For several years now the author has had thousands of discussions with people from all regions of Alberta. The AAIM Option is an opinion paper, written to express the most common ideas that were expressed by those Albertans. Presented for your consideration are good, viable ideas for a new government system, a system that will have the will to make the reforms that are needed to reboot Alberta’s government to better serve all the people and lead Alberta to a future of prosperity.
The AAIM Option is a form of government is the option that all 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.
Get the discussion started! This paper is intended to get a conversation started for the purpose of making politics better. Each and every proposal and recommendation noted herein is debatable and each and every proposal and recommendation can, and will likely be, changed as more people get involved in the discussion.
There can be no doubt, the goals of the proposals presented are bold and ambitious, and if successful would move Alberta politics to a new era of governance.
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.
The list seems endless for why party politics must come to an end. For many, the time of party politics was seen to start to decline in 2009, this was confirmed 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. Look back over the past decade may have you recall how party politics demonstrated time and again just how dysfunctional and corrupt a party can be. Remember the shenanigans of the PC and Wildrose that decimated two conservative parties, leaving us all at the mercy of the NDP and their social license agenda and the demands of their alt left base.
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, lets be fair, the current government has followed the PC script like a good actor can. Lots of talk, they even created a tax to create new industries. Where are these industries? Where are the jobs? The NDP have done little to really diversify the industry base of the province, but instead have divided the people and driven the taxes and the debt of this province to unprecedented levels.
Conversation’s with people from cities, towns and farms throughout the province has found the evidence is so overwhelming now that the people can now see what is really wrong here, it is party politics. The spell is broken and the people are pissed off and frustrated because they know that whoever gets to rule will just be another four year of the same old drama.
The people need an option that can bring Alberta back from the brink and create a government that is democratic and values the rights and freedoms as much as the people do.
Is Alberta ready?
Does the majority have the will and courage for a significant change?
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. Once the sum of elected independent’s exceeds the total sum of any one party the AA
The benefits of electing an Independent Candidate (IC) to represent your riding is the critical first step to freedom from party politics. An IC would;
The benefits of a eliminating the party system are many, including;
As stated, should the number of independent candidates elected exceed the total number of any party candidates, then, under the current system, the party with the most candidates will form government.
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.
The AAIM is a platform for which all independently elected members can operate independently within an organized group. A group of conservative’s, liberals, socialist’s and others with diverse personalities and a calling to serve that will provide true representation for their riding while working together to achieve common goals to the benefit of us all.
The formation of the AIMM will allow the independent members to join as one under temporary official party. Once formed as a party The AAIM would then become the majority and can legally take control of the government. And not unlike 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;
And to ensure that the members of the AAIM remain independent some rules will be needed;
With the chain of command now determined and the rules in place, the AAIM will move forward with one official policy – reform government!
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.
To get the reform process started some new laws will need to be passed to make party politics a thing of the past. These new laws will detail the formation of a provisional government organization that all MLA’s will be a member of. .
The new laws that are proposed should be created immediately.
That’s right, a mandatory vote! Why? Two reasons, the first is for any binding referendum to be legitimate it must get input from at least 90% of the people to ensure the majority is heard.
The second reason for a mandatory vote law is to remedy the erosion of the people’s confidence in the democratic process, the result of party politics, which has over the past three decades, degraded voter confidence. Party politics has created such voter apathy that it is not unusual to see less than half of the people turn out for the vote.
These are the reasons why the mandatory vote is necessary and to get this ball rolling some tough love needs to be applied.
The reader is reminded that while the law to ban political parties will be permanent, reversable only by referendum, the mandatory vote would not be. Once the referendum phase has ended, so will the mandatory vote law.
Proceeding on the assumption that the AAIM has passed the proposed new laws, political parties are abolished, 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 it is recommended that the new government be formed as an executive board that is modeled upon a publicly traded corporation. Under this model the AAIM would be reformed into a Provisional Government that has five critical components.
THE EXECUTIVE BOARD: As the official government of Alberta the PG will;
THE SHAREHOLDER: Under this model of government all citizens over 21 years of age that voted in the previous election would be a shareholder of Alberta Corporation that will;
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. The focus of the bureaucracy will be to ensure the best possible service can be provided to the people.
