The AAIM PROPOSAL

IS IT POSSIBLE?

This proposal is presented to the people of Alberta for the purpose of exploring the formation of a non-aligned, non-partisan government that could be a viable option for governing Alberta

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The AAIM (Alberta Assembly of Independent Members) Proposal is an opinion paper, written to express the authors view of a government system that could be a viable option that Albertans are seeking.  A system that will demand some real leadership from the elected and ensure that a government body is created by the people for the people. 

THE DISCUSSION HAS ALREADY STARTED

This paper is intended to continue a conversation that started in the Sundre Hotel several years ago.  The topic point of the discussion was, how can Albertans make Alberta politics better?  Today, I am pleased to say that this paper outlines the AAIM plan.  A plan that has been derived from the passion of the people.  Passion?  That's right passion!  A passion for better goverment, passion that our govement protect ourrights nor look at ways to restrict those rights that Albertans cherish.  

How can you be sure? 

Consider that the proof that the AAIM proposal is the right plan comes in a resounding defeat of the NDP in the 2019 Alberta election.  The sweep of western Conservitism that has rejected the ruling Federal Liberals effort to reform Canada to a vision created by the UN.  The proof is the increased tempo and passion of the people who are talking about speration.  The proof i the formation of movement like the Independent Party of Alberta, Wexit and other movements to separate Alberta from the confederation.  Is this not ample proof that Albertan’s are talking. 

The feedback received during and since the Alberta election of 2019 has been great and as a result the original proposals and recommendations noted herein have been improved. 

The AAIM can be a real thing if Albertans have the will and courage to make it happen.

Success could bring a democratic balance back to our land. 

Success could allow for a fresh start, a political reboot if you will, an opportunity for the people to have their say as to how the government will serve the people.

 

AAIM FOR ACTION

HAVE WE HAD ENOUGH ALREADY?

The list seems endless for why party politics must come to an end.  

For many of us, the era of party politics began it's decline in 2009.  This decline was reconfirmed in 2015.  Now we come to the end of the hardest four years of our history.  Massive job losses, thousands of businesses gone, a huge debt and then there’s the taxes!! 

Take a moment to reflect on the past decade.  Even the uninformed, self centered among us must now see how party politics has demonstrated time and time again just how dysfunctional and corrupt this system can be.  Remember the shenanigans of the PC and Wildrose that decimated two conservative parties.  This struggle for power left Albertans angry and at the mercy of the NDP and their social license agenda and the demands of their alt left base.  The result, a divied people, economic devestation and the highest taxes of any province, and for what?

To their very end the ruling PC’s could, no wait, I should say, would do nothing to diversify our economy to end the boom and bust madness.  In fact, the leadership of the PC’s talked a lot but did very little in that regard.  But, hey lets be fair, the NDP government did very little on this topic either, I would not expect any differrent result with the Liberals or Alberta Party.  No, what I saw was the NDP follow the PC script like any good actor could.  Lots of talk, but no walk!  Hell they even created a "carbon tax" that would help Alberta create new industries.  Where are these industries? Where are the jobs?  Where's the proof that the NDP have really diversified the industry base of the province?  If it's there, I am not seeing it, do you?  

No what I have seen is what this party of socialists have done to Alberta.  Like rive the cost of government to it's highest levels ever.  The NDP "carbon tax" has driven up the cost of living in Alberta in all aspects.  What makes no sense to many is that any even a blind man can see that taxing the crap out of fuel is going to result in increased costs for transporting everything!  Food, heat, electricity, clothing and goods and services of every kind are more expensive, and all caused by a political party that claims to be the champion of the poor, sick, lame and lazy.  What a load of crap! 

More than tax whore's, the NDP were also very successful in dividing the people of Alberta with laws that favour one group over another.  The helmet law exemption is an excellent example of this.  So it seems that our friends tin the Sikh community have proven that helmet’s can actually cause more damage to a rider than wearing one.  That's right, what we already knew has been proven to be true.  So what does the NDP do?  They give the Sikh community a pass on the helmet law.  WTF... What The NDP should have done was get rid of a bad law!  Now I ask you, how does an exemption fit into the fair and equal for all mantra that all parties preach?  And where is the UCP on this issue?  Is anyone in these parties at all interested in fixing this problem of division? 

The NDP have demonstrated that they are pretty good at pandering to the associations and unions who are funded by the people's taxes.  Albertans are losing their jobs, the lucky ones are taking wage roll backs and less hours to keep the job they have, but the unions demand more and more and resist every effort to find balance.  That sounds like a party with high principles of equal and fair, right?

The people need an option that can bring Alberta back from the brink and create a government that is democratic and value our rights and freedoms as much as the people do. 

Is Alberta ready? 

Does the silent majority have the will and courage for a significant change?

HOW CAN THIS WORK?

Changing provincial politics to a no party system could be easier than one may think. 

THE FIRST STEP IS TO STOP VOTING FOR PARTY CANDIDATES.  

The AAIM can only be formed once the sum of the elected independent candidate’s exceeds the total sum of any one party.  Once formed, the AAIM can assume control of goverment and move forward with the refoms proposed within.

VOTE FOR YOUR INDEPENDANT

Electing an Independent Candidate (IC) to represent your riding is a critical first step to our freedom from party politics.  An IC would;

  • Be a real voice of the people, for the people, not for a party.
  • Not be obligated to pander to a party ideology or doctrine.
  • Be recalled with 60% of the constituency signing a recall petition.  

BENEFITS OF A NON-PARTY SYSTEM;

The benefits of eliminating the party system are many, doing so will;

  1. Eliminate opposition biased by party politics, ideology, corporate or union influence.
  2. Reduce or possibly eliminate any MLA or group of MLA’s ability to push a hidden agenda.
  3. Allow a greater chance for sucess in the reformation of vital portfolios such as education, health, justice and taxes.
  4. Promote cooperation of all elected member’s regardless of the differences each riding demography may have.
  5. Promote the freedom of the people of the province of Alberta while addressing the specific needs of each riding within Alberta’s jurisdiction.
  6. Increase voter lobbying power for government support for the weak, the poor and the elderly.
  7. Allow each riding to;
    1. Take control of;
      1. The education funding and curriculum content for their citizens,
      2. The health care apparatus in their respective areas of responsibility,
      3. Land use regulation.
    2. Recall an elected member who is not representing the majority or who does not meet expectations of the people.

IF YOU VOTE FOR AN INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE, WHAT’S NEXT?

Hypothetically speaking, should an election be held today and the result is;  IC's 50    UCP  15    NDP 3     LIB  3  &  AP  5.  Under the current system, the party with the most candidates will form government.  Therefore, until the IC's can organize under the AAIM, the UCP will form goverment.

To overcome this imbalance and take control of the leadership role the Independent Members of the Legislative Assembly will need to organize into a single non-partisan party.  The formation of the AAIM would be that party. 

ABOUT THE AAIM

WHY IS THE AAIM THE RIGHT CHOICE? 

First off, The AAIM is not a party.  And until the people start electing more independent candidates over party candidates the AAIM will be nothing more than a conversation. 

Secondly, if ever formed, the AAIM would be the first party ever formed to have a planned expiry date!  Sound's crazy, right?  The reader is encouraged to remember that the goal of the AAIM is to make the changes that are needed to abolish party politics in Alberta, that would include the AAIM.

The AAIM is merely a platform, a vehicle if you will, for which all independently elected members can join to form as a party.  The AAIM would ensure that the IC's have the ability to operate independently within an organized group.  Idealy, a group of conservative’s, liberals, progressives and even socialist’s would be the result.

I believe that the result would be a goverment that truely represents the diverse personalities and beliefs that is Alberta. 

I believe that the AAIM would be a true representation of the people's diversity while working together to achieve the common goals to the benefit of us all.  

HOW WOULD THE AAIM WORK?

Like all organizations there will be a need to have a chain of command to get the house in order.  The AAIM will be no different, and to determine the leadership of the AAIM;

  1. An interim leader will be appointed by the elected members.
  2. A period of 5 days be allowed for the elected members to consider the leadership role.  Interested candidates will step forward and make their case as to why they should be chosen as the Premier.
  3. A period of 2 days will be allowed for leadership candidates to convince the elected members that they should be chosen.
  4. An open ballot election will be held to choose the Premier.  One member, one vote, to be cast by show of hand in an open forum.
  5. A deputy will be selected by the new Premier.
  6. A cabinet will be formed from the elected members within 15 days.

With the chain of command now determined, the AAIM will have but one official policy to reform government! 

To ensure that the members of the AAIM remain independent some rules will be needed;

  • No Independent Member (IM) shall be censored by the AAIM, assuring that each IM will maintain their freedom of speech, expression and deportment. 
  • No IM will be expected to vote for or against any particular topic, bill, etc.
  • Each IM will answer to their constituents for inappropriate decisions, comments or behaviour.
  • Each IM has an equal status, no IM will be allowed special privilege unless allowed by the majority.

THE AAIM MISSION

The AAIM’s primary goal will be to rebuild Alberta politics from the grass roots up.  To start the AAIM will need some new laws established and more than a few revisited or eliminated.

NEW LAW

To get the reform process started some new laws will be passed to make party politics a thing of the past.  These new laws will detail the formation of a provisional government structure that all elected members will be a member of, regardless of gender, education, personal, religious or political belief. 

With new law and rules in place a series of referendums will be held that will culminate in a massive reformation and diversification program.

The new laws that are proposed should be created immediately.

  1. The first law will ban political parties, unions or special interest groups from participating in Alberta politics.
  2. The second law will enact a provisional government to be formed.

PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT

The next order of business will be to organize a Provisional Government (PG).  This critical process must be monitored closely by the people.  Remember the goal is to create a coalition government, not a politburo!   To avoid this from happening the new government will be formed as an executive board that is modeled upon a publicly traded corporation.  Under this model the Provisional Government has five critical components.

  1. The Executive Board,  (The independently elected members)
  2. The Shareholder,  (The voter)
  3. The Bureaucracy,  (Those that serve the people)
  4. The Justice System,  (Law and order)
  5. The News Media Group. (This group will keep us all honest and accountable and ensure the transparency of the entire system)

THE EXECUTIVE BOARD: As the official government of Alberta the PG will;

  1. Oversee the period of referendums and ensure that the time line is maintained.
  2. Be responsible for maintaining current programs,
  3. Create new policies, as needed.
  4. Administer and oversee the continued operation of the many government departments.
  5. Guide the economy for the people and Alberta’s prosperity.
  6. Provide protection for the people, assets and resources of the province.
  7. Negotiate fair and equitable trade partnerships with other jurisdictions.

THE SHAREHOLDER: Under this model of government all citizens over 21 years of age that vote in an election would be a shareholder of Alberta Corporation that will;

  1. Elect members to the board:  Just like we do now when we vote for the MLA.
  2. Judge the performance of their MLA.
  3. Recall their elected representative with a recall vote. 
  4. Vote to impeach government officials, elected or otherwise.
  5. Law, by-law or policy that could affect any of the rights, freedoms or responsibilities of the people.
  6. Approve any capital expenditure / venture with a cost exceeding a limit set by the PG.  It is proposed that the board (PG) present a plan each year for the people to approve, or not.
  7. Receive a shareholder dividend each quarter.  The shareholder dividend will be derived from a percentage of the provinces GDP and earnings from services owned and operated by the province.  Based on the 2017 GDP and census data  a tax-free shareholder dividend payout of 2% would be;
GDP  $326 Billion
 
Citizens 4,3 Million
 
 
 
 
 
SHAREHOLDER DIVIDEND

Paid

Amount

 
Monthly $1,263.35 or,
 
Quarterly $3,790.06  or,
 
Annually $15,160.24
 
 

Imagine what you could do with this dividend!  Imagine how this dividend would grow as you do your part to grow the GDP from year to year.  Think about how many social programs that can be eliminated saving shareholders billions and allowing the PG to reduce taxes, or to better allocate these funds to education and health care.

