Alberta

Population:

4,413,146 (1)

Current majority government:

United Conservative Party (UCP): 63 – Majority Government
New Democratic Party (NDP): 24 – Official Opposition
Premier: Jason Kenney (Calgary-Lougheed) (2)

Environmental stance of majority party:

The United Conservative Party of Alberta is Committed to:
-Energy
a) facilitating market-oriented development of Alberta’s diverse, abundant, renewable and non-renewable energy resources as a key driver of economic prosperity ultimately benefiting all of Canada.
b) restoring the independence of our energy regulators from political interference
c) strengthening and promoting Alberta’s global energy leadership in environment, health, safety, and social standards.
d) expanding national and international market access options and maximizing the value of Alberta resources.
e) facilitating private sector pipeline, energy corridor and infrastructure developments that maximize value and opportunities in the extraction, utilization and export of Alberta’s energy products.
f) improving application review and approval time frames within the Alberta Energy Regulator and other regulatory bodies in a manner that does not interfere with the decisions themselves.
-Environmental Stewardship
a) developing environmental policy and legislation based on robust, scientific, evidence-based information, that safeguards the quality of our land, air, and water for the health, use and enjoyment of Albertans, for generations to come.
b) ensuring environmental decisions are in Alberta’s best interest; any interest group, lobbyist, or non-governmental organization who primarily receives foreign funding shall not be recognized as a legitimate stakeholder within the province of Alberta
(3)

Percentage of 2020/2021 budget estimated to be allocated to the environment:

$672,000,000 (0.01% of Total Government Expenses) (4)

Main provincial-level legislation for environment protection:

Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act:
-Broad act meant to regulate common waste products and pollutants. (11)
An Act to Repeal the Carbon Tax:
-Repealed the Environmental Leadership Act which imposed a Provincial carbon tax on carbon emissions in Alberta. (12)

Specific government-based environmental programs:

Carbon Competitiveness Incentive Regulation (13)
-Sets benchmarks on carbon emissions for carbon emitting industries to follow.
Capping Oil Sands Emissions (14)
-Based on two major goals: “An oil sands specific output-based allocation approach,” and “A legislated emissions limit on the oil sands.”
Renewable Fuels Standard (15)
-Requires commercial fuel producers and importers to blend renewable products into their fuels.
Specified Gas Reporting Regulation (16)
-Requires facilities which emit large amounts of GHGs to report their emissions to the Government.
Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) System (17)
-Helps industrial facilities innovate and invest in renewable technology.

Next election date:

On or before May 31, 2023 (5)

Extra information:

Ministry of Environment and Parks (19)
Responsible for protecting the environment as well as managing provincial parks. As of April 2020, the Minister responsible is Jason Nixon.

What makes this province different?

  Quick facts:  

Alberta is set to phase out coal-fired electricity generation by 2030 (9) and to reduce methane emissions by 45% by 2025 (10).

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Who We Are

Shake Up The Establishment is a youth-led, registered (#1190975-4) national non-partisan non-profit organization that operates within the geographical confines of what is currently known as "Canada", but what is referred to by its First Peoples, as Turtle Island. Indigenous peoples have inhabited Turtle Island for over 10,000 years, and were the sole inhabitants less than 500 years ago. We acknowledge that our address resides on Treaty 3 land, and is the traditional territory of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas Peoples. Turtle Island is still home to many Indigenous peoples and we at SUTE are thankful to be able to live, learn and work on this territory, whilst continuing to create meaningful change for the climate justice movement. We are aware that our actions as an organization and the work we put out have an impact on our land, and on all that inhabit it. We are humbled to be able to follow the lead of centuries long Indigenous-led efforts towards the protection and stewardship of this land and the people that inhabit it. We are committed to continually evaluating & decolonizing our practices, and we do our best to incorporate the lived experiences of the land defenders and protectors within our work. We also want to honour the voices of Black, and non-Black people of colour within our work, and continually recognize their resiliency in the face of years of systemic oppression as imposed by the Canadian state.

 

Our enterprise is inclusive of all folx who call the geographical confines of what is currently known as Canada, home, and we celebrate the horizontal learning that comes from our diverse identities. As an organization, we will try our utmost best to ensure that only individuals with lived experiences are speaking on behalf of their communities, while still recognizing that Black, Indigenous and communities of colour as well as the LGBTQ2S+ community, are not a monolith. We firmly believe in accountability, and commit to being as transparent as possible in our activism space; to research our topics well, support and centre community care, and minimize any harm, no matter the intent. We have strict policies and procedures to uphold these tenets, and update these on a yearly (or as-needed) basis.

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