We need to make our health services more directly accountable and not just answerable to a small appointed group in Edmonton.
We need elected regional health boards again.
The promised public inquiry into Alberta Health Services needs to happen immediately in an open, honest and transparent way. Albertans deserve to know the full truth of what is happening in our health care system.
The Government must come clean on its plans to remove the cap on the cost of long term seniors’ accommodation charges and fees for other necessary services.
The economic stars of the world are those which have looked at education as an essential long term investment.
We need to reduce the burden of all the extra school fees and charges on our families.
We need to ensure that our K-12 education system is properly supported, with effective local public oversight through strong elected school boards.
Red Deer College needs to be enhanced as a diverse, multi-faceted academic and vocational regional education centre with degree granting status.
Small business is our largest supplier of jobs. The burdens on these job creators must be reduced so innovation and entrepreneurship can thrive.
We need to fix the system, but only after careful planning so that a bad situation does not become much worse.
Access to adequate supplies of water for domestic and industrial use is already a major issue for Albertans. We need to plan for the long term use and sustainability of the Red Deer River basin.
Water is a basic human need and not a cheap commodity.
Local boards for the distribution of lottery grants need to be restored so that communities can set their own priorities and determine their own needs.
We need to restore provincial government budgeting that is fiscally and socially responsible.
We need to establish priorities with full public involvement and debate. These issues are too important to be decided by a small group of insiders behind closed doors.
We need to have more people like Dr. Sherman and Michael Dawe who are willing to stand up for Alberta and Red Deer and not just repeat what they are ordered to say.
We need to ensure a standard of pay for the staff of contracted agencies so that staff are both sufficiently trained and compensated for their important work.