THE BUREAUCRACY

There can be no denying that the bureaucracy is the hub of all activity of the government.  Without the bureaucracy nothing gets done.  Under the PG model of government, the many departments and agencies that make up the bureaucracy will be reformed and refocused to ensure the best possible service can be provided to the people, with the least amount of red tape.

The bureaucracy will;

  1. Administer and enforce the laws and regulations,
  2. Be approachable and fair,
  3. Respond to emergencies,
  4. Be transparent.

THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

Part of the check and balance process that will monitor the PG, bureaucracy, business and the public to ensure the bill of rights is never violated and due process is maintaned.

With reforms, the Justice system will have the authority to quash any attempt to pass an illegal law and put an end to any effort by any group or individual to defy the bill of rights.

THE NEWS MEDIA GROUP

The non goverment component of the check and balance process.  The members of the NMG will be the eyes and ears of the people who will monitor, ask questions, demand answers and debate the proposals and practices of the five groups of the new goverment.  The NMG will inform the people of what is found.  

To make this work, all members of the NMG will operate without the restraints of censorship and political correctness so as to communicate openly with the people.

ELECTION REFORM

Before the PG can make the changes that the people want made, some additional laws will need to be enacted to bring voting into the 21st century.

These reforms should be received with enthusiasm as some of the proposed reforms have already begun in some jurisdictions of the province. 

The changes to vote access made for the 2019 election is proof that voter access is a key factor to ending the percieved apathy the exists.  More needs to be done to ensure everyone can vote, therefore, the PG will ensure that the Election’s Bureau (EB) is provided the funding approriate to operate year round with a staff level appropriste to support ongoing;

  1. Municiple Elections,
  2.  Referendums,
  3.  Plebisites,
  4.  Recall Votes,
  5.  Polls.

The EB would be tasked to create a robust voting process that will organize, monitor and promote the people’s participation in fair elections, by-elections, referendums and plebiscites. 

The EB will also investigate any report of election fraud or act contrary to the honest exchange of information, opinions and ideas.

To achieve the goal of election reform, some of the current laws will need to be amended and new laws will need to be created.  To reform the way we vote, the following laws are proposed;

ELECTRONIC VOTING LAW 

This law would replace existing voting laws to expand access by allowing the use of a permanent electronic voting system.  Once passed, a secure electronic voting system will be created or an exiting program adopted for the citizens to use on an ongoing basis.

Not a new idea, there are currently and number of efforts underway to create an electronic voting platform that can be trusted.  Once adopted the eVote system should;

  1. PROVIDE ACCESS:
    The electronic voting system would be accessed in the same way a person would log onto a computer with a user name provided by the Elections Bureau and a password or PIN known only by the voter.  Each citizen that is eligible to vote should be able to access the vote by any means, such as;
    • In person at a polling station, or,
    • On any electronic device, or via,
    • Landline.
  2. VOTER REGISTRY.
    The EB does and will continue to maintain the voter register that will include persons aged 21 years or older.  The register will be updated annually and verified prior to each election, referendum or plebiscite. 
    To create the register each voter will have to be verified by the EB as a citizen of Alberta and have to provide a contact number and address of residence.
  3. VOTE PROCESSING: 
    The electronic voting system should register each vote as an alpha numeric number set that can only be cross referenced to the voter by the Director of Elections.  Doing this will best ensure that all votes remain confidential, available only to government departments as statistic’s, or, as part of an investigation into electoral fraud.
    All results of a vote will remain secret for 24 hrs so a complete audit of the electronic voting system can be done by the Auditor General.  Doing this will provide voters some confidence that the system was not compromised and the results of the vote are a true reflection of the peoples wishes.
  4. PUNISH THE BAD GUYS:
    Penalties for elections fraud or tampering with the voting system should be severe.  Recommendations for penalties to include; 
    1. Being stripped of citizenship or shareholder status, and,
    2. Expulsion from the province, or,
    3. A fine, as determined suitable by the Judge, or,
    4. Five years imprisonment.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS OF CITIZENSHIP LAW  

This new law will have an expiry date that will be set by the PG once the referendum period is known.  The law will make it mandatory for all citizens, age 21 or older to participate by voting during referendum period.  WHY?  Because voter participation rate of 90+% is needed for any referendum to be binding.  The mandatory vote will expire at the end of the referendum period. 

CANDIDATE ELIGIBILITY LAW 

Any person that meets the following criteria could be eligible to be a candidate for a riding seat.  Candidates must be;

  1. Born in Canada, and, 
    1. Be at least 30 years of age.
    2. Be a resident of the province of Alberta for more than ten years.
    3. Be a resident of the riding for more than five years.
    4. Speak, read and write fluently in English.
    5. Have no criminal record.  

RIGHT TO WITHDRAW LAW  

Any person that succeeds at winning a riding seat can be recalled by the people of the riding via a recall vote result of 60%.  Upon receiving a petition from the people with the names and signatures of more than 50% of the riding voters, the Director of Elections would issue a Notice of Discontent to the elected representative.  The notice would provide a reason for the discontent and a date for a recall vote.

The elected representative would be given an opportunity to address the concern before the recall vote.  If the elected representative can satisfy the peoples concerns before the recall date the Notice of Discontent can be withdrawn.

RIGHT TO WITHHOLD LAW 

Any person that votes during an election can withhold their vote.  If none of the candidates running can win a voter’s support then the voter can select the abstain option on their ballot.  If the majority of the votes are abstain votes, the election will have to be repeated until a suitable candidate can be elected.  This right will also apply to referendums.

ADDITIONAL REFORMS

To find a balance for our society an end must come to the current modus operandi of the party system, which seems to greatly favor unions, minority and special interest groups over the majority.  This has proven to be disastrous to the economy and is dividing our society with conflicting application, enforcement of the law and an ongoing attack on our rights and freedoms.

In equal measure all persons of our province have a place in our society.  Whatever their interest, so long as their interest is peaceful and a benefit to the people overall.

 

REBOOT

Imagine, a provisonal Goverment has been formed and Alberta is ready to take the next step toward equality, prosperity and peace.  That next step will be for the PG to determine what reforms the majority of the people of Alberta want.  The goal of this reboot phase is to reform all aspects of the bureaucracy to ensure the wishes of the people are honored.

To gain this direction a series of referendums should be held.  The questions these referendums will ask will determine the responsibilities and priorities of the people, the PG and the bureaucracy for the next twenty-five to fifty years. 

REFORM COMMITTEE

To guide the people a Reform Committee would be created to establish the timeline, order and rules.  The committee, co-chaired by the Premier and Deputy Premier and will include the MLA’s appointed to chair the sub committees.  The sub committees will plan and oversee their assigned referendum topic. 

Each sub committee will include representative’s of;

  1. Government departments and agencies that will be affected by the referendums that follow,
  2. The information media industry that will be vital to managing the honest exchange of ideas and discussion,
  3. Municipalities that have populations over quarter million citizens,
  4. The Rural Municipalilty Association (RMA).

The sub committee of each referendum will determine the wording of the question and the answers that the people will have to select from.

The reform committee will review the referendum questions to ensure that each is easy to understand and easy to respond to. 

To best ensure that the voter can participate, each referendum will refer to the following guidelines;

  • Provide translation services to all persons not fluent in English.
  • Ask a simple and clearly understood question.
  • Each question will provide one of three types of responses;
    1. Select:  Yes,         No,      Abstain.
    2. Select:  One choice from a list of options,    Abstain.
    3. Select:  Multiple choices from a list of options,     Abstain.

REFERENDUM DAY

Each referendum vote will be held on a Sunday, three months after the official announcement date of the referendum question.

The question will be asked and a period of discussion and debate will follow. 

DISCUSSION & DEBATE PERIOD

The intent of the discussion and debate period is to educate the people on;

  1. The topic of the referendum,
  2. Why the topic is being discussed and voted on,
  3. The pros and cons of selecting any specific answer,
  4. What the result of a majority vote may be,
  5. The history, the truth, based on facts, no matter how painful or unpopular it may be to hear,

DISCUSSION & DEBATE RULES

The Reform Committee will establish some rules for the discussion and debate period, doing so will better prepare the people so that a rational choice can be made by each. 

To best ensure that an honest conversation occurs some rules will be required.  A discussion that is free of political correctness, selective censorship, false information, extremist views, fear mongering or the single sided views of special interest groups that shut out, ridicule or censor opposing opinion.

To accomplish this daunting goal the discussion and debate period should follow the proposed rules to guide the people, the media and public organizations and protect the people from being mislead.

Some points of concern that the Reform Committee must address are;

  1. Polling Data:  The discussion process cannot be guided or influenced in any way by polling data the samples less than 60% of the people in any given demography, region, religion, industry, etc. 
  2. Statistics:  Statistic’s presented during the discussions should only be allowed if the information has been collected from a census, an election or from historical data.
  3. Fact Confirmation:  The media must ensure that the information that they present during a discussion, debate, editorial or in a news story is checked to confirm the facts are correct.  If the facts cannot be confirmed by at least three sources then the information cannot be presented in any way.
  4. Monitoring:  The Election Bureau should be tasked with monitoring the public discussion and to work with the media on any investigation of false information or attempts to otherwise mislead the people.
  5. Public Events:  Protests, rallies, parades and public gatherings must be held in a peaceful manner in accordance with the laws of the local municipality

FUNDING

The PG will provide the funding to;

  1. The News Media Group:  Funding will provide the NMG revenues for costs associated with operations.  One recommendation is that the NMG control a trust that is funded 50/50 by the news media industry and the people. 
  2. Community Associations:  Funding should be available for smaller communities to cover the costs of holding town hall discussions, debates and information sessions.
  3. Security:  Free speech can be hard on the weak, narrow or closed minded among us.  It is for this reason that funding be made available to offset the cost of policing so that communities can hold a peaceful discussion, debate, rally etc.

THE RESULT

The majority response to a referendum question will become the official directive of the people. The PG would then be obligated to direct the bureaucracy to do all that can be done to support the peoples wishes. 

If the majority abstains from selecting an option the PG would need to determine if the referendum will have to be repeated or dropped.  If dropped the PG would take control of all decisions on the topic.

ORDER OF REFERENDUMS

To best determine the results of the proposed referendums it is important that the questions be asked in a logical progression.  Ultimately the number and the order of referendums will be determined by the PG, however, it is proposed that the PG direct the reform committee to seek feedback from the people via their MLA’s

SEPARATION REFERENDUM

The first referendum should focus on one of the most defining questions.  Should Alberta separate from the Dominion.  To many, myself included, this question is a scary one but the question of separation must be asked.  The answer will greatly affect the people of the province and the country overall so this question must be asked first.  The answer will also determine the number and order of referendums to follow.

So, before a new government system is created by the people, the people should decide if we stay or if we go. 

WHY NOW?

In Alberta, the separation question has reared its ugly head from time to time over the years. Usually associated with some crazy federal policy like banning hand guns, immigration or when the dominion was threatened by Quebec who have actively sought ways to separate in the past. 

