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Statement of Principles

Addressing the Challenges of the 21st Century: Innovation, Commitment, Excellence & Integrity

Since our Principles were crafted in 1967, Alberta Progressive Conservatives have been guided by the values of innovation, commitment, excellence, and integrity and have characterized these values in our Principles.

As Progressive Conservatives we unite in a common vision for Alberta. We desire to lead Alberta into a prosperous future, capable of facing new realities while valuing the richness of our history.

We are a Party that pursues new opportunities and initiatives. We are energized by imagination and motivated by optimism, believing that our vision for Alberta will be successfully realized.

Our Party demonstrates leadership and confidence in our future. We are committed to the pursuit of sustainable excellence.

Revised Statement of Principles Approved by the Provincial Executive Committee January 19, 2002

As Alberta Progressive Conservatives, we believe in the following Principles:

FISCAL AND ECONOMIC RESPONSIBILITY

Our fiscal and economic objectives include: a diversified economy that will provide for maximum employment and fiscal planning that will protect priority programs while minimizing taxation.

ACCOUNTABILITY TO ALBERTANS

We will be accountable for the responsibilities that we accept. We will consult with Albertans on public policy matters and we will provide Albertans with access to information to allow for an accurate assessment of our actions.

ALBERTANS AS LIFELONG LEARNERS

We recognize that lifelong learning is central to a successful society. It is important that learning opportunities be accessible, affordable, and sustainable for all Albertans. We believe in enabling and encouraging Albertans to contribute to their fullest potential.

ALBERTA AS A HEALTHY SOCIETY

Albertans should have access to affordable and sustainable health care when they are ill or infirm.

We also believe in the value of individual responsibility for personal wellness.

SOCIAL POLICIES WHICH ENABLE INDIVIDUAL INITIATIVE AND RESPONSIBILITY

Our social policies should support an environment in which Albertans can work together, be self-reliant, and accept responsibility for their own lives. We also believe that our social policies should ensure that those who need assistance can lead dignified and meaningful lives.

STEWARDSHIP OF OUR ENVIRONMENT

Sustaining the quality of our air, water, soil, wildlife, and natural environment is important to Albertans. We must ensure that our activities, growth and development take place in an environmentally sensitive manner for the benefit of current and future generations.

A FREE ENTERPRISE ECONOMY

The creation of wealth and jobs can best be achieved by a free enterprise economy. We will foster policies that encourage and respect entrepreneurship and innovation.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FAMILY

The family is paramount in the development of social responsibility and a sense of self-worth. The family, as defined by its individual members, is of vital importance to our communities.

THE ROLE OF THE INDIVIDUAL

We respect the rights of the individual and are mindful of the responsibilities that accompany those rights. By accepting responsibility and acting on their own initiative, Albertans will achieve their full potential as contributors to prosperous communities.

THE RULE OF LAW

All individuals are equal under the law and the application of the law must be fair and equitable.

ALBERTA AS AN EQUAL PARTNER IN CONFEDERATION

We must strive to maintain sovereignty over provincial matters, believing that a strong and vibrant Alberta is a cornerstone of a strong and united Canada.

AN OPEN PARTY, ACCESSIBLE TO ALL

We are a Party for all Albertans. We welcome their thoughts, their efforts, and their support of the principles of progressive conservatism.