Alberta NDP’s Alternative Speech From The Throne

The Alberta NDP is here, stronger than ever, and ready to deliver on what matters to everyday Albertans.

We will be relentless advocates on the issues that matter — the crisis in healthcare, the skyrocketing cost of living, affordable housing, good jobs, public education, protecting your pensions, and so much more.

We face both challenges and opportunities as a province. But no matter where we live in this province there are certain things that unite us.

We love Alberta. 

We care about the people who live here.

And we’re focused on moving forward. 

Now, let’s get to work.

Read our entire Alternative Speech From The Throne here, and provide feedback in the comments below.


Alternative Throne Speech
From His Majesty’s Official Opposition


The fall session of the Legislature begins next week. When we take our seats, we do so as the largest Official Opposition in Alberta’s history, and we are focused on what matters to you. 

We know that Albertans continue to face incredible challenges with the cost of living and accessing healthcare. They also have growing concerns about whether the pension they’ve worked so hard for will still be available to you. Their children are worried about whether they will ever be able to afford a quality post-secondary education. 

A government that is focused on Albertans, their families, and their priorities would be: 


  • Putting an end to the healthcare crisis, 
  • Lowering costs for basic needs, from rent to utilities to tuition and more, 
  • Making housing more affordable and rapidly increasing housing supply, 
  • Building more schools and ensuring kids are better supported to learn and grow,
  • Developing an economic plan that embraces the future, creates good-paying jobs, and drives investment, and
  • Protecting your pension.


There is much work to be done.

The Alberta NDP is focused on what matters to you: the people who make this province such an incredible place to call home. We intend to introduce several pieces of critical legislation that will, if passed, make life better for Albertans. 

As the Official Opposition, our duty is also to hold the government to account and demand action where it is desperately needed. We take the trust and confidence you’ve placed in us seriously.


We care deeply about our relationship with the First peoples in Alberta. We can continue to work to right the relationship that historically has caused tremendous pain and suffering for First Nations, Metis and Inuit people through the legacy of residential schools.

As a sign of respect and reconciliation, we intend to bring forward a motion and legislation to respect Treaty and to honour this relationship and the Indigenous people who play a significant role to the foundation and success of this province.



The Alberta NDP believes everyone deserves access to quality public healthcare — it’s a gift we give each other as Canadians.

Sadly, many Albertans are currently being denied access to even the most basic primary care.

After years of attacks and chaos under the UCP, doctors are leaving our province at an alarming rate. The Alberta Medical Association reports an 80 percent decrease in the number of physicians accepting new patients over the last three years.  The association warns that family medicine clinics are “dying,” a devastating development that puts even greater strain on hospitals and makes it harder for everyday Albertans to access timely medical care.

Rural emergency rooms continue to shut down without warning across the province, leaving Albertans stranded without care when they need it most. 

This Government also claims to be adding addiction treatment spaces, but their commitment falls far short and comes too late. More people are dying due to drug use than ever before as wait times for care grow, and the government ignores best practices.

Mental health supports also continue to fall well short, especially those available to young people. 

Seniors in desperate need of better support are instead faced with rising costs and a lack of attention to the critical reforms and additional funding needed for continuing care.

And we still don’t have needed accountability for several healthcare crises directly caused by the current government’s mismanagement. 

We are pleased that Alberta’s Auditor General has accepted our request to investigate the privatization of provincial lab services — a decision that has resulted in healthcare that is either delayed or barred altogether for so many Albertans. 

We will also continue to demand an independent inquiry into the series of horrific errors that led hundreds of small children to contract E. Coli in what has become the second-largest outbreak of the bacteria in Canadian history.

Albertans deserve better than the UCP’s patchwork of failed policies and political bluster. Despite the Premier's claim more than a year ago that she'd fix healthcare, the crisis has actually worsened. Now, there are early warning signs that the government accelerate the problem by imposing politically motivated chaos through reorganization of a system already under constant duress. 