Currently the people of the west, particularly in Alberta, are super pissed at the Feds for a long list of reasons and as a result the talk of separation has really ramped up in recent days.  This is confirmed by coffee shop and work place conversation’s where the separation topic is dominant.  More frightening is the number of people openly talking with an extreme prejudice toward the Liberals, NDP, Bloc and Greens and thier leaders.

It is not hard to understand this considering how Alberta has been severely handicapped by provincial and federal parties as they work to redefine Canada’s history and future. 

The level of dicontent is proof enough that the people cannot accept this, therefore, I believe that there is not choice but to make the Separation question the lead off question for the referendum phase, doing so will;

  1. Allow for a fact-based conversation on the pros and cons of separation.
  2. Put to rest the discussion and allow Alberta to move forward one way or the other. 
  3. Will dictate the order of the questions that must be asked during the referendum period.
  4. Will determine if new government agencies will be needed.
  5. Will set the direction of the PG and bureaucracy as a province or an independent state.

THE PROS & CONS

Separation could prove very good for Alberta or it could mean great hardship for the people. Each of us must decide what is a pro or con, but regardless, the consequences of separation cannot be ignored.  We musk ask ourselves, would separation solve the problems that have us talking or just add more problems?  Is there room for compromise?

THE PROS

What would be the benefits if Alberta did separate from the dominion?  Separation could;

  1. End Ottawa’s influence on Albertas economy, laws, rights and fredoms.
  2. End federal agreements for RCMP
  3. Allow Alberta to gain total control over its borders.
  4. Allow Alberta to negotiate international trade deals.
  5. Allow Alberta to create a banking system to support a new currency backed by gold.

THE CONS

What would be the consequences of separation and what hardships will the people have to endure?  Should the majority of the people choose to separate the new state;

  1. Would be land locked which could greatly affect access to tide water or rights of passage through neighbouring provinces and states.
  2. Would require a new currency.  How would the new state support the value of a new currency?  Gold?  Crypto-currency?
  3. Would require new government departments to replace the federal counterparts such a tax, immigration, border security, military, etc.
  4. Would greatly affect the capitol projects planned to improve Alberta’s industry base and economic diversity plan.
  5. Would require a larger government with a state department to administer embassies and consulates and develop strong relationships with other goverments.

THE DISCUSSION & DEBATE

The discussion and debate must examine the pros and con’s of becoming an independent state and of remaining as a province within the Dominion of Canada. 

The following should be included in the discussion;

  1. How the province of Alberta currently manages relationships with;
    1. The provinces & territories,
    2. The federal government, and,
    3. Foreign government’s
  2. Alberta’s history and our role in a unified Canada.  Western Canada has been the bread basket and strategic mineral resource base of Canada since the start of the 19th century.  How will Alberta’s separation change this? 
    As a new state in the middle of the two western provinces and the Northwest Territories, would Alberta have the ability to affect all movement of goods and people east to west and vice versa.
  3. How would the state of Alberta;
    1. Best ensure the success of the new countries’ economy,
      • What goods and services can, could or should be imported or exported?  And from and to whom?
      • What to do about import & export tariffs?
    2. Become a self-sufficient state?  If we cannot secure access to the global market, can we make it on our own?
    3. Protect its citizens from the unwanted influences of other states, multi-national corporations or war,
    4. Protect our borders,
    5. Manage immigration and integration of new citizens and,
    6. Afford a military and any other department needed such as tax and immigration.

THE ANSWER

A no vote would reaffirm the majorities opinion on the issue and put an end to the topic for at least two or three generations.  A no vote will see the PG overseeing and managing the existing bureaucracy and to redact or make the changes to existing policy, programs, agencies’ or regulations that will come as each referendum is completed.

A yes vote would change the focus of the PG who will guide the government through the separation process in conjunction with the continued reformation phase.  Additionally, the PG will start the process for the creation of the new departments that will be needed such as a state police force, tax collector, border patrol, militia and other departments as needed to govern and protect the new states greatest asset’s, the people.

TRANSITION PLAN

Separating Alberta from the confederation will not be an over night event.  If the people select to form a new state an amicable transition must be planned and executed in an orderly manner.  It is important to ease any tension that members the PMO, federal government, investment markets or neighbouring provinces, states and territories may have. 

The new state must make it crystal clear that the separation process will not be rushed.  It is quite possible that the process that could take up to five years to complete.  Therefore, if separation is the will of the people, it is proposed that the PG form a separation transition committee to plan a seamless transition of power, land and federal assets. 

The transition committee will;

  1. Recommend new agencies like border control, immigration, security,
  2. Create sub-committees for each with a specific topic, each committee to plan a detailed transition process for their respective topic.  These committee’s will be populated by local experts, representatives of the PG and of the federal government. 
  3. Work with new government trade agencies to ensure current trade pacts and deals can be transitioned or renegotiated
  4. Work with the new government treasury to create a new currency backed by gold or cryptocurrency,
  5. Work with federal agencies such as the RCMP and military to plan the transfer of federal assets to the new government’s control.

Once the plan is developed the PG should communicate the transition plan to the world that will detail;

  1. The creation of the Alberta treasury, stock market and new currency.
  2. A set transition schedule, time line and the official date of separation.
  3. The transition processes.
  4. The transfer of federal land and assets within Alberta’s borders to the new state.
  5. The economic diversity plan.

As the transition is underway the PG will;

  1. Create the new banking system to support the new currency.
  2. Plan the reboot of the Alberta advantage.
  3. Prepare for the referendums that follow.

PARTNERS

Fear that the new state will default to a puppet state of some foreign power such as the US, Russia and China is unfounded.  Trade disruption due to a poorly planned transition will provide fodder for this fear and so it is vital that any existing national export agreements that exist be grand fathered over so not to change them unless an amicable renegotiation is requested by either party.

Fear that the new state will not be able to transit goods across our neighbours’ borders is also unfounded.  As a new state, new right of way agreements will need to be negotiated to ensure the continued movement of goods from or through Alberta.

With the hardest question answered, the questions that Albertans will be asked in the referendums that will follow are intended to strengthen the rights and freedoms for everyone, bring about the economic diversity we all desire and end the divisiveness, corruption and waste that the current party system has created. 

SEPARATION REFERENDUM

The first referendum should focus on one of the most defining questions.  Should Alberta separate from the Dominion.  To many, myself included, this question is a scary one.  Regardless, this question of separation must be asked.  The answer will greatly affect the people of the province and the country overall so this question must be asked first.  The answer will also determine the number and order of referendums to follow.

So, before a new government system is created by the people, the people should decide if we stay or if we go. 

WHY?

In Alberta, the separation question has reared its ugly head from time to time over the years.  Usually associated with some crazy federal policy like banning hand guns, immigration or when the dominion was threatened by Quebec who have actively sought ways to separate in the past. 

Currently the people of the west, particularly in Alberta, are super pissed at the Feds for a long list of reasons and as a result the talk of separation has really ramped up in recent days.  This is confirmed by coffee shop and work place conversation’s where the separation topic is dominant.  The rapid growth of the wexit camp and the independance party are good evidence that seperation is becoming a thing to worry about.

It is not hard to understand this considering how Alberta has been severely handicapped by provincial and federal parties as they work to redefine Canada’s economy, it's history and the future. 

The people cannot accept this, so the separation question should be the lead off question for the referendum phase, doing so will;

  1. Allow for a fact-based conversation on the pros and cons of separation.
  2. Put to rest the discussion and allow Alberta to move forward one way or the other. 
  3. Will dictate the order of the questions that must be asked during the referendum period.
  4. Will determine if new government agencies will be needed.
  5. Will set the direction of the PG and bureaucracy as a province or an independent state.

THE PROS & CONS

Separation could prove very good for Alberta or it could mean great hardship for the people.  Each of us must decide what is a pro or con, but regardless, the consequences of separation cannot be ignored.  We musk ask ourselves, would separation solve the problems that have us talking, or just add more problems?  Is there room for compromise?

THE PROS

What would be the benefits if Alberta did separate from the dominion?  Separation could;

  1. End the unfair federal transfer payment scheme that has burdened Alberta for decades.
  2. End Ottawa’s influence on Alberta business and industry.
  3. End federal agreements for military, policing and border patrol.
  4. Allow Alberta to gain total control over it’s borders.
  5. Allow for many reforms such as justice, rights, health and more.
  6. Allow Alberta to negotiate trade deals without federal influence.
  7. Allow Alberta to create a banking system to support a new currency backed by gold.

THE CONS

Anyone that has endured a break up knows that parting ways is not easy.  Separating can be compared to a divorce and we will need to recognize the following;

  1. Alberta is landlocked and this fact means very few options to get our raw resources to market.
  2. Alberta will have to accept a larger government.  Larger government means higher cost, more red tape and of course more damn bureaucrats.
  3.  Alberta will need to create some new departments to replace the federal departments such as the RCMP, tax collector, border control, military, etc.

THE DISCUSSION & DEBATE

The discussion and debate must examine the pros and con’s of becoming an independent state and of remaining as a province within the Dominion of Canada. 

The following should be included in the discussion;

  1. How the province of Alberta currently manages relationships with;
    1. The provinces & territories,
    2. The federal government, and,
    3. Foreign government’s
  2. Alberta’s history and our role in a unified Canada.  Western Canada has been the bread basket and strategic mineral resource base of Canada since the start of the 19th century.  How will Alberta’s separation change this? 
    As a new state in the middle of the two western provinces and the Northwest Territories, would Alberta have the ability to affect all movement of goods and people east to west and vice versa.
  3. How would the state of Alberta;
    1. Best ensure the success of the new countries’ economy,
      • What goods and services can, could or should be imported or exported?  And from and to whom?
      • What to do about import & export tariffs?
    2. Become a self-sufficient state?  If we cannot secure access to the global market, can we make it on our own?
    3. Protect its citizens from the unwanted influences of other states, multi-national corporations or war,
    4. Protect our borders,
    5. Manage immigration and integration of new citizens and,
    6. Afford a military and any other department needed such as tax and immigration.

THE ANSWER

A no vote would reaffirm the majorities opinion on the issue and put an end to the topic for at least two or three generations.  A no vote will see the PG overseeing and managing the existing bureaucracy and to redact or make the changes to existing policy, programs, agencies’ or regulations that will come as each referendum is completed.

A yes vote would change the focus of the PG who will guide the government through the separation process in conjunction with the continued reformation phase.  Additionally, the PG will start the process for the creation of the new departments that will be needed such as a state police force, tax collector, border patrol, militia and other departments as needed to govern and protect the new states greatest asset’s, the people.

TRANSITION PLAN

Separating Alberta from the confederation will not be an over night event.  If the people select to form a new state an amicable transition must be planned and executed in an orderly manner.  It is important to ease any tension that members the PMO, federal government, investment markets or neighbouring provinces, states and territories may have. 

The new state must make it crystal clear that the separation process will not be rushed.  It is quite possible that the process that could take up to five years to complete.  Therefore, if separation is the will of the people, it is proposed that the PG form a separation transition committee to plan a seamless transition of power, land and federal assets. 

The transition committee will;

  1. Recommend new agencies like border control, immigration, security,
  2. Create sub-committees for each with a specific topic, each committee to plan a detailed transition process for their respective topic.  These committee’s will be populated by local experts, representatives of the PG and of the federal government. 
  3. Work with new government trade agencies to ensure current trade pacts and deals can be transitioned or renegotiated
  4. Work with the new government treasury to create a new currency backed by gold or cryptocurrency,
  5. Work with federal agencies such as the RCMP and military to plan the transfer of federal assets to the new government’s control.

