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.
It is time to move from simply feeling enraged to becoming meaningfully engaged!
Wondering where to start?
Here are some important opportunities.
1. Contact elected representatives
When you have concerns regarding our education system, it is important to respectfully make your voice heard to elected representatives who are entrusted with responsibility and authority over Alberta's K-12 school system:
PHONE the Education Minister's office: 780 427 5010
- TIP: Always ask the receptionist to repeat your concern back to you in order to ensure that it is copied and summarized accurately.
EMAIL the Minister of Education, David Eggen: email@example.com
- TIP: Always cc your email to:
- your MLA (use the online Search Tool to find their contact information)
- Mark Smith, United Conservative Party (UCP) Education Critic (780.542.3355, firstname.lastname@example.org )
- TIP: Keep your message short and to the point
- TIP: Always cc your email to:
- CONTACT your locally elected school board trustee to ask questions and share your concerns.
- ATTEND local school board meetings. Engage in the issues by becoming informed, asking questions and voicing your concerns.
2. Get involved in the nomination process and choose who will be on the election day ballot (summer/fall 2018)
Right now in Alberta you have a time-limited opportunity to ensure strong, courageous individuals who value authentic parental choice in education will be on the ballot in the next provincial election, expected in 2019.
Here is how to get involved in this very important nomination election process:
1. Join a political party (or ensure your political party membership is current). Below are the parties which have current representation in the Legislature. The investment for a one-year membership is generally around $10 or less:
*Keep in mind the United Conservative Party (UCP) was the only party who voted against Bill 24 in the Legislature - with the exception of UCP MLAs Leela Aheer & Brian Jean who walked out of the vote to abstain.
2. Determine your provincial electoral district using one of the three maps below - keep in mind the boundaries for nominations are based on the new 2019 election boundaries so many electoral districts have changed since the last election.
(If you look at the maps and you’re still not sure, please send your mailing address to email@example.com and we will find your riding for you)
3. Learn which nomination candidates are running in your political party for your area.
Elections Alberta keeps a list, organized by political party in the left hand column, which is accessible here
4. Research the stance of each of nomination candidate by googling their website, sending them an email or meeting with them.
5. Forward this email to share the importance of engaging in the nomination process with your friends, family and neighbours, as many people do not even know this influential opportunity is available.
6. Vote for the strongest candidate on your political party's nomination voting day. Keep in mind some dates have been set, some have not and a few have already happened. Dates of nomination votes are available on the Elections Alberta website in the same charts which list the nomination candidate names.
For even more impact, consider volunteering or donating financially to nomination candidates who will represent your values, concerns and priorities, and continue to support strong winning candidates moving forward to election day in 2019.
Please let us know when you purchase a party membership, or if you already have one, by clicking here or on the button below, so we can help keep you up-to-date with important information.
The necessity of taking action in politics
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's time to get involved!
As Randall Denley wisely stated in a recent Ottawa Citizen column:
We live in a participatory democracy, and that requires more than just voting every four years. If you are not satisfied with outsourcing your political choices to a relatively small number of other people, you have to get directly involved. That means joining a political party. The good news is that it’s inexpensive and demands only as much time as you are willing to give it.
It’s a little-understood fact, but the people who join political parties have enormous say over the choices we have on election day. They pick party leaders, choose local candidates and influence party policies. As a voter, you are one of millions. As a party member, you are one of thousands provincially, and usually one of hundreds at the riding level.
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!
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