The bureaucracy will;
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
The last piece of the check and balance process. The members of the NMG will be the publics eyes and ears who will watch and question the government and justice components and inform the people of what is found. The members of the NMG will operate without censorship and political correctness, to guarantee an ability to communicate openly with the people.
With a PG formed the reform phase can begin, starting with a period to prepare for the referendum phase. The lead off this period will be the reforms needed to end voter apathy through a new way of voting.
Before the government can make the changes to the policies and programs that the people want to be 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.
More needs to be done to ensure everyone can vote, therefore it is proposed that the current poorly staffed and funded Election’s Bureau (EB) be privatized. Doing so will end the concern that the “fix is in” when unbelievable results are posted after an election. The new 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;
A law to privatize the EB will be needed that details the expectations of the people and the penalties awarded should the trust of the people be violated.
A new law allowing the use of a permanent electronic voting system. Doing so will allow a secure electronic voting system to be created / adopted for the citizens to use on an ongoing basis. Currently, an effort is underway to create a system that will provide the people with an electronic voting platform that can be trusted.
Once adopted the E vote system should;
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 a municipal, provincial election or by-election. Voter participation will also be mandatory in any referendum and or plebiscite that may occur during the referendum period. The mandatory vote will expire at the end of the referendum period.
Any person that meets the following criteria would be eligible to be a candidate for a riding seat. Candidates must be;
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.
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 abstaining votes the election will have to be repeated until a suitable candidate can be elected. This right will also apply to referendums.
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 fracturing 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.
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 Not applicable if the people vote to separate. Change to “Born in Alberta”.
With the laws for election reform in place the next step will be to determine what reforms the majority of the people of Alberta want. The goal of this phase is to reform (reboot) all aspects of the government to ensure the wishes of the people are met.
To gain this direction a series of referendums are proposed. 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.
A Reform Committee to establish the timeline, order and rules. The committee, co-chaired by the Premier and Deputy Premier and will include the MLA’s who will chair the sub committees that will plan and oversee their assigned referendum topic.
Each sub committee will include representative’s of;
The sub committee of each referendum will have to determine the wording of the question and 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;
Each referendum vote should 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
The intent of the discussion and debate period is to educate the people on;
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 should address are;
NEWS MEDIA GROUP
It is proposed that a new agency be formed to oversee the news and information media. To ensure the new agency is free of government interference it should be staffed by representatives of the news and information media who will be tasked to ensure that the rights enshrined in the new bill of rights are forefront at all times.
The participation and cooperation of the media is critical to the discussion and debate period. It is imperative that the media act as an independent body that is free from influence of the organizations mentioned herein. Therefore, with “freedom of the press” in mind it is proposed that the PG create a News Media Group (NMG).
The NMG would be a non-government agency that would be free of any government influence and tasked with the organization and the oversight responsibilities for the news and information media industry.
It is proposed that the NMG be made up of delegates from all forms of media.
The NMG will act as the regulating body of the news media industry with a mandate to;
It is proposed that the news media industry provide the funding to;
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 REFORM 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
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.
It is not hard to understand this considering how Alberta has been severely handicapped by the ruling provincial and federal parties as they work to redefine Canada’s history and future.
The people cannot accept this, so the separation question should be the lead off question for the referendum phase, doing so will;
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?
What would be the benefits if Alberta did separate from the dominion? Separation could;
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;
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.
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;
Once the plan is developed the PG should communicate the transition plan to the world that will detail;
As the transition is underway the PG will;
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.
The rights and freedoms that the people want protected by law should be known. This requires Albertans to provide more direction to the board as to the values that the people want protected. Therefore, the second referendum will focus on a new bill of rights.
In a land of immigrants, we should all pay homage to the sacrifice of our forefathers have made. The 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 and the corrupted politicians and bureaucrat’s that support these groups have been working hard to create laws to circumvent our rights. How is that possible? The AAIM Bill of Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities will provide limits to the power granted the five components of the government of Alberta for the next three to four generations.
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:
Seems to be pretty clear, right? Well it seems to the onlooker that all of political parties consider the rights and freedoms of the people to be a hinderance to their parties’ agenda.