Once the plan is developed the PG should communicate the transition plan to the world that will detail;

  1. The creation of the Alberta treasury, stock market and new currency.
  2. A set transition schedule, time line and the official date of separation.
  3. The transition processes.
  4. The transfer of federal land and assets within Alberta’s borders to the new state.
  5. The economic diversity plan.

As the transition is underway the PG will;

  1. Create the new banking system to support the new currency.
  2. Plan the reboot of the Alberta advantage.
  3. Prepare for the referendums that follow.

PARTNERS

Fear that the new state will default to a puppet state of some foreign power such as the US, Russia and China is unfounded.  Trade disruption due to a poorly planned transition will provide fodder for this fear and so it is vital that any existing national export agreements that exist be grand fathered over so not to change them unless an amicable renegotiation is requested by either party.

Fear that the new state will not be able to transit goods across our neighbours’ borders is also unfounded.  As a new state, new right of way agreements will need to be negotiated to ensure the continued movement of goods from or through Alberta.

With the hardest question answered, the questions that Albertans will be asked in the referendums that will follow are intended to strengthen the rights and freedoms for everyone, bring about the economic diversity we all desire and end the divisiveness, corruption and waste that the current party system has created. 

RIGHTS, FREEDOMS & RESPONSIBILITIES REFERENDUM

The rights and freedoms that the people want protected by law have been known for decades, so wy does ot seem to the average person that our goverments do not want to respect the rights we have reserved for ourselves.  Now is the time to look at some reforms to better ensure that the politicians of any stripe and the many departments of our goverment undrstand that hey have limited popwer and the people will decide when thise limits can be infringed upon.  This requires Albertans to provide more direction to the Executive as to the values that the people want protected.   Therefore, the second referendum will focus on an improved bill of rights. 

WHY?

In a land of immigrants, we should all pay homage to the sacrifice our forefathers have made. Those brave people that stood up against kings, and dictators and demanded basic rights for all.  We should all learn from their struggle to earn the rights and freedoms guaranteed in historic document’s such as the Magna Carta and the Constitution of the United States of America.

Alberta’s current bill of rights should be as sacred to all Albertans, but sadly it seems that our bill of rights is weak and has become a weapon to be used against the people by a new kind of oppression and tyranny.  Special interest groups have corrupted weak politicians and bureaucrat’s who are now working ways to circumvent our rights.  How is that possible?  A reformed Bill of Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities will provide limits to the powers granted the five components of the government of Alberta for the next three to four generations.

OUR RIGHTS

The current bill of rights states

“It is hereby recognized and declared that in Alberta there exist without discrimination by reason of race, national origin, colour, religion, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or gender expression, the following human rights and fundamental freedoms, namely:

  1. The right of the individual to liberty, security of the person and enjoyment of property, and the right not to be deprived thereof except by due process of law;
  2. The right of the individual to equality before the law and the protection of the law;
  3. Freedom of religion;
  4. Freedom of speech;
  5. Freedom of assembly and association;
  6. Freedom of the press;
  7. The right of parents to make informed decisions respecting the education of their children.”

Seems to be pretty clear, right?  From my viewpoint, it seems that political parties consider the rights and freedoms of the people to be a hinderance to the party agenda. 

From a workers perspective, employers consider the rights and freedoms to be too restrictive and so they ignore the bill of rights and write policies that are often contrary to the workers right of speech, expression and religion.

Don’t agree?  Ok, fair enough, but allow me to point out that the proof is;

  • In the effort that political-parties make as they seek ways to circumvent the rights and freedoms of the people. 
  • In the laws that are created to restrict the freedom of speech.  This freedom alone has been under constant assault for decades as political parties try to restrict the opposition ability to speak out against policies.  
  • In the company policies that restrict or dictate clothing, behaviour, speech and access to fair process.
  • In the recent examples of this such as the attack on the right of parents to make informed decision’s respecting their children’s education.  The assailant in this case was the former NDP government who worked hard to curtail this right by legislating that schools must keep parents in the dark on the activities and social behaviours of their children.

Federally, laws are being created to punish anyone who will speak out against the bad policies and laws that have brought this great country to it’s economic knees.

So called hate laws that prevent us from speaking out about the poor immigration policies and the refusal of the federal government to stop illegal immigration.

Federal laws have being enacted that removes our right to be protected from unjustified search and seizure.  How is it possible that such an unconstitutional law could be allowed to pass the senate?  A law that allows the police to demand evidence from a person without the need of reasonable cause for the demand.  A law that allow an intrusion into our homes in search of impairment.   This is the greatesy eveidence that Canada is moving to a totarian regime, and that must be stopped.

It is proposed that the current bill be amended and with a sharp quill and fresh paper, a new bill will emerge.  Titled the Alberta Constitution & Bill of Rights, Freedoms & Responsibilities of Citizenship Act.

The new bill would narrate the demands of the majority of the people for freedom, justice and good governance as well as add detail for;

  1. The PG to know their limitations and responsibilities and will determine the changes to existing law and the creation of new laws needed to guide the transformation of the bureaucracy.
  2. The justice system to have better understanding of the peoples demands for justice for victims of crime.  Judges will have greater clarity as to their limits to pass judgement or to affect the outcome of decisions made by the PG.
  3. Businesses of all sizes and types will know what the people expect from them, such as a set of laws that protect all persons from abuse and misuse.
  4. Clarity of intent will be achieved.  The language of the new act will be such that the intentions of each right, freedom and responsibility will be unquestionable.

THE DISCUSSION & DEBATE

The discussion must examine the value of the rights that exist, as detailed, in the current bill of rights.  Do these rights achieve the goals for which they are intended or have they failed? 

The discussion points are;

  1. The pros and con’s for each of the rights, freedoms and responsibilities proposed.
  2. What a right means to them and how rights affect taxation, law enforcement, justice, privacy and personal freedoms,
  3. What “responsibility of citizenship” means and how the responsibilities proposed will affect each person, their family, neighbours and community.

Ideally, a wide view perspective of what life would be like after the referendum should be presented.  Doing so may be the best method to help those with more self interest in mind when they vote. 

Suggested discussion questions are;

  • What if the majority selects all of the rights and rejects the responsibilities? 
  • How will selecting the right to privacy affect the ability of the security and intelligence services to prevent crimes, acts of hate or terrorism from occurring?
  • Should the right to speech have restrictions, limits?

RIGHTS

What are rights?  According to Wikipedia “Rights are legal, social, or ethical principles of freedom or entitlement; that is, rights are the fundamental normative rules about what is allowed of people or owed to people, according to some legal system, social convention, or ethical theory.  Rights are of essential importance in such disciplines as law and ethics, especially theories of justice and deontology.  Rights are often considered fundamental to civilization, for they are regarded as established pillars of society and culture and the history of social conflicts can be found in the history of each right and its development.” And the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, states "rights structure the form of governments, the content of laws, and the shape of morality as it is currently perceived".  What is your interpretation of rights?

A coalition style government such as the one proposed in this manifesto would have the will of the people to ensure the new bill etches each right in steel, never to be encroached upon or altered without a referendum result of 90%.

SHOULD THE NEW BILL INCLUDE OR CLARIFY THE RIGHT TO?

  • Free Speech & Expression:

Should a citizen of Alberta have the right to express their opinions without the censorship of the justice system, the media, a business or the public overall. 

Should this right have restrictions for speech or other forms of expression?  If so, what restrictions?

  • Privacy:
    Should privacy rights be added to the bill of rights?  Could each citizen of Alberta have the ability to;
    • Know what information is being collected, shared or sold by any government agency or any public or private organization, business, agency, union, association or individual. 
    • Be forgotten, meaning that any person can demand to have any old information, pictures, etc. be eliminated or access restricted on any social media platform.

Would this right allow a citizen of Alberta the ability to control the access to, and use of, personal information including intellectual property, medical data, video, and photographic material. 

  • Protection:
    Should protection rights allow each citizen the ability to protect themselves, their family and property from trespass, harmful acts, damage or theft.  Would accepting this right; Many believe that the current legal system of justice is one sided, providing a legal system for alleged criminals to use to ensure they are tagged with a crime they did not commit, or to determine their fate for a crime they did commit.  Ideology adopted in the early years of the seventies preferred rehabilitation over punishment and in doing so created the legal system. 
    1. Ensure that the government must provide adequate protection services to protect the people from unlawful acts and harm.  The cost of this level of policing must be discussed, are we willing to bump the funding of the police?  Perhaps a new funding model can be considered such as a % of GDP.
    2. Ensure the right of all persons to defend themselves, family and property.
    3. Allow the formation of community policing groups to patrol their neighbourhoods.
    4. Enhance no trespassing laws.
    5. End the threat of more restrictions on firearms ownership.
    6. Justice:
  • Necessities of Life:
    The right to health, education, shelter and food should be the cornerstone of all rights.  In a land of plenty and prosperity there can be no reason why any citizen should be without the necessities of life.  Accepting this right would direct the government to ensure that funding for support services such as;
    1. An energy assistance trust to put an end to power or gas being cut off in the cold of winter or air conditioning in the heat of summer. 
    2. Charities such as food banks, shelters, missions and rehab clinics. 
      The people should discuss the costs associated with this right. 

SHOULD THE NEW BILL INCLUDE FREEDOMS?

Generally speaking freedom is having an ability to change without constraint.  Unlike rights, the freedoms the people want can be restricted by the court or by the government in certain circumstances.

  • Citizen Freedoms:
    To be free to engage in a mutually beneficial relationship for the purpose of having and raising children.
    To be free to own land and property. 
  • Travel & Movement:
    This freedom could allow the PG to get the mass transit capital project approved quickly.  Completing the mass transit plan will allow everyone the ability to move about without hassle or unnecessary expense.  
     

SHOULD THE NEW BILL INCLUDE RESPONSIBILITIES?

The people have expectations of the government, the people should also acknowledge that they have a responsibility to be worthy of the support the government will provide.  It is proposed that each citizen of the province will have responsibilities to be eligible to be a citizen / shareholder of Alberta. 

This referendum will ask the people what responsibilities are acceptable;

  • Aid and Comfort: An obligation to provide aid and comfort to the injured, elderly, weak and ill.  This responsibility will strengthen community family support programs.
  • Volunteer: Give back to your community be volunteering time or providing resources to support a local charity, community cause or community association.
  • Environmental Stewardship:  People would develop habits to reduce their personal impact on our environment.  Businesses of any size would be obligated to maintain as minimal a footprint as possible and develop practices to protect the environment from any harm due to their operations.

THE ANSWERS

With the selections of the majority made the PG would form a committee to start work on drafting the new bill for approval by the people.

TAX REFORM

As tax payers we expect that the money we pay in taxes will be treated with a high level of accountability and purpose.  Unfortunately, it seems that the party system spends tax payer money like a drunk in a beer hall.

A new form of government allows a rare opportunity to reform the entire tax system.  But what system will solve the funding shortfalls of critical services, programs and agencies and get the province back to a revenue surplus that can be shared with the people / shareholder.

PROVINCIAL TAX

There atre many schools of thiught on this issue, however, this writer advocates for a simple process that is easy to understand by the taxpayer.  A Flat Tax could be the best option to stabilize a chaotic and complicated system.  A flat tax system that will require a person or corporation to calculate the sum of their annual income from all eligible sources.  A fixed rate set by the PG would then be applied to the amount calculated.  So for an example, using a hypothetical rate of 20%, a person or corporation with an annual income of one hundred thousand would pay twenty thousand in taxes.   Simple! 