Instead, ending the crisis will require a government with vision,  committed to long-term investments in proven solutions: a government that’s ready to listen to frontline healthcare workers and act. 

The Alberta NDP will continue to push for the adoption of evidence-based policies that include: 


  • Supporting family doctors to work in teams with other health professionals so they can provide better care; 
  • Working with doctors to ensure we have competitive pay and proper work environments;
  • Recruiting healthcare professionals with signing bonuses and working with rural municipalities to facilitate community integration;
  • Working with health colleges to develop a clear path for international medical professionals to provide patient care; and,
  • Funding post-secondary institutions to expand the number of spaces for future healthcare graduates, including rural training spaces.


We categorically reject the privatization of healthcare. Albertans deserve equal access to care, regardless of their income.  

You have our word – we will never support any measure that forces Albertans to pay to see a family doctor. To fully protect Albertans’ rights to quality healthcare, we intend to introduce legislation this fall to make these practices illegal once and for all. 


Life has become deeply unaffordable for families across the province. 

Alberta has seen the highest increases in rent across the country. 

In the last four years, the number of people experiencing homelessness in Edmonton has doubled. Today, to afford a rental home in Calgary, a person needs to earn $84,000 annually. 

Electricity prices have quadrupled under the UCP. Someone who was spending one hundred and sixty eight dollars on electricity last year, faced bills of nearly four hundred dollars this year, and many families will struggle to afford payments as we approach winter. 

Insurance premiums have skyrocketed since 2019. While Albertans would spend around two hundred and twenty dollars in April of 2019 on insurance premiums, that number in September was over two hundred and eighty dollars. A thirty percent increase

Tuition and related post-secondary fees have shot up 30 percent since this government took office, while financial aid and student support programs have been slashed or, in some cases, cancelled altogether.

Post-secondary students are being forced to live out of their cars, and many families are skipping meals to keep a roof over their heads. Campus food banks — food banks in general, for that matter — are overrun by record demand.

School fees charged to elementary, junior high and high school students have also risen at alarming rates in several jurisdictions. 

Even in places where the government claims to be helping, Albertans get second-rate outcomes. While childcare fees are down across the country, Calgarians now pay the second highest fees for toddlers and preschoolers in the country, more than Toronto and Vancouver. 

And despite all of this, the government has done little to help. The piling on of costs for housing, utilities, tuition, and school fees are all tax increases under a different name, and is unacceptable.

We will demand immediate action on several fronts.

First, we will bring substantial legislation to address the housing crisis this fall. 

The UCP cut rental supplement programs, forcing more Albertans out of their homes. We will push to reverse these cuts.

We will continue to call for a cap on sky-high utility rates and push for a comprehensive investigation into the recent, unrelenting, record-high increases. 

We will demand efforts to lower tuition and school fees and increase student support. 

We will continue to talk to Albertans struggling to make ends meet and to champion efforts to lower the cost of living. 


While costs have risen for public education, classroom conditions have gotten worse.

Every day, Albertan parents share stories with us about the worsening learning conditions in their children’s classrooms with us.  Their kids are falling behind as teachers struggle to educate 40 students or more, by themselves, in classes where student needs are more complex than ever.

Thousands of educational assistants and support workers who were callously fired in 2020 have not been rehired. Those still working in schools are overworked, overwhelmed, and underpaid. 

Despite all of this — and the ongoing pleas of parents and teachers — the UCP continues to underfund our schools: Alberta has the lowest per-student funding in Canada, and our children are suffering the consequences. The government also refuses to build new schools with much-needed classroom space in growing communities across the province. 

While the UCP has ended annual reporting on class sizes — choosing to bury their heads in the sand instead of directly addressing this issue — the Alberta NDP intends to bring forward legislation this fall to address increasing class sizes and complexity. 

We will not stand by while an entire generation of students is robbed of the public education they deserve — this is critical to our collective future.

Public education gives every child an opportunity to learn, pursue their passions, and succeed. We cannot allow the government to ignore their right to do so.  


