We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal in the eyes of their creator, that they are endowed by natural law with certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. We hold that government is instituted through a social contract with the citizens that create it and who lend it their authority, to secure those rights. That, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right and duty of the people to alter or to abolish it, to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to secure their individual life, liberty, property, and happiness.
We clearly recognize that governments long established should not be changed for light and temporary causes; and, accordingly, all experience has shown that people are more prone to suffering and depravation by tolerating the status quo, rather than righting themselves by abolishing the government to which they are accustomed.
But, when a long train of abuses, hindrances, and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under despotism by majority rule, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of this ‘Alberta province, treated as a colony’; and such is now the necessity which compels us to alter our former system of government.
The history of the present confederation is a history of repeated interference, usurpations, and unfair treatment, all having in direct object the establishment of tyranny of unconstrained majority rule without upholding the rights of the minority and this province. That when such government deems itself beyond the reach of its own laws and dictates, or when it imposes burdens upon this province while refraining in the application of those burdens upon the confederation as a whole, it is tyrannical and unjust. We recognize that failure to address this imbalance over the course of the last 115 years of this Provinces’ existence has produced cause sufficient for the people of this province to take the measures necessary to secure their liberty and independence free of the system that has so onerously prevented them from achieving these ends.
In so securing liberty and independence, it shall be incumbent on, as well as, the primal duty of the government, as framed in the Constitution of Alberta, to hold sacred and protect the right of every citizen to life, liberty and property starting with one’s own person, as well as the pursuit of happiness.
The new Constitution of Alberta will recognize that:
- the family is the pillar of society from which principles, morals, ethical behaviour, accountability, knowledge, and critical thinking are passed on to future generations;
- all citizens enjoy equal treatment under the law;
- all citizens are presumed innocent until proven guilty;
- all citizens have the right to live free in a civil society that recognizes the supremacy of God and the rule of law, underpinned by justice, police, and military protection;
- all elected representatives and appointed government officials are compelled by their duty to serve the people honestly, ethically, responsibly, and with equal concern for all;
- prudent fiscal management of the taxpayer’s revenue is as a trust with mandated balanced budgets, prohibiting the transfer of wealth from future generations to the present generation;
- the democratic process manifests free and fair elections with fixed election dates, free votes in the Legislature, and the right to recall elected representatives, along with citizen initiatives for binding referendums;
- citizens have the right to vote unless incarcerated;
- the government shall focus its limited resources on carrying out tasks and accomplishing goals which individuals, families, communities, and voluntary associations find difficult to carry out or accomplish;
- elected representatives and appointed government officials must, at all times, fully respect and protect the fundamental freedoms and rights of all Albertans including, but not limited to; freedom of conscience and religion; freedom of expression; freedom of association and peaceful assembly; freedom from government surveillance and the corresponding right to privacy; the right to self defence including the right to own and bear arms; and the right to earn, own and enjoy private property.