FEDERAL TAX

If the people elect to remain as a province of Canada, the federsl tax will be collected by Alberta and transferred to the feds.  Yes this addds a layer of red tape but, it allows Alberta to control the tax purse and reverse the current tax transfer payment system so that Alberta pay the Feds, not the other way around.  Having the abilty to leverage the tax paid in the fed tax transfer will make Alberta less of a target for federal policies that effect our people, economy or industries.

PROVINCIAL TAX CREDITS

Feedback on this reform requires more clarity as the the tax rate of a flat tax.  It would be the PG that sets the provincial flat tax limit.  The rate will look at factors such as weather Alberta is a state or a province, the cost of goverment to deliver the programs that the majority want and the deficiet. 

Regardkless of the rate set, the AAIM propsal recommends a credit plan to motivate the taxpayer to become involved with the community and imprve enviormental stewardship.  The AAIM proposal will provide an opprotunity to personal and business taxpayers to reduce the tax rate.

So, for a hypothetical rate  of 20%, an individual or corporation could apply for tax credits that could reduce the tax rate by up to 10%.  Suggested practice’s or programs that a personal tax payer can do to earn a credit for themselves and their community include;

 

P

C

Supporting the home care for an autistic, mentally ill or disabled family member.

2

1

Supporting the home care for an elderly family member.

2

1

Continued education and training.  Take a training course that improves your work or life.

1

½

Volunteering time or resources to the community.  Donate tiem or cash to improve your community

1

1

Achieving all objectives of the proposed environmental stewardship action plan.  Recycle, reuse, reduce

1

1

Supporting kid sports or arts.  Volunter, sponsor or donate time, cash or resources  

1

1

Renovations or home improvements for disability access.  Make your home accessable to person with disabilities

1

1

Pride of home occupancy and ownership.  Show that you care for the home you occupy.

1

½

COMMUNITY CREDITS

The plan would provide community associations with funding for community programs and enhancements.  How would this work?  Each credit that a person earns to reduce their tax rate will earn a credit equal to x dollars.  Community associations can use these funds for programs that benefit the welfare of community overall.  Sports, equipment, training programs, social programs, development, etc.

BUSINESS TAX CREDITS

Intended as an incentive for a business to do more to support their workers, minimize their environmental footprint and contribute to the community.  Any business that participates in one or more of the recommended services will be provided with a credit. 

Suggested practice’s or programs that a business may earn a credit for having include;

Providing a day care support program for staff with children.

1

Having an active and fully supported safety program.

1

Providing workers with training opportunities to improve themselves or advance their careers.

1

Equal pay for equal qualifications and experience.

1

Meeting environmental protection standards for minimizing the businesses impact on the environment and or community.

1

Having a health and wellness benefits plan that covers 80% of any costs associated with;

  • Vison care, 

 

  • Dental care, 

 

  • Mental Health services, 

 

  • Addictions rehabilitation programs.

 

THE DISCUSSION & DEBATE

With the answers now known to the referendums on Separation and the new Alberta Bill of Rights & Responsibilities of Citizenship the reformation of the tax system can begin.  The discussion and debate should be vigorous and must examine;

  1. The reason we pay taxes.
  2. The real cost of government, properly staffed, well paid and trained!
  3. Taxation systems such as;
    • A Flat Tax:  one option that should be discussed is the flat tax option.  Simply put, a taxpayer, personal or corporate, will calculate the sum of their income from all sources, and pay a fixed rate. 
    • A Progressive Tax:  This is the current tax system.  A system that applies a tax to many areas.  The more you earn the more you pay!  Not a good incentive to make money, but it sounds like a good incentive to hide your money.  Wages, corporate, sales, carbon, capitol gains, death and more are taxed at different rates.
    • A Sales Tax:  This tax system could be the most viable option.  By taxing the goods and services we consume the PG will have a more reliable source of tax revenue that can at best, eliminate the need to tax a person’s income or property. More likely, reduce the amount paid for income and property tax to less than 5%

Tax rates: Should the rate of tax be set by the people or the PG?  And what should the tax rate be?  The pros and cons of the proposed tax rates / options must be discussed.

Flat Tax System

Tax paid by;

Rate Options %;

1

2

3

4

5

Personal (wages)

20

25

30

35

40

Corporate

30

25

20

15

10

 

 

Progressive Tax System

Tax of;

Rate Options %;

1

2

3

4

5

Source Deduction (wages)

0

5

20

25

30

Sale of goods

10

8

5

0

0

GST

8

5

3

0

0

Corporate

30

25

20

15

15

Property

5

5

5

3

0

% of Resource Royalty

40

20

25

30

35

Tax on Capital Gains (over $100,000.00)

15

20

5

0

0

Luxury

15

10

8

5

3

 

Sales Tax System

Tax of;

Rate Options %;

Source Deduction (wages)

0

3

Sale of goods

8

5

GST

3

3

Corporate

15

12

Property

0

2

% of Resource Royalty

35

35

Tax on Capital Gains (over $100,000.00)

5

5

Luxury

5

2

 

How will government spend tax dollars?  The discussion must also cover how tax revenues will be dispersed for;

  • Health Care.
  • Justice,
  • Security,
  • Education,
  • Infrastructure,
  • Environmental Programs,
  • Social Programs,
  • Heritage Trust Fund.

If Alberta separates, additional spending will be needed for,

  • Border security,
  • State police,
  • Military,
  • Tax collection,
  • Food inspection.

SECURITY REFORM

Security reform should be the topic of the fourth referendum.  Why should this question be asked?

The current system comprised of a federal, provincial and several municipal police forces is not meeting the security needs of the people and the province.  This is not due to a lack of effort of the people that serve but of a bad politics, a poor funding model and a large bureaucracy.

The current system is under staffed and poorly supported.  Training is minimal for the rank and file members. This is bad, but not a bad as the loss of trust that the federal, provincial or municipal police face due to thier illegal emforcement of ilegal laws that strip us of our basic rights.

What happens when the people of Alberta lose the trust in the very people that Albertans rely on to protect them from bad people intent on doing bad things.  How should we respond to a police force that supports a goverment who is intent on ignoring our rights and freedoms.  What will be the result when the police start seizing our guns?  Will this result in a civil war?  Will this result in the loss of alot of life, cops, citizens alike will perish.  Does this sound like the Canada you know or want?

The current organization should be measured against a unified force under the command of the Justice Ministry.  This referendum will allow the people a chance to have their say.  Regardless of the results of the separation referendum, should Alberta continue with the current program or do we demand better and form a single police force to serve all.

THE DISCUSSION & DEBATE

The discussion should examine the pros and cons of a single provincial / state police force vs the current system. 

The benefits of a single police force could;

  1. Provide the number of front-line officers that would be needed to adequately protect the people and enforce the laws of the land.
  2. Lower the cost of the current policing system through streamlining supply and acquisition processes, standardizing equipment and clothing and improved training methods.
  3. Free municipalities of the cost of policing, allowing those municipalities to redirect that tax money to lower taxes or boost funding to other programs.
  4. Provide a policing standard to be followed by all members.  This would eliminate jurisdiction boundaries and allow assets to be mobilized to handle problems anywhere in the province.
  5. Provide a better allocation of manpower and resources to high need areas,
  6. Improve training resources and funding for continued education and annual requalification’s of critical skill sets such as tactical driving, weapons handling, marksmanship, hostage rescue, etc.
  7. Provide a central command structure that can better respond to the dynamics of law enforcement and other emergency situations that arise,
  8. Provide an equal opportunity for all who make the grade to serve,
  9. Provide a better funding model.  A provincial force would be funded by general revenue, at a rate determined by the results of the tax reform referendum,
  10. Improve internal intelligence gathering assets and resources,
  11. Streamline access to information maintained by all jurisdictions.
  12. Develop special teams to handle domestic issues, anti terrorism, etc.

EDUCATION REFORM

Education is a vital component to all success!  Education starts at birth and never ends, even after death, education goes on via the examination of our history.  Failing to recognize this will be the downfall of all of us.  It is absolutely vital that we get this right, and now is the time to fix or replace a broken system.  

WHY

Alberta is not the staunch conservative land it once was.  Pragmatism and common sense have been replaced by a lefty agenda, political correctness, over regulation and bad policies.  But what if you were given the chance to change things?  We the people can do things different!  We can do this by;

1.  Tapping into an abundance of cultural influence that is the modern Alberta, and,

2.  Combining it with “grass roots” principles that made this province great, and,

3.  Learning the aptitude of each child entering the system, we can create a new way of educating the our kids and the adults..  

BROKEN SYSTEM

The current model used for funding the school system continuously fails meet to the needs of the people.  The result is over crowded schools, huge classes sizes and a serious lack of resources.  To correct this, the AAIM proposes that both the organization and the funding model of the current program be scrapped and replaced by an education program that is locally governed and funded from general revenues.

Doing so would allow government to increase the per student rate, perhaps as much as 50% and provide an opportunity to add new programs to the core curriculum such as law, physical education, human relations and more. 

THE DISCUSSION & DEBATE

As of 12 May 2020, feedback on this topic has been very supportive of the need for change.  The grip of the overreaction to the Crovid - 19 virus has emphsised the weakness of the current system.  Hundreds of thousands of students from every grade, collage or universary are now in limbo because the current system has failed.  Who will pay for this?  Student will, that is who will pay.  Parents are angry and foir good reason.

As the reciever of this feedback it seems that the debate for the reformredum will be vigourus.  Regardless of your feeling on this matter, the thoughts of the majority must be known.

The discussion and debate must address how a government can deliver a program to ensure that each citizen of Alberta will have easy access to;

  1. Education that identifies the strong aptitudes of each citizen and focuses the education of each citizen to develop those identified aptitudes.
  2. Transportation that is free, safe and reliable for any student that requires it.
  3. Fully funded school programs for lunchroom supervision, books, training aides, field trips, etc.
  4. Safe and clean education facilities and grounds.
  5. Education that is life focused, fact based and free of misinformation promoted by an extremist or ideological influence.
  6. Access to special needs resources and programs.

The discussion should cover two options.  The current system vs a charter school option. 

CURRENT SYSTEM: 

Anyone who has a child being educated by the current system or has had a child that has been through the current system knows what the problems and the benefits are. 

Home owners with and without children are burdened with cost of the current system, demonstrating once again how party politics fails time and again to deliver a fair and balanced policy to the people.

Anyone who pays attention to the news knows that party politics and at times the personal ideology of some elected trustees and the ever-present union influence has created a bloated system that costs a lot more than is needed.

CHARTER SYSTEM: 

Why would the AAIM adopt the charter school option? 

The second option is little known by the majority.  A majority that cannot afford a private / charter school program for their children.  Therefore, the discussion should examine;

  1. The pros and cons of the current system vs the charter system.
  2. A cost comparison of each system.
  3. If the current system can be reformed?
  4. Would the charter school system be good for all citizens?
  5. How would it work?

THE BENEFITS:

The benefits could be;

  1. A charter school system could offer specialized, career focused programs such as;
    1. Winter sports like hockey, skiing, etc.
    2. Field Sports like football, soccer, lacrosse, etc.
    3. Gymnastics,
    4. Arts & Drama,
    5. Government service,
    6. Science, biology, physics,
    7. Horticulture,
    8. Technology,
    9. Trades,
    10. Military,
    11. Religion.
  2. Each school would have the ability to;
    1. Promote their school to attract students from any jurisdiction.
    2. Design a curriculum that will allow the student the greatest success in their chosen specialty while learning the core subjects needed for life and career.
    3. Take control of the management, the care, use and administration of their own school or school group.
    4. Be classified as a charity, thereby promoting investment into each school by the community and corporations.
    5. Be governed by a parent teacher council with oversight of an education council made up of a principle from each school in the district / riding.
    6. Regulate / cap class size.