The proof is in the effort that political-parties make as they seek ways to circumvent the rights and freedoms of the people. Recent examples of this is the ruling parties attack on the right of parents to make informed decision’s respecting their children’s education. This right has been violated by legislation that prevents parents from being informed on the activities of their children.
The proof is in the local, provincial and federal laws that have been created to restrict the freedom of speech. This freedom alone has been under constant assault for decades as political parties and supporters of the concept of political correctness restrict the oppositions ability to speak out against their policies.
The proof is in the corporate policies that restrict or dictate clothing, behaviour, speech and access to fair process.
Federally, 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 allow 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.
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 demand of the majority of the people for freedom, justice and good governance as well as add detail for;
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;
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 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?
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.
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.
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;
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.
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.
The AAIM would reform the tax system as a Flat Tax. Simply put, a taxpayer, personal or corporate, will calculate the sum of their income from all sources, and pay a fixed rate on the amount calculated. Under the AAIM plan a tax of 15% (proposed) would be applied to the sum of the annual income of the tax payer. Tax credits could then be applied to reduce the individual’s percentage rate.
As tax payers we expect that the money we contribute will be treated with a high level of accountability and purpose. Unfortunately, it seems that the party system spends tax payer money like a drunken soldier in a whore house.
The proposed AAIM reform plan will bolster the support for families to care for their own, educate their children and will support the communities so a family unit can have programs to enroll their children. It all starts with tax incentives such as credits.
Suggested practice’s or programs that a person may earn a credit for themselves and their community include;
|Supporting the home care for an autistic, mentally ill or disabled family member.||
|Supporting the home care for an elderly family member.||
|Continued education and training.||
|Volunteering time or resources to the community.||
|Achieving all objectives of the proposed environmental stewardship action plan.||
|Supporting kid sports or arts.||
|Renovations for home improvements for disability access.||
|Pride of home occupancy and ownership.||
The AAIM plan would provide community associations with funding for community programs and enhancements. How would this work? Each credit that any a person earns to reduce their tax rate will earn a credit equal to X dollars. The community association can use these funds for programs that benefit the welfare of community overall. Sports, Equipment, Training programs, Social programs, etc.
The AAIM plan for tax reform also includes tax credits for business. 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.||
|Having an active and fully supported safety program.||
|Providing workers with training opportunities to improve themselves or advance their careers.||
|Equal pay for equal qualifications and experience.||
|Meeting environmental protection standards for minimizing the businesses impact on the environment and or community.||
|Having a health and wellness benefits plan that covers 80% of any costs associated with;||
The discussion and debate should be vigorous and must examine;
If Alberta separates, additional spending will be needed for,
This referendum will allow the people the chance to have their say. Should we continue with the current program or do we demand better and form a single police force to serve all.
Despite best effort, the current system comprised of a federal, provincial and several municipal police forces are not meeting the security needs of the people and the province.
The current system is under staffed and poorly supported. Training is minimal for the rank and file members that the people of Alberta rely on to protect them from bad people intent on doing bad things.
The current organization should be measured against a unified force under the command of the Justice Ministry.
The discussion should examine the pros and cons of a provincial / state police force vs the current multi force system.
The benefits of a single police force could;
Other benefits of a provincial / state police force that should be discussed? Could a single force;
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.
The current model used for funding the school system continuously fails meet the needs of the system. The result is over crowded schools, huge classes sizes and a serious lack of resources. To correct this, it is proposed that both the organization and the funding models 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.
Regardless of your feeling on this matter, the thoughts of the people must be known.
The discussion and debate must address how the government can deliver a program to ensure that each citizen of Alberta will have easy access to;
The discussion should cover two options. The current system vs a charter school option.
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 the current political (party) system 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 system that costs a lot more than is needed.
Why should the people adopt the charter school option?
The second option however is little known by the majority. A majority that cannot afford a private / charter school program for their children. Therefore, the discussion should examine;
A charter school system could offer specialized, career focused programs such as;
Each school would have the ability to;
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;
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;
AHS would be provided with new directives that will make it the responsibility of the AHS to monitor and police the private for-profit system so;
The people of Alberta have always demanded the best from their health care services and facilities, why would that change if the system was private for profit? There must be transparency to ensure the client is not being gouged and that the service provider can be trusted. To remedy this the AHS would mandate that all service providers must post their service rates along side the limits set by the AHS. Additionally, the service provider must post their facility safety inspection and AHS inspection certificates.
