"'There’s a real direct correlation between who’s paying the piper and what the policies are,' said Bill Moore-Kilgannon, executive director of Public Interest Alberta. The three opposition parties in Alberta have previously called for rule changes that would ban union and corporation donations, matching a federal prohibition. Federally, individuals can give $1,200 annually to a party and another $1,200 to riding associations in non-election years."Read more
Public Interest Alberta and The Council of Canadians delivered petitions to the office of Conservative MP Laurie Hawn with signatures of over 5,500 Albertans calling for the federal government's so-called "Fair Elections Act" to be fixed or scrapped. The petition opposes the unnecessarily strict voter ID requirements that could stop hundreds of thousands of people, including youth, Aboriginal, and low-income citizens from voting in the next election. [VIDEO]Read more
EDMONTON—Concerned citizens delivered a petition with over 80,000 signatures to the office of the Hon. Laurie Hawn, MP for Edmonton Centre, to challenge some of the major changes in the Conservative government’s proposed Elections Act.
The delivery was part of a national day of action called “Let People Vote!” at 30 MP offices across the country. The petition opposes the unnecessarily strict voter ID requirements that could stop hundreds of thousands of people, including youth, Aboriginal, and low-income citizens from voting in the next election.Read more
"While federal Conservatives hammer out new ideas in Calgary’s BMO Centre, their opponents are holding a series of protests and counter summits this week. Things kick off October 31, with Wake Up Canada—The Canada We Want summit at The Area in Inglewood. Wake Up Canada is offering workshops on labour, environmental, human rights and aboriginal issues at The Area and Central Library until November 2, as well as two protest rallies outside the BMO Centre where the Conservative Convention is taking place. The non-profit social advocacy group Public Interest Alberta is holding its own counter-summit on November 1 at the Central Library."Read more
The Alberta Way is an approach to life Albertans aspire to: hard working, straight talking, mindful of others and true to one’s word. It is also a movement of people just like you who believe the Redford government isn’t doing things the Alberta way.Find out more at: http://thealbertaway.com/Read more
"Last September, advocacy group Public Interest Alberta alleged that Bhullar had at the least broken the spirit of Alberta’s election finance law by accepting $12,000 in donations from Solo Liquor Stores and its subsidiaries, with six separate stores contributing $2,000 apiece to his Calgary-Greenway campaign.Under provincial rules, there is a $2,000 limit on how much a single person or company can donate to a candidate."Read more
The privatization pull - Edmonton's proposed public-private partnership on the LRT's Valley Line: good idea or bad?
"But for some, Edmonton's relative inexperience with P3s still weighs heavily, and some public interest groups have expressed their concern over how the situation has been dealt with. Bill Moore-Kilgannon, executive director of Public Interest Alberta, says they too have examined P3s in Canada, and have serious concerns about allowing the private sector to be in charge of the maintenance and operation aspects of the line."Read more
"Who gives [politicians] this money? To what extent are corporations and unions involved? What do contributors expect in return? What are the limits on contributions? Are citizens made aware of who gave money to which candidates? To what extent does money have the potential to distort election results? For people who value democracy, these are all good questions. Unfortunately, because of the weak campaign-finance legislation in our city and province, the answers require a lot of digging—much more than should be the case.Read more