10/26/2013 12:57 EDT | Updated 12/26/2013 05:12 EST

Wildrose Party to strengthen emissions and human rights policies

Wildrose Party members voted Saturday to change some key policies.

Members decided to strengthen the party’s greenhouse gas emissions policies and to amend its human rights policies.

They voted in favour of reducing greenhouse gases “by advancing, implementing, and cooperating on technology, research, conservation and alternative renewable energy resources.”

Also, the party has committed to ensuring Alberta’s greenhouse gas policy remains on par with national and international standards.

The party also voted unanimously in support of a new motion supporting what delegates called universal fundamental rights and freedoms for Albertans, and scrapping policy that called for the elimination of Alberta Human Rights Commissions.

“Today, Wildrose members clearly affirmed that we are a party absolutely committed to protecting and defending the fundamental rights and freedoms of all Albertans,” said party leader Danielle Smith in a release Saturday.

“We have also clearly entrenched in our policy our commitment to reducing greenhouse gases and other toxic emissions in order to expand markets for our natural resources."

“I am very confident that the policy work our members have done this weekend will resonate with everyday Albertans.”

More rigorous candidate selection policy

Earlier in the day, the party also passed new rules to tighten its candidate selection process.  

This announcement came after the party was criticized in the last election for two candidates' controversial statements about homosexuality and race.

William McBeath, the party's director of political operations, unveiled the changes for delegates at the party's annual general meeting in Red Deer.  

There will be search committees in each riding to find suitable candidates.

Nominees will fill out extensive questionnaires on past actions and statements, and will have those statements checked by committees with the help of sitting MLAs.

Any nominee who holds back information will be disqualified.

The changes will be finalized in the coming months, with nominations beginning in the middle of next year and finished by the middle of 2015.