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Fledgling party wants sovereignty for Alberta

by Mikaela Kuefler the power of referendum. Once petitions are signed,
the public would vote on the issue.
On March 23, The Alberta Freedom Party (AFP) AFP also advises that they will institute the Power
held a public forum at the Best Western Inn, in the of Recall Act to have 1% of the electorate, or 24,000
Heatherwood Room. AFP wanted to gain support people, to vote on the issue and overturn an election.
and "spread the concept of Albertan sovereignty," "I support true democracy for everyone. I think that
says AFP founder Jeff Rout. everyone should have control over their own laws,"
AFP wants to stay within Canada but also wants states Rout.
sovereignty and control over the province. "Right Some concerns were expressed during the
now we're virtually powerless in Ottawa. We need to discussion, such as what AFP plans to do about
get as much power to individuals as possible. With national defense. Rout stated that we couldn't rely photo Mikaela Kuefler
our lack of democratic control, we can't afford items on Ottawa and that Alberta should contribute 3% to The Alberta Freedom Party founder Jeff Rout.
and services that other provinces can because of the military spending.
funds taken from us by Ottawa," says Rout. The concern about the Canadian Pension Plan environment. Rout stated that AFP is pro-
APF started July 2015 as an unofficial party and arose but Rout advised that the CPP will be replaced environmental and advised a solution to provide
needs 4500 more signatures before they will be with an Alberta Pension Plan. "Any service for clean energy, without using taxpayers money. One
recognized as an official party. Once they are Albertans should be from Albertans," says Rout. solution discussed was to allow Albertans to get
official, they will be able to charge a membership The question whether or not to use the RCMP was access to loans, in order to set up solar power for
fee. discussed and Rout suggested that, if the RCMP their homes. The loan, from ATB, would be paid for
In October 2015, AFP did a poll to see what enforced Alberta's laws then the RCMP could be by doing a special assessment on their taxes. This
Albertans thought about their sovereignty concept utilized. If the majority of Albertans decided against loan would need to be paid in forty years and taxes
and found that 63% of Albertans were in favor. this action, then a provincial police force will be would increase 1/40 of that amount.
Based on the result of the poll, AFP registered with formed. Rout directed the conversation to educational
elections Canada on November 2015. Alberta's debt of $75 billion came into focus and grants and advised that AFP's stance on education
Currently, AFP has seven people contributing to Rout said it is Alberta's responsibility to honor it. scholarships would be directed to the top 10% of
the party's day to day operations. Although Alberta has paid quite a lot to Ottawa, students. The lower the student falls on the bell
During the forum, Rout discussed the importance unfairly according to some, "we contributed to the curve, the lower the scholarship. The RESP grant
of initiative, referendum, recall and sovereignty in voting process and didn't argue against it," states would increase 25%. Those joining the military
Alberta. These four Alberta freedom leads will allow Rout. would have their education paid in full and could
the public to have control over the provincial Rout brought up the process of negotiations also qualify for a grant.
government in regards to laws and taxation. "I'm all Alberta would go through once achieving Concern about politicians increasing their wages
about giving the power to Albertans. There will be sovereignty. Processes such as free trade and exports was discussed. Rout advised that political wages
issues where they won't agree with everything I've would need to be discussed and he believes that should be based on the world average in order to
said. We want to give people the power of "there's not a single thing we could not provide for attract top politicians. The wage should also
initiative," says Rout. ourselves". fluctuate as per the GDP/capita.
Rout fully supports Albertans who want to put their "Alberta's exports are 180% of imports and At the end of the forum, Rout mentioned that he
ideas into policies or laws. If AFP was elected, they Alberta's dollar would increase, possibly higher than was surprised that the turnout in Edson was so little
would make this process easier for Albertans after the USD. Alberta would need to devalue their dollar, with only five attending.
they obtained enough petitions. Their idea would in order to sell oil, by buying T-bills [currency from For more information, please review the AFP's
then be read to elected representatives, who will then another country]," says Rout. Facebook page at
discuss and vote on whether or not it should take A question was asked about AFP's stance on the or
place. If the vote is negative, the person would have the web page at

New branch manager ATB Financial, Edson
ATB Financial, Edson

would like to welcome
at Edson’s ATB would like to welcome


by Deanna Mitchener branch are fantastic at the downturn. I found AXEL AXMANN
what they do. I have myself caught in the
as new Branch Manager
Axel Axmann is the found out what I have whole mix and I can as new Branch Manager
new ATB branch been hearing is true. I really appreciate what
manager in Edson. He just want to know people are going
was welcomed to the where I can help them,” through. I was without
branch by the staff and said Axmann. work for five months. It
is settling in. "I feel Axel worked in is very hard and
comfortable here at the banking, then as a frustrating and I really
bank and the staff are business owner, and feel for these guys. I'm
all so wonderful.” later began working in hoping and keeping my
"The passing of the oilpatch. “Taking fingers crossed that we
Preston Goulet and the that step into a new will come out of it soon,
affect it had on the career was a whole new and that the people that
branch is incredibly learning curve for me. I have lost jobs can come
s a d , ” r e f l e c t e d didn't know anything out of it relatively
Axmann. about the oilfield. I had u n s c a t h e d , " s a i d
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