The world’s economy is changing, and Alberta is well-positioned to be a leader across industries, but that requires a government that looks to the future with hope, not despair.

Seventy-five per cent of renewable energy investment in Canada last year happened right here in Alberta. Our province was leading the country in renewable energy growth before a ban on new projects was imposed without warning. Now, $33 billion in new investment and 24,000 good-paying jobs are at risk. 

We intend to introduce a motion in the Legislature demanding that such harmful and irresponsible decisions never happen again. We will also make a formal submission in support of renewable energy growth to the Alberta Utilities Commission.

We will also continue to push for better incentives for the expansion of Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) and support a robust plan to decarbonize Alberta’s electricity grid. 

Critical work in these areas and across the energy industry will allow us to drive new investment here and create more jobs while taking real action to address climate change.

Alberta has been a global leader in energy development for generations, and we can be for generations more — if we decide to. 

We have the ambition, the innovators and the collective drive to build an economy for the future — we just need a government that believes in us and works hard to realize our full potential.


When all of the hard work is done, Albertans deserve retirement security.

The response to our consultation on the UCP’s plans to gamble away Albertans’ Canada Pensions has been overwhelming. Tens of thousands have completed our online survey and their message is loud and clear — the UCP needs to keep its hands off CPP. 

This terrible idea has also been criticized as harmful to our economic future by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, members of the Alberta Chambers, the Canadian Federation Of Independent Business and others.

To make matters worse, $7 million in public money is being spent on advertising misinformation, including the make-believe benefits of leaving the CPP. The UCP’s so-called public consultation process hasn’t been designed to persuade rather than listen and therefore hasn’t earned the trust of Albertans.

The Alberta NDP understands the value of having a secure retirement — after all, it was New Democrats who began advocating for the establishment of a nationwide pension nearly a century ago.

Unlike the UCP, we aren’t afraid of face-to-face conversations. This fall, we will host a series of town halls in communities across the province. We believe Albertans have the right to speak their mind and deserve the respect of being heard by their elected representatives, especially with something as important as their retirement.

Pensions are the reward for a lifetime of hard work, and the Alberta NDP will do everything in its power to protect yours.


The Alberta NDP is here, stronger than ever, and ready to deliver on what matters to everyday Albertans.

We will be relentless advocates on the issues that matter — the crisis in healthcare, the skyrocketing cost of living, affordable housing, good jobs, public education, protecting your pensions, and so much more.

We face both challenges and opportunities as a province. But no matter where we live in this province there are certain things that unite us. 

We love Alberta. 

We care about the people who live here.

And we’re focused on moving forward. 

Now, let’s get to work.





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Diane Pigeon


Excellent work from all of the wonderfully dedicated and intelligent MLAs and team players the NDP have. We truly need to rid ourselves of this selfish and far right government we presently have. I continually feel under threat by them and the policies they have been putting forward. I fear what might be next. They are serving only themselves and the few. They do not represent all Albertans.

Joan Kent


This our all the things we had certainly wished for when we were coming up to the election and cried when that didn’t come to fruition. The country writ large is a mess. I am not sure what we need to do to get our province on the right track and headed in the right direction. We have lost our way and need someone or something that we can look to affect these changes. We worked hard in the last election and feel short. We need another strategy.

Philip Gibson


An ndp government achieving even 25% of these goals would be way better than what we have now.

Taramay Curtis


It might be under an umbrella comment in the speach, but also the UCP need to give funding back and places for kids to go like CHEW and other shelters. They have cut funding and removed locations, this isn't treating every Albertan with respect, these kids are often LGBTQ2S+ that get tossed out of homes.



Loved this!! BUT.... you really need someone with a better editor's eye before sending out: "that the government accelerate the problem" should be "accelerated" Also: "so-called public consultation process hasn’t been designed to persuade rather than listen and therefore hasn’t earned the trust of Albertans." I think you meant to write: "so-called public consultation process hasn’t been designed to listen but rather to persuade and therefore hasn’t earned the trust of Albertans." If you ever want to hire someone to vet your posts, please let me know!

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