands of Albertans speaking out against Bill 70: COVID Related Measures Act, which is expected to be voted on by the Legislative Assembly today. Twenty-four (24) organizations have signed an open letter to demand that this legislation not be passed into law because of the dangers it poses to Alberta seniors and their families. The letter was emailed to Premier Kenney, Minister of Health, Tyler Shandro and UCP MLA Richard Gotfried, the sponsor of this bill. The open letter will be tabled today in the Alberta Legislature by MLA Christina Grey, Critic for Labour and Immigration & Official Opposition House Leader.

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Public Interest Alberta Opposes City’s Plan for Public Transit Privatization

For immediate release · June 07, 2021 1:46 PM

EDMONTON - In response to the news that Edmonton City Council is moving ahead with plans to privatize bus cleaning, Public Interest Alberta’s Executive Director Bradley Lafortune issued the following statement:

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Solidarity Statement in Support of Call for Action in the Wake of Discovery of Lost Children in Tk’emlups

For immediate release · June 04, 2021 12:54 PM

As we mourn the loss of the lives of 215 children whose remains were recently located at the former Kamloops Residential School in Tk’emlups, we have come face-to-face with the real legacy of Canada’s genocide of Indigenous peoples. In response to this discovery, we commit to seeking truth and reconciliation through solidarity action with First Nations, Inuit, and Metis across Alberta and Canada.

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