HEALTH CARE REFORM

Alberta’s health care program is yet another example of a system that has a high cost of administration and facility maintenance.  Front line services are under funded or poorly organized.  This is not a reflection of the great work of the hands-on members that deal with the public every day.  But it is a reflection of the politics of a health care system supported by a bureaucracy.  A bureaucracy supported by a bureaucracy, how ironic is that?  Another example of how party politics works hard to protect a problem plagued program despite the remedies that are available.

One option to fix the problems of health care in Alberta it is to take a serious look to reform the health care system to a private for-profit system. 

Regardless of the system the people select, the goal of this referendum is to determine how the new government can ensure that each citizen of Alberta will have easy access to;

  1. Health and wellness resources, programs, facilities, emergency response services and personnel at any time,
  2. Prescription drugs,
  3. Devices to aid the disabled,
  4. Vision Care,
  5. Dental,
  6. Long Term Care.
  7. Prosthetics

Currently the AHS system is publicly owned by the people and operated by the government of Alberta.  A system that is supported by a bureaucracy and often used as the backdrop for political party drama.  Then there’s the union influence once again.  All of which is making the program cost more then it should. 

To solve the problem the health care system needs to be reformed to a private for-profit health care system that is managed and funded by the people.

Doing so would allow;

  1. More diversity of the economy by ending the health care monopoly and allowing for more businesses to start-up and existing services to expand.  Properly supported with low rate loans from the new treasury and grants the new industry could equal the oil and gas and agriculture industries.
  2. Market competition to control cost of delivery of services.  Instead of limited options to chose from, the new service options that will enter the market will have to compete for market share.  Maintaining the best rate is vital to this process.
  3. Greater availability of services to the people that will reduce wait times.
  4. Regulated service rates that are paid to health care providers from public funds.

HOW WOULD THIS WORK?

AHS would be provided with new directives that will ensure strict enforcement of the private for-profit system so;

  1. To ensure integrity of the system,
  2. That health care providers have the skills, equipment and facilities,
  3. That hygiene and housekeeping standards are maintained,
  4. That the principle of first come first served is maintained by all service providers, and,
  5. To ensure that highly trained persons are working within the system at every level.

AHS enforcement officers will be trained to the highest standards to ensure enforcement of the laws and regs are fair but firm.  AHS officers will have the highest level of integrity and will ensure that all service providers are policed and monitored equally.

Moreover, the people of Alberta have always demanded the best health care service and facilities, so why in hell would that change if the system was private for profit.  

e.g. 1.  Currently for a patient that needs an MRI of the knee,

Service Provider Rate

Province / State Rate

Insurance Rate

Patient Cost

$750.00

$750.00

$0.00

0

 

sound pretty good right?  to bad the wait time for the MRI is… 11 months!

e.g. 2.  To fast track an MRI of the knee, the patient can pay for the service;

Service Provider Rate

Province / State Rate

Insurance Rate

Patient Cost

$750.00

$0.00

$0.00

$750.00

 

Ouch!  but the wait time for the MRI was… 2 days!

e.g. 3.  The AAIM PFP system, for the patient to get an MRI of the knee,

Service Provider Rate

Province / State Rate

Insurance Rate

Patient Cost

$1000.00

$750.00

$200.00

$50.00

 

Wait time for MRI… less than 1 week!

Sound alot better than 11 months and the cost to the patient is minimal.  The belief is that doing so will;

  1. Allow the patient to decide if the extra money they may have to pay is worth it. 
  2. Motivate the service provider to employ the best talent, have the best facilities and equipment,
  3. Lower wait list across the full spectrum of health services, and,
  4. The people’s choice of service provider will remain the same as it is for all services we consume.  Convenience, cost, customer service.  All of which health care service providers will have to content with, the result should be to motivate the service provider to do more to attract the client.

For Albertans that are not covered by an employer benefit plan, access to a provincial / sate benefits plans will be provided.  Unemployed will be covered by the province / state.  Employed without benefits will be covered and the employer will pay a higher tax rate to cover the benefit cost.

SERVICE PROVIDER RATES

The PG, in consultation with the health care industry, will set the limits that will be paid for the services approved for coverage by the province / state.  The service providers will work hard to provide their services for less than the set limit so that a profit can be made.  Service providers will be allowed to set their own rates, and if the patient wants to use a service provider that has rates exceeding the limits set by the PG.  Then the patient can pay the non covered portion for the service. 

In cases where a person options are limited and needs a specialized service but cannot pay the differential, then an application can be made for coverage by the province / state.  Going further, by opening the options for patients to select a heath care provider in another province or even another country could save Albertans billions in lost productivity, cost associated with extended recovery time and allow for a more rapid treatment and recovery time for the patient. 

INSURANCE

Feedback on this point requires some clarity.

Under the private for profit plan the insurance industry would continue to do business as they are now.  What is different is that the PG, in consultation with the insurance industry will determine the rates for all services that the insurance industry is willing to cover under;

  1. An employer’s benefit program,
  2. The provincial / state benefits plan. 

The province / state benefit plan will provide a benefit that covers 75% of a service providers rate that is not covered by the province, state.

e.g. 1.  Coverage with a benefit coverage

Cost of Service

Province / State Rate @ 75% of $500.00

Insurance Rate @ 80% of $375.00

Patient Cost

$500.00

$375.00

$100.00

$25.00

 

e.g. 2.  Coverage without a benefit coverage

Cost of Service

Province / State Benefit @ 75% of $500.00

Patient Cost

$500.00

$375.00

$125.00

 

A final point on this topic is that the insurance industry can profit from playing a key role in the coverage they offer to offset travel, accommodation, costs associated with traveling abroad with a companion to receive treatment for ailment. 

Done right, the employer can reduce the cost of benefits for their workers.

NOTHING NEW

Private for-profit is not a new idea.  Dentists, chiropractor’s and other such services have been working under the private for-profit plan for decades.  Currently, it is the insurance industry that sets the rates and the service provider works hard to provide the services for less than the set rate so that a profit can be made.  When this is not possible the client decides which service provider to use and pays the difference. Sound familiar?

The expectation of the private for-profit system is to allow the health care industry and the people who need the services to self regulate the cost of any given service provider. 

THE DISCUSSION & DEBATE

The discussion should cover the pros and cons of the current system vs the private for-profit option.  Points that should be considered for discussion include;

  1. The cost to deliver the services that the people will want.   A breakdown to examine each line item on the AHS budget sheet would open the eyes of the people as to how the money is spent.
  2. The ability to deliver the services that the people will want.  Who has what?  Who needs what? From ambulance service, urgent care, special clinics, hospitals and long-term care. 
  3. How the industry will be regulated and policed.
  4. How private insurance and the government can work together to manage and control costs.  This is how the rates will be determined for all medical, dental, vision and mental services.
  5. The roles of the Collage of Physicians and the industry associations.  Are these the right groups to monitor and enforce the rules, ethics and standards?
  6. Patient rights.  They say we have rights now but do we really?  What do you think these rights should be?
  7. The ability of a patient or the patient’s immediate family to recover losses due to an error of the medical system that results in death, a handicap or loss of their ability to earn a living.
  8. Protecting doctors, nurses, EMT’s staff from abuse by superiors, patients and families.  One cannot ignore or disrespect the level of emotion that is unleashed when a loved on is in distress.  How do we protect health care workers while remaining respectful of the emotion?

The discussion should include how the AHS should be structured such as;

  1. A central command system that will;
    1. Be managed by an elected body of representatives.  One from each county;
    2. Oversee the Alberta Health System,
    3. Allocate resources to the counties,
    4. Manage the Alberta Health Services (AHS) budget.

Or,

  1.  A local command system that will;
    1. Be managed by a council made up of a representative appointed from each health care facility or facility group.
    2. Oversee the staffing and maintenance of local health care facilities
    3. Allocates resources to local health care facilities on an as needed basis,
    4. Manage the County Health Service (CHS) budget,

JUSTICE REFORM

Justice reform is needed to bring confidence back to a system that has failed victims of crime for decades.  Why?  Because for many Albertan’s the word justice is a misnomer that misleads the people into believing that the legal system represents justice.  Perhaps it does to the accused but lets face it todays legal system is about the business of law, working with budgets and compromise, it is not about justice for victim’s as it should be. 

To correct this, the PG should hold a referendum to determine the majorities wishes for a system that ensures that victims of crime are fully engaged in determining the fate of those who wrong them and in doing so provide the justice a victim of crime needs to heal mentally. 

SENTENCING

Anyone that is found to be guilty in a court of law should be stripped of their rights and incarcerated without an opportunity for parole until ¾ of their sentence is completed.  Once released on parole the freed citizen should have a GPS tag implanted so their movements can be monitored until the full term of their sentence is complete.  Once the sentence is complete the person’s rights are restored and the matter will become history.

CAPITOL PUNISHMENT

Should the people demand capitol punishment options be available to judges for;

  1. Any crime that results in the violent death of a citizen of Alberta.
  2. Any crime that results in the gross abuse of a child under the age of 12.
  3. Any person deemed to be predator such as a repeat offender of murder, rape or pedophilia.

LIFE TERMS

It’s incredible that we would allow predators to prey on the people and then treat them like the victim.  Pedophiles, rapists and murders must be treated harshly to deter such crimes from occurring.  It is proposed that anyone deemed to be a threat to the peace of the people be incarcerated until the reaper claims them. 

MENTAL HEALTH CRIME

The arrogance of mental health professionals is as amazing as it is disgusting.  If these people are so damn smart why can’t they see that is unacceptable to demand that the public accept that a killer can be released from imprisonment because the crime they have committed was the result of a mental episode or that they have a mental disease.  Even if the people accept this as the truth, so what?  The very fact that the mental health professionals have confirmed the presence of a mental defect or disease, coupled with the evidence of demonstrated extreme anti social behaviour only emphasises the need to keep these people locked up.  Yes, even if they are “rehabilitated”!  Mental Health may keep these killers from the noose, but it should never be an acceptable reason to excuse the crime.

THE MEDIA

The media’s influence on the justice system must end.  It is not the place of the media in any form to debate the fate of the accused or expose the victim to public opinion.  The PG should propose a total media ban be enacted for any ongoing trial.  With the trial over, the media would be allowed to report the outcome of a trail.  In addition, access to all video and transcripts of the trial to include access to evidence, jury deliberations and out of chamber discussions related to the case. 

The entire trial should be made available to the media for broadcast once the sentence is passed.

JUDGES

Our legal system is vital to our society.  So much so that it is set apart from the government.  A kind of shadow government that is tasked by the people to ensure that the those elected to rule do so within the confines of the bill of rights. 

The role of the judge should be to provide the temperance in a process that should allow the victim the right to determine the fate of the convicted.  The judge would weigh the crime vs the punishment being demanded by the victim then render a verdict that is a reasonable and fitting punishment for the crime under the obligations of the bill of rights.

PROSECUTORS

How many stories can be told of a failed prosecution due to the incompetence of the prosecutor or worse, the unwillingness to prosecute because they might fail.  What bullshit is that!   We need strong, confident prosecutors that will fight for the victim of a crime, a take no prisoner’s attitude would suit me just fine. 

So, should prosecutors be elected by the people?  If not, should there be minimum requirements for a lawyer to be eligible to be a prosecutor? 

