Demand an Inclusive Economy

Every economy is built on small businesses. These are the mom and pop shops that are rich with sweat equity. These are the start-ups that grow into the tech giants of the future.

How do we diversify our economy? How do we nurture start ups? Let’s create micro sites, 500-100 sq ft areas that are small and lower cost. Let a thousand flowers bloom from these laboratories of ideas. Many of these would be located in Ward Sspomitapi.

I have been on the ground floor of many entrepreneurial projects--I know the barriers that these projects face, and I am committed to removing them. I have worked with businesses of all kinds, and know that red tape impedes their progress. The economy of the future will need more than just less bureaucracy. It needs all citizens to be able to contribute to the economy to their fullest potential. Diversity and inclusion are the pillars of the economy of the future. Racial equity is good economic policy. Gender-based equity is good economic policy.

We must live up to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, including building a Museum of Truth and Reconciliation at the previous site of the Royal Alberta Museum--an initiative identified by “The Next 30” project. We must promote the development and growth of indigenous businesses.

An inclusive economy starts with inclusive education. We must lobby the provincial government to include accurate, meaningful content and skills in Indigenous studies, African studies, and Asian studies into its new curriculum, created through consultation with these communities.