Doing so will;
Under the private for-profit plan, the rates for health, vision, dental and mental services would be set by;
Going further, by opening the options for people to select a heath care provider in another province or another country a more rapid treatment and recovery time for the patient is possible.
The insurance industry will continue to play an important role. Existing benefits can be expanded to cover costs of travel, accommodation, etc. New plans can be created to help with costs associated with traveling abroad with a companion to receive treatment for an ailment.
Done right, the employer can reduce the cost of benefits for their workers, and the people can realize the expedient, free health care system that we all seek.
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 should cover the pros and cons of the current system vs the private for-profit option. Points that should be considered for discussion include;
The discussion should include how the AHS should be structured such as;
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.
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.
Should the people demand capitol punishment options be available to judges for;
It’s incredible that we would allow predators to pry 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.
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’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.
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.
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 should address the pros and cons of a legal vs justice system. Other topics of discussion could be;
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.
To ensure that a militia can get the job done the following is proposed;
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;
A provincial militia could employ up to;
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.
A militia or assets of the militia could be deployed to support the police should a crisis arise that requires such additional support.
A militia or assets of the militia could be deployed to support our emergency services as they manage fire, flooding, slides etc. when needed.
Reforms now complete and the elected official’s assigned to cabinet portfolios the time for the PG to lead has arrived. Some recommendations that the PG should consider as top priorities for the diversification of Alberta economy and look at how the larger than life problems can be resolved.
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;
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.
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;
The solutions proposed can;
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;
The benefits of the capitol projects proposed many, some examples are;
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 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.
It is proposed that a provincial mass transit system be developed and installed that includes;
The benefits for the people seem unlimited. This project could 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;
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.
It is proposed that each residential home be provided government low interest loans and tax credits to convert their homes to an off-grid power system. Residential buildings over three stories, industry / manufacturing facilities and commercial property owners should be provided grants and zero interest loans from the treasury the adoption of the flat tax system proposed could offer additional incentive for conversions to off grid systems.
The benefits to this project are plentiful and could include;
Todays water shortages are often caused by one or more conditions such as;
Climate change will make these conditions worse before they get better and a plan is needed to keep our land from becoming a desert.
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;
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;
Currently the municipal governments through out 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 is multi faceted and requires an interaction with many agencies such as 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.
It is proposed that a series of emergency survival centers be built, stocked and manned for use in the event of major natural disaster. Each center would be;
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;
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 worst, doing so will require;
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. New industries can be developed and by ending the monopoly of the health and education system these reformed industries will have challengers who will force them to compete. Alberta has the capacity to solve some of the biggest problems the we face as a province / state and perhaps the planet. Possible solutions for climate change, improving life longevity and cloning 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;
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;
The PG should seek to include R&D firms that have a focus on a specialty such as;
It is proposed that communities with populations exceeding 1000 citizens should have a culture, sports & entertainment center. These centers may include;
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;
What benefits could be realized by building a culture, sport or entertainment center, or to make improvements to any current assets in your community;
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;
What benefits could be realized by building a culture, sport or entertainment center, or to make improvements to any current assets in your community;
The desire of the people for balance and some common sense in our government is strong. By ending governments ruled by political parties we can finally see a government ruled by the people via elected representatives who can be held accountable to the people. A chance to correct the problems that need to be corrected, a chance to reboot our economic situation and move to a prosperous future for us all.
A provisional government can be the greatest example of a check and balance government that there is. By having members elected with all manner of political leanings a PG can work as a team to find solutions we can all accept. Solutions for a better education system, solutions for a better justice system, solutions for many more issues. A PG can end the division of our people due to sexual orientation, religious or party affiliation and allow for a better immigration program to help new citizens that want to be Albertans understand what it means to be part of society that values human rights, the environment, freedom, capitalism and justice.
Thank you for spending the time to consider the proposals and recommendations made herein.