THE DISCUSSION & DEBATE

The discussion should address the pros and cons of a legal vs justice system.  Other topics of discussion could be;

  1. Should the people decide who sits on the bench of the supreme court?  Currently the party selects the Judges that sit on the supreme court and the law society selects the Judges that fill the ranks of the lower courts.
  2. Should the people decide who fights for that justice we seek?  I imagine that would look a lot like the US district attorney system.
  3. Should Judges and Lead Prosecutors have term limits?  If so, what terms should be considered.  Would term limits apply to all judges and prosecutor’s or just the supreme court?
  4. Should we replace the jury system with a panel of student lawyers?
  5. Do we want a justice system that includes capitol punishment for crimes that result in the death of a citizen?
  6. Should the media be prevented from reporting on any aspect of a trail until is over and a result is known.

AAIM FOR PROVINCIAL MILITIA REFERENDUM

If the separation referendum results in a yes vote then an army would be needed to replace the federal assets currently stationed in Alberta.  In this case this referendum will not be needed.  However, should Alberta stay a province of Canada this referendum would be held to determine if the majority agrees that having a properly organized and supported a militia could be a huge economic benefit in addition to providing security for assets and resources owned by the people of Alberta as well as augment the emergency response services as needed to resolve any problem.  

EDUCATION 

To ensure that a militia can get the job done the following is proposed;

  1. High School:  The core curriculum of the school system would include a military program that would educate and train young citizens starting in grade 10. 
  2. Military Academies:  Citizens that attend military academies will be provided the same training that a citizen would get in a charter or public school, but with a heightened physical education component and a greater focus on problem solving and leadership.  Graduates of the military academies would be eligible for long military careers.
  3. Battle Schools:  upon separation, training centers such as Cold Lake, Wainwright and Suffield would become Alberta’s battle schools and would be home to Alberta’s Military Academies.  Should Alberta remain a province of Canada, an opportunity would be open to build new training facilities.  In addition, new Battle Schools would be created near the major population centers to provide training resources that would be needed to keep the reserve and full-time service members at a high training standard.

INDUSTRY  

To support the needs of a militia and as part of the economic diversity process, it is proposed that a new arms production industry be created to research, develop and manufacture the tools and assets that will be needed to;

  1. Support emergency personnel and agencies in fire fighting, flood control, and search and rescue,
  2. Deter and suppress violent civil insurrection,
  3. Provide security to Alberta owned assets,
  4. Defend the land, people and interests of the state,

EMPLOYMENT 

A provincial militia could employ up to;

  1. Fifty thousand full and part time persons to fill the ranks of the units that will be formed.
  2. Ten to twenty thousand civilians for admin and logistics work
  3. An additional reserve of up to one million citizens could be trained as part of the normal education process.  Any or all of these citizens could be called into service should a need arise.

SUPPORTING BUSINESSES 

Additional employment of personnel would be realized as new businesses come on line to support the militia units, industry and academies.  From laundry services, maintenance and housekeeping to manufacturing many new businesses will be needed, all will need staff.

SECURITY 

A militia or assets of the militia could be deployed to support the police should a crisis arise that requires such additional support.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE

A militia or assets of the militia could be deployed to support our emergency services as they manage fire, flooding, slides etc. when needed.

CAPITAL INVESTMENT

Reforms now complete and the elected official’s assigned to cabinet portfolios the time for the PG to lead has arrived.  In addition to the reforms of the education and health care programs, mopre recommendations that the PG should consider as top priorities for the diversification of Alberta economy and to look into how the larger than life problems can be resolved.

BIG PROBLEMS:

Alberta, like the rest of the planet is facing some big problems such as climate change and immigration but Alberta has also had to deal with;

  1. An ongoing attack on the oil sands by a green movement that is ironically supported by foreign oil market competitors working hard to keep our resources from getting to the world market.
  2. Trade problems with other provinces that are feeding a growing sentiment among the people for separation.  Free trade means no tariffs and the consumer decides who lives or dies.  That’s how capitalism works folks.  That’s how you improve delivery of services, better pay for staff, higher quality and better value for your dollar.  If a venture cannot deliver… well only the strong survive.
  3. Lack of economic diversity remains a problem despite the effort of the ruling party to develop a renewable green energy system.  I predict that this effort will prove to be yet another boondoggle that will only result in a lot of tax dollars wasted.  There is a solution and it can be delivered for less than the current effort.

So, how can Alberta diversify its economy to put an end to the reliance we have on one or two key industries such as agriculture and oil and gas.  How can we do this while reducing our carbon footprint and fostering a genuine belief in environmental stewardship. 

If the privatization of the education and health care industries become reality then the economic diversity plan will be well on its way to achieving the goal of total economic independence.  More opportunity for all manner of supporting businesses to start up or expand as they serve the new education and health care industries.

Further diversification can be achieved by activating the following capital projects that will do more than any carbon tax could ever hope to while working to solve some of life’s big problems.

CLIMATE CHANGE:

Our climate is changing.  For citizen Joe and Jane the how or why the climate is changing is irrelevant, anything we do will take time to implement and the climate changes that are predicted are not going to be stopped.  What matters right now is, what are we going to do about preparing for what is coming?

For Albertans, it seems that climate change means that we will have to find ways to live through hot, dry summers and longer, colder winters. The sheer size and diverse landscape of our province requires a dynamic plan to address the climate change models for each region.  So, while diplomats, environmentalists and scientists’ squabble about how to reduce humanity’s effect on the earth nothing is being done to plan for the future. 

If there is something being done, what is it?   What is being done to;

  • Forecast the needs of the future? 
  • Help our people survive during hotter summer months.  Summers that may bring drought and with drought comes famine, crime, disease and misery for all. 
  • Help our people survive colder, longer winters.  Winters that will result in the death of thousands of low income and homeless people and will likely change the growing season to a short three or four months.  Shorter growing seasons will affect crops and vegetation in different ways.  How will this effect erosion control, air quality and so on? 

SOLUTIONS:

The solutions proposed can;

  1. Work to resolve concerns about Alberta’s changing environment.
  2. Move key capitol projects from the drafting table to reality. 
  3. Reduce Alberta’s overall carbon footprint.
  4. Create new industries, improving the economic diversity of the province / state.

The projects proposed herein will require a unified effort of each level of the population and if approved by the people they will propel the province into a new age of self sufficiency and prosperity.

Alberta based businesses will be provided opportunities to play their part and the people will find employment opportunities. 

Unions and associations will play a part and as a result will see a growth in their memberships as more government employees are hired to manage the oversight component of the proposed projects that are approved by the people.  The projects recommended will solve some bigger than life problems and work to;

  1. Diversify our industry base,
  2. Increase the GDP,
  3. Improve our ability to act in times of disaster,
  4. Fight the effects of climate change on the people, land and industries,
  5. Provide prosperity to small communities throughout the province,

BENEFITS:

The benefits of the capitol projects proposed are plentyful, some examples are;

  • Diversify and develop all communities,
  • Improve the economies of all communities,
  • Reduce the costs of supporting the suburban neighbourhood.
  • Relieve the pressure on the local governments to house their citizens,
  • Better ensure the longevity of the citizens of Alberta

MASS TRANSIT

THE PROBLEM

The mass transit systems in use today are located in the major population centers of Edmonton and Calgary which have light rail systems.  Smaller cities have a transit system that serves the local population.  Rural bussing has been a hit and miss since the seventies.  Then there’s the politics at every level that has created an unstainable system that will never serve all of the people of Alberta.

If the people choose to include the freedom to travel in the bill of rights, freedoms and responsibilities act, then government will be obligated to do what can be done to ensure people in small communities such as villages, towns and hamlets can move about the province.

ONE SOLUTION

It is proposed that a provincial mass transit system be developed and installed that includes;

  1. A high-speed rail line such as the hyperloop system.  To be constructed from Lethbridge to Fort MacMurray.  The ability to move people from Lethbridge to Fort Mac in less than two hours will grealy reduce the carbon of thousands of heay haulers and autos. Imagine the possibilities for business, tourism, education and more.
  2. Ten to fifteen high speed lines such as a bullet train to intersect the mainline from east to west.
  3.  A light rail system that connects communities of 25,000 or more citzens to the high speed lines.
  4. An improved bus system that can connect small communities such as hamlets, villages and towns to the LRT or high-speed lines
  5. Improved roads and highways that incorporate modern refueling and rest areas where a traveller can have access to fuel of any type, as well as food, beverage, restrooms, showers, etc. 
  6. Done right, overnight RV parking can be available and in high risk areas where roads can be compromised by weather or conditions such as avalanche, mud slides etc.) temporary shelters that can be built to provide short term assistance and facilities such as sleeping quarters to stranded travellers.
  7. High speed toll highways that will allow speeds of up to two hundred km/hr.
  8. Automated roads and highways that will be designated for use by automated transport vehicles only.

BENEFITS

The benefits for the people are unlimited.  This project would allow for a person or family to live in a small town and work and go to school in a city.  More opportunities for tourism and transportation of goods and material.  Accepting this project would;

  • Allow families many options for their child’s education.
  • Promote the growth of every hamlet, village and town in the province,
  • Provide large population centers some relief from overcrowding,
  • Remove hundreds of thousands of cars and trucks from the highways,
  • Reduce the reliance of air travel,
  • Reduce the auto accident rate,
  • Create thousands of permanent full-time jobs.

HOW DO WE PAY FOR THIS?

This project will take a generation to fully complete and could cost as much as 25 billion dollars bythe time is completed.  To fund this project, it is proposed that the cost of construction be bourne by the goverment, private investment and conglometrate of businesses that will earn services and construction contracts that will be adaqaute to repay the principle of thier investment and the profit the investment will bring.

 

 

POWER DIVESIFICATION

THE PROBLEM

Demand for power will increase in coming years as people try and keep warm during colder winters and cool during hot summers.  The chance of brown and black outs should be a real concern and the onsite power generation systems that are used by government, medical and business are good but fuel for these systems can run out.

THE SOLUTION

It is proposed that each single family residential home be converted to an off-grid power system.  Residential buildings over three stories, industry / manufacturing facilities and commercial property owners should be converted or upgraded to incorporate the latest enviromentally friendly heating, lighting and waste systems.

BENEFITS

The benefits to this project are plentiful and could include;

  • An end to the dependence on a single power grid to provide power to life reliant systems such as heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. 
  • The end of brown / black outs caused by residential over use at peak periods
  • Selling power to the electrical grid when on site power reserves are at capacity
  • Reducing the demand on the current system, making more power available for sale to the North American grid.
  • A more rapid development of the green energy sector that does not include huge bird killing oscillating pillars (aka wind turbines) or a bogus weatlh transfer scheme in the guise of a carbon tax that fleeces the people.
  • Opportunities for entrepreneurs to start businesses to develop new tech, manufacture the components and systems that will be needed to out fit millions of facilities.

HOW DO WE PAY FOR THIS?

This program will take time to implement as the manufacturing component is not adaquate to supply the equipment, devices and parts that will be needed.  To fund the increased manufactuing capacity, it is proposed that the cost the business pay for thier own endevour,  Depending on the tax system the people select, additional incentives such as a tax free period of two years and no cost 10 year lease of Alberta owned land for new businesses can be offfered.  Moreover, the tax credits proposed in this paper could offer additional incentive for conversions / upgrades to more enviromentally friendly heating, lighting and waste systems.

Owners of single family homes should be provided government low interest loans and tax credits. 

