FAQ's

-not directly

-our name was chosen and we were incorporated before the Fair Deal was planned and announced

-we are non-partisan so we do not support any political party

-however we do support any effort by the Province of Alberta,  and the Premier, to negotiate a better deal for Alberta within Canada.   This is the case whether the negotiation takes place in 2020 or 2025

-the Fairness Alberta is a longer-term initiative and we anticipate the need for ongoing education for some time

-there may be some dialogue with the Province as we later get into more advocacy related work

-our advocacy outline is focused on changes to the policies of the federal government,  rather than recommended actions to be taken by the Province

-no

-as FA has put its plan together,  many stakeholders have been consulted, and the Premier’s office is aware of FA

-FA will be sharing its thoughts with many stakeholders including the Premier’s office, although this is not a focus of our activities

-ultimately we want to see changes in federal government policies such that Alberta is not harmed by such policies

-at this time we are primarily an education focused organization

-the near term goal is to provide transparent facts to Canadians so they understand what Alberta has contributed and how, and why, certain existing policies are unfair and harmful to Alberta

-refer to our Mandate section on the website

-no

-by addressing the unfair federal policies,  this will lessen pull toward separatism

-Albertans are Canadians, the education process requires this to take place across Canada, including Alberta

-in fact, we have considerable press lately from within Alberta that is factually inaccurate and it is clear there is also a need to provide transparent facts in Alberta as well as the rest of the country.

-it is time for transparency regarding these federal policies and their impacts

-also from a more practical perspective,  our group needs funds to proceed with our activities and education across Canada and we are confident that the billboards in Alberta will drive Albertans to our website where there is a Donate function and we can get grassroots funding for our future activities.

-remember this is a longer term initiative,  we do not expect immediate change, although timely change would be welcomed

-we feel that Canadians are inherently fair-minded, and when then have the facts they will agree regarding the need for reform. If we are wrong, we will at least have tried. It is wrong to not try. 

-Alberta has contributed an unprecedented amount to Canada (over $300 billion since 2000),  we think that once this is understood by Canadians that they will be fair-minded and will consider change

-it is outside of our mandate to promote separatism

-again separatism is not part of our mandate, period.

-we understand the frustration that has led to the separatist movement,  we hope to work to address the federal policies that cause this frustration

-we do not take any position on whether we are Alberta first or Canada first,  and we are not asking our members to take such a position

-we seek a better deal for Alberta within Canada, and our members support our mandate

-our tag line is Proudly Canadian, Fiercely Albertan

-they are inter-related

-we want change,  we hope our education leads to a common understanding of facts across Canada,  and that this facilitates successful advocacy for change

-given the lack of transparency around the federal policies that harm Alberta, our initial focus certainly has to relate to education

-we have developed an initial list of key issues that require education and transparency,  and ultimately change in federal policies

-our initial focus is the fiscal framework,  and thus the Alberta Transfer Meter(ATM). We have done considerable homework regarding this issue and our ATM and our position is 100% fact-based

-we have an internal Research and Issues committee.  Work will be ongoing to develop information and positions on other issues in the near term.

 

-we have fully disclosed that the ATM is not real time, and it is an estimate

-it is based on the most recent Statistics Canada data from 2018 

-it is conservative as 2018 was a weak economic year in Alberta.   If a longer term average was taken the figures would be much higher

-the specifics and methodology are set out on the website

-there are no large funders,  rather there are multiple funders, most are individuals, some are organizations

-as with many not-for-profit organizations such as ours, many funders want their philanthropy to remain anonymous, so we have decided that we will not be disclosing the names of funders

-we expect that, over time, considerable funding will come from grassroots through the DONATE function on our website

-they are one of our funders, but we are a separate autonomous group

-we share some common views related to federal government policies that harm Alberta

-we are nonpartisan and we do not get involved in elections or supporting specific political parties

-first—the membership includes many prominent citizen with accomplished track records in the community, and the membership cuts across political affiliations and includes members with diverse backgrounds

-we are proud of the prominent women who have joined ,  such as Mary Cameron , Joan Currie and Karen Leibovici who are all active in the community

-we expect in the near future to be adding members from various ethnic communities and indigenous leaders in the community

-we have set this up as a federally incorporated not for profit corporation

-we have set a limit for voting members of 50 and a board of directors of up to 12 (9 appointed at this time)

-voting members are appointed by, and voted on, by the board of directors

-we intend to provide for engagement for a broader number of non voting members who want to get involved, and contact lists of people that want information

-the list of voting members is transparent on the website

-The Executive Director will run the day to day operations

-the ED will report to the Board of Directors,  and there are several Board committees that have been established

-the primary decision-making authority is the Board of Directors

-various members will be chosen to work on the committees, and this could include both voting and non voting members

-the Board reports to the members and there will be an annual general meetings