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The New Alberta Advantage: Independence

An independent Alberta will be in an unequaled position with many natural advantages. We believe that our vision of Alberta will exploit our natural advantages to the benefit of Albertans.

Our vision will look at an independent Alberta's new institutions, namely:
1. Form of government and constitutional framework
2. Fiscal framework - what Alberta's government would look like given the same amount of services we receive from the Albertan and Canadian governments, as well as a suggested budget that would make some changes (our share of the Canadian navy makes no sense for a landlocked country, so we can achieve savings, for example).
3. Monetary framework - what Alberta's banking and monetary system could evolve to.
4. Suggestions for Economic Policy - Alberta has many advantages. Some of these advantages can only avail themselves once Alberta becomes independent.
Considerations In Creating A New Constitution

A fair amount of Canada's recent political history concerns constitutional issues. In essence, politicians have picked at the same scab for years, instead of letting it heal. A new constitution heals the wound and lets the patient live a more prosperous life.

What have we learned?

There are certain things we have learned from the Constitution Act and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We can certainly learn from other countries as well. What are some of the mistakes that should be corrected?
1. Representation must fair.
2. Regional representation must exist. It must be effective in having enough power to overturn legislative from a representative assembly. In order to represent the region it is supposed to, regional representatives (Senators) must be elected or appointed by the same people that are to be represented.
3. A constitution must have an amending formula that allows for the possibility of change. A shortcoming of the Canadian constitution is that constitutional change is nearly impossible. However, being able to change a constitution too often (as is the case in California) renders the "law of the land" into just another set of legislation. A nice balance must be achieved.
4. The separation of powers between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government must exist, and each branch must check the powers of the other. A shortcoming we've seen in both the US and Canada is that the judiciary has grown in power, allowing the power of judicial review to create laws. We've also seen (moreso in the US) that the role of certain branches has changed over time, where the executive branch essentially proposes legislation.
A New Constitution supports a republican form of government, without reference to a monarch. We identify a republic as a limited government, using the definition popular in the 18th century.

A model constitution for Alberta, relying heavily on the Alberta Republicans formulation, can be viewed here.