Each year, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month,
Canadians from coast to coast gather to pay homage to the men and women, who
bravely fought to preserve our freedom and values. Remembrance Day gives us
the opportunity to gather as a community and pay tribute to these
individuals. Our veterans are so deserving of these tributes and more; for
without their sacrifice, we would live in a very different world.
In Canada today, we enjoy a kind of freedom that many have never experienced.
We can travel freely, practice the religion of our choosing and associate
with anyone, all without fear of persecution. This freedom means that our
children can grow up knowing that they can achieve anything they set their
minds to. It is because of the sacrifices that so many men and women of our
Canadian Armed Forces have made on our behalf that all of this is available
From Vimy Ridge and Juno Beach to Bosnia and Kandahar, our veterans have not
only secured freedom and peace for all of us here in Canada, but for
countless people across the world. Because of the exceptional courage and
conviction that our Armed Forces have shown in defence of democracy, human
rights, peace and security, Canada has become a beacon of hope and a model
for the rest of the world.
I am humbled by those who chose to stand up for what they believe in, putting
themselves in the line of fire to defend our way of life. Without your
sacrifices, Alberta would not be the safe, vibrant and prosperous place it is
Those who are serving at home and abroad today - we thank you. Those who have
served – including those who are here with us today- we thank you. Those who
have served and never returned - we thank you. We salute you. We will always
Lest we forget. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A plan for building Alberta together As Albertans we’re proud of our
strong economy and our unshakeable belief that we can do anything we put our
minds to. We know we can build stronger, more resilient and sustainable
communities for future generations of Albertans. That focus on building is the
foundation of the Building Alberta Plan.
The plan is based on what Albertans told us is important: continuing to
create good jobs and grow our economy, taking care of vulnerable Albertans
and building an even better quality of life. The Building Alberta Plan
demonstrates how we will continue to deliver on Albertans’ priorities.
The plan’s three areas of focus – investing in families and communities,
living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta’s resources –
set the stage for a stronger, more prosperous Alberta that can adapt to an
ever-changing global economy.
We’re building the new roads, schools, and health facilities we need, and
strengthening programs that support children, families, seniors and
vulnerable Albertans. We’re already building the first wave of 50 new schools
and 70 school modernizations and starting to develop family care clinics in
We’re living within our means by challenging every dollar government spends,
investing wisely and saving for the future. We’ve said no to tax increases
and a sales tax in order to attract new companies, new jobs and new growth to
Alberta. Public sector employees, including teachers, doctors and government
managers are leading by example with multi-year wage freezes. MLAs have also
taken a wage-freeze. It’s the responsible thing to do.
We’re opening new markets in Asia and other parts of the world for Alberta’s
resources. This will lead to fairer prices, more economic opportunity,
investment, jobs and revenues to support the programs and services Albertans
rely on. We’re leading the creation of the Canadian Energy Strategy and
supporting ways to get our oil to coasts where it can be shipped to world
Quite simply, we can’t afford to stop building Alberta. Our quality of life
depends on it.
I encourage you to take a few minutes to review the plan at BuildingAlbertaPlan.ca and see how it will work for you,
your family and your community. I look forward to hearing your ideas for how
we can address challenges and build on our successes. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Calgary Ring Road
deal good for all
The Tsuu T’ina First
Nation’s vote in favour of a tentative land agreement with the Government of Alberta paves the
way for a future ring road.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford and Transportation Minister Ric McIver
welcomed news of a historic tentative agreement on the Calgary Ring Road, a
key part of the Redford Government’s Building Alberta Plan.
“The ring road will bring tremendous benefits for the safety, prosperity and
success of Calgarians, the Tsuu T’ina people, and all Albertans because it
will so dramatically improve traffic flows in, through and around Calgary and
the surrounding region. And at the end of the day, it will improve our
quality of life, allowing us to spend less time stuck in traffic, and more
time with our loved ones.”
- Alison Redford,
“Everyone has come together as neighbours, as friends and as partners. I
extend my personal thank you to Chief Whitney and all members of the Tsuu
T’ina First Nation. Both parties worked hard and in good faith throughout
this round of negotiations. We believe we have a fair deal for the Nation,
for Calgary’s residents and for Alberta’s taxpayers.”
- Ric McIver, Alberta
Transportation Minister _____________________________________________________________________________________________ The Tentative
The Tsuu T’ina First Nation voted in favour of a deal that will see them swap
reserve land for Crown land and financial compensation in order to facilitate
the construction of southwest portion of Calgary’s ring road.
The agreement will result in the Tsuu T’ina First Nation selling 428.2
hectares (1,058 acres) of its land to the Government of Alberta for:
- the transfer of 2,030.8 hectares (5,018.1 acres) of
Crown land to the Tsuu T’ina Nation
million ($275 million for the land plus $65.7 million to cover impacts
on the reserve)
for the Tsuu T’ina to purchase an additional 129.5 hectares (320 acres)
of Crown land from the Government of Alberta for $1.6 million
Our government was elected to keep
building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets
for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change
Albertans voted for. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Pedestrian Safety Month It is, once again, Pedestrian
Safety Month this November. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness
of the importance of crossing the street at crosswalks or intersections while
encouraging everyone, pedestrians and drivers, to respect road safety rules
The number of Canadian children injured or killed in pedestrian-related
incidents continues to decline yet each fatality remains a tragedy - most
often a preventable one. Children are most vulnerable to pedestrian injuries
because they have not yet developed the cognitive and physical skills to cope
with the many challenges of traffic. Therefore, teaching kids about road side
safety should be a top priority for all of us.
It is no surprise that the second highest fatality rate has been young adults
ages 20-24. In most of these cases alcohol consumption has been a factor.
This month, help your Alberta government spread the knowledge of pedestrian
safety and ensure that all Albertans arrive at their destinations safely.
pedestrians: - Watch for vehicles that are not stopping. Don’t
assume that drivers see you and will stop.
eye contact with drivers before you cross the street.
walk if you have been drinking. Call a cab or call a friend.
Tips for drivers: - Watch for vehicles stopped or slowing in the next
lane. They may be stopping for a pedestrian.
alert when approaching intersections and crosswalks.
The Government of Alberta is looking for your input on the draft South
Saskatchewan Regional Plan, a blueprint for addressing growth pressures,
development needs, environmental management and ongoing prosperity for
Albertans may provide feedback through an online workbook or at one of the
upcoming consultation sessions in 21 Alberta communities beginning November 5
in Crowsnest Pass and Taber. This is your Alberta; this is your plan.
Consultation with Albertans is critical to the development of regional plans,
and I encourage every Albertan to go online or attend one of the upcoming
community sessions. Your feedback is invaluable and I look forward to hearing
The draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan is a 50-year framework to inform
Albertans how they can continue to use this important area of the province
and manage its growth for future success. The draft plan identifies
landscapes and sensitive habitat for legislative protection; protects our
water supply; enhances water security; establishes environmental management
frameworks for air and surface water; respects individual property rights;
and furthers flood mitigation measures.
This is the second regional plan developed under Alberta’s unique Land-Use
Framework. Last fall, government gathered feedback from Albertans during
Phase 2 consultations. Visit landuse.alberta.ca for more information on the South
Saskatchewan Regional Plan and the upcoming community sessions. ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Heroes of the Flood
The Heroes of the Flood campaign
calls on Albertans to nominate groups or individuals for the exceptional work
being done now and in the aftermath of the June 2013 floods.
While the floods were a devastating time, the relief and recovery efforts
turned everyday Albertans into heroes. The Heroes of the Flood campaign,
announced by Premier Redford at a Calgary Chamber of Commerce event, gives
Albertans the chance to share stories of resilience by nominating local
heroes in their communities to be recognized for their extraordinary efforts.
“In the days after the flood, I met some extraordinary Albertans with big
hearts who were more selfless, resilient, and brave than I could have
imagined possible. It’s so important to me that we recognize those Albertans
who have, and are going, above and beyond to help.”
- Premier Alison Redford
Albertans are invited to share their stories of heroism through a nomination
form on the Government of Alberta website. Nominations can be submitted online until December 20. Beginning in January 2014,
these exceptional local heroes will be officially recognized in their
“This is your chance to recognize those who are making a difference in your
community. They might be a local official, a public servant, a neighbour, or
a volunteer. While we still have a long road of recovery ahead of us, sharing
these stories of resiliency will help us get through.”
- Doug Griffiths, Minister of Municipal Affairs
More information on how these heroes will be recognized will be announced in