Residential buildings over three stories as well as industry / manufacturing facilities and commercial properties should be provided grantsto cover 50% of the cost and each will be eligible for 2% interest loans from the provincial treasury. 

 

 

WATER PIPELINE

THE PROBLEM

Todays water shortages are often caused by one or more conditions such as;

  • Low snow fall that results in a small snow pack in the mountains,
  • A lack of snow and rain in the foothills and prairie land, and,
  • The over use by people and industry. 

Climate change will make these conditions worse before they get better and a plan is needed to keep our land from becoming a desert.

THE SOLUTION

One option that can be undertaken to ward off the looming disaster that climate change will bring is a water pipeline from the west coast to bring desalinated salt water to Alberta and then distributed for use in;

  • Irrigation for crops.  Pipeline would fill current and new reservoirs which will release water into our rivers.
  • Industries such as the oil sands, manufacturing, recycling and more can have desalinated sea water piped into their facilities removing the need to draw water from natural / local water sources.,
  • Sports & Recreation facilities can draw water to fill pools and create ice.
  • Human Consumption is another possibility for sea water once desalinated, treated and tested.

THE BENEFIT

The benefits of such a project are many including the creation of a new industry that will further diversify the economy.  This project would provide opportunities;

  1. For manufacturers, distributors, suppliers who will take the raw material and create and deliver finished goods and materials to build the pipeline.
  2. For engineering firms, general contractor’s and contractors who will design and build the pipeline and facilities.
  3. For employment of full time and part time employees to monitor and maintain three to four thousand km of pipe and the desalination facilities, pumping and water purification stations.
  4. To mend the rift that party politics has created with our western neighbour who will benefit from the sale and lease of land, the taxes generated from local businesses employed to build sections of the pipeline and or facilities and infrastructure needed and from the employees hired to operate and maintain the pipeline and facilities.

HOW DO WE PAY FOR THIS?

This project will introduce a new industry for Alberta.  To get the ball rolling the PG will need to fund the research and costs associated with obtaining the apporitate approvals from all the first mations and municipalities that will be effected bythe project.  This cost is estimated to be forty to fifity million.  

The construction of the project is estimated at 5 billion.  The AAIM recommends that the entire project be funded by a P3 arrangement between the province / state and the firms that build the pipeline and facilities and the ipertor of the project. 

BEING PREPARED

THE PROBLEM

Currently the municipal governments throughout the province are unprepared for emergency situations and must play catch up in their reaction to a crisis.  One needs only to look at the contrast between the fires of Fort Mac and the floods in Calgary and area.  Party politics impedes the implementation of the lessons learned and the problem remains. 

What would happen if a natural disaster event did occur today or tomorrow? 

THE SOLUTION

The solution is multi faceted and requires an interaction with many agencies including the exisitng emergency and police services.  Moreover, unknown factors such as the result of the separation referendum and the approval of the mass transit plan will determine the level of preparedness that can be achieved and how quickly.

GIMME SHELTER

It is proposed that a series of emergency survival centers be built, stocked and manned 24/7 for use in the event of major natural disaster.  Each center would be;

  • Located in or around population centers to be accessible within 30 minutes,
  • A self-sufficient community that could house a maximum of a hundred thousand citizens,
  • Large population centers would have several muster centers to meet the needs of their citizen’s. 
  • Each center could be supplied with enough goods and materials for an extended occupation.

BETTER ASSET INVENTORY

It is also proposed that Alberta’s inventory of fire fighting and rapid response assets be audited and old assets replaced.  Shortfalls in the inventory should be corrected and all assets in the inventory must be made available for any municipal emergency service to use. 

Inventory assets such as;

  • 3 Squadron’s of 6 water bombers and 4 Squadrons of 12 helicopters for deployment to multiple events anywhere in Western Canada.
  • Fire fighting and medical vehicles of sufficient number and strategically stationed for rapid deployment to multiple events anywhere in Alberta.
  • Highly trained first responders.

THE BENEFIT

The Boy Scout motto “be prepared” has provided many young men a simple principle of life that one should always be prepared for the worst.  Alberta should be better prepared to deal with the forest fires, floods, tornados, extreme weather events or, god forbid, worst.  Doing so will;

  1. Further diversify our economy and add jobs for the people,
  2. Require new manufacturing facilities to build the aircraft and emergency vehicles needed to kit and resupply the emergency response system.
  3. Require wholesale distributors, suppliers who will deliver finished goods and materials to build and support the facilities.
  4. Require engineering firms, general contractor’s and contractors who will design, build and staff the facilities.
  5. Require full time and part time employees to monitor and maintain the facilities.
  6. Add government jobs for staff to monitor and over see the integrity of the system.

HOW DO WE PAY FOR THIS?

This project will introduce more economic diversity to the Alberta.  More options, more jobs, more taxes collected and the greater the GDP grows.  To pay for this will be the responsibilty of us all as the inventory of assests produced by the manufactures will be owned by the province / state.  The cost of building the new manufacturing and distribution network will be bourne b ythe businesses that build or retool cirrent facliies.

The estimated cost for this multi year project is estimated to be 30 billion for manufacturing the air and land assests.  Annual operating buget is estimated to be 2 billion.

Tax on sale of air and land asssest to outher nations or provinces could generate enough revenue for the province to recover the cost of operations, depending on the tax fomat selected by the people in the tax refom referendum.

 

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

THE PROBLEM

A golden opportunity presents itself but, thanks largely to a lack of vision and bowing to the base of the party system, many of these opportunities are being ignored.   Alberta has the capacity to solve some of the biggest problems on planet earth but the solutions remain unexplored.  Why?  Why must man suffer needlessly?  Why does our health care system prefer pills over real soltions?  The AAIM says it is time to end the stalling and get to work solving the problems.  

THE SOLUTION

The ingenuity of Albertans is already finding ways to reduce the impact of our oil and gas, ranching and agriculture industries.  With the support of the PG Alberta can also see advancements in technology and processes that will be solutions for climate change, improving life longevity and for the cloning of human and animal organs for transplant can be made possible with a properly supported R&D industry.

The plan to further diversify Alberta’s industry base is to provide a support system to set up a research and development industry in the province.  To entice and draw businesses to start-up research facilities the following support options are proposed;

  • Half tax status to new start-ups.  New businesses will only have to pay a tax rate that is half of the normal tax rate.  This tax break could have expiry limits such as three or five years.
  • No or low-cost leases for the use of public land will greatly reduce the cost of building new research facilities.
  • Grants for the portion of the cost to build, renovate or retool a facility for R&D, fabrication and manufacturing purposes,
  • Government Partnership.  The PG would offer a fair market cash investment for shares in the business.  The business would pay an annual dividend to the PG on the anniversary date.
  • Government contracts can be negotiated with the research business.  E.g. an organ cloning business could partner with AHS to provide organs to Albertan’s that have the need.  Profits can be generated for the GDP with the sale of cloned organs to people in jurisdiction’s outside the province.

THE BENEFITS

Including research and development in the plan for diversification of the Alberta economy would see the new industry work in partnership with Alberta’s universities, tech schools and colleges to find solutions and invent new processes, methods and technology to improve the lives of the citizens of Alberta.  Doing so would;

  1. Further diversify the economy and capabilities of Alberta.
  2. Promote interest and enrollment for Alberta’s collages, universities and technical schools.  After all R&D will need to,
  3. Employ professionals of every type.
  4. Employ highly skilled workers.
  5. Promote the creation of a series of research and development centers throughout the province. 

The PG should seek to include R&D firms that have a focus on a specialty such as;

  • The Human Condition: Improving the human condition, the study of life longevity, organ cloning technology, the quest for a cure to eliminate the worlds deadliest viruses and disease.  This can be researched by scientists trained in Alberta universities.
  • New Technology:  Technology has advanced the human race faster in the past 100 years than it ever has since the dawn of mankind.  The pursuit of new tech that can benefit man and beast should be ongoing.  Goals to make life healthier, easier and better to live can be reached. 
  • Transportation:  The introduction of automated vehicles to our society will require a new vision of how our transportation networks will need to change.  New ground transportation networks will need to be researched and controls established that include reliable mass transit, high speed highways, dedicated routes for automated vehicles and more.
  • Communications: A communications network that is owned by the people can be developed to deliver secure data and voice communications to anyone, anywhere in Alberta, perhaps even cheaper than what’s available now.
  • Sports Technologies:  The creation of world class sport training centers and facilities that can be dedicated to improving;
    • The equipment used to protect our athletes,
    • Training needed to achieve the highest performance levels and,
    • The health and endurance of athletes
  • Aerospace:  A new generation of flying vehicles can be researched and developed right here in Alberta.  Aircraft that move faster with less energy, aircraft that can ascend into space and return for reuse.  Space craft that can be launched like an air plane and fly to the moon and return for reuse.

 

CULTURE, SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Culture, sports & entertainment is important to maintain a happy, peaceful and productive community.  It is no secret that crime rate and vandism are greatly reduced when programs and facilities exist that engage our childern and young adults.  The AAIM plan is ensure that every community be supported in a number of ways such as community tax points, grants and no property taxes. 

The AAIM proposes that an assessment and consulation be completed with the cities and counties of the provice to determine a development plan for improving existing and the development of new cultural, sporting and entertainmnets facilities.

The AAIm belives that ommunities with populations exceeding 10,000 citizens should have a culture, sports & entertainment center.  In addiotion it is proposed that smaller communitoes such as towns, hamlets and villages be provided an opprotunity to improve thier ecomony by building one or more facility that will employ local citizens and draw people from oiutside the community who will spend money for admission, rentals, local purchses or crafts, services and goods.  By ensuring that each each community within a county is unique, the smaller communities can be showcased for a specfic form of sport, entertainment or culture.

These centers may include;

  1. A field house for year-round use that would include a competition pool, aerobic and weight training area as well as hockey and curling rinks,
  2. Sport fields for baseball, football, rugby, soccer and lacrosse sports,
  3. A community hall for local government to meet, hold public discussions and forums,
  4. A theater to provide local artists a place to conduct performances,
  5. A pavilion to promote local culture and cultural diversity.

The opportunity for private enterprise is unlimited for population centers exceeding 500,000 citizens.  Each center would be provided funds to own or create partnerships for the purpose of building one, some or all of the following;

  1. A Velodrome for our two-wheel enthusiast’s to be used for training and recreation.  Creating a provincial competition could promote more interest and participation in cycling sports.
  2. A Motor Racing facility for the gear heads and speed freaks among us.  The creation of a competitive circuit could be as popular as NASCAR is for our southern neighbours.
  3. Horse Racing for the people that like the ponies.  World class facilities like Spruce Meadows and internationally renown events like the Calgary Stampede and Edmonton’s Klondike Days is all the evidence one needs to see that equestrian sports remain a hot ticket in the west.  Go figure!
  4. Ice Sports of all kinds need safe and low-cost options for practice, recreation and competition.  But there is just not enough ice available.  Community partnerships and private business and government can make good partners in ventures to change this.
  5. Track & Field Sports need year-round facilities that can play an important role in the fitness of the people.

THE BENEFITS

What benefits could be realized by building a culture, sport or entertainment center, or to make improvements to any current assets in your community;

  1. Local jobs.  Even the smallest community will be able to employ some of the people to staff town hall positions.
  2. Community relations.  Any one of the recommended centers can allow a place for the community to gather.  Politics, sports, community administration and celebrations will strengthen community pride and spirit and forge the community into a strong family.
  3. New business.  Will each community see new businesses open to support the new facilities?  A motel, restaurant, fuel points, etc.