We live in an amazing country, yet have been soothed into a false belief that our prosperity and freedom require nothing of us.
For far too long many people have only shown an interest in government on election day, if then.
And while we have allowed our political muscles to atrophy, the government's power has grown.
In fact, the government has become so arrogant that they have recently passed legislation making it illegal for school staff in Alberta to share important information with parents about their own children.
Enough is enough.
It is time to move from simply feeling enraged to becoming meaningfully engaged!
PCE is calling on Alberta citizens who are concerned about the direction of education to take action and make a proactive impact in the political sphere.
Wondering where to start?
Here are some important opportunities. No experience is necessary and PCE is here to help support you along the way!
1. Shape policies of political parties in Alberta toward a high-quality, choice-driven education system
Do you want to ensure that your political party will represent your values and concerns, especially when it comes to the important area of education?
Did you know you can have a say in deciding the policies that your political party stands for?
We are gathering together like-minded people who are interested in contributing to policy development in any of Alberta's political parties.
No experience is necessary and PCE will guide you through the process. Anyone aged 14 and over can get involved.
Opportunities have started already and some deadlines are quickly approaching so respond as soon as possible.
Learn more by signing up for specialized updates focused on getting involved in this policy process:
2.Get involved in the nomination process and choose who will be on the election day ballot
Ever wonder how particular names end up on the election day ballot for each political party in each area?
Ever felt frustrated on election day that none of the candidates in your area, in any political party, are going to represent your values and concerns in the Alberta legislature?
Time to commit to getting involved in the nomination process!
Long before election day, each political party engages in an internal nomination process. Within each of Alberta's 87 electoral districts individuals put their names forward, vying to become the one whose name will appear on the ballot as an MLA candidate for a particular political party in that area.
This process is only open to people who have a membership to a political party so we encourage you to invest in a party membership of your choice in order to have a greater opportunity to have your voice heard (memberships are generally only around $10 for an entire year).
There are several ways to get involved in the nomination process:
- Consider running as a nominee yourself
- Volunteer to help a nominee who represents your values
- Get involved in the Board Executive of a political party in your constituency area to potentially assist in nominee selection
- Show up on the date that your constituency area holds the nomination vote to ensure a nominee is selected who will best represent you
By getting involved in the nomination process you will help ensure that there is someone on the election day ballot who you actually want to vote for.
Learn more by signing up for specialized updates focused on getting involved in the nomination process:
3. Call-out to all UCP members
We urge all United Conservative Party (UCP) members to seize the opportunity to impact the governance and policies of your new party.
Stand up for students by ensuring the protection of authentic school choice and parental rights are reflected in the final UCP policies.
For the best chance of successfully adding these policy picks to the UCP policy document, they must receive at least 85% support from the online survey. We call on each UCP member to help reach this goal.
PCE’s recommendations below are focused only on the policy proposals which are directly related to our mission and principles.
If you’re strapped for time, feel free to leave all other proposals blank.
For those who have extra time, there are many other education-related proposals that you may want to consider. See below for some extra tips.
NOTE: When there is a group of similar policies on the same topic, only one will be accepted by the UCP. For this reason, PCE has identified the best option in each grouping and suggested voting “NO” for all others in the group.
DEADLINE to submit: Monday April 23, 2018
Education Survey - ACCESS HERE
B) EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & CHILD CARE SERVICES
C) PRIMARY AND SECONDARY
186 to 192 NO
D) CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT
E) PROFESSIONAL PRACTISE AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Statement of Principles, Government, and Rights - ACCESS HERE
Justice, Community & Indigenous Survey - ACCESS HERE
For those with more time available to sift through the 700+ total policy proposals, here are some extra tips:
BEFORE GOING ONLINE
Before going online to do the surveys, read through all the proposals for each section (i.e. Education, Health, Finance, etc.), available in Constitutional Document 1 (Statement of Principles, proposals #1-36) and Constitutional Document 2 (Member Policy Declaration, proposals #37-779)
Make note of the policy numbers which you strongly support (your “YES” votes), as well as ones you strongly disapprove of (your “NO” votes).
Where similar proposals are grouped together, going through proposals ahead of time will help you strategize which “version” you prefer. Only one policy from each group of similar policies will be accepted by the UCP so choose wisely.
"No is your friend"
If there are policies you don't think are important to deal with right now (even if you support them), consider voting 'no' rather than leaving it blank. The calculation of % support does not look at 'blanks' at all.
For example, if 100 people complete the survey, and 30 vote 'Yes' while the rest leave it blank, that means 30/30 of the votes are positive and will be counted as 100% support. If the same 30 vote 'Yes' and 20 vote 'no', support is now 30/50 = 60%, and that policy will almost certainly not be debated.
OUR GOAL = 85+% support
Any policies receiving over 85% support on the online survey will be grouped into an “omnibus” package in each section and be voted on together at the AGM.
Meeting this 85% threshold of online survey support is the best chance of getting these policies into the UCP policy document.
After omnibus package voting is done then individual proposals will be debated and voted on in the order of support they receive from the online surveys.
There is limited time for debate at the AGM so it is essential that these preferred policies receive the highest level of support.
Attend the AGM to vote on these policies and ensure they are passed. Registration available here.
For any PCE supporter who has already registered at the AGM please let us know by clicking HERE or on the button below so you will receive exclusive updates and information.
Thanks so much for contributing your voice to this very important process.
To access more information about the UCP governance and policy process, visit the UCP webpage "How to participate in Phase Two policy consultation"
As part making change happen in 2018, we will be releasing three more sections in the coming weeks focused on "Home and School", "Community" and "In Court".
Ensure you stay up-to-date and receive updates directly to your inbox by subscribing on our homepage if you have not already done so.
The greater the number of PCE supporters who are meaningfully engaged and mobilized, the stronger our impact will be toward ensuring the best possible education system both now and in the future!