Bronson Ha, a born and bred Calgarian who has always served the people. He is a first generation Canadian, painstakingly raised by refugee parents that taught him the importance of respectfully serving others.
“I felt betrayed by an education system that was not setup to support the unique challenges and needs of a diverse community. To that extent, overcrowded classrooms were a problem and continue to be to this day. This lack of focus and poor planning from current and past governments to unlock our children’s potential gave me the passion to fight for change – for better education – for our next generation’s future.”
Knowing that experience is required to lead, Bronson spent over a decade earning the required skills while also serving the people through various government levels with both a Canadian rifle and pen, volunteer work, emergency situations, and community service. He also chose a Canadian education and found a passion for criminology, law, and international business administration.
Bronson’s diverse experience includes advising our Defence and Youth Ministers on youth economic security, serving and protecting Albertans during the Southern Alberta flood of 2013, working with global organizations to strengthen democratic processes and improving the lives of women in Bangladesh while managing international projects; and training with legal experts at the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia.
Today, Bronson serves Albertans in local communities all while working as a Director with the Asian Heritage Foundation. Through his work with the Asian Heritage Foundation, he developed an audio performance contribution for, and hosted the Painting My Maple Leaf arts forum at Vertigo Theatre. The forum promoted a message Bronson is deeply passionate about, which is that “success should never be limited by an individual’s social background.” With volunteer work, one of Bronson’s proudest projects was working with a team to give 800 underprivileged youth the opportunity to take part in a two-day organized soccer tournament.
“I am Bronson Ha: a servant here to work for you. I am here to serve everyone of Calgary-Shaw; to create a future where every Albertan child deserves to have their education potential unlocked and have the opportunity to grow up on the hockey rink or soccer pitch; and first and foremost, I am here to work for you.”
My dream is to become an MLA serving Alberta with the hope to make an impactful change in Alberta politics.
JOBS FOR YOU
Employment is the lifeblood to our economy. Our first priority is protecting our oil & gas industry and bringing the battle to Ottawa to ensure those pipelines are built. That said, I pledge to work with our allies and partners across the country to get the job done.
- Effective solutions for cutting unemployment are found with a newly formed Alberta focused delegation team consisting of diverse and experienced leaders in both industry and labour. Effective solutions are working with this commission to move forward the vested interest of the People of Alberta with our energy resources to stimulate job growth and exploring our economic potential.
- Diversifying our economy will be key for growing our province in the future. Investing in diversification requires protecting oil & gas and working to attract other industries like film by actively scouting investors and businesses to come to Alberta. We will work together to lower taxes on small local businesses. I believe with our fierce Albertan work ethic and the talent of our workforce, that there is no doubt we will transform this province into a powerhouse for many years to come.
- Having career fairs throughout the year will help guide students and get them in touch with potential opportunities in future grown industries. Being a student is not as easy as our media would have us believe. Graduate students for example run the risk of being essentially trapped between the gig economy and carriers that they did not choose. I will work with businesses and corporate partners to bridge the gap of youth employment by creating a program that ensures Alberta youth can find their much-needed employment. Internships will be offered and interns will receive a subsidy and not lose their position due to ending contracts.
- I will battle to streamline Alberta Works and the Workers Compensation Board by cutting the bureaucratic red tape that prevents Albertans from finding jobs that provide for a standard of living deserving of our country. There are many stressful stories of Alberta Works and WCB, these bad experiences can be intimidating to many and may turn people away from valuable opportunities or even getting back into a chosen profession after an injury. Albertans currently have to go through a long and sometimes confusing process with hurdles and hidden pitfalls that appear to prioritize the bottom line above helping workers. Albertans deserve to be treated better by having a safety net that prioritizes the people it was meant to protect because people matter – You Matter.
TRUST & ACCOUNTABILITY
Protecting taxpayer’s money by making sure Government spending is clean and transparent is in everybody’s best interest. I will advocate for an independent auditor separate from the Government of Alberta payroll to uphold financial trust and accountability. Your money matters and it should be protected. The independent auditor will ensure MLAs and government agencies are not misusing taxpayer dollars.
SAVING FOR YOUR CHILDREN’S DREAM
I will introduce a program that will help Albertans to save on childcare. As sports and arts programs continue to get more expensive, I will personally work to make it more affordable for parents to turn their children’s dreams into reality. Alberta families with children will receive a credit for enrolling their children into a sports, arts, software development or other programs outside of school. This credit will allow Albertan children to grow up on the hockey rink, soccer pitch, or dance studio regardless of economic barriers.
LONG-TERM EDUCATION AND CARE
I am for an education system that has long term stability from Kindergarten to High School that takes care of both students and teachers.
As classroom challenges arise, teachers deserve a support program where they earn free training on programs such as mental health first aid to help struggling students succeed and identify potential barriers early. Teachers also would have access to relief programs that address the challenges faced in a high-pressure work environment. In addition to vacation pay and job benefits, I would personally advocate for a mental health credit leave system for teachers working in challenging environments. This service credit would ensure rejuvenated teachers the chance to provide quality education for the classroom.
Long term Solution to Overcrowded Classrooms
I will also work with urban design experts to address density issues within communities to place schools per the local population and streamline current transit to meet demand. After chatting with parents about possible solutions I will create a long-term program to ensure class sizes do not increase, bus stops are close and to expand the school transit system to better reach children in their neighborhoods. Children should not be traveling long distances to then wait for the school bus, it can be unsafe especially in the cold and can take valuable time from school. Proactively building more schools to address overcrowding classrooms is a priority of my campaign.
I will stand for creating Jobs, creating a better future for our kids, and, building long term solutions that matter for everyone. Because of this, we put people before politics and I am here working to serve you for a better tomorrow.