Welcome to the Albertan progressive movement Progress Alberta. Doesn't it seem like every time you turn on the TV or log onto Facebook, conservatives are pushing a radical ideology that doesn't represent your Alberta? Whether it's finding ways to demonize regular front line Alberta workers or joking about beating the premier or saying that feminism is a cancer or... the list just goes on and on. And instead of being held accountable, conservatives are given more and more airtime by the mainstream media.
But it doesn't have to be this way. Because we have a secret: There are more of us than there are of them. Alberta is the youngest, most urban, most educated and diverse province in Canada - and all of those traits correlate with people identifying as progressive. We are the majority, not them.
That's where we - Progress Alberta - come in. By going to the box on this page and signing up to Progress Alberta, you will have joined a new movement of individuals from all Alberta, uniting together to build a more progressive Alberta.
Here's what we stand for:
- Provincial and municipal governments that answers to its citizens - not corporate interests
- Building prosperous communities
- Maintaining a healthy environment and a stable climate
- Fair treatment of workers
- An Alberta that embraces diversity instead of fearing it
Here's some of what we've accomplished:
- Forced a public school that was charging $12,000 a year in "fees" to join the private schools system
- Progress Alberta supporters have sent tens of thousands of emails and made thousands of phone calls to their elected representatives on everything from privatizing public assets to stopping carding
- FOIPed the fact that a Catholic school board in St. Albert had spent more $360,000 taxpayer dollars in order to argue their case that they were perfectly justified for firing a teacher for being transgender
- Moved public opinion in a measurable and positive fashion on the issue of defunding elite private schools
- Got Brad Wall to stop taking his $37,000 a year Saskatchewan Party top up after we revealed Albertan companies were pumping millions of dollars into Saskatchewan politics
- Got Postmedia to disclose the fact that columnist Lorne Gunter had accepted a free cruise worth thousands of dollars from Ezra Levant, an embarrassing revelation for the newspaper chain
- Repeatedly called out and driven news coverage on climate denial by conservative politicians
If you, like us, are fed up with bad conservative ideas and their power over our lives and to be a part of a movement to build a more progressive Alberta, then you've found the right home. And if you've got a second please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Approximately once a week, sometimes less, but let's be honest, conservatives in Alberta aren't getting any less awful - we'll send you an email with something you can do to build a more progressive Alberta. We also send a weekly newsletter, the Progress Report, with a wrap up of the week's news that we think you should know about. Together we'll build campaigns and win real victories to improve the lives of everyday Albertans.
Executive director: Duncan Kinney
Duncan Kinney has lived and worked in Edmonton for the past eight years, was raised and went to school in Calgary, was in utero in Drayton Valley during the Lodgepole Blowout and his family's Earthship is in Lethbridge County in southern Alberta.
Before Progress Alberta Duncan worked for almost four years on Green Energy Futures, a Pembina Institute communications project funded by Suncor, Shell and TD that profiled successful renewable energy and energy efficiency projects from across Canada.
You can check out the rest of Duncan's professional and educational background here.
Communications and organizing lead: Jim Storrie
Jim Storrie has worked in communications since completing his Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Studies at the University of Alberta in 2011, and specifically in political communications since the 2015 federal election.
Specializing in digital content and relationship management, Jim maintains Progress Alberta's digital assets, writes content for our online platforms, and uses a variety of tools to efficiently communicate with progressives across the province.
More information on Jim's background is available here.
Field organizer: Batul Gulamhusein
Batul Gulamhusein is a first generation settler in amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta) She is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta.
Batul has worked in human rights advocacy, coordinated anti-racism initiatives and organized around the rights of queer and trans Indigenous folks, Black folks and people of colour. She is passionate about addressing the roots of criminalization, building capacity in marginalized communities and supporting the decolonization work of Indigenous communities whose land she lives on.
More information on Batul's background can be found here.