April 8, 2019 / 9:21 PM / 3 months ago

FACTBOX-Political party policies in Alberta provincial election

    CALGARY, Alberta, April 8 (Reuters) - Canada's largest oil-producing province, Alberta, will
hold an election on April 16. Latest opinion polls show the United Conservative Party led by
Jason Kenney is expected to oust Rachel Notley's New Democratic Party from
     Below are some of the main policies of the two parties, as laid out in their platforms:

 PIPELINES        - Continue to fight for additional     - Pursue "every possible pipeline
                  pipeline capacity, including getting   project to get oil and gas to market."
                  the Trans Mountain expansion built.    - Enact legislation to turn off oil
                  - Work with Indigenous groups that     and gas shipments to provinces that
                  are seeking to purchase equity         oppose pipelines.
                  partnerships in pipeline projects by   
                  linking them with investors.           
 CARBON PRICING   - Continue to tax carbon emissions at  - Repeal the carbon tax and replace
 & EMISSIONS      C$30 a tonne and proceed with          with a tax on large industrial
                  existing Climate Leadership Plan.      facilities.
                  - Phase out coal generation by 2030.   - Coal-fired power plants could remain
                  - Targeting 30 percent of electricity  open indefinitely if federal law
                  generation from renewables by 2030.    changes.
                  - Targeting 45 percent reduction in    - 100-megatonne cap on oil sands
                  methane emissions by 2025.             emissions to be scrapped. 
                  - Firm cap on oil sands emissions.     
 OIL & GAS        - Speed up and streamline regulatory   - Appoint a minister for red tape
 REGULATION       processes by implementing a one-stop   reduction.
                  online platform for applications by    - Appoint new board of directors at
                  2020.                                  the Alberta Energy Regulator.
                  - Implementation of Alberta            - Aim to have the fastest oil well
                  Regulatory Competitive Task Force.     approval times in North America.
 PRODUCTION       - Will "carefully manage curtailment   - In favor of the production
 CURTAILMENTS     to prevent the price differential      curtailments.
                  from artificially rising."             
 CRUDE BY RAIL    - Leasing 4,400 rail cars to move up   - Cancel government crude-by-rail
                  to 120,000 barrels per day out of      contracts.
 BILL C-69        - Calling for significant amendments   - File a constitutional challenge to
                  to the bill, which will change how     C-69 should it become law.
                  major projects like pipelines are      
 DIVERSIFICATION  - Plans to expand refining, upgrading  - Will respect agreements made by the
                  and petrochemical production in the    NDP government and open to extending
                  province, targeting C$75 billion in    royalty tax credits.
                  new private investment and 70,000 new  
 TAXATION         - No major tax changes planned.        - Cut the corporate tax rate to 8
                  - Aiming to balance the budget by      percent rom 12 percent .
                  2023-24.                               - Aiming to balance budget by 2022-23.
 EDUCATION        - Plans to build and modernize 70      - Order immediate audit of class
                  schools across the province.           sizes.
 CHILDCARE        - Expansion of C$25-a-day subsidized   - No plans to expand program.
                  childcare program.                     
 HEALTHCARE       - Lower wait times in emergency rooms  - Commission a review of Alberta
                  and for certain surgeries.             Health Services
                  - Build an additional 2,000 long-term  - Reduce surgical wait times to no
                  care and dementia beds.                more than four months.
                  - Strengthen regulations governing     - Launch Opioid Response Strategy.
                  private clinics to prevent queue       - Increase earlier access to mental
                  jumping.                               health and addictions services.
                  - Launch a lawsuit against             
                  manufacturers of opioid medication.    
 EQUALIZATION     - No plans to challenge equalization   - Hold a referendum on removing
 PAYMENTS         payment formula                        equalization from the Canadian
                                                         constitution if there is no progress
                                                         on the construction of a coastal
                                                         pipeline or if Bill C-69 is not
 (Reporting by Nia Williams; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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