Albertans want a smaller, more efficient government that puts communities in the driver’s seat. To accomplish this, I will:
- Create a Department of Human Services to replace Child & Family Services, Community Spirit, Housing & Urban Affairs, Employment & Immigration and Aboriginal Affairs.
- Establish a truly independent Child Advocate to monitor the performance of provincial child welfare services, advocate on behalf of children in care and report directly to the Legislative Assembly.
- Start a Children’s Serious Incident Review Team to independently investigate the death of any child in provincial care.
- Amend the Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act to allow public bodies and non-profit agencies greater freedom to share personal information in order to improve service delivery. Individual privacy will be protected through an informed consent process.
- Shift policy capacity from individual departments such as human services, health and wellness and education to the Executive Council to improve provincial policy coordination and service delivery.
- Create the Alberta Interagency Council on Homelessness to replace the Alberta Secretariat on Homelessness to lead the implementation of Alberta’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness.
- Require all government departments to conduct detailed program reviews and demonstrate why programs and services cannot be delivered by community-based organizations or the private sector. Within six months, I want to identify services that can be transferred to community leadership or privatized.