Alberta election: Promises the NDP and UCP have made during the 2023 election campaign

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WATCH ABOVE: The Alberta election will take place in less than two weeks; the two leaders will face off in a debate on May 18. Political analyst Jason Ribeiro joined us on Global News Morning Edmonton to talk about what can be expected – May 16, 2023

As Albertans get set to head to the polls on May 29, Global News has been tracking promises on the campaign trail. Here’s a look at some of the promises announced by the two major parties:

United Conservative Party

– Create a new tax bracket that would deliver about $760 more for everyone making more than $60,000 a year. Those making less would see a 20 per cent reduction to their provincial tax bill.

– Extend the pause on the provincial fuel tax, with savings of 13 cents per litre at the pump, until the end of 2023.

– Put into legislation a guarantee not to increase personal or business taxes without approval from Albertans in a referendum.

– Contribute $330 million toward a new National Hockey League arena project for the Calgary Flames.

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– Follow a public health-care guarantee that no Albertan would have to pay for a doctor out of pocket.

– Introduce a 25 per cent discount for seniors on personal registry services, camping fees and medical driving exams.

– Bring in the proposed compassionate intervention act, allowing people with severe drug addiction to be forced into treatment.

– Ensure all Albertans have access to $10-a-day daycare by 2026.

– Implement the Safe Streets Action Plan to address crime concerns, including ankle-bracelet monitoring “for dangerous offenders out on bail” and deploying Sheriffs to monitor them, more patrol officers on Alberta streets, new anti-fentanyl trafficking teams and more funding for internet child exploitation units and gang suppression units.

Alberta New Democratic Party

– Ensure every Albertan has access to a family doctor, hire 4,000 more health workers and create 40 new family health clinics.

– More support for schools by hiring 4,000 new teachers, and 3,000 educational assistants and support staff.

– Create a new tax credit to spur investment in areas including cleantech and critical minerals processing.

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– Bring back the Rapattack program of elite aerial wildfire fighters that was cancelled in 2019.

– Table the proposed eastern slopes protection act to ban coal mining projects in the Rocky Mountains and surrounding areas.

– Bring in a fully costed economic plan that predicts a $3.3-billion surplus over three years. Raise the corporate tax rate to 11 per cent from eight per cent to increase revenue.

– Cut taxes for small businesses.

– Freeze personal income taxes for next four years .

– Freeze university tuition.

– Promise not to introduce a sales tax.

– Freeze auto insurance premiums.

– Cut electricity rates and then work to bring in a cap on those rates.

-Cover the full cost of birth control, including oral contraceptives, copper and hormonal intrauterine devices, hormonal injections and the morning-after pill.

-Reconvene the legislature this summer to pass bills to lower costs for Albertans, close the door on the province quitting the Canada Pension Plan, repeal the UCP’s sovereignty act.

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–With files from the Canadian Press.

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