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The Alberta Economy

Increasing support for pipelines across Canada.
Our kids education shouldn't depend on the price of oil.
Investing in technology training.
Cut Small Business Tax
by a third. 

This most recent recession hit Alberta families hard and there's no doubt that there is more work to be done to keep Alberta on track.

Albertans are tough and we come together for one another.

NDP Leader Rachel Notley has showed solidarity with Albertans by fighting to build a new pipeline. In the past few years, we've seen the number of Canadians who support pipelines and the oil industry increase from 4 out of 10 in 2015 to 7 out of 10 Canadians.

 

Today, the majority of Canadians support the  Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.  Alberta’s NDP-led government has demonstrated powerful advocacy for market access, in balance with a strong Climate Leadership Plan and a desire to work with Indigenous communities.

Over the last four years, the government also protected Albertans by ensuring that job losses didn't continue to pile up. By protecting health care and education jobs from the proposed cuts by the previous government, Albertans were able to rest assured that vital services weren't dependent on the price of oil.

Rachel Notley has also worked hard and will continue to fight for the diversification of Alberta's economy and help create jobs in other sectors; ensuring stability and growth for the future. For instance, she has invested $50 million in technology by supporting IT programs for students to learn skills for the future.

Small business confidence is up, according to the Business Development Bank of Canada. By lowering small business tax by a third, we've seen new businesses thrive despite tough economic times. We've also witnessed retail sales grow higher than any other province in Canada. 

She has also invested in food processing, tourism and trade. That's not all, manufacturing sales are at a two-year high and have increased by 14% compared to last year.

I want to help other ambitious Albertans make their dreams come true. 

As a small business owner myself, I want to ensure that the resources available to ambitious Albertans, especially for new Canadians, female entrepreneurs and young  entrepreneurs are protected.

 

I hope to empower start-up entrepreneurs by helping connect them with the resources they need to, not only survive in tough economic  times, but thrive.

In 2017, I started a small bike-rental business called Calgary River Wheels that connects visitors to Calgary to the incredible Bow River pathway system and offering tours around local hot-spots and other small businesses. Pictured here is a promotional shot from 2017.

A recently published CBC article from a focus series called Calgary: The Road Ahead found that Women were leading Alberta's economic growth in Alberta. 

Today, women in Alberta are doing better than before the recession! Roughly 23,000 more women were employed at the end of 2018 than the previous year. Gains for women in their "prime working years" (Ages 25 -54) were especially strong; with nearly 80% employment. 

In 2018, The average annual earnings for women were nearly $2,700 higher than 2016. 

 

Obviously, the recession hit male workers, in particular oil and gas workers, the hardest. However, the fact that other areas of the economy are growing at such a rapid pace is testament to the diversification of the economy and will only serve to create more sustainable growth once the pipelines are built and the whole population can feel the incredible resilience of Alberta. 

Let's talk about the minimum wage. 

In 2015 , I started a coffee shop in Victoria. In less than a year, we renovated, branded, created a full menu, hired and trained a staff of 20+ and were running one of the city’s most profitable coffee shops.

Labour costs can make up a sizable portion of our bottom line. However, I always paid my employees more than minimum wage and felt privileged to be in a position to do so. My staff were like family. They worked hard, they balanced work and school or other jobs and I knew that their wages were going towards bus passes, food and student loans.

Having worked many minimum wage jobs throughout my life, including supporting myself through university, I firmly believe that the minimum wage needs to be a living wage because we are talking about people’s livelihoods.

The decision to increase the minimum wage was a pragmatic decision to support workers and ensure economic growth for everyone.

Employees who are not struggling to survive are better workers. They are also more likely to be customers, not just at our businesses but at other businesses, and that's what keeps our economy growing.

 

Employees that are not struggling to survive
are better workers. They are also more likely to be customers, not just at my business but at other businesses, and that's what keeps our economy growing. 

Don't just take my word for it.

 

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public Services

"When Conservative governments lay off teachers and nurses it hurts the same families hurt by a downturn in the energy sector."

- Notley

vs.

Kenney has been quoted arguing for deep cuts to public services. That would have just kicked families when they were down.

Pipelines

Rachel has been fighting to get the pipeline built, to ensure our industry is sustainable.

vs.

Jason Kenney’s conservatives have spent three years cheering against Alberta --- they’re more interested in political games than you and your family.

Diversification

"We are seeing large new investments in oil and gas processing plants and that means thousands of new construction and operating jobs."

- Notley

vs.

Jason Kenney seems to have no plan for economic diversification or more processing of our oil and gas. He’s ignoring the need for new opportunities and new jobs.