April 6, 2019 1:41 pm
Updated: April 6, 2019 9:27 pm

Alberta election Day 19: FCP releases platform and budget

A file photo of Freedom Conservative Party Leader Derek Fildebrandt.

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The Freedom Conservative Party (FCP) released its full election platform on Saturday, Day 19 on the Alberta election campaign trail.

FCP Leader Derek Fildebrandt

The FCP, led by former UCP MLA Derek Fildebrandt, says if elected, it plans to bring not only a balanced budget to Alberta by 2022-23, but also a $1.9-billion surplus.

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In its platform, the FCP said it plans to reduce the personal income tax rate to 10 per cent, reduce the large business tax rate to 10 per cent as well as scrap the provincial small business tax and carbon tax. Other elements of the FCP’s fiscal platform include getting rid of “all corporate welfare subsidies,” bringing in an independent legislative budget officer to provide “impartial budget and economic projections,” privatizing government-owned businesses and Crown Corporations that compete with the private sector and eliminating provincial trade barriers.

The FCP platform also says the party will call on Ottawa to change how it administers federal transfers, like equalization payments, so no money leaves Alberta and give the province the same rights as other provinces on various other policy areas such as immigration or the FCP would hold a referendum on whether Alberta should separate from Canada.

WATCH (March 21, 2019): The Freedom Conservative Party launched its 2019 election campaign in Calgary on Thursday.

The FCP said, if elected, it would “equally fund all students at certfied public, private and separate schools in Alberta” and also guarantee funding for homeschooling. The party also proposes replacing the federal Employment Insurance program in the province with an Alberta Workers Insurance program that would feature “lower premiums and greater flexibility for long-term unemployment and skills retraining.” It would also create an “Alberta Labour Corps” that would guarantee work for all unemployed Albertans on public works projects.

The FCP also said it would repeal Bill 6, the NDP legislation aimed at improving safety for farm workers, and allow for private companies to compete with the Workers Compensation Board to provide workplace insurance.

The FCP wants to reform rules around unions by restoring a requirement to have secret ballots at union votes and making union membership and dues voluntary.

On justice issues, the FCP said it wants to scrap “predatory photo radar locations,” “amend the Human Rights Act to protect freedom of speech and end nuisance complaints,” allow Albertans to ride ATVs and motorcycles without helmets and allow for the “reasonable” public consumption of alcohol in public spaces.

The party also said, if elected, it plans to reform various aspects of current rules around the use and ownership of firearms.

READ MORE: Alberta election promise tracker: Where do the parties stand on the major issues?

NDP Leader Rachel Notley

Alberta New Democratic Party Leader Rachel Notley campaigned in northern Alberta, stopping in Fairview, Peace River and Slave Lake, on Saturday

Watch below: Some recent videos from Global News’ coverage of Rachel Notley.

UCP Leader Jason Kenney

UCP Leader Jason Kenney was in Calgary on Saturday, campaigning with party candidates in Calgary-North East and Chestermere-Strathmore.

Watch below: Some recent videos from Global News’ coverage of Jason Kenney.

Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel

Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel knocked on constituents’ doors in the Edmonton-South West and Edmonton-McClung ridings on Saturday.

Watch below: Some recent videos from Global News’ coverage of Stephen Mandel.

READ MORE: Alberta election: Get to know the provincial party leaders

Alberta Liberal Party Leader David Khan

Liberal Party Leader David Khan campaigned in Calgary on Saturday. His itinerary included a visit to the Centre for Newcomers.

Watch below: Some recent videos from Global News’ coverage